Spirit Song has scored a comfortable win in the 2013 Sunline Stakes at Moonee Valley Racecourse.
The five-year-old never looked challenged as she extended her lead down the final straight to win the 1,600 metre event.
Spirit Song won the race by one and a half lengths ahead of Lights Of Heaven, who put in a brave performance to finish second, and Goldslick, who placed in third.
The Invincible Spirit mare has now won eight of her 28 race starts and has earned more than $700,000 in prize money during her career.
Trainer Aaron Purcell was over the moon to have won the 2013 Sunline Stakes after targeting this race from the beginning.
“The horse has been really good to train,” Purcell said.
“(I’m) really happy to have her in the stable.
“This race were her goal for this campaign.
“She showed them how good she is this year.
“She really puts herself in the race and if things go her way she’s pretty hard to hold out.”
Jockey Craig Williams was aboard Spirit Song for tonight’s impressive Sunline Stakes win and the rider admitted her wasn’t surprised by her win after finishing a close second in the Group 3 Schweppervescence Trophy last start.
“Aaron Purcell’s done a great job,” Williams said.
“Last start really put the writing on the wall.
“I’m very fortunate to have the ride tonight.
“We just had the feeling if we made it more of a grind we might get some of the other horses unstuck.
“She’s done a great job and she’s a really honest mare.
“We know she’s high quality.”
Spirit Song was paying odds of $2.90 to win the 2013 Sunline Stakes at bookmaker.com.au.
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2013 Sunline Stakes Race Results & Finishing Order
|1||2||SPIRIT SONG||Aaron Purcell||Craig Williams||–||6||57kg||$2.90F|
|2||1||LIGHTS OF HEAVEN (NZ)||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||1.5L||7||57kg||$8|
|3||12||GOLDSLICK||Michael Kent||Brad Rawiller||1.8L||5||57kg||$31|
|4||7||BONARIA||Pat Hyland||Dwayne Dunn||3.3L||11||57kg||$13|
|5||4||HI BELLE||John Gunning||Vlad Duric||3.8L||8||57kg||$10|
|6||5||SECRET LIAISON||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Damian Lane||4.55L||10||57kg||$10|
|7||11||TAVARNELLE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Glen Boss||5.3L||3||57kg||$9.50|
|8||13||FAMILY CREST (NZ)||Robbie Griffiths||Ryan Maloney||5.7L||12||57kg||$14|
|9||6||THERE’S ONLY ONE||Peter G Moody||Daniel Stackhouse||6.95L||4||57kg||$8|
|10||8||GAIL||Robbie Griffiths||Chad Schofield (a)||9.45L||2||57kg||$41|
|11||10||FILL THE PAGE||Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones||Steven Arnold||9.95L||1||57kg||$31|
|12||9||ROCCIN JO||Dennis O’Leary||Damien Thornton (a)||10.25L||9||57kg||$51|