Group 1-winning filly set to embark on Everest preparation

The three-year-old filly is back with Tony McEvoy and ready to embark on her Everest campaign
Sunlight Flemington
Sunlight kicks off her preparation towards The Everest at Randwick later this year

Sunlight returns to work ahead of Everest campaign


Multiple Group 1 winner Sunlight has returned to the stables of trainer Tony McEvoy ahead of her 2019 Everest charge.

She was confirmed as a starter earlier this year when slot holder Max Whitby selected her, but McEvoy hasn't yet confirmed a plan.

The Coolmore Stud Stakes, Newmarket Handicap and William Reid Stakes winner was in scintillating form in the spring and autumn. Assistant trainer Calvin McEvoy says having an Everest slot confirmed takes some of the pressure off.

"It gives us a bit of leeway and freedom to prepare her to really peak on the day," he said.

"Obviously when people are chasing Everest slots they've got to run in target races and try to get the attention of slot holders. But that's been done now and she's obviously very much deserved of her chance in the race.

"We're just hoping it's not too wet on the day."

By all accounts the rising four-year-old has been producing good track work. McEvoy explains why Sunlight is in work a little earlier than most spring types.

"She's a filly that we've learned over time takes a little bit more of a base preparation than most, which is why she has been beaten a few times first-up," he said.

"She got beaten in Adelaide first-up last year and she got beaten in the Group One Lightning.

"So she just takes that little bit more work which is why she's in a bit earlier.

"She knows Flemington and really enjoys being trained out of Flemington.

"She has just stepped up to some stronger canters, but she's fantastic.

"She's really full of herself and feeling good."

The winner of 10 from 16 starts remains on the fourth line of betting at 9.00 with BetEasy.

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