Sunline Stakes 2018

Friday March 23, 2018

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 23, 2018 .

2018 Sunline Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Spanish Reef
  • 2nd: #3 Samovare
  • 3rd: #1 Flying Jess

Sunline Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Friday March 23, 2018
  • Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: Fillies & Mares – 3YO&Up – Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $200,000
  • First Run: 1981

2018 Sunline Stakes Results

The official Sunline Stakes Results 2018 & Finishing Order will be published below once the event takes place on Friday March 23, 2018 .

The 2018 Sunline Stakes Results saw a repeat of the quinella from Flemington’s Matron Stakes, the Ken Keys-trained Spanish Reef saluting for the punters for her third win on the trot and Samovare running a distant second nearly three lengths beaten.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 4 SPANISH REEF Ken Keys Mark Zahra 7 57kg $2.35F
2 3 SAMOVARE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damien Oliver 2.75L 5 57kg $2.60
3 1 FLYING JESS John Moloney Dwayne Dunn 4.5L 6 57kg $20
4 6 TIAMO GRACE Darren Weir John Allen 4.6L 4 57kg $15
5 5 LIFE ON THE WIRE Scott Brunton Jamie Mott 6.85L 2 57kg $7
6 8 ROYAL APPLAUSE Symon Wilde Ben Melham 8.6L 3 57kg $26
7 9 CAVALRY GOLD Sue Jaensch Damien Thornton 8.7L 1 57kg $101
2 ABBEY MARIE Michael Kent Craig Williams 0
7 EXOCET Anthony Freedman Damian Lane 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).

Good lead-up Melbourne form during the autumn is the key factor in the markets and the last Sunline Stakes winner to jump at double figures was Nakaaya ($10 in 2011). Sunline Stakes betting markets open on the Wednesday before the race after the final acceptances and barrier draw are out.

2018 Sunline Stakes Betting

The Sunline Stakes 2018 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.

2018 Sunline Stakes Field

The Sunline Stakes field 2018 and barriers will be released below on Wednesday March 21, 2018 so bookmark this page to see the official line-up for the Group 2 mile event.

The official 2018 Sunline Stakes Final Field features nine fillies and mares with the in-form Spanish Reef chasing her third win on the trot tipped as the one to beat from the outside alley. Runner-up to her last time out over the mile at Flemington in the Matron Stakes, Samavare, is in gate seven and occupies the second line of Sunline Stakes betting.

Update: Michael Kent has scratched Abbey Marie (6) from the Sunline Stakes 2018 field leaving just the eight runners with Samovare and Spanish Reef co-favourites in the latest markets.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 202200×674 FLYING JESS John Moloney Dwayne Dunn 8 57kg 95
2 0x72586x65 ABBEY MARIE Michael Kent Craig Williams 6 57kg 102
3 x212720x22 SAMOVARE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damien Oliver 7 57kg 96
4 2112249×11 SPANISH REEF Ken Keys Mark Zahra 9 57kg 99
5 2229×11111 LIFE ON THE WIRE Scott Brunton Jamie Mott 2 57kg 92
6 1221x900x2 TIAMO GRACE Darren Weir John Allen 5 57kg 83
7 30411x087x EXOCET Anthony Freedman Damian Lane 3 57kg 84
8 6151114644 ROYAL APPLAUSE Symon Wilde Ben Melham 4 57kg 78
9 5314414×12 CAVALRY GOLD Sue Jaensch Damien Thornton 1 57kg 68

2018 Sunline Stakes Nominations

The official Sunline Stakes 2018 nominations are announced by Racing Victoria on the Monday of race week and will be published in full below.

The 2018 Sunline Stakes Nominations attracted 15 female gallopers including the best two out of the Matron Stakes – Spanish Reef (1st) and Samovare (2nd). Runner-up Samovare is one of two entries for the Lindsay Park stable who also have Harlow Gold in the mix.


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.

2018 Sunline Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Sunline Stakes 2018 betting tips will be detailed right here a day or so out from the event so stay tuned for the Sunline Stakes best bets.

  • 1st: #4 SPANISH REEF ($2.80)
  • 2nd: #3 SAMOVARE ($2.80)
  • 3rd: #8 ROYAL APPLAUSE ($20)

Tipping the first two as predicted by the bookies with the flying SPANISH REEF ($2.80) on top posting a third win on the trot. The Ken Keys-trained Lope De Vega four-year-old won the Group 3 Matron Stakes (1600m) at Flemington last start defeating Friday night’s co-favourite SAMOVARE by three-quarters of a length. Think it will be more of the same as she looks to add to her outstanding mile form (4:3-1-0). In third for value in the Sunline Stakes trifecta the $20 for ROYAL APPLAUSE is very attractive, Ben Melham riding the genuine Moonee Valley specialist (7:2-3-0) whose lead-up fourth in the Matron Stakes was good enough to suggest at The Valley she can run top three.

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. 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.

2018 Sunline Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Sunline Stakes 2018 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
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