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By Darren Winningham | Thursday, November 16, 2023

SUNSHINE COAST this week - 10 races this week with the track rated ‘Good’ and the rail in the true position for the entire circuit.

Looks like a super day with warm weather forecast – there will be plenty heading to the track.

Jimmy Orman is back in QLD after a solid working holiday riding six winners for Michael Costa in the UAE. He returns with a good book of rides.

NB: As these selections were made prior to race-day, please check for any changes to track conditions and for any scratchings on the day.

Race 1

The two-year-old’s start off today's program.

Chris Munce has three runners – to be fair on all their trial form any of them could win.

I have gone with Pierata’s Gem who won a barrier trial at Beaudesert – Damien Thornton will ride, and she has drawn barrier 1 that can be of some benefit on this expansive Sunshine Coast track.

The two stable mates Fireupzous (7) and Poster Girl (10) have trialed well.

Tony Gollan’s runner Barbie’s Sister (6) won a trial at Deagon by 7 lengths – Angela Jones will ride.


9 – Pierata’s Gem
6 – Barbie’s Sister
7 – Fireupzous
10 – Poster Girl

Race 2

BM78 over 1600 metres.

Not a race I am keen on.

Rising Pacific (5) from Gollan Racing is racing well. Has won his past three starts – this is his toughest test to date – maybe too short in the markets – but winning form is good form – Damien Thornton will ride.


5 – Rising Pacific
3 – Lord Markel
7 – Boodua Romance
14 – Secret Tales
Rough chance – (15) Poetic Drama

Race 3

The three-year-olds will face the starter over a mile.

Shy Guy (5) is a last start winner as a maiden at Ipswich – maybe will go on with it now after posting his first career win. He is trained by Chris Waller Racing and Jimmy Orman will ride him again.

Conquistadores (4), trained by Peter & Will Hulbert, won last time out at a midweek meeting at Doomben. Was a solid win on that occasion – Mark Du Plessis retains the ride.

Winsome Star (6) is trained on the track here by Sheila Laxon & John Symons – he looks like he has been screaming out for the mile. Jaden Lloyd rides.


5 – Shy Guy
4 – Conquistadores
6 – Winsome Star
1 – Encoder

Rough chance – (9) Spicy Legend

Race 4

Class 3 here over 1200 metres.

Tony Gollan and Jimmy Orman unite with Standing Order (2) who ran second last time out. It may have just been a case of the second up yips. I think third up here this weekend he will be hard to beat.

The stable mate is Jump’N Fly (16) with Angela Jones riding. She won a midweek race at Eagle Farm. Down in the weights and drawn well she could cause an upset here at $21.

The local trained Fighting Idol (11) with Justin Stanley riding at $26 could be another roughie to fill a place.

Helluva Barty (4) posted a solid win at Doomben first up. A massive group of owners – the QLD Rogues. Trained by Steven O’Dea & Matt Hoysted he has drawn wide in barrier 13 – he will probably race midfield and get home late – Justin Huxtable retains the ride.


2 – Standing Order
4 – Helluva Barty
11 – Fighting Idol
17 – Already A Star
Rough chance – (3) Devastating

Race 5

A BM68 race here over 1800 metres.

The Chirs Waller Racing pair look well placed.

Kapakiri (12) will be ridden again by Jimmy Orman after he won a maiden at Eagle Farm at a midweek meeting. He looks like he will be suited here on this big track and Orman can ride him quiet from barrier 17.

The stable mate is Fleur Du Monde (14) who ran second last time at Eagle Farm a fortnight ago over the mile. He worked home well on that occasion – the increased distance should help – Damien Thornton will ride.


12 – Kapakiri
14 – Fleur Du Monde
8 – Colleagues
16 – Hallside Martini
Rough chance – (13) Tairua

Race 6

Last leg of the Early Quaddie over 1200 metres.

I like two Gollan Racing runners who are both resuming.

Freedom Rally (12) will have Jimmy Orman aboard. He has a solid race record – 6 starts for 4 wins. Has drawn wide in barrier 15, but hopefully can get across and get in. His recent barrier trial would suggest that he is forward for his first up assignment.

Damien Thornton will ride the stable mate Count Da Beans (14). This runner has drawn well in barrier 6. Has raced in some good quality races in his career. A recent barrier trial in which he didn’t too much – maybe he will strip fitter for his first up assignment.

Nashira (10) is a last start winner – Ben Thompson will ride.

Drive A Deel (11) is a huge price at $31 for Robert Heathcote Racing. She is second up here, and he does love this track.


12 – Freedom Rally
14 – Count Da Beans
10 – Nashira
11 – Drive A Deel
Rough chance – (3) Manhood

Race 7

The first leg of the Quaddie. A BM85 over 1400 metres.

Munce Racing trains Bitcoin Baby (10) who was a solid winner at Doomben over 1350 metres last time out. Robbie Dolan who is riding in sensational form recently will ride again. She has drawn well and should get a cosy run in behind the speed.

Cottee (8) is trained by Mark Currie – will be ridden again by Angela Jones. She has won her past two starts. Yes, I did say she couldn’t win last time out and had to issue a public apology to part owner Basil Nolan. She is undefeated on this track with two starts for two wins. She will not get the hat trick of wins for mine – but should enhance your trifecta dividend when she runs in the top three.

National Choice (3) has been racing consistently – he loves this distance. Trained by Robert Heathcote Racing he has booked Michael Rodd to see if he can get a win on the board.

I think it is a trifecta with some value!


10 – Bitcoin Baby
8 – Cottee
3 – National Choice
13 – Sha Of Gomer
Rough chance – (5) – Lost In Transit

Race 8

The first leg of the Treble.

The feature race, the Mooloolaba Cup over 1600 metres.

Steven O’Dea & Matt Hoysted have a good chance here with Ocean Treaty (11). Was a super run when resuming at Eagle Farm over 1400 metres. Has an very good second up record – 7 starts for 4 wins. She races well on this track and distance as well – Damien Thornton will ride.

Shibli (2) won three in a row prior to being sent to Sydney to run in the Rosehill Cup over 2000 metres. He is back to his pet distance – 9 starts, 5 wins and a second. Jimmy Orman is back in the saddle, and they are kidding themselves posting $15 about this runner. Each way all day for mine.

Great House (1) is the stable mate – trained by Chris Waller Racing. He was a great second to Shibli when he won over the mile at Eagle Farm a month ago – he is well placed – Jake Bayliss will ride.

Dune Forty Five (3) flashed home first up over 1400 metres at Eagle Farm. He will appreciate the extra distance and with the solid speed on he could be the one storming home late to get the chocolates. He is trained by Robert Heathcote and Boris Thornton will ride.


11 – Ocean Treaty
2 – Shibli
3 – Dune Forty Five
1 – Great House
Rough chance – (4) Knight’s Choice

Race 9

A high-quality race over 1000 metres.

Some nice types resuming here – looking to springboard into the Brisbane Summer Carnival.

Tony Gollan has some good chances here all resuming - Zoustyle (6), Ef Troop (7) and Nettuno (3).

Zoustyle (6) has had a freshen up after a Melbourne trip where he raced in Group 1 and Group 2 company. Back in class here with Ryan Maloney aboard. He hasn’t won in a long time – but this looks an easy assignment for him.

Nettuno (3) has been plagued by injury. Some recent barrier trials could see him run a bold race – Ben Thompson will ride.

Ef Troop (7) resumes with Damien Thornton riding. He won a recent barrier trial in convincing fashion.

There will be super speed on here with some natural speedsters probably all vying for the lead. One of them will be Prince Of Boom (1) who won a recent barrier trial as well. Robert Heathcote trains this runner – Martin Harley gets his first sit on him in this race. He has been smashed in the betting since the markets opened firming from $3.10 to $2.50.

I think with the speed on it sets the race up nicely for a back marker like Deepour (8) trained by Adam Campton. Jimmy Orman will ride him. He is best ridden quiet and let him fly home. He won a recent barrier trial and looks like he may get the job done here.

When you look at the back markers who will be working home a horse like Legal Espirit (10), trained by Ducky Donald Baker and Kyle Wilson Taylor, riding must be kept in mind.


8 – Deepour
1 – Prince Of Boom
6 – Zoustyle
7 – Ef Troop
Rough chance – (3) Nettuno & (10) Legal Espirit

Race 10

The three-year-olds race here over 1000 metres - right on dusk and probably under lights.

They may run a class or a track record here if the track is firm. There are some very speedy customers in this race.

Party For Two (1) resumed for Steven O’Dea and Matt Hoysted at Eagle Farm and led all the way annihilating the field in great time. She goes up in weight and has drawn poorly in barrier 11, however, there is some speed drawn inside of her and she should be able to creep across the field and lead. Cejay Graham will ride, and her claim will be invaluable.

Trained on the track is Tiger Shark (6), trained by Natalie McCall. She won a recent barrier trial going to the line hard held – she looked very forward in that trial. Damien Thornton could round out a great book of rides by getting the job on this filly.

Another one trained here is Defiant Spirit (5) who is trained by Stuart Kendrick. Ryan Maloney will ride. He is undefeated on his home track – 2 starts for 2 wins. This is the runner that has drawn well in barrier 5 and should get a cosy run in behind the leaders who will be flying in front – this may see him be the one strong to the line when the judge calls a halt to the race.

Mishani Royale (2) resumes here from a spell. She is a high-class filly and should not be overlooked with regular rider Ben Thompson in the saddle..


1 – Party For Two
6 – Tiger Shark
5 – Defiant Spirit
2 – Mishani Royale
Rough chance – (7) Femme Fatale

Jockeys Challenge

There are only a few that have chances here. Looks like a two-horse race between Damien Thornton and Jimmy Orman. I think that if they retain their current rides Jimmy Orman should get the chocolates.

Early Quaddie (races 3 to 6)

4,5,6 / 2,4,11,17 / 8,12,14,16 / 10,12,14 - cost is $144 to $1

Value Early Quaddie (races 3 to 6)

4,5 / 2,4,11 / 12,14 / 12,14 - cost is $24 to $1

Quaddie (races 7 to 10)

3,8,10,13 / 2,3,11 / 1,6,8 / 1,5,6 - cost is $108 to $1

Value Quaddie (races 7 to 10)

8,10 / 2,3,11 / 1,8 / 1,6 - cost is $24 to $1

Treble (races 8 to 10)

2,3,11 /1,6,8 / 1,5,6 - cost is $27 to $1


The battle continues this with WINNO and FLEMO. He is on his home turf this weekend – I am sure he will be on fire! 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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i've marked the Jockey Challenge as a straight two-way go between Jmmy Orman (pictured above) and Damien Thornton (below)
i've marked the Jockey Challenge as a straight two-way go between Jmmy Orman (pictured above) and Damien Thornton (below)
Matt Hoysted ... he co-trains (with Steven O'Dea) Ocean Treaty ... my pick in the Mooloolaba Cup
Matt Hoysted ... he co-trains (with Steven O'Dea) Ocean Treaty ... my pick in the Mooloolaba Cup
Chris Munce ... his stable could have a good day (see races 1 and 7)

Photos: Graham Potter and Darren Winningham
Chris Munce ... his stable could have a good day (see races 1 and 7)

Photos: Graham Potter and Darren Winningham
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