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By Darren Winningham | Thursday, June 13, 2019


Well we are back at KILCOY Race Club for their Kilcoy Cup Day.

The Club has a great day out planned with seven thoroughbred races scheduled.

Then the popular pacing on the course proper – with three races scheduled – PACING ON THE TURF!

Not to forget the families and the children there will be three mini trot races with the kids and their ponies going around.

What a great program!

The track is rated “GOOD” and the rail will be in the true position the meeting. There is forecast for overcast but wonderful weather for this great meeting!

WINNO will be trackside – I hope to see you there!


Race 1

A small field of two-year old’s facing the starter here in the first race over the 800 metres.

The Stuart Kendrick stable seems to have a nice Whittington gelding here who debuted at the Gold Coast a month ago and ran well – Harrington (5). The heavy track was against him on that occasion for mine and, despite drawing wide in barrier 11, I think that he will be difficult to roll here in the first race. Josh Oliver takes the ride.

Paul Butterworth trains French Ocean (3) who is making his first race appearance. He has drawn well in barrier 2 and the recent barrier trial at Deagon probably suggests that he is a little forward. I see my good friend Sheriden Tomlinson has been booked to ride this one. This is the first time WINNO gets to see him ride in the flesh! I am looking forward to it actually – I am a fan of this bloke (despite him being a QLD supporter). The only question I have is will I need to bring the razor and shaving cream on Saturday to get rid of that thing that occasionally lingers on his top lip!

Darryl Hansen has a tremendous strike rate at this track. He trains Better Than Gold (7) who is having her fourth career start. She has been sent out favourite in her last two starts and has led and faded. Maybe this weekend from barrier 13 we may see some alternate tactics – however, if they can lead here at Kilcoy and rail well into the straight then they can normally win!

Munce Racing has Witchel (12) engaged. Beau Appo is in the saddle. This is her second career start and I think that she will be better for the recent barrier trial at Doomben – keep your eye on any market moves for this one.

This race has many first starters with no exposed trials and form so I would strongly suggest that you keep your eye on the market come Saturday morning to see if there is any support for any of them – it will probably be the best lead!

Selections: 5-3-7-12 rough chance 13


Race 2

A small field here over 1500 metres.

There are a few that look like they would like to lead here.

I have settled on the Tony Sears trained Red Mako (8) to be ridden by Emma Ljung. This mare has been very consistent in her last few starts all on rain affected ground. I think that with the firm surface forecast for this weekend her chances will be dramatically enhanced. She has drawn barrier 2 and I expect that she will let the leaders go early and then make her run as we enter the straight. She looks well placed this weekend.

Supervisor (5) is trained by Harry Richardson and will be ridden by Sheriden Tomlinson. His best efforts are when he can roll along in front and not be taken on. He probably will be afforded this again like the last start at Gatton in a Class 3 event. The 3-kilogram claim for Tomlinson will assist him as well and the draw allows him to jump and run straight to the lead.

Maryann Brosnan trains Wainui Gold (6) who also likes to race on the speed. He has had a month between runs and a recent barrier trial and has performed well here in the past.

Lindsay Hatch trains Dinisty (7) who comes back in class this weekend. She looks a good chance and should not be overlooked – another nice ride for Josh Oliver here in the second race.

Selections: 8-5-7-6


Race 3

A tough race with a massive field of maiden runners over 1200 metres.

Seventy Below (7), trained by the veteran Pat Duff, looks ideally placed this weekend with Allan Chau in the saddle. He has had a couple of runs over shorter sprint distances with not much luck – maybe the 1200 metres here will suit.

Kathy Stabe is the trainer of Princess Mona (10) – who had no jockey declared when I was doing my tips. I just hope that she takes her place in the field. She resumed at Murwillumbah in a strong maiden over 1100 metres and the effort was very good. I think that she will have benefitted from that run and looks well drawn here.

Jarrod Woodhouse rides Grand Quill (15) for Gold Coast trainer John Smerdon. He comes out of that same race at Murwillumbah as Princess Mona (10). He raced forward on that occasion and his condition petered out over the concluding stages – look for him to be better for that run as well. I wonder whether Jarrod has got his elusive Kilcoy trophy that he complains about every time he rides here – sorry mate just had to remind you!

