Classy Sunshine Coast Guineas 2013 Field Revealed

This Saturday at the Sunshine Coast’s Caloundra Cup Day the three-year-olds will bring proceedings to a close with a bumper field of promising horses lining up in the 2013 Sunshine Coast Guineas.

Eximius

Eximius is one of the promising interstate raiders running in Queensland's Sunshine Coast Guineas 2013 on Saturday. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Set to run as Race 9 at 4:15pm (AEST), this year’s $100,000 Listed XXXX Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) has drawn a capacity field of 18 starters plus five emergencies.

Of the acceptors there are a couple of last start winners, most notably the Les Ross-trained Casino Card.

Drawn well in gate six with Joe Bowditch to ride, the progressive Casino Prince filly has won four of her last five starts with her only disappointing effort being a 10th to Academus when she travelled to the Gold Coast last month for the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas (1200m).

An easy winner in a Class 4 at this track over 1400m in the mud two back, Casino Card was last seen beating a number of the same rivals she faces again on Saturday in the Schweppes T.L. Cooney Handicap (1350m) at Ipswich on June 15.

The three horses that finished second, third and fourth respectively behind Casino Card in the Ipswich race two weeks back have also all been accepted for the Sunshine Coast Guineas this weekend with Luke’s Luck, Bingo Bobby and General Groove.

The Kelly Schweida-trained Luke’s Luck has suffered an early blow for the Guineas coming up with a wide barrier 14 draw, Glen Colless to ride, with the Show A Heart gelding after their first win since the Group 3 WA Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) in April last year when prepared by Trevor Andrews in WA.

They were one of the most promising of their age getting around in WA too but have failed to find that same form since being transferred to Schweida in Queensland.

Bingo Bobby was a winner at Grafton in late May before their Cooney Handicap third, Sharon Pepper’s Snippetson gelding suited to a Slow track which they are likely to get on Saturday.

General Groove then came up trumps in the Sunshine Coast Guineas barrier draw with the inside alley, the Leon Corstens-trained Victorian raider being stepped up to black type company for the first time.

The other notable interstate visitors looking to steal the show from the locals in the Guineas meanwhile include the Mick Price-trained Eximius out wide in 19 who was last seen finishing a close second in the Listed Daybreak Lover Stakes (1600m) at Eagle Farm on June 8, and Gerald Ryan’s Snitzel gelding Dances On Stars.

A close second behind Sizzling in the Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1400m) on June 1 form a wide gate, Dances On Stars is looking to bounce back after beating home just two rivals when 16 lengths away 13th to Conservatorium in the Listed Eye Liner Stakes (1350m) at Ipswich a fortnight ago.

Also in the mix are the likes of the David Kelly-trained Lucky Hussler who was third in both the Queensland Guineas and Daybreak Lover, local mudlark Buakaw drawn nicely in gate two, the progressive Liam Birchley-trained Hard Ticker who has run top two in six of their seven career starts to date, and Natalie McCall’s track specialist Lady Echelon.

The complete 2013 Sunshine Coast Guineas field, barriers, jockeys and weights are listed below.

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2013 Sunshine Coast Guineas Final Field & Barrier Draw

Sunshine Coast Race 9 – 4:15pm (AEST) – 29/06/2013

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 x2357x0022 LUKE’S LUCK Kelly Schweida Glen Colless 14 57kg 86
2 79615×3020 DANCES ON STARS (NZ) Gerald Ryan Paul Hammersley 9 57kg 89
3 614×015702 EXIMIUS Mick Price Larry Cassidy 19 57kg 87
4 1361128×80 FERMENT John P Thompson Michael Cahill 13 57kg 83
5 11410×5833 LUCKY HUSSLER David Kelly Damian Browne 21 57kg 89
6 112137×660 HEZA JETSETTER Robert Heathcote Ryan Wiggins 15 57kg 80
7 452523×134 GENERAL GROOVE Leon Corstens Stephen Baster 1 57kg 72.5
8 6116120 MISHANI EDGE Les Ross Mitchell Speers 23 57kg 72
9 197×31829 SAINT OR SINNER (NZ) Michael Moroney Eddie Wilkinson 20 57kg 68
10 336318×513 BINGO BOBBY Sharon Pepper Geoffrey Goold (a) 10 57kg 64
11 3952x21x12 BUAKAW Paul H Duncan Ric McMahon 2 57kg 70
12 421×2212 HARD TICKER Liam Birchley 11 57kg 70
13 76x4x11011 CASINO CARD Les Ross Joe Bowditch 6 55kg 79
14 xP400x7244 DANSAL Robert R Wilson 22 55kg 66
15 3788×10204 STOLEN KISSES Maryann Thexton 18 55kg 71
16 2795×13138 FINNIGAN’S FOLLY Liam Birchley 17 55kg 69
17 2310414×10 ELLAWISDOM Trevor Thomas 16 55kg 70
18 25×1110 LADY ECHELON Natalie Mccall Timothy Bell 8 55kg 71
19e 57x15x101 DOUGHTY Kelly Doughty 12 57kg 67
20e 11 BUSHY Gary Duncan Jim Byrne 5 57kg 67
21e 33×54121 BIG WHEELS Ben Currie 3 57kg 65
22e 5733×22623 HOLLYWOOD BOUND Peter Hulbert Patrick Holmes 4 57kg
23e 033×8311 JUST A GAZE Chris Jordan 7 57kg 67