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The Darren Weir trained Tradesman could continue his heavy workload after being included in the twenty nominations for the Listed $175,000 Scott McMahon Electrical Caloundra Cup (2400m) at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.

Jumbo Prince, above, is among the nominations for the 2018 Caloundra Cup at the Sunshine Coast. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Jumbo Prince, above, is among the nominations for the 2018 Caloundra Cup at the Sunshine Coast. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Tradesman has competed at the last two Saturday’s during the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival and if Weir gives the go ahead for the six year old to take his place in the Caloundra Cup this weekend, the former Western Australian trained stayer will be lining up for his third run in three weeks.

Weir has tested Tradesman on the Sunshine Coast track three starts back when second to Egg Tart in the Group 2 $200,000 Bradford Access Insulation P.J. O’Shea Stakes (2200m) on June 2.

Tradesman then had a two week break before winning the Listed $175,000 Channel 7 Ipswich Cup (2150m) at Ipswich on June 16 and then backed up seven days later to finish second to Divine Unicorn in the Group 3 $200,000 Lazy Yak Tattersall’s Cup (2200m) at Doomben last Saturday.

Newcastle trainer Kris Lees is contemplating bringing veteran stayer Doukhan to Queensland and the nine year old is among the nominations for the Caloundra Cup.

Doukhan showed that he still has plenty of miles in his old legs and is coming off a last start second to Plot Twist in the $100,000 Stayer’s Cup over 3200m at Randwick on June 9.

Doukhan is also nominated for the Listed $125,000 Winter Cup (2400m) at Rosehill on Saturday.

Also among the Caloundra Cup nominations is the Chris Munce trained First Crush who found his best recent form stepping back up the middle distance when beaten a lip last start by Tradesman in the Ipswich Cup.

Sydney’s leading trainer Chris Waller has two nominations for the Caloundra Cup with My Giuliano and Tumultuous.

Both stayers are struggling to find their best form with their most recent efforts seeing them finish ninth, My Giuliano, and tenth, Tumultuous, in the Ipswich Cup.

The Kiwi contingent is led by the Nigel Tiley trained Megablast who performed creditably at his first run at the Sunshine Coast with a last start third behind Egg Tart and Tradesman in the P.J. O’Shea Stakes.

Also from the Shaky Isles is the Tony Pike trained Sacred Master who is coming off a last start ninth to Divine Unicorn in the Tattersall’s Cup.

Nominations for the 2018 Caloundra Cup (2400m)

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 0149529003 ALL IN VOGUE (NZ) M 5 Barry Lockwood 90
2 115×557452 DOUKHAN (IRE) G 9 Kris Lees
3 3916313882 FIRST CRUSH G 6 Chris Munce
4 4×35421425 HIGH DEGREE M 6 Rochelle Smith 70
5 5x64522x55 HONEY TOAST G 7 Ben Currie 93
6 4994112591 I FEEL GOOD G 9 John Symons & Sheila Laxon 77
7 03×6397073 JUMBO PRINCE H 6 Michael Nolan 97
8 8x1948x163 MEGABLAST (NZ) G 6 Nigel Tiley 100
9 x521x84735 MISS DUBOIS (NZ) M 7 Matthew Dunn 82
10 83×5374274 MY DIAMANTINE (NZ) M 7 Brian Smith 88
11 211140×569 MY GIULIANO G 5 Chris Waller 89
12 1x7026x767 NURSE KITCHEN (NZ) M 4 Kris Lees 94
13 380x83x899 POP ’N’ SCOTCH G 7 Liam Birchley 74.5
14 2140x0x909 SACRED MASTER (NZ) G 6 Tony Pike 100
15 361x50x037 SAN TELMO G 7 John Symons & Sheila Laxon 82
16 446911×566 SERGEANT BLAST (NZ) G 5 Brian Smith 85
17 053481×047 SKULDUGGERY G 5 Damien Batters 65
18 77×3293244 SMART AS YOU THINK M 4 John McArdle 82
19 74×4419212 TRADESMAN G 6 Darren Weir 102
20 51318×8890 TUMULTUOUS G 4 Chris Waller 90

About The Author

Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.