3YO Sunlight Classic 2023 Race Details

Race 6 at Flemington Racecourse on Saturday the 25th March 2023.

The 3YO Sunlight Classic is a Listed race held at Flemington racecourse over 1100 metres. It is for horses aged three-years-old and is run under set weights plus penalties conditions. The total prizemoney is $500,000 this year.

You can read more about the race history, lead-up races, and past winners on the 3YO Sunlight Classic/Moomba Plate page.

How to pick a winner

3YO Sunlight Classic 2023 Preview

Track: Good Weather: Fine

There are 16 runners plus an emergency for the Listed Sunlight Classic following the scratching of 2nd emergency Tropicconi. There are 10 fillies, 6 geldings and a colt, with 2 runners sired by Shalaa and 2 by Street Boss. Four runners had their last start in a 3YO handicap over 1100m at Flemington on 11 March, three in the Group 3 Zeditave Stakes over 1200m at Sandown Lakeside on 25 February, two in the Inglis Sprint Out over 1200m at Flemington on 4 March and two in a 3YO Fillies handicap over 1000m at Flemington on 4 March. Trainers Ciaron Maher & David Eustace have 3 runners, Mick Price & Michal Kent (Jnr) have 2 and so does Cliff Brown.

The early favourite is the colt What You Need who has won both his starts by big margins. Second favourite is Benedetta who has won 4 in a row. Third favourite is Recommendation who comes off a win in the Zeditave. Rich Fortune finished 3rd in that race after striking interference. All other runners are currently $20 or more.

3YO Sunlight Classic 2023 Runner by Runner

1. Sebonack (2)

Finished well back in the Inglis Sprint Out. Gets the blinkers on for the first time. Unlikely.

2. Recommendation (11)

Comes off a win in the Zeditave Stakes for 4 wins and a place from 6 starts. One of the chances.

3. Seven Veils (10)

Resumes after 27 weeks. Prefer others.

4. Renosu (8)

Last start winner over 1100m at Warwick Farm. Will be fitter and could place.

5. Castillian (9)

First-up after 29 week spell following gelding. Prefer to watch.

6. Kaygeebee (5)

Won his first 2 starts then finished 2nd behind What You Need last outing. Should go well.

7. Lincoln Square (7)

Ran 4.5 lengths 3rd when resuming. Not the worst.

8. What You Need (17)

Has won both his starts by big margins. Barrier 17 is no help but he is good enough to overcome that.

9. Rich Fortune (16)

Finished 3rd in the Zeditave Stakes after striking interference. In the mix.

10. Benedetta (1)

Has won 4 in a row and all by decent margins. Has drawn the inside barrier and is one of the main chances.

11. She Dances (13)

She has 4 wins from 7 starts and won’t be far away.

12. La Danseuse Rouge (6)

This looks too strong.

13. Wild Belle (15)

Has been running well in Western Australia. Came to Melbourne and finished 1.5 lengths 7th over 1000m where she was found to be lame. capable of getting in the prizemoney.

14. Arctic Fairy (3)

Has 2 wins and 2 places from 4 starts, but will find this race a lot tougher than what she has seen before.

15. Tan Tat Magic (4)

Looks outclassed

16. Greece (18)

Has drawn the outside barrier. Sneaky chance.

17e. Lady Di Di (14)

This looks too strong.

18e. Tropicconi (12)  – SCRATCHED

3YO Sunlight Classic 2023 Tips

The following are the top 4 selections for this years race.

Jo Jackson’s Tips Lewis Oliver’s Tips
10 Benedetta 8 What You Need
8 What You Need 10 Benedetta
6 Kaygeebee 6 Kaygeebee
2 Recommendation 1 Sebonack

Previews for other races this week

Group 1 William Reid Stakes 2023 (Moonee Valley 1200m)  – Friday

Group 2 Sunline Stakes 2023 (Moonee Valley 1600m)  – Friday

Group 3 Alexandra Stakes 2023 (Moonee Valley 1600m)  – Friday

Listed Valley Pearl St Albans Stakes 2023 (Moonee Valley 1200m)  – Friday

Listed Albury Gold Cup 2023 (Albury 2000m)  – Friday

Group 1 Australian Cup 2023 (Flemington 2000m)

Group 3 Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes 2023 (Flemington 1200m)

Listed Bob Hoysted Handicap 2023 (Flemington 1000m)

Listed The Roy Higgins 2023 (Flemington 2600m)

Group 1 Tancred Stakes 2023 (Rosehill 2400m)

Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes 2023 (Rosehill 2000m)

Group 2 Tulloch Stakes 2023 (Rosehill 2000m)

Group 2 Emancipation Stakes 2023 (Rosehill 1500m)

Group 3 Doncaster Prelude 2023 (Rosehill 1500m)

Group 3 Neville Sellwood Stakes 2023 (Rosehill 2000m)

Group 3 Star Kingdom Stakes 2023 (Rosehill 2000m)

Group 3 T L Baillieu Handicap 2023 (Rosehill 1400m)

Group 3 W.A. Oaks 2023 (Ascot 2400m)

Listed Grandstand Cup 2023 (Ascot 1500m)

Listed Melvista Stakes 2023 (Ascot 2200m)

Listed South West Autumn Cup 2023 (Pinjarra 2200m)  – Sunday

3YO Sunlight Classic 2023 Race Results

Result Horse Margin
1st 8 What You Need
2nd 4 Renosu 1 length
3rd 10 Benedetta 1.2 lengths
4th 11 She Dances 2.2 lengths

The track was rated as Good 4.

Scratchings: 2. Recommendation, 3. Seven Veils, 18e. Tropicconi.