Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Caloundra Cup Fancy Faces Two Big Hurdles

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Caloundra Cup Fancy Faces Two Big Hurdles

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Byline: MARK BODE

HORSE RACING: The 2400m trip and the track conditions are shaping as fancied runner Shenzhou Steeds' biggest hurdles in Saturday's $200,000 Caloundra Cup at Corbould Park, says the Ipswich Cup winner's Flemington-based trainer Mike Moroney.

It will be the first time the four-year-old gelding, the winner of last year's Listed Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) at the Caloundra Cup Carnival, has been tested over the distance.

Speaking yesterday ahead of today's barrier draw, Moroney expected a heavy track on Saturday Co especially if it rained today.

He said that worried him because Shenzhou Steeds had slow-track experience, but had never raced on a heavy track in 14 starts.

C[pounds sterling]On what's going to probably be a heavy track, that will be our biggest concern Co the combination of both (including the distance),C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]It will be pretty testing conditions, I think C* it's a pretty slow track to dry out at the moment.C[yen]

Like last year, Shenzhou Steeds Co to be ridden by Eddie Wilkinson Co has been based at Corbould Park for his Queensland Winter Racing Carnival stint.

By Ishiguru out of Sun City, he raced for the first time over 2150m in winning the Ipswich Cup on June 16 Co his sixth victory. …

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