Tasmanian hero Geegees Blackflash could be weighted out his home State after shouldering 59½kg to a convincing victory in the G3 Launceston Cup (2400m) on Wednesday.
Geegees Blackflash (6g Clangalang – La Quita by Grand Lodge) has won 14 races for owners Paul and Elizabeth Geard including the 2010 Tasmanian Derby and 2012 Hobart Cup. He had been placed in two prior editions of the Launceston Cup before breaking through in front of an appreciative crowd at Mowbray.
“They say winning a big race can make a grown man cry,” an emotional Paul Geard said. “We won the Hobart Cup last year and that was a great day but this is really special.
“To win the Launceston Cup at his third try and carrying such a big weight is an amazing feat. As far as going interstate is concerned, all I can say is we will never say never.”
Winning jockey Peter Mertens said Geegees Blackflash wouldn’t be out of place in a Caulfield Cup. “He’s such tough, gallant horse. He just strode into the race and I was always confident he could pick up the leader.”
His sire Clangalang (Clang) was a G1 winner of the 2003 Australian Derby and Epsom Handicap at Randwick before retiring to Eliza Park. He made subsequent transfers to Rivers End Stud and Willow Grove Stud in South Australia.
Geegees Blackflash is an older half-brother to 2012 Tasmanian Thousand Guineas winner Gee Gee’s La Quita (Atlantis Prince). His younger half-sister Geegees Velvet (Wordsmith) was runner-up in the LR Gold Sovereign Stakes earlier on Launceston Cup day.
Their dam La Quita is an unraced half-sister to G1 South Australian Derby winner Cheviot (Average Game). She has a yearling filly and a colt on the ground foal by the Geard’s Testa Rossa stallion Wordsmith.
Eliza Park sold La Quita for just $3,500 carrying the Tasmanian Horse of the Year at the 2006 Inglis Melbourne June Sale.
– Karl Patterson