Trainer Chris Waller is hoping the Sunshine Coast track can escape any more rain in the lead up to Saturday’s Group 3 $125,000 XXXX Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m).
Waller will saddle up the $2.60 favourite Seaway for the Sunshine Coast Guineas and admits that the Ocean Park filly would perform better if the track started to dry out after being rated a heavy 8 on race eve following 51mm of rain falling in the last seven days.
“I think it is a heavy 8 at the moment and let’s hope there is no rain cloud over the track,” Waller said.
Seaway has raced twice on a rain affected track with a second on a soft and a second on a heavy with all her three wins coming on a good rated track.
Seaway had worked her way up through the classes and was sent out as the $5 favourite for the Group 2 $350,000 Ascot Green Queensland Guineas (1600m) at Doomben on June 9 and beat all but her stablemate Sambro on a heavy track.
Waller said that Seaway had pulled up great order and continued to please the stable on the tracks.
“She is going well and was a very good run in the Queensland Guineas last start,” Waller said.
Seaway moves into barrier ten following the early scratching of Radiant Choice which reduced the field to fifteen and the filly will be ridden by Glen Colless.
On the second line of betting at Ladbrokes.com.au for the Sunshine Coast Guineas at $3.60 is the Tony Pike trained Kiwi three year old The Bostonian who is undefeated from two starts during the 2018 Queensland Winter Racing Carnival.
The Bostonian kicked off his Queensland campaign with a win in the Listed $125,000 Kirin Daybreak Lover (1200m) at the Sunshine Coast on June 10 followed by a win in a three year old Plate over 1350m at Doomben las Saturday.
The Stuart Kendrick trained Italia Bella is the only other runner under the $10 mark at $9.50 and has drawn in close at barrier three with James Orman in the saddle.