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 Cliffie Miller. 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: Cliffie Miller
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.
Updates - Sunny Bill Du-Toy
October 3rd, 2019
Great to see Sunny Bill Du-Toy extending himself again and he appears to be on the right track for a return to racing in the next 6-8 weeks. He has been off with a tendon niggle, for over 12 months and that extended leave has been more precautionary than anything else. He is certainly starting to look magnificent.
"Sunny Bill" was also lucky enough to be greeted by the Hollywoodbets Dolphins, who were given a photo opportunity with this son of Irish Flame. Seen below:
May 10th, 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.