In his first meeting back from an injury enforced lay off jockey Glen Colless has been well supported by the trainers securing six rides across the eight race Caloundra Cup Day program on Saturday including favourite in the day’s feature.
Colless will jump aboard the $2.10 top fancy in the $175,000 Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m) this year partnering with the Ciaron Maher-trained Mr O’Ceirin.
The Postponed six-year-old, last seen running a luckless fifth in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) on June 7, is the 59kg top weight in the 12 horse Caloundra Cup field for Saturday.
While Colless has been out of action with a fractured tail bone since the end of May, an injury he suffered during a barrier trial mishap, he isn’t restricted to just heavyweight rides for the weekend.
Not having gotten up to much over the past month he’s been able to keep his weight in check and has a number of starters right down to 54kg on the Sunshine Coast card this weekend.
“You don’t get hungry when you’re not doing anything,” he told The Courier Mail.
“All I’ve been doing is lazing around, because I couldn’t do much.
“My weight’s been good for a while now.”
The Caloundra Cup will be the hoop’s first ride on Mr O’Ceirin and he replaces Blake Shinn who rode them in the Brisbane Cup.
Before that Glen Boss had a three-race association with the Group 1 performer including their Eagle Farm Cup second and Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) seventh to the now retired Streama.
Maher, who saddled-up this year’s Stradbroke Handicap favourite Srikandi the filly eventually running a brave third, then takes a chance with Colless and the jockey is keen to reward the laid-back horseman.
Colless said Mr O’Ceirin’s chances would improve even more with a little rain around before Saturday.
“It looks a really nice race for him,” he said of the Cup.
“Caloundra, with the sting out of the track, really should suit him.”
There are two other Black Type features at the meeting but Colless could miss a run in both.
He’s not engaged for any of the $175,000 Listed Glasshouse Handicap (1400m) hopes this year but is on standby for the $125,000 Group 3 Sunshine Cost Guineas (1600m) with second emergency Rock Of Diamonds.
Drawn in the outside barrier Kent Fleming’s Gold Coast-trained Fastnet Rock filly comes off an 1800m win back home but needs two withdrawals from the capacity 18 starter Sunshine Coast Guineas field to get a run.
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