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Barry Campbell’s former star juvenile Admiral has earned a likely trip to Melbourne this autumn for next month’s Australian Guineas 2015 after defeating cult galloper The Cleaner on Launceston Cup Day on Wednesday.
The now three-year-old Mossman gelding was Tasmania’s top two-year-old winning a host of the state’s premier juvenile races last year including the Alfa Bowl, Elwick Stakes and Gold Sovereign Stakes treble.
He has been in ace form again this Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival including his win in the Listed Tasmanian Guineas (1600m) at Hobart last month.
Admiral was then the beaten odds-on $1.85 favourite last start on February 9 in the Listed Thomas Lyons Stakes (1400m) when beaten just a neck by Streetwise Savoire.
Yesterday he went out at $2.80 for the $100,000 Listed George Adams Plate (1600m) at Launceston in markets led by Mick Burles’ Group 1 placegetter in Melbourne The Cleaner.
With a four kilo advantage over the seven-year-old in the weight-for-age race, Admiral dug deep and had plenty in the tank to beat a fading The Cleaner by one and a quarter lengths with Thomas Lyons Stakes winner Streetwise Savoire in third.
“The track beat him in Hobart last start, his record should be a lot better than it is, he’s won nine of 12 and it should be 11 of 12,” Campbell told the media post-win on Wednesday.
It was another excellent win for connections of Admiral, the progressive youngster having won nine of his 12 starts now for $362,050 in prize money.
There is every chance after proving his class in the George Adams that Admiral will head to Victoria this Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival for a shot at the $500,000 Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington Racecourse on March 7.
“We will just see how he pulls up, but if he pulls up well enough we will go to the Australian Guineas,” Campbell said.
Early Australian Guineas betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au are led by the Chris Waller-trained Group 3 winner Kermadec ($4) last seen running a close third when under a half-length off Hallowed Crown in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on February 21.
Admiral meanwhile is now a $15 chance in futures Australian Guineas odds to make the trip and upset the Sydney and Melbourne gallopers in the mile classic.
As for Savoire Vivre seven-year-old The Cleaner, despite having his colours lowered by his younger rival yesterday plans are still in place for him to target Flemington’s $1 million Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) on March 14.
“He needed that for the Australian Cup,” Burles said.
“It’s still two-and-a-half weeks away so I’ll give him a couple of days off and get into him on Monday.”
He sits as a $17 chance in the all-in Australian Cup odds at Ladbrokes.com.au led by the Kris Lees-trained German import Protectionist ($3.60) who returns to racing at Caulfield in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1400m) on Saturday.
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