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The always-popular Caloundra Cup 2022 race headlines the action at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday and it is the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Le Don De Vie heading markets on the mile and a half showdown.
This year’s Listed $300,000 Landsborough Hotel Caloundra Cup (2400m) field features a near capacity line-up of 17 stayers with the favourite drawn out in gate 13.
Nash Rawiller comes aboard the import, winner of last year’s Warrnambool Cup, who presents fit third-up for Maher & Eustace following a transfer from the Freedman stables.
He won his opening race for the new team at Flemington over the mile at big odds in May, before a credible last start 11th with excuses when 5.5 lengths off Numerian in the Group 2 $1.2 million The Q22 (2200m) on June 11 at Eagle Farm.
The Q22 form looks strong heading into the Caloundra Cup and Le Don De Vie is at $4.80 and firming through Ladbrokes.com.au to frank it and win the Listed showdown.
The danger occupying the second line of Caloundra Cup betting on the quick back-up is Kelly Schweida’s Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup winner from last weekend, London Banker.
The proven stayer was excellent with William Pike aboard on Tiara Day saluting over the 2400m with 55kg by two lengths.
He faces a challenge here on successive Saturdays going up a half-kilo and drawing the carpark out in gate 17 for jockey James Orman to overcome.
The early Caloundra Cup market mover well-backed in from $14 to $8 is the David Vandyke-trained local Street Dancer.
Veteran Queensland hoop Jim Bryne partners the consistent Pride Of Dubai four-year-old who chases his first win at the distance.
He was good in easier company two back in the wet at Doomben winning over 2200m before a smart last start third when only a length off Smart Meteor in the Listed Ipswich Cup (2150m).
In a relatively open market, a further two runners are at single figures with Group 1 performer Alakahan ($8.50) coming off a Listed Winter Cup third only a quarter-length beaten over the distance at Rosehill on June 4, and the Gary Duncan-trained Seat Of Power ($9.50) who finished runner-up to London Banker in last Saturday’s Tatt’s Cup in Brisbane.
Among the other main chances chasing an upset at double-figures are the likes of evergreen 10-year-old Sweet Thomas ($10) who was eye-catching when third only a length beaten over the two miles on Stradbroke Day in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (3200m), and the Annabel Neasham-trained Bartholomeu Dias ($10) coming off a close fifth in a blanket-finish Ipswich Cup result.
2022 Caloundra Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Probable Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||79x77885x7||SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE)||Matthew Smith||Ryan Wiggins||1||59.5kg||104|
|2||70x5054x10||LE DON DE VIE (GB)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Nash Rawiller||13||58.5kg||102|
|3||11x80x0200||BALLISTIC BOY||Chris Anderson||Ryan Maloney||4||57.5kg||100|
|4||111×805491||LONDON BANKER (NZ)||Kelly Schweida||James Orman||17||55.5kg||96|
|5||172004×915||BARTHOLOMEU DIAS (GB)||Annabel Neasham||Brodie Loy||7||54kg||54.5kg||93|
|6||200×715160||SWORDS DRAWN||Shaune Ritchie & Colm Murray||Ms Samantha Collett||2||54kg||91|
|7||x055126452||SEAT OF POWER (IRE)||Gary Duncan||Ben Thompson||8||54kg||90|
|8||3×00098423||SWEET THOMAS (GER)||Matthew Smith||Kyle Wilson-Taylor (a)||6||54kg||90|
|9||07×6440873||ALAKAHAN (IRE)||Richard & Will Freedman||Larry Cassidy||5||54kg||89|
|10||x60x304127||ARAPAHO (FR)||Bjorn Baker||Mark Du Plessis||3||54kg||88|
|11||5770×48456||PAPPALINO (FR)||Matthew Smith||Jaden Lloyd (a)||11||54kg||85|
|12||x7x2131413||STREET DANCER||David Vandyke||Jim Byrne||12||54kg||84|
|13||10640×3369||SPENCER||David Vandyke||Ms Tiffani Brooker||16||54kg||77|
|14||x011171697||OSTERMEIER||Alyssa & Troy Sweeney||Ms Georgina Cartwright||15||54kg||76|
|15||66×6447020||DUNHILL (NZ)||Kelvin Tyler||Adin Thompson (a)||14||54kg||71|
|16||35×3114||I PONDER||John Symons & Sheila Laxon||Luke Tarrant||10||54kg||63|
|17||4×60081363||WINSTON BLUE||Neil Hocking||Corey Bayliss||9||54kg||59|
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