2016 Caloundra Cup Nominations Released

Seventeen stayers are poised to line up at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday following the release of 2016 Caloundra Cup (2400m) nominations this morning.

Amexed has been included in 2016 Caloundra Cup nominations. Photo: Daniel Costello

Amexed has been included in 2016 Caloundra Cup nominations. Photo: Daniel Costello

Amexed posted an impressive win as a $21 outsider last start and has been included by leading Queensland trainer Tony Gollan in 2016 Caloundra Cup nominations.

Amexed stamped himself as a horse to follow as a three-year-old through the 2014 edition of the Brisbane Winter Carnival; winning the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) before placing fourth in the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) and fifth in the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m).

Unable to make much of an impact through a subsequent summer campaign, the Pentire gelding spent more than a year away from racing before returning this time for sixth in the Roladuct Spiral Tubing Plate (1350m) on March 19th.

Failing to produce much when eleventh in the ARA Fire BM85 (1630m) on April 30th, Amexed has since placed third in the Hot FM BM80 (1650m) and won the Provincial Stayers Cup (2150m) at Ipswich.

Index Linked returned to winning form at Eagle Farm over the weekend and has been included in 2016 Caloundra Cup nominations by trainer Chris Waller.

Posting twelve wins and a further ten minors through his forty-two start career so far, Index Linked clearly required a run when resuming this year for 12th in the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) on March 26th.

Responding well for second in the Group 3 Japan Racing Association Plate (2200m) on April 16th, the Dansili gelding placed fifth in the Listed Lord Mayors Cup (2000m) before a hapless run for eighth in the Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2200m) on May 28th.

Progressing to fifth in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) on June 11th, Index Linked produced a gutsy performance to win the Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup (2200m) last weekend and should have taken plenty of confidence and benefit from the performance.

Waller is set to launch a two-pronged attack in the stayer feature after also including Junoob in 2016 Caloundra Cup nominations.

Maurus savaged the line for success in the Listed Ipswich Cup (2150m) a fortnight ago and has been included by trainer David Vandyke in 2016 Caloundra Cup nominations.

Maurus has been a strong and consistent performer for Vandyke through his entire racing career so far; claiming six wins and seven minors through seventeen starts.

Arriving in Brisbane for success in the Windsor Management Insurance Brokers Handicap (2200m) on April 30th, the Medicean gelding ran a credible fifth in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) in his only other start prior than the Ipswich Cup.

The 2016 Caloundra Cup field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.

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2016 Caloundra Cup Nominations

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 231×082512 ALL CLEAR M 4 Noel Doyle 75
2 00x69x6031 AMEXED (NZ) G 5 Tony Gollan 80
3 91042177×8 BACK TO ABILENE G 8 Robert Lyford 74
4 1765×22254 DENONINATOR G 5 John Symons & Sheila Laxon 69
5 0529×78601 FELTRE G 5 Brian Smith 91
6 6736×63436 GESEMI (NZ) M 5 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 88
7 9058×63136 HOLY COW M 5 Michael Kent
8 300×025851 INDEX LINKED (GB) G 8 Chris Waller 105
9 70×8685373 INSTRUMENTALIST (IRE) G 7 Dale Healey 89
10 549×031902 JUMBO PRINCE H 4 Michael Nolan 96
11 2012×04638 JUNOOB (GB) G 8 Chris Waller 104
12 x120x23151 MAURUS (GB) G 5 David Vandyke 103
13 285×725727 MY DIAMANTINE (NZ) M 5 Brian Smith 81
14 2998×85880 POP ’N’ SCOTCH G 5 Liam Birchley
15 x030440284 PUCCINI (NZ) H 5 Darren Weir 101
16 2223202685 TUNES G 7 Andrew Williamson
17 x59x858102 TYPING F 3 Stuart Kendrick 73


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