Yalumba $200,000 Caloundra Cup Day - Saturday 29th June 2013

The $200,000 Yalumba Caloundra Cup Carnival continued to offer the Sunshine Coast racing community a variety of activities leading up to the two days of racing on the Saturday and Sunday.  With $942,000 of prizemoney on offer, the racing carnival generated huge interest with local racegoers, as well as plenty of interstate and international patrons attending the annual Caloundra Cup celebrations.

The Yalumba Caloundra Cup Day Social Lead Up...

Tuesday 25th June 2013
'Breakfast with the Stars'

The carnival kicked off with the Tuesday morning Breakfast with the Stars, with locals along with trainers, owners & jockeys enjoying a BBQ prepared by the Chairman and CEO of the SCTC ably supported by Tom Blacklaw. 

Thursday 27th June 2013
'Silks & Sparkles Ladies Luncheon'

This carnival saw the inaugural Ladies Luncheon held on the Thursday with 150 ladies enjoying the day in support of the Pyjama Foundation.  An enjoyable day was had by all with local MC Kate Cox keeping the ladies entertained, while special guest Mandy Nolan, had the crowd in stitches throughout the afternoon.

Friday 28th June 2013
'Calcutta Sportsmans Luncheon'

Friday saw the Calcutta Sportsman’s Luncheon with over 100 guests enjoying the host John McCoy’s in depth knowledge and commentary on the $200,000 Yalumba Caloundra Cup field.  John was joined later in the afternoon by Damian Browne and Jason McLachlan for their expert insight into the upcoming weekend of racing.  Paul Dolan kept the crowd cheering with his entertaining Phantom Call.

Saturday 29th June 2013
$200,000 Yalumba Caloundra Cup Day

Saturday had $840,000 of prizemoney on offer.  With feature races including the $200,000 Yalumba Caloundra Cup 2400m being taken out by Zennista trained by Lisa Latta and ridden home by Sunshine Coast based jockey Damian Browne.  The $175,000 Reed Property Group Glasshouse Handicap 1400m saw Someday ridden by Michael Cahill and trained by Kelso Wood team up for a nice win.  The final race of the day, the $100,000 XXXX Sunshine Coast Guineas 1600m was won by the Mick Price trained Eximius ridden home by Larry Cassidy.

Fashions on the Field offered the participants over $6,000 in prizes.  The judges had their work cut out for them as all four categories were hotly contested.  Congratulations to the four winners.  The main prize for the Classic Ladies Racewear is a return trip for two to Melbourne Oaks day at Flemington including flights, accommodation and entry tickets valued at over $2000; thanks to Ambassador Travel. 

Thanks also to the MC on the day, Rachel Mason, who swapped her jockey silks for racewear on the day and Tracy Mac for her organisation of this event, both prior and during.

Sunday 30th June 2013 The Sky Racing Race Day

The Sky Racing Race Day on Sunday wrapped up the Caloundra Cup Carnival, with Bernadette Cooper presenting the winning connections of Matabrahma, trained by Paul Jenkins the Sky Racing World Handicap Trophy.

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Taken from article written by Nathan Exelby, The Courier Mail, Saturday 29 June
DAMIAN Browne had outlined Zennista’s credentials in no uncertain terms earlier in the week and showed ecstasy not normally associated with his conservative style after piloting Zennista to win the $200,000 Caloundra Cup. 
Browne gave a big salute to the crowd soon after the finishing line, underlining how much the win meant to him.
“It means a lot to win your home town Cup,” he said.  “I won the Glasshouse a couple of years ago (on Woorim) and now I’ve won the two main races on my home track.  It’s a great feeling.”
The jockey made the move to the Sunshine Coast just over a decade ago and he has furnished into one of the state’s most sought after jockeys and is statistically now one of Australia’s best.
Last week Browne said Zennista’s Brisbane Cup conquerors Moriarty and Quintessential would have been odds-on in the Caloundra Cup and he was therefore beaming with confidence going into the race.
He gave the mare the run of the race behind leaders Za Magic and Voila Ici.  He idled up alongside Voila Ici soon after turning and the result was never in doubt.
It capped a very successful Australian trip for Kiwi trainer Lisa Latta, who only arrived back in Australia on Friday night.  Bruce Herd had been looking after the mare in her absence.
“It was a beautiful ride by Damian and it’s a big help to have a rider that knows these tracks so well,” Latta said.
“She drew 22 (jumped from 17) in the Brisbane Cup and had to lead them up.  She didn’t settle as well in front and did a good job to finish third.
Latta is currently in pursuit of the New Zealand premiership, trailing leader Michael Pittman by eight wins.  Her only previous experience in Australia was in 2009, where her filly Can’t Keeper Down ran eighth in the Queensland Oaks.
This time has been far more profitable.  Platinum Kingdom won stakes races in Sydney and Brisbane and now Zennista has put the icing on the cake.
As a three-year-old Zennista was placed in the New Zealand Oaks, but she bled as a spring four-year-old and Latta said it has taken a long time for her to regain her best form.
“We aimed at this carnival a long way out,” she said.
“Back home she was getting weighted with 59kg and racing in mud up to her knees.  It’s very pleasing to see the plan come together.”

