The Sunline Stakes is a Group 2 Fillies & Mares Weight-for-age race that takes place annually each March at Moonee Valley racecourse in Melbourne during the Melbourne autumn racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres with $200,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Sunline Stakes was won by Spanish Reef from Samovare with Flying Jess third.
Held on a Friday night under lights, the Sunline Stakes and was formerly known as the 'Diamond Jubilee Stakes' and is held on the same night as the Group 1 William Reid Stakes during the Moonee Valley autumn racing carnival.
|Date:||Friday 22nd March 2019|
|Track:||Moonee Valley racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Fillies & Mares Weight-for-age|
|2018 Winner:||Spanish Reef|
The Sunline Stakes is a good class race for fillies & mares that is raced under level weight conditions and typically attracts above average types, rather than the elite. The level weight conditions of the race gives the better performed females a decided advantage over their rivals and more often than not the classier types will fight out the finish.
Mares contesting this event may have previously raced in similar type races such as the Gr3 Mannerism Stakes at Caulfield or the Gr3 Frances Tressady Stakes & Gr3 Matron Stakes at Flemington, which are all races for mares. Noble Protector (2015) claimed the Matron Stakes & Sunline Stakes double when she led all the way to win this race.
Classy mare Lights Of Heaven (2nd in 2013) travelled to Sydney to win the Gr3 Neville Sellwood Stakes over 2000m at Rosehill following her second place finish in this event.
Spanish Reef (2018) captured the Matron Stakes over 1600m at Flemington prior to winning this event and recent Sunline Stakes winners include I Am A Star (2017) and Miss Rose De Lago (2016).
1. $2.35 Spanish Reef 57.0 Mark Zahra
2. $2.60 Samovare 57.0 Damien Oliver
3. $20.00 Flying Jess 57.0 Dwayne Dunn
4. $15.00 Tiamo Grace 57.0 John Allen
5. $7.00 Life On The Wire 57.0 Jamie Mott
6. $26.00 Royal Applause 57.0 Ben Melham
7. $101.00 Cavalry Gold 57.0 Damien Thornton
Margins: 2.75 len, 1.75 len
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|2018||Spanish Reef||Samovare||Flying Jess||1:35.3|
|2017||I Am A Star||French Emotion||First Seal||1:36.6|
|2016||Miss Rose De Lago||Noble Protector||Metaphorical||1:35.0|
|2015||Noble Protector||Girl In Flight||Marianne||1:36.5|
|2014||Text'n Hurley||Bippo No Bungus||You're So Good||1:36.8|
|2013||Spirit Song||Lights Of Heaven||Goldslick||1:35.7|
|2012||Spirit Song||Lady Lynette||Raspberries||1:38.5|
|2011||Nakaaya||Lady Lynette||Platinum Passion||1:37.5|
|2009||Subtle Cove||Youthful High||Fifth Avenue Lady||1:37.7|
|2008||Laura's Charm||Illnois Girl||Wayne's Gold||1:37.8|
|2007||Like It Is||Laura's Charm||Brockman's Lass||1:37.4|
|2006||Candy Vale||Plans||Holy Bounty||1:37.6|
|2005||Beautiful Gem||Umber||Charmed Lady||1:30.3|
|2004||Sylvaner||La Sirenuse||Love's Here||1:37.9|
|2003||Tickle My||Kayano||White Mist||1:38.0|
|2002||Spurn||Tickle My||It's Platonic||1:37.0|
|2001||Flushed||Calm Smytzer||Shelbourne Lass||1:40.3|
|2000||Rose O'War||Lady Elsie||Gold Crystal||1:37.1|
|1999||Vonanne||Lady Elsie||Rose Of Dane||1:37.7|
|1998||Burning Embers||Cheval Place||Miss Tessla||1:36.3|
|1997||Prefer An Angel||Chlorophyll||Vonanne||1:37.8|
|1996||Suma Peace||Cliko||Arctic Scent||1:39.5|
|1994||Not Related||Pompeii Lady||Brompton Cross||1:36.3|
|1993||Excited Angel||Time Of My Life||Mamzelle Perdu||1:35.4|
|1992||Acushla Marie||Mamzelle Perdu||Knight's Contessa||1:36.4|
|1991||Rockets Galore||Princess Pushy||Berberia||1:34.2|
|1990||Marathon Star||Lady Of Perfection||Memphis Blues||1:34.3|
|1989||Boardwalk Angel||Pray For Colleen||Riva Gleam||1:37.6|
|1988||Bianco Flyer||Sister Shirley||Tjarra||1:34.8|