Caloundra Cup Day 2021 Tips & betting preview

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Group 1 racing might be over for another season, but the quality of racing in Queensland remains high on 2021 Caloundra Cup Day!

Nine races will be contested on Saturday’s Sunshine Coast program, and I’ve previewed the lot below.

REED RACING CLASS 6 HANDICAP (1600M) – 12:53PM
No. 3 Prospectus
Prospectus recorded a lovely win on Ipswich Cup Day and looks well placed to score another on Caloundra Cup Day.

The Chris Waller-trained gelding has improved noticeably for each of his first four starts back this time, culminating in a comfortable triumph in BM80 company last time.

A mile is perfect, and I can’t find a reason why he can’t win again.

SUNSHINE COAST BUSINESS SOLUTIONS BM75 HANDICAP (1400M) – 1:28PM
No. 11 East Asia
This shapes as another very winnable race for East Asia.

East Asia has been a great horse for the Heathcote stable since making her debut, and she has found form around some quality gallopers this time, finishing a credible fifth in the Listed Spear Chief Quality two starts back before returning to winning form at Doomben last time.

She’s rock-hard fit and I am happy to stick with her.

BRUCE MCLACHLAN CLASSIC (1000M) – 2:07PM
No. 1 Miss Hipstar
This race always draws a classy field of two-year-olds and there is absolutely no exception to that rule in 2021.

Miss Hipstar has been freshened since finishing down the order in the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce, and I think she’ll take a power of beating.

The Star Turn filly stamped herself as a runner to watch during her summer prep, and returned to the races with an impressive effort to win the Listed Dalrello Stakes in May.

A repeat of that would see her right into the finish of this race.

MARTIN COLLINS AUSTRALIAN OPEN HANDICAP (1000M) – 2:47PM
No. 3 Jami Lady
Jami Lady needed the run when she finished sixth, beaten four lengths at Doomben when fresh but I’m anticipating plenty of improvement, and I think that she can win on the Sunshine Coast this weekend.

The Spirit Of Boom mare was outstanding through last year’s Winter Carnival and won at Listed level most notably.

She didn’t quite reach the same heights in summer, but was kept to strong races, and something like this is still well and truly within her abilities.

ACCESS INSULATION SUNSHINE COAST 3YO HANDICAP (1000M) – 3:23PM
No. 3 Mishani Miss
This race is packed full of provincial grade horses and there is a case to be made for several.

Mishani Miss hasn’t been seen at the races since March, but she races well fresh, and she has typically run into tougher company than this throughout her career.

The Denman filly raced well around the likes of Rothfire and Kisukano during her two-year-old season and finished eighth, beaten only two and a half lengths by Jonker in the Magic Millions Sprint last prep.

Her best would see her beating these comfortably.

GROUP 3 WINX GUINEAS (1600M) – 3:58PM
No. 2 Our Playboy
The Winx Guineas has become a key form race for milers entering their four-year-old season and has been won by the likes of its namesake, Crack Me Up, Tivaci and The Bostonian in recent seasons.

Who will join that outstanding list on Saturday? I think it will be Our Playboy.

Our Playboy has had three starts since arriving in Brisbane and while he is yet to run into the placings, he has improved noticeably with each, and was only a length behind the undefeated Palaisipan at Ipswich last time.

I think that further improvement will see him turn the tables on that runner, and we can have an each-way play at the price.

LISTED CALOUNDRA CUP (2400M) – 4:40PM
No. 2 Wu Gok
There is some serious staying talent in this year’s Caloundra Cup field and with a case to be built for several, I’m going to have something on Wu Gok.

Wu Gok hasn’t shown his best for this time in, but he grows another leg on the heavy going, and is genuinely one of the country’s most destructive stayers under the conditions.

He’s rock-hard fit, drawn to receive a lovely run and I am more than happy to give him another chance.

LISTED GLASSHOUSE HANDICAP (1400M) – 5:15PM
No. 8 King Of Hastings
This is the strongest edition of the Glasshouse Handicap in recent memory, but I think that King Of Hastings is ready to peak and will be tough to beat.

King Of Hastings has been an above average galloper since debuting as a two-year-old, and he has picked off plenty of nice races along the way.

So far this time, he has finished sixth in the Hinkler Handicap and fourth in last weekend’s Healy Stakes, and he strikes this race in perfect time to win.

EACH WAY
PROVINCIAL SPRINTERS SERIES FINAL (1200M) – 5:50PM
No. 2 Fuji Flyer
I’m going to have a small each-way bet on Fuji Flyer in the last on Caloundra Cup Day.

Fuji Flyer has returned to the races in typically competitive form this time, and he recorded a lovely win in weaker company at Beaudesert when fresh, and has continued to perform as the bar has been raised.

There aren’t any real stars engaged in this contest and it looks a nice opportunity for this horse to win on a Saturday.

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