headed to Australia for the Autumn Carnival in Sydney and
under desperate riding by Greg Childs, shook off a field of
good horses to win the Coolmore classic at Rosehill.
She then won the 2002 Doncaster in one of her
greatest career wins holding on against the fast finishing
Shogun Lodge after setting a brisk pace.
up the next week for an emphatic win in the All-Aged Stakes.
She took the lead at the turn and put seven lengths on the
field when jockey Greg Childs asked her to sprint.
returned for her final campaign in the spring of 2002.
She won the
Group 2 Mudgeway Stakes in New Zealand and then returned to
Australia for the George Main. Childs and the mare led into
the straight but Sunline, who some said appeared rotund,
couldn't go with the swoopers and ran third. It was a great
run though and she looked to be clearly set for the upcoming
fitter looking Sunline then fronted up for a most memorable
Caulfield Stakes. She led and kicked at the turn but Lohnro,
the son of Octagonal loomed up and grabbed her on the line.
last race was the in 2002 Cox Plate.
took up her customary position rolling along in front and gave
her final kick at the turn. Sadly it wasn't enough and she was
passed by three magnificent horses. Northerly passed first and
won. This guy is a freak and is our newest inductee to our
Great Gallopers web.
won the Caulfield Cup (2400m Hcp) the week before and backed
up to defeat Sunline in Australia's premier race for the
second year in a row. The second horse to pass Sunline was
Defier, referred to by many prominent racing identities as
Australia' best racehorse. Third was Grandera, an
international of the highest calibre ridden by the legendary
of the mighty mare were overjoyed with her grace in bowing out
of racing even though the Cinderella story all race-goers had
craved didn't eventuate. She returned to the ring to the rapturous
applause reserved for the most loved champions of the sporting
with on final swish of the tail, pricking of the ears and a
wave from Claire Bird, Sunline was led to her stable, to lush
pastures and the prospect of brilliant foals.
salute you Sunline, Trevor McKee and Claire Bird and thankyou
for the days at the races and outstanding performances - always
against the best - that we'll talk about forever. Trevor, we
hope you get one half as good as her soon...
One for the girls:
Strapper Claire Bird and her sisters are all smiles despite the
emotion after Sunline's final race.
Picture: Karen Dodd - H/Sun