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Magic Millions-winning filly Sunlight has made a one-act affair of her first public appearance since the Sydney autumn carnival.
Unsighted since running third to Esitjaab in an all-fillies finish to the Golden Slipper, Sunlight was unextended to win a barrier trial at Morphettville on Thursday.
Trainer Tony McEvoy sent Sunlight out over 1000m in soft conditions and she easily accounted for city winner More Than Exceed.
Leading Adelaide jockey Jamie Kah had Sunlight travelling outside the leader and allowed her mount to take control on the turn before extending the advantage to 4-1/2 lengths.
On Australian Timeform ratings this season, Sunlight is rated equal fourth behind Blue Diamond winner Written By.
She has won five of her seven starts and more than $2 million in stakes and could be given an end-of-season opportunity to advance that record.
McEvoy has earmarked the Listed Lightning Stakes at Morphettville on July 28 as Sunlight's comeback run depending on her recovery from Thursday's trial.
That could put her on a course to clash with emerging Victorian sprinter Nature Strip, a three-year-old with six wins from nine starts since stepping out for the first time in October.
Vega Magic will tune up for the Bletchingly Stakes in a Flemington jump-out and trainer David Hayes believes the sprinter is ready to press his claims for one of the remaining slots in The Everest.
The dual Group One-winning sprinter is scheduled for an 800m jump-out on Friday.
"I'm sure he's back to his best and we'll see it tomorrow," Hayes said.
"The plan is to go to the Bletchingly and show everyone that he is back to his best and hopefully get an Everest slot."
The Group Three Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) is at Caulfield on Saturday week.
Vega Magic won The Group One Goodwood (1200m) in Adelaide last year before winning again at elite level in the Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield last September.
The five-year-old secured a slot in the inaugural Everest at Randwick last October, finishing second to Redzel but has been unplaced in three starts since.
He needed stitches to repair a cut to a leg suffered in a paddock accident after the spring and was then aimed at a defence of The Goodwood in May.
Vega Magic was eighth as the $4 favourite in The Goodwood in his only start so far in 2018 which was won by Santa Ana Lane who has already secured a slot in this year's $13 million Everest.