The 2018 Queensland Winter Racing Carnival draws to a close with a ten race program on Caloundra Cup Day at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.
A field of sixteen is set to line up in the 2400m Listed Caloundra Cup while the massive ten race card will also see the running of the Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) for the three year olds and the Listed Glasshouse Handicap (1400m) for the open class sprinters.
The Darren Weir trained Tradesman will be lining up in the Caloundra Cup for his third run in three weeks following his win in the Ipswich Cup on June 16 and a last start second in the Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup at Doomben last Saturday.
The Nigel Tiley trained Megablast will lead the Kiwi contingent and the six year old grey has already been tested on the Sunshine Coast track when third in the weight for age Group 2 P.J. O’Shea Stakes on June 2.
We have analysed all 16 horses in the field and our Caloundra Cup tips can be found below.
The Darren Weir trained Tradesman will certainly enjoy his spell after the running of the Caloundra Cup which will be his third run in as many weeks. Tradesman had a tough run in the Ipswich Cup over 2150m on June 16 but was still able to get the nod in on the line to claim the first prize and was then runner up to in the 2200m Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup at Doomben last Saturday. The six year old will be having his second run at the Sunshine Coast after finishing second to Egg Tart in the Group 2 P.J. O’Shea Stakes on June 2. Will be in the mix again.
In contrast to Tradesman, the Nigel Tiley trained Megablast will have four weeks in between runs after finishing third behind Egg Tart and Tradesman in the P.J. O’Shea Stakes. The Kiwi stayer is a winner over the 2400m back in New Zealand and will have no trouble handling the Sunshine Coast track that is already rated a heavy 8 on Wednesday morning with his record showing all of his nine wins have been on rain affected tracks.
Sacred Master is the other Kiwi in the Caloundra Cup field and the Tony Pike trained stayer has failed to flatter in three runs during the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival. It is hard to recommend Sacred Master on his latest ninth in the Tattersall’s Cup.
The Kris Lees trained Nurse Kitchen has failed to find any form from three recent starts and heads to the Sunshine Coast off the back of a seventh in the Kensei Handicap over 2000m at Rosehill on June 16.
All In Vogue
The former Kiwi stayer All In Vogue ran her best race for Eagle Farm trainer Barry Lockwood with a last start third behind Tradesman and First Crush in the Ipswich Cup. The five year old mare ran on from the back and a repeat performance could see her in the minor prizemoney again.
First Crush relished the step up to the 2150m in the Ipswich Cup when beaten in a head bobbing finish when runner up to Tradesman. The Chris Munce trained six year old will meet Tradesman 2kg better for his nose defeat and will get his chance to reverse the placings with new jockey Mark Du Plessis in the saddle.
Tumultuous is the first of trainer Chris Waller’s two Caloundra Cup runners and it is hard to see him threatening on his recent form that includes a last start eleventh in the Ipswich Cup.
My Giuliano is Chris Waller’s second Caloundra Cup runner and he was also well beaten in the Ipswich Cup and will find this no easier.
My Diamontine ran an improved race last start when fourth, at big odds, to Divine Unicorn in the Tattersall’s Cup and if the Brian Smith trained mare can hold that form, she might be able to pick up some minor prizemoney again.
Former Kiwi galloper Sergeant Blast has failed to run a place from three starts with new trainer Brian Smith and never threatened last start when sixth to Tradesman in the Ipswich Cup.
Miss Dubois is another coming out of the Ipswich Cup and tried hard in the straight after racing on the pace to finish four and a half lengths away from the winner in fifth position.
San Telmo jumped up from restricted grade to finish seventh in the Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup and will find this no easier.
Smart As You Think
Victorian mare Smart As You Think has just missed out on running a place at her last two starts with a fourth in the P.J. O’Shea Stakes followed by a fourth in the Ipswich Cup. The John McArdle trained mare will get her chance to pick up some more travelling expenses.
Pop ‘N’ Scotch
Pop ‘N’ Scotch hasn’t visited the winner’s stall since June 2015 with his best recent effort being a third in the 3200m Queensland Cup at the Sunshine Coast twelve months ago.
High Degree is well out of her class here.
Skulduggery was at very long odds last start when seventh in the Ipswich Cup and will be one of the outsiders again.