A class win at Launceston on Wednesday night has connections of the Leon & Dean Wells-trained Geegees Baritone looking at a step up in class for next month’s Tasmanian Derby 2015 at Hobart Racecourse.
The Wordsmith gelding posted his second career win at start number eight overnight when the state’s in-form jockey Anthony Darmain jumped aboard the $3.70 favourite in the $14,000 Kevin Sharkie Class 1 Handicap (1400m).
The duo won the night’s opening race in an easy two length victory over Before All ($17.30) with the John Luttrell-trained Testa Gee Gee ($22.60) the next over the line a further one and a quarter lengths to finish off the trifecta.
Darmain positioned the Paul and Elizabeth Geard-owned Geegees Baritone just off the speed set by frontrunners Testa Gee Gee, All Cheer, and Before All.
Settled in fourth, the eventual winner went out three-wide starting to challenge as the field turned for home before responding to Darmain once on the straight to pull clear and comfortably beat home his rivals.
A progressive three-year-old, Geegees Baritone hadn’t won a race since his similarly emphatic two length effort at the Devonport synthetic track over 900m back in July.
It was an important step then to see the horse win over the increased distance of 1400m after a fifth over the same track and distance on New Year’s Eve when blocked for a run near the turn.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with how this horse has come back to racing and tonight there was no bad luck involved and he delivered,” co-trainer Leon Wells told Tas Racing post-win.
Plans are now to head towards the lucrative $100,000 Listed Tasmanian Derby (2200m) on February 6, which would be the promising youngster’s first run at the track since a disappointing sixth on debut in October of 2013.
“We have no doubt he will be better when he gets over more ground and I guess the Tasmanian Derby is an option,” Wells added.
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