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Interstate invader upstages local stars

19 / 11 / 2009 Article by: Editor
Over Speeding causes upset in defeating Little Spaniard in Gold Cup heat
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TASMANIA’S best chasers warmed up for next month’s Group 1 Hobart Thousand in heats of the Betfair Tasmanian Gold Cup at Tattersall’s Park in Hobart last night but it was an interstate invader that hogged the limelight.

NSW dog Disintergrate gave his rivals a galloping lesson on his way to a six-length win in his heat over local star Stylish Monty.

Disintergrate is prepared at Catherine Field by Charlie Watt who has his eye on the Hobart Thousand with heats of the Group 1 to be run at Tattersall’s Park on December 10.

The dog began well from box four and was able to cross Stylish Monty that began well carrying the red vest.

Disintergrate (Collision-With Integrity) had too much pace for his rivals and turned four lengths clear on the home turn and went on to defeat Stylish Monty by six lengths with High Choice almost the same margin astern.

It was the dog’s first look at the track but he still managed to break 26 seconds. Clocking 25.97 to suggest he will be a major contender in the Hobart Thousand series and should start favourite to win the Gold Cup final from box seven..

Tasmanian Derby and Illingworth Classic winner Eagle Eye returned to form with a brilliant heat win over the highly promising CradocPark in their heat with both making it through to this week’s final.

Eagle Eye was having his fourth start back in the state following a brief interstate sojourn that included a tilt at the Shepparton Cup in which he failed to flatter in a heat.

Trainer Butch Deverell will be relying on Eagle Eye to take over as kennel star following the retirement of Bog Moose through injury.

Eagle Eye made the most of the inside box to grab the lead and ran slick splits of 5.05 and 11.02 with his time of 26.18 equalling his best over the 461-metre trip.

“He’s very hard to beat when he leads and I thought they had every chance to run him down tonight but he’s held them comfortably,” Deverell said.

Last year’s Hobart Thousand winner Little Spaniard has regained form at the right time but despite leading in his heat he was run down by outsider Over Speeding in the last few strides.

Over Speeding, prepared by Graeme Moate, was one of the outsiders, although he had late specking in from $21 to pay $14, most likely on the strength of his game second to Pedro Pronto at his previous outing at Devonport in the Show Cup.

Over Speeding’s recent form has been good without winning and with some luck in running he could be a major player in the Gold Cup final in which he will again start from box three.

Little Spaniard is getting better with each run and with his main mission the Hobart Thousand the dog is right on target to defend his title.

The speedy Fisherman progressed to this Thursday next night’s final with a narrow win over Akka Boy in the last of four heats.

Fisherman showed his customary early brilliance to cross and lead from box eight and held out all comers over the final 100 metres to defeat Akka Boy by a half-head with Burrane over two lengths away third, just in advance of Crime Fighter.

The Gold Cup final looms as a brilliant race that could give a good guide to the Hobart Thousand.

Box draw for the final:

1 – Eagle Eye.

2 – Fisherman.

3 – Over Speeding.

4 – Cradoc Park.

5 – Akka Boy.

6 – Little Spaniard.

7 – Disintergrate.

8 – Stylish Monty.

Reserves

9 – Burrane.

10 – Rulla Shaw.