The 2016/17 racing year enters the final month of the season with most interest on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast where Corbould Park racetrack plays host to three back-type events headlined by the $175,000, Listed, The Pump House Caloundra Cup (2400m) and $125,000, Group 3, XXXX Sunshine Coast Guineas 3YO (1600m).
Bluebet.com.au CEO Michael Sullivan reports that Self Sense, an emphatic winner of the Ipswich Cup at his latest start, is coming in for good support to register back-to-back Listed Race successes — his price at the time of writing being $3.10.
“The punters are coming for Self Sense again in the Caloundra Cup after pulling off a sensational plunge when he won the Ipswich Cup last start,” claims Sullivan.
“He was one of the best goes of the winter carnival and punters have settled on him to beat Supply And Demand, who has been battling it out for favouritism.
“There isn’t a lot of depth in the race but there does look to be four excellent chances, with the Darren Weir-trained Neverland well in commission at $4.40, and some money as well for the Kiwi Benzini at $7.50.”
Link Bluebet.com.au - Caloundra Cup Markets
Later in the afternoon, Sydney-based Acatour looks to have the credentials to prove the horse to beat in the Guineas based on his impressive victory in the Group 3 ATC Carbine Club Stakes during The Championships and an eye-catching effort in the Listed Eyeliner Stakes at Ipswich when finishing within a length of the winner.
Bluebet opened-up Acatour as a $4.00 favourite when first framing a market. Since such time, the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained colt has fluctuated between $4.40 and $4.20.
Sullivan reports that punters have been keen to look for value elsewhere.
“In the Sunshine Coast Guineas, there has been some early support for Crack Me Up at $6.00 and My True Love at $5.00, while the best backed roughie has been the Chris Munce-trained Constantine ($21 to $20) who is looking to make it five straight.”
Link Bluebet.com.au - Sunshine Coast Guineas Markets
Further afield, the $150,000, Listed, ATC Civic Stakes (1350m) at Rosehill Gardens in Sydney seems certain to prove a good betting race.
Bluebet framed their opening market with five of the 13 acceptors under double figure odds, Sir Bacchus leading the way at an original quote of $3.90 (since trimmed to $3.80).
Certainly, there’s no shortage of chances in the Civic, with the likes of Gold Symphony, Shiraz, Extensible and Mount Panorama all going into the contest on the back of highly creditable performances in Queensland Winter Carnival stakes race company.
A regular feature of Sydney winter racing, Saturday’s renewal of the Civic Stakes will be generally regarded as a wide open affair.
Link Bluebet.com.au - Civic Stakes Market
Sullivan pointed out that the Rosehill program in Sydney has been responsible for the best backed runner of Saturday’s meetings over the first 24 hours of trading.
“Sir Plush has been the best backed runner of the day at $2.50. He’s now as short as $2.15.
“Sir Plush was very impressive winning his last start on a heavy track at Rosehill and punters are very keen on him again with rain having been around again this week.”