Sunshine wins controversial Classic

13 January 2018 04:50:08 EST

Sunlight finished strongly to take out the Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic in a race where jockey Hugh Bowman avoided serious injury.

There was carnage in the early stages of the race, when Ef Troop, under the guidance of jockey Matt McGillivray, carved across the field, which resulted in Bowman and his charge Jonker running into the rail.

Jonker eventually finished last and suffered abrasions on all four legs, but it could have been much worse for horse and jockey.

McGillivray, who was slapped with a one-month careless riding suspension by stewards, said: "I was just trying to get to the front and I didn't realise what was happening until it was too late."

Bowman was far from happy with McGillivray, however he later shook his hand and wished him well before leaving the Gold Coast track.

"I'm just happy to be going home in one piece," Bowman said.

As for the brace, Sunlight wrapped up a sparkling two-length win over Fullazaboot, with a neck back to Outback Barbie in third with Ef Troop fading to run fourth.

"The key was getting her here when we did, she's alert and she handled the heat really well," trainer Tony McEvoy said.

"The preparation of running last week, when the high pressure was on today she lifted late and showed she is a star filly."

Meanwhile, Patrick Erin is 3/1 to land the Wellington Cup. Chance To Dance is 999/1 while Highlad is 8/1 for the 20th January contest.

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