Sunlight’s planned assault on the Golden Rose has hit a hurdle with the filly ruled out of her lead-up run because of a temperature.
The Tony McEvoy-trained three-year-old had been entered for Saturday’s Group Two Run To The Rose (1200m) at Rosehill with a view to stretching out to 1400m two weeks later in the Group One Golden Rose.
McEvoy told Racing NSW stewards on Tuesday the filly had an elevated temperature.
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The winner of six of her nine starts including the Magic Millions Classic and third in the Golden Slipper, Sunlight will need a veterinary clearance before she races again.
Unbeaten colt Graff from the Kris Lees stable is the TAB’s $2.50 favourite for the Run To The Rose ahead of Wednesday’s declaration of the final field.
He is the $6 equal favourite in the Golden Rose alongside The Autumn Sun who is scheduled to run in Saturday’s Stan Fox Stakes (1500m).