2017 Sunshine Coast Guineas Field: Fillies Draw Wide

June 28, 2017

2017 Sunshine Coast Guineas Field: Fillies Draw Wide

Two of the gun fillies accepted to take on the colts and geldings in this weekend’s Sunshine Coast Guineas 2017 field on Caloundra Cup Day have suffered an early blow drawing wide for the mile winter feature.

Acatour

The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained colt Acatour is the highest-rated of the three-year-olds in Saturday’s 2017 Sunshine Coast Guineas field. Photo: Steve Hart.

Set to run as Caloundra Race 8 at 4:32pm (AEST) on Saturday afternoon, this season’s $125,000 Group 3 XXXX Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) has attracted a capacity field of 18 three-year-olds plus four emergencies.

After a last start second to subsequent Tattersall’s Tiara placegetter Prompt Response in the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1350m) at Doomben, the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained My True Love is at the Sunshine Coast this weekend looking to further frank that lead-up form.

The flying daughter of Fastnet Rock however drew right out in barrier 20, which will become 17 at best without the emergencies getting a run.

My True Love was only a quarter-length beaten by her stablemate in the Brisbane Group 2 on Stradbroke Day and how she handles the step-up to a mile and the wide alley in the Guineas will be key to her chances of posting a fourth career win at start number nine.

Another class filly with work to do from out wide in the Sunshine Coast Guineas this Queensland Winter Racing Carnival is the Matthew Smith-trained Faraway Town.

The daughter of Not A Single Doubt may have won just one of her 16 starts to date, but she’s proven her ability in much tougher company including her Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) third to subsequent Cox Plate placegetter Yankee Rose at Randwick in April last year.

Over a mile in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes that same campaign, Faraway Town was only three lengths beaten by the winner Prized Icon and she’s been competitive in plenty since.

Earlier this year she ran second in the Group 3 Spring Stakes (1600m) and third to Dawn Wall in the Group 3 Kembla Grange Classic (1600m), while her latest two starts at Rosehill have both produced fourth place finishes over 1200m and 1400m respectively.

Faraway Town will relish getting back out to a mile this weekend and will be ridden by James Orman from gate 15 if the emergencies fail to gain a start.

The highest rated of this year’s Sunshine Coast Guineas acceptors meanwhile is the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Sebring colt Acatour.

Winner of the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) in the mud at Royal Randwick during April’s ‘The Championships’, the consistent miler was last seen running a first-up fifth when under a length beaten at Ipswich on June 17 in the Listed Eye Liner Stakes (1350m).

A mile second-up will be right up his alley and Acatour, to be ridden by Jeff Lloyd, will also appreciate getting back against his own age in Saturday’s Group 3.

One of the in-form Queensland locals in the mix is the well-drawn Matt Kropp-trained Atouchmore (barrier four) who chases a third win on the trot.

The Toowoomba galloper is proven at the distance and has previous winning form at the Sunshine Coast, but rises notably in class after a last start victory over 1625m at his home track in a Benchmark 70 on June 16.

Matthew Dunn’s Zamex coming off back-to-back Rosehill wins in June and the Chris Munce-trained Turffontein gelding Constantine, a winner of all but one of his five career starts to date, are also out to extend winning streaks with a Sunshine Coast Guineas triumph.

See below for the full Sunshine Coast Guineas 2017 field, barriers and jockeys with Caloundra Cup Day betting set to open shortly at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2017 Sunshine Coast Guineas Final Field & Barriers

Sunshine Coast Race 8 (4:32pm) – 01/07/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 135x7818x5 ACATOUR Peter & Paul Snowden Jeff Lloyd 13 57kg 87
2 1225×30603 RINGO’S A ROCKSTAR Norm Stephens Brad Stewart 17 57kg 77
3 111×14440 CAERLESS CHOICE Paul Messara Robbie Fradd 11 57kg 77
4 x42602x402 CRACK ME UP (NZ) Liam Birchley Damian Browne 14 57kg 77
5 116×7211 ZAMEX Matthew Dunn Jim Byrne 2 57kg 75
6 224x51x41 FLOW Darren Beadman Brad Pengelly 10 57kg 73
7 212×157411 ATOUCHMORE Matt Kropp Micheal Hellyer 4 57kg 72
8 013x90x641 ENDLESS DAYS Peter & Will Hulbert Matthew McGillivray (a) 16 57kg 70
9 0x11574 TOP OF THE RANGE (NZ) Michael Moroney Michael Cahill 19 57kg 70
10 311×11 CONSTANTINE Chris Munce Larry Cassidy 7 57kg 75
11 x152231331 ROTHABYE Trevor Miller Adam Sewell (a) 21 57kg 67
12 3948523×44 FARAWAY TOWN Matthew Smith James Orman 18 55kg 78
13 31186×212 MY TRUE LOVE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 20 55kg 80
14 2513×31800 SAVVAN (NZ) James Cummings Luke Dittman 15 55kg 73
15 3158333×45 DONTPOKETHETIGER Peter Rudkin Leah Hemi 6 55kg 72
16 12×131 MISS CHATTERING David Vandyke 12 55kg 71
17 42×150 MIA ROSA Michael Moroney Paul Hammersley 9 55kg 67
18 2310×63178 LIPSTICK LOVER Tony Gollan 1 55kg 68
19e 64533×1131 PARK CHINOIS Kelly Schweida Glen Colless 8 57kg 67
20e 50×14412 CHIEF JOSEPH Kevin Kemp 22 57kg 66
21e 3417×221 SAVE THE DATE (NZ) Lance Noble 5 55kg 69
22e 960×458183 WAKE UP VICTA Lindsay Gough 3 57kg 59

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