Queensland’s major metropolitan meet will take place on the Sunshine Coast this week, and nine races will be run and won on Mooloolaba Cup Day!
You can find a preview of each race and all of my Mooloolaba Cup Day tips below.
Race 1 on Mooloolaba Cup Day is full on debutants and there is hardly any form to divulge.
I’m happy to stay out of this one and wait for Race 2
Champagne Toots has stripped fitter for three starts back from a spell and is ready to win.
The Sacred Falls mare finished midfield when resuming in Class 3 company ay Ipswich, but has since finished second on the Gold Coast and third in a better race back at Ipswich.
She looks to be at peak fitness for this contest, gets in well under the conditions and has options from the rails draw.
Palladas has been a consistent performer this time and strikes a winnable race on Mooloolaba Cup Day.
The I Am Invincible gelding tuned up with a couple of fair efforts first and second-up, before putting paid to his rivals over 1350m at Ipswich.
He filled the minors behind a couple of decent ones at Doomben last time out, and this looks the next logical race for him.
All Important doesn’t win out of turn, but he also rarely runs a bad race, and I think that this looks a winnable one for him.
The I Am Invincible gelding has finished second at each of his last three starts, including a couple of Saturday races in town most recently.
He’s drawn to effect and I can’t find a reason why he won’t be in the finish again.
This looms as one of the day’s more open races, but I think that Scathing will take beating.
Scathing has recorded three wins and a further five minors from just eleven career starts so far, and returned to the races for a credible third behind Maozi on Cup Day.
With the improvement from that effort and some relief in the weights, he can fight out the finish again.
Bleu Zebra hasn’t been seen at the races since August, but she was excellent during her debut prep and can make a winning return in this race.
The I Am Invincible filly stamped herself as one to watch with a dominant win over 1000m here on the Sunshine Coast on debut and was sent to the paddock after finishing second behind Mishani Miss at Eagle Farm.
She returned an eye-catching trial at Eagle Farm a couple of weeks ago and is primed for a big fresh run.
Tambo’s Mate was typically strong through the Winter Carnival this year, and he is over the odds to win the Swiss Ace Plate fresh on Saturday ($11 at publish).
The Mossman gelding has been a great horse for the Kendrick stable since debuting, but he went to another level last time in, winning the Group 3 BRC Sprint most notably.
His fresh form is good, he’s as tough as they come, and he is certainly up to winning this race.
Ballistic Boy will take good improvement into the Mooloolaba Cup and it looks a great race for him.
The Smart Missile gelding was a typically strong and consistent performer through winter this year, running second in the Gunsynd Classic and winning the Rough Habit Plate most notably, and he returned to the races with a typically good effort to finish second over 1350m at Doomben.
He’ll relish getting out to a mile, a drop in the weights and leaving from barrier 5, and he is my best bet on the program.
Not an easy way to end the day from a betting perspective, but I’m confident that Tokoriki Lad will run well, and I’m happy to stick with him.
The Falvelon gelding resumed in October for a credible fifth in Class 6 company at Doomben, and ran home well to fill the minors of a similar race last time out, finishing a length and a half from the winner.
Fitter third-up, the small rise in trip will suit and he’s drawn to receive every chance.