Fri, Jun 30, 10:43am by Staff Writer
The Queensland Winter Carnival rolls on to the Sunshine Coast this Saturday for their biggest day on the racing calendar, highlighted by a Group 3 and two Listed events. The rail is out two-metres and a good track is expected.
The Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) is the feature race of the day with a capacity field set to take part. Tivaci – who won the G1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) during The Championships – won this race last year with Winx the winner in 2015.
My True Love ($4.80) has the one win and two placings to her name this campaign with her most recent run being when runner-up to Prompt Response in the Group 2 Dane Ripper (1350m) on June 10. Prompt Response has since gone on to finish a close second in the G1 Tatts Tiara with My True Love missing a run in that race as fifth emergency. She jumped from barrier 12 in the Dane Ripper and has drawn barrier 20 on Saturday.
Team Snowden’s Acatour ($3.60) has opened the favourite for the race and he’ll sport the number one saddlecloth. He is second-up after finishing fifth – beaten less than a length – when fresh, and was a winner of the G3 Carbine Club (1600m) during the Randwick carnival.
Zamex ($7.50) has been ultra-impressive at his last two runs, both in ‘Highway’ races at Rosehill with four wins and a placing from his seven career starts. Crack Me Up ($6) has been supported in early betting and although he only has the one win from 14 starts, he comes off a second to Religify at his last run. Flow ($13) bolted in by over 4L on a Kembla Grange heavy-10 last start, Savaan ($34) has always shown some promise but is yet to fire in her three Queensland runs while Caerless Choice ($15) comes out of the G2 QLD Guineas finishing fifteenth of 16.
A field of 12 have accepted for the Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m) with the in-form duo of Self Sense ($3.10) and Supply and Demand ($3.30) fighting out favouritism. Self Sense was heavily supported in the Listed Ispwich Cup (2150m) and he gave his supporters nothing to worry about, romping in by nearly 7L while Supply and Demand is aiming for three straight wins, his last two being over 1800m and 2000m. Neverland ($4.40) – who has been runner-up in the G2 Perth Cup (2400m) the last two years – and Benzini ($7.50) (the 2016 G2 Brisbane Cup winner) are the only other two runners under double figure odds.
It’s $6 the field in the Listed Glasshouse (1400m) with Too Good to Refuse ($6) holding off a wall of horses at the top of the market. Yesterday’s Songs ($9) was heavily backed in the Listed Eye Liner (1350m) only to be scratched with Monsieur Gustave ($12) (the winner in that race) and In His Stride ($13) (the runner-up) both lining up here. The Virginian ($8) finished midfield in the Eye Liner and is fourth-up, Man of his Word ($7.50) comes off a third to Religify.
Suggested Bet: Back My True Love to win the Guineas
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