2015 Launceston Cup Option for Tanby

Current trainer of evergreen veteran Tanby Mick Cerchi is considering a trip to the Apple Isle early next year for a possible shot at the Launceston Cup 2015 in Tasmanian.


Tanby could be set for a trip to Tasmania for February’s Launceston Cup 2015 next year. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

The Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival showdown shapes up as a nice aim for the Galileo eight-year-old whose next race is scheduled as an $80,000 Benchmark 96 Handicap over 2040m at Moonee Valley on the short back-up this weekend where he will carry 60kg.

“He’s a trick horse sometimes, he does funny things in a race, but he ran very well last Saturday and he’ll run again at the Valley this week too,” Cerchi told Racing Network on Tuesday.

Cerchi will then look at the $120,000 Werribee Open Handicap (2600m) on December 14 as the major end-of-year showdown for the proven stayer and Group 1 placegetter.

“It’s too long for him to wait until that race so he needs another run to get him right up to the mark,” Cerchi explained.

“This is the right race for him and this run on Saturday will bring him right on.”

While soundness is a non-issue for Saturday, Cerchi does still have to find a rider for his Moonee Valley hope.

“Dwayne Dunn is going to Sydney and Jamie Mott had a full book at Yarra Valley, so we’ll find a rider in the next 24 hours,” he said.

“There are plenty of good riders around.”

Formerly with owner Lloyd Williams and Macedon Lodge’s private trainer Robert Hickmott, for whom he won $750,000 in prize money before being sold off at a dispersal sale, Tanby joined Flemington’s Cerchi earlier this year.

For Cerchi the horse has had three runs since October 19 but has failed to finish better than sixth.

His latest effort was a seventh when five lengths off Mujadale in the Listed Ballarat Cup (2200m) last Saturday, Jamie Mott in the saddle on 59kg.

It has been a long time between drinks for Tanby who hasn’t won a race since the Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m) in November of 2012.

A third in last year’s Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) behind the Mark Kavanagh-trained Super Cool was then the last time the galloper finished in the money, something Cerchi hopes he can change over the coming months.

Despite his age Tanby has been coming along nicely according to his new trainer, and a race like the $225,000 Group 3 Launceston Cup (2400m) on February 25 next year wouldn’t be out of his range.

“Maybe we have to look at races just a rung below what he has been tackling all his life,” he said.

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