The Ladbrokes Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival comes to a close on Wednesday with the running of the Group 3 Launceston Cup (2400m).
After last year’s success with Home By Midnight, Patrick Payne is looking to win the race for the second year in a row with Hobart Cup winner Double You Tee.
Further down, there’s been plenty of interest for last start Flemington winner Runaway as well as Hobart Cup third placegetter Barade.
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Double You Tee
Double You Tee did not disappoint in last fortnight’s Hobart Cup as the well-supported favourite.
Patrick Payne’s six-year-old went on to score by more than a length over the same trip at Elwick Park, and he appears to have a similar task ahead of him after drawing wide for a second time.
The son of Written Tycoon has now found the money in all four of his starts over the 2400m and has hardly put a foot wrong at Launceston in an equal number of starts.
The extra 4.5kg is of slight concern, but he should be afforded another opportunity to get back and run on under Jye McNeil.
Captain Cook strips fitter for his latest effort for fourth in the Hobart Cup.
The old boy was unlucky not to fill the minors after racing from a three-wide position, a performance he’s capable of improving on after drawing a much softer gate.
He’s failed to find the money in three runs over this trip but could still run a place from a much more prominent position on speed.
Toorak Affair has the runs on the board at Launceston to suggest she can run a big race at odds.
Michael Trinder’s seven-year-old finished rattled off two wins at Listed at this track earlier in prep, albeit it over much shorter distances.
She finished off fairly for fifth in the Hobart Cup after being caught wide the trip but is worth including in your numbers after drawing the inside.
Runaway shocked punters at Flemington to weeks ago with an impressive win under Benchmark 84 conditions.
As a jumper, the win largely came as a shock with the son of Manhattan Rain preparing for the upcoming hurdle season, but there’s nothing to suggest he can’t add a Launceston Cup to his resume beforehand.
The blinkers on proved to be the trick last time out and there is no question he’ll see out the 2400m just fine.
The six-year-old does have a tendency to mix his form, but the booking of Sam Clipperton warrants plenty of respect.
Barade flew home to fill the minors in the Hobart Cup with a big run from back in the field.
The Archie Alexander-trained gelding was well-supported as the second-elect and is again one of the main dangers to Double You Tee in what will be his Launceston debut.
Barrier 13 should allow Brenton Avdulla to get back in the early stages and it wouldn’t be surprising to find the pair on the scene down the straight.
Very difficult to find many positives from Exoteric’s three runs so far in work.
The old boy did make up some ground to finish off for sixth in the Hobart Cup, but considering it’s been over two years since he last won a race, it’s hard to see him playing a factor here.
Glass Warrior strips fitter for her last start seventh in the Hobart Cup.
She held ground after racing on the widest part of the track at the turn and is capable of improving now with next to no weight on her back.
A win looks tough, but she should be finishing over the top of some of these in the late stages.
Classic Weiwei was the surprise placegetter out of the Hobart Cup after making up a stack of ground from the rear of the field to finish a length second to Double You Tee.
The five-year-old by Shamus Award gets a crack to go one better with only 54kg on his back and will be afforded every chance with Craig Newitt getting a crack in the saddle.
This tough boy out of the McEvoy yard stays all day and looks to be one of the better each-way bets.
White Hawk won the Summer Cup three runs back at Hobart over a touch shorter but has struggled to go on with it rising in class.
He was a non-factor in the Hobart Cup two weeks later and won’t find this any easier.
Queen La Diva
Queen La Diva is looking to break her run of recent placings with a surprise victory in the Launceston Cup.
The daughter of Snippetson returned to the races to run third in the Listed Tasmania Stakes before a narrow runner-up to Wednesday’s rvial Supalopo two weeks ago over the 2100m.
This is her toughest assignment to date, but a bold showing wouldn’t surprise.
Sh’bourne Renegade failed to make his presence known in this class when 10th in the Hobart Cup.
He’s since had a trial between runs, but would need to improve drastically to be any real factor in a race of this quality.
Adam Trinder’s talented gelding Supalopo is looking to extend his unbeaten streak to five on Wednesday in just his 10th race start.
The four-year-old has had an unusual lead-up but has rightfully earned his spot with a win in the Sydeston Cup two weeks ago by half a length to Queen La Diva.
He comes in rock hard fit with winning form to his name and looks a great each-way proposition with next to no weight on his back.
Generalmaintenance was hardly a factor three runs back in the Devonport Cup and is pegged to struggle here in a much tougher class.
He has won twice over this trip previously but is impossible to have based on recent form.