Up Cups Heads 2017 Launceston Cup Nominations & Weights

Reigning champion Up Cups is the top-weighted of the 21 stayers making up the Launceston Cup 2017 nominations for the summer showdown next Wednesday.

Big Duke

Hobart Cup runner-up Big Duke is one of four 2017 Launceston Cup nominations for premier Victorian trainer Darren Weir. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Continuing the action of the Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival, the $200,000 Group 3 Launceston Cup (2400m) runs on February 22 and has a field limit of 16 starters.

Twelve months ago the David Brunton-trained Helike gelding Up Cups won the mile and a half feature carrying 58kg on the back of a Hobart Cup victory over the same distance at Tassie’s other major track.

This season the six-year-old failed to impress running second last when ninth in the Group 3 Hobart Cup (2400m) on February 5.

He is out to atone in the Launceston Cup, giving the weight away allocated 59kg, after rumours he had pulled up lame after the Hobart flop were extinguished with a vet check.

“We’ve done every check possible and the results of a blood test say the horse is as good as ever,” Brunton told Tas Racing.

This year’s Hobart Cup winner out to do the double in 2017 is the Scott Brunton-trained Count Da Vinci.

A winner of six of his past seven starts, Count Da Vinci put one and a half lengths on his closest rival in the Hobart Cup on the 54kg minimum improving on a second to Geegees Goldengirl in the weight-for-age Summer Cup (2200m) the run before.

The Faltaat six-year-old is undefeated at Launceston Racecourse boasting three wins from as many starts at the track heading into next week’s feature.

Penalised for the Hobart Cup win, Count Da Vinci will rises up to 57.5kg in the Launceston Cup weights.

He is joined in the Launceston Cup nominations by stablemates Gladstone and Big Pegg.

Dylan Thomas seven-year-old Gladstone ran in at big odds for a brave third in the Hobart Cup trifecta last time out, beaten under two lengths.

He is well-weighted again for the rematch in the Launceston Cup with 54kg.

Big Pegg is one of four mares entered for the Launceston Cup this summer, the six-year-old daughter of Incumbent coming off back-to-back 2100m wins.

The latest saw her carry 57.5kg to victory at Hobart on Cup Day and if she makes the Launceston Cup field, currently sitting 18th on the ballot, she will drop to the minimum kilos.

The Hobart Cup runner-up Big Duke is also back for another shot at a Group 3 win in the Apple Isle for Victorian horseman Darren Weir.

Weir has a total of four entries with Big Duke (55.5kg) joined by Lord Van Percy (58kg), Master Zephyr (57kg) and five-year-old mare Unfurl (54kg) who has won two of her past three starts.

Former Tassie jockey, the now Melbourne-based Craig Newitt is confirmed to ride the Leon, Dean & Trent Wells-trained Geegees Baritone in the Launceston Cup.

The Wordsmith five-year-old has his 18th start at the track chasing a fifth win after a 2.5 length win over 2100m on February 1 under 59kg.

The official Launceston Cup 2017 field and barriers are set for release on Friday.

In the meantime head to Ladbrokes.com.au for the best summer and autumn racing odds and offers.

2017 Launceston Cup Nominations

Launceston Racecourse – 22/02/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 55×0090341 MISS HISSY M 6 Paul Maher 1 54kg 70
2 17×0089269 UP CUPS G 6 David Brunton 2 59kg 95
3 274×747514 GEEGEES GOLDENGIRL M 5 Stuart Gandy 3 56kg 93
4 25×6795204 LORD VAN PERCY (GB) G 7 Darren Weir 4 58kg 93
5 36×1111121 COUNT DA VINCI (NZ) G 6 Scott Brunton 5 57.5kg 92
6 2688232624 MASTER ZEPHYR (GB) G 5 Darren Weir 6 57kg 91
7 23x1x42112 BIG DUKE (IRE) G 5 Darren Weir 7 55.5kg 88
8 418×300453 GLADSTONE G 7 Scott Brunton 8 54kg 85
9 452×459161 GEEGEES BARITONE G 5 Leon, Dean & Trent Wells 9 54kg 84
10 1×11632726 SIORCA G 4 Barry Campbell 10 54kg 83
11 422×906061 DOUBLE BLUFF (IRE) G 6 Robbie Laing 11 54kg 82
12 2124×43143 ONCIDIUM RULER G 5 Michael Kent 12 54kg 81
13 6900x9x612 OUR LUCKY OMENS G 7 Kelvin Bourke 13 54kg 77
14 x775651287 HARDERN G 4 David Brideoake 14 54kg 75
15 5646457121 UNFURL (NZ) M 5 Darren Weir 15 54kg 75
16 552×865336 SETTLER’S STONE G 5 Troy Blacker 16 54kg 74
17 900630×090 SPUR ON GOLD G 5 Michelle Payne 17 54kg 71
18 1662215711 BIG PEGG M 6 Scott Brunton 18 54kg 71
19 x000878632 SMOKE ’N’ WHISKY G 7 John Blacker 19 54kg 71
20 5×04211757 MILSON G 9 Julie Richards 20 54kg 71
21 540×524372 TUFF BICKIE G 4 Ken Keys 21 54kg 64


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