The Ladbrokes Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival continues with a value-packed nine-race card taking place at Launceston on Wednesday night.
The Listed Launceston Guineas (2100m) is the main attraction, while there’s also plenty of intrigue ahead of Group 1 winner Mystic Journey’s return to the races in the Ladbrokes Stakes
To help you out, we’ve previewed the entire program and our best bets can be found below.
Race 1 - 4:28pm AEDT
Fashions For Fillies 21st February Benchmark 84 Handicap (1600m)
Sir Simon has drawn to get all the favours from barrier one looking to earn his third win over the track and trip.
The old boy scored by nearly five lengths three runs back from the inside alley and maps to make his own luck up on the speed.
He wasn’t all that far away last week when fifth over further and the step back to his preferred distance should suit.
2 Units Sir Simon
Race 2 - 5:04pm AEDT
Fashions on the Field Oaks Day Maiden (1400m)
Endured has raced well without winning in her short career and is well overdue to break her maiden.
The mare by Toorak Toff has filled the minors in each of her last three starts, while she couldn’t have been more impressive two weeks ago at Devonport finding the line for second behind Need A Gin.
She’s done some of her best racing on the turf, so the transition back from the synthetic doesn’t look an issue. Luke Currie has plenty to work with from barrier seven and the pair should be doing their best work late.
2 Units Endured
Race 3 - 5:40pm AEDT
Bill Dunstone Memorial Maiden (1100m)
Avida looks set to peak on Wednesday coming off a narrow third two weeks ago over the same track and trip behind Gee Gee Rhythm.
The daughter of Street Boss was paying $41 that day, but she’ll go around much shorter now with big improvement to come.
Randy Tan proved the distance in the saddle last time out and he’ll have even less work to do from the soft draw. This three-year-old clearly has a turn of foot and she looks ready to win.
2 Units Avida
Race 4 - 6:10pm AEDT
Ladbrokes Launceston Cup 24th February Maiden/Class 1 (2100m)
Captain Morgan has been a consistent customer this time in work and there is no denying he’s deserving of his first win.
The son of Savabeel was unlucky not to score two runs back when second to Indigo Girls over the 1800m at Longford, right before finding the line for fourth two weeks ago on the synthetic at Devonport.
He’s clearly crying out for further at this stage of his prep and he should enjoy a lovely run just off the speed.
1 Unit Captain Morgan
Race 5 - 6:40pm AEDT
Kevin Sharkie Launceston Guineas (2100m)
Should be another fun battle here between Swoop Dog and First Accused following their tussle two weeks ago in the Tasmanian Guineas.
Swoop Dog got the better over over the mile winning by a comfortable 1.5L, but this does look a much more suitable race for First Accused stepping up to the 2200m for the first time.
Despite the result last time out, Scott Brunton’s three-year-old put in another solid on-pace performance, one he can only improve with David Pires now stepping into the saddle.
He’ll likely roll straight to the front and prove very tough to run down from a much kinder draw.
2 Units First Accused
Race 6 - 7:20pm AEDT
Ladbrokes Stakes (1200m)
Mystic Journey will go around at very, very short odds in her return to the races in Wednesday’s Ladbrokes Stakes.
The Tasmanian superstar had a fairly luckless Spring (at least by her usual standards) winning the Group 2 Stocks Stakes at Moonee Valley before a disappointing seventh in the Empire Rose Stake.
Three wins when fresh speaks for itself though, and at the current $1.10 quote, it would take something very special to get her beat.
Race 7 - 8:00pm AEDT
Ladbrokes Lady Lynette (1100m)
Deroche never runs a bad race and it is no surprise to find her as short as $1.30 in the market.
She stamped herself as a serious mare this time last year winning three starts in a row before going on to win the Group 3 Vamos Stakes in an absolute canter.
The four-year-old is returning from a let-up on Wednesday and looks impossible to back against with two wins to her name over this track and trip.
She looked in great order finding the money first-up at Hobart and is more than capable of winning this by a big margin.
Race 8 - 8:30pm AEDT
Jack Chambers Memorial Benchmark 66 Handicap (1400m)
Ocean Essence has returned two good efforts this time in work finding the line for fourth on both occasions at this venue.
He tends to take a little while to warm into his prep and this does look a winnable contest for the five-year-old in a much easier race.
The Adam Trinder gelding loves racing here at Launceston and he also showed he’s capable of carrying big weight to victory last time in.
2 Units Ocean Essence
Race 9 - 9:00pm AEDT
Steve’s Liquor Benchmark 66 Handicap (1200m)
Our Shinkansen has been up for a while but does look up to winning this coming off a brief three-week freshen up.
Adam Trinder’s four-year-old mare made up good ground for sixth last start at Devonport on the synthetic and is capable of improving on that performance stepping back to the 1200m.
She’s won twice previously over this track and trip and the experienced hands of Luke Currie should have her tracking into the race nice and late.
1 Unit Our Shinkansen