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After taking out the Devonport Cup last week, Troy Blacker’s in-form five-year-old Dream Flyer is being prepared to vie for a Tassie Cups double targeting next month’s 2012 Hobart Cup.
One of the premier races on the 2012 Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival program, the $300,000 Group 2 Hobart Cup (2200m) is scheduled to run at Hobart Racecourse on February 12.
Interestingly bred gelding Dream Flyer by European sire Savoire Vivre out of Top Avenger mare Unamah will be out for the Hobart Cup win as they make yet another summer carnival appearance.
As a three-year-old they ran fifth in the Listed Tasmanian Guineas (1600m) during the summer season, returning last year to run a close fourth to Peter Moody’s Victorian raider Doubtful Jack in the Listed TheTote.Com.Au Stakes (1200m).
Resuming racing after 10 months on the sidelines, Dream Flyer kicked off a new preparation in winning style taking out a 1200 metres Hobart sprint on December 4 after doing plenty of work to overcome gate 12 of 12.
They have been gradually stepped up in distance recently with connections looking to get Dream Flyer into staying territory, and it has been so far so good.
After running second to Gea Force in the Sheffiled Cup (1650m) on Boxing Day they returned to the Tapeta Synthetic track at Spreyton on January 11 to take out the Devonport Cup (1880m) by a length over Catwen Boy.
The victory handed their Longford-based trainer Blacker back-to-back wins in the feature following the success of Dream Flyer’s half-brother, multiple stakes winner Dream Pedlar last year.
“We’ve taken our time, he’s five years of age now so I mean if he’s going to make it as a stayer this is the time to do it,” Black said.
“He’s a much more mature horse now so we’ve been patient with him early and he’s shown amazing limits of ability and a great turn of foot.
“I think he’ll definitely go to the Hobart Cup now, we’ll take Launceston (Cup over 2400 metres on February 29) on as we come, but the Hobart Cup, we’ll definitely push on towards that.”
It was the third Devonport Cup win for ace jockey Brendon McCoull who won with Lunardi (2008) and Bay Ritz (2006), McCoull keen to continue his association with Dream Flyer in the Hobart Cup.
“I was really happy with the run we secured during the race and when I asked him to improve he responded well,” McCoull said of Dream Flyer in the Devonport Cup.
“I’m keen to maintain the ride aboard him in the Hobart Cup.”
Following the summer in Tasmania Blacker said there was a strong chance that Dream Flyer could follow in the footsteps of Dream Pedlar, who won the Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m) at Moonee Valley last September before finishing 15th to Southern Speed in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 15 last year, and head to the 2012 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
“We’ll just get over this campaign first and then if the horse is 100 percent within himself and goes to the paddock well and if he comes back up next time then we might go to the Melbourne Spring,” Blacker said.
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