Thu, Jun 30, 9:34am by Staff Writer
The Queensland winter carnival rolls on to the Sunshine Coast on Saturday with the Caloundra Cup, the Guineas and the Glasshouse highlighting a competitive eight-race card.
The eight-year-old gelding – who comes off a last start Group 3 Tatts Cup win – has been allotted top weight of 60kg and will jump from barrier 11, with Kerrin McEvoy to ride. Damian Browne was the victor last year on Index Linked, but this year teams up with short-priced favourite Maurus.
Maurus ($1.80 – Sportsbet) comes into the race in good form with two wins from his last three runs, the most recent a 3.5L win in the Listed Ipswich Cup (2150m). He accounted for Jumbo Prince ($7 – William Hill) and Instrumentalist ($18- William Hill) on that occasion, and they too line up here. Puccini ($14) is running consistently without winning while Holy Cow ($10) makes the trip from Melbourne for astute travelling-trainer, Mick Kent.
A field of 12 have accepted for the Listed Glasshouse Handicap (1400m) with top weight Stratum Star ($4 Sportsbet) opening as favourite. The Darren Weir-trained entire will relish the drop in grade after running in Group One and Group Twos of late. It’s a wide race though with Sacred Star ($6.50), Saluter ($5) and Ninth Legion ($9) all in the market.
Sacred Star is another who will enjoy the drop in class after finishing well back in the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) and Stradbroke (1400m) at his most recent starts while Ninth Legion is a last start Listed Eyeliner Stakes (1350m) winner.
Sold for Song ($3.10 – William Hill) and Tivaci ($3.70 with Sportsbet) head the betting in the Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1400m). Sold for Song was an impressive last start winner in the Listed Daybreak Lover (1400m) and makes the quick back-up here while Tivaci comes off a 2L sixth in the Group 2 QLD Guineas (1600m) at his most recent start. The three-year-old colt is a Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) winner during the autumn and heads into Saturday third-up from a spell.
High Spirit ($7 with William Hill) for Team Snowden) is sure to get his supporters too. He finished fourth in the Guineas which was won by Tsaritsa – who Sold for Song beat home in the Daybreak Lover.
An interesting runner in the first race of the day is The Monstar ($3 Sportsbet) for Albury trainer, Brett Cavanough. Although five of his seven career wins have been at his home track and he is one from four first-up, he has raced in nine black type races. Admittedly he’s only been placed in one of those but he might enjoy the drop in grade to a Sunshine Coast BM90 on Saturday.
Betting: Most punters will be breathing a sigh of relief that they’re not betting at Eagle Farm on Saturday after a couple of confusing meetings at Brisbane’s newest racing surface over the last three weeks.
Maurus looks hard to beat although he’s rock bottom odds. If you do fancy him, it might be worth a shot at standing him out in a trifecta or first four and hoping for some value.
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