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Blackflash draws wide in AAMI Hobart Cup

05 / 02 / 2013 Article by: Peter Staples
Trainer John Luttrell, jockey Peter Mertens and owners Paul and Elizabeth Geard are hoping for the same celebrations after next Sunday's AAMI Hobart Cup icon Click to enlarge

STAR Tasmanian stayer Geegees Blackflash will have to overcome an outside barrier if he is to make it back-to-back wins in the AAMI Hobart Cup at Tattersall’s Park next Sunday.

This year’s race distance has been stretched from 2200m to 2400 metres with the Group 3 event attracting a capacity field of 16.

A $100,000 Tattsbet Cups Double bonus also is on offer this year offering $50,000 each to the owner and trainer of any horse that can win both the Hobart and Launceston cups.

Geegees Blackflash drew barrier 14 at the official barrier draw at Tattersall’s Park today but two of the five interstate invaders also drew poorly with Westsouthwest and Fieldmaster drawing 15 and 16 respectively.

This year’s race boasts a capacity field of 16 of which five are from interstate including the Gai Waterhouse-trained Power Broker that is to be ridden by Stephen Baster who has been riding under contract in Singapore for the past three years.

Power Broker has drawn ideally in gate two while the Darren Weir-trained Hurdy Gurdy Man that ran third in the Terang Cup last Sunday has drawn gate one and will b e ridden by Glen Boss.

The only other interstate invader Lucky Angel from the Tony Vasil stable drew barrier 10.

The interesting runner in this year’s Cup is local three-year-old Kenjorwood that was placed second to What Life Brings in the Hobart Guineas (2100m) and finished just behind the placegetters in the Schweppes Tasmanian Derby over 2200 metres last Sunday

Another local star The Cleaner drew barrier 11 but it has not fazed either trainer Mick Burles or the horse’s in-form jockey Jason Maskiell who partnered Ollie’s Gold to victory in the Tasmanian Derby last Sunday.

Last year’s AAMI Launceston Cup winner Prevailing drew barrier seven while his stablemate Success Dostta will start alongside in gate six.

The Troy Blacker-trained Dream Pedlar drew well in barrier three and he will be ridden by Craig Newitt who has been aboard the gelding throughout his Cups preparation.

Paul and Elizabeth Geard who own Geegees Blackflash have three other runners in the race in outsiders Gee Gees Beauty, Gee Gees Boss and Testa Jesta.

Elizabeth Geard was responsible for drawing gates four and five for Testa Jesta and Gee Gees Beauty respectively while Paul drew 13 for Gee Gees Beauty and 14 for Geegees Blackflash so there will be no confusion as to who will be doing the barrier draws for the family in future feature races.

Final field for the 2013 AAMI Hobart Cup.


Race 8 – AAMI Hobart Cup (2400 METRES)
Of $225,000.1st $135,000, 2nd $40,500, 3rd $20,250, 4th $10,125, 5th $5,625, 6th $4,500, 7th $4,500, 8th $4,500 GROUP 3
Handicap, Minimum Weight 54kg, Apprentices cannot claim.Field Limit: 16 + 5 EM


No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 112×012241 GEEGEES BLACKFLASH John Luttrell Peter Mertens 14 59.5kg 103
2 11215×1101 THE CLEANER Mick Burles Jason Maskiell 11 57.5kg 99
3 03077×3353 DREAM PEDLAR Troy Blacker Craig Newitt 3 56.5kg 97
4 30x5007x72 NORSQUI Walter McShane Chris Symons 8 56kg 96
5 537x00x132 FIELDMASTER (NZ) Patrick Payne Ms Michelle Payne 16 55kg 94
6 111x5x8747 PREVAILING David & Scott Brunton 7 55kg 94
7 1323×51233 HURDY GURDY MAN Darren Weir Glen Boss 1 54kg 91
8 313×095945 WESTSOUTHWEST (NZ) Robert Smerdon Dwayne Dunn 15 54kg 87
9 2433221412 LUCKY ANGEL Tony Vasil 10 54kg 84
10 7235×41614 SUCCESS DOSTTA David & Scott Brunton 6 54kg 84
11 36×6442686 GEEJAYHAITCH Walter McShane 12 54kg 78
12 155×416610 POWER BROKER (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Stephen Baster 2 54kg 75
13 328×442224 KENJORWOOD Darren Kenny 9 54kg 72
14 7663565127 GEE GEE’S BOSS John Luttrell 5 54kg 70
15 7×56327337 TESTA JESTA John Luttrell 4 54kg 70
16 0765902618 GEE GEES BEAUTY John Luttrell 13 54kg 61