SUNNY BILL DU-TOY is a bay gelding owned by the Hollywood Syndicate. He is sired by the stallion Irish Flame out of the dam Miss Virgo (Fastnet Rock), and was bred by the Tawny Syndicate. He is currently in training with Alyson Wright. Learn more here.
Name: Sunny Bill Du-Toy
Foaled: August 13th, 2014
Sex: Bay Gelding
Breeder: Tawny Syndicate
Breeding: Irish Flame - Miss Virgo (AUS) by Fastnet Rock (AUS)
Trainer: Alyson Wright
Colours: Yellow, purple stars, yellow cap, purple star
Pedigree: View Here
Sunny Bill Du-Toy had a cracking 2017/18 season winning three races in a row, and earning a place in the Grade 1 Daily News 2000 field.
SBDT has featured in the press on a number of occasions, most notably with the origin of his name. Read the full story via Sporting Post here: When Pigs Actually Do Fly!
He featured on Gold Circle's website in the lead up to his run in the Daily News 2000: Sunny Bill Du-Toy Steps Up In Class.
Following this, he found himself on the front page of the Daily News in the build up to the 2018 edition of the Daily News 2000! View the image here.
Sandile Henry Mkhize, or Henry as he is better known around the Alyson Wright stable, is the assigned groom for SBDT. A little over 18 months prior to his run in the Daily News, Henry had never been in contact with a horse. Read more here: Sandile Henry Mkhize – The Groom for Sunny Bill Du-Toy.
10 May, 2019
Unfortunately, he suffered a few set-backs during the course of the winter last year. Firstly, he was being managed for a bit of discomfort in his back, after a solid autumn campaign. After a spell of swimming, he was soon freshing up at track in the morning and that is when a slight swelling appeared in his off-fore tendon. After a few weeks of rest, he was slowly introduced to a progressive rehab program and the same inflammation soon reappeared. It was then decided to give him a few months off, with box rest being the first priority. He is currently on the farm, as we are going the conservative route with him and we anticipate that he should be back towards the end of August 2019.