Held at Moonee Valley, the G2 Sunline Stakes is held over 1600m and is restricted to fillies and mares, 3YO and upward. It is a weight for age event and this year mares aged 4YO and up will carry 57kg and 3YO will carry 54kg.
Originally named the Diamond Jubilee Stakes it was first held in 1991 at Group 3 level. It was lifted to Group 2 status in 1996 and in 2001 was renamed the Sunline Stakes to honour the mighty mare Sunline. In 2016 the race will offer total stakes of $200,000 with the winner set to receive $120,000.The Sunline Stakes forms a part of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.
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|Sunline Stakes Guide|
|Date:||Thursday 24th March 2016|
|Race Time:||20:45 AEST|
|Location:||Moonee Valley Racecourse|
|Race Type:||Fillies & Mares 3YO&UP|
|2015 Winner:||Noble Protector|
|2016 Sunline Stakes Odds|
|2||MISS ROSE DE LAGO||1ST||$8.10 (win)|
|4||NOBLE PROTECTOR||2ND||$2.30 (pl)|
|6||DIG A PONY||-||-|
Opening a clear favourite and maintaining that position in the UBET market Fenway drops back from the 2000m at her last start in the G1 Australia Cup to the 1600m of this race. In 3 races this Autumn, her best result to date is a 2nd in the G2 Peter Young Stakes over 1800m, beaten 1½ lengths by Bow Creek. That placing followed her 1st up 9th in the G1 CF Orr Stakes and at her most recent start in the Australia Cup she finished 4th, under 2 lengths from the winner, Preferment. At her only start at Moonee Valley she was a winner over this distance when talking out the G2 Stocks Stakes last Spring.
A 7 time winner, Miss Rose De Lago will be 3rd up this campaign in this race. Tackling the G3 Mannerism over 1400m at her 1st up run, she was at double figure odds and led them well into the straight, only to be grabbed right on the line, finishing within a half-length of the winner Azkadellia. Her 2nd start was in the G3 Matron Stakes over 1600m at Flemington. Not fast out of the gates, she ambled forward and by the 1100m was in front. Approaching the 300m it appeared her run had ended, but knuckling down she held on to 4th position. From 3 visits to the Valley she is yet to taste success and has just the 2 wins from 7 starts over 1600m.
A winner at her last start in the G3 Tressady Stakes over 1400m at Flemington, the mare had 1 length to spare in taking the win. Last Autumn she finished 3rd in the G3 Vanity beating home Fenway in that race. Following that win she was successful in the G2 Kewney over 1400m and in the Spring ran into Politeness on successive occasions but could not get past her. This campaign has been promising with a 4th, beaten under 2 lengths when 1st up in the G3 Bellmaine, followed by a 6th in the G3 Mannerism, before her last start win. From 2 visits to the Valley she is a winner over 1200m and a 3rd in the Listed Alexandra Stakes over this distance, which is her only time over the 1600m journey.
The second of the Lee and Shannon Hope trained pair, Choose battled on well last start after racing on the pace and holding 2nd behind Wawail in the G3 Tressady Stakes. Having almost 12 months off she is now 4 runs into her campaign and started her preparation with a 1st up win in a Benchmark 90 for fillies and mares at Moonee Valley over 1200m. Stepping up to the G3 Bellmaine at her next outing she finished 3rd behind Tuscan Sling, only beaten a half-length, beating home subsequent Group winners Wawail and Felicienne. Her next start produced an 8th, although only beaten 2½ lengths behind Azkadellia in the G3 Mannerism. She is a winner from her only attempt at the track and has the services of in-form jockey Craig Newitt.
Taking place at Moonee Valley on William Reid Stakes Day is the handy the Sunline Stakes. The race is a weight-for-age event restricted to fillies and mares only. It is run over 1600m, with $200,000 in prize money on the line. The event usually attracts handy females; although not many of them go on to compete in Group 1s. Common Group 3 races used as stepping stones into this event include the Mannerism Stakes, Frances Tressady Stakes and Matron Stakes.
The race is named in honour of champion mare Sunline, who won nine times at this distance, including the renowned Hong Kong Mile. Before 2001, the race was known as the Diamond Jubilee Stakes and the Anthea Crawford Stakes. It dates back 1981 when it was a Listed Race. The Sunline was elevated to a Group 3 in 1991, before achieving Group 2 status in 1996. Other than 2005 when it was run over 1500m, this race has been contested over a mile. Some of the higher profile winners include Laura’s Charm (2008), Beautiful Gem (2005) and Excited Angel (1993).
|2016||MISS ROSE DE LAGO||JAMES MCDONALD||DANNY O'BRIEN||01:35.0|
|2015||NOBLE PROTECTOR||CRAIG WILLIAMS||ROBERT SMERDON||01:36.5|
|2014||TEXT'N HURLEY||CRAIG WILLIAMS||COLIN LITTLE||01:36.8|
|2013||SPIRIT SONG||CRAIG WILLIAMS||MATT LAURIE||01:35.7|
|2012||SPIRIT SONG||NASH RAWILLER||MATT LAURIE||01:38.5|
|2011||NAKAAYA||CRAIG NEWITT||MICK PRICE||01:37.5|
|2010||ZARITA||STEVE ARNOLD||PAT HYLAND||01:39.6|
|2009||SUBTLE COVE||DAMIEN OLIVER||WAYNE WILKES||01:37.7|
|2008||LAURA'S CHARM||STEVE ARNOLD||JAMIE NIELSEN||01:37.8|
|2007||LIKE IT IS||CRAIG WILLIAMS||DARREN WEIR||01:37.4|
|2006||CANDY VALE||PETER MERTENS||PATRICK CAREY||01:37.6|