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Sunshine Coast Tips 06/01/2023

Our form expert provides Sunshine Coast tips for tonight’s horse racing at Sunshine Coast Racecourse and gives his best bets.



Race 6:  No.2  STAR OF MICHELIN  ($5.50 with bet365)

The Stuart Kendrick-trained STAR OF MICHELIN is third-up tonight and after one look at his resume, commands serious thought here. Last start, the Jet Spur gelding showed improvement when second-up in a slick BM80 field at Eagle Farm. Racing too far back and never a winning chance, he still finished off well to end up mid-field, beaten just over 2 lengths that day. Justin Huxtable has the job in the saddle tonight and from gate four, the six-year-old is expected to still settle in the back half of the field. He is a two-time winner at the track and distance but also worth noting, he is unbeaten (four from four) when racing third-up. Considering these starts, and a small field to compete against, we have him on top here.



Race 4:  No.9  TAVI L’AMOUR  ($3.10 with Palmerbet)

Local galloper TAVI L’AMOUR made it third time lucky last start and looks very capable of going back-to-back tonight. Last start, the Tavistock mare was third-up and racing for a new stable, finished best to take out a Class 2 Hcp at Ipswich over 1700m. At her first start on QLD soil, she ran her last 600m, 4.5 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this field and recorded the fastest final 800m, 600m and 400m sectionals for the race as well. Ben Thompson sticks with her for this assignment and the four-year-old should be rock-hard fit after three runs back. The former John O’Shea-trained mare appears to have settled into her new surroundings well and looks a big chance at making her track debut here a winning one.



Race 2:  No.6  ZOUVALU  ($6 with Ladbrokes)

Robert Heathcote saddles-up ZOUVALU here who has hit the ground running since resuming this time in and looks set to go on with it tonight. Last start, the Zoustar mare came off a first-up maiden win at Ipswich when she followed that up with second prize in a BM58 Hcp over 1100m at the same track. She ran that trip out, 4.9 lengths slower than benchmark, still the best last-start effort here. She also posted the fastest final 400m and 200m sectionals for the race. The pace was a cracker that day and shifting wide on the turn cost her dearly in the run home. She still finished strongly and managed to grab second prize on the line. Ben Thompson sticks with her tonight and with a trouble-free run, she should prove to be a real handful for this field.