The Tony Gollan-trained Amexed caused a boilover winning the Listed Caloundra Cup over 2400m at the Sunshine Coast; Amexed had won a BM-80 over 2150m on Ipswich Cup day at his previous start but he was not expected to trouble $1.50 favourite Maurus. Amexed showed promise as a 3-Y-O winning the 2014 Rough Habit Plate but his win in the Caloundra Cup was by far and away his best performance since then. Amexed was given every chance by Robbie Fradd and Amexed proved too strong for Jumbo Prince with All Clear battling-on well for third. There have been reports that Maurus did not stay the 2400m; however Maurus powered-away winning two of his three starts in Queensland over 2150m and 2200m and it is very difficult to believe that the extra distance was the reason for his lack-lustre performance against such moderate opposition.
The G3 Sunshine Coast Guineas for 3-Y-O over 1600m was won in good style by the Mike Moroney-trained Tivaci; given a copybook ride from Damian Browne Tivaci was always in the box-seat from an inside barrier and the result was never in doubt once Browne eased Tivaci around the two leaders at the top of the straight. Tivaci did not break away from his rivals but he easily held them at-bay winning by 1.3 lengths from High Spirit and Sold For Song. Tivaci was the galloper that very controversially defeated Palentino on-protest in the C.S. Hayes Stakes at Flemington in February; Tivaci had not done a great deal in four starts since then but the Guineas was the right race for Tivaci to return to the winner's circle.
The Kelly Doughty-trained Flamboyer has struck form with a vengeance and he was a dominant winner of the Listed Glasshouse Handicap over 1400m; taken to the front gradually by Jeff Lloyd Flamboyer dictated terms and although he was briefly challenged by Saluter in the straight Flamboyer kept going very strongly to win by almost two lengths from Saluter while Stratum Star battled-on well for third under his hefty impost of 61kg. It was a masterstroke by Doughty to bypass most of the Winter Carnival until the previous Saturday when Flamboyer thrashed his rivals in a Class 6 at Eagle Farm. Flamboyer was even more impressive winning the Glasshouse and in his current form he will be hard to beat in anything he contests. Stratum Star was certainly not disgraced after being given an average ride from Kerrin McEvoy; with residual fitness Stratum Star will be competitive in the early Spring WFA races in Melbourne.
At Rosehill Tucanchoo and Ninth Legion returned from Queensland to win the Listed ATC Winter Cup over 2400m and Listed Civic Stakes over 1350m respectively. The Team Hawkes-trained Tucanchoo has been in great form since a let-up and he did well to easily win the Winter Cup after backing-up from a gallant second to Index Linked in the Tattersall's Cup at Eagle Farm the previous Saturday. Tucanchoo has really taken to the staying caper and in his current form he will continue to be very competitive. After two inglorious displays from a spell the Peter Robl-trained Ninth Legion has returned to his best form winning the Eye Liner Stakes at Ipswich and the Civic Stakes at his his last two starts. Ninth Legion has often raced in the best of company and he is enjoying his racing against weaker opposition at the moment.
HORSES TO FOLLOW
|1||Yu Long Shen Hui||Awoke
|3||Pin Your Hopes
Divine Mr Artie
|6||Duke Of Brunswick||-||Flamboyer
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|9||A Lotta Love