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John Luttrell’s veteran galloper Geegees Blackflash heads a quality field of milers set to face off in the last black-type race of the calendar year in Tasmania on Wednesday night, the Tasmanian Stakes 2014 running at Launceston Racecourse.
Due to jump at 9:20pm (local time) as Race 7 on the New Year’s Eve meeting, this year’s $100,000 Listed Kevin Sharkie Tasmanian Stakes (1600m) features a field of eight weight-for-age hopefuls.
Luttrell lines up his Clangalang eight-year-old Geegees Blackflash from barrier seven with apprentice hoop Sigrid Carr retaining the ride having ridden him for his past three starts.
The most recent of those produced a win at the track over 1400m in the $30,000 Launceston Mitsubishi Conquering WFA on December 17 where there warhorse beat home Pitt Street by a long neck.
Winner of the 2013 Launceston Cup, Geegees Blackflash ran a close second behind Black ‘N’ Tough in last year’s Tasmanian Stakes and will be out to go one better this Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival.
Runner-up behind him in the lead-up WFA race earlier this month, the Charlie Goggin & Luella Meaburn-trained Street Cry seven-year-old Pitt Street also backs up this Wednesday evening.
Winner of the Muswellbrook Gold Cup back on November 4, Pitt Street improved on a disappointing 10th behind Hellova Street in the Listed Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Launceston on December 3 to come a close second behind Geegees Blackflash last start and gets the chance to turn the tables this week.
Third in that same race Banca Mo is another seven-year-old gelding looking to go better in the Tasmanian Stakes, the Scott Brunton-trained son of Tough Speed third-up for the season having kicked off with a Newmarket Handicap fourth beaten under two lengths in that black-type.
Other notable hopes in this year’s Tasmanian Stakes field include Newmarket Handicap runner-up Royal Rapture also prepared by Brunton at Seven Mile Beach, Group 1 performer in Sydney from the spring Lucky Chappy and Tasmanian Oaks winner back in February Iggimacool.
Billy Ryan’s now four-year-old Savoire Vivre mare ran fifth in the Newmarket lead-up when resuming this summer and was also far from disgraced when fourth in the WFA behind Geegess Blackflash in a run she can improve on here third-up.
See below for the full Tasmanian Stakes 2014 field, barriers, jockeys and weights.
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2014 Tasmanian Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Launceston Race 7 (9:20pm) – 31/12/2014
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||123311×351||GEEGEES BLACKFLASH||John Luttrell||Ms Sigrid Carr (a)||7||59kg||107|
|2||11x5378x43||BANCA MO||Scott Brunton||David Pires||1||59kg||100|
|3||x0x6440936||LUCKY CHAPPY (IRE)||Julie Richards||Andrew Mallyon||4||59kg||94|
|4||512×332102||PITT STREET||Charlie Goggin & Luella Meaburn||Bulent Muhcu (a)||3||59kg||94|
|5||13121211×8||PAYTEEVEE||Scott Brunton||Anthony Darmanin||8||59kg||93|
|6||6114223×05||JAKCORIJIM||Glenn Stevenson||Cory Parish||6||59kg||89|
|7||23x2148x26||ROYAL RAPTURE||Scott Brunton||Lincoln Coffey||2||59kg||85|
|8||41213x2x54||IGGIMACOOL||Bill Ryan||Brendon McCoull||5||57kg||85|
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