Patrick Payne’s at times enigmatic Victorian galloper Fieldmaster put their best foot forward at Devonport on Wednesday afternoon, the Black Minnaloushe six-year-old kicking off a big Tasmanian Summer Cups Carnival campaign with a fine win in the Devonport Cup 2013.
Not having raced since their distant 12th in a Sandown race back in June, Fieldmaster rewarded Payne’s prediction that travelling first-up they would be back to their best with an upset victory in the $100,000 Devonport Cup (1880m).
“It’s an expensive exercise (coming to Tasmania) so it’s great when they get the job done,” Payne said after the win.
“He’s a pretty good galloper on his day.
“He’s a bit of a thinking, cunning sort of a horse, very intelligent.
“When you travel him he seems to run his best races, whereas at home he gets a bit complacent.
“That was the idea behind bringing him over here and it’s worked.”
After settling nicely towards the back of the 14-horse Devonport Cup field in a patient ride from experienced hoop Steven Arnold who travelled over for the ride, Fieldmaster was able to make their move on the frontrunners with 800m left to travel.
A speedy pace was set by Makes Cents and the hot favourite, Tasmanian Stakes winner The Cleaner who was made to work throughout, the duo leading the field by five lengths towards the end.
On the straight however the pace-setters faded under the challenges from behind, Fieldmaster ($5.90) kicking on to hold off the David & Scott Brunton-trained Lightly Spiced ($9.70) who worked home well on the outside by three quarters of a length.
A further length and a quarter away in third was then recent Sheffield Cup runner-up Jakcorijim ($15.70) who did well to hang on and finish in the money after racing inside the top four throughout while Lightly Raced’s long-priced stablemate Naadji ($40.20) was just a nose off in fourth.
The Cleaner meanwhile eventually finished eight lengths away 10th.
Thrilled with Fieldmaster’s comeback win Payne said it was now onwards and upwards to the $225,000 Group 2 Hobart Cup (2400m) on February 10, a race they ran a credible fifth to Geegeees Blackflash in when beaten under two lengths 12 months ago following their win in the Jockey Club Cup at Hobart last summer.
“On the 20th there’s a nice race (defending their Jockey Club Cup title) then Summer Cup then hopefully into the Hobart Cup,” Payne said.
Fieldmaster will also likely continue on to the $225,000 Group 2 Launceston Cup (2400m) on February 27 so long as all goes to plan as they look to improve on their third to Prevailing in last year’s race.
See below for the full 2013 Simons Design Centre Devonport Cup results.
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2012 Devonport Cup Results & Finishing Order
Devonport Race 8 – 09/01/13
|1||2||FIELDMASTER (NZ)||Patrick Payne||Steven Arnold||–||2||56.5kg||$5.90|
|2||9||LIGHTLY SPICED||David & Scott Brunton||Craig Newitt||0.8L||11||54kg||$9.70|
|3||7||JAKCORIJIM||Glenn Stevenson||Ms Shannon Brazil||4L||14||54kg||$15.70|
|4||12||NAADJI (NZ)||David & Scott Brunton||Anthony Darmanin||4.1L||8||54kg||$40.20|
|5||11||MAKES CENTS||Charlie Goggin & Luella Meaburn||Shuji Amano||5.2L||6||54kg||$27.20|
|6||14||TREE BANDIT||Darren Kenny||Ms Jackie Beriman (a)||6.7L||9||54kg||$78.10|
|7||10||ASLANYON||Leon Wells||Rasit Yetimova (a)||6.9L||4||54kg||$107|
|8||8||TEMAJIM||Michael Trinder||Ms Kim Moore||7L||12||54kg||$27.10|
|9||6||GEE GEE’S LA QUITA||Stuart Gandy||Ms Sigrid Carr (a)||7.2L||1||54kg||$43.50|
|10||1||THE CLEANER||Mick Burles||Jason Maskiell||8.1L||7||60kg||$2.60F|
|11||4||CATWEN BOY||Mark Ganderton||Stephen Maskiell||8.7L||13||54kg||$4.70|
|12||5||JAY BEE’S GEE GEE||Stuart Gandy||David Pires||9.5L||10||54kg||$28.20|
|13||13||NEIL’S GOLD||Angela Brakey||Yassy Nishitani||10.2L||3||54kg||$55|
|14||3||ZELLARCY||David A Miller||Kelvin Sanderson||15.4L||5||54.5kg||$22.30|