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The David Vandyke trained Baccarat Baby has been installed the early favourite after nominations were taken for the 2019 Group 3 $140,000 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.

Baccarat Bay finished second to Kolding, above, in the 2019 Queensland Guineas at Eagle Farm. Photo by Steve Hart.

Baccarat Bay finished second to Kolding, above, in the 2019 Queensland Guineas at Eagle Farm. Photo by Steve Hart.

The Sunshine Coast Guineas has attracted twenty-two nominations and the Group 3 for the three year olds is one of the highlights of Saturday’s Metropolitan class meeting at the Sunshine Coast which also featured the Listed $175,000 Caloundra Cup (2400m) and the Listed $175,000 Glasshouse Handicap (1400m).

Bookies at Ladbrokes.com.au have installed Baccarat Baby as the $4 favourite ahead of the first of the Kris Lees trained entries, Asharani, and the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace trained Junipal at $5.

Less has also entered Lady Of Shalott who has been marked at $11 in early betting.

Baccarat Baby has performed well during the 2019 Queensland Winter Carnival with a win and two placings from five starts but found the class too slick last Saturday at Eagle Farm when fourteenth to Invincibella in the Group 1 $500,000 Sky Racing Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m).

Baccarat Baby kicked off her Winter Carnival campaign with a first up win in the Listed $125,000 Princess Stakes on April 21 over the same course and distance as the Sunshine Coast Guineas and three starts later ran the race of her life when runner up to Kolding in the Group 2 $350,000 Ascot Green Queensland Guineas (1600m) at Eagle Farm on June 8.

Asharani has had solid form in restricted class and is coming off a last start second in a BenchMark 70 Handicap over 1550m on the Kensington track at Randwick on June 10.

Early betting for the 2019 Sunshine Coast Guineas at Ladbrokes.com.au: $4 Baccarat Baby, $5 Asharani, Junipal, $7 Statuesquely, $10 Leonardo Da Hinchi, Zavance, $11 Lady Of Shalott, $15 Enterprise Louise, Malahide, Phobetor , $17 Starkers, $21 Shijin, Sleepy Heart, $34 Blue Comet, Pennino, Plumaro, $41 Conquer The Stars, One More Cast, $51 Enterprize Jack, $61 Ocean Waves, Takotsubo, $101 Ceol Na Mara.

Nominations for the 2019 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m)

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 190×114642 ASHARANI F 3 Kris Lees
2 15×3914220 BACCARAT BABY F 3 David Vandyke 91
3 3210×0171 BLUE COMET G 3 Noel Doyle 66
4 4142×63000 CEOL NA MARA F 3 Chris Munce 68
5 xL141x3178 CONQUER THE STARS G 3 Craig Cousins 67
6 5×22156154 ENTERPRISE JACK G 3 Michael Lakey 62
7 251×12322 ENTERPRISE LOUISE F 3 Michael Lakey
8 4214267×25 JUNIPAL C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
9 x3x4617033 LADY OF SHALOTT F 3 Kris Lees
10 113216×408 LEONARDO DA HINCHI C 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
11 1x5870x128 MALAHIDE F 3 Michael Costa 76.5
12 431×1460 OCEAN WAVES (NZ) G 3 Andrew Williamson
13 x26352x313 ONE MORE CAST G 3 Liam Birchley 61
14 8x432x5106 PENNINO F 3 Darryl Hansen 82
15 1414 PHOBETOR G 3 Michael Costa
16 541990×197 PLUMARO F 3 Kevin Kemp 77
17 19×9021211 SHIJIN F 3 Scott Morrisey 72
18 355×1135 SLEEPY HEART F 3 Matthew Dunn 68
19 422×411217 STARKERS G 3 Chris Munce 76.5
20 2112 STATUESQUELY F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
21 28×1082162 TAKOTSUBO F 3 Rex Lipp 70
22 152121×645 ZAVANCE F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden

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.