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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 2019 Sunshine Coast Guineas was won by Baccarat Baby from Junipal with Zavance 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 27th June 2020
Track: Corbould Park racecourse, S. Coast
Distance: 1600 metres
Race Type: 3yo - Set Weights
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $125,000
2019 Winner: Baccarat Baby

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).

2019 Sunshine Coast Guineas result

1. $3.70 Baccarat Baby 55.0 Micheal Hellyer
2. $3.60 Junipal 57.0 Ryan Maloney
3. $18.00 Zavance 55.0 Jim Byrne

then followed
4. $41.00 Shijin 55.0 Glen Boss
5. $8.00 Statuesquely 55.0 Robbie Fradd
6. $151.00 One More Cast 57.0 Matthew McGillivray
7. $31.00 Pennino 55.0 Ms Tiffani Brooker
8. $12.00 Asharani 55.0 Larry Cassidy
9. $41.00 Starkers 57.0 Sean Cormack
10. $151.00 Blue Comet 57.0 Dale Smith
11. $71.00 Enterprise Jack 57.0 Brad Stewart
12. $5.50 Malahide 55.0 Ron Stewart
13. $51.00 Sleepy Heart 55.0 Jeff Lloyd
14. $201.00 Conquer The Stars 57.0 Luke Tarrant
15. $11.00 Leonardo Da Hinchi 57.0 Brad Rawiller

Margins: 2.5 len, 0.2 len
Time: 1:41.81

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Sunshine Coast Guineas winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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