Sunlight emerged the winner in the $250, 000 Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes. The 1100m race was held at Rosehill garden. It was exciting and was used by Estijaab and Sunlight to enhance their reputation. Estijaab who received a stiff challenge from Neutrality successfully rallied behind Sunlight to finish second.
It was a two-year-old showdown that saw the winner and the runners-up firming the betting and standing a chance to contest the (1200m) Golden Slipper race, with a prize of $3.5 million. The race will take place at Rosehill on the 24th of March. Sunlight retained The TAB fixed odds favourite with her odds being slashed to $4.60 from $6 while Estijaabs odds were slashed from $8 to $5. In the Saturday’s race, there was a very little separation between Sunlight who is trained by McEvoy ($2.90) and Teams Hawke’s Estijaab($2.05). They beat the third-placed Neutrality ($8) by a margin of seven lengths.
In the race, Tim Clark who was riding Sunlight sat behind neutrality and EStijaab until when he asked his filly to make great finishing attempt at the straight, which helped her to win the race. At the end of the race, Clark said that he had a lovely run and was glad that his filly is quite sensible and is a push button. He also said that he did not see Esijaab when he went round Neutrality, but the filly responded well when Avdulla asked her to increase the pace. He said that his filly was on her feet in the last 100m and showed that she had the energy needed to help her win the race.
The win made sunlight to become the first Victorian trained horse to win the Silver Slipper. The horse will contest the 1200m group 3 Magic Night Stakes prized at $175,000 at Rosehill. The race will be held a weak before the Golden Slipper. After the win, Calvin McEvoy and Clark were optimistic that the filly would benefit from the race since it was her first race after taking part and winning the Magic Millions which was held on January 13. McEvoy said that he was aware that there was still enough room for improvement and the filly would do well in the Magic Night, which will be held a week before the Golden Slipper. If she wins the Golden Slipper, she will be the seventh filly to win the Golden Slipper double.