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Sunshine Coast Tips January 26 - best bets for Sunshine Coast on Saturday

Steve Bennett in Free Tips 24 Jan 2019
  • 3 to 4 best bets for each Sunshine Coast race meeting.

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Sunshine Coast Tips - 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.

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.

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.

Previous Sunshine Coast Tips:

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)

September 22

Race 6 - 4:02PM YAROOMBA BEACH Colts, Geldings & Entires No Metro Wins Handicap (1200 METRES) 
The Kris Lees stable is firing on all cylinders of late and JACK’S BAR could easily keep the flag flying here. Three starts into this campaign and he is yet finish worse than second. After two close-up second placings when resuming, he went one better last start at Newcastle winning a BM64 over 1200m carrying 61kgs. A known front runner, he came from just off the pace that day at his first run on a wet track. He drops 5.5kgs here and in his current frame of mind looks the one they will have to run down.
Result (Unplaced)

Race 7 - 4:42PM MARCOOLA SURF CLUB OPEN Handicap (1400 METRES) 
Maybe third time lucky for Chris Waller’s gelding as FORTENSKY lines up here with two runs under his belt this preparation. Never got hot when resuming at Doomben over 1200m behind Fiery Heights. Second-up he was fitter and hit the line well to beat all but the placegetters. He meets Zumbelina 2.5kgs better here and is drawn better as well. The Love Conquers All gelding has a solid third-up record and looks poised to strike in this company.
Result (4th)

Race 9 - 6:01PM NORTH SHORE REALTY Class 6 Plate (1600 METRES) 
Two runs into this preparation and ZOFONIC DANCER will be primed for this slightly easier challenge. His first-up effort here over 1400m was eye-catching finishing second behind Deer Mountain over 1400m. Second-up he appeared a little one-paced as he finished just behind the placegetters over the mile on a soft Doomben track. Third-up here he will strip fitter and is a two-time winner at Corbould Park. He is ready to win.
Result (Won - $4.00)

September 1

The Steve Tregea-trained PRIORITISE loves this track with three wins and two minor placings at his six trips to the coast. He recently returned from a trip to Sydney where he didn’t disgrace himself although finishing unplaced at both starts. His last effort was worth noting where he finished fourth to the Chris Waller trained Paret who made it a hat-trick that day. Tregea then brought Prioritise back to the coast where he destroyed a class 6 field at his last start, winning by 2.5 lengths and showing no signs of fatigue moving up to the mile for the first time. A little more depth here but after the claim he carries two kilos under the limit at just 52kgs and as a backmarker he will thrive on the weight relief. He looks right in the mix here.
Result (Won $4.50)

Race 5 - 3:22PM CLINIC ONE BenchMark 80 Handicap (1400 METRES)
In his biggest test to date, LOOKS LIKE ELVIS rises in class here but has stamped himself as a horse with a real future. Winning three of his four starts this time in, the All American four-year-old has shown a great deal of finishing speed and he looks well placed to do it again here. At Doomben two starts back, he drew wide and came from well back to comfortably beat home his own age group over the mile. Then last start, he dropped back to the 1400m trip and repeated the effort at the Gold Coast, travelling on the pace this time. He jumps to BM80 company here but his resume shows he should handle the class rise comfortably. 
Result (Unplaced)

Race 6 - 4:02PM REED RACING BenchMark 75 Handicap (2400 METRES)
The Kevin Kemp-trained FIGHTING TEO is lightly-raced but keeps improving as he runs over more ground. Three starts back he finished third behind Tisani Grey over 1640m at Toowoomba then lined up at Rosehill next start and stepped up to the 2000m journey, finishing second behind the Hugh Bowman ridden Huangshan. His latest effort saw him return to the Gold Coast and finished too good for his BM75 rivals over the 2200m trip. He steps up again here and has a little extra weight to carry but is racing against similar company, beating some of these home last start. He is a horse with plenty of upside and looks the testing material again.
Result (Won $2.60)


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