Winx Among 2015 Sunshine Coast Guineas Nominations

Chris Waller’s Queensland Oaks-bound filly Winx is one of the headline nominations taken for the Sunshine Coast Guineas 2015 this weekend.


2015 Queensland Oaks-bound filly Winx is one of the top Sunshine Coast Guineas nominees for this Saturday. Photo: Steve Hart.

With no racing happening in Brisbane on Saturday, the action of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival moves up the coast for a top day’s racing headlined by the three-year-olds facing off in the $125,000 XXXX Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m).

There are 21 early entries for this year’s Sunshine Coast Guineas including eight fillies nominated to take on the boys in the set weights clash.

The top rated of the female gallopers is Waller’s daughter of Street Cry Winx who is second favourite at behind stablemate Ballet Suite in the pre-field odds for the $500,000 Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2200m) at Doomben Racecourse on May 30.

While the Sunshine Coast Guineas isn’t the traditional Oaks lead-up, Waller is happy with his decision to bypass the Group 2 The Roses (2000m) on May 23 and run her over the mile instead with the amended Oaks distance this winter.

Winx was last seen running second to Gust Of Wind in the Group 1 ATC Oaks (2400m) at Randwick on April 11, and how she handles the drop back to 1600m this weekend will be crucial to her chances.

The other top fillies in the mix include Liam Birchley’s last start winning Kiwi import Elusive Catch in her debut down under, consistent local Hawaydah and John Sargent’s grey daughter of O’Reilly Swift Lady coming off a Randwick win over the mile on Anzac Day.

One of the sure-to-be-favourites if accepted is the John Zielke-trained colt Worthy Cause shooting for his third win on the trot.

The local Sunshine Coast-based son of Choisir won over 1350m at Doomben two back before his big two length win in the Group 3 Gunsynd Classic (1800m) at the Gold Coast on AD Hollindale Stakes Day.

Other last start winners include the Matthew Dunn-trained Buckin The Blues, Bruce Hill’s Gold Coast-based Eljetem, fellow Gold Coaster Rhodin Drive who ran fifth in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) back in March and Sambuca Shot.

Also of note are the likes of Crown Oaks performed filly Game Of Fame for local horseman Jason McLachlan, Kiwi import Lucoblu now prepared by Paul Duncan on the Sunshine Coast and the Michael Moroney-trained Merion.

O’Reilly gelding Merion has run exclusively in Group company in his four most recent runs since February with highlights including a sixth in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington, a Group 3 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) third at Rosehill and a last start third to Hi World in Randwick’s Group 3 Frank Packer Plate (2000m) on April 18.

Other big name interstate visitors include the lightly-raced Gai Waterhouse-trained Skylimit having just his fourth start and coming off a second to Jumbo Prince in the Toowoomba Guineas (1625m) from May 2, and Peter Moody’s Gunsynd Classic fourth placed Sebring colt Ulmann.

See below for the full Sunshine Coast Guineas 2015 nominations, the field and barriers out on Wednesday.

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2015 Sunshine Coast Guineas Nominations

Sunshine Coast Racecourse – 16/05/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 121425×087 ABDUCTION F 3 John O’Shea 80
2 8167×721 BUCKIN THE BLUES G 3 Matthew Dunn 67
3 7345x2Px41 ELJETEM G 3 Bruce W Hill 66
4 11260×9631 ELUSIVE CATCH (NZ) F 3 Liam Birchley 72
5 084150×330 GAME OF FAME F 3 Jason McLachlan 64
6 705×213 HAWAYDAH F 3 Robert R Wilson 60
7 24×5194 LUCOBLU (NZ) G 3 Paul H Duncan 66
8 4169×34633 MERION (NZ) G 3 Michael Moroney 87
9 41145 REDEEM CODE (NZ) G 3 Shaune Ritchie 71
10 3x37x15671 RHODIN DRIVE G 3 Helen Page 72.5
11 0x1x31 RIGHT OR WRONG G 3 Lindsay Gough 65
12 x591934x62 RISING LUCK G 3 Trevor Thomas 64
13 6x8202x3 SAM DE HERO G 3 Chris Anderson
14 95460×0521 SAMBUCA SHOT G 3 Robert R Wilson 62
15 516x87x52 SILVER HEELS F 3 Robert R Wilson 60
16 1×32 SKYLIMIT C 3 Gai Waterhouse 71
17 9x1x210861 SWIFT LADY (NZ) F 3 John Sargent 73
18 7x125x5914 ULMANN C 3 Peter G Moody 71
19 3517171903 WHATALOVELYDAY F 3 Jon Walk 72.5
20 x122x75152 WINX F 3 Chris Waller 97
21 122×436211 WORTHY CAUSE C 3 John Zielke 84


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