Star Tasmanian galloper Geegees Blackflash is back in training for a first-up tilt at the LR Launceston Newmarket in November.
Trainer John Luttrell said the gelding had done a treat during a lengthy spell at the Broadmarsh property of his owners Paul and Elizabeth Geard.
Geegees Blackflash (5g Clangalang – La Quita by Grand Lodge) won the 2011 Newmarket at his first run for the season and then went on to win three weight-for-age races before claiming the G3 Hobart Cup. He also finished a game second to Prevailing in the G3 Launceston Cup.
He will be favourite to be named Tasmania’s Horse of the Year for 2011-12 in a season that boasted many outstanding performances from horses such as Lady Lynette, Rebel Bride, Youthful Jack and Norsqui.
Brighton based Luttrell said Geegees Blackflash did extremely well in the paddock. “He came back into the stable last week and it’s probably the best he has looked returning from any of his previous spells. He’s put plenty of weight on and I think he’s even grown a bit.”
Geegees Blackflash enjoys a stable environment and Luttrell said the rising six-year-old walked straight into his box, looked around for a few minutes, then strolled to the back corner of his box and nodded off. “He is such a contented horse when he’s at the stable. He doesn’t mind being with other horses but he prefers to be left alone.
“The horse looks magnificent and is a credit to Stuart Gandy and Ruth Wooley who looked after him while spelling.
Geegees Blackflash has won 11 of his 35 starts for $570,000 in stakes with his two biggest wins coming in the 2010 Tasmanian Derby and this year’s Hobart Cup.
His sire Clangalang initially stood at Eliza Park before transferring to South Australia in 2011. He was based at Rivers End Stud and will stand at Willow Grove Stud in 2012.
Hobart Cup winner with trainer John Luttrell