Sunlight’s sister Sisstar rolls yet another favourite at Ballarat

Sunlight’s little sister Sisstar piled on the pain for favourite backers when she lasted to win the $150,000 Magic Millions 3 & 4YO Classic (1100m) at Ballarat.

The Astrologist became the fifth short-priced favourite to go under at Ballarat when the Leon and Troy Corstens-trained gelding’s charge to the line fell a long neck short of Sisstar.

Sisstar was a Group 3 winner herself as a three-year-old but went more than a year before her next win at Ballarat.

Co-trainer Calvin McEvoy said Sisstar didn’t develop the same size and strength as Sunlight, who won three Group 1 races before she was sold as a broodmare for $4.2 million in July.

“She’s quite a petite little filly,” McEvoy, who trains Sisstar in partnership with his father Tony, said. “But she’s got a lot of guts and an awkward racing style which can bring her undone sometimes.

“She’s always lived in the shadow of Sunlight but she’s done a fantastic job and already a Group 3 winner and worth a lot of money.”

Sisstar completed a winning treble for jockey Damian Lane.

Sisstar, ridden by Damian Lane, wins the Magic Millions 3&4YO Classic.Source:Getty Images

Earlier, two-year-old Readily Availabull’s late lunge landed him Saturday’s $250,000 Magic Millions Clockwise Classic (1000m).

Trainer John Sargent bought Readily Availabull for $25,000 at the Tasmanian Magic Millions Yearling Sale in February before preparing the colt for his race debut at his Randwick stable.

The practice working right-handed was invaluable for Readily Availabull as he lifted late to beat the Mick Price and Michael Kent Jr-trained Prince among Men by a head.

“When he worked well during the week, I thought that this would be a good chance to do it,” Sargent said.

Co-trainer Calvin McEvoy with Sisstar after winning the Magic Millions 3&4YO Classic.Source:Getty Images

“He’s a nice, correct, nippy type. He’s done everything we’ve needed him to do so far.

Readily Availabull will head back to Sydney before Sargent decides whether to give the son of Bull Point more race experience at Wyong next month before travelling further north for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) in January.

OWNERS IN FULL VOICE

Cheering owners was a sign racing was on its way back to normal as Tradewind scored an upset win at Ballart.

Owners had been banned from race meetings for eight months as part of Racing Victoria’s COVID-19 strategy but a limited amount have been allowed back in track since last weekend.

Tradewind’s owners were the only ones in the enclosure but the whole racecourse heard them cheer as Jye McNeil guided the Ryan Balfour-trained colt to a narrow win in the $175,000 VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade at $31.

The Adelaide-based Balfour was unable to travel to Ballarat but part-owner Campbell Stott said the chance to be on track for Tradewind’s victory was a big thrill after so long away.

“This is the first time we’ve been on track and we had Jen (Fitzpatrick) here, who bred his dam as well,” Stott said.

“We’re all Victorians and even got a couple of us here from Ballarat and it’s great to be back.”

Tradewind got through on the inside to deny the Symon Wilde-trained Sirileo Miss a second straight win to start her career while Super Yulong was third.

While Tradewind’s connections were cheering, punters and trainer Mike Moroney were left to lament the disappointing effort of the $1.65 favourite Shelby Cobra.

Shelby Cobra impressed winning at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup carnival but was a spent force on the home turn at Ballarat, weakening to beat one runner home.

“Really disappointing, obviously,” Shelby Cobra’s trainer Mike Moroney said.

“He (jockey Mark Zahra) just said that he had to give him a little dig to get to where he wanted to and the horse got overracing for quite a while.

“He just felt that he might’ve had enough. We’ll go to the paddock now anyway.”

McNeil’s win on Tradewind completed a double for the Melbourne Cup-winning rider after he piloted Blandford Lad to victory in the Global Turf Handicap (2600m).

TAB BIG BETS

RACE ONE

Favourite punters endured a tough start to Ballarat Cup Day after The Gauch was unplaced.

The Gauch received 60 per cent of support from TAB customers and was disappointing. The Gauch was backed on raceday from $2.15 to as short as $1.80 before starting $2.

The victorious Riding The Wave eased on raceday from $8.50 to $10. Mistake was specked late from as much as $34 to $23 and finished second. Tan Tat Harmony ($5.50 to $6.50 to $6) was the third placegetter.

BETS: The Gauch $2,000 @ $2, $1,194 @ $2

RACE TWO

The initiative of Melbourne Cup winning rider Jye McNeil proved decisive on Blandford Lad.

McNeil set Blandford Lad alight with 1200 metres remaining and held off Reflect The Stars.

Blandford Lad eased from $6 to as much as $10 on raceday before closing $9.

Reflect The Stars was reasonably solid in the market and closed $6 (as short as $5).

Unplaced favourite Wahine Toa firmed from as much as $3.70 to $2.30 before starting $3.10.

Red Alto ($34) finished third.

RACE THREE

Favourite punters were left gobsmacked after the VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade.

Unplaced odds-on favourite Shelby Cobra failed to finish in the placings.

Shelby Cobra was as short as $1.40 on raceday before closing $1.70. Before the drift, dual $5000 bets at $1.50 were placed on Shelby Cobra.

The victorious Tradewind was unwanted on raceday drifting from $21 to $31.

