Sunlight Lights Up Gold Coast with Magic Millions 2YO Classic Win
Luke Currie seems to be well positioned for some time, as Sunlight seems to be showing some serious potential.
Not including trials, the two-year-old bay filly by Zoustar from Solar charged, with the exception of a third placing at Flemington in October of 2017, has nothing but ones alongside her name. For the record, she won both trials.
Sunlight ($4 favourite) and Currie won the Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200 m) on Saturday, coming in ahead of Fullazaboot ($101) by two lengths. Outback Barbie ($26) ran third.
There was quite a bit of bumping and interference during the race, to the degree that Jonker (4.80) and Hugh Bowman ran dead last.
Ef Troop and rider Matthew McGillivray was the primary culprit in what could have been a disastrous outcome when he steered his horse across the field. Those two knocked into Currie and Sunlight, caused interference to Secret Lady and knocking Jonker and Bowman into the rail.
McGillivray was suspended for a month on a careless riding charge and was informed by the stewards that he was fortunate that they did not assess the more serious reckless riding penalty.
McGillivray had told stewards “I was just trying to get to the front and I didn’t realise what was happening until it was too late.”
Sunlight trainer Tony McEvoy felt that he would have had firm ground for a protest had Sunlight not won. “That horse (Ef Troop) came across clearly not clear, and when that happened I made a note straight away that I had grounds for a protest,” McEvoy said.
Sunlight added a cool $1.2 million to her take. Outsider Fullazaboot went home $370,000 richer and anyone who had the keen insight to have some money on him realized a nice dividend.
McEvoy’s other horse in the race, Crockett, finished 15th, out of the money, but as they say, one out of two ain’t bad.