This weekend the winter racing action in Queensland comes to a close and we’re beach-bound lads! We’re off to the Sunshine Coast for Caloundra Cup Day and there’s three Black-Types to enjoy a punt on while we enjoy the scenery.
While I’m dreaming of blonde surf babes and their cougar mothers, I’m sure what’ll confront me when I arrive for my winter weekend up the coast in Queensland is a bunch of toothless old dole bludgers and their stoner sons.
Ahh well, at least I’ll have the racing!
In earlier times back when I could back-up from a heavy night on the piss with more beers than former PGA bad boy John Daly would know what to do with, Caloundra racing was about as exciting as playing lawn bowls sober.
That’s not the case anymore however with the quality of the gallopers heading to the Sunny Coast getting better and better each year. Shame the same can’t be said for the dickheads we’ve got to choose between for the vote in Saturday’s Federal Election. #ShortenStraw
Which reminds me, better head to the polls before heading to the track / bar if I don’t want the no-vote fine. I need all the dollars I can get my hands on with the pollies so keen to get their dirty mitts on the average punter’s money!
Last year’s Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) was won by Waller’s subsequent superstar Winx who would go on to make history winning a host of elite levels including the Cox Plate.
Predicting which three-year-olds will rise to the top like the Aussies at Wimbledon when they return in the spring as more polished four-year-olds is tough. There’s plenty of talented youngsters in the SC Guineas field again this season including another filly out to make a Winx-like mark on the track, Sold For Song.
The bookies are sold on this Toowoomba-trained daughter of Collate after she ran third in the Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m) before a win at Eagle Farm last Saturday in the Listed Daybreak Lover (1400m).
Can she find daylight again when the winning post approaches? She’s on a quick back-up but has class, ability at the mile and plenty of potential. #Sold
She does have to hold off a couple of talented colts however including Tivaci whose last-start sixth in the Queensland Guineas saw him hampered in the run as bad as the media’s opinion of Bernard Tomic for his ill use of the word “retard”. What a r….ratbag.
While only holding Listed status, the meetings headline race is the $175,000 Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m) and there’s some really nice types coming off Brisbane Winter Carnival campaigns.
Ipswich Cup winner Maurus is odds-on and firming faster than the odds on Serena Williams to win the Women’s Singles at Wimbledon, or her booty for that matter! He only goes up a kilo and has Browne aboard, so at his home track he could be harder to beat than the taxman.
If he does go down in a Hung-Parliament-Election-Result kind of upset, we’re tipping it to be on the heels of the Waller-trained top weight Index Linked. He’s got 60kg to cart to victory, but was very good with 57kg winning last Saturday’s Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup (2200m). Index Linked defends his title and he could just retain it like Turnbull the PM hat.
The other stakes race on the program is the $175,000 Listed Glasshouse Handicap (1400m) and again there’s a classier field of sprinters here than there was money lost on England going down to Iceland in Euro 2016.
Bit of a throw-of-the-dart affair here, but we’ll stick with the local talent of Saluter from the Brisbane stables of Heathcote who backs up from a narrow Group 3 second at home last weekend.
Get ready to forget about the Election with a top day of Queensland racing on the weekend lads, and fingers-crossed there’s enough sun shining at the Sunny Coast for some fillies to take off their coats!