CORPORATE bookmakers have installed last year’s AAMI Hobart Cup winner Geegees Blackflash as equal favourite to repeat the dose at Tattersall’s Park Elwick on Sunday.
Geegees Blackflash is $4.60 along with his recent nemesis The Cleaner who returned to form with a brilliant all-the-way win in the Summer Cup in Hobart two weeks ago.
This year’s race distance has been stretched from 2200 metres to 2400 metres and that has required Geegees Blackflash’s trainer John Luttrell to change his training regime.
Geegees Blackflash also returned to winning form last Sunday with an emphatic win the weight-for-age Jockey Club Cup defeating Fieldmaster and Dream Pedlar by almost two lengths.
The Cleaner won at weight-for-age and in a quality handicap over 1600 metres at his first two starts this preparation before failing in the Devonport Cup on the synthetic track at Spreyton.
But all was forgiven when he delivered the goods on the opening day of the AAMI Tasmanian Summer racing Carnival on January 20.
The Troy Blacker-trained Dream Pedlar has been placed three of his four starts this time in including a last-start third to Geegees Blackflash last Sunday.
His rider Craig Newitt is adamant the eight-year-old is going as well if not better than he was when he was winning Group races in Melbourne two seasons back.
Dream Pedlar is $13 on fixed odds with Tattsbet and represents good each-way value.
Last year’s Mornington Cup winner Norsqui showed his first sign of decent form last start when he ran The Cleaner to a half-length when only 85% fit and he will strip a lot fitter on Sunday.
Norsqui is still at good each-way odds of $7.50 the win and $2.65 the place.
The Darren Weir-trained Hurdy Gurdy Man that finished third in the Terang Cup in Victoria last Sunday is the shortest price of the five interstate invaders at $5.50.
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