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June 26, 2018

Seaway for Sunshine Coast Guineas

Talented Seaway is likely to be top trainer Chris Waller's sole runner in the Group Three Sunshine Coast Guineas.

The race holds a special place for Waller with Winx successful in 2015 to begin a streak of wins which now stands at 25, 18 at Group One level.

Waller said he was always keen to have runners in the Guineas and at Caloundra.

"We won't have a big representation at the Sunshine Coast. At this stage Seaway will be our only runner in the Guineas but that could change after I have a talk with my staff," he said.

Seaway ran second to stablemate Sambro in the Group Two Queensland Guineas (1600m) at his last start on June 9.

He has won three races, all at Canterbury in Sydney, but Waller feels Seaway will have no problems with the big Caloundra track.

Stablemate Noire who ran second in the Mumm Stakes at Doomben on Saturday will be spelled.

"I think she is good enough to run in the spring and there doesn't appear much left for her in Queensland at this stage," Waller said.

Waller had a frustrating day at Doomben with Shillelagh also running second in the Group One Tatt's Tiara.

But he did have a winner when Tatcee won a two-year-old maiden at Beaudesert giving the champion trainer his first win at the track.

"With the bonus payments there was $30,000 on the race so it was a good place to start," he said.

Waller now has 46 winners in Queensland this season for $5.9 million prize money which is already a record for a trainer in the state.

Mark Oberhardt - AAP

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January 25, 2018

Coastline BMW Sunshine Coast Cup Day – Sat 27th Jan 2018

The Coastline BMW Sunshine Coast Cup Day will be held on Saturday 27th January 2018. The raceday will see the fourth year that Coastline BMW and Sunshine Coast Turf Club have teamed up to offer a top quality metropolitan raceday.

The day will see the running of two feature races; the Listed $100,000 Coastline BMW Sunshine Coast Cup (1400m) and the Coastline BMW 2YO Classic (1200m) which is worth up to $177,500 for QTIS eligible horses.

A capacity field of 18 will line-up in the Coastline BMW Sunshine Coast Cup including last year’s winner Sir Moments, trained by Stephen O’Dea and last start Magic Millions Open winner I’m a Rippa trained by Tony Gollan.

Locally trained Darryl Hansen galloper Pennino will start one of the favourites in the Coastline BMW 2YO Classic.

As part of the Australia Day long weekend there will be plenty of entertainment for families including the rock-climbing wall, a jumping castle and the Kids Club will operate from 12pm – 4pm.

The Sunshine Coast Turf Club is a popular location in the Summer holiday season and the club is offering a special online ‘Summer Pass’ for the feature meeting.  To be purchased online at www.sctc.com.au, the $20 pass provides racecourse admission, a burger from the Furlong Café and choice of a beer, wine or soft drink.

A crowd in excess of 2,000 is expected, with locals, holiday makers and the drive market from Toowoomba, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Gympie attending the day to witness quality racing on the Sunshine Coast Track.

Gates open from 10.30am

Tickets: Adults $15, Concession $10, U18 Free

 
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December 7, 2017

State pride on the line as jockey series comes to town

Article by:  at www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au

RACING: Queensland rider Matt McGillivray is determined to carry his recent run of good form into the Origin jockey series, which will culminate at Caloundra on Sunday.

The 25-year-old has shown plenty of spark during the past month, capturing his first Stakes win with Crack Me Up in the Recognition Stakes. He enjoyed a hot streak of five wins in seven races less than a fortnight ago and he claimed a double at the Sunshine Coast last weekend.

Now, he's eager to do his bit for Queensland.

"I'm having a bit of luck lately so hopefully I can continue on in the jockey series,” he said.

"It's going to be a great opportunity, riding against the big guns of every state.”

Two riders from Queensland, Tasmania, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, New Zealand and an All-Stars team will collide in the series, at Doomben tomorrow and Saturday and at Corbould Park on Sunday.

McGillivray wants to follow the lead of the Maroons, which have been a perennial force in rugby league's State of Origin.

"We're dominant in the footy so we'll try and be dominant in the racing game,” he said.

"That's what we're there for, to represent the state and hopefully beat them in the series and show them who the better state is.”

Jim Byrne will also race for Queensland.

"He's quite a seasoned rider. He knows what he's doing and he always puts himself in spots where he gives his horses chances,” McGillivray said.

"We've just got to hopefully draw the right horses and have a bit of luck in running and the rest is pretty much in our hands.”

Racing on home tracks has its benefits. They know Doomben and Corbould Park better than their rivals.

"It's definitely to our advantage,” he said.

"We ride here week after week and we know how the track plays and where the best place to be is when the rail is true or out wider and we know when to get going.”

McGillivray lives near Doomben and competes at Corbould Park every weekend.

"I seem to have a bit of luck there,” he said of the latter. "I like it. It's a very nice, big track”

McGillivray grew up in Singapore and Malaysia before moving to Perth and then to Queensland, where he did his apprenticeship with Craig Smith at Roma.

It's the third edition of the series, with New Zealand snaring victory in 2015 and New South Wales tying with Western Australia last year.

