Sunline Stakes 2017

March 24, 2017

Ladbrokes Tip: The Schweppervescence Trophy 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 March 24, 2017 .

2017 Sunline Stakes Results

  • 1st: I Am A Star
  • 2nd: French Emotion
  • 3rd: First Seal

Sunline Stakes Race Info

  • Date: March 24, 2017
  • Track: Moonee Valley Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: Fillies & Mares – 3YO&Up – Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $200,000
  • First Run: 1981

Sunline Stakes Odds

Sunline Stakes odds are usually dominated by the best performing mares coming out of Flemington’s Schweppervescence Trophy.

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.

2017 Sunline Stakes Betting

The Sunline Stakes 2017 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 Schweppervescence Trophy (1600m) over the same distance at Flemington.

The last horse to complete the Schweppervescene Trophy – Sunline Stakes double was Noble Protector (2015). That same year Marianne ran second in the Group 3 lead-up before crossing third to Nobel Protector in the Sunline Stakes.

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

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

2017 Sunline Stakes Field

The Sunline Stakes field 2017 and barriers will be released below on Wednesday March 22, 2017 so bookmark this page to see the official line-up for the Group 2 mile event.

The official 2017 Sunline Stakes Final Field drew ten runners, but with the early scratching of Thames Court (8) there are nine in the mix led by the Myer Classic winning filly I Am A Star leading Sunline Stakes odds ahead of First Seal.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Weight Hcp. Rating
1 0x274088x2 RISING ROMANCE (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 6 57kg 103
2 1240x518x0 FIRST SEAL John P Thompson Blake Shinn 7 57kg 109
3 672162×880 FRENCH EMOTION Chris Waller Ben Melham 3 57kg 100
4 0x2248x428 THAMES COURT David Brideoake Hugh Bowman 8 57kg 99
5 x33311x561 CIRCULAR John O’Shea Craig Williams 10 57kg 98
6 113219×321 TURBO MISS Darren Weir Damian Lane 1 57kg 93
7 1711×03516 LADY SELKIRK Matthew Williams Ben E Thompson (a) 4 57kg 80
8 2×17101715 DEJA BLUE Robbie Griffiths Jye McNeil 5 57kg 84
9 11×3 YACHT CLUB Brian Gentle Patrick Holmes 2 57kg 64
10 154231×271 I AM A STAR (NZ) Shane Nichols Dean Yendall 9 54kg 105

2017 Sunline Stakes Nominations

The Sunline Stakes 2017 nominations attracted seventeen fillies and mares including the John O’Shea-trained Circular coming off a win in the traditional lead-up and Group 1 winning three-year-old I Am A Star.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 x15355x795 ALASKAN ROSE (NZ) M 4 Michael Moroney 84
2 x33311x561 CIRCULAR M 4 John O’Shea 98
3 2×17101715 DEJA BLUE M 4 Robbie Griffiths 84
4 x471271176 DOMINO VITALE M 5 Colin Little 84
5 1240x518x0 FIRST SEAL M 5 John P Thompson 109
6 672162×880 FRENCH EMOTION M 5 Chris Waller 100
7 154231×271 I AM A STAR (NZ) F 3 Shane Nichols 105
8 88788×210 JUST VICTORIA F 3 Cheryl Roberts 58
9 1711×03516 LADY SELKIRK M 4 Matthew Williams 80
10 9x1030x033 MISS ROSE DE LAGO M 6 Danny O’Brien 104
11 0x274088x2 RISING ROMANCE (NZ) M 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 103
12 316220×651 ROCKET COMMANDER M 5 Matthew Dale 95
13 x556520x18 SEBRING DREAM F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 77
14 12x231x212 SILENT SEDITION M 4 Andrew Noblet 105
15 0x2248x428 THAMES COURT M 4 David Brideoake 99
16 113219×321 TURBO MISS M 4 Darren Weir 93
17 11×3 YACHT CLUB M 4 Brian Gentle 64

Sunline Stakes Tips

Looking for mares that ran top three in the Schweppervescence Trophy 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.

2017 Sunline Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Sunline Stakes 2017 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.

Sunline Stakes Results

Single-figure hopefuls have a dominant record in the Sunline Stakes over the past decade.

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

2017 Sunline Stakes Results

The official Sunline Stakes Results 2017 & Finishing Order will be published below once the event takes place on March 24, 2017 .

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 10 I AM A STAR (NZ) Shane Nichols Dean Yendall 8 54kg $2.25F
2 3 FRENCH EMOTION Chris Waller Ben Melham 3.25L 3 57kg $8.50
3 2 FIRST SEAL John P Thompson Blake Shinn 4L 7 57kg $4.60
4 1 RISING ROMANCE (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 6.75L 6 57kg $13
5 6 TURBO MISS Darren Weir Damian Lane 8L 1 57kg $10
6 5 CIRCULAR John O’Shea Craig Williams 8.1L 9 57kg $9
7 8 DEJA BLUE Robbie Griffiths Jye McNeil 9.1L 5 57kg $41
8 9 YACHT CLUB Brian Gentle Patrick Holmes 12.1L 2 57kg $101
9 7 LADY SELKIRK Matthew Williams Ben E Thompson (a) 12.6L 4 57kg $41
4 THAMES COURT David Brideoake Hugh Bowman 0

Sunline Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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