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Multiple Group 1 winner Sunlight will continue her build up to the 2019 The Everest when she runs in Friday night’s Group 1 $1m Charter Keck Cramer Moir Stakes (1000m) at The Valley.

Sunlight, above, is among the nominations for the 2019 Moir Stakes at The Valley. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Sunlight, above, is among the nominations for the 2019 Moir Stakes at The Valley. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Sunlight will run in Max Whitby’s slot in the $14m The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on October 19 and has had one run this campaign for a fifth in the Group 3 $160,000 Forum Concorde Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on September 7.

Trainers Tony and Calvin McEvoy had to change Spring Carnival plans for Sunlight because of a wet track at Randwick last Saturday which saw the stable scratch the mare from the Group 2 $500,000 Bowermans Office Furniture Shorts (1100m).

The Moir Stakes has now become an important lead up for Sunlight heading towards The Everest but Tony McEvoy admits that the 1000m at the Valley might be a bit short for the mare at this stage of her preparation.

“Sunlight is a 1200m horse and she’s taking on a 1000m specialist in Nature Strip, so around the Valley he might prove to be a bit too nippy for her, but she’ll be more than competitive,” Tony McEvoy told the Herald Sun.

“We’re here to run as it’s part of her program to peak in The Everest, which is what we’re trying to achieve.”

Sunlight is one of eighteen sprinters nominated for the Moir Stakes which also includes Group 1 winners Nature Strip, Trekking, The Bostonian and Booker.

The Chris Waller trained Nature Strip has been installed as the early Moir Stakes favourite at $2.60 at Ladbrokes.com.au ahead of Sunlight at $4.80 and Trekking at $7.

The bookies still have plenty of respect for Nature Strip even though the hot and cold sprinter missed a place first up when fourth to Redzel in the Concorde Stakes.

Early betting for the 2019 Moir Stakes at Ladbrokes.com.au: $2.60 Nature Strip, $4.80 Sunlight, $7 Trekking, $10 Equardo, $12 Ball Of Muscle, Bons Away, Exhilarates, The Bostonian, $15 Booker, Viridine, $16 Assertive Approach, $17 Faatinah, $26 Tactical Advantage, Winter Bride, $34 Meryl, $41 Miss Leonidas, $81 Ashlor, $101 Catch Me.

Nominations for the 2019 Moir Staks (1000m)

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 171x3113x5 SUNLIGHT M 4 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 1 56.5kg 115
2 x1101x19x3 BALL OF MUSCLE G 9 Joseph Pride 2 58.5kg 111
3 5221120×11 EXHILARATES F 3 James Cummings 3 50kg 95
4 194x41131x TREKKING G 5 James Cummings 4 58.5kg 112
5 17525x110x THE BOSTONIAN (NZ) G 5 Tony Pike 5 58.5kg 114
6 66481320×1 FAATINAH G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 6 58.5kg 106
7 118x1014x4 NATURE STRIP G 5 Chris Waller 7 58.5kg 113
8 282x19x0x8 BOOKER M 5 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 8 56.5kg 109
9 x0x304146x VIRIDINE G 5 James Cummings 9 58.5kg 105
10 110x13430x WINTER BRIDE M 5 Toby & Trent Edmonds 10 56.5kg 106
11 x672133x04 MERYL M 4 Lee Curtis 11 56.5kg 90
12 x221x303x3 EDUARDO G 6 Sarah Zschoke 12 58.5kg 101
13 1x1000x45 CATCH ME F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 13 50kg 82
14 4261x2650x TACTICAL ADVANTAGE G 6 Kris Lees 14 58.5kg 103
15 1614174×45 ASHLOR G 6 Dan McCarthy 15 58.5kg 97
16 2x14025x22 BONS AWAY G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 16 58.5kg 102
17 x36x2132x7 MISS LEONIDAS M 5 Shaun Dwyer 17 56.5kg 96
18 1×1121 ASSERTIVE APPROACH G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 18 58.5kg 98

About The Author

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.