Fri, Jun 29, 8:12am by Staff Writer
Queensland racing rolls onto the Sunshine Coast for their big standalone day with a bumper ten-race card. The rail will be in the true and the track a heavy-8 at acceptances.
A capacity field of 18 (plus four emergencies) have accepted for the Listed Glasshouse Handicap (1400m) with Darren Weir and Chris Waller’s runners dominating the top of the weights but not necessarily the markets.
Weir saddles up two runners including top weight Lucky Hussler ($19) who’ll lump 61kg and jump from barrier 12. The eight-year-old gelding is a winner of over $2million in prize money with two G1s to his name, and he’s second-up here after finishing eighth of 12 in the Listed Eye Liner (1350m) when fresh. Stable mate – Ulmann ($8.50) – has drawn barrier 22 and he’s on the quick back-up after a sixth of nine in the Listed Mumm Stakes (1615m) behind Grande Rosso last week.
Religify ($17) is Waller’s sole runner in the race and he’s second-up after finishing at the tail of the field in the Eye Liner. He was competitive in the QLD winter last year with three wins from four starts – all of those wins at Listed level.
I’m A Rippa ($6.50) is well named and he comes into this off a last start win in the Eye Liner. He won the G3 BRC Sprint (1350m) two starts before that, with a close second wedged in between those runs.
Jamaican Rain ($4.40) was scratched last week but is set to take her place here as she looks to improve on her impressive record of five wins from ten starts. A win here would give her three-in-a-row although she’s had no luck with the barriers, drawing 20.
Nicconova ($9.50) is putting together a good record himself with five wins from his seven starts and he’s yet to finish further back than third, one of those placings behind Salsonic in the G2 QLD Guineas (1600m) earlier in the month but similar to Jamaican Rain, he’s drawn poorly in barrier 21.
Denmagic ($15) is eternally flashing home but only has the two wins from her 33 starts while Peacock ($27) was a last start winner under the Godolphin banner but now is in the care of Beaudesert trainer Diane Murphy.
The Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m) is another feature with Weir’s Tradesman ($3.70) to carry top weight in what will be his third week in a row at the track, and fourth run this month. He ran second to Egg Tart three starts back in the G2 PJ O’Shea (2200m) before taking out the Listed Ipswich Cup (2150m) after that. Last week he was brave when second to Divine Unicorn in the G2 Tatt’s Cup (2200m). Tumultuous ($41) and My Giuliano ($18) are the two for Waller and both are struggling for form although My Giuliano did put together a string of good runs – including three straight wins – at Doomben over the early summer.
Megablast ($4.40) finished behind Egg Tart and Tradesman in the O’Shea at his last start while First Crush ($9) was beaten in a photo by Tradesman in the Ipswich Cup (2150m).
Smart As You Think ($11) has drawn wide in barrier 15 and she’s racing consistently of late but she’s only had the one win from her 26 starts. Nurse Kitchen ($4.40) has the two wins from her ten career starts – one of those wins being at G2 grade to go along with a G1 second – but her last two runs have been inconclusive at best although she is capable on her day if in the right mindset.
Suggested Bet: Irish Constabulary ($7.50, race 6 number 3) isn’t getting any younger but the nine-year-old has a good overall record and he really excels here at his home track, and over this distance. Provided there’s enough speed, from a handy barrier and with the apprentice’s claim, he’s worth a play in an open race.
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