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Kiwi stayer Benzini will have to be content with another wide barrier after drawing gate eleven in the Listed $175,000 The Pump House Caloundra Cup (2400m) at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.

Benzini, above, has drawn another wide barrier in the Caloundra Cup at the Sunshine Coast. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Benzini, above, has drawn another wide barrier in the Caloundra Cup at the Sunshine Coast. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Twelve horses accepted for the Caloundra Cup and Benzini also has the job of carrying the 59.5kg top weight.

The Adrian and Harry Bull trained Benzini will jump from a wide barrier with the top weight again after running second to Self Sense from gate nine with 60kg in the Listed $175,000 Channel 7 Ipswich Cup (2150m) at Ipswich on June 17.

The heavily backed Self Sense was a runaway six and three quarter lengths winner in the Ipswich Cup but will meet Benzini 2.5kg worse at the weights in the Caloundra Cup.

New Zealand jockey Kelly McCulloch rides Benzini again in the Caloundra Cup and Ipswich Cup winning jockey Michael Cahill will stick with Self Sense who drew barrier eight.

Self Sense scored his first win in over two years in the Ipswich Cup but trainer David Brideoake said that his lead up form in Victoria was good.

“His form before going to Brisbane was outstanding, but marred by bad barriers. Running home from last at Flemington into third, a big run in the Yarra Valley Cup, a big run in the Mornington Cup. It was only a matter of time before all the ducks lined up,” Brideoake said.

“With a good gate, and some softness in the ground, the horse was in his element.”

The Darren Weir trained Neverland will jump from the outside gate in the twelve horse field with Jye McNeil aboard and the five year old mare is coming off a last start sixth to Chocante in the Group 2 $300,000 Evergreen Turf Brisbane Cup (2200m) at Doomben on June 10.

War Baby has found some good form following trainer Kelvin Hickmott’s decision to step her up in distance and she blew her opposition away two starts back with a six and a half lengths win in a 2150m BenchMark 80 Handicap at Ipswich on Ipswich Cup Day.

War Baby then proved that was not a fluke with a gutsy effort to run third behind Rudy and More Energy in the Group 3 $200,000 Carlton Mid Tattersall’s Cup (2200m) at Doomben last Saturday.

Larry Cassidy has been aboard War Baby for her last three starts and sticks with the mare who drew nicely at barrier two.

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Supply And Demand is chasing a hat trick of wins after scoring at his last two runs at Rosehill in the $100,000 Eremein Handicap (1800m) and in the $100,000 Kensei Handicap (2000m).

Josh Parr takes over from apprentice Rachel King on Supply And Demand who will jump from gate nine i the Caloundra Cup.

Final field for the 2017 Calounrda Cup (2400m)

# Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 6256×23442 BENZINI Adrian & Harry Bull Kelly McCulloch 11 59.5kg 103
2 x668564301 SELF SENSE David Brideoake Michael Cahill 8 56kg 96
3 9×25135211 SUPPLY AND DEMAND Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Joshua Parr 9 55.5kg 95
4 80582×6456 NEVERLAND Darren Weir Jye McNeil 12 54kg 95
5 11114×9620 EMERALD CITY David Vandyke 1 54kg 90
6 422×025094 MY DIAMANTINE (NZ) Brian Smith Jeff Lloyd 4 54kg 83
7 6203418313 WAR BABY Kelvin Hickmott Larry Cassidy 2 54kg 78
8 6287223494 PARAGON John Sargent Jim Byrne 6 54kg 75
9 22878×5900 TEARS OF JOY Toby Edmonds 3 54kg 74
10 24413459×4 VIVA ESPANA (NZ) Wayne Walters 10 54kg 73
11 3415575612 I FEEL GOOD John Symons & Sheila Laxon Micheal Hellyer 5 54kg 69
12 3555715415 CHOYSA (NZ) Wayne Walters Ms Kate Walters 7 54kg 68

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.


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