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Adelaide out for Sunlight

Tony McEvoy has ruled the top filly Sunlight (Zoustar) out of the Adelaide carnival and she will be spelled before targeting The Everest in the spring.

McEvoy wasn’t happy with the 3-year-old after she trialled at Gawler last Friday and put a line through Saturday's G1 Sangster S. at Morphettville.

"She trialled okay, but not up to her standard so I watched her on Saturday and Sunday and she showed me she's a little bit flat,” he said. “I'm going to give her a spell, give her a good break and aim her at The Everest."

The winner of the G1 Coolmore Stud S. in the spring, Sunlight won the G1 Newmarket H. and the G1 William Reid S. this autumn. She finished a last-start third in the G1 TJ Smith S. at Randwick.


Menari progressing well

Menari (Snitzel) will take another step toward a return to racing when he heads to Warwick Farm on Wednesday where he will have an 800 metre gallop after the first race.

The 4-year-old’s stud career has been put on hold after he managed to get only 20 of 70 mares in foal in his first season and he has been back in work preparing for a return to racing.

"We'll see how he goes. If he does race this preparation it will be in the At Sea Handicap at Randwick on May 25 and we'll take it from there." Trainer Gerald Ryan said.

"He's terrific and has worked really well and his attitude is good.”

Menari was one of the leading contenders for last year's Everest, but injured a suspensory and was sent to stud before the race.


Waldgeist powers to Ganay success

The build-up to Sunday’s G1 Prix Ganay at Longchamp was dominated by Godolphin’s up-and-coming force Ghaiyyath (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), but in the event it was an already-proven domestic star who took centre stage as Waldgeist (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) brushed him aside with rare gusto.

Last year’s Jockey-Club hero Study of Man (Ire) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) was next best behind the foremost older middle-distance horse in France, just edging Ghaiyyath by a short head.

“The horse had done very well during the winter and maybe he’s even stronger than last year – he is at least fully mature now as a 5-year-old,” said winning trainer Andre Fabre.

New look for Barbie

Outback Barbie (Spirit Of Boom) will wear blinkers and will be ridden for the first time by Jeff Lloyd when she makes her return in the Listed Silk Stocking at the Gold Coast.

Gollan trialled Outback Barbie in head gear and is keen for her to wear them in her races.

"When she got beaten a nose in the Magic Millions Guineas her jockey James McDonald recommended we put blinkers on her," he said.

"The Spirit of Boom breed seems to go best in blinkers rather than winkers. It is a nice race for her to start her campaign."

Gollan is hopeful Outback Barbie can prove worthy of a crack at the G1 Tatt's Tiara on June 22.

Partners in action

The new training partnership of Robert Heathcote and Chris Anderson will kick off with six acceptors at Eagle Farm on Wednesday.

The multiple Group 1 and five-time premiership winning trainer Heathcote and Anderson have spent the past six weeks putting the finishing touches to the partnership.

They have trained 81 winners this season between them and will eventually have about 100 horses on their books at Eagle Farm. The partnership will also have new stable colours with a combination of Heathcote's pink and black and Anderson's black and white checks.

"It is an exciting time for us both and we are looking forward to plenty of success in coming weeks," Anderson said.

Robert Heathcote and Chris Anderson

Coleman keen on Whiskey Neat

Michael Coleman, fresh from G2 Travis S. success on Supera (NZ) (Savabeel) on Saturday, is looking forward to further black-type Te Rapa success this weekend.

Coleman’s mounts will include Whiskey Neat (Denman) in the Listed Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre 2YO S.

‘’I rode him for the first time at the Te Teko trials on Friday and he trialled up really well,’’ Coleman said. ‘’He looks pretty smart and he should be a good ride.’’

The Tony Pike-trained gelding made his first appearance since finishing seventh in the Karaka Million 2YO at Ellerslie on January 26 when he won his 800 metre trial comfortably.

Whiskey Neat

Jockey in induced coma

New South Wales country jockey Michael Hackett remains in an induced coma in Sydney's Liverpool Hospital after a fall at the Tomingley Cup picnic meeting.

Hackett was one of three riders to fall in the second race at the western NSW meeting on Saturday.

The Jockeys’ Association said Ricky Blewitt, who was taken to Westmead Hospital, has stable in-displaced thoracic spine fractures requiring rest for six weeks. He also has a scapula fracture that will be treated with a sling and a rib fracture that requires rest and conservative management.

Michael Gray will undergo an MRI and if it is clear he will soon be discharged from Dubbo Hospital. He will undergo surgery on a fractured clavicle and also has a wrist fracture that will be treated in a splint and a thoracic spine fracture that requires rest.