2022 Caloundra Cup Field & Betting Update

July 1, 2022

2022 Caloundra Cup Field & Betting Update

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.

The Caloundra Cup 2022 is set to run Race 6 at the Sunshine Coast at 4:02pm (AEST) with full markets, courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au, available here.

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

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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