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By Darren Winningham | Thursday, February 25, 2021


This weekend we race at the Sunshine Coast where, at the time of writing, the track is rated “HEAVY.” With more rain maybe around – we will probably still be racing on a rain affected track on Saturday. There are some early scratchings already – so I think I will just be extra brief this weekend as I expect fields may well be decimated if the track remains in the heavy range.

Race 1

Class 3 over a mile – not a race I am keen on.


10 – Mosshiki
7 – Word For Word
8 – Wolf Moon
2 – Rebel Rock

Race 2

Small field here over 1800 metres.

Despite coming back from 2220 metres on a heavy track last start at Doomben Miss Penfold (6) looks ideally placed here by the Kelly Schweida Racing yards – Jim Byrne to ride.


6 – Miss Penfold
7 – Steinbrenner
8 – Makedon
2 – Meteor Light

Race 3

The two-year-old runners go around here.

Glorious Ruby (6) has won her past two races for trainer Bryan Dais – Leah Kilner remains on board.

Sweet Dolly (2) resumes after a spell here on a heavy track. Despite the support for this Kevin Hansen trained runner I am concerned for her first up on a wet track – Justin Stanley to ride her again.


1 – Glorious Ruby
2 – Sweet Dolly
6 – Shaluna
3 – Alert and Ready

Race 4

Tough race this one. No metro win race over 1200 metres.

Cochrane (2) resumes for Gollan Racing – Ryan Maloney to ride after a nice trial recently.

Value runner must be the locally trained Stuart Kendrick runner to be ridden by Jimmy Orman – I’ve Been There (4). Raced well on debut and resumes here. If he handles the wet track he represents great value at $14.


2 – Cochrane
4 – I’ve Been There
6 – Hamlet Von Snitzel
3 – Gemelon Bolt

Race 5

The Rex Lipp trained Simply Fly (5) has won here in his past two starts. One race was on a heavy track and there will be speed in this race – Stephanie Thornton should be able to settle him and storm home late again.

Mishani Miss (2), trained by Les Ross, drops back to 1000 metres. I think that this is her best distance, and the wet track will not be a drama – Michael Rodd to ride is a bonus!

Kisukano (1) resumes here – big weight and heavy track. She has proven me wrong previously but not for me this weekend.


5 – Simply Fly
2 – Mishani Miss
3 – Mass Destruction
1 – Kisukano
Rough chance – (11) Incerto

Race 6

First leg of the Quaddie this weekend. A tough assignment.

Gollan Racing has a few runners here – they all have genuine chances.

I like Air Spirit (15) won here last start. She will enjoy the speed on in the race and Ben Thompson will be able to make a late run at them.

Chivargo (13), trained on the track by Darryl Hansen, won last start at Eagle Farm. She has won three times here at her home track and will be difficult to run down again if she gets her own way in front – Robbie Fradd to ride.

Much respect for Defence Missile (10) from the Les Ross Racing team who always seems to pop up here at this track on a wet surface. Jimmy Orman rides him this weekend. Jimmy is riding in great form and at $51 he could cause a massive upset in the first leg of the Quaddie.


15 – Air Spirit
13 – Chivargo
10 – Defence Missile
14 – Say Heya
Rough chance – (2) Howwonderfullifeis

Race 7

This is an open race – first leg of the treble.

Epic Girl (6) loves a wet track and loves this circuit. Trained by Chris Anderson and to be ridden by Justin Huxtable, she looks nicely placed after a short freshen up.

King Klaus (8) will handle the wet track as well – Luke Tarrant rides for Gary Clem.

Gem of Scotland (7) resumes here – she is a wonderful mare trained by Rex Lipp. Jimmy Orman has won five starts on her and he is aboard for her first start since she suffered an injury back in March 2020.


6 – Epic Girl
8 – King Klaus
7 – Gem of Scotland
5 – Doctor Zous

Race 8

The feature race – the Sunshine Coast Tattersalls Cup over 1600 metres.

I think there is some value here and a potential for a rough result for punters – read on!

Sofie’s Gold Class (5), trained by Debbie Newham, loves this track and will enjoy the wet surface. This mare turned in a wonderful effort last start here in the Sunshine Coast Cup over 1400 metres – the mile will not trouble her here. Michael Cahill rides.

Now if the rain persists and the track deteriorates do not overlook the locally trained Victory Eight (6) – who is trained by Trevor Miller with Larry Cassidy to ride.

Gary Duncan trains Wapiti (13) and he comes off some wonderful efforts at the Gold Coast over Magic Millions. That form has been franked with Paradee winning again last weekend in Melbourne. He is well treated at the weights, loves this track and a heavy track puts his right into contention.

Star Of Michelin (7) is trained here by Stuart Kendrick and they have elected to keep apprentice Sheriden Tomlinson aboard this weekend – he has ridden this gelding for two wins and a narrow second. If Sheriden can win this race it will give him his most prestigious race win in a Listed race. good luck Sheriden! Hold on mate – one tip – shave that moe – you will have enough mud on your face to smear across it above that upper lip if you win the race!


5 – Sofie’s Gold Class
6 – Victory Eight
13 – Wapiti
7 – Star of Michelin
Rough chance – (2) Ligulate

Race 9

The last race on a big day at the Sunshine Coast is over 1400 metres.

I like the Noel Doyle trained Samurai (9) to get the chocolates in the last race. Larry Cassidy rides this gelding – he is around $16. Maybe back him each way.

Robert Heathcote Racing has a genuine chance to bookend the program with his runner Scottish Mist (16) who will be ridden by Ben Thompson. The weight assists and I think, if she can handle the wet track, she will be right in this.

Bryan and Daniel Guy train Lunar Light (14) with Michael Rodd to ride. This runner won last start here over this distance. He will not be bothered by the wet surface.


9 – Samurai
16 – Scottish Mist
14 – Lunar Light
2 – Dio D’Oro

Jockey’s Challenge

Several jockeys having genuine chances. Ben Thompson and Jimmy Orman look like they each have some nice rides – take your own pick!

Early Quaddie (races 2 to 5)

6,7,8 / 1,2,6 / 2,4,6 / 2,3,5 - cost is $81 to $1

Value Early Quaddie (races 2 to 5)

6,7 / 1,2 / 2,4 / 2,5 - cost is $16 to $1

Quaddie (races 6 to 9)

10,13,15 / 6,7,8 / 5,6,13 / 9,14,16 - cost is $81 to $1

Value Quaddie (races 6 to 9)

13,15 / 6,8 / 5,6,13 / 9,16 - cost is $24 to $1

Treble (races 7 to 9)

6,7,8 / 5,6,13 / 9,14,16 - cost is $27 to $1


FLEMO got WINNO last weekend in our tipping competition. This weekend he is back on his home track, so he has all the advantage – keep your eye on his tips. Be sure to check the up to date and amended tips each Saturday morning on Facebook after any track changes and scratchings where I will post our selections and any late mail!

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