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).
|Date:||Friday 23rd March 2018|
|Race Time:||TBC AEDT|
|Location:||Moonee Valley Racecourse|
|Race Type:||3YO & Up Fillies & Mares|
|2017 Winner:||I Am A Star|
|2017||I Am A Star|
|2016||Miss Rose De Lago|