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Local hero Geegees Blackflash is the firming favourite to win this afternoon’s Launceston Cup 2012 following the late withdrawal of their most notable rival Sea Galleon from the staying showdown.
Due to jump at 4:09pm (TAS time) this afternoon, the $225,000 Group 3 AAMI Launceston Cup (2400m) field is now down to nine hopefuls with #3 Sea Galleon joining earlier scratchings #4 Roi D’Jeu and #8 Keep Control.
After connections made the decision to scratch $3.50 chance Sea Galleon, last seen running third in the Mornington Cup on February 15, Launceston Cup betting has really heated up for the John Luttrell-trained Elwick local Geegees Blackflash.
Despite their hefty 60kg weight allocation, Clangalang five-year-old Geegees Blackflash has been well supported in the Launceston Cup odds at Luxbet to secure their sixth straight turf triumph in Tassie and take out the coveted Hobart Cup – Launceston Cup double.
They showed they could handle weight with their Hobart Cup victory carrying 58.5kg on February 12, the most weight carried by a Hobart Cup winning since Knee High saluted with 59.5kg in 1974, and Luttrell is confident they can do well again today.
“He’s done enormous,” Luttrell said.
“I can’t fault him.
“He steps up to the plate all the time.”
Geegees Blackflash has firmed in from $3.50 to $2.70 at Luxbet and everything looks on track from them to improve on their third to Bid Spotter in last year’s Hobart Cup.
They are followed in the Launceston Cup betting markets by the other major market mover Fieldmaster.
Into barrier three, Patrick Payne’s Kiwi raider Fieldmaster comes off a fifth to Geegees Blackflash in the Hobart Cup, before which they took out the Jockey Club Cup (2100m) in their Tasmanian race debut.
Fieldmaster is now a $3.40 chance having had their price slashed in from $5.50 at Luxbet.
Other notable chances include Hobart Cup runner-up Viking Hero ($5.50 Luxbet), Hobart Cup third placegetter Dream Flyer ($5.50 Luxbet), the Troy Blacker-trained Dream Pedlar ($12 Luxbet) and last-start winner at the track Prevailing ($12 Luxbet).
As for the Troy Blacker’s Dream Flyer, Blue Diamond Stakes winning jockey Craig Newitt is confident the $5.50 chance could have won the Hobart Cup with better luck and that they can turn the tables on the favourite in the Launceston edition.
“He should have won the Hobart Cup and I’m putting it down to pilot error,” Newitt said.
“His acceleration is as good as any other horse in the race and if the track is firm then he will be right in the finish.
“If it’s a genuinely run race and he settles, then my horse will be hard to beat.”
There is still time to lock in your Launceston Cup favourites!
Head to Luxbet now and get the best prices on your selections for this afternoon’s showdown.
2012 AAMI Launceston Cup Odds Update
#1 Geegees Blackflash (7) – $3.50 into $2.70 @ Luxbet
#2 Dream Pedlar (8) – $15 into $12 @ Luxbet
#3 Sea Galleon – SCRATCHED
#4 Roi D’Jeu – SCRATCHED
#5 Fieldmaster (3) – $5.50 into $3.40 @ Luxbet
#6 Viking Hero (6) – $6.50 into $5.50 @ Luxbet
#7 Dream Flyer (4) – $7.00 into $5.50 @ Luxbet
#8 Keep Control – SCRATCHED
#9 Prevailing (9) – $19 into $12 @ Luxbet
#10 Mr Isaac (5) – Steady at $61 Luxbet
#11 Colonial Gold (1) – $81 into $61 @ Luxbet
#12 Fugitive Lass (2) – Steady at $101 Luxbet
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