A quality field of mares will face off in the Sunline Stakes 2012 at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Friday night, three of which will be seeking back-to-back wins following last start victories.
Due to jump at 9:45pm (VIC time) as Moonee Valley Race 7 on William Reid Stakes Night, the $200,000 Group 2 Sunline Stakes (1600m) has drawn a final field of 12.
The best drawn of the three last start winners in the Sunline Stakes barriers is Peter Snowden’s Lonhro mare Raspberries in gate five with Kerrin McEvoy to ride.
Raspberries enjoyed a strong first-up win at Flemington in the Group 3 PFD Food Services Stakes (1400m), the four-year-old putting a minimum two and a half lengths on her rivals.
The mile should hold few fears for her with Raspberreis winning back-to-back races in Sydney, including the Group 3 Cameron Handicap at Newcastle, over 1500-metres during the spring.
She does, however, see the notoriously tight Moonee Valley circuit for the first time in the Sunline Stakes 2012.
The other mares out for successive turf triumphs are then Spirit Song and Anthony Freedman’s Zubbaya, both drawn in double digits with barriers 10 and 12 respectively.
Ultra-consistent Invincible Spirit mare Spirit Song has won five of her past seven race starts since November, running second in the other two, a record she will be looking to add to on Friday night.
This four-year-old has done the rounds originally prepared by Stuart Gower before being transferred to John McArdle, but it is her latest trainer, the Warrnambool-based Aaron Purcell, who can been credited for her excellent recent form.
Last-start Spirit Song stepped up to Group company for the first time and she held on in a tight finish to win the Group 3 Schweppervescence Trophy over the Flemington mile on March 10.
Spirit Song has now won her three most recent runs over the 1600-metres including her fur-length win at Sandown in January and her Moonee Valley triumph from barrier 10 of 10 with 59kg back in December, also putting four lengths on her rivals then.
Zubbaya, meanwhile, comes off a gritty first-up win in the Echuca Cup (1400m) on March 11.
She too boasts an emphatic four length win at the track and distance having beat home AJC Oaks winner Absolutely in the Listed Arrow Training Services Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley last October.
Other notable 2012 Sunline Stakes hopefuls include last year’s runner-up Lady Lynette, Schweppervescence Trophy runner-up Marveen, the fellow Darren Weir-trained Impulsive Dream on the rails with Glen Boss to ride, the Michael Kent-trained former Group 1 winner Absolutely and John Gunning’s Group 3 Mannerism Stakes winner Hi Belle.
The full 2012 Sunline Stakes field, barriers, jockeys and weights can be found in the table below.
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2012 Sunline Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Moonee Valley Race 7 – 9:45pm – 23/03/2012
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||431035X216||LADY LYNETTE||David & Scott Brunton||Michael Guthrie||11||57kg||106|
|2||20X563X352||MARVEEN||Darren Weir||Steven Arnold||2||57kg||97|
|3||3321X5660X||ABSOLUTELY||Michael Kent||Brad Rawiller||6||57kg||105|
|4||271121X414||HI BELLE||John Gunning||Craig Williams||8||57kg||102|
|5||12X91104X1||RASPBERRIES||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||5||57kg||102|
|6||46X1121121||SPIRIT SONG||Aaron Purcell||Nash Rawiller||10||57kg||95|
|7||810X1100X1||ZUBBAYA||Anthony Freedman||Damien Oliver||12||57kg||92|
|8||810X1620X3||BOOKLET||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Dwayne Dunn||9||57kg||92|
|9||1742636348||MAQUINA||Robbie Laing||Michael Rodd||3||57kg||76|
|10||X437X35442||IMPULSIVE DREAM||Darren Weir||Glen Boss||1||57kg||72|
|11||X215X075X3||SO PRISTINE||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||4||57kg||88|
|12||42230X5793||SEDUCED||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Craig Newitt||7||57kg||82|