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Invader wins Hobart Guineas

26 / 01 / 2015 Article by: Peter Staples
Warrior of Fire (Daniel Stackhouse) wins the Hobart Guineas from Shiralee (outside) and Geegees Goldengirl (centre) icon Click to enlarge

VICTORIAN trainer Jerome Hunter realised a year-long plan when his three-year-old Warrior of Fire (Bianconi-Fire Vain) scored a narrow but decisive victory in the $100,000 Hobart Guineas at Tattersall’s Park in Hobart yesterday.

Warrior of Fire was give the run of the race by jockey Daniel Stackhouse who had the gelding settled just off the pace with cover to the 500m peg where he began to make his charge.

Valdez led and looked to be travelling comfortably to the turn but he was left a sitting duck when the swoopers made their runs.

The only filly in the field Geegees Goldengirl loomed to win in the home straight along with the Gary White-trained Shiralee that made his cha6rge down the outside.

But it was Warrior of Fire that proved to be the strongest on the line scoring from Shiralee and Geegees Goldengirl.

The gelding was backed in from $21 to start at $8.

“We started to think about coming here with this horse about a year ago when we were here with another horse Astra Delight that ran unplaced in this race,” Hunter said.

“At the start of this horse’s campaign we thought about this race and possibly the Tasmanian Derby so if he comes through this race in good order then we will more than likely push on to the Derby,” he said.

Shiralee (Dean Yendall) produced his best effort this time in and has convinced his owners and trainer that he is worthy of pushing on to the Tasmanian Derby over 2200m on February 6.

The third placegetter Geegees Goldengirl conformed she will get the Oaks journey of 2100m in Launceston on February 22 while race leader Valdez lost no admirers with his effort to lead and finish fourth.

“My horse began well and we found ourselves in front but he travelled really well to the home turn and only knocked up the last little bit as it was his first try at the distance,” said Anthony Darmanin the rider of Valdez..

“I’m sure he will be better in the Derby,” he said.