Sunline Stakes

The 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.

2023 Sunline Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Sirileo Miss
  • 2nd: #8 Revolutionary Miss
  • 3rd: #4 Deny Knowledge



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 $300,000 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.

In 2021 the Sunline Stakes winner Quantum Mechanic went on to run third in that year’s Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) in Sydney.

The Sunline Stakes 2022 form was franked with the runner-up Barb Raider going on to also run second in the both Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) in Adelaide that April and the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2200m) in Brisbane in June.

The Sunline Stakes 2023 ran under the lights at The Valley on Friday March 24, 2023 and was won in emphatic fashion by tearaway champion Sirileo Miss ($3.50). 

2023 Sunline Stakes Info
Date: Friday March 24, 2023
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: Fillies & Mares 3YO&UP Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prize money: $300,000

2023 Sunline Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Sirileo Miss ($3.50)
  • 2nd: #8 Revolutionary Miss
  • 3rd: #4 Deny Knowledge

Symon Wilde’s last start Matron Stakes winning mare Sirileo Miss ($3.50) was huge winning the Sunline Stakes 2023 at The Valley by a runaway 5.5 length margin ahead of her likely Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes bid in Sydney.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 SIRILEO MISS Symon Wilde Ben Melham 8 57kg $3.50
2 8 REVOLUTIONARY MISS Peter & Paul Snowden Michael Dee 5.5L 5 54kg $3.10F
3 4 DENY KNOWLEDGE (IRE) Michael Kent Mark Zahra 5.6L 6 57kg $9
4 1 BARB RAIDER Jerome Hunter Blake Shinn 5.9L 4 57kg $5
5 5 SO YOU SEE Michael Moroney Jye McNeil 6.3L 3 57kg $13
6 3 CLIFF’S ART (IRE) Matthew Smith Damien Oliver 10.3L 2 57kg $10
7 7 EN FRANCAIS Jake Stephens Lachlan Neindorf (a) 14.55L 7 57kg $13
8 6 SKY HORSE (NZ) Michelle Payne Jordan Childs 22.55L 1 57kg $71

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 Sunline Stakes Betting

The autumn’s Sunline Stakes 2023 betting odds and market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below the week of the race.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2023 SUNLINE STAKES ODDS (Final Field)

2023 Sunline Stakes Form

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2023 Sunline Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Sunline Stakes 2023 Tips on The Valley Friday night feature.

  • To Win: #8 Revolutionary Miss ($4.50 at time of publish) 

Peter & Paul Snowden’s Russian Revolution filly is at a backable price after she returned to winning form third-up last start with a confidence-boosting Group 2 Kewney Stakes victory at Flemington. She presents rock-hard fit here in a small field at The Valley against a similar grade line-up of rivals. Her only other start at the track was in the Atlantic Jewel last September where she looked to handle herself okay only 2 lengths back fifth. Group 1 Thousand Guineas second followed, so she’s got class at her best. Building steadily all prep running well her first two at big odds with back-to-back Randwick fifths narrowly beaten. At her right distance now at a mile and is back two kilos in on just 54kg. Big chance.

2023 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 2023 Sunline Stakes Field & Barrier Draw is released the Wednesday before William Reid Stakes Night and will be published in full below.

The Sunline Stakes 2023 final field features a small but class line-up of just eight fillies and mares led in betting by Symon Wilde’s last start Group 3 Matron Stakes winner by nearly four lengths Sirileo Miss

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 20212x0x53 BARB RAIDER Jerome Hunter Blake Shinn 4 57kg 100
2 x013534x71 SIRILEO MISS Symon Wilde Ben Melham 8 57kg 103
3 0x65083x63 CLIFF’S ART (IRE) Matthew Smith Damien Oliver 2 57kg 92
4 4619×24159 DENY KNOWLEDGE (IRE) Michael Kent Mark Zahra 6 57kg 86
5 627×271015 SO YOU SEE Michael Moroney Jye McNeil 3 57kg 82
6 x07021127x SKY HORSE (NZ) Michelle Payne Ms Michelle Payne 1 57kg 69
7 3x3313x112 EN FRANCAIS Jake Stephens Lachlan Neindorf (a) 7 57kg 77
8 0x0572x551 REVOLUTIONARY MISS Peter & Paul Snowden Michael Dee 5 54kg 98

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 Sunline Stakes Nominations

The Sunline Stakes 2023 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.

Nominations extended until 21/03/2023 10:00:00 AM. 

