Sunline Stakes 2020

Friday March 20, 2020

Ladbrokes Tip: The Matron Stakes is a top lead-up race into the Sunline Stakes

The Sunline Stakes is a Group 2 support race run at Moonee Valley Racecourse on William Reid Stakes Night on a Friday in late March during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival. The meeting is headlined by the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) for the sprinters with the Sunline Stakes contested over a mile.

The 1600m feature is open to fillies and mares and contested under weight for age conditions. A total of $200,000 is on offer in the race including $120,000 to the Sunline Stakes winner and connections.

The Sunline Stakes is named in honour of champion New Zealand-bred thoroughbred Sunline who won 32 of her 48 career starts and was the highest earning racehorse in the world during her time. Her most notable wins included dual Cox Plate victories in 1999 and 2000 as well as the Hong Kong Mile (2000) overseas.

The latest edition of the Sunline Stakes ran on Friday March 20, 2020 and was won in an upset by Mamzelle Tess ($21). 

Sunline Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Friday March 20, 2020
  • Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: Fillies & Mares – 3YO&Up – Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $200,000
  • First Run: 1981

2020 Sunline Stakes Results

The official Sunline Stakes Results 2020 & Finishing Order will be published below once the event takes place on Friday March 20, 2020.

  • 1st: #5 Mamzelle Tess
  • 2nd: #7 Bam’s On Fire
  • 3rd: #6 Fidelia

Leon & Troy Corstens’ evergreen O’Lonhro seven-year-old Mamzelle Tess ($21) produced another gutsy performance to score an upset Sunline Stakes 2020 result at The Valley on Friday night.

Improving on a lead-up second in Flemington’s Group 3 Frances Tressady Stakes, she relished the mile under the lights and charged home for a half-length win over Bam’s On Fire ($5) with the Robbie Griffiths-trained Fidelia ($18) adding further value to the trifecta in third.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 5 MAMZELLE TESS Leon & Troy Corstens Ben Thompson 7 57kg $21
2 7 BAM’S ON FIRE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Hugh Bowman 0.5L 8 57kg $5
3 6 FIDELIA Robbie Griffiths Jye McNeil 1.75L 4 57kg $18
4 2 SPANISH REEF Ken Keys Mark Zahra 1.95L 6 57kg $7.50
5 4 PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) David Brideoake Damien Oliver 2.35L 5 57kg $2.90F
6 10 MOONLIGHT MAID Mitchell Freedman Michael Dee 3.1L 1 54kg $31
7 1 ARISTIA Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Ben Melham 3.2L 9 57kg $8.50
8 3 IRITHEA Bjorn Baker Damian Lane 10.2L 2 57kg $4.60
9 8 SHE’S ON TIME (NZ) Cindy Alderson Ethan Brown 16.2L 3 57kg $81
9 CRYPTIC JEWEL (NZ) Brent Stanley 0

Sunline Stakes Odds

Sunline Stakes odds are usually dominated by the best performing mares coming out of Flemington’s Matron Stakes held a fortnight earlier over a mile with the Matron Stakes – Sunline Stakes double last completed by Spanish Reef (2018). Spanish Reef also won the 2019 Matron Stakes before a second in that year’s Sunline Stakes.

Good lead-up Melbourne form during the autumn is the key factor in the markets and the latest Sunline Stakes winners to jump at double figures were Nakaaya ($10 in 2011), Consensus ($26 in 2019) and Mamzelle Tess ($21 in 2020). Sunline Stakes betting markets open on the Wednesday before the race after the final acceptances and barrier draw are out.

2020 Sunline Stakes Betting

The Sunline Stakes 2020 betting odds will be available right here the week of the race, so make sure you bookmark this page for the best prices on the mares in the William Reid Stakes Night support race this season.

Sunline Stakes Field
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Spirit Song won back-to-back editions of the Sunline Stakes in 2012-13. Photo Credit: Race Horse Photos Australia.

The Sunline Stakes field attracts a host of good fillies and mares with form over a mile or further, many coming out of the Group 3 Matron Stakes (1600m) over the same distance at Flemington.

The latest horses to complete the Matron Stakes – Sunline Stakes double are Noble Protector (2015) Spanish Reef (2018). In 2018 the Matron Stakes runner-up Samovare also finished second in the Sunline Stakes, repeating the quinella.

Earlier in 2014 Text’n Hurley ran second in the Schweppervescence Trophy (Matron Stakes) before her Sunline Stakes win, while Bippo No Bungus crossed third and second in the same two races respectively.

More recently, in 2017 I’m A Star won the Sunline Stakes on the back of a lead-up win in the Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m) at Flemington.

Sunline Stakes nominations close on the Monday before the race with the final field and barrier draw released on the Wednesday.

2020 Sunline Stakes Field

The Sunline Stakes field 2020 and barriers will be released below on Wednesday March 18, 2020 so bookmark this page to see the official line-up for the Group 2 mile event.

