The Group 3 Launceston Cup will be run and won at Launceston on Wednesday as the Ladbrokes Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival winds down.
Last start Hobart Cup winner Double You Tee has been installed as the favourite, but there has also been strong support for the likes of Runaway, Barade and Supalopo.
With plenty to look forward to, you can find our best bets for all 10 races below!
Race 1 - 11:55am AEDT
Shedcorp Tas Maiden (1400m)
Louisville is looking to break a run of recent placings as he gets back up to the 1400m.
John Blacker’s lightly raced gelding was well-supported last time out at Hobart where he overcame a three-wide position to finish off strongly for second behind Crackerjack Lady.
He’s drawn an identical gate ahead of his return to Launceston with Kyle Maskiell back in the saddle and looks very tough to beat on recent form.
Merv Decides is the logical danger having found the money in each of his three runs to date.
He’s clearly got a big turn of foot and is capable of overcoming the awkward draw.
1 Unit Louisville
Race 2 - 12:30pm AEDT
Neville-Smith Forest Products Maiden (1200m)
Another tricky field with a few facing the starter for the first time.
Boris The Blade can take improvement into his third-up assignment after finishing only half a length third to Amancaya two weeks ago over the same trip at Hobart.
The four-year-old should challenge for the lead from the positive draw, while the fact he has a run under his belt on the soft is a plus.
Society Bill looks equally as likely after running on for second in that same race.
Barrier 2 gives Brendon McCoull plenty of options and he should be finishing over the top of some of these late.
1 Unit Society Bill
Race 3 - 1:05pm AEDT
Kevin Sharkie Class 1 Handicap (1200m)
Hot Wired is well-deserving of another win after finding the money in three of his four runs this time in work.
This looks a suitable contest for Scott Brunton’s four-year-old if Blaike Mc Dougall can take him to the rear and produce him late.
Swingin’ George mixes his form but did show improvement for fourth dropping back in class over the same trip at Elwick Park last start.
Mikaela Lawrence gets the ride for the first time and her apprentice claim has been put to good use.
Blushed is worth including in your numbers first-up. She’s only lightly-raced, but did show some real toe to win her latest trial at Devonport.
2 Units Hot Wired
Race 4 - 1:41pm AEDT
Launceston Floorworld Benchmark 70 Handicap (1100m)
Hard to fault the form of Gee Gee True Story second up.
The son of Wordsmith is two-from-three so far, while her return to the races was full of merit three weeks ago when a length second to Lifeybeau over the same trip at Hobart.
Bandinelli resumes from a spell looking to make it four in a row after flying home to score by a length over further at Launceston back in December.
She’ll carry 4kg’s extra but should find this easier stepping back in class.
Gee Gee Queen Bee’s form this time in work makes for good reading also.
Stuart Gandy’s mare won well at Launceston last start and has the runs on the board over this distance. The booking of Anthony Darmanin makes her the rightful favourite.
2 Units Bandinelli
Race 5 - 2:16pm AEDT
PFC Food Services 3YO Classic (1200m)
Warrior Prince failed to see out the mile last start in the Guineas, but his two runs beforehand suggest he’s capable of bouncing back.
Adam Trinder’s lightly-raced three-year-old ran on well for second behind War Correspondent first-up over this track and trip before finding the line for third second-up over further.
Barrier three gives Jeff Penza plenty of options and he should enjoy a nice run in transit just off the speed.
The aforementioned War Correspondent is now shooting for his hat-trick after continuing his winning ways with a narrow win first-up over Thunberg.
He meets the filly carrying 2kg extra on Wednesday but does look a winning hope getting back out to his preferred trip.
2 Units Warrior Prince
Race 6 - 2:51pm AEDT
Dulux & Inspirations Paint Toral Rambo Quality (1200m)
Street Tough has been thereabouts since returning to work and looks set to peak now in his fourth run back from a spell.
The six-year-old tends to take a few runs to warm up and appears a very live hope with next to no weight on his back from the soft draw.
Lifeybeau has gone to another level this time in work winning four of his six starts.
Troy Baker was responsible for three of those victories and the pair should enjoy a nice run just off the speed.
Blaze Forth will make his own luck up on speed and is a must in exotics after beating Mystic Journey two runs back.
2 Units Lifeybeau
Race 7 - 3:26pm AEDT
Listed Steve’s Liquor Mowbray Stakes (1600m)
Fascinating field this one with a case to be made for a few.
Newhart gets out to the mile and is shooting for his hat-trick after winning the Listed Thomas Lyons Stakes at Hobart by nearly three lengths.
Craig Newitt has retained the ride on the five-year-old and should get the gun run just off the speed from the rails draw.
Mandela Effect was a touch disappointing last start when eighth in the Group 3 Hobart Cup over further, but he does warrant plenty of respect after winning this race last year from an identical draw.
Swoop Dog was denied his hat-trick in the Tasmanian Derby but is capable of bouncing back dropping 2kg with Melbourne Cup winning jockey Jye McNeil in the saddle.
His record over the mile is tough to fault, and providing the track plays firm, he should be finishing off strongly.
2 Units Swoop Dog
Race 8 - 4:01pm AEDT
Group 3 Ladbrokes Launceston Cup (2400m)
Double You Tee is looking for a Cup double in the feature after storming home to beat Classic Weiwei by more than a length in last fortnight’s Hobart Cup.
This is tougher for the son of Written Tycoon, but the wide draw should allow Jye McNeil to get back and run on again.
Runaway is the main danger after causing a boil-over at big odds last start at Flemington over the 2000m.
Still preparing for the upcoming jumps season, there’s no question he can see out this trip, especially carrying 5.5kg less under Sam Clipperton.
Barade did well to fill the minors in the Hobart Cup after unleashing with a big run down the straight.
His recent form is an easy read, and the wide draw should allow him to get back and run on again.
Supalopo has been all class rising through the grades to the tune of five consecutive wins. This is his toughest assignment to date, but he’s rock hard fit and capable of running a big race.
2 Units Double You Tee
Race 9 - 4:44pm AEDT
Group 3 Armidale Stud Vamos Stakes (1400m)
Deroche was a touch disappointing second-up in similar company but did win this race in dominant fashion last year.
Craig Newitt knows her inside and out and the pair are capable of leading this all the way if they can offset the wide draw nice and early.
Tough to know what to expect from Still A Star returning from a year off, but her fresh record and recent trials suggest she’ll take some beating in this small field.
Ethical Solution is airborne and comes in off a comfortable two-length win over Street Icon in the Group 3 Bow Mistress first-up.
She’ll only improve on that effort and commands plenty of respect with a proven record over this trip.
2 Units Ethical Solution
Race 10 - 5:15pm AEDT
City of Launceston Benchmark 66 Handicap (2100m)
Tricky race to close the day with all eyes on the lightly raced Adam Trinder gelding The Risk Factor.
The four-year-old has rattled off two impressive wins in Class 1 company over this track and trip and looks more than capable of claiming his hat-trick with the rails run.
Elisavet is the logical danger to the short-priced favourite following her impressive three-length win at Elwick Park over the same trip last start.
The mare by Foxwedge has mixed her form at Launceston, but if she produces the same turn of foot we saw two weeks ago she’ll prove tough to hold out.
Stormont has been around the mark of late and is capable of improving now getting out past the mile.
The wide draw leaves Anthony Darmanin with work to do, but he has to be included in your numbers with a strong record at this venue.
1 Unit E/W Elisavet