October 30, 2017
Jockey Larry Cassidy remembers his ride on Aussie super horse Winx at Caloundra
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October 30, 2017
The Courier-Mail by Robert Craddock.
IF YOU can’t pick up the ride on the best horse in the land it’s still nice to pick up her saddle.
Larry Cassidy did it this week. Not just any saddle mind you.
It was the one that launched Cox Plate favourite Winx towards the iconic stratosphere in which she now floats — alone — above the racing world.
Cassidy was the first man to know Winx was not just exceptional but a freakish four-legged force of nature.
He rode her to the first of her 21 successive wins, at Caloundra in the Sunshine Coast Guineas in May, 2015, when she won like Winx does — having all 16 rivals in front of her on straightening then zooming past as if fired from a slingshot.
The video almost has to be seen to be believed.
The electricity of the moment has never left Cassidy and just to make sure it never does he has had the saddle he rode that day mounted.
This week he picked it up and it will take pride of place at his home in Brisbane’s northern suburbs.
“I’ve only had one other saddle mounted. That was the one I used on Sunline in the 1999 Doncaster,” Cassidy said.
“I did not use that saddle again and got it mounted with a photo.”
The headline on Nathan Exelby’s race report in the The Courier-Mail the day she won at Caloundra said “Winx takes Larry Cassidy’s breath away” but when he regained it there was much to talk about.
“I rang my wife and said ‘she could be the best horse I have ever ridden’.
“She said ‘really’ and we started rattling off horses like Sunline, Golden Sword, Secret Savings and Not A Single Doubt which went through my mind. But I said I had never had a horse accelerate like that … ever.
“It is an incredible feeling, one every jockey craves for. To put it into perspective. I was probably 15 lengths off them when I came to the outside. I thought ‘I’m in trouble here … I probably can’t win but I won’t panic’.
“Yet when I pushed the button, still 10 to 12 lengths off them, I knew I was going to win.
“I was not on her next start in the Queensland Oaks. I knew mine was a one-off ride. I said to Hughie Bowman ‘she could be the best horse I have ridden’ and he said ‘what about Sunline?’
“I said ‘I know, but horses just can’t win like that’. I knew she had potential champion written all over her but I would never have thought she would have another 20 starts and not get beaten. No one could think that.”
Tarzan breaks Corbould Park record
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August 31, 2017
Sunshine Coast Daily by Tom Threadingham
The Stuart Kendrick-trained Tarzan has proven a speedy contender after breaking a track record yesterday.
Tarzan not only stormed home in a hotly-contested $60,000 open handicap at Corbould Park but claimed a new record in the process.
The five-year-old gelding crossed the 1000m distance in a time of 56.27seconds, beating the previous record of 56.33secs set by SmartCash in January 2015.
Kendrick admitted the quick time had come as a surprise but was ecstatic to walk away with the boosted prizemoney and an "impressive” record in hand.
"He's run the fastest 1000m time ever run at the Sunshine Coast so it was a good effort from the horse and it was good because it was also the boosted prizemoney for the wash out city meeting,” he said.
"He's won five races here and always had a lot of ability but to run a course record I wouldn't have expected him to do that.”
Kendrick said Tarzan would now enjoy a rest but hoped to see him perform well in upcoming city meets.
"He's a horse that you've probably just got to place in the right races but there's no reason he can't go back to town in Brisbane again and be pretty competitive,” he said.
"We'll see how he pulls up, we usually like to space his runs out 2-3 weeks apart.”
One of the industry's top trainers also achieved success at the Sunshine Coast Turf Club on Sunday in Winx's trainer Chris Waller.
Waller's filly Bella Success crossed first in the QTIS Three-Years-Old Handicap race, which also featured a boosted prize pool of $60,000.
Mick Sullivan made Life Member of Sunshine Coast Turf Club
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August 23, 2017
The Board of the Sunshine Coast Turf Club has awarded life membership to long serving CEO Mick Sullivan as he finishes up at the Club today.
“In appreciation of all his efforts and dedication over many years, the Board is delighted to announce Mick Sullivan as a Life Member of the Sunshine Coast Turf Club. It has been a marvellous effort by Mick and the Club recognises his successes and the legacy he leaves,” said Peter Boyce, Chairman, Sunshine Coast Turf Club.
Mick commenced in the role on 28 February 2000.
