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Smart filly Sunlight will take on the colts when she lines up in the Group 1 $1m Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday.

Sunlight, above, will take on the colts in the Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington. Photo by Steve Hart.

Sunlight, above, will take on the colts in the Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington. Photo by Steve Hart.

Sunlight has only missed the placings once from eleven starts and that was last start when seventh to Brave Smash in the Group 1 $1m Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes (1200m) at The Valley last Friday night.

The Zoustar filly didn’t show her customary speed out of the barriers in the Manikato Stakes and was subsequently boxed in behind the leading division and was never in a position to challenge the placegetters.

Trainer Tony McEvoy is willing to forget the run and give her a chance to set the record straight against her own age group before heading for a break.

“She was high kicking off the track yesterday morning so she is really well,” McEvoy told Ladbrokes’ Moody On The Mic.

“It was never really my plan to take on the boys in this race. I thought the Manikato and then to the paddock, but she didn’t have a race so we are going to head there.”

“Luke Currie is back on.”

Luke Currie is back in the saddle again on Sunlight after riding her two starts back for an all the way win in the Group 3 $150,000 Thoroughbred Club Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on October 13.

Sunlight has drawn barrier seven in the ten horse Coolmore Stud Stakes and her only other scamper down the Flemington straight resulted in a third in the Listed $120,000 Maribyrnong Trial Stakes (1000m) at her first race starts in October 2017.

Trainer Grahame Begg’s in-form colt Written By has drawn barrier six with Jordan Childs retaining the mount after the pair combined for two recent wins at Caulfield in a 1000m three year old Plate and in the Group 3 $350,000 Catanach’s Jewellers Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on October 17.

Sydney’s leading trained Chris Waller will have two runners in Zousain (James McDonald, barrier 4) and Lean Mean Machine (Hugh Bowman, barrier 3) while James Cummings will saddle up Encryption (Craig Williams, barrier 10).

Final field for the 2018 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m)

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 1x1114x11 WRITTEN BY Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 6 57kg 104
2 146122×42 ZOUSAIN Chris Waller James McDonald 4 57kg 100
3 25166×8512 ENCRYPTION James Cummings Craig Williams 10 57kg 95
4 13310×15 LEAN MEAN MACHINE Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 3 57kg 96
5 x10649x283 LONG LEAF David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 8 57kg 82
6 72154×1 SESAR Steven O’Dea Kerrin McEvoy 5 57kg 92
7 323x81x80 PAQUIRRI Gary Moore Michael Walker 2 57kg 80
8 2×11 DIPLOMATICO Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 9 57kg 79
9 1214267 THORONDOR Robbie Laing Damien Oliver 1 57kg 76
10 11113×2117 SUNLIGHT Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 7 55kg 100

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.