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Sunshine Coast Guineas

The Sunshine Coast Guineas is a Group 3 race for three-year-olds held each year in May at the Sunshine Coast racecourse on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres and is worth $125,000 in prize money. The 2020 Sunshine Coast Guineas was won by Wapiti from Knight Mariner with Love Express third.

Previously a listed event, the Sunshine Coast Guineas was upgraded to Group 3 status for the 2013/2014 racing season and takes place alongside the listed Caloundra Cup, Glasshouse Classic & Bruce McLachlan Classic on Caloundra Cup day.

The Sunshine Coast Turf Club races at Corbould Park racecourse which is around an hour north of Brisbane and a few minutes away from Caloundra. The Caloundra Cup Carnival was first held in 1985 and has grown to become a stand-alone Saturday metropolitan meeting during the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival.

Sunshine Coast Guineas info

Date: Saturday 3rd July 2021
Track: Corbould Park racecourse, S. Coast
Distance: 1600 metres
Race Type: 3yo - Set Weights
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $125,000
2020 Winner: Wapiti

The Sunshine Coast Guineas is a set weights race for three-year-olds that usually assembles a field of predominantly local gallopers and level weight conditions gives the better quality gallopers a clear advantage.

Earlier carnival races such as the Gr3 Gunsynd Classic at the Gold Coast or the listed Daybreak Lover Stakes at Eagle Farm are ideal lead up races to the Sunshine Coast Guineas as they are both three-year-old events run under the same distance and conditions. Hopfgarten (2014) was the last three-year-old to snare the Gunsynd Classic & Sunshine Coast Guineas double.

Champion mare Winx (2015) won this race as a three-year-old, taking out the Gr1 ATC Oaks at Randwick in Sydney before winning this race in stylish fashion.

Baccarat Baby (2019) finished unplaced in the Gr1 Tatt's Tiara over 1400m at Eagle Farm before scoring an easy victory in this event for local trainer David Vandyke.

Recent Sunshine Coast Guineas winners include The Bostonian (2018) and Crack Me Up (2017).

2020 Sunshine Coast Guineas result

1. $2.45 Wapiti 57.0 Sean Cormack
2. $5.50 Knight Mariner 57.0 Baylee Nothdurft
3. $13.00 Love Express 57.0 Taylor Marshall

then followed
4. $4.40 Star Of Michelin 57.0 Dale Smith
5. $101.00 Two Smokin Barrels 57.0 Ryan Wiggins
6. $8.00 Al Jood 55.0 Larry Cassidy
7. $17.00 Smart Meteor 57.0 Mark Du Plessis
8. $19.00 Vendidit 57.0 Jim Byrne
9. $26.00 Samurai 57.0 Micheal Hellyer

Margins: 0.5 len, 0.1 len
Time: 1:40.32

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Sunshine Coast Guineas winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Wapiti Knight Mariner Love Express 1:40.3
2019 Baccarat Baby Junipal Zavance 1:41.8
2018 The Bostonian Bold Assassin Go Dixie 1:41.1
2017 Crack Me Up My True Love Flow 1:37.2
2016 Tivaci High Spirit Sold For Song 1:36.5
2015 Winx Ulmann Worthy Cause 1:36.1
2014 Hopfgarten Miss Husson Fast Arrow 1:35.9
2013 Eximius Lucky Hussler Casino Card 1:43.7
2012 Tuskegee Hawk Double Impact Goldslick 1:42.4