Runner-up Sirileo Miss received late support ($6.50 to $5). The unplaced Beau Rossa ($7.50 to $6) also had late admirers. Super Yulong ($9.50 to $15 before closing $13) was the third placegetter.

BETS: Shelby Cobra $2,000 @ $1.70, $2,000 @ $1.60, $2,000 2 $1.55 MULTIPLE TIMES, $5,000 @ $1.50 TWICE

RACE FOUR

In a driving finish, Readily Availabull won the Magic Millions 2YO Clockwise Classic.

Following the late scratching of Ranveer, Readily Availabull eased from $5.50 to $7. Unplaced favourite Butter Blonde drifted in late betting from as short as $3.60 to $4.20. Runner-up Prince among Men tightened late from $8.50 to $7.50. Third placegetter Rambeau received late specking from $10 to $8.50. Briggs ($11 to $8.50 late) finished out of the placings.

RACE FIVE

In a close finish, Excess Funds was able to hold off Hi Stranger in the Tonks Plate.

Excess Funds was backed on raceday from $5.50 to as short as $4.40 before closing $4.60.

Hi Stranger drifted from $3.60 to as much as $4 before closing $3.70 favourite.

One bet of $4000 at $3.70 was placed on Hi Stranger late in betting.

Unplaced gallopers All Too Royal ($4.60 to $5) and Chicago Cub ($6 to $7) eased late.

The unlucky third placegetter Enigman was specked late from $34 to $23.

BETS: Excess Funds $1,000 @ $4.80, $1,250 @ $4.60, $1,000 @ $4.60

BETS: Hi Stranger $4,000 @ $3.70

RACE SIX

In an open affair, Snapdancer was a decisive winner despite closing $12.

Snapdancer had early raceday support from $12 to $10 before returning to $12.

Unplaced favourite Lunakorn eased on raceday from $4.60 to $5.50.

Chassis – also unplaced – hovered around the $7-$8 mark (closed $7.50).

Runner-up Excelida was specked late from as much as $31 to $23.

Third placegetter Zabelarina opened $31 on Wednesday and closed $9.50 (touched $8.50).

BETS: Snapdancer $1,000 @ $11

BETS: Lunakorn $2,000 @ $5.50, $1,500 @ $5.50

BETS: Chassis $1,000 e/w @ $7.50/$2.70 MULTIPLE TIMES

RACE SEVEN

Favourite punters were left to lament once again after Right You Are was unplaced.

Right You Are touched $2, got out to $2.25 before surging late to $2.15.

One bet of $10,000 at $2.15 was placed late in betting on Right You Are.

A late rally for Think ‘n’ Fly ($8.50 to $5.50 on raceday) failed to materialise.

The victorious Skiddaw drifted on raceday from $15 to $19.

Kaplumpich ($9 to $12) and High Excalebration ($23 to $34) were the minor placegetters.

BETS: Skiddaw $1,500 x $2,500 e/w @ $19/$4.20

BETS: Think ‘n’ Fly $2,000 @ $6

BETS: Right You Are $10,000 @ $2.15

RACE EIGHT

Favourite backers were cursing again with Affair To Remember second in the Ballarat Cup.

Affair To Remember was popular from $4.80 to $3.80 on raceday before closing $4.

One bet of $5000 at $3.90 was placed on Affair To Remember.

Second elect Junipal shortened from as much as $6 to $5 but was unplaced.

Pacodali tightened on raceday from $15 to $10 but also failed to figure in the placings.

The victorious Irish Flame was specked from as much as $26 to $19.

Third placegetter Game Keeper eased marginally late from $17 to $19

BETS: Affair To Remember $5,000 @ $3.90, $3,000 @ $3.90, $2,000 @ $3.90

BETS: Odeon $2,200 e/w @ $16/$4.40, $1,000 @ $15, $1,500 @ $14

RACE NINE

Most punters were crestfallen after the Magic Millions 3&4YO Classic was run and won.

The Astrologist was as short as $1.70 before closing $2.15 favourite (touched $2.20).

Bets of $5000 at $1.85 and $5000 at $1.75 were placed on the runner-up.

The victorious Sisstar trimmed late in betting from $8 to $7.

Third placegetter Hawker Hurricane was $7.50 to as short as $5.50 before closing $6.50. Whipcracker Way tightened late from $5.50 to $4.60 but finished out of the placings.

BETS: The Astrologist $3,000 @ $2.20, $3,000 @ $2.15, $2,500 @ $2.15, $2,642 @ $2, $2,000 @ $2, $5,000 @ $1.85, $4,000 @ $1.85, $3,000 @ $1.85, $5,000 @ $1.75

RACE 10

A tough Ballarat Cup Day was punctuated by another favourite failing to win.

Yao Dash was backed from $4.40 to $3.90 but could only finish fourth.

Bets of $6000 at $4, $3.90 and $3.80 were placed on Yao Dash.

The victorious Titan Blinders had late support (as much as $9 to $8).

Kazio ($51) and I Am Vinnie ($41) were the minor placegetters.

BETS: Yao Dash $2,000 @ $4.40, $6,000 @ $4, $3,000 @ $4, $2,000 @ $4, $1,500 @ $4, $6,000 @ $3.90, $6,000 @ $3.80

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Originally published asSunlight’s sister Sisstar sizzles at Ballarat

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