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Self Sense and Benzini highlight Caloundra Cup nominations

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Ipswich Cup quinella Self Sense and Benzini highlight the nominations for the Listed $175,000 The Pump House Caloundra Cup (2400m) at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.

Kiwi stayer Benzini, above, is among the nominations for the Caloundra Cup at the Sunshine Coast. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Kiwi stayer Benzini, above, is among the nominations for the Caloundra Cup at the Sunshine Coast. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Fifteen stayers were nominated for this weekend’s Caloundra Cup with last Saturday’s Tattersall’s Cup third placegetter War Baby also among the entries for the 2400m staying test.

The David Brideoake trained Self Sense was the heavily back favourite for the Listed $175,000 Channel 7 Ipswich Cup (2150m) at Ipswich on June 17 and kept the punters happy when he romped home with a six and three quarter lengths victory over Benzini who was burdened with 60kg.

The Adrian and Harry Bull trained Benzini has been a consistent performer during the 2017 Queensland Winter Racing Carnival but has failed to find the winner’s stall from three runs with the seven year old stayer’s best result being a last start second under a huge weight to Self Sense in the Ipswich Cup.

Benzini’s other two Winter Carnival runs resulted in a fourth to Kaiser Franz in the Group 3 $125,000 Channel Seven Premier’s Cup (2200m) at Eagle Farm on May 27 followed by a fourth to Chocante in the Group 2 $300,000 Evergreen Turf Brisbane Cup (2200m) at Doomben a fortnight later.

The Hunterville trained gelding’s last win was just over twelve months ago when he was successful in 2016 Brisbane Cup.

The Kelvin Hickmott trained War Baby is quickly developing into a promising stayer and after win in a 2150m BenchMark 80 Handicap by six and half lengths at Ipswich on June 17 went on to run third behind Rudy and More Energy in the Group 3 $200,000 Carlton Mid Tattersall’s Cup (2200m) at Doomben last Saturday.

The Darren Weir trained Neverland is also among the nominations for the Caloundra Cup and is coming off a last start sixth to Chocante in the Brisbane Cup.

The former West Australian trained mare is a proven stayer and went down narrowly when second to Delicacy in the Group 2 $500,000 Perth Cup (2400m) at Ascot in January, 2016.

Randwick based Kiwi trainer John Sargent has nominated Paragon for the Caloundra Cup and the five year old is coming off a last start fourth in the Ipswich Cup.

Nominations for the 2017 Caloundra Cup (2400m)

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 153×080605 ARALDO JUNIOR (GER) G 6 Michael Moroney
2 6256×23442 BENZINI G 7 Adrian & Harry Bull 103
3 3555715415 CHOYSA (NZ) G 6 Wayne Walters 68
4 11114×9620 EMERALD CITY G 6 David Vandyke 90
5 3415575612 I FEEL GOOD G 8 John Symons & Sheila Laxon 69
6 00×6053087 MISTER IMPATIENCE (GB) G 7 Michael Moroney
7 422×025094 MY DIAMANTINE (NZ) M 6 Brian Smith 83
8 80582×6456 NEVERLAND M 5 Darren Weir 95
9 6287223494 PARAGON G 5 John Sargent 75
10 7×78130663 QABLA G 7 Eric Singh
11 x668564301 SELF SENSE G 6 David Brideoake 96
12 9×25135211 SUPPLY AND DEMAND G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
13 22878×5900 TEARS OF JOY M 5 Toby Edmonds 74
14 24413459×4 VIVA ESPANA (NZ) M 6 Wayne Walters 73
15 6203418313 WAR BABY M 5 Kelvin Hickmott 78

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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