CONSISTENT sprinter Fisherman caused a boilover when he led all the way to win the Group 2 Country Club Tasmania Launceston Cup on Monday night.
The Mark Sutcliffe-trained veteran of the field showed blistering early speed to lead them to the first turn and missed the carnage that left most of the top fancies out of business.
The favourite Drill Bit (4) was squeezed up and when Posh Di and he collided and checked each other it caused a chain reaction that spat Darren McDonald’s Magpie Lomar out the back.
Fisherman sped clear heading down the back stretch and just to add insult to injury Philby, that was I hot pursuit, ran off the track checking Banger Harvey which left the leader clear by 10 lengths.
Cracker Boy missed most of the backwash and improved wide on the track and Posh Di also recovered to run on.
Fisherman hit the line over four lengths clear of Cracker Boy with Posh Di four lengths astern.
Fisherman was a finalist last year but had no luck finishing out of a lace but this year his impeccable box manners proved enough to give him his first taste of Group glory.
It was clearly Sutcliffe’s biggest win.
All three placegetters are Tasmanian owned and bred.
It was Fisherman’s 28th career win from 84 outings and his 14th victory from 28 starts on the Launceston circuit.
Drill Bit finished near last and just in advance of him was the Devonport Cup winner St Pierre that also copped multiple checks at the first turn and again down the back.
Philby, that ran down Led Zeppelin in their heat to get into the final, suffered an injury in the run and finished a distant last.