Star Wins Sunline Stakes

Mar 25, 2017

I Am A Star was sensational on Friday night in winning the Group 2 William Hill Sunline Stakes at Moonee Valley against the older mares.

In the Spring I Am A Star become the first filly in history to win the Group 1 Myer Classic and last night's victory was the first for a filly since 1991. Trainer Shane Nichols has touted the Doncaster as her potential next start and the last filly to win the prestigious Group 1 was the champion Sunline herself.

Dean Yendall was fast out of the gates on the daughter of I Am Invincible and went to the lead. She raced comfortably before Yendall gave her a nudge at the 600m and she just ran away from a quality field.

“I think we had to put her into the race, obviously we would have preferred to sit outside the leader than lead, but she crossed fairly comfortably and then dictated the race,” Nichols said.

“Dean just let her roll early and she put a distinctive margin on a good group of mares, so outstanding performance by a very, very, very good filly.

“We’ve always had a big opinion of her. You watch the fillies she’s been racing against that have issues, have to go to the paddock or lose form, but not her, she stands up every time she runs and that’s a supreme effort.

“Not just from her, but the staff around her as well, she’s just a good filly.”

Dean Yendall was also thrilled with the result and has now ridden I Am A Star three times for three wins in a Group 1 and two Group 2's.

“It's a huge thrill to win on her again. I was pretty excited,” he added.

“I had to do a little bit of work, but she came back underneath me no problem.

“I asked her to quicken at 600m out without sort of going, we cantered around, I had a nice look around and didn’t realise how far in front I was.

“There was no stopping us tonight."

Nichols stated before the race that if I Am A Star was to win the Sunline then it would open up options in Syndey for The Championships.

“All I want it to do is to stop raining in Sydney,” Nichols said. 

“We’ll go if it’s slow, maybe in the Doncaster after that win.

“We’ll certainly give consideration to the Coolmore Legacy – we just want it to be no worse than soft, we don’t want it heavy.

"If it dry's up for the Doncaster I think we may take that option rather than wait another week and risk getting a heavy track after passing on a soft or better one."

I Am A Star's career earnings are now well within reach of the million dollar mark with this win taking them to over $925,000. It was her sixth win at her 13 starts with a further three placings.


Story by Todd Blum Bloodstock