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 20212x0x53 BARB RAIDER M 4 Jerome Hunter 100
2 53x1122x2 CAP DE JOIE (GB) M 4 Nick Ryan 71
3 0x65083x63 CLIFF’S ART (IRE) M 7 Matthew Smith 92
4 122×689 CLIMBING STAR (NZ) F 3 Phillip Stokes 80
5 4619×24159 DENY KNOWLEDGE (IRE) M 5 Michael Kent 86
6 3x3313x112 EN FRANCAIS M 5 Jake Stephens 77
7 6160x270x6 INSPIRATIONAL GIRL (NZ) M 7 John Leek (Jnr) 108
8 0x0572x551 REVOLUTIONARY MISS F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 98
9 27x3115x71 SEONEE M 4 Patrick Payne 76
10 x013534x71 SIRILEO MISS M 5 Symon Wilde 103
11 x07021127x SKY HORSE (NZ) M 6 Michelle Payne 69
12 627×271015 SO YOU SEE M 4 Michael Moroney 82

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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

Year

Place

Horse

Time

2023
Sunline Stakes
1st
Sirileo Miss
1 minute 36.04 seconds
2nd Revolutionary Miss
3rd Deny Knowledge
2022
Sunline Stakes
1st
Shout The Bar
1 minute 35.08 seconds
2nd Barb Raider
3rd Flying Mascot
2021
Sunline Stakes
1st
Quantum Mechanic
1 minute 36.46 seconds
2nd Grand De Flora
3rd Scarlet Dream
2020
Sunline Stakes
1st
Mamzelle Tess
1 minute 35.72 seconds
2nd Bam’s On Fire
3rd Fidelia
2019
Sunline Stakes
1st
Consensus
1 minute 36.83 seconds
2nd Spanish Reef
3rd Kenedna
2018
Sunline Stakes
1st
Spanish Reef
1 minute 35.34 seconds
2nd Samovare
3rd Flying Jess
2017
Sunline Stakes
1st
I Am A Star
1 minute 36.69 seconds
2nd French Emotion
3rd First Seal
2016
Sunline Stakes
1st
Miss Rose De Lago
1 minute 35.06 seconds
2nd Noble Protector
3rd Metaphorical
2015
Sunline Stakes
1st
Noble Protector
1 minute 36.51 seconds
2nd Girl In Flight
3rd Marianne
2014
Sunline Stakes
1st
Text’n Hurley
1 minute 36.89 seconds
2nd Bippo No Bungus
3rd You’re So Good
2013
Sunline Stakes
1st
Spirit Song
1 minute 35.71 seconds
2nd Lights Of Heaven
3rd Goldslick
2012
Sunline Stakes
1st
Spirit Song
1 minute 38.5 seconds
2nd Lady Lynette
3rd Raspberries
2011
Sunline Stakes
1st
Nakaaya
1 minute 37.5 seconds
2nd Lady Lynette
3rd Platinum Passion
2010
Sunline Stakes
1st
Zarita
1 minute 39.6 seconds
2nd Princess Marizza
3rd Silvercitymiss
2009
Sunline Stakes
1st
Subtle Cove
1 minute 37.7 seconds
2nd Youthful High
3rd Fifth Avenue Lady
2008
Sunline Stakes
1st
Laura’s Charm
1 minute 37.8 seconds
2nd Illnois Girl
3rd Wayne’s Gold
2007
Sunline Stakes
1st
Like It Is
1 minute 37.4 seconds
2nd Laura’s Charm
3rd Brockman’s Lass
2006
Sunline Stakes
1st
Candy Vale
1 minute 37.6 seconds
2nd Plans
3rd Holy Bounty
2005
Sunline Stakes
1st
Beautiful Gem
1 minute 30.3 seconds
2nd Umber
3rd Charmed Lady
2004
Sunline Stakes
1st
Sylvaner
1 minute 37.9 seconds
2nd La Sirenuse
3rd Love’s Here
2003
Sunline Stakes
1st
Tickle My
1 minute 38 seconds
2nd Kayano
3rd White Mist
2002
Sunline Stakes
1st
Spurn
1 minute 37 seconds
2nd Tickle My
3rd It’s Platonic
2001
Sunline Stakes
1st
Flushed
1 minute 40.3 seconds
2nd Calm Smytzer
3rd Shelbourne Lass
2000
Sunline Stakes
1st
Rose O’War
1 minute 37.1 seconds
2nd Lady Elsie
3rd Gold Crystal

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