Ex-Hong Kong galloper Sunshine Rising set for Aussie debut in Competition Stakes

One have a look at the formguide will let you know why ex-Hong Kong galloper Sunshine Rising is attracting loads of consideration forward of his first run in 671 days in Saturday’s Group 3 Competition Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill.

The stakes-winning son of Myboycharlie holds a 3rd behind Win Shiny and Magic Wand two begins in the past within the Group 1 Hong Kong Gold Cup whereas he was fifth in Golden Sixty’s Group 1 Stewards’ Cup triumph at his final go to to the races.

However the dates of these performances inform the true story with the runs coming years aside in December, 2019 and January, 2021 respectively.


The now nine-year-old has battled tendon points lately and was retired from Hong Kong earlier than coach Mark Newnham was contacted to present Sunshine Rising an opportunity to complete his profession in Australia.

Newnham has lately had success reinvigorating the profession of kind proficient sprinter Joyful Fortune, which earned a slot on this 12 months’s The Everest and gained a Listed occasion at Flemington in November.

“Sunshine Rising had some tendon points and needed to be retired from Hong Kong after solely having one run in three years,” Newnham mentioned.

“He was with Trevor (Andrews) and we received him by means of the identical man who is nice associates with the homeowners and began going by means of the method with him and he did a whole lot of the work over in New Zealand.

“If we didn’t assume it was worthwhile getting him again in, we wouldn’t have accomplished it and I feel he’s nonetheless received one thing within the tank.

“It‘s unlikely we’ll see him get again to his Group 1 kind and there may be not a whole lot of races for him at the moment of 12 months however he has solely had 22 begins.

“Probably we’ll have a look at the Ingham with him if all goes proper.”

Sunshine Rising isn’t presently listed in Group 2 The Ingham betting, beforehand the Villiers Stakes, however has been the topic of some assist within the Competition Stakes.

TAB opened the gelding at $8 earlier than shortening the import into $7.50 on Thursday.

Sunshine Rising has had two trials forward of his debut with the most recent approaching November 8 in a second putting behind Purple Sector over 1257m at Randwick.

Newnham mentioned Sunshine Rising has been a “gentleman” across the secure and recognised the Group 2 winner would appeal to loads of consideration from punter this weekend.

“He‘s an attention-grabbing galloper and he’s actually attracted some consideration given his profile,” Newnham mentioned.

“Clearly he‘s received a little bit of expertise working third behind the Japanese horse Win Shiny and Magic Wand two begins in the past.

“That’s A-grade however he’s battled tendon points since then and solely had the one run prior to now three years.”

Newnham’s former secure apprentice Tom Sherry will pilot Sunshine Rising.

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