The Queensland Winter Carnival may be winding down but a quality day of racing is expected at the Sunshine Coast tomorrow and the highlight event is the $200,000 2012 Caloundra Cup (2400m).
Wet weather has seen the tracked rated a heavy 10 and with it unlikely to improve before tomorrow, it is horses with a proven ability to get through the ground that will have the most success.
Current favourite is Ipswich Cup winner Shenzhou Steeds ($2.70) who has performed well on slow tracks but has limited experience on genuinely heavy ground.
Next best in the market is Sydney gelding Roi D’Jeu ($4.20) and Sydney Cup fifth place-getter Andudjawun ($6.50).
Tattersall’s Cup third place-getter Warrior Within ($8.00) is being offered at $8.00 while 2011 winner Spechenka is paying $11.00.
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#6 Roi D’Jeu $4.20
With the track rated a heavy 10, 2400 metres is going to be more like 2800 tomorrow and Roi D’Jeu is a proven stayer who can perform in the wet.
His ability to run a long trip in extremely heavy conditions was evident last start when he was only just beaten in the final straight over 3200 metres on a heavy 10 at Rosehill.
The former New Zealand horse struggled in his first few runs on Australian soil but has begun to hit form of late.
He comes into the race in good fitness and should sit just off the speed and is likely to be hard to run down in what is going to be a very tough slog.
Spechenka may haven’t won since he took out this event last year but the Ben Ahrens-trained gelding is proven at the distance and has good form at the track.
While he hasn’t started on a track as heavy as what he will run on tomorrow, he can get through the ground as was clear earlier this month when he finished second to Freuhling on a heavy 8.
Trainer Ahrens has mixed up his training of late to try and “sharpen” the gelding up and jockey Ryan Wiggins said he began to travel better in last weekend’s Tattersall’s Cup.
He may be running his longest trip ever but Shenzhou Steeds is a very promising race horse.
The Michael Moroney-trained gelding was impressive when taking out the Ipswich Cup two weeks ago and has six wins from 14 starts.
The biggest question over the New Zealand-bred horse is his limited heavy track experience but he has performed admirably on slow surfaces before.
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