Sunline Stakes 2021

Friday March 19, 2021

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 19, 2021 and was won by lovely mare Quantum Mechanic. 

Sunline Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Friday March 19, 2021
  • Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: Fillies & Mares – 3YO&Up – Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $200,000
  • First Run: 1981

2021 Sunline Stakes Results

The official Sunline Stakes Results 2021 & Finishing Order will be published below once the event takes place on Friday March 19, 2021.

  • 1st: #7 Quantum Mechanic
  • 2nd: #8 Grand De Flora
  • 3rd: #4 Scarlet Dream

Four-year-old Deep Field mare Quantum Mechanic ($8.50) improved on her lead-up second in the Group 3 Matron Stakes to get the gap and salute in the Sunline Stakes 2021 results at Moonee Valley thanks to a top ride by jockey Michael Walker. 

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.

2021 Sunline Stakes Betting

The Sunline Stakes 2021 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 2021 ODDS

Early market betting odds on the 2021 Sunline Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

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.

2021 Sunline Stakes Field

The Sunline Stakes field 2021 and barriers will be released below on Wednesday March 17, 2021 so bookmark this page to see the official line-up for the Group 2 mile event.

The 2021 Sunline Stakes final field features just eight mares, six of which are under double-figures to win including the Group 3 Matron Stakes third placed Scarlet Dream

2021 Sunline Stakes Nominations

The official Sunline Stakes 2021 nominations are announced by Racing Victoria on the Monday of race week and will be published in full below.

There are 14 Sunline Stakes nominations for 2021 led in all-in betting by the Dan O’Sullivan-trained Affair To Remember racing second-up. 

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 40x9484x45 SPANISH REEF M 7 Ken & Kasey Keys 1 57kg   98
2 511x00030x OCEANEX (NZ) M 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 2 57kg   105
3 4334214×70 MAMZELLE TESS M 8 Leon & Troy Corstens 3 57kg   96
4 x5019212x5 AFFAIR TO REMEMBER M 4 Dan O’Sullivan 4 57kg   98
5 23x6525x89 MOONLIGHT MAID M 4 Mitchell Freedman 5 57kg   83
6 x4844668x3 SCARLET DREAM M 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 6 57kg   86
7 x44205x504 YAMAZAKI M 5 David Pfieffer 7 57kg   86
8 8x311450x8 IN GOOD HEALTH M 5 Peter G Moody 8 57kg   97
9 3322×53312 QUANTUM MECHANIC M 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 9 57kg   80
10 215×524116 KANSINO M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 10 57kg   72
11 51111 MAHASHAKTI M 4 Mitchell Freedman 11 57kg   76
12 8×63322524 MAUI GIRL M 5 Jason Coyle 12 57kg   72
13 x819x12822 LA RICHESSE M 4 Will Clarken 13 57kg   69
14 x15110x7x7 GRAND DE FLORA (NZ) M 4 Danny O’Brien 14 57kg   77

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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.

2021 Sunline Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Sunline Stakes 2021 betting tips will be detailed right here a day or so out from the event so stay tuned for the Sunline Stakes best bets.

  • To Win: #7 Quantum Mechanic ($5.50 at time of publish) 

This is a very tricky race for the punters with a spread of $4.80 – $13 across the entire field. Like the progressive nature and promising lead-up form of Quantum Mechanic who comes off four straight top three runs and has a good record at the distance (9:2-2-4 ). The daughter of Deep Field won two back at Flemington before a Matron Stakes second and think that will be the form line to follow into the Sunline. 

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.

2021 Sunline Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Sunline Stakes 2021 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
2021 Quantum Mechanic Grand De Flora Scarlet Dream 1:36.4
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