Australia: one-time Royal Ascot hope Sunlight retired after recent poor efforts

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Sunlight: three-time G1 winner will be sold as broodmare prospect at Magic Millions in July.
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By Nicholas Godfrey

Australia: Three-time G1 winner Sunlight, who had been earmarked for a trip to Royal Ascot before coronavirus intervened, has been retired after failing to rediscover her best form following injury.

The four-year-old is set to go under the hammer at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale in July.

The daughter of Zoustar won 11 of her 24 starts, among them three G1s as a three-year-old including last year’s Newmarket Handicap at Flemington.

She underwent surgery to have two chips removed from a splint bone after damaging a hind leg in a paddock accident but although her connections reported her to be doing well at home, after a promising comeback she was well beaten in a pair of G1s in Adelaide earlier this month.

Her final run came on Saturday, when she was 11th of 14 behind Trekking in the G1 Goodwood at Morphettville.

“As a racehorse she had it all – a great attitude, honesty, temperament – but perhaps most importantly a toughness, which you need to be successful in any walk of life,” said trainer Tony McEvoy, speaking to AAP Racing.

“She had magnificent soundness which enabled us to travel her around Australia and perform at the top level.”

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