Hurdy Gurdy Man Tops 2013 Launceston Cup Nominations

Darren Weir’s Ballarat galloper Hurdy Gurdy Man enjoyed a successful Tassie raid last start to win the Hobart Cup and Wednesday week they will look to complete the Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival cups double and secure a tidy $100,000 bonus with a victory in the Launceston Cup 2013.

There are officially 26 stayers nominated for this year’s $225,000 Group 3 AAMI Launceston Cup (2400m), the early favourite of which is Street Cry stallion Hurdy Gurdy Man.

After a number of promising runs back home in Victoria they travelled down to the Apple Isle earlier this month and scored a nice one and a quarter length victory over a smart field in the Group 3 Hobart Cup (2400m) –  a nice form line heading into the Launceston race on the 27th.

They are now looking down the barrel of a lucrative bonus if they can win again at Launceston carrying 2kg more than the 54kg they had for the Hobart Cup, Weir planning to make a final decision on whether to head back down for the event after the horse works at Warrnambool on Thursday.

“Provided the horse emerges from a strong gallop at home on Thursday in good order he will be back for the Launceston Cup,” Weir said.

While the horse is going well Weir has a Launceston Cup hoodoo to overcome this year.

Hurdy Gurdy Man, out to become the first Hobart – Launceston Cup double winner since the Peter Moody-trained Zacielo (2004), was his fourth Hobart Cup winner in the past decade but Weir is yet to win the Launceston Cup.

The horses that finished two-three behind Hurdy Gurdy Man at Hobart are also among the Launceston Cup nominations with The Cleaner (2nd) and 59.5kg topweight Geegees Blackflash (3rd).

Mick Burles’ local Savoire Vivre gelding The Cleaner will be out to bounce back after their Hobart Cup second having own the Summer Cup two runs back.

The John Luttrell-trained reigning Tasmanian Horse of the Year Geegees Blackflash also won their Hobart Cup lead-up in the Jockey Club Cup over 2200m, the ultra-consistent Clangalang six-year-old second in the Launceston Cup 12 months ago on the back of their 2012 Hobart Cup success.

Also coming via the Hobart Cup are the likes of Tony Vasil’s Caulfield-based mare Lucky Angel (4th), last year’s Launceston Cup third place-getter Fieldmaster (5th) from the Plumpton stables of Patrick Payne, and Summer Cup runner-up Norsqui (6th) who was third in last year’s Adelaide Cup over the two miles.

Last year’s Launceston Cup winner Prevailing meanwhile won’t be back to defend their title after bumming out with a 14th in Hobart beating home just one other runner.

See below for the full 2013 Launceston Cup nominations and weights with the final field to be released next week.

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2013 Launceston Cup Nominations & Weights

Launceston Racecourse – 27/02/2013

# Horse Trainer Ballot Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 GEEGEES BLACKFLASH John Luttrell 2 59.5kg 103
2 SHADOWS IN THE SUN Anthony Cummings 3 57.5kg 99
3 SHEWAN Robert Smerdon 5 57.5kg 99
4 THE CLEANER Mick Burles 4 57.5kg 99
5 IRONSTEIN Gerald Ryan 6 57kg 98
6 HURDY GURDY MAN Darren Weir 8 56kg 96
7 NORSQUI Walter McShane 9 56kg 96
8 PELICANO Tony McEvoy 7 56kg 96
9 DREAM PEDLAR Troy Blacker 10 55.5kg 95
10 BID SPOTTER Toby Edmonds 12 55kg 94
11 FIELDMASTER (NZ) Patrick Payne 11 55kg 94
12 CATWEN BOY Mark Ganderton 16 54kg 84
13 DIAMONDS AT NOON Bill Cerchi 23 54kg 74
14 GEE GEE’S LA QUITA Stuart Gandy 17 54kg 82
15 KUTCHINSKY Danny O’Brien 13 54kg 88
16 LUCKY ANGEL Tony Vasil 14 54kg 87
17 NEIL’S GOLD Angela Brakey 25 54kg 71
18 OLLIE’S GOLD Gary White 22 54kg 74
19 PACKEDTOTHERAFTERS Adam Trinder 26 54kg 62
20 READINGS David Hayes 19 54kg 80
21 RICHOMAN Mark Ganderton 24 54kg 73
22 ROCK ROBSTER David Hayes 21 54kg 78
23 SANDEEP Kerrie Mccarthy 20 54kg 79
24 TEMAJIM Michael Trinder 18 54kg 81
25 UNOAKED (NZ) Leon Wells 1 54kg 84
26 ZLATAN Leigh Childs 15 54kg 86