Sunline Stakes 2013 Results – Spirit Song Wins Second Title

March 22nd, 2013

Warrnambool mare Spirit Song has justified her favouritism to claim a second straight title in the Group 2 2013 Sunline Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

Spirit Song

Spirit Song is the Sunline Stakes winner for the second year in a row. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Heavily backed throughout the week, jockey Craig Williams ensured she would take some beating, riding her positively throughout.

Williams positioned the five-year-old behind the lead of Fill The Page before making his move in the lead-up to the home turn.

Spirit Song responded impressively, quickly charging to a big lead.

At the top of the straight she held a two-length gap on her rivals and a fast-finishing Lights Of Heaven had to settle for second 1 1/2 lengths behind the daughter of Invincible Spirit.

Trainer Aaron Purcell set the mare for the race at the beginning of her program and was understandably thrilled with the result.

“She generally puts herself in the race and if things go her way she is generally pretty hard to hold out,” Purcell said.

“This race was her goal for this campaign. It was a good goal and she got the job done.”

“I present her in these strong mares’ races and she runs well every time.”

Williams said the mare travelled incredibly well throughout the mile and was full of praise for the training effort of Purcell.

“Aaron Purcell has done a great…this was her goal,” Williams said.

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 Sunline Stakes 2013 – Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 2 SPIRIT SONG Aaron Purcell Craig Williams 6 57kg $2.90F
2 1 LIGHTS OF HEAVEN (NZ) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 1.5L 7 57kg $8
3 12 GOLDSLICK Michael Kent Brad Rawiller 1.8L 5 57kg $31
4 7 BONARIA Pat Hyland Dwayne Dunn 3.3L 11 57kg $13
5 4 HI BELLE John Gunning Vlad Duric 3.8L 8 57kg $10
6 5 SECRET LIAISON Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 4.55L 10 57kg $10
7 11 TAVARNELLE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Glen Boss 5.3L 3 57kg $9.50
8 13 FAMILY CREST (NZ) Robbie Griffiths Ryan Maloney 5.7L 12 57kg $14
9 6 THERE’S ONLY ONE Peter G Moody Daniel Stackhouse 6.95L 4 57kg $8
10 8 GAIL Robbie Griffiths Chad Schofield (a) 9.45L 2 57kg $41
11 10 FILL THE PAGE Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones Steven Arnold 9.95L 1 57kg $31
12 9 ROCCIN JO Dennis O’Leary Damien Thornton (a) 10.25L 9 57kg $51