LAST season’s Devonport Cup winner Red Eagle could stamp himself as favourite to win the $100,000 race again if he emerges triumphant in the Helloworld Golden Mile over 1650 metres at Spreyton today (Sunday).
Red Eagle, prepared at Stowport by Shirley Berger, led all the way to win last season’s Devonport Cup and last month at his third start of the new season he scored an impressive win in a BM82 handicap in Launceston to signal he would be back to defend his Cup crown on the synthetic surface on January 7, 2014.
Last start he travelled outside of the leader before cruising to the lead and then staved off all challenges over the concluding stages.
Berger has taken the gelded son of Delago Brom along slowly this preparation and given he prefers to race fresh he should be very hard to beat today despite having to start from the outside barrier (10).
The obvious danger is the John Luttrell-trained mare Geegees velvet that gets into the race on the minimum weight (54kg) and she will be ridden by Siggy Carr who is making the trip from Adelaide primarily for the ride on this talented mare.
Geegees Velvet has had three starts this time in for a first-up win in BM72 in Launceston (1420m) followed by seconds in Hobart with the latest over 1600m behind Shipspotting that also lines up in this race.
Shipspotting returned to form last start defeating Geegees Velvet and with talented apprentice Chantal Willis in the saddle this five-year-old mare prepared by Angela Brakey must be respected if only on the strength of her last-start win.
Other chances include the promising Genuine Lad, Uboa, Second Dozen and last season’s Longford Cup winner The Producer that was scratched from a race in Launceston last Wednesday night for this event.
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