1986 Gr1 SA Fillies Sprint - SUNERA - canter1Six weeks after the scary Southern Cross contest under Mark Sutherland, Sunera had regular partner Felix Coetzee back in the saddle. She swept to a record-breaking victory in the Gr1 South African Fillies Sprint (WFA) over Scottsville's 1200m, bettering the 1980 record by .02 seconds.

The betting indicated a two-way affair with Sunera at 6/10 and Sea Shore - who had run her to a short-head in Kenilworth's 1000m Southern Cross Stakes - on offer at 2/1 in a field of

1986 Gr1 SA Fillies Sprint - SUNERA - lead in2eleven. At the half-way mark, Sea Shore and Dolphin Ditty, who had been runner-up in the race twelve months earlier, were out in front but Felix Coetzee was biding his time on the favourite. When he called on her for her effort inside the final two hundred metres, Sunera soon put the issue beyond doubt as she cruised to the front from Sea Shore and a tiring Dolphin Ditty to win unextended by the best part of two lengths. Bold West came through late to get within a neck of second placed Sea Shore.

1986 Gr1 SA Fillies Sprint

Links:
September 1986 Winner's Circle - The Best of 85-86

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