2011 Launceston Cup Preview

January 19th, 2011

The 2011 Launceston Cup, the third and final Group race of the Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival, will take place at Launceston Racecourse on Wednesday February 23, 2011.

The second richest race held in Tasmania each year, the Group 3 Launceston Cup is a handicap feature run over 2400m and is worth $225,000 in prize money.

The Hobart Cup / Launceston Cup betting double is a great way to get in on the Tasmanian racing action so check the odds at Luxbet

For punters looking for a guide to their Launceston Cup bets, the traditional lead-up race that many runners will come via is the $300,000 Group 3 Hobart Cup (2200m) and the 2011 Hobart Cup is set to run on Sunday February 13.

In recent years the Hobart Cup has served as a good indicator to the Launceston Cup with last year’s Launceston Cup winner Larry’s Never Late coming off a fourth place finish in the Hobart Cup, while runner-up behind Larry’s Never Late Dream Pedlar previously placed third in the Hobart Cup.

The Hobart Cup – Launceston Cup is also a popular summer betting double with generous odds open at online bookmakers such as Luxbet and horses to take out the double include Zacielo (2004) and St Andrews (2002).

Horses heading towards the 2011 Launceston Cup include Perth Cup winner Guest Wing, the Murray & Bjorn Barker-trained New Zealand runner Mr Tipsy and Sydney raider Ironstein trained by Gerald Ryan.

The first feature race of the 2011 Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival is the Listed Hobart Guineas running on Sunday 23rd of January followed by the Group 3 Tasmanian Derby (2200m) on February 5.

Betting markets for all the Tasmanian feature races including the Launceston Cup will open at online bookmaker Luxbet shortly, so get ready for the action by opening an account with them today!