John Luttrell’s explosive galloper Geegees Blackflash is preparing for a serious assault on the 2012 Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival starting at the end of the month, the five-year-old set to target the festival’s famous Group 3 Cups double.
One of the Apple Isle’s most consistent and progressive runners, Clangalang gelding Geegees Blackflash remains unbeaten since resuming in November having won all three of their starts.
They kicked off with a first-up win in the Listed Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Launceston, won by three and a half lengths over 1400 metres at the same track three weeks later and was last seen fighting on to take down the leader and take out the Listed Kevin Sharkie Stakes (1600m) at Hobart on December 27.
While the margin was narrow in the Kevin Sharkie leading Melbourne jockey Peter Mertens, aboard for all three of the horse’s recent successes, was ultra-impressed with their ability to chase down the frontrunner and hang on to win.
“It was a great win because he had to do all the chasing,” Mertens said.
“He’s definitely all class.”
Over their 32 start career to date Geegees Blackflash has recorded nine wins and 11 minor placings for over $377,000 in earnings, with one of their other more notable victories being a four length win in last year’s Penna Cup.
While a definite force to be reckoned with of late, Geegees Blackflash has also tasted Group race glory as the winner of the 2010 Tasmanian Derby.
They appeared during last year’s Tasmanian Summer Carnival as well with mixed results in their two major targets.
After finishing four and a half lengths away 11th to Bid Spotter in the Group 3 Hobart Cup (2200m), they continued on to come within a half-length of Fast Future when a close third in the Group 3 Launceston Cup (2400m).
It is this same summer Cups double that connections are targeting again in 2012 with Geegees Blackflash, but exactly what preparatory program they will follow is yet to be confirmed.
This year the $300,000 Hobart Cup (2200m) runs on February 12 followed by the $225,000 Launceston Cup (2400m) on February 29.
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