The Sunshine Coast Guineas is a Group 3 race and in its own right, and excellent one to win. Black type is what it’s all about – for breeding, for prize money and for the love of the sport.
Through some outrageous fortune however, the Sunshine Coast Guineas has also turned into an incredible form indicator and has produced several world-class horses on their way towards bigger and better things.
In anticipation of the 2019 edition of the race jumping on Saturday afternoon, we’ve relived the four most-recent Sunshine Coast Guineas’ below.
2015 – Winx
Everyone knows the story; she won four-consecutive Cox Plates, a world record twenty-five Group 1 races and more than $26 million in prize money.
Winx’s incredible 33 race undefeated streak was launched at Corbould Park in May 2015, when she flew home on the outside of her rivals to win the Sunshine Coast Guineas. Jockey Larry Cassidy elected to settle the daughter of Street Cry at the tail of the field and was merely a passenger as the filly ran home.
No one knew what was to come, but how about THAT for form?
2016 – Tivaci
Clearly not in the same class as Winx, but Tivaci recorded a dominant win in the 2016 edition of the Sunshine Coast Guineas, before taking out the Group 1 All Aged Stakes as a four-year-old.
Damian Browne allowed Tivaci to stride forward and enjoyed an ideal run in transit just behind the early pace. The veteran hoop pulled the horse off the fence as the field turned for home and was greeted with an impressive turn of foot; something that became a trademark of Tivaci’s performances in subsequent seasons.
The son of Sebring has since retired into a career at stud in New Zealand.
2017 – Crack Me Up
Crack Me Up recorded a win for the local contingent in the 2017 Sunshine Coast Guineas, in what was a tough on-pace performance.
The Mossman gelding’s chances in the race appeared to take a huge blow when he drew the carpark, but Damian Browne was able to cross the field with relative ease and ultimately dictated terms for his rivals. Crack Me Up was too strong in the straight and extended late to find the line two lengths ahead of My True Love.
While he was unable to claim an elusive Group 1 victory, Crack Me Up went on to win several stakes races in Queensland and New South Wales, including the Group 2 Villiers Stakes.
2018 – The Bostonian
You only have to look back a few weeks to know that last year’s Sunshine Coast Guineas form has also well and truly held up.
Kiwi raider The Bostonian enjoyed three wins from as many starts during his Winter Carnival campaign in 2018, culminating in a length win on heavy-going in the Sunshine Coast Guineas.
His wins in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 and Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup this year were enormous and we certainly have not seen the last of this talented son of Jimmy Choux.
In place of his run on the Sunshine Coast, here is The Bostonian winning his second Group 1 feature race.