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.

2018 Sunline Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Spanish Reef
  • 2nd: #3 Samovare
  • 3rd: #1 Flying Jess



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 ran under the lights at The Valley on Friday March 23, 2018 and was won by the favourite Spanish Reef.

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 Results

  • 1st: #4 Spanish Reef
  • 2nd: #3 Samovare
  • 3rd: #1 Flying Jess

Check out the official Sunline Stakes 2018 Results & Finishing Order below, the William Reid Stakes Night support act won by the Ken Keys-trained favourite Spanish Reef who extended her winning streak to three straight and completed the Matron Stakes – Sunline Stakes double. It was the same quinella as Flemington’s Matron Stakes from Super Saturday with the next best in betting Samovare running second before Flying Jess added value to the trifecta in third.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 4 SPANISH REEF Ken Keys Mark Zahra 7 57kg $2.35F
2 3 SAMOVARE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damien Oliver 2.75L 5 57kg $2.60
3 1 FLYING JESS John Moloney Dwayne Dunn 4.5L 6 57kg $20
4 6 TIAMO GRACE Darren Weir John Allen 4.6L 4 57kg $15
5 5 LIFE ON THE WIRE Scott Brunton Jamie Mott 6.85L 2 57kg $7
6 8 ROYAL APPLAUSE Symon Wilde Ben Melham 8.6L 3 57kg $26
7 9 CAVALRY GOLD Sue Jaensch Damien Thornton 8.7L 1 57kg $101
2 ABBEY MARIE Michael Kent Craig Williams 0
7 EXOCET Anthony Freedman Damian Lane 0

2018 Sunline Stakes Tips

  • 1st: #4 Spanish Reef
  • 2nd: #3 Samovare
  • 3rd: #8 Royal Applause

2018 Sunline Stakes Betting

The autumn’s Sunline Stakes 2018 betting odds and market links to Ladbrokes.com.au 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.

The Sunline Stakes 2018 Final Field drew just the nine hopefuls including the consistent Lindsay Park-trained Savabeel four-year-old Samovare coming off back-to-back Group 3 seconds this time in and her last start conqueror in the Matron Stakes over the mile at Flemington Spanish Reef who look the two to beat according to the bookies.

2018 Sunline Stakes Field Update: Abbey Marie (6) has been scratched from the Sunline Stakes leaving just eight runners in the Friday Night at The Valley feature.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 202200×674 FLYING JESS John Moloney Dwayne Dunn 8 57kg 95
2 0x72586x65 ABBEY MARIE Michael Kent Craig Williams 6 57kg 102
3 x212720x22 SAMOVARE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damien Oliver 7 57kg 96
4 2112249×11 SPANISH REEF Ken Keys Mark Zahra 9 57kg 99
5 2229×11111 LIFE ON THE WIRE Scott Brunton Jamie Mott 2 57kg 92
6 1221x900x2 TIAMO GRACE Darren Weir John Allen 5 57kg 83
7 30411x087x EXOCET Anthony Freedman Damian Lane 3 57kg 84
8 6151114644 ROYAL APPLAUSE Symon Wilde Ben Melham 4 57kg 78
9 5314414×12 CAVALRY GOLD Sue Jaensch Damien Thornton 1 57kg 68

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.

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

2019
Sunline Stakes
1st
TBD
TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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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