Local Tassie stayer Geegees Blackflash is the current favourite to take out Wednesday night’s Launceston Cup 2012, the field for the Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival clash down to 10 gallopers.
Originally 12 horses were accepted for this year’s edition of the $225,000 Group 3 AAMI Launceston Cup (2400m), running as Launceston Race 7 tomorrow, but there has been two early scratchings with Kiwi stayer #4 Roi D’Jeu and #8 Keep Control both ruled out.
Current top-weight and top-elect in the 2012 Launceston Cup odds at Luxbet is the John Luttrell-trained Geegees Blackflash who ran a close third behind Fast Future in last year’s Launceston Cup.
Twelve months ago the Clangalang gelding carried just 53kg for their third place finish, but Wednesday sees them face a far tougher assignment.
Thanks to an incredible season that has seen Geegees Blackflash win their past five starts on the trot including the Group 3 Hobart Cup (22000m) on February 12, they have been handed a hefty 60kg for the Launceston Cup.
If successful they will be setting a modern-day weight record for the Launceston Cup, no horse having carried more than 58.5kg to victory since 1955.
Despite the big weight they are still the Luxbet Launceston Cup betting favourite at a quote of $3.40, Geegees Blackflash out to become the first horse since Zacielo in 2004 to secure the Hobart – Launceston Cups double and the first Tassie-trained galloper to take out the Launceston Cup since St Andre4ws in 2003.
Hot on their heels in the markets is then the Colin & Cindy Alderson-trained Cranbourne visitor Sea Galleon.
Last seen running a brave third behind Norsqui in the Listed Mornington Cup (2400m) on February 15, Sea Galleon makes their Tasmanian race debut in the Launceston Cup and with barrier one and Ben Melham to ride they pay $3.50 to upset the local hope through Luxbet.
“Up until the Mornington Cup he had never been beaten over 2400-metres and the Strathayr surface in Launceston will suit him,” Cindy Alderson said.
“Some rain would certainly help.”
In what is a very open betting affair for the punters, three of the remaining eight are also at single-figures to win at Luxbet with the Patrick Payne-trained Fieldmaster ($5.50) drawn nicely in barrier four, Michael Moroney’s Hobart Cup runner-up Viking Hero ($6.50), and the Troy Blacker-trained Dream Flyer ($7) who ran third in the Hobart Cup last time out and who will be ridden by last Saturday’s Blue Diamond Stakes winning hoop Craig Newitt.
Plumpton-based trainer Payne is hoping to seem improvement from his Black Minnaloushe five-year-old Fieldmaster at Launceston on Wednesday following the Victorian stayer’s unlucky fourth in the Hobart Cup on February 12.
“He didn’t have much luck at Elwick and it’s fair to say that he would have finished closer had he obtained a clear passage,” Payne said of the horse that previously beat home Dream Flyer in the Jockey Club Cup (2100m) at Hobart two starts back.
“He didn’t have a hard run and subsequently he pulled up really well.
“He’s a versatile stayer and at this stage 2400-metres is perfect.”
Fieldmaster is heading towards a start in the popular $400,000 Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m) at Morphettville on March 12.
“I’m keen to go to Adelaide with him if he gets through the Launceston Cup in good order,” Payne confirmed.
See below for the latest 2012 AAMI Launceston Cup field and betting markets.
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2012 Launceston Cup Field & Odds
Launceston Race 7 – 29/02/2012
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating||Odds*|
|1||1142X11111||GEEGEES BLACKFLASH||John Luttrell||Peter Mertens||9||60kg||104||3.40 Luxbet|
|2||0061090307||DREAM PEDLAR||Troy Blacker||Dwayne Dunn||10||58.5kg||101||14.00 Luxbet|
|3||0X15711163||SEA GALLEON||Colin & Cindy Alderson||Ben Melham||1||56kg||96||3.50 Luxbet|
|4||5X675X2126||ROI D’JEU (NZ)||Shaune Ritchie||Stephen Maskiell||5||55kg||94||–|
|5||241143X515||FIELDMASTER (NZ)||Patrick Payne||Ms Michelle Payne||4||54.5kg||93||5.50 Luxbet|
|6||20940X6522||VIKING HERO||Michael Moroney||Glen Boss||8||54.5kg||93||6.50 Luxbet|
|7||446X182123||DREAM FLYER||Troy Blacker||Craig Newitt||6||54kg||89||7.00 Luxbet|
|8||2123X40341||KEEP CONTROL||Darren Weir||Dean Yendall||11||54kg||82||–|
|9||X886112141||PREVAILING||David & Scott Brunton||Anthony Darmanin||12||54kg||81||17.00 Luxbet|
|10||1563233410||MR ISAAC||Gary White||Jarrod Todd||7||54kg||78||61.00 Luxbet|
|11||8413X41743||COLONIAL GOLD||Gary White||Ms Nikita McLean||2||54kg||68||81.00 Luxbet|
|12||0744466426||FUGITIVE LASS||Michael Voss||David Pires||3||54kg||62||151.00 Luxbet|
*Odds quoted are Fixed Win from Luxbet and subject to change