Local Gets Visitors’ Gate For Hobart Cup

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Darren Weir's Hurdy Gurdy Man wins the 2013 Hobart Cup. Image courtesy of www.heraldsun.com.au

Trained by John Luttrell at Brighton, Geegees Blackflash  won the Group 3 Open Handicap over 2400m in 2012 and finished third behind Darren Weir’s Hurdy Gurdy Man last year. The son of Clangalang is coming off consecutive victories, where he lumped 60kg, the weight allotted for the Cup. His 11 rivals will all carry at least 3.5kg less than the seven-year-old gelding.

A number of mainland raiders will chase a slice of the $225,000 purse. David Hayes and Michael Kent have  entered quality mares – Hayes has Unchain My Heart , while Kent’s representative is Epingle . Others from across Bass Strait are Michael Moroney’s Surpass  and Terry Sullivan’s Magnapal .

Of the other Tassie-based horses, The Cleaner  is sure to give the field something to chase. The six-year-old trained by Mick Burles is a winner of 13 from 35, has finished second at its past three outings and was runner-up in this event 12 months ago. After guiding home favourite Hurdy Gurdy Man in 2013, triple Melbourne Cup winning jockey Glenn Boss is on roughie Relentless Pursuit .

In recent times, interstate visitors have enjoyed great success in the Hobart Cup. The 1972 winner of this race, Piping Lane, went on to win the Melbourne Cup later that year, while in 2007 Blutigeroo took out the Group 1 BMW at Rosehill after few weeks after saluting in Tasmania’s premier staying event.

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