The Launceston Cup is a Group 3 open handicap race that is held each year on a Wednesday afternoon in February at Launceston racecourse in Launceston, Tasmania. The race is run over a distance of 2400 metres and run under set weight & penalty conditions with prizemoney of $225,000. The 2013 Launceston Cup was won by Geegees Backflash from Lucky Angel with Dream Pedlar third.
One of only three group races held in Tasmania each year, alongside the Gr3 Hobart Cup & Gr3 Bow Mistress Trophy, the Launceston Cup is held during the summer racing carnival in Launceston and is a big affair locally.
The Launceston Cup is a major attraction to the city of Launceston, much like the Hobart Cup is to the city of Hobart, and the race itself assembles a field of predominantly local horses along with any mainland horses willing to make the trek to Tasmania to tackle the event.
Most of the time the Launceston Cup is simply a race for handy Tasmanian staying types and the Hobart Cup is the logical lead up race to this event. Fast Future (2011) won this race after finishing unplaced run in the Hobart Cup, while Bid Spotter, who won the Hobart Cup beforehand, finished down the track in this race.
In recent times Zacielo (2004) & St Andrews (2002) both took out the Hobart Cup & Launceston Cup double, while Geegees Blackflash (2013) & Ista Kareem (2008) ran 3rd in the Hobart Cup before going on to win this event. Growl (3rd in 2010) won the Hobart Cup by a big margin before running third in this race at his next start.
Interestingly enough, Norsqui (4th in 2013) wen on to win the Gr3 Adelaide Cup over 3200m at Morphettville after running fourth in this race.
Geegees Blackflash (2013) finished second in this race last year before before returning to score a comfortable win in this event and recent Launceston Cup winners include Prevailing (2012) and Fast Future (2011).
2013 Launceston Cup result
1. $8.00 Geegees Blackflash 59.5 Peter Mertens
2. $6.40 Lucky Angel 54.0 Craig Newitt
3. $29.60 Dream Pedlar 55.5 Brendon McCoull
4. $11.80 Norsqui 56.0 Chris Symons
5. $7.60 Fieldmaster 55.0 Ms Michelle Payne
6. $89.20 Gee Gee’S La Quita 54.0 Rasit Yetimova
7. $4.50 The Cleaner 57.5 Jason Maskiell
8. $18.10 Ollie’S Gold 54.0 Dwayne Dunn
9. $110.70 Neil’S Gold 54.0 Ms Sigrid Carr
10. $47.80 Richoman 54.0 Ms Clare Lindop
11. $27.20 Unoaked 54.0 Anthony Darmanin
12. $104.60 Sandeep 54.0 David Pires
13. $83.30 Catwen Boy 54.0 Daniel Ganderton
FF. $3.70 Hurdy Gurdy Man 56.0 Glen Boss
Margins: 2 len, 3 3/4 len Time: 2:34.10
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