2015 Sunshine Coast Cup Field & Barrier Draw

Acceptances were taken for the Listed Sunshine Coast Cup (1400m) on Thursday morning, with a near-capacity field of 17 sprint-mile horses set to tackle the Australia Day race.

Riva De Lago heads the field for the Sunshine Coast Cup this Saturday.

Riva De Lago heads the field for the Sunshine Coast Cup this Saturday. Photo by Steve Hart.

Headlining the field is Robert Heathcote’s Riva De Lago, who will jump from barrier five with Ryan Wiggins in the saddle.

The seven-year-old gelding has enjoyed his share of stakes success within his racing career, which means he’ll carry the top weight of 59kg in the 2015 Sunshine Coast Cup.

Riva De Lago enjoyed a win in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1400m) in September 2013 followed by a minor placing in the City Tattersalls Club Handicap (1400m) but has failed to place in any of his past ten starts.

The gelding travelled to Brisbane during the summer for the first time but couldn’t figure in either the Group 3 George Moore Stakes (1200m) or Listed Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m).

Heathcote will also saddle Saluter in the Sunshine Coast Cup. The gelding will jump from the widest gate with Jim Byrne as jockey.

Saluter won a handicap over 1200 metres on the course proper in December before finishing midfield in the Magic Millions Cup (1400m) on January 10.

Pat Duff will also deliver a dual-pronged attack on the race after accepting with both Steel Zip and Abu Ben Adam.

Seven-year-old Steel Zip has failed to place in any of his past five starts, including the Listed Recognition Stakes (1630m) and Listed Brisbane Handicap (1600m) during the summer. The gelding will jump from barrier 15 with Brad Stewart to ride.

Abu Ben Adam also featured in both races but finished end of the field. The gelding was last seen running 11th in the Magic Millions Cup (1400m). He will get an ideal start on Saturday from barrier three which could help turn around his form around.

The Jamie McConachy-trained Vandalised will enjoy the inside jump from barrier one with Chris Whiteley in the saddle. The six-year-old gelding won back-to-back handicaps at Rockhampton earlier in the summer.

Other notable horses that will tackle the 2015 Sunshine Coast Cup include Jason McLachlan’s Phelan Ready, Listed Keith Noud Quality (1200m) winner Time To Plunder, Magic Millions Fillies & Mares Handicap runner-up Anna Lizzie, and Listed Just Now Quality (1350m) winner Tarloshan.

However all four horses will have to overcome awkward, wide starts.

Check out the complete 2015 Sunshine Coast Cup field and barrier draw below.

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2015 Sunshine Coast Cup Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 709×686578 RIVA DE LAGO Robert Heathcote Ryan Wiggins 5 59kg 97
2 x0941x7x16 PHELAN READY Jason McLachlan Eddie Wilkinson 9 58.5kg 96
3 6996221763 TIME TO PLUNDER Liam Birchley Larry Cassidy 8 57.5kg 94
4 8002222×17 SALUTER Robert Heathcote Jim Byrne 17 56.5kg 92
5 539x64x205 FINISHING CARD Shane Edmonds Terry Treichel 12 56kg 91
6 x9403665x4 BLACK CASH Kelly Doughty TBA 4 55kg 89.5
7 x131161125 DAPH ’N’ ALF Greg Wehlow Kelvin Wharton 2 55kg 89.5
8 12x1322x55 HARADA BAY John, Dan & Chris Meagher Michael Cahill 13 55kg 89
9 653×994697 STEEL ZIP Pat Duff Brad Stewart 15 55kg 89
10 2x0112x912 TARLOSHAN (NZ) Graeme Boyd Robbie Fradd 16 55kg 93
11 00×0007306 MISHANI WARRIOR Les Ross Travis Wolfgram (a) 6 54.5kg 88
12 11118×1194 VANDALISED Jamie McConachy Chris Whiteley 1 54.5kg 88
13 25125x87x2 ANNA LIZZIE Danny J Bougoure Glen Colless 14 54kg 87
14 x177420x57 SOROS Kelly Schweida Ric McMahon 7 54kg 86
15 x5200x6489 INTO THE RED Kelso Wood Tegan Harrison 10 54kg 85
16 30×0110020 ABU BEN ADAM Pat Duff Jeff Lloyd 3 54kg 77.5
17 80×1653189 HLUDOWIG Andrew Williamson James Orman (a) 11 54kg 76

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