David Vandyke’s last start Ipswich Cup winner Maurus has opened the odds-on favourite to collect another Queensland cup victory on Saturday in the Caloundra Cup 2016 at the Sunshine Coast.
The imported Medicean five-year-old is now based at the Sunshine Coast for former Sydney horseman Vandyke and gets his first run at the track in the $175,000 Listed Cellar Maintenance Australia Caloundra Cup (2400m) on the weekend.
The gelding is one of 13 stayers in the mix for the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival mile and a half clash and jumps from barrier eight with Damian Browne aboard.
Browne retains the ride having ridden Maurus to victory on June 11 in the Listed Ipswich Cup (2150m).
That victory, the horse’s sixth from 17 career starts and second from his three Sunshine State runs this campaign, was by a runaway 3.5 lengths.
Maurus had 58kg on his back in the Ipswich Cup and goes up a kilo to 59kg on the weekend, his first run over the distance.
His form suggests he’ll handle the kilos and eat up the metres with his earlier Queensland runs producing a 2200m win by 3.5 lengths over Volkhere in late April and a brave fifth when beaten under two lengths by Our Ivanhowe in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2200m) in May.
As such Maurus is dominant favourite in Caloundra Cup betting at Ladbrokes.com.au for Saturday paying $1.85 to keep his stellar winter form going.
There are just two other single figure hopes in the Caloundra Cup odds with the top weight Index Linked ($7) and Jumbo Prince ($8) drawn alongside each other in barriers 11 and 10 respectively.
Chris Waller saddles-up veteran Dansili eight-year-old Index Linked, the evergreen warhorse coming off a Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup (2200m) victory last weekend at Eagle Farm.
He rises from 57kg that run to 60kg on Saturday and has Kerrin McEvoy riding in place of Hugh Bowman who was also in the saddle two back for the horse’s good fifth in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m).
Jumbo Prince is better weighted for the Caloundra Cup carrying 55.5kg with Jim Byrne aboard the Michael Nolan-trained Toowoomba stayer.
A four-year-old son of Outback Prince, the smart stallion ran second in the Ipswich Cup last start but drops a kilo while his conqueror Maurus goes up in weight giving Jumbo Prince the advantage here weight-wise.
Outside the top three in the markets the next best fancied to take out this year’s Caloundra Cup title include Darren Weir’s Ipswich Cup fourth placegetter Puccini ($12) in the outside alley, market mover Instrumentalist ($13) who ran third in the same lead-up staying showdown and Michael Kent’s Teofilo mare Holy Cow ($13) who is yet to win over further than a mile.
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