Der Sieger (2) resumes here as well from a nice barrier – maybe he can round out the placings in what is a difficult race.

Selections: 10-15-7-2 rough chance 3


Race 4

This is one of our feature races on the program with the Beavis and Bartels families race over 1900 metres. These people have been long term supporters of the Kilcoy Race Club.

The Danny Bougoure trained Like A Ruler (2) comes off a solid performance in the recent Gatton Cup where he ran a great second. He does race on the speed and will be strong at the finish over 1900 metres. Emma Ljung has the ride.

Mick Lakey brings Elmo’s Fire (6) to Kilcoy for this race. I see he has booked his old apprentice Beau Appo to ride. Now I probably will cop some flak from Mick for tipping this one here and then on the other hand I can hear Appo in my ears “you are kidding WINNO this is a special” – either way I cannot win!

But what I would say is – when these two combine they have a formidable and lethal strike rate. Elmo’s Fire is only a lightly raced five-year-old gelding and he has drawn the rails. Maybe I can provide Appo with some advice – “don’t leave the rail bruz – it is the fastest way home”!

Haradify (4) ran in the Gatton Cup as well and finished fourth. There was nothing wrong with that effort. He has won at this track and has the benefit of 3 kilograms off for apprentice Sheriden Tomlinson who looks to have a strong book of rides.

Secret Agent Man (7) rounds out the selections – has the ability to roll along in front and maybe could cause an upset here this weekend.

Selections: 2-6-4-7


Race 5

Another challenging field greets us here – the fields are very even this weekend.

Pat Duff has another nice runner here - Devillain (7) to be ridden by Hannah English who has some remarkable success here at the track. Devillain is having her first start over 1500 metres, but she has posted a win here over 1200 metres and she will race on the speed. Coming out of barrier 3 should enable Hannah to place this mare in a good spot in the running – if she can run out the 1500 metres I can see her winning!

Rotindy (9) is trained by Jennifer Fraser and will be ridden by the veteran Ron Goltz. This mare has drawn very wide from barrier 13 and does like to lead but from the 1500 metre start I think Goltz should be able to jump and get her out and get to the fence prior to leaving the sharp bend out of the straight. She will run this distance out – she has some nice form over a mile.

Greg Cornish trains Voanaba (1) and Adam Spinks is in the saddle. This runner comes off two wins looking for the hat trick. She normally races midfield and will need some luck in the straight – but with some nice speed in the race she probably will get a lovely trail into the race.

Bombay Bullet (6), trained by Jason Edwards, comes off a solid maiden win over a mile at Toowoomba last start. Sure, she goes up in grade – but she has the 3 kilogram claim for apprentice Tomlinson.

Selections: 7-9-1-6 rough chance 5


Race 6

The penultimate race of the day (this is just for race caller Anthony Collins – another QLDer who has had plenty to say after the lucky win in Origin 1).

This is a tough race to assess. Most of the runners who look to have genuine claims in the race have drawn woefully wide. There are eight reserves – so maybe they will not be that harshly treated when they take their final places in the stalls with most of the emergencies drawing the inside barriers.

I like the topweight – Coco Monsieur (1) who is trained by Tony Sears. No rider is declared yet. This runner led Millard Reaction at Doomben back in March and was beaten by 3.8 lengths. That is nice form for this race. Since then he won his maiden back in April on his home track at Toowoomba and then turned in a shocker a month later. My mail is that there was excuses for that run – so overlook it and go on the solid pervious form. He has had three weeks between runs – expect some improvement.

Implacable (7) has been racing consistently at her past two starts at the Sunshine Coast. Well placed here for mine and Hannah English stays aboard. Hannah won on her when she won her maiden win back in September last year. She has had an eight week freshen up and I expect she will race strongly.

