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Celebrating Sunline, New Zealand's champion

The "Diva Fever" which swept through Australian racing last year, after Makybe Diva's unprecedented third Melbourne Cup win, may have swept Sunline from the pedestal of Australia's champion, but she remains New Zealand's darling.

It is perhaps only the long view, 20 or 30 or 50 years from now, that can fairly determine the relative merits of these two extraordinary horses. Time has certainly confirmed Bonecrusher's status, who can now be seen clearly as New Zealand's greatest champion of the 1980s.

For now, it seems important to give both Sunline & Makybe Diva the respect they so richly deserve.
Our contribution is to re-format and update Sunline's pages from our previous website, and present the most recent addition to our online Resources – SUNLINE: NEW ZEALAND'S CHAMPION (pdf document - required Acrobat Reader).

Special thanks to Arion Pedigrees for their excellent data, and Bronwen Healy and Jenny Kain for their beautiful images.


- Susan Archer