Vinery sire Mossman increased his stakes winner count to 27 when Admiral confirmed his status as Tasmania’s best juvenile in the LR Elwick Stakes (1100m) on Sunday.
Admiral (2g Mossman – Reunification by West Quest) started a short-priced favourite after breaking a track-record at his previous start in the Alfa Bowl. He missed the start but moved into the race three and four-wide with cover approaching the home turn.
Lindsay Park filly Hennessy Rock (Fastmet Rock) gave him something to chase in the straight but he was up to the challenge and cruised home by a half-length.
“That was awesome,” trainer Barry Campbell said. “He’s not really a two year-old. I trained his dam and she didn’t win at two but we will keep him going for the Gold Sovereign. Then he can have a short break and we might bring him back for the Sires’ Produce Stakes.
“But I won’t overcook him. Just short, sharp preps. He can handle it and will go home and eat up tonight.”
The LR Gold Sovereign Stakes will be run on Launceston Cup day, February 26.
Admiral is raced by part-owner and breeder Bruno Calabro along with Ron and Trudy Schwanke and Denise Martin of Star Thoroughbreds. His dam Reunification won 12 races topped by the Launceston 3yo Classic and Winzenberg Trophy.