Currie says Sunlight can win Millions 2YO Classic
JOCKEY Luke Currie believes Sunlight can account for fellow favourites Ef Troop and Jonker to win the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic this Saturday.
Sunlight is a $4.40 chance for this week's Classic where the Tony McEvoy-trained filly will be tested by Ef Troop ($3.80) and Jonker ($5), who has accumulated the biggest pool of prizemoney of the nominations with $145,460.
Currie is aware of what Sunlight's biggest rivals can do and said she could mirror 2016 champion Houtzen by winning a week after running at the Gold Coast.
"(Saturday's) run will bring her up fitness-wise and I suppose they need to keep improving these two-year-olds - they need to keep taking the next step," Currie said.
"I have watched the replays of the other two favourites and I think she is up to those.
"Two-year-olds can throw up a wildcard every now and then but that's racing."
The four-time Group 1-winning hoop has rarely graced the turf at Gold Coast, spending the bulk of his career in Victoria and Tasmania or overseas in Mauritius, Singapore and Malaysia.
Currie said it would make winning Saturday's 1200m race all the more sweeter.
"It would mean a lot to win," Currie said.
"I haven't ridden much in either Queensland or NSW. I have ridden overseas but in Australia I have only really ridden in Tassie and Victoria so it would be really nice to win a big one up here, especially for Tony."
Sunlight has now run twice at the Gold Coast since arriving in December and McEvoy said it was important the filly felt like a local.
Currie said the rides were just as important to him as he prepares to chase a win in the biggest event of the $10 million race day.
"Usually when I go to a new track I like to have a ride or two before the main event," Currie said.
"It's been nice to come up here. I have got a good feel for it in the last couple of weeks. It is fairly important for both jockey and horse."