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07/02/02 The Queen Back for Final Preparation
r6sunline.jpg (15890 bytes)The queen of Australasian racing Sunline will make her much anticipated return to the racetrack when she runs in a quality packed Group One Waikato Draught Sprint at Te Rapa on Saturday.

In what will be her final season on the track, the daughter of Desert Sun is being aimed at some of the region's feature Group One events in her final handful of runs.

On Tuesday morning Sunline is reported to have looked extremely forward with what was desribed by seasoned racing fans as sensational work at her home track of Takanini.

The mare's chances of a first up triumph were also boosted when she drew the inside barrier in the classy line up.

r7labelladama.jpg (17135 bytes)But Sunline isn't expected to get everything her own way on Saturday with a number of other locals primed to race well.

While the best other performer horse in the race, Ethereal, is expected to find the race too "nippy" some strong opposition is expected from the top performers La Bella Dama, Vinaka and Butterscotch.

Vinaka looms as the major stumbling block to Sunline. A member of the Jim Gibbs stable, the last start winner will be ridden by New Zealand's premier senior rider Lance O'Sullivan. On the weight-for-age scale Sunline will be giving Vinaka three kilograms, but will it be enough? Only time will tell.

A field of twelve has accepted for the Group One race over 1400 metres.

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