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.

2021 Sunline Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Quantum Mechanic
  • 2nd: #8 Grand De Flora
  • 3rd: #4 Scarlet Dream



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 2021 ran under the lights at The Valley on Friday March 19, 2021 and was won by the progressive Quantum Mechanic. 

2021 Sunline Stakes Info
Date: Friday March 19, 2021
Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: Fillies & Mares 3YO&UP Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prize money: $200,000

2021 Sunline Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Quantum Mechanic
  • 2nd: #8 Grand De Flora
  • 3rd: #4 Scarlet Dream

Deep Field four-year-old Quantum Mechanic ($8.50) continued her rise through the ranks, the lovely mare improving on her lead-up Matron Stakes second to salute in the 2021 Sunline Stakes results at The Valley on William Reid Stakes Night.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 7 QUANTUM MECHANIC Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Michael Walker 3 57kg $8.50
2 8 GRAND DE FLORA (NZ) Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 0.1L 7 57kg $7
3 4 SCARLET DREAM Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jye McNeil 0.85L 6 57kg $10
4 6 IN GOOD HEALTH Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 1.25L 5 57kg $3.50F
5 5 YAMAZAKI David Pfieffer Mark Zahra 1.45L 4 57kg $6
6 1 SPANISH REEF Ken & Kasey Keys Luke Currie 2.95L 2 57kg $7.50
7 3 MAMZELLE TESS Leon & Troy Corstens John Allen 3.15L 1 57kg $5.50
2 OCEANEX (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Michael Dee 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Sunline Stakes Betting

The autumn’s Sunline Stakes 2021 betting odds and market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below the week of the race.

2021 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 2021 Sunline Stakes Field & Barrier Draw is released the Wednesday before William Reid Stakes Night and will be published in full below.

The Sunline Stakes 2021 final field is now out with a hugely open edition of the event attracting eight runners with all but two under $10 for the win.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 40x9484x45 SPANISH REEF Ken & Kasey Keys Luke Currie 2 57kg 98
2 511x00030x OCEANEX (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Michael Dee 8 57kg 105
3 4334214×70 MAMZELLE TESS Leon & Troy Corstens John Allen 1 57kg 96
4 x4844668x3 SCARLET DREAM Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jye McNeil 6 57kg 86
5 x44205x504 YAMAZAKI David Pfieffer Mark Zahra 4 57kg 86
6 8x311450x8 IN GOOD HEALTH Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 5 57kg 97
7 3322×53312 QUANTUM MECHANIC Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Michael Walker 3 57kg 80
8 x15110x7x7 GRAND DE FLORA (NZ) Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 7 57kg 77

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Sunline Stakes Nominations

The Sunline Stakes 2021 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.

Fourteen female gallopers make-up the 2021 Sunline Stakes nominations including the defending champion Mamzelle Tess looking to go back-to-back in the event for the first time since Spirit Song (2012-13).

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 40x9484x45 SPANISH REEF M 7 Ken & Kasey Keys 1 57kg 98
2 511x00030x OCEANEX (NZ) M 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 2 57kg 105
3 4334214×70 MAMZELLE TESS M 8 Leon & Troy Corstens 3 57kg 96
4 x5019212x5 AFFAIR TO REMEMBER M 4 Dan O’Sullivan 4 57kg 98
5 23x6525x89 MOONLIGHT MAID M 4 Mitchell Freedman 5 57kg 83
6 x4844668x3 SCARLET DREAM M 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 6 57kg 86
7 x44205x504 YAMAZAKI M 5 David Pfieffer 7 57kg 86
8 8x311450x8 IN GOOD HEALTH M 5 Peter G Moody 8 57kg 97
9 3322×53312 QUANTUM MECHANIC M 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 9 57kg 80
10 215×524116 KANSINO M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 10 57kg 72
11 51111 MAHASHAKTI M 4 Mitchell Freedman 11 57kg 76
12 8×63322524 MAUI GIRL M 5 Jason Coyle 12 57kg 72
13 x819x12822 LA RICHESSE M 4 Will Clarken 13 57kg 69
14 x15110x7x7 GRAND DE FLORA (NZ) M 4 Danny O’Brien 14 57kg 77

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

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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