I have headed to the bottom of the field for the rest of my tips. Avasa (10) is trained by Jackie Crompton. This mare won here in April over 800 metres. On that occasion they jumped out of trees to back her. She was heavily supported and won the race impressively. She has been racing in some higher-class races since then and I just wonder whether returning to Kilcoy will see a sharp improvement in her form and luck! Michael Schrapel is in the saddle this weekend – he has ridden her in her past three starts.

Jarrod Woodhouse and John Smerdon combine again here with Regnant (11). She has drawn barrier 20 and will start from 12 after scratchings. I reckon I may have to buy an advanced GPS from Harvey Norman for “Woody” to help him navigate the track from out there! She has had a look at this track in May when she struck a heavy track where she was sent out favourite and was narrowly beaten over this distance. Personally, I think she will be better on top of the ground – I just wish she had drawn a barrier.

There is one here that you probably need to keep your eye on especially if there is any support in the markets for her – Speedy (12) trained by Brenton Andrew and to be ridden by Emma Ljung. Last start she was too “speedy” for them at Nanango and won easily in a reasonable time. She is stepping up in distance, however, she has drawn well.

Selections: 1-10-7-12 rough chance 11


Race 7 Keith Beavis Memorial 2019 Kilcoy Cup

The feature race of the program – the Kilcoy Cup for 2019. It must be noted the wonderful continued support that Beavis family has provided to the Kilcoy Club. This is the 38th year this family has sponsored this race. That must be close to an Australian record!

I like the topweight here – Mr Strachan. He has some solid form but must carry 61 kilograms. Matthew Powell has the ride and he has drawn well in barrier 4. Stuart Kendrick trains this runner – if the weight does not stop him and he can get clear uninterrupted running he will be hard to beat!

Gary Doughty from the Gold Coast trains Time To Play (11) who has drawn badly in barrier 17. He is second up this weekend and Gary Geran takes the ride. He likes firm tracks and this stable have won feature races in the past here at Kilcoy – do not underestimate this one!

Rising Stock (11) has had two runs here and remains undefeated. He always seems to race well here and despite backing up from a run at the Sunshine Coast last Saturday looks to be competitive in this field. Beau Appo jumps aboard for this assignment.

Snipstream (8) is trained by Donald “Ducky” Baker. He comes off a solid win at Toowoomba a fortnight ago. He has an impressive record with seven starts for four wins and a placing. The time of the race at Toowoomba was nothing too flash – but you can only keep winning and this runner has some solid form.

High Cost (6), from the Greg Cornish stable at Beaudesert, has been racing consistently all over the place – NSW and QLD in recent starts. He always puts in but I think he would be better placed over 1000 metres.

Selections: 1-11-10-8 rough chances 6


Jockey Challenge

Looks like a tough day for the jockeys – it will probably come down to the very last race to see who claims the 2019 Bruce Duncan Memorial Jockeys Challenge trophy at the end of the program.

Emma Ljung looks to have the wood on the boys! Can Beau Appo claim his second title here or will it be the young gun – the new kid on the block Sheriden Tomlinson? It will be a battle supreme.

One thing for sure is that the photos at the end of the day will be worth waiting for as the Duncan Family and the victor invade the track at the end of the program!

Early Quaddie (races 1 to 4 NSW only)

3,5,7 / 5,7,8 / 2,7,10,15 / 2,4,6,7 - cost is $144 to $1

Quaddie (races 4 to 7)

2,4,6,7 / 1,6,7,9 / 1,7,10,12 /1,8,10,11 - cost is $256 to $1

Value Quaddie (races 4 to 7)

2,6 / 7,9 / 1,7,10 / 1,11 - cost is $24 to $1

Treble (races 5 to 7)

1,6,7,9 / 1,7,10,12 /1,8,10,11 - cost is $64 to $1

Good luck and good punting!

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Emma Ljung (pictured above) looks to have the wood on the boys! Can Beau Appo claim his second title here or will it be the young gun – the new kid on the block Sheriden Tomlinson? It will be a battle supreme.
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Emma Ljung (pictured above) looks to have the wood on the boys! Can Beau Appo claim his second title here or will it be the young gun – the new kid on the block Sheriden Tomlinson? It will be a battle supreme.
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Photos: Graham Potter
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Photos: Graham Potter
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