RACING: As far as punting goes, you'll have to be somewhat of a stayer to get through every race at Corbould Park this evening.
Not even your local TAB's tickets are equipped to handle the 13 races at the second of the Sunshine Coast Turf Club's 'Super' day/night meetings for the warmer months.
But spare a thought for in-form apprentice Tiffani Brooker, who indeed is set for a long day at the track.
She'll have been up well before sunrise to ride trackwork for her boss Stuart Kendrick, before taking 10 rides between Races 2 and 12, which will see her leave the track some time after 8.30pm.
"Thirteen races is a big task for everyone involved, including the barrier boys and the riders,” she said.
"It's a long day but it'll be a good day and the Sunshine Coast is a really good facility and track. I have no doubt they'll get through the meeting with ease.”
Brooker has been in scintillating form of late, and steered home Lady Jetsetter at Doomben on Saturday with her first ride for successful trainer, Liam Birchley.
It was her second metropolitan win for the season, after she guided home Saluter for Brisbane trainer Robert Heathcote on October 15.
She will again link with Saluter, the Magic Millions 3yo winner formerly trained by the Coast's Jason McLachlan in the Bowcock Bloodstock Handicap over 1350m (Race 6). The race was due to be run at Doomben on Saturday before wild storms forced organisers to abandon the meeting.
She is currently sitting second on the Brisbane apprentice riders premiership behind Josh Oliver.
"Ideally, it's always a little bit of a competition for the premiership but I tend not to get too carried away,” she said.
"I try to ride winners and eat away at that (3kg city) claim.”
Brooker out-rode her provincial claim aboard Deagon trainer Patt Duff's Prince of Flinders in September and has linked with a number of Brisbane trainers in recent times, after she made the decision to ride trackwork in Brisbane one morning per-week.
The 23-year-old has lived on the Sunshine Coast for 15 years and started working with horses as a teenager.
She does have ambitions to ride in Sydney, Melbourne or even overseas, but her main focus is continuing to ride winners for trainers in Queensland.
"If I come out of my time and I'm still good enough to keep riding at this metropolitan level, with these quality horses and jockeys, I'll be more than happy with that,” she said.
The first race on the Stanley River Thoroughbreds Day/Night meeting starts at 1.40pm, with the last race at 8.45pm.
More than $300,000 in prizemoney is up for grabs across the 13 races, including $60,000 for the winning connections of Race 6. Tickets are available at the gate for $10 for adults and $7 for children.
CLIMATE is one of the main factors behind Caloundra trainer John Zielke's decision to move his stables from the Sunshine Coast to Toowoomba.
Zielke told Radio TAB he would officially take over the lease on his new stables on January 1, 2017.
Zielke has no acceptors at today's Sunshine Coast meeting, and could have his first runner at Clifford Park as a Toowoomba trainer on Saturday night with talented three-year-old filly, Spot The Diff.
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