Tasbreeders had plenty to celebrate during the Hobart Cup meeting even though mainland raiders captured the three black-type features on Sunday.
Victorian visitor Hurdy Gurdy Man (Street Cry) won the G3 Hobart Cup from local stayers The Cleaner and Geegees Blackflash. Youthful Jack (Youthful Legs) returned from NSW to successfully defend his crown in the LR Thomas Lyons Stakes and Lindsay Park filly Green Roller (Flying Spur) was a convincing winner of the LR Strutt Stakes.
Grenville Stud graduate Artie’s Spur (Artie Schiller) opened proceedings on Sunday with a front-running victory in the Kevin Sharkie Hcp (1100m). Grenville owner Graeme McCulloch sold him for $8,000 at the 2010 Tasmanian Magic Millions and the gelding has now won 4 of his 14 starts for owner Dudley Clark.
Armidale Stud resident Ladoni is best known for siring outstanding mare Lady Lynette and he weighed in with an early double courtesy of Date And Sign (Race 2) and Another Lad Al (Race 4). Both winners are homebreds – Date And Sign for Sorell based John Farrell and Another Lad Al for the Christian family.
Successful owners Paul and Elizabeth Geard rarely go a meeting without leading in a winner and their Horse of the Year Geegees Blackflash was far from disgraced shouldering 59.5kg in the Hobart Cup.
The Broadmarsh couple won the Myer Fashions On Field Hcp (1600m) with Pengalas Gee Gee. The Atlantis Prince gelding bowled along in front and apprentice Sigrid Carr let him cruise home by four lengths.
Walter McShane, who is also based at Broadmarsh, stood Atlantis Prince and bought Pengalas Gee Gee’s dam Ungalla (Dieu d’Or) for $5,000 at the 2004 Inglis Melbourne Winter Sale.
Tasbreeders committeeman Brett Williams had to wait for a stewards’ enquiry before Derailleur was elevated as the winner of the Winning Edge Presentation Hcp (1200m). Williams bred the Umatilla gelding in association with Armidale Stud and the winning syndicate helped themselves to as much as $21 about his chances first-up after a long spell.
The same syndicate also raced Derailleur’s older half-sister Aprilia who won 7 races and was runner-up in the 2007 Bow Mistress Trophy.
Aprilia (West Quest) had her first foal by Dash For Cash sell through the Alva Stud draft at the 2011 Tasmanian Magic Millions. Now named Source Code, he cost $40,000 and that looked money well spent in a recent win at Seymour.
Alva Stud owner Catherine Hills has catalogued 9 yearlings for this Thursday’s Tasmanian Magic Millions.
Promising Brooklyn Park graduate Minute Repeater sent punters home a winner when he powered home as a $3.90 favourite in the Ballastone Estate Wines Hcp (1400m).
Minute Repeater (Danbird) has won two on the trot after a midfield finish in the LR Tasmanian Guineas. Brooklyn Park owner Allan Howard sold him for a bargain-basement $2,000 at the 2011 Tasmanian Magic Millions.
Howard has catalogued 10 yearlings for this year’s Magic Millions including a California Dane half-sister to 2013 Longford Cup winner Omega Quest. The filly is catalogued as Lot 86 and Omega Quest can give her another last-minute update in the CUB Night Cup at Launceston on Wednesday evening.
– Karl Patterson