Jockey Michael Cahill rides The Bostonian to victory in the Sunshine Coast Guineas (now the Winx Guineas) in 2018 at Caloundra. Picture: AAP Image/Albert Perez
Jockey Michael Cahill rides The Bostonian to victory in the Sunshine Coast Guineas (now the Winx Guineas) in 2018 at Caloundra. Picture: AAP Image/Albert Perez

Big races back on calendar at Corbould Park

RACING: The Sunshine Coast Turf Club is unlikely to host the Caloundra Cup this year, but venue officials are eagerly anticipating the Glasshouse Handicap and Winx Guineas.

There were concerns all three races, traditionally held in the same meeting, would be cancelled in 2020 after they weren’t included in Racing Queensland’s winter programming, released in April.

But RQ recently announced an expanded schedule, ­including the Guineas and Glasshouse on July 11, as Covid-19 restrictions have eased.

“Racing Queensland have programmed some more black type races in July and we’re lucky … to be allocated two of our three features back on the calendar is a great result for the club,” SCTC CEO John Miller said.

“The Glasshouse (Listed, 1400m) has brought its own name as a really good, open sprint and the Guineas (Group 3, 1600m, 3YO), is now known as the Winx Guineas because it’s the race where Winx started that magical run of wins.

“It’s a race that seems to produce pretty good winners each year.”

The wonder mare won the race in 2015, kickstarting her 33 straight victories.

This year’s edition will be the first time it will be known as the Winx Guineas,” Miller said.

“I suppose the only disappointing thing is we would have loved to have had the Caloundra Cup (Listed, 2400m) but to be able to have those two races, they are two traditional Sunshine Coast races that are features every year. Although they’re a bit lighter in prizemoney than normal, they’re back on the calendar, which gives everyone a chance to compete in them.”

Miller hoped they could have some racegoers at the track by July 11.

“Being another month away, we’re hopeful we’ll have some form of crowd on the day.”

“What that looks like in terms of restrictions and numbers we’re not sure of, but we’re working with Racing Queensland to basically develop a Covid plan that will allow us to get people back to the track, particularly our members, our sponsors and the owners, who haven’t been able to come and watch their horses.”



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