The first black type of February will run at Launceston on Wednesday evening, an impressive field of sprinters engaged for the major Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival lead-up, TheTote.Com.Au Stakes 2012.
Won 12 months ago by Peter Moody’s Victorian raider and subsequent Group 2 placegetter Doubtful Jack, this year’s edition of the $90,000 TheTote.Com.Au Stakes (1200m) has attracted a final field of 14.
The top-rated of the acceptors is Troy Blacker’s veteran seven-year-old Dream Pedlar who has suffered an early blow drawing awkwardly with barrier 11.
Last seen finishing a close third behind 2012 Hobart Cup-bound Geegees Blackflash in the Listed Kevin Sharkies Stakes (1600m) on December 27, the West Quest gelding looks unsuited to the 1200m of Wednesday’s clash.
Blacker will also be represented in the race by his Delago Brom mare Tranquil Lass who is also drawn unfavourably wide in barrier 12 with Paul Sarlo booked for the ride.
Tranquil Lass races in her first stakes assignment since the 2009 Gold Sovereign Stakes as a two-year-old and was a winner at the track two starts back over 1400m.
Just one last-start winner is engaged in this year’s TheTote.Com.Au Stakes field with the Royston Carr-trained Palzago in barrier three.
The Lago Delight six-year-old resumed from a lengthy six month spell on January 18 to win the Sky Racing Benchmark 78 Handicap (1200m) at the track and looks well positioned to make it two from two this season.
Carr has also paid up for six-year-old Rave Night in Wednesday’s feature race, the galloper having come up with another nice gate (four) as they look to improve on their close last-start fourth to stablemate Palzago.
Other notable TheTote.Com.Au Stakes hopes include Ross Stitt’s Taree galloper Youthful Jack, sprint specialist Dash For Magic and the consistent Scott & David Brunton-trained four-year-old Getitdone.
Betting on tomorrow night’s Launceston races is due for release at our preferred online bookmaker Luxbet shortly so make sure you are ready for the Tasmanian twilight racing action by opening your Luxbet account today.
2012 TheTote.Com.Au Stakes Final Field & Barriers
Launceston Race 6 – 01/02/2012
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||X523253213||YOUTHFUL JACK||Adam Trinder||Robert Thompson||7||58.5kg||92|
|2||5X00610903||DREAM PEDLAR||Troy Blacker||Michael Guthrie||11||58.5kg||101|
|3||X10337779X||MOTSPUR||Charlie Goggin & Luella Meaburn||Stephen Maskiell||6||58.5kg||95|
|4||22810X5336||NICASTRO||Jarrod McLean||Ms Nikita McLean||9||58.5kg||84|
|5||435817119X||LOCK IT IN EDDIE||David & Scott Brunton||Kelvin Sanderson||14||58.5kg||93|
|6||50525X4332||RELENTLESS PURSUIT||Julie Richards||Ronan Keogh||13||58.5kg||81|
|7||221X621673||DASH FOR MAGIC||Vicki Rhind||Shuji Amano (late alt)||2||58.5kg||81|
|8||112X602254||RAVE NIGHT||Royston Carr||David Pires||4||58.5kg||78|
|9||X7261306X1||PALZAGO||Royston Carr||Ms Georgie Catania (a)||3||58.5kg||74|
|10||4116X00164||GOOD BOY ROBERT||Charlie Goggin & Luella Meaburn||Ms Talia Rodder (a)||5||58.5kg||81|
|11||0X517X1112||GETITDONE||David & Scott Brunton||Wayne Hokai||8||58.5kg||78|
|12||1X8X110100||RUTHERGLEN RHUL||Rhonda Hall||Ms Casey Bruce||10||58.5kg||73|
|13||42X1223X16||TRANQUIL LASS||Troy Blacker||Paul Sarlo||12||56.5kg||75|
|14||32X15X317X||BUZZING ALONG||David & Scott Brunton||Anthony Darmanin||1||53.5kg||74|