Undefeated Black Caviar received a rare distinction Feb. 21 when she became only the second active racehorse to be inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame.
Demonstrating she still has the competitive fire that has made her a living legend, Black Caviar took her unbeaten record to 23 victories Feb. 16 at Flemington in record time in the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (Aus-I).
Desert Sun, the broodmare sire of unbeaten Australian Horse of the Year Black Caviar and the sire of Australian and New Zealand Horse of the Year Sunline, has died at Eliza Park in Victoria, Australia.
The champion racemare Sunline died April 30 after a battling laminitis and will be buried at Ellerslie racecourse in New Zealand, the Melbourne Herald Sun reported.
The New Zealand champion mare Sunline is showing signs of improvement in her fight to overcome a life-threatening hoof condition.
It's amazing how inventive racing people can be when there is a need to raise money for a good cause.
Following his dramatic rise to a stud fee of Aus$275,000 this year, it was thought Redoute's Choice would have a smaller book, which looked a certainty before a paddock accident last week ended his 2006 breeding season.
Makybe Diva is a heavy 6-4 pre-post favorite to add the $3-million (Australian funds) W.S. Cox Plate (Aust-I) on Oct. 22. Bookmaking firms nationally reported an avalanche of money for the Diva on the eve of the race.
Champion Australasian distafferSunline has been confirmed in foal to leading New Zealand sire Zabeel at the 16-day pregnancy test.
- By Peter Tonkes
Cambridge Stud manager Marcus Corban reported a straightforward foaling for Australian and New Zealand champion Sunline.
Sunline delivered her first foal, a bay filly by Rock Of Gibraltar, at Cambridge Stud in New Zealand's Waikato region early Oct 18.
If American racegoers loved the true grit Australasian filly Happyanunoit displayed a few years back when she was sent to race in the U.S., they will go crazy when they see Australian sensation Special Harmony.
Champion Sunline had her first meeting in the breeding shed.
- By Steve Haskin
By Steve Haskin -- The American racing fan is starving for a hero. Not one of these short-term heroes that are merely a brief flash of light, but one that can keep the fire aglow. Well, guess what? We have been in the presence of such heroes for the past several years and aren't even aware of it.
Due to the continued growth and success of Australian
simulcasting in North America, Wyvern International, the distributor of the Australian product in North America, has decided to offer racing to all simulcast outlets on Sunday evenings during the months of February and March.
Sunline, the mare who has earned multiple honors as Australia and New Zealand Horse of the Year, will not be offered at Keeneland's 2003 horses of all ages breeding stock sale even though she is consigned to the auction.
Australia and New Zealand Horse of the Year Sunline is among the horses catalogued for the 2003 Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.
To the roar of the crowd, the grand mare Sunline stepped onto the track for her farewell event. She tossed her head about to acknowledge one of the largest crowds ever assembled at historic Moonee Valley Racecourse. At the starting gates a stellar field of runners were waiting for her to contest the $3 million Cox Plate, a Group I event run at the classic distance of 1 1/4 miles.
Northerly passed pacesetter and top mare Sunline in the stretch to win Saturday's AUS$3-million Cox Plate at Moonee Valley Racecourse.
Eight high-class runners will accompany Sunline on the occasion of her final race on Oct. 26. It is fitting the career send-off for the long-serving New Zealand champion will be in the Cox Plate (Aust-I), Australia's weight-for-age championship an event she collected twice.
Saturday's $3 million Cox Plate in Australia will be the most important race in the career of the celebrated super mare, Sunline, her jockey, Greg Childs, says.
Caulfield Guineas Day was D-Day for Sunline. The scheduled grand final for the grand dame of Australian racing was an attempt to win a third W.S. Cox Plate (Aust-I) 14 days later, but a less than stellar performance would see her fabulous career ended early, if that can be a said of a mare still galloping about professionally at seven.
Australian super mare Sunline was defeated by a neck by champion 4-year-old Lonhro in Saturday's Group I Yalumba Stakes at Caulfied.
The George Main Stakes (Aust-I) was a contest pitting an ageing queen against young and ambitious princes. That the one by Dehere was long ago gelded and has just turned five seemed to make little difference, except the odd bit of hand-wringing by breeders sorry to see such an obvious opportunity slip by.
Northerly became the first horse in 40 years to successfully defend an Underwood Stakes (Aust-I) at Caulfield on Sept. 22. And after his head defeat of Magical Miss, handler Fred Kersley hinted that the 6 year-old grandson of Nijinsky II might eschew a defense of the W.S. Cox Plate (Aust-I) on Oct. 26.
Sunline made it 10 for 10 in her homeland in returning with a win in the Mudgway Stakes (NZ-II) at New Zealand's Hawkes Bay on Aug. 24. The champion distaffer had to scrap some with pacemaker Tit For Taat in the stretch before recording her 32nd win from 45 starts. She won by three-quarters of a length.
Sunline again exhausted all of the usual superlatives in collecting her fourth straight New Zealand Horse of the Year award. Voting numbers are not generally disclosed at awards in this part of the world, but from a panel of 42 judges made up of media and racing club administrators 26 of 41 ballots (63%) placed Sunline No. 1 and Ethereal No. 2, the other plumping for a tie.
