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Sunshine Coast Tips November 16 - best bets for Sunshine Coast on Saturday

Steve Bennett in Free Tips 13 Nov 2019
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Sunshine Coast Tips - November 16

Race 2 - 1:03PM THE ESPLANADE MOOLOOLABA Class 3 Plate (1800 METRES)
Garnet Taylor lines up DAWSON DIVA here and on her best day, should take this out. The Falvelon mare only took two starts to display her best after resuming from an 18-week break. The four-year-old gave nothing else a chance at Eagle Farm where she bolted in over the mile in Class 3 company. Three starts back, she finished a close-up second to Winning Ways in the Group One QLD Oaks (2200m) which is very strong form for this contest. The mare is known to mix her form so she must be taken on trust. She meets similar company to her last start and drawn the fence, should enjoy the run of the race. Regular rider Ryan Wiggins has ridden the mare to all three of her victories and remains aboard here. She looks the stand out galloper in this.

Beaten as a short-priced favourite last start, MEET MR TAYLOR will be out for revenge here as lines up against Tarzan who beat him to the line last start. The Turffontein five-year-old has an impeccable resume boasting eight career wins from just 12 starts. He came off a 15-week spell this time in and made light work of beating home Publishing Power in a 1050m Open Hcp at Doomben three starts back. He then beat all but Cool Sequence home in another Open affair over 1110m where he conceded the winner 5kgs that day. Last start, he was caught wide to the turn and despite running home hard, couldn’t bridge the gap on race leader Tarzan. He meets Tarzan 3kgs worse here, but the barrier draw could well decide this battle. Tarzan has drawn wide in gate 10 (of 11) with Meet Mr Taylor is ideally drawn in gate one. The extra work Tarzan will have to do to cross in a forward position should more than compensate for the weight difference. I am expecting Mr Taylor to lead and dictate the pace here and should be at his peak for this.

Five starts in this time around and ZOFONIC DANCER appears to be back at his best. The Robert Heathcote-trained gelding returned to form two starts back when finishing an eye-catching third behind Magstock in a BM85 over the mile at Eagle Farm. He then franked that form last start by winning in Open company over the same track and trip, beating home Auerbach and Testashadow. He has since enjoyed a four-week let-up which should have him primed for this test. He will need a bit of luck from his wide draw but he is a track specialist (winning three of five starts here), and is a five-time winner over the trip which must not be ignored. Ron Stewart remains aboard here and will give the Zoffany gelding every chance.

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June 29

Race 4 - 2:37PM BOQ MAROOCHYDORE BenchMark 75 Handicap (1400 METRES)
The Kris Lees-trained INTRINSIC looks ideally placed here. Three starts back she destroyed a Class 5 field here on a heavy 8 over this distance, beating home Zanyetta by nearly three lengths. She followed that up finishing third at Doomben over 1350m on a good track. Last start, she got too far back but ran home well to finish fourth in the Listed Gai Waterhouse Quality at Ipswich. She has drawn well in gate seven, and maps to be sitting just behind the pace. The beautifully-bred mare is by So You Think out of a Testa Rossa mare and already a track and trip winner she will take beating here. 
Result: Scratched

The promising four-year-old SNIPSTREAM ticks plenty of boxes here and will be there at finish. The Don Baker-trained gelding has won five of his eight career starts to date and is weighted to add to that total. Two starts back, he embarrassed a Class 4 field, putting almost four lengths on them on a rain affected Toowoomba track. Last start, he was just as impressive in winning the BM75 Kilcoy Cup Sprint over 1200m on a soft 5 that day, beating home the smart Mr Strachan by almost three lengths. Considering the ease of his last two victories, he comes in nicely here with 57kgs and Emma Ljung is one from one on his back and remains aboard here. If he can overcome the wide draw and settle early, he will be a force in this.
Result: Scratched

Far from disgraced in the Group One Tatt’s Tiara last start, BACCARAT BABY will find this much more to her liking and lines up a very strong chance of taking this out. The Casino Prince filly has enjoyed a good preparation for the Guineas and trainer David Vandyke has her primed for this event. Three starts back she was most impressive when finishing second behind Military Zone in the Group Three Fred Best Classic at Eagle Farm. She was well back and never on the track that day. The three-year-old then finished a close-up second behind Kolding in the Group Two QLD Guineas, beaten just half a length. She hasn’t drawn a decent gate for three starts and her luck continues here, however there is a ton of early speed in this which may help her cross and find a sit nearer the fence with cover. Jockey Michael Hellyer has ridden her in 12 of her 14 races which indicates he knows how best to ride her and if they see daylight on the turn, she will be storming home again.
Result: Won ($3.70) 

