|What||Sunshine Coast Races|
|Where||Corbould Park Racecourse – 170 Pierce Ave, Caloundra QLD 4551|
|When||Saturday, February 19, 2022|
|First Race||12:07pm AEST|
Metropolitan racing in Queensland heads up the M1 to Caloundra on Saturday to give Doomben a break while Eagle Farm undergoes a 13-week renovation. Nine races will be run and won at Corbould Park, and HorseBetting’s Queensland form analyst brings you his best bets and quaddie numbers for the day. After a decent amount of rain on the Sunshine Coast early in the week, the track has held up reasonably well, rating a Soft 5 with the rail in the true position. The meeting will get underway at 12:07pm AEST.
Best Bet – Wilmot Pass
Kacy Fogden now trains Wilmot Pass as he gears up for his first start in Queensland. The ex-Victorian has some quality form at metropolitan level in Melbourne, having won at Flemington and Sandown, as well as multiple metropolitan placings. The five-year-old son of Rubick went around first-up at Caulfield and failed to make up ground on In The Boat and Marine One, who are both subsequent winners. Wilmot Pass left the Anthony & Sam Freedman stable on the back of that run and headed north, where he was a trial winner at the Gold Coast on Monday, defeating the Group-performed Kiku by half-a-length in one of the quickest heats of the morning. One of Queensland’s top hoops, Ryan Maloney, hops in the saddle after riding the gelding in his recent trial win, while barrier six allows the pair to settle down midfield and potentially hop on the back of the long odds-on favourite, Palladas. The big track at the Sunshine Coast will be right up this galloper’s alley, while two of his three career wins have come when second-up. The stars are aligning.
Next Best Bet – Buying Time
There’s no denying that this is a tough race, but when you have a combination like Boris Thornton and the O’Dea & Hoysted stable, it is hard to ignore. That team combine with unbeaten three-year-old Buying Time in a 3YO Handicap over 1000m, the same track and distance that he has won his two starts in comfortable fashion. Both of those wins have come in 3YO Maiden and 3YO Benchmark 65 grade, so he faces his toughest ask yet in 3YO Open Handicap company, but judging off his most recent 1.5-length victory, there’s no reason why he can’t go on with it. Since January 15, this jockey/trainer combination have teamed up in 14 races, combining for six winner at 43% which is simply insane. From barrier three, the son of Deep Field will get the dream run up handy to the speed, before looking to put his rivals to the sword once again. He can remain undefeated after Saturday.
Best Value Bet – Air Spirit
As expected in a 16-horse 1000m Benchmark 72, there is speed on speed, and then there’s a bit more speed. While the leaders fly along in front, Tony Gollan’s Air Spirit will be biding her time under Samantha Collett, before unleashing her strong final burst down the big Sunshine Coast straight. The five-year-old mare has only won four of her 20 career starts, and they have all come at this track and distance, so she will be in her element on Saturday. In her first two runs this prep at this track and trip, the mare by Spirit Of Boom got a fair way out of her ground off a reasonably slow tempo and worked home well to not be beaten too far. Now fifth-up and rock-hard fit, the sprinter will be covered up midfield from barrier nine and allowed to have the last crack at them. The drying track will only aid her chances.
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