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Local Favourite Geegees Blackflash Wins 2013 Launceston Cup

Local Favourite Geegees Blackflash Wins 2013 Launceston Cup

Tasmanian favourite Geegees Blackflash has added another feature race to his resume by winning the Group 3 2013 Launceston Cup (2400m) today. The six-year-old lugged a big topweight of 59.5kg to produce a storming finish and beat home Lucky Angel and Dream Pedlar by two lengths. Fellow local The Cleaner set the race up for…

Hobart Cup 2013 Field & Barriers – Geegees Blackflash Out Wide

Hobart Cup 2013 Field & Barriers – Geegees Blackflash Out Wide

John Luttrell’s reigning champ Geegees Blackflash has drawn near the extreme outside for their title defense in Sunday’s 2013 Hobart Cup which is one of the headline races of the Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival. The in-form Clangalang six-year-old has been one of the most consistent and backable stayers in Tassie racing since their breakthrough Group…

Geegees Blackflash Ready for 2013 Hobart Cup Title Defence

Geegees Blackflash Ready for 2013 Hobart Cup Title Defence

Geegees Blackflash made it known he will be a tough proposition in his title defence in the Group 3 2013 Hobart Cup (2400m) on Sunday after winning the winning the Jockey Club Cup (2200m) over the weekend. Jockey Peter Mertens positioned the six-year-old towards the back of the field as Success Dostta set the pace…

Red Inca Eyes 2013 Australian Guineas Glory

Red Inca Eyes 2013 Australian Guineas Glory

Cranbourne trainer Ray Besanko is convinced that he has a genuine 2013 Australian Guineas contender in his stables after the gritty win by Red Inca at Victoria’s Flemington Racecourse over the weekend. The three-year-old Stratum gelding, a splurge buy from the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sales, has now won two of their eight…

Small Eight-Horse Field for 2012 Tasmanian Stakes

Small Eight-Horse Field for 2012 Tasmanian Stakes

Just eight milers have been accepted for the Tasmanian Stakes 2012 at Hobart Racecourse this Saturday, the weight-for-age clash one of the first black type features of the latest Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival. Set to run as Hobart Race 6 at 4:05pm (local time), this year’s edition of the $90,000 Listed Kevin Sharkie Tasmanian Stakes…

Geegees Blackflash Back for Tasmania Newmarket Handicap 2012

Geegees Blackflash Back for Tasmania Newmarket Handicap 2012

Tonight at Launceston Racecourse John Luttrell’s classy six-year-old Geegees Blackflash will defend their title in the 2012 Tasmania Newmarket Handicap having won the classic first-up 12 months ago. The Clangalang gelding was in flying form last preparation the $90,000 Listed Newmarket Handicap (1200m) the first of their five consecutive turf triumphs in Tassie during the…

Quintessential Catches Eye on Way to Queensland Oaks 2012

Quintessential Catches Eye on Way to Queensland Oaks 2012

New Zealand filly Quintessential ran the perfect 2012 Queensland Oaks trial at Doomben over the weekend, John Sargent’s Fast ‘n’ Famous three-year-old catching the eye when fourth in The Roses. A traditional Queensland Oaks lead-up the $175,000 Group 3 The Roses (2000m) was run and won on Saturday with the Clarry Conners-trained Invest taking out…

Conners’ The Roses 2012 Investment

Conners’ The Roses 2012 Investment

Astute Warwick Farm trainer Clarry Conners will give his Group 1 winning filly Invest her final lead up run in the 2012 The Doomben Roses in Brisbane this Saturday before she attempts a rare Oaks double. Winner of the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville last time out on April 28, this Saturday Dehere…

Outsider Invest Wins Australasian Oaks 2012

Outsider Invest Wins Australasian Oaks 2012

Outside chance Invest has produced a sensational effort over 2000 metres to deliver an upset victory in the Group 1 2012 Australasian Oaks at Morphetville. It was a sensational effort from the Dehere filly who finished strongly to take the lead at the top of the straight to finish just ahead of Our Miss Jones…

Hobart Cup 2012 Field & Preview

Hobart Cup 2012 Field & Preview

This Sunday the action of the Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival gets into full swing with the running of the 2012 Hobart Cup, a final field of 10 top stayers engaged for the feature. Won last year by Sydney raider Bid Spotter, this year’s edition of the $225,000 Group 3 AAMI Hobart Cup (2200m) is shaping…