Local gelding Geegee’s Blackflash is set to start as favourite in the 2012 Launceston Cup following a recent run of hot form.
The John Luttrell trained five-year-old is coming off five straight wins including victory in the Hobart Cup and will start as clear favourite with Luxbet currently offering odds of $3.50.
On recent results, it is hard to believe that the local hope started as a rank $91.70 outsider ahead of his third placed finish last year.
Despite the good form, the favourite will have its work cut out, having attracted a 1.5kg weight penalty on the back of the Hobart Cup win.
Trainer John Luttrell remains unfazed by the extra weight, saying it is a reflection of the Gelding’s recent hot streak.
“He’s earnt the weight…I can’t see him having a problem with 60kg,” he said.
“It’s no drama really. He’s carried that type of weight before.
“He’s in perfect condition and the 2400 metres won’t bother him.”
The local hope will also have to overcome a wide barrier draw in order to claim top billings in the $225,000 event.
New Zealand gelding Fieldmaster is the next best chance according to the odds with the gelding showing a good record with six wins from 26 starts
Luxbet has the Patrick Payne trained horse starting at $5.50, a reflection of recent results following a victory in Hobart’s Jockey Club Cup earlier this month.
Trainer Payne is confident that his horse is primed for Launceston’s top race.
“He’s a versatile stayer and at this stage 2400 metres is perfect,” he said.
Also amongst the chances are Viking Hero and Dream Flyer.
Viking Hero will start at $6.50 on Luxbet following two runner up finishes including running second to Geegees Blackflash in the Hobart Cup.
Troy Blacker trained Dream Flyer will start just behind him at $7.00 and the five-year-old must be a chance of winning following some recent good form.
The gelding has amassed seven wins from 22 starts and is coming off a third placing in the Hobart Cup.