PELICANO, one of the equal favourites for Monday’s Group 3 $225.000 Betfair Hobart Cup has arrived in Tasmania in top order and it is all systems go for his assault on the state’s two major cups.
The gelding arrived in Devonport aboard the Spirit of Tasmania this morning (Thursday) and was floated straight to the stables of Seven Mile Beach trainer Scott Brunton.
Pelicano’s trainer Tony McEvoy is hoping the 2013 Werribee Cup winner can emulate last year’s feats of the Mick Kent-trained mare Epingle and snare the Tattsbet $100,000 Cups Double Bonus by winning the Hobart and Launceston cups.
The Tattsbet Cups Double bonus delivers $50,000 each to the owner and trainer of any horse that can win both cups in the same year.
McEvoy said Pelicano and his travelling companion, three-year-old filly Monopole, travelled well and both horses settled in well at Seven Mile Beach.
“My travelling foreman Kevin Bullus said both horses took no harm from the trip,” McEvoy said.
“They had a good drink when they arrived at Seven Mile Beach and they both ate up tonight so everything is right on track for Monday,” he said.
Pelicano is equal favourite with the Scott Brunton-trained Banca Mo at $5 with Tattsbet fixed odds ahead of the Mike Moroney-trained Garud ($5.50) and Genuine Lad ($6) with star Tassie galloper Geegees Blackflash next best at $6.50.
McEvoy’s filly Monopole will line up in the $100,000 Strutt Stakes on Monday for what he hopes will be a lead-up to the Tasmanian Oaks in Launceston on February 22.