CUP WINNER: Sir Moments, with Damian Browne aboard, wins the Coastline BMW Sunshine Coast Cup.
CUP WINNER: Sir Moments, with Damian Browne aboard, wins the Coastline BMW Sunshine Coast Cup. Grant Peters/Trackside Photograp

Home-town jockey shows the way in Sunshine Coast Cup

RACING: Renowned Caloundra jockey Damian Browne has reminded pundits of his affinity with the track with another astute ride in a major race there.

The 44-year-old expertly guided Sir Moment to victory in the Listed $100,000 Sunshine Coast Cup (1400m) on Saturday, with an impressive run amid a bumper 18-horse field.

He steered the top-weight and $7 chance to a head win over Flamboyer with In His Stride half a length adrift.

"Damian's a class rider,” trainer Steven O'Dea said.

"He's nice and patient. He didn't press the button too soon. He waited and made sure he had a good kick at the end with the 59.5kg, so it was good.”

Timing is everything in racing but especially with Sir Moment.

"He's a funny horse,” O'Dea said. "If he hits the front too early, he can tend to idle off.”

Browne, the jockey of champion sprinter Buffering, has won all the major races at Corbould Park, including the Caloundra Cup, Sunshine Coast Guineas and Glasshouse Handicap.

He's got a winning strike rate of more than 27% this season and a career winning strike rate of about 25%.

For the connections of Sir Moment, the triumph was wholly welcomed.

The 2014 Group 2 Queensland Guineas victor and four-time Listed race winner has endured a couple of recent hard-luck campaigns.

"He ran second in the (Group 2) Hollindale (Stakes) to Leebaz (in mid-2015) and was probably going to be a live chance in the (Group 1) Doomben Cup and he kicked up over the side of the walker. He came back in next prep and got sick and was at the vets for a couple of weeks and had to go back out again,” O'Dea said.

"It's been a really frustrating couple of years for the owners (so) it was good to get a win out of him today.”

The win snapped a three-run stretch of poor results and Eagle Farm's O'Dea is unsure where the six-year-old gelding is headed next.

"I hadn't thought too much past today... I just wanted to get him back to form,” he said.



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