As expected the 2012 Launceston Cup winner was a local, just not the local the punters were backing as the David & Scott Brunton-trained Prevailing upset the firm favourite Geegees Blackflash to take out the popular summer staying showdown on Wednesday afternoon.
Despite their excellent form at the Launceston track, including their last-start win over 2100-metres there on February 15, Secret Savings seven-year-old Prevailing went out at juicy odds of $10.40 at Luxbet to win the $225,000 Group 3 AA MI Launceston Cup (2400m).
A patiently-timed ride from jockey Anthony Darmanin and a devastating turn of foot from the horse itself saw Prevailing score a narrow quarter-length victory in the Launceston Cup over the John Luttrell-trained Geegees Blackflash ($3.90) in a brilliant last-to-first effort, Patrick Payne’s $3.40 favourite Fieldmaster finishing off the trifecta a further length away in third.
In a race that had no real speed with Colonial Gold racing away to a huge early lead five lengths in front at the 1600-metres while the rest of the runner settled well back off the muddling pace, last-start Hobart Cup winner and lead-up favourite Geegees Blackflash turned the Launceston Cup into a genuine staying test.
Geegees Blackflash’s jockey Peter Mertens was obviously unhappy with the speed and made a daring move to drive the hefty 60kg topweight to the front of the field to snare the lead and set their own pace.
Having run fifth throughout, Geegees Blackflash hit the front with 800-metres to go and things quickly sped up with the field finally bunching up.
The late backed favourite Fieldmaster with Michelle Payne in the mount then moved out from the fence still in fourth position while Geegees Blackflash continued to race in the lead with Colonial Gold fading.
With 400-metres left to go eventual winner Prevailing started their run up wide on the outside.
At the top of the straight Geegees Blackflash looked like they were going to be too good, but Prevailing came home hard and snared the win.
Geegees Blackflash put in a bold and daring run, but just didn’t have enough in the tank to hold off the fast-finishing Prevailing.
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2012 Launceston Cup Results & Finishing Order
Launceston Race 7 – 29/02/2012
|1||9||PREVAILING||David & Scott Brunton||Anthony Darmanin||-||9||54kg||$10.40|
|2||1||GEEGEES BLACKFLASH||John Luttrell||Peter Mertens||0.3L||7||60kg||$3.90|
|3||5||FIELDMASTER (NZ)||Patrick Payne||Ms Michelle Payne||1.3L||3||54.5kg||$3.40F|
|4||6||VIKING HERO||Michael Moroney||Glen Boss||3.3L||6||54.5kg||$5.60|
|5||7||DREAM FLYER||Troy Blacker||Craig Newitt||4.6L||4||54kg||$4.50|
|6||11||COLONIAL GOLD||Gary White||Ms Nikita McLean||6.4L||1||54kg||$49.80|
|7||2||DREAM PEDLAR||Troy Blacker||Dwayne Dunn||6.6L||8||58.5kg||$13.50|
|8||10||MR ISAAC||Gary White||Jarrod Todd||6.8L||5||54kg||$36.50|
|9||12||FUGITIVE LASS||Michael Voss||David Pires||14.8L||2||54kg||$102.50|
|-||4||ROI D’JEU (NZ)||Shaune Ritchie||Stephen Maskiell||-||0||-||-|
|-||3||SEA GALLEON||Colin & Cindy Alderson||Ben Melham||-||0||-||-|
|-||8||KEEP CONTROL||Darren Weir||Dean Yendall||-||0||-||-|