The Board, Staff and Members wish Mick and wife Carmel a happy retirement and thank Mick for his efforts in the role as CEO.
John Miller fills the role of CEO from Friday 1st September.
2017 Caloundra RSL Trainers and Jockeys Premiership Winners
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July 4, 2017
The Caloundra RSL Sunshine Coast Turf Club Premiership Winners are:
- Trainers Premiership: Stuart Kendrick – 47 winners
- Jockeys Premiership: Jeff Lloyd – 52 winners
- Apprentice Jockeys’ Premiership: Adam Sewell – 20 winners
Stuart Kendrick - from Kendrick Racing is based at the Sunshine Coast Turf Club’s on-course training facilities. This is the fourth SCTC Trainers Premiership in a row for Stuart and his team at Kendrick Racing; since relocating to the Sunshine Coast in early 2013.
Jeff Lloyd - Gold Coast based Jeff Lloyd takes over this prestigious title from the reigning 7 time premiership winning local jockey Damian Browne. One of Jeff’s many highlights was riding 7 winners at the one meeting on 30th November 2016.
Adam Sewell – is apprentice to Stuart Kendrick and is showing great skills in riding 20 winners & taking out this year’s Lianne Crook Memorial Shield as Apprentice Jockey by riding 7 more winners than runner-up Corey Bayliss.
- Trainers Premiership:
- Stuart Kendrick – 47 winners
- Robert Heathcote – 26 winners
- Liam Birchley & Darryl Hansen – both with 20 winners
- Jockeys Premiership:
- Jeff Lloyd – 52 winners
- Damian Browne - 44 winners
- James Orman – 41 winners
- Apprentice Jockeys Premiership:
- Adam Sewell – 20 winners
- Corey Bayliss – 13 winners
- Tiffany Brooker - 11 winners
Pool Pro Queensland Cup Raceday
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June 20, 2017
For only the second time in history, the Sunshine Coast will be hosting a race over 3200m. The Pool Pro Queensland Cup Raceday on Saturday 15 July will see the Sunshine Coast Turf Club host one of the states finest distance races, the Listed $150,000 Pool Pro Queensland Cup.
The Pool Pro Queensland Cup Raceday with metropolitan status, has $685,000 in prizemoney on offer throughout the day. The raceday was originally scheduled to be held at Eagle Farm.
The SCTC CEO, Mick Sullivan commented “We are proud to be involved with another quality metropolitan race meeting. These racedays put the spotlight on the Sunshine Coast through national and international media exposure. We encourage the local community to get behind the event and organise family and friends to come along and enjoy a great family day out.”
All BRC members will receive full reciprocal privileges on the Pool Pro Queensland Cup Raceday. The BRC have bus transport for members on the day from Brisbane. Please contact BRC for details.
There will be activities for the kids including a jumping castle and of course plenty of open spaces to ensure they burn off plenty of energy on the day.
To enjoy the day in style, don’t forget to book your seat in the Favourites Function Room. The all-inclusive package is only $125pp. Secure your seat on-line www.sctc.com.au or 5491 6788 prior to Friday 7 July.
Gates open from 10.30am.
Entry General Admission $15, Concession $10, Children under 18 Free.
Hot 91.1 Ladies Oaks Day helps out the Cindy Mackenzie Breast Cancer Program
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Perfect weather welcomed 6,297 patrons to this year’s Hot 91.1 Ladies Oaks Day held last Friday. The 13th Hot 91.1 Ladies Oaks Day was always going to be a special event, with a full card of live racing action teaming up with the headline entertainment The Thundamentals.
The Sunshine Coast Turf Clubs CEO Mick Sullivan commented that ‘The SCTC were confident of a successful Hot 91.1 Ladies Oaks Day, especially when the weather forecast was going to be in our favour. The entertainment for the day The Thundamentals proved popular with patrons, playing after the last race to an appreciative crowd. Our on-line ticket sales were a good indication, with pre-sales of tickets breaking all previous records.’
Hot 91.1 and SCTC have a strong link with the local community. This is highlighted with a percentage of gate takings from every Hot 91.1 Ladies Oaks Day being donated to a charity. This year the SCTC and Hot 91.1 are proud to present a cheque for $11,105 to the Cindy Mackenzie Breast Cancer Program.
The Cindy Mackenzie Breast Cancer Program raised an additional $3,315.90 in raffles, donations and the sale of merchandise on the day.