2012 Tasmania Newmarket Handicap Field & Preview

Aside from the end of season racing action taking place in Perth, Tasmania is also host to its own summer racing carnival with one of the first events for the festival taking place today, Wednesday November 21, with the Tasmania Newmarket Handicap 2012.

Due to run as Launceston Race 5 at 8:55pm the $90,000 Listed Country Club Tasmania Newmarket Handicap (1200m) has this year drawn a full field of 14 hopefuls, the short-priced favourite of which is It’s Crunch Time.

Drawn in gate 10 with Stephen Maskiell to ride the Doug Harrison-trained galloper from Cranbourne makes their interstate debut today having raced exclusively in Victoria over their 11-start career to date.

They stepped up to stakes company for the first time on November 8 and ran a credible sixth in the Listed Fashions on the Field (1000m) at Flemington and are well fancied to beat the local hopes in the Apple Isle tonight.

The Tasmania Newmarket Handicap weights meanwhile are led by defending champ and last season’s Tasmanian Horse of the Year Geegees Blackflash.

A dual Group winner, John Luttrell’s Clangalang gelding enjoyed a first-up win in this race 12 months ago before continuing onto win their subsequent four starts including the Group 3 Hobart Cup (2200m) in February.

They were last seen running a close second in the Group 3 Launceston Cup (2400m) on February 29 carrying 60kg, the same weight they have been allocated to carry from their ideal barrier four draw tonight.

While they have been able to carry the weight before Geegees Blackflash did have only 57kg on their back for their Newmarket win last year so must step it up if they are to go back-to-back.

The horses that finished two-three behind Geegees Blackflash in the Newmarket last year are also set to run in the feature again today with Socks in barrier three and the David & Scott Brunton-trained Punctuate on the rails.

Invincible Spirit five-year-old Punctuate will start one of the top fancies in the race this year having been in fine form this time in.

After a close first-up third at Devonport in October the gelding caught the eye last start on November 4 when overcoming barrier 12 of 12 to put two lengths on their closest rival in an 1100m handicap at Hobart.

The Bruntons will also be represented in the race by their flying Telesto four-year-old Galibier who occupies the second line of betting as they shoot for their third win on the trot after comprehensive victories over 1100m at Hobart and Launceston respectively last month, and classy mare Sorell Miss.

Following Geegees Blackflash in the weights are then the likes of Leon Wells’ smart mare Rebel Bride (56.5kg) who ran third to Punctuate last start, and the always honest Troy Blacker-trained Dream Flyer (56kg).

See below for the full Tasmania Newmarket Handicap 2012 field, barriers, jockeys and weights.

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2012 Tasmania Newmarket Handicap Final Field & Barrier Draw

Launceston Race 5 – 8:55pm – 21/11/2012

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 42x111112x GEEGEES BLACKFLASH John Luttrell Peter Mertens 4 60kg 104
2 1113x232x3 REBEL BRIDE Leon Wells Jason Maskiell 9 56.5kg 94
3 x1821235x4 DREAM FLYER Troy Blacker Ibrahim Gundogdu 7 56kg 89
4 1121122×16 IT’S CRUNCH TIME Doug Harrison Stephen Maskiell 10 56kg 89
5 4225114×55 RAVE NIGHT Royston Carr David Pires 13 55kg 87
6 03133x0x48 ROCKY TIMES Brendan Mcshane Bulent Muhcu (a), (late alt) 14 54.5kg 86
7 1610x278x0 SOCKS George Blacker Kelvin Sanderson 3 54.5kg 86
8 x6612588x1 SORELL MISS David & Scott Brunton Craig Newitt 5 54kg 86
9 120x4191x2 BIONIC STAR Barry Campbell Chris Pace (a) 2 54kg 82
10 222421023x CATWEN BOY Mark Ganderton Shuji Amano 6 54kg 82
11 66051x899x LYELL Barry Baker Daniel Moor 12 54kg 82
12 330x339x31 PUNCTUATE David & Scott Brunton Anthony Darmanin 1 54kg 82
13 110x0x24x6 MR FASHION Leon Laskey Ms Shannon Brazil 11 54kg 81
14 2x12124x11 GALIBIER David & Scott Brunton Brendon McCoull 8 54kg 77