Humbolt Current will contest the Mooloolaba Cup. Photo: Steve Hart

2021 Mooloolaba Cup Day Tips & Preview

Feature racing continues north of the border on Saturday, and we’re off to the Sunshine Coast for 2021 Mooloolaba Cup Day.

Nine races are on the program, meaning that there are nine winners to be found, and I’m confident I’ve unearthed at least a few of them in my 2021 Mooloolaba Cup Day Tips below.

Archer Park Racing QTIS 2YO Handicap (1000m) – 1:03pm AEDT
No Bet

The well-bred Honey Pot has opened a pretty clear favourite in betting ahead of her debut on the Sunshine Coast this week.

Without a whole lot of form to study or confidence, I am happy to wait until Race 2 on Mooloolaba Cup Day.

Flash Fibres High Speed Internet No Metro Wins Handicap (1000m) – 1:38pm AEDT
No. 6 Iolite

Iolite will take winning form into the second on Mooloolaba Cup Day and looks capable of making it two in a row.

The Bel Esprit gelding has been excellent since transferring to the care of Sharryn Livingstone, winning two of three back from a spell, including his last-start effort at the Gold Coast last time.

He steps out on Saturday in peak order and with even luck, he’ll be hard to hold out.

Krew Racing Class 3 Plate (1800m) – 2:13pm AEDT
No. 6 Karlstad

Karlstad led all the way at Eagle Farm last time, and he looks capable of repeating that effort and result at the Sunshine Coast this weekend.

The Chris Waller-trained gelding has continued to improve with racing this time and was rewarded for his building condition with a convincing win last time.

He need only step well and find the early lead, and he can make every post a winner again.

Kendrick Racing 3YO Quality Handicap (1600m) – 2:48pm AEDT
No. 6 Caboche

He faces a rise in class, but Caboche couldn’t have been more impressive at Eagle Farm last time, and he can continue his journey through the grades.

The Vadamos gelding has improved with each of his four starts since debuting, and he gave them a galloping lesson in maiden company last time.

Luke Dittman keeps the ride and I can’t find a reason why he won’t be in the finish again.

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Innovative Planning Solutions BM75 Handicap (1400m) – 3:28pm AEDT
No. 2 Smooth Move

Smooth Move is chasing a hat-trick of wins when he steps out on Mooloolaba Cup Day, and he looks well placed to pull it off.

The Team Edmonds-trained gelding hasn’t missed placing in five starts back this time, but it is fair to say that he has continued to improve noticeably with each trip to the races as well, and he greeted the judge nearly four lengths in the clear of his rivals most recently.

He’s rock-hard fit and boasts a class edge over a lot of these gallopers.

Travis Schultz & Partners QTIS 3YO Handicap (1000m) – 4:08pm AEDT
No. 1 Miss Hipstar

The talented Miss Hipstar will make her eagerly awaited return to the races on Mooloolaba Cup Day, and I think that she’ll take plenty of beating in this contest, and at a lovely price as well ($9 at publish).

Miss Hipstar has recorded four wins and a placing from just eight career starts so far, and she struck in Listed company at this point of her preparation last time.

She returned an eye-catching trial at Eagle Farm late last month and looks primed to strike fresh.

The Wharf Mooloolaba Swiss Ace Plate (1000m) – 4:48pm AEDT
No. 4 Shooting For Gold

He hasn’t been seen at the races for well over a year, and the enigmatic Zoustyle has opened our favourite in Swiss Ace Plate betting.

I’ve personally always found him to be a little overrated and with so long between starts, I’m going to take him on.

The one that I think can do the business here is Shooting For Gold.

He too is first-up from a spell, but his last start was in August, and he has trialled up well for his resumption.

He went three from three last time in and I’m confident that he will pick up where he left off.

Mooloolaba Cup (1600m) – 5:28pm AEDT
No. 1 Ligulate

There is a few quality gallopers engaged, but Ligulate is probably the class horse in this year’s Mooloolaba Cup field, and I think he’ll take beating.

Ligulate finished at the tail of the field behind Apache Chase when resuming this time, but he has improved noticeably with each of his two subsequent starts, and powered home to beat many of these rivals easily at Eagle Farm last time.

He strikes this race in peak order, he is drawn ideally under Andrew Mallyon, and it looks the perfect feature race for him.

Landmark Resort & Spa Class 6 Handicap (1200m) – 6:12pm AEDT
No. 6 Sir Warwick

Sir Warwick has recorded four wins from as many starts back this time, and he shapes as the runner to beat in the last on Mooloolaba Cup Day.

Sir Warwick just got there in Class 1 company at Eagle Farm in September, but his tactic of going straight to the lead, running them ragged and kicking clear continues to pay dividends, and he has proven very difficult to catch.

He can go forward again on Saturday from an inside draw and will give them something to chase.