Sunlight Booked For Surgery After Paddock Accident

Sunlight Booked For Surgery After Paddock Accident


Group 1 sprint star Sunlight has narrowly avoided serious injury but is set to miss the start of the autumn after suffering a paddock accident.

Trainer Tony McEvoy said on Friday that the winner of more than $6.55 million in stakes is due for surgery on a damaged splint bone next Wednesday but that he expected her to still be a player in autumn.

“She’s had a paddock accident and somehow, she has chipped the bottom of her splint bone off on her near hind leg,” McEvoy said.

“It’s not major thankfully. I’ve spoken to the surgeon and to my vets and normally, it is a very straightforward procedure, although it’s an anesthetic, which is always a risk.”

Sunlight was to resume in the $750,000 Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning over 1000 metres at Flemington on February 15, but McEvoy said that race is no longer a target.

“It’s six weeks before I will be able to train her,” he said. “I wasn’t going to train her for another month so it’s only two weeks’ or so difference.

“So, it’s not disastrous, but she won’t kick off in the Lightning.”