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Sunlight's Sister Earns Flemington Redemption

Thursday, 26th September 2019

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.

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