Outside hope Prevailing has won the Group 3 2012 AAMI Launceston Cup today 29 February, 2012.
The gelding overtook local hope Geegees Blackflash on the final straight to take victory by half a length in the 2400 metre stayer’s event.
Four other horses went in to the race more favoured by the bookies but the four-year-old Prevailing found some extra legs at the back end of the race to out sprint the field, finishing as a $10.40 winner on Luxbet.
Geegees Blackflash, who started at $3.90 on Luxbet, looked to be in control when it moved from the centre of the field to lead with 800 metres to go.
But the Tasmanian John Luttrell trained Gelding could not manage to hold on in the final straight succumbing to a superb finish from Prevailing.
New Zealand’s Fieldmaster who was backed heavily late to start as $3.40 favourite, followed Geegees Blackflash to take third.
Prevailing is trained by David and Scott Brunton and the five-year-old now has seven wins from 20 starts including three wins from its last six races.
The victory sees the gelding add a sizeable $135,000 to its career winnings after taking the lion’s share of the $225,000 prize pool.
Long shot Colonial Gold shot to the front early in the race and at one stage led by five lengths but the Gary White trained Gelding ran out of puff at about the half way mark and had to settle with finishing sixth.
2012 Launceston Cup Results
|1||9||PREVAILING||David & Scott Brunton||Anthony Darmanin||–||9||54kg||$10.40|
|2||1||GEEGEES BLACKFLASH||John Luttrell||Peter Mertens||0.3L||7||60kg||$3.90|
|3||5||FIELDMASTER (NZ)||Patrick Payne||Ms Michelle Payne||1.3L||3||54.5kg||$3.40F|
|4||6||VIKING HERO||Michael Moroney||Glen Boss||3.3L||6||54.5kg||$5.60|
|5||7||DREAM FLYER||Troy Blacker||Craig Newitt||4.6L||4||54kg||$4.50|
|6||11||COLONIAL GOLD||Gary White||Ms Nikita McLean||6.4L||1||54kg||$49.80|
|7||2||DREAM PEDLAR||Troy Blacker||Dwayne Dunn||6.6L||8||58.5kg||$13.50|
|8||10||MR ISAAC||Gary White||Jarrod Todd||6.8L||5||54kg||$36.50|
|9||12||FUGITIVE LASS||Michael Voss||David Pires||14.8L||2||54kg||$102.50|
|–||4||ROI D’JEU (NZ)||Shaune Ritchie||Stephen Maskiell||–||0||–||–|
|–||3||SEA GALLEON||Colin & Cindy Alderson||Ben Melham||–||0||–||–|
|–||8||KEEP CONTROL||Darren Weir||Dean Yendall||–||0||–||–|