Aussie Sunline Loses at Caulfield, Sets Up Rematch
Australian super mare Sunline was defeated by a neck by champion 4-year-old Lonhro in Saturday's Group I Yalumba Stakes at Caulfield. Trainer Trevor McKee said Sunline had confirmed she was on target for the Cox Plate and a rematch with Lonhro, last year's winner Northerly and Grandera from the world-dominant Godolphin stable.Sunline, with jockey Greg Childs sneaking a peak over his shoulder at the 600-meter mark, had a three-length advantage as the field hit the final straight. The Bart Cummings-trained Ustinov was second with Lonhro and Darren Beadman another length away in third place.It seemed Sunline was home free, but Lonhro would not be denied.After passing, Lonhro caught Sunline a couple of strides from the post, going on to post the neck victory in a near-course record time of 2:00.6 for the 2,000 meters.Ustinov was 5 1/2 lengths behind the two champions.Lonhro, who won his second career Group I race, will next run will be in the Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on Oct. 26.And Sunline will be there too, her trainer said.
Date Posted: 10/13/2002 6:41:46 PM
Last Updated: 10/14/2002 8:20:19 AM
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