Geegees Blackflash Leads 2015 Launceston Cup Nominations

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.

Banca Mo

Hobart Cup third placed Banca Mo is one of the headline 2015 Launceston Cup nominations for Wednesday week. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

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

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 GEEGEES BLACKFLASH John Luttrell 1 60.5kg 108
2 PELICANO Tony McEvoy 2 57kg 101
3 BANCA MO Scott Brunton 3 56.5kg 100
4 IGGIMACOOL Bill Ryan 4 54kg 98
5 ESCADO Matt Laurie 5 55kg 97
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
13 KEUKENHOF Troy Blacker 13 54kg 75
14 OERTER Robert Smerdon 14 54kg 75
15 DEUX FOIX Stuart Gandy 15 54kg 74
16 UBOA Barry Campbell 16 54kg 69
17 HUGO Brendan Mcshane 17 54kg 63
18 PROM KING Melissa Sweeney 18 54kg 62
19 DIGGER’S DAME John Blacker 19 54kg 58


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