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Sunlight's Sister Earns Flemington Redemption
When she went to post on debut last November for Flemington's Gr3 Ottawa Stakes (1000m) there was strong money to suggest 2YO filly Sisstar (Zoustar-Solar Charged, by Charge Forward) was going to be a clone of her elder champion full-sister Sunlight. And then the heavens opened, leaving the promising filly to flounder down the slippery straight. Even though she subsequently placed in the Gr3 Dequetteville Stakes (1050m) during April, a four month break appears to have produced a stronger, more mature version of Sisstar. Following a winning trial in late August, the Zoustar daughter tried out the all-new Murray Bridge track, scorching to an almost 7-length victory over 1000m. On Wednesday at Flemington, Sisstar was back where it all started last November, again in a 1000m dash. Facing a quality BM64 field that included highly touted filly Dane Clipper, strong support saw the Tony McEvoy-trained 3YO firm from $3.70 to $2.80. Although pulling like a steam train for the first few hundred metres under jockey Michael Poy, Sisstar finally settled before balancing up beautifully over the last furlong to record a soft win. Given her pedigree and speedy disposition she is already worth a fortune as a future broodmare.