Sunera returned to the scene of her SA Fillies Sprint win, only this time for the country's oldest existing sponsored event, the Gr1 Gilbey Stakes, which is a handicap. This 1200m race also carries the country's top sprint stake.

With stable jockey Felix Coetzee content to ease her back just off the pace after an electrifying break, Sunera tracked the speedy Military Song, Power and Glory and District Attorney early on. Without undue effort form her rider, she made a move on the leaders little more than 300m from the line. From then on it was a case of how far, as she drew away from her rivals for a clear-cut 2½ length victory, with Military Song staying on for second. The filly had started even money favourite, making the race anything but a real handicap.

Carrying 54kg, which was 2.5 kg more than Rotterdam did in establishing his track and race record in '80, Sunera was only .37 seconds off that mark, covering the distance in 1:08,21.




1986 Gr1 Gilbeys Stakes

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

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