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Owners-trainer to cash in on cups bonus

11 / 11 / 2012 Article by: Editor
Prevailing looked good as he strode into third place in a 900-metre trial in Hobart today with top jockey Brendon McCoull aboard icon Click to enlarge

A $100,000 cash bonus added to the AAMI Hobart and Launceston cups is set to lure maximum interest in the flagship events of the 2013 Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival.

The Tattsbet-sponsored bonus will deliver $50,000 to the owner and $50,000 to the trainer of a horse that can win both cups

Local star Geegees Blackflash went within a head of capturing both cups this year with Prevailing denying the John Luttrell-trained champ the major double.

Tattsbet General Manager Bruce Houston said the Cups Double bonus incentive should attract added interest in the carnival.

The incentive is great in that a trainer’s share of the first prizemoney for winning the AAMI Hobart and Launceston Cups is $27,000 which represents the trainer’s 10% share of first prizemoney for both cups so a $50,000 bonus almost trebles the take-home prize.

Owners too will appreciate the windfall with the $270,000 booty for winning both cups bolstered to $32,000.

Racing Minister Bryan Green announced details of the initiative at a special function at Tattersall’s Park in Hobart today.

He made the announcement alongside 2012 AAMI Launceston Cup winner Prevailing that had contested a trial in preparation for his first race this season in preparation for the major cups.

“Geegees Blackflash went close to winning both cups last year, when, after winning the AAMI Hobart Cup, he was just beaten in Launceston by another Tasmanian-owned and trained horse, Prevailing,” the Racing Minister said.

“Geegees Blackflash has been set for both races again in 2013 as has Prevailing.”

But Mr Green said winning both Cups in a single year was not an easy task.

“The last time it was achieved was in 2004 when the Peter Moody-trained Zacielo won both races with Tasmanian jockey Craig Newitt aboard,” he said.

Mr Green said Tasracing, the Tasmanian Turf Club and the Tasmanian Racing Club had developed a strong program of racing and associated events.

“The $100,000 bonus is an added incentive that will be highly sought after by both interstate and local trainers and owners,” he said.

The AAMI Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival kicks off on January 20 with the Eastlands Betfair Hobart Guineas day.

The AAMI Hobart Cup will be run on February 10 and the carnival culminates with AAMI Launceston Cup day on February 27.

Listen to what Prevailing’s owner-breeder Brett Williams had to say about the $100,000 Cups Double Bonus – click here .