Locals Hold Key To Launceston Cup

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Banca Mo is a leading hope in the Launceston Cup. Image courtesy of: www.heraldsun.com.au

It's a typical Launceston Cup (2400m) - a couple of mainland raiders chasing an easier kill, several star locals capable of mixing it with the best and a number of promising Tassie gallopers hoping for early black-type success.

Sounds like the perfect ingredients for a successful feature race!

Local legend Geegees Blackflash is chasing Tasmania's big 'Cups double' after a brave victory in the Hobart Cup two weeks ago. John Luttrell's eight-year-old is in line for his 23rd win, which would add another $135,000 to his already bulging prize money purse of $1,116,200. He's yet to finish out of a place at the track and distance (5: 2-1-2), but does go up 1.5kg.

Another local Banco Mo finished 3.5 lengths astern in Hobart after missing a vital lead up run, so should be ready to fire after a less than ideal preparation.

And then there's Bill Ryan's Genuine Lad , beaten a half-neck in the Hobart Cup after a tough run. If that effort hasn't flattened the four-year-old, then he's a real chance because he is Genuine Lad by name and nature. He's had 16 lifetime starts for four wins, five seconds and five thirds, earning connections a handy $124,175 in stakes.

If nothing else, Genuine Lad deserves a win - this campaign he's had four thirds followed by three seconds, and at his past five outings, the son of Ladoni has been pipped by a nose three times, a head once and a half-neck once. Maybe champion Victorian jockey Craig Williams can get him across the line this time!      

Chris Bombolas - Tatts Senior Writer

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