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The 2018 Sunline Stakes (1600m) is a Group 2 race held at Moonee Valley Racecourse for fillies & mares under the lights on William Reid Stakes Night each March.

The Group 2  Sunline Stakes is named in honour of the champion mare Sunline, who was the world’s highest earning female horse of her time. In a total of 48 career starts, Sunline won 32 races in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong making her total career earnings over $11 million.

Run over a 1600m distance, the weight-for-age race is held specifically for fillies and mares aged three years and over. Worth $200,000 in prize money, the Sunline Stakes is held at the same Friday night meeting as the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival at Moonee Valley Racecourse. Good lead-up races to the Sunline Stakes field include the Group 3 Mannerism Stakes and the Frances Tressady Stakes, both 1400m races for mares are held at Flemington.

The Sunline Stakes 2018 runs under the lights at The Valley on Friday March 23, 2018 .

2018 Sunline Stakes Info
Date: Friday March 23, 2018
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: Fillies & Mares 3YO&UP Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prize money: $200,000

2018 Sunline Stakes Betting

The autumn’s Sunline Stakes 2018 betting odds and market links to will be available below the week of the race.

2018 Sunline Stakes Field

The Sunline Stakes field attracts a smart line-up of middle-distance fillies and mares each autumn coming out of similar class Melbourne races. The best out of the Sunline Stakes field could then head up to Sydney for ‘The Championships’ races in autumn or return in the winter for the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) in Adelaide that the 2017 Sunline Stakes winner I Am A Star ran third in.

The official 2018 Sunline Stakes Field & Barrier Draw is released the Wednesday before William Reid Stakes Night and will be published in full below.

2018 Sunline Stakes Nominations

The Sunline Stakes 2018 nominations will be available right here the Monday of race week and many mares in the mix may also hold a nomination for the Group 1 William Reid Stakes race on the same night.

The official 2018 Sunline Stakes Nominations attracted 15 fillies and mares including the in-form Ken Keys-trained Matron Stakes winner Spanish Reef chasing a third win on the trot and looking to add to her imposing record over the distance (4:3-1-0). The other standout entry looks to be Samovare for the Lindsay Park stable, the four-year-old runner-up in the same lead-up race and chasing her first victory since September last year when she beat Spanish Reef at this track / distance by over a length.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 202200×674 FLYING JESS M 4 John Moloney 1 57kg 95
2 0x72586x65 ABBEY MARIE M 5 Michael Kent 2 57kg 102
3 340x4687x4 HARLOW GOLD (NZ) M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 3 57kg 90
4 x212720x22 SAMOVARE M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 4 57kg 96
5 2112249×11 SPANISH REEF M 4 Ken Keys 5 57kg 99
6 2229×11111 LIFE ON THE WIRE M 4 Scott Brunton 6 57kg 92
7 1221x900x2 TIAMO GRACE M 4 Darren Weir 7 57kg 83
8 30411x087x EXOCET M 4 Anthony Freedman 8 57kg 84
9 36x557x136 SEANNIE F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 9 54kg 75
10 116x5986x5 CONSOMMATEUR (NZ) M 5 Michael Kent 10 57kg 90
11 4621×03317 KHUTULUN M 7 Luke Oliver 11 57kg 85
12 6151114644 ROYAL APPLAUSE M 5 Symon Wilde 12 57kg 78
13 7295115×38 MA JONES M 7 Darren Weir 13 57kg 80
14 0x99045357 ASTARA (NZ) M 4 Michael Kent 14 57kg 73
15 5314414×12 CAVALRY GOLD M 4 Sue Jaensch 15 57kg 68

Sunline Stakes History

First held in 1981 and won by Epillette, the Sunline Stakes was originally named the Diamond Jubilee Stakes until 2000. Held over a 1500m distance in 2005, the Group Two event was first introduced as a Listed race until 1990 when it was changed until 1994 as a Group Three event. Since 1988 the fastest winning time recorded was 1 minute 30.3 seconds by Beautiful Gem in 2005 and the slowest time was 1 minute 40.3 seconds by Flushed in 2001.

Sunline Stakes Results





Sunline Stakes
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
Sunline Stakes
I Am A Star
1 minute 36.69 seconds
2nd French Emotion
3rd First Seal
Sunline Stakes
Miss Rose De Lago
1 minute 35.06 seconds
2nd Noble Protector
3rd Metaphorical
Sunline Stakes
Noble Protector
1 minute 36.51 seconds
2nd Girl In Flight
3rd Marianne
Sunline Stakes
Text’n Hurley
1 minute 36.89 seconds
2nd Bippo No Bungus
3rd You’re So Good
Sunline Stakes
Spirit Song
1 minute 35.71 seconds
2nd Lights Of Heaven
3rd Goldslick
Sunline Stakes
Spirit Song
1 minute 38.5 seconds
2nd Lady Lynette
3rd Raspberries
Sunline Stakes
1 minute 37.5 seconds
2nd Lady Lynette
3rd Platinum Passion
Sunline Stakes
1 minute 39.6 seconds
2nd Princess Marizza
3rd Silvercitymiss
Sunline Stakes
Subtle Cove
1 minute 37.7 seconds
2nd Youthful High
3rd Fifth Avenue Lady
Sunline Stakes
Laura’s Charm
1 minute 37.8 seconds
2nd Illnois Girl
3rd Wayne’s Gold
Sunline Stakes
Like It Is
1 minute 37.4 seconds
2nd Laura’s Charm
3rd Brockman’s Lass
Sunline Stakes
Candy Vale
1 minute 37.6 seconds
2nd Plans
3rd Holy Bounty
Sunline Stakes
Beautiful Gem
1 minute 30.3 seconds
2nd Umber
3rd Charmed Lady
Sunline Stakes
1 minute 37.9 seconds
2nd La Sirenuse
3rd Love’s Here
Sunline Stakes
Tickle My
1 minute 38 seconds
2nd Kayano
3rd White Mist
Sunline Stakes
1 minute 37 seconds
2nd Tickle My
3rd It’s Platonic
Sunline Stakes
1 minute 40.3 seconds
2nd Calm Smytzer
3rd Shelbourne Lass
Sunline Stakes
Rose O’War
1 minute 37.1 seconds
2nd Lady Elsie
3rd Gold Crystal

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