Renowned Corbould Park jockey Damian Browne will represent New Zealand, where he originally hails from.

2017 UBET ORIGIN JOCKEY SERIES TEAMS

QUEENSLAND Jim Byrne Matt McGillivray TASMANIA Craig Newitt Brendon McCoull NEW ZEALAND Damian Browne Larry Cassidy NEW SOUTH WALES Michael Rodd Tye Angland

VICTORIA Luke Nolen Clare Lindop

SOUTH AUSTRALIA Dwayne Dunn Jamie Kah

ALL-STARS Robbie Fradd T.B.A

2017 UBET ORIGIN JOCKEY SERIES RACES

Round 1 - Friday, December 8 @ Brisbane Racing Club (Doomben) Class 2 Plate (Set Weights) - 2200m Class 1 Plate (Set Weights) - 1350m

Round 2 - Saturday, December 9 @ Brisbane Racing Club (Doomben) Class 6 Plate (Set Weights) - 2000m Class 2 Plate (Set Weights) - 1600m

Round 3 - Sunday, December 10 @ Sunshine Coast Turf Club (Caloundra) Class 3 Plate (Set Weights) - 1400m Class 1 Plate (Set Weights) - 1200m

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November 27, 2017

SCTC Trainers Profile – Bette Harden

Where were you born?

Bangalow N.S.W

How did you start in the thoroughbred industry?

Involved as an owner & trackwork rider with husband in 1970.

How many staff in your team? 

2

How many horses are you currently training?

3

How long have you been based on the Sunshine Coast?  

Since 1974.

Highlight of your racing career? 

Training my first winner.

Any horses we should keep an eye on in the future?  

All 3.

Favourite Football Team? 

Broncos

Favourite Restaurant?  

Alfie’s Mooo Char & Bar

Best racehorse you have seen?

Kingston Town

your most memorable moment in racing?

Training listed placegetter at Brisbane.
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November 9, 2017

SCTC Trainers Profile – Stuart Kendrick

Website: 

www.kendrickracingstables.com.au

Where were you born? 

Sydney

How did you start in the thoroughbred industry?

Started training one horse in Mackay.

How many staff in your team? 

12

How many horses are you currently training? 

55

How long have you been based on the Sunshine Coast?

4 1/2 years

Highlight of your racing career?

Running 4th in the Golden Slipper when training in Mackay.

Any horses we should keep an eye on in the future?

Rancho Montoya & Italia Bella.

Favourite Football Team? 

N.Q Cowboys.

Favourite Restaurant?

Amici

Best racehorse you have seen? 

Winx

Your most memorable moment in racing?   

Everyday.
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October 30, 2017

Jockey Larry Cassidy remembers his ride on Aussie super horse Winx at Caloundra

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.”

www.couriermail.com.au
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October 30, 2017

Tarzan breaks Corbould Park record

Sunshine Coast Daily by 

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.

www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au

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October 23, 2017

SCTC Trainers Profile – David Vandyke

Website:  

www.vandykeracing.com

Where were you born?

Sydney

How did you start in the thoroughbred industry? 

I attended race meetings & stud farms from birth as my family owned horses.

How many staff in your team? 

16

How many horses are you currently training?

37

How long have you been based on the Sunshine Coast?

17 months

Highlight of your racing career?

Yankee Rose winning Group 1 Sires Produce.

Any horses we should keep an eye on in the future?

Skins.

Favourite Football Team?

St. George Dragons

Favourite Restaurant?  

Al Aseel Alexandra, Sydney

Best racehorse you have seen?

Winx

Your most memorable moment in racing?

Lamasery winning the race after the Melbourne Cup at Flemington.
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October 16, 2017

SCTC Trainers Profile – Nat McCall

Website:   

www.natmccallracing.com.au

Where were you born? 

Toowoomba

How did you start in the thoroughbred industry?

Family - Dad was a trainer.

How many staff in your team? 

6

How many horses are you currently training? 

25

How long have you been based on the Sunshine Coast?

10 years

Highlight of your racing career/your most memorable moment in racing?

Winning the Stradbroke with River Lad.

Any horses we should keep an eye on in the future?

I have a very nice team of 2yo’s about to hit the track.

Favourite Football Team?   

Broncos

Favourite Restaurant?

Green Zebra

Best racehorse you have seen?

Black Caviar/Winx
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October 13, 2017

SCTC Trainers Profile – Darryl Hansen

Website: 

www.darrylhansenracing.com.au

Where were you born? 

Charters Towers

How did you start in the thoroughbred industry?

By going to the Townsville Races with my Grandparents as a 6 year old.

How many staff in your team?

4

How many horses are you currently training?

27

How long have you been based on the Sunshine Coast?

7 years

Highlight of your racing career/your most memorable moment in racing?

Winning the Magic Millions with Le Chef.

Any horses we should keep an eye on in the future?

Monsieur Gustave & Bring It Home Pop.

Favourite Football Team?

Broncos

Favourite Restaurant?  

Domenico’s

Best racehorse you have seen?  

Winx
 
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