The 2020 Sunline Stakes field features a quality line-up of female gallopers with Australasian Oaks winner Princess Jenni tipped to win second-up after a third at Flemington on Super Saturday.

  • Scratchings: #9 Cryptic Jewel (9) 
# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 6x75720x50 ARISTIA Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Ben Melham 10 57kg 104
2 004130×536 SPANISH REEF Ken Keys Mark Zahra 6 57kg 103
3 1490×62742 IRITHEA Bjorn Baker Damian Lane 2 57kg 100
4 116x7104x3 PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) David Brideoake Damien Oliver 5 57kg 104
5 620×943342 MAMZELLE TESS Leon & Troy Corstens Ben Thompson 7 57kg 90
6 x53630x833 FIDELIA Robbie Griffiths Jye McNeil 4 57kg 93
7 13×3321722 BAM’S ON FIRE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Hugh Bowman 8 57kg 93
8 498×121113 SHE’S ON TIME (NZ) Cindy Alderson Ethan Brown 3 57kg 75
9 412x16x505 CRYPTIC JEWEL (NZ) Brent Stanley 9 57kg 69
10 14x4123x MOONLIGHT MAID Mitchell Freedman Michael Dee 1 54kg 86

2020 Sunline Stakes Nominations

The official Sunline Stakes 2020 nominations are announced by Racing Victoria on the Monday of race week and will be published in full below.

There are 16 Sunline Stakes 2020 nominations this autumn including Spanish Reef who won the race in 2018 before a second in 2019.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 6x75720x50 ARISTIA M 4 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 1 57kg 104
2 004130×536 SPANISH REEF M 6 Ken Keys 2 57kg 103
3 1490×62742 IRITHEA M 6 Bjorn Baker 3 57kg 100
4 116x7104x3 PRINCESS JENNI (NZ) M 4 David Brideoake 4 57kg 104
5 9x02514x10 GREYSFUL GLAMOUR M 4 Mark Newnham 5 57kg 98
6 14x4123x MOONLIGHT MAID F 3 Mitchell Freedman 6 54kg 86
7 42124×1121 PAINT THE TOWN TWO (NZ) M 5 Bevan Laming 7 57kg 94
8 620×943342 MAMZELLE TESS M 7 Leon & Troy Corstens 8 57kg 90
9 x53630x833 FIDELIA M 4 Robbie Griffiths 9 57kg 93
10 13×3321722 BAM’S ON FIRE M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 10 57kg 93
11 21158×5689 MY PENDANT (NZ) M 4 Danny O’Brien 11 57kg 88
12 13531×4514 FABRIC (NZ) M 4 Danny O’Brien 12 57kg 84
13 498×121113 SHE’S ON TIME (NZ) M 4 Cindy Alderson 13 57kg 75
14 213725×942 GLOBAL SANCTION M 5 Grahame Begg 14 57kg 67
15 412x16x505 CRYPTIC JEWEL (NZ) M 5 Brent Stanley 15 57kg 69
16 2×11 RED ROSSINI M 4 Kylie Vella 16 57kg 66

Sunline Stakes Tips

Looking for mares that ran top three in the Schweppervescence Trophy (also known as the Matron Stakes) over the Flemington mile the run before and those with proven form at the distance are the top Sunline Stakes tips.

Favourites have a gun recent record in the race so looking for the top fancies in the markets is also a good Sunline Stakes tip. The Sunline Stakes betting odds are open at bookmakers after the release of the field and barriers on the Wednesday.

2020 Sunline Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Sunline Stakes 2020 betting tips will be detailed right here a day or so out from the event so stay tuned for the Sunline Stakes best bets.

Sunline Stakes Form Guide

The Sunline Stakes form guide provides punters with all of the must know race information including the trainers, jockeys, barriers and lead-up runs of the female gallopers in the field.

The Sunline Stakes form has stacked up in better autumn races in recent years including the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) in Sydney during ‘The Championships’ that the 2015 Sunline Stakes winner Noble Protector ran third to Amanpour in.

In 2019 Kenedna finished third in the Sunline Stakes before her Queen Of The Turf (Coolmore Legacy Stakes) victory in Sydney.

The 2017 Sunline Stakes winner I Am A Star went on to place third in Adelaide’s Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) that winter.

2020 Sunline Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Sunline Stakes 2020 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Sunline Stakes Results

Single-figure hopefuls have a dominant record in the Sunline Stakes over the past decade with the latest favourite to salute being Spanish Reef (2018).

Notable recent Sunline Stakes winners include I Am A Star (2017), Noble Protector (2015), Spirit Song (2013-14) and Zarita (2010).

Sunline Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Mamzelle Tess Bam’s On Fire Fidelia 1:35.7
2019 Consensus Spanish Reef Kenedna 1:36.8
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
2010 Zarita Princess Marizza Silvercitymiss 1:39.6
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