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Sun City in Magic Millions scare

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The Tony McEvoy-trained Sun City (left) is in doubt for the Magic Millions with an ankle infection.

Leading Magic Millions Classic contender Sun City will undergo treatment for a swollen ankle in a bid to keep his hopes for the $2 million race alive.

The Tony McEvoy-trained colt is a $9 chance in the 2YO Classic on January 12 after his win in the B J McLachlan Stakes on Saturday.

McEvoy said Sun City had been in fine fettle on Monday and Tuesday but had a badly swollen off fore ankle on Wednesday morning and was taken to a veterinary hospital.

“First thoughts were he had a sprain but history says that can’t be right. The next thing would be an infection and we have sent him to the hospital for tests,” McEvoy said.

“If it is confirmed he has an infection we can treat it immediately with antibiotics.”

“It is naturally something we don’t want. But he is fit so if we can get it right we can press on with the Millions campaign.”

A Queensland Racing Integrity Commission spokeswoman said the situation was being closely monitored.

“Obviously it is of great importance to a lot of people and we will keep the public informed,” she said.

McEvoy won last year’s Magic Millions Classic with Sunlight.

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