OUTSTANDING three-year-old Socks delivered the message most owners of other three-year-olds in the state didn’t want to see or hear when he powered home to win the Betfair Tasmanian Guineas in record time.
With Kelvin Sanderson aboard, Socks produced a star-quality performance to hit the line clear of Second Dozen and Magnetosphere with Tiger Won’t Tell a close-up fourth.
The George Blacker-trained gelding covered the 1600-metre trip in 1m.36.05s, which carved .16 off the previous best set by Life To The Full.
It was Socks’ third win from four outings on the Launceston circuit and the gelding’s sixth victory from nine lifetime starts.
Trainer George Blacker was ecstatic after the race and suggested the Tasmanian Derby (2200m) early next month would be a consideration.
“We’ll see how the horse pulls up and how he is over the next few days before we make any firm plans about the Derby,” Blacker said.
Socks is owned by Charlie and Wendy Langmaid who have enjoyed much success over the years, in particular with a horse named Dream Quest.
Sanderson was full of praise for the gelded son of Keep The Faith.
“I’m starting to get a really good feel for this horse and tonight he was quite awesome,” Sanderson said.
“I felt even late last preparation that he was looking for the 1400-1600-metre trip and tonight he really relished racing over the 1600m.”
“He is definitely a top quality horse and I’m privileged to be his pilot,” he said.
Listen to what owner Charlie Langmaid had to say about Socks’ latest win – click here .