ARCHER PARK RACING QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap Tips (Race 3)
Sunshine Coast Value Bet - Race 3 No. 9 Dejanova
Following a terrific trial and a strong first-up run on the Sunshine Coast, the Natalie McCall trained Dejanova looks ready to rumble on her home track second-up.
After jumping well and settling just behind the leader first-up, the three-year-old filly cruised into the race and looked the winner 200m from home, but was hampered in the concluding stages as the horse inside her shifted out.
McCall wasn’t afraid to throw Dejanova in the deep end during her first preparation, challenging one of the leading two-year-old’s at the time in Tumbler Ridge, and although she was easily held that day, looks to have made great improvement into her three-year-old year.
Drawn to land in the first pair from barrier one, Stephanie Thornton takes the ride this Saturday and will be very hard to beat on her home track.
KENDRICK RACING One Metro Win Handicap Tips (Race 4)
Sunshine Coast Next Best Bet - Race 4 No. 7 Totally Charmed
Totally Charmed would've been a moral first-up as Stephanie Thornton struggled to get him out behind a wall of runners, however, after spotting a gap in the final furlong, exploded to an easy victory in the end.
It was an impressive return from the Steven O’Dea and Mathew Hoystead trained six-year-old, following up his strong trial behind Jami Lady.
A consistent son of I Am Invincible who hasn’t missed the quinnella in his last four runs, Totally Charmed boasts an ominous record of four wins from six starts at the Sunshine Coast and drops 2.5kg off his first-up win.
Drawn to sit back and stalk a hot tempo from barrier ten, Totally Charmed looks perfectly placed to unleash his devastating turn-of-foot.
LANDMARK RESORT & SPA Class 3 Plate (Race 5)
Sunshine Coast Roughie - Race 5 No. 9 Gin 'N' Bitters
After two fantastic runs to resume this preparation, everything points to a massive Gin ‘n’ Bitters performance on Saturday on a track where she has produced her best form.
Winner of three from four runs on the Sunshine Coast, the only time the Billy Healey trained five-year-old mare failed to win was finishing fifth in the Listed Chief De Beers in May behind Penino and Sugar Boom.
After finishing a narrow fifth first-up behind Genzai the Wolf, Gin ‘n’ Bitters chased home Niedorp at Doomben last start, making up good ground late to finish second beaten two-lengths.
Drawn to sit back off a strong tempo from barrier twelve, in form jockey Robbie Fradd stays aboard Gin ‘n’ Bitters and looks a massive chance to breakthrough on his favourite track.
TRAVIS SCHULTZ & PARTNERS QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap (Race 6)
Sunshine Coast Best Bet - Race 6 No. 8 Bleu Zebra
In a fantastic race over 1000m for the three-year-old’s leading into the summer carnival, Tony Gollan looks to have a promising filly on his hands by the name of Bleu Zebra.
A trial star last preparation when winning eight-lengths, the daughter of I Am Invincible brained her opposition on debut, with Baylee Nothdurft barely touching her down the straight.
After going down as a very short-priced favourite in her second start, Gollan put her way for the summer and has since returned with eye-catching performance at the trials, winning over 800m in the quickest time of the morning.
Ben Thompson was aboard in her in that trial and climbs aboard on Saturday, where from barrier six he can take a sit behind the speed as the best bet of the day.
THE WHARF MOOLOOLABA SWISS ACE Plate Tips (Race 7)
Sunshine Coast Feature Tip - Race 7 No. 4 Pennino
Without doubt the best race on the card, we will see some of Queensland’s most popular horses clash, however, with many horses possessing bigger goals down the track, the 1000m won’t suit many better than Pennino.
After recording a dominant win over this track and trip first-up last preparation, easily accounting for Sugar Boom who is the short priced favourite in the race, the Darryl Hansen trained Easy Rocking mare struggled for the rest of her preparation.
Returning here first-up, the 1000m specialist boasts three wins on her home trac and faces horses who are completely unsuited over this trip, including Baccarat Baby and Tambo’s Mate who are well found in the market.
The single turn from the 1000m chute at the Sunshine Coast will suit Penino perfectly on Saturday where she is drawn perfectly to stalk a hot tempo and storm over the top of her opposition late.
SKY RACING MOOLOOLABA CUP Tips (Race 8)
Sunshine Coast Favourite - Race 8 No. 8 Ballistic Boy
A Group Three winner from the Queensland Winter Carnival, Ballistic Boy returned with a resounding first-up performance at Doomben and looks the horse to beat on Saturday from barrier five.
The Chris Anderson trained four-year-old son of Smart Missile was extremely impressive throughout the winter carnival, finishing no worse than two-lengths away from the winner in any race, and winning three from eight starts.
Returning off two impressive trials, Ballistic Boy settled at the rear of the field first-up over 1350m at Doomben, a track he has traditionally failed to produce his best at in the past, charging home into second behind Red Chase.
Drawn to land in a perfect spot from barrier five, Mathew McGillivray stays aboard Ballistic Boy and boasting a win from his only start at the track, looks the best bet of the day across the country by far.