Sentimental favourite Geegees Blackflash became a dual Hobart Cup winner on Monday, the veteran galloper winning the race for a second time at his fifth attempt in the Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival classic.
John Luttrell’s Clangalang eight-year-old won the handicap clash in 2012 at his second run before minor placings the following two years including a second 12 months ago.
This summer he showed age was no barrier to racetrack success coming into $225,000 Group 3 Hobart Cup (2400m) in flying form including his last start Summer Cup victory over 2200m at Hobart from January 25.
Jumping at odds of $8.70 with apprentice hoop Sigrid Carr, who one race earlier won the Strutt Stakes aboard promising filly Geegees Goldengirl, Geegees Blackflash was well supported despite carrying the 59kg top weight.
He handled his 11 rivals and the weight in an unbelievable run working his way from last to first to first following a three-wide run throughout becoming the first horse since Brallos (1976-77) to win multiple Hobart Cups.
On the line the popular warhorse had a neck to spare over Bill Ryan’s in-form Ladoni four-year-old Genuine Lad ($6.70) to replicate the Summer Cup quinella.
Finishing off the Hobart Cup trifecta in a distant third over three and a half lengths off the winner was then the Scott Brunton-trained Banca Mo ($4.60) who put in an enormous run.
The champion’s owner-breeder Paul Geard said the 2015 Hobart Cup result was his proudest moment of racing, while Luttrell was just over the moon with the guts of the great galloper.
“What he did today was unbelievable, to come from last and beat those horse,” Luttrell told the media post-win.
“He’s all guts. He just needed a bit of luck and he just kept coming.
“What a horse. He’s a champion, isn’t he.”
Geegees Blackflash has now won 22 of his 63 career starts for an incredible $1.16 million in prize money.
He is the only horse in history to earn $1 million exclusively from Tasmanian races.
Disappointment of the Hobart Cup meanwhile was the $3.60 favourite Garud from the Melbourne stables of Michael Moroney, Craig Williams’ mount finishing a distant eight beaten nearly 16 lengths.
Seven Mile Beach trainer Brunton, who also won the Thomas Lyons Stakes on Hobart Cup Day in an upset with Streetwise Savoire who defeated odds-on favourite Admiral, was thrilled with the run of third placed Banca Mo in the Cup.
The Tough Speed seven-year-old will now go to Launceston on February 25 to finish off his summer in the $225,000 Group 3 Launceston Cup (2400m).
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2015 Hobart Cup Results & Finishing Order
Hobart Race 8 – 09/02/2015
|1||1||GEEGEES BLACKFLASH||John Luttrell||Ms Sigrid Carr (a)||–||3||59kg||$8.70|
|2||7||GENUINE LAD||Bill Ryan||Anthony Darmanin||0.2L||11||54kg||$6.70|
|3||3||BANCA MO||Scott Brunton||David Pires||3.7L||2||56.5kg||$4.60|
|4||8||OLLIE’S GOLD||Gary White||Dean Yendall||8.2L||1||54kg||$12.20|
|5||2||PELICANO||Tony McEvoy||Matthew Neilson||9L||5||58kg||$4.90|
|6||11||FALAMONTE (NZ)||Robbie Laing||Jake Bayliss (a)||11.5L||4||54kg||$33.60|
|7||4||IGGIMACOOL||Bill Ryan||Brendon McCoull||12.5L||12||54.5kg (cd 55kg)||$19.50|
|8||5||GARUD (IRE)||Michael Moroney||Craig Williams||15.8L||10||54kg||$3.60F|
|9||6||JAKCORIJIM||Glenn Stevenson||Jamie R Bayliss||22.6L||6||54kg||$50|
|10||13||HOLD TRUE||John Luttrell||Troy Baker||29.9L||7||54kg||$100.50|
|11||10||PLAYER ONE||Max Cowen||Jordan Childs (a)||34.2L||8||54kg||$66.10|
|12||9||ANOTHER LAD AL||Rodney Seymour||Bulent Muhcu (a)||35.5L||9||54kg||$79.70|
|–||12||PERPLEXING||Scott Brunton||Dwayne Dunn||–||0||–||–|