Photo supplied by Grant Peters, Trackside Photography

Someday Wins 2013 Glasshouse Handicap for Wood
Article by Lucy Henderson | 1 July 2013 www.races.com.au
Saturday was finally the right day for Someday at the Sunshine Coast with the Kelso Wood-trained galloper enjoying a wet track at Caloundra to win the Glasshouse Handicap 2013.
Glasshouse Handicap winner Someday (pictured) will join Sizzling in Melbourne this spring carnival.  All week the Brisbane-based Wood had been singing his Falvelon four-year-old Someday praises.
The punters listened and the gelding responded with a barnstorming win the $175,000 Listed Reed Property Group Glasshouse Handicap (1400m).
It was a wet edition of Caloundra Cup Day on the weekend with the Heavy (9) course playing into the hands of mudlarks.
One of those was the Michael Cahill-ridden Someday who came into the race off some outstanding Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival form.
After a close second in the Listed Strawberry Road Handicap (1600m) on June 8 their final lead-up run was in the Listed Open Mile over the same distance at Eagle Farm on June 22 where they were third to Fire Up Fifi.
They handled the short seven day back-up without issue then on Saturday overcoming the outside barrier 14 of 14 to beat home Noel Doyle’s Celtic Dancer ($14) by three and a half lengths as the $3.50 favourite.
The Glasshouse Handicap trifecta was then completed by Wood’s other runner Belltone ($9.50) who was nearly five lengths off their winning stablemate.
It was a great Glasshouse Handicap result for Wood who stuck with jockey Cahill for the ride despite being angry with their performance on the horse in the Open Mile.
“The stewards accepted his (Cahill’s) explanation and when things settled down the next day and I watched the race I had a re-think,” Wood explained.
“He’s the leading rider here.  They don’t come any better so I decided to stick and his ride today was top-notch.”
Cahill meanwhile was relieved to make amends with the winning ride and was happy with how the horse handled the Heavy conditions.
“Once he got onto some better footing about the 600-metre mark and started to travel I thought he was going to win,” Cahill said.
“He put paid to them pretty quickly and no horse has sprinted away from them on that track today which adds even more to his win.”
After proving their class in the Glasshouse Someday is now bound for bigger things during a Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival campaign where they will join their star Queensland Guineas winning stablemate Sizzling.
“I’m sure he’s capable of winning a good race and he can tag along with Sizzling when he goes south,” he said.
“He should be unbeaten since I’ve had him.  Things have gone wrong and he’s been badly ridden so it was a relief to see him finally win.”

Photo supplied by Grant Peters, Trackside Photography

2013 Sunshine Coast Guineas Results – Eximius Defeats Favourite
Article by Lucy Henderson | 1 July 2013 www.races.com.au
Mick Price’s Victorian visitor Eximius upset the local hopes in one of the major Caloundra Cup Day races on Saturday taking out the Sunshine Coast Guineas 2013.
Sunshine Coast Guineas winner Eximius proved they could handle a Heavy track on the weekend.  Backing up from a close second to Academus in a Listed mile race at Eagle Farm the Exceed And Excel gelding relished the same distance at the Sunshine Coast on a Heavy (9) track.
Becoming a dual black type winner following a Melbourne Cup Carnival victory last November, Eximius ($4.80) was ridden by Larry Cassidy in the $100,000 Listed XXXX Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) from a wide barrier 13 (of 15).
It proved an ideal position in the mud however as the pair stormed home to defeat the punters’ pick Lucky Hussler ($2.60) by three quarters of a length in an effort Cassidy described as “gutsy”.
“It was a really gutsy win because the second horse had a good kick but my bloke wasn’t going to give in at any stage,” Cassidy said.
The Les Ross-trained Casino Card ($9) was then just a quarter length further back in third just ahead of Kelly Schweida’s consistent Show A heart gelding Luke’s Luck ($10).
Cassidy put in a masterful ride to take out the classic having always planned to trail the Damian Brown-ridden Lucky Hussler.
“I wanted to play Brownie at his own game,” Cassidy said.
“I wanted his horse to make his run first and I was keen to settle in behind him.”
And Cassidy was also the one that convinced Price to give Eximius a shot on the rain-affected track, and the trainer did need some convincing.
I could sense from Mick’s tone of voice that he wasn’t convinced it was a good idea to run him on the heavy track,” Cassidy said.
“But I told him I was happy to be drawn wide because I was certain the going would be far better well off the fence by the last race of the day.”

Photo supplied by Grant Peters, Trackside Photography

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