THE2015Group 2 Launceston Cup pits two Victorian hopefuls against six quality locals in the quest for group glory and $40,000 in prizemoney. The Kelly Bravo-trained pair will be extremely hard to beat, with Ride The Rails set to start as clear favourite from box number two. Kennelmate Waymore’s Blues will need a touch of early luck, but if he can jump to the front he will be very difficult to run down.
Legendary local trainer Ted Medhurst puts the polish on Lillycette, a bitch that he has enormous confidence in. With genuine luck in running she will be mighty tough to hold out late in the event.
Brad Hill Billy is a huge chance from the red box and looks to have a bright future ahead of him. If he can spear the lids, this 25 month-old will give a great site for Allen Clark.
Breaker’s Tip in box five will have a large say in how the race is run. There is no doubt that this dog has the pace to lead the field and if he causes any interference to those on his inside it might make the race for Lillycette.
ARG’s Brad Bugeja: “Most inexperienced chaser in the final but I think he is outstanding up and comer and I give him a great chance of capturing his first feature race final. Last week he was dragged down at a crucial time and I think without that interference he would have given Waymore Blues a genuine scare. His effort in the first round behind Secret Spell was also highly impressive and from the red draw I think he has the speed and class to hold them out and score at nice odds.“
Kelly Bravo: “I think he is the better dog out of our two. Just hope that he gives himself a chance early. He is chasing really hard and going well.”
ARG’s Brad Bugeja: “All class and has been racing in devastating form in recent months. He was recently placed in the Hobart Thousand and Warragul Cup finals and he probably should have won the Warragul Cup. His two heat wins have been in good time and on both occasions he has scored in commanding fashion, he is obviously going to be a major contender in this event but I’m a little concerned about the box draw as he does like to get wide in his races and he will need some room in the early stages.“
Kelly Bravo: “He’s full of confidence and has hit a purple patch. If he jumps likehe can and lead’s Rail’s then he is a chance. We just hope that they don’t interfere with each other.”
ARG’s Brad Bugeja: “Scored in best of the night 29.55 last week and he must be respected again, I’m a little worried though because he isn’t the most reliable beginner and he can take a few strides to get going. The one thing he has in his favour is that Sing The Song likes to move right at box rise so he shouldn’t have any runner laying in on him in the first 30 or so metres. Strong winning hope but he will still need to do everything right in the early stages.“
ARG’s Brad Bugeja: “Has been a great chaser for a quite a while in Tasmania and she is capable of reeling off very smart sectionals, however she has always struggled when she has taken on the real top liners. From the middle pin she will find the going tough and I can’t see her making any noise tonight.“
ARG’s Brad Bugeja: “Like the red, he is one of the state’s most talented chasers and he is going to be a major player in upcoming feature events. Last week he used his rails draw to advantage when posting a brilliant 29.63 heat win and a similar effort tonight will see him figure in the finish again. He reeled off a blistering 4.99 to the first marker last week and that would be enough for him to cross in the early stages and if he finds the lure early he will take some catching.“
Ted Medhurst (Trainer): “It’s a very hard race to read, but she is very powerful. If she gets the right sit behind some of the speed dogs then she can over power them. The Bravo pair are very hard to beat and our hopes probably rest on the five leading and us getting a cart over.”
ARG’s Brad Bugeja: “Rarely runs a bad race and she will be steaming home at the end. The box draw is against her tonight but she has raced well from awkward draws in the past and if she can follow the yellow across in the early stages she can feature in the finish. I’m not overly keen on her winning chances but she is a must for the exotics.“
ARG’s Brad Bugeja: “Soundly beaten in his two heat runs and is probably pretty fortunate to be in the final. Early in his career he showed tremendous potential but he never really went on with it. Really facing an uphill battle tonight and unlikely to take home any prize money.“
ARG’s Brad Bugeja: “Very interesting runner, she rarely wins in her races but she is never far away and last week she made the classy Ride The Rails work hard for victory. She is going to go around at massive odds tonight and if they happen to bunch up underneath her she may get across early and she will give a sight at odds, she is a must for your exotic bets.“