Beginning flawlessly