John Luttrell’s dual Hobart Cup winner Geegees Blackflash will next also attempt multiple wins in the Launceston Cup as the headline nominee taken for the Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival feature.
The veteran Clangalang eight-year-old heads the 19 early entries taken for this year’s $225,000 Group 3 Betfair Launceston Cup (2400m) that runs at Launceston Racecourse on Wednesday February 25.
Geegees Blackflash shoots for his third win on the trot following victories in the Summer Cup (2200m) and then the Group 3 Hobart Cup (2400m) last start on February 9, a race he also won in 2012.
He lumped the 59kg top weight to his neck win over Genuine Lad in the Hobart Cup at the start of the month but has been allocated an even heftier 60.5kg for the Launceston Cup.
Third with half a kilo less than that behind Epingle in last year’s Launceston Cup, Geegees Blackflash was also third in his first appearance in the race in 2011.
A year later he ran one better when second behind Prevailing before his 2013 Launceston Cup victory by two lengths two years ago.
The Launceston Cup nominations read very much like the Hobart Cup field with runner-up Genuine Lad and third placed Banca Mo both looking to take advantage of the big weight allocated to their last start conqueror in the rematch.
Bill Ryan’s Ladoni four-year-old Genuine Lad goes up to the mile and a half for the just the second time having handled the metres well in the Hobart edition.
He’s out to break a frustrating succession of minor placings then including three second place runs on the trot including his Summer Cup and Hobart Cup runs behind Geegees Blackflash this summer.
The Scott Brunton-trained Tough Speed seven-year-old Banca Mo was beaten a notable three and three-quarter lengths in the Hobart Cup on the back of a Listed Tasmanian Stakes (1600m) win at Launceston on New Year’s Eve.
The veteran should enjoy getting back to Launceston then having won three of his nine starts at the track and also running two seconds and two thirds.
Other notable Hobart Cup graduates nominated for the Launceston edition next week include the Gary White-trained Ollie’s Gold (4th), the Tony McEvoy-trained interstate raider Pelicano (5th) allocated the 57kg second top weight for the Launceston Cup, Ryan’s Tasmanian Stakes winning mare Iggimacool (7th) and the well-beaten favourite Garud (8th) from the Victorian stables of Michael Moroney.
Also of note among the Launceston Cup nominees are Matt Laurie’s Mornington-based Escado, another hopeful for McEvoy in stakes placegetter Lucky Lucky Lucky and Peter Moody’s last start Bendigo winner Crime Fighter.
See below for the full Launceston Cup 2015 nominations, the final field due out early next week before Wednesday’s showdown.
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2015 Launceston Cup Nominations
Launceston Racecourse – 25/02/2015
|1||GEEGEES BLACKFLASH||John Luttrell||1||60.5kg||108|
|3||BANCA MO||Scott Brunton||3||56.5kg||100|
|6||GARUD (IRE)||Michael Moroney||6||54kg||90|
|7||LUCKY LUCKY LUCKY||Tony McEvoy||7||54kg||89|
|8||GENUINE LAD||Bill Ryan||8||54kg||87|
|9||CRIME FIGHTER||Peter G Moody||9||54kg||81|
|10||OLLIE’S GOLD||Gary White||10||54kg||81|
|11||MISTER MONEYPENNY||Glenn Thornton||11||54kg||78|
|12||ANOTHER LAD AL||Rodney Seymour||12||54kg||76|
|15||DEUX FOIX||Stuart Gandy||15||54kg||74|
|18||PROM KING||Melissa Sweeney||18||54kg||62|
|19||DIGGER’S DAME||John Blacker||19||54kg||58|