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Out of big sister’s shadows

Sisstar can step out of her big sister’s shadow and add some serious value to her breeding career in Saturday’s $502,250 TAB Classic (Sangster Stakes) (1200m) at Morphettville.

The full-sister to Sunlight, who banked more than $6.5m in a career that netted 11 wins and nine placings from just 24 starts, Sisstar is chasing her fourth win in succession when she returns to Adelaide for the Group 1 feature.

A $600,000 yearling, Sisstar comes off an impressive win in the Listed Bel Esprit Stakes at Caulfield, but the question remains whether she can run a solid 1200m.

Her only run over the six furlongs saw her finish down the track at Caulfield back in 2019 and co-trainer Tony McEvoy said her chances would rest with just how well she can settle in the run.

“I’m very excited to have her there,” McEvoy said.

“She’s got to take a few steps to measure-up at the elite level and the 1200m is a big challenge for her, but she’s invited herself into the race on the back of her last-start win.

“I think she just has to race kindly and she’ll run the 1200m.”

The McEvoy stable also saddles up Pretty Brazen in the feature. She hasn’t raced since finishing fourth behind Mr Quickie in the Victoria Handicap over 1400m at Caulfield on April 3.

A Sandown Guineas winner in her three-year-old season, Pretty Brazen also boasts the scalp of star WA mare Arcadia Queen at 1400m in the Let’s Elope Stakes Flemington back in the spring and McEvoy said dropping back in trip won’t be an issue.

“1400m has been her best trip,” McEvoy said.

“But we decided to target this and put the blinkers on her. She’s absolutely bouncing fresh and working sharply, and I think in a pressure race she can run on strongly.

“In 1400m races she’s an on-pace runner and when you watch her races, she hits the front with 200m to travel, so I don’t think the 1200m will be a problem.”

The stable is sweating on scratchings with Spectacle, who is second emergency in the $520,520 Australasian Oaks, while it has Shop Til I Drop second-up in the Group 2 Queen Of The South Stakes and Savatoxl in the Group 3 D C McKay Stakes.

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