Wet 2013 Sunshine Coast Cup Worry for Gundy Son

A potential wet track could see top 2013 Sunshine Coast Cup (1400m) fancy Gundy Son scratched from Saturday’s Queensland feature.


Fillydelphia is one of two Robert Heathcote-trained Sunshine Coast Cup entrants

The Magic Millions Cup runner-up is considered to be a strong chance in the Listed $100,000 event but trainer Robert Heathcote confesses he may not get to the start line.

The track was rated as Good on Thursday but rain is predicted for both Friday and Saturday. Heathcote, Queensland’s leading trainer, described his charge as “hopeless” in the wet.

“If the track is rain-affected in any way Gundy Son won’t run,” he said.

Even if Gundy son doesn’t line up, Heathcote should still have a representative in the race and a top chance at that.

Dual stakes winner Fillydelphia is down to carry the topweight of 59kg and has shown glimpses of her best this campaign.

The five-year-old has well-documented joint problems but Heathcote has managed them well so far this preparation and she flew down the outside last start to finish a narrow runner-up in the Listed Bernborough Handicap.

That performance came despite a wide barrier, leaving Heathcote confident heading into Saturday.

“She drew a bad alley and had to carry a lot of weight so we had to go back on her in the Bernborough,” Heathcote told Racing QLD.

While the daughter of Bianconi isn’t a noted wet-tracker, she has tasted some success, having won on both heavy and slow surfaces before.

Her two most recent wet-track starts were  disappointing but both came during a campaign where the Queensland mare failed to produce close to her best.

Other horses contesting the Sunshine Coast Cup include Rockhampton and Townsville Cup winner Writer, Gold Coast veteran Lucky Luna and Toowoomba gelding Double Impact.

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