The 2019 Caloundra Cup headlines a big day of racing at the Sunshine Coast this Saturday and 15 stayers are set to contest the Listed event.
Big Duke finished a gallant second in the Tattersall’s Cup last weekend and he will start the race as favourite, but he won’t have his own way against the field of the Caloundra Cup field.
We have analysed every single runner in the race and our complete 2019 Caloundra Cup tips can be found below.
Big Duke is on the quick back-up after he finished second behind Vow And Declare in the Tattersall’s Cup at Eagle Farm last weekend. He lost no admirers with his performance, but he was simply no match for the younger horse. There is no doubt that he is the class horse in this field and his best form would make him tough to beat, but it has been a very long time between wins and $2.70 is getting on the short side.
Exoteric was outclassed in the Brisbane Cup and he has raced below his best form throughout his Winter campaign. He was handily beaten by Big Duke in the Brisbane Cup and it is tough to see him turning the tables in this contest.
Casterton was found to be lame when he finished at the tail of the field in the Winter Cup and he was only fair when he was beaten by several lengths in the WJ McKell Cup. It is tough to back him in the Caloundra Cup off that last start effort.
Saunter Boy is the value runner in Caloundra Cup betting. He showed good improvement when he finished fifth behind Destiny’s Kiss in the Winter Cup and that was just his second race start in Australia. He ran well in races like the Ebor Handicap and Doncaster Cup in the United Kingdom and he definitely has more upside than the rest of this field. The fact that Jeff Lloyd is in the saddle is a positive and the $5 currently available is over the odds.
Igraine ran well in the Chairman’s Handicap and the Premier’s Cup before she failed to finish the race off strongly in the Brisbane Cup. I think that she is a better mare than that effort suggests, but she would need to improve significantly to be a genuine chance in this contest and I can’t get her anywhere near as short as her current odds of $6.50.
Sopressa took up the running in the Brisbane Cup and she gave a sight at the top of the straight, but she ran out of puff late. This is a drop in class and she should be able to take up the running fairly comfortably from barrier one. I think that she will give her rivals something to chase and she isn’t a bad each-way bet at her current odds of $6.50.
Master Zephyr ran poorly in the Brisbane Cup before he produced an improved effort in the Ipswich Cup last start. This race is tougher though and I think that he is below the level that is required to win this race.
Mazaz was not beaten far in the Winter Cup and he should now be at peak fitness after a couple of tough runs at 2400 metres. He doesn’t win out of turn and I expect him to find a couple better today, but it would not surprise to see him in the mix.
Ruby Guru failed to beat home a single runner in the Ipswich Cup and it is tough to beat him in the Caloundra Cup off that effort.
Travistee finished fifth in the Tattersall’s Cup last Saturday, but Vow And Declare still beat her home by nine lengths. The barrier draw makes things tricky for her as well and it is tough to see her featuring in the finish.
Terra Sancta hasn’t really fired since she arrived in Australia and she could finish no better than sixth in what was a weak edition of the Ipswich Cup. She would need to fire several lengths of improvement to be a factor in this contest.
Mymming is another galloper that comes into the Caloundra Cup off the back of what was a weak effort in the Ipswich. She is one of the extreme outsiders in this field for a reason.
This is a big step-up in quality for Tucano after he returned to winning form in a Benchmark 78 race at Ipswich. This is a big step-up in class and he has never shown anything to suggest that he is capable of winning at this level.
Galaxy Guru is another stayer that is stepping-up in class significantly. The wide barrier draw isn’t ideal and he does look outclassed in this contest.
Heart Of Toorak
Heart Of Toorak failed the line nicely to finish second behind Sacred Day at Doomben last start. In saying that, that was a Benchmark 65 event and he has recorded only one win from his 15 previous race starts.