New Zealand's top mare also earned entry to Australia's Racing Hall of Fame. Australia also named its other champions of 2001-2002.
Sunline steals Don Eduardo's thunder by winning the Doncaster while he takes the Australian Derby.
Ethereal, Calaway Gal, and jockey Scott Seamer were the big winners at Rosehill over the weekend.
Sunline continued to pad her resume, carrying 132 pounds to victory for a second time in the Coolmore Classic (Aus-I).
New Zealand-bred Sunline earned her 10th career group I win in the seven-furlong Waikato Draught Sprint (NZ-I) at Te Repa Saturday, while improving her record to nine wins from nine starts in her home country.
The postal system in New Zealand has issued stamps depicting two-time Australian Horse of the Year Sunline and five other horses. According to the New Zealand Post's Web site, issuance of the stamps and a silver coin is in conjunction with the Chinese Lunar Calendar's "Year of the Horse."
The Hong Kong Jockey Club has announced that 40 horses from nine different countries have made the final cut for the four group races that will be contested at Sha Tin Racecourse on Dec. 16. Included among the top horses scheduled to compete in the Hong Kong International races are this year's Breeders' Cup Mile winner Val Royal as well as three winners of International races last year who are back to defend their titles.
Northerly edged Sunline and Viscount to win the $1.15 million Cox Plate (Aus-I) on Saturday at Moonee Valley.
Sunline has been a gal who has everything, more than $8 million in the bank (Australian funds), a couple of Cox Plates (Aust-I) and an adoring audience.
Northerly, who blew by Sunline in the John F. Feehan Stakes (Aust-II) at Moonee Valley on September 15, is hot.
Sunline defended her Memsie (Aust-II) Stakes easily enough at Melbourne's Caulfield on Sept. 1, snapping a three race losing streak that started in Dubai. Relief seemed the most obvious emotion of the crowd that she returned to what she does best--winning.
In contrast to the recent seasonal awards, Sunline couldn't maintain her unbeaten record at Melbourne's Moonee Valley when the champion distaffer was beaten in her first run as a 6-year-old.
Last season, the New Zealand-bred Sunline started her spring campaign in the about six-furlong Manikato Stakes (Aust-I) at Moonee Valley. Over the next 12 months, Sunline won another seven races including the BMW Cox Plate (Aust-I) by seven-lengths, and the Hong Kong International Mile (HK-I). So it's no surprise people are interested in seeing what she's capable of on Saturday.
New Zealand-bred mare Sunline became only the second horse in the 33-year history of the awards to be named Horse of the Year in Australia twice.
The older geldings Jim and Tonic and Fairy King Prawn ran by the great New Zealand mare Sunline and fought to the finish in the Dubai Duty Free (UAE-II) on the World Cup card at Nad al Sheba racecourse. At the end, it was Jim and Tonic on top as the 7-year-old French-bred posted his 11th victory in his 30th career start. Previous to the Duty Free, the gelding trained by Francois Doumen was third in the Hong Kong Cup (HK-I) in Decembe
New Zealand racemare Sunline could become the first Australasian horse to reach the elusive AUS$10-million earnings mark with a victory in Saturday's $US2-million (AUS$4.09 million) Dubai Duty Free, a turf race on the Dubai World Cup card at Nad al Sheba racecourse in the United Arab Emirates. A victory would be worth US$1.2-million (AUS$2.45 million).
There are clear favorites in three of the big Dubai World Cup Day races, but in THE BIG race, the $6 million Dubai World Cup, Captain Steve from the U.S. and the home team's Best of the Bests are both 7-4. According to William Hill, one of England's leading bookmakers. the biggest favorite on the day is Sunline, who is the 13-8 choice in the Dubai Duty Free.
Bob Baffert-trained Captain Steve, likely favorite for Saturday's $6-million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), zipped six furlongs in 1:10.44 over the Nad al Sheba track Monday night. Working on the outside of local horse Alboostan, Captain Steve was clocked in 23.24 seconds for the final quarter, drawing clear of his workmate in the closing stages.
Aptitude, who is in Dubai preparing for Saturday's Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), worked 1,200 meters (six furlongs) Sunday. The son of A.P. Indy covered the distance in 1:10.4 while moving with stablemate Lido Palace.
Dubai World Cup officials were quick to douse the fire of rumors Thursday that foot-and-mouth disease had broken out in the Emirates, threatening the running of the March 24 event.
Northerly trounced a strong field in winning the Australian Cup (Aust-I) at Flemington March 12. With the exception of Sunline, now in Dubai, and Tie the Knot, the best horses in training assembled in Melbourne's main fall event over 2,000 meters.
Representatives of 17 different countries totaling 80 international runners have confirmed their participation at the 2001 Dubai World Cup meeting at Nad Al Sheba on March 24. The $6-million group I Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates and the opening leg of the 2001 Emirates World Series Racing Championships, is likely to attract 14 runners, including Captain Steve and Aptitude from the U.S.
Champion New Zealand mare Sunline, having her final race before heading to Dubai, coasted to victory March 3 at Warwick Farm in Sydney in the seven furlong Apollo Stakes (Aust-II).
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