January 26

Race 1 - 12:27PM COASTLINE BMW 3 SERIES Class 3 Plate (1600 METRES)
Tony Gollan could get his day off to a winning start with RED PHANTOM who is third-up and ready to pounce. A three-time winner from 1600m and up, he was doing his best work in the closing stages of his last run when finishing a close-up third (beaten less than half a length), behind High Degree over the mile at Doomben. He is drawn out a little here but should find cover mid-field and with the longer home straight, will have ample time to reel in the front runners. Already a winner third-up, the Redoute’s Choice gelding can rack-up his fourth career win here.
Result (3rd)

Race 4 - 2:12PM COASTLINE BMW X5 QTIS Three-Years-Old Handicap (1600 METRES)
The Garnett Taylor filly DAWSON DIVA looks overs in a race of this nature. The lightly-raced three-year-old was devastating when resuming from a 36-week spell. Lining up in a 1400m maiden here on a heavy track, the Falvelon filly destroyed her opposition, winning the event by more than seven lengths. Then stepping up to a BM70 next start, she finished a courageous second behind Plitvice, beaten less than a length and in the process, beating home Barefoot who is the early favourite here. Drawn the fence, she will enjoy a nice trail behind the pace and be finishing off strongly. Ryan Wiggins returns to the saddle and is one from one with the filly. Plenty of upside with this girl.
Result (1st - $8.50)

Race 9 - 5:25PM COASTLINE BMW Z4 No Metro Wins Handicap (1400 METRES)
Better drawn and better weighted than the race favourite, the Gary Doughty-trained CABEIRIAN looks a very strong chance of going back-to-back here. Resuming from a four-week let-up, the Snitzel gelding hasn’t disappointed, finishing top three at all four starts. Last start, he led a class 2 field a merry dance and put three lengths on them as he crossed the line in the 1350m event. Jockey Ryan Wiggins remains aboard for the ride here and will enjoy a soft run from gate two. A two-time winner over the trip, he meets Coral Bay 3kgs better and will have a handy start turning for home. He looks well placed here and will take catching.
Result (1st - $5)

November 10

There’s plenty to like about the Toby Edmonds-trained COASTAL PRINCE who is on a quick back-up from his last start victory at Toowoomba. The Real Saga gelding just won his maiden, leading all the way to take out the 1600m event by 2.5 lengths. He carried 57kgs comfortably last time and here he drops a kilo for this. Riding master Jeff Lloyd stays on-board and has a dream draw in gate two. With plenty of early speed here, he should be box-seating or thereabouts and with some clean air on straightening will be threatening in the run home.
Result (1st - $4.90)

Race 4 - 1:39PM MELBOURNE STORM BenchMark 75 Handicap (2200 METRES) 
An open affair for the stayer’s race of the meeting with last start winner SO YOU WISH shaping up as a solid each-way chance. As the name suggests, he is by the multiple Group One winning sire So You Think and has shown ability in his progression to distance races. Two starts back, he finished third behind Bryneich and Mymming over 1600m at Doomben then jumped to 2020m two weeks later where he beat home Mymming in a class 3 at the same track. He’s had four starts since a six-week freshen-up and he is on the quick back-up here. Michael Cahill has been his only rider this preparation and remains aboard here. He should give us a bold sight.
Result (scratched)

Chris Munce has become quite a shrewd trainer since hanging up his jockey silks and his Snitzel gelding NIKITAS is second-up here and in with a real show. Some reports have him ‘fading’ at his first-up run at the Gold Coast where he finished unplaced behind Masondale. Points to consider there are A) he was first-up after nine months in the paddock contesting a 900m sprint and B) he had the grandstand on his back with 63.5kgs. He climbs back to 1400m here and drops a massive 9.5kgs from that first-up run. The in-form Ryan Maloney climbs aboard for his first ride on him and jumping from gate six, maps nicely looking to box-seat in the run. The five-year-old is a two-time winner at the trip and looks right in the mix here.
Result (unplaced)

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