Sunshine Coast Preview & Best Bets – Sunday January 8

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Sunshine Coast Tips 08/01/2023

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



Race 3:  No.2  CHOIR BOY  ($4 with Palmerbet)

Second-up today, the Stuart Kendrick-trained CHOIR BOY drops sharply in grade here and is capable of adding to his (already impressive) home track record and taking this contest out today. Last start, the Divine Prophet gelding was fresh off a five-month absence when he did well to finish within two lengths of the winner in a strong Class 5 field over 1200m at Eagle Farm. Finishing unplaced in the run, he still ran the trip out, 1 length quicker than benchmark, the best in this field. He steps up to a more suitable distance today and while drawn wide, he will get back in the run as he does. All three starts here have resulted in podium finishes and he is already a winner when second-up. Justin Huxtable has the job in the saddle and with a trouble-free run today, the four-year-old can figure here.



Race 1:  No.8  GOOD GIRL  ($4.80 with Palmerbet)

The Annabel Neasham-trained GOOD GIRL has come back on top of her game this preparation and looks set to go on with it here today. Last start, the Star Turn filly was third-up when she went one better to clobber her Maiden rivals over 1010m at Ballina. From gate 12 (of 12), she ran her last 600m, 1 length quicker than benchmark, the best in this event, and posted the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals on her way to a 2.5 length victory. She is up against Tony Gollan’s Warriorless (who is the short-priced favourite here), but at the weights, just might steal it from him today.



Race 4:  No.5  VATAN EXPRESS  ($6 with Ladbrokes)

The O’Dea & Hoysted team saddle-up VANTAN EXPRESS here who’s chances have been boosted with early scratchings and now looks the one to beat here. Last start, the Vancouver gelding resumed from a lengthy eight-month spell where, in need of the run, he finished mid-field in a Class 2 Hcp, here over 1400m. With the Annabel Neasham-trained Summer In Siam an early withdrawal (scratched to run at Nowra today, our tip in race six), plus two other runners, we are down to a field of seven, making the job of winning much easier. Jaden Lloyd sticks with him today and from a good draw in gate four, he maps to settle just behind the early pace. He is already a winner when second-up, a winner at the track and trip and boasts two wins from his three visits to Corbould Park, he should give us a good run for our money today.