The Sunshine Coast, otherwise known as the Corbould Park Racetrack, was completed in July 1985. The racetrack is situated just outside the Brisbane metropolitan area in the state of Queensland Australia. The track is host to the Sunshine Coast Turf Club and is also the first synthetic racing and training circuit in Queensland.
The surface, known as a Cushion track, is not only the first of its kind in the country, but also known as the best wet weather track in the country as well. Designed specifically for weather conditions in Queensland, the cushion track consists of a mixture of synthetic elements. The track is not only safer for jockeys but is also kinder on horse’s legs.
The cushion track is only used for very wet weather conditions and certain training. The original turf track is still preferred for most of the race days held at the Sunshine Coast track. The cushion track is made of a combination of various synthetic substances, allowing for immediate drainage. This means that races are very seldom cancelled or abandoned.
Sunshine Coast Racing
Racing at the Sunshine Coast track is conducted every Sunday and selected Friday night throughout summer. The track has a large number of floodlights, which allow for night races to be run throughout the season. There are large number of major racing events including the Calundra Cup Carnival in July, which include races such as the Glasshouse Handicap and the Sunshine Coast Guinea. The track itself is 1967 metres long with a final strait of 400 metres. The long sweeping turns afford a fair chance for every horse and mean that the inside barriers are not as influential as on tighter tracks.
Sunshine Track Wagering
The number of ways to place a wager on a race at the Sunshine Coast track includes onside bookies, which are available on most race days, specifically the big ones. The smaller track days will find a few bookies on site although the variation will be less. Other options include placing a wager on a number of online sites, which not only offer wagering but various incentives as well.
The wagering atmosphere at the Sunshine Coast Race Track is relaxed, and family orientated. Families are encouraged to come not only to the big race days, but the evening races as well, with a number of activities being offered things such as food stalls and face painting for children. Wagering is kept separate from the family area.
The Sunshine Coast Guineas
The main race that is held in Sunshine Coast track is the Sunshine Coast Guinea, which is a Group 3 race. It is a set weight condition race for three year olds over a distance of 1600 metres. The total prize money for the race in 2016 was 125 000 Australian dollars. The Sunshine Coast Guinea attracts a large quality field made up of horses not only from local areas but interstate as well. The large quality field means that the race draws attention from punters not only local, but international as well. This has a large impact on the odds of each horse as odds change depending on betting pools.