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Ten race card at The TOTE Racing Centre

11 / 03 / 2010 Article by: Editor

A bumper 10 race card is scheduled for The TOTE Racing Centre (Launceston) on Sunday night. The highlight is the appearance of two interstate Country Club Tasmania Australian Pacing Derby contenders in Race 6 at 7.04 pm.

Lanercost, a three year old colt by Courage Under Fire, boasts an imposing record for Queensland trainer Darrel Graham. Purchased as an early two year old from a ready to run sale in New Zealand, Lanercost has raced exclusively in Australia winning twelve of his fifteen starts.

His three defeats have been placings in some of the best races – third in the $200,000 Victorian Derby, second in the $311,000 Breeders Crown Final and second in the $100,000 Kevin Seymour Nursery Pace Final.

While Lanercost will be at cramped odds to win, there are dangers. Mapua Legend is also on a derby mission. A New Zealand purchase after three wins and two placing from 11 starts as a two year old, Mapua Legend won his first three starts in Australia as a three year old. That was followed by an unplaced run in the South Australian Derby.

Two smart locals will face their toughest assignment against Lanercost and Mapua Legend. Gamblers Rustler will be having his fourth start from a long spell. His last two placings behind Shez Ryleymak suggest he is back to his best.

Hell Fire Boy is an exciting prospect winning three of his last four and putting up an astounding performance in the other after missing the start. As his name might suggest, Hell Fire Boy is full of fire, can perform like a uncontrollable juvenile and trainer Tim Maine can relate some of his devilish antics.

Like Gamblers Rustler, Hell Fire Boy only needs a reasonable run in the race to demonstrate his ability against a rising star like Lanecost.

The meeting also features two heats of the time honoured Harry Holgate Memorial, with the $8,000 final at The Tote Racing Centre on 4 April.

Proven Tasmanian three year olds Ogrady, Thirsty Mach, Karalta Macloud, Udoit, Gedlee, Jay Bardon and Truly Blissful are entered and it is likely connections will use the meeting to decide on a start in the Australian Derby (21 March) and/or Tasmanian Derby (28 March).