Local Set To Flash Home In Launceston Cup

Geegees Blackflash will attempt to continue his impressive winning streak in today’s Launceston Cup in Tasmania.

The five-year-old gelding will go into the race being unbeaten over his five race starts this preparation, with the most recent being the Group 3 Hobart Cup on February 12.

Geegees Blackflash has drawn barrier nine for the race and will carry the top weight of 60 kilograms.

If he wins, it will be the second time the Clangalang gelding has carried 60 kilograms to victory this preparation.

The horse won the Summer Quality in Hobart by an incredible six lengths with the weight on his back.

Trainer John Luttrell, who is based at Elwick, is thrilled with Geegees Blackflash’s progress.

“He’s done enormous. I can’t fault him,” Luttrell said.

Jockey Peter Mertens will again partner Geegees Blackflash in today’s Launceston Cup, which will run at 4.09pm (AEDT).

Mertens became the horse’s regular rider by chance, when nobody else put their hand up to ride the gelding in his first-up start this campaign.

“I picked the ride up just prior to the Newmarket because he is a stayer and no-one really wanted to ride him and he actually got up and won,” Mertens said.

The jockey was then asked to stick with the horse for the remainder of his preparation, to which Mertens eagerly obliged.

“I thought at the time he was a really lovely horse to ride,” he said.

“To me he didn’t give me the feeling that he was just a mile-and-a-half (2400m) horse.

“I knew he was a stayer but with his brilliance you just don’t realise how good a stayer he is with the turn of foot that he has.

“He steps up to the plate all the time.”

Geegees Blackflash has now won 11 of his 34 race starts and has earned more than $530,000 in prize money while winning over distances ranging from 1,100 metres to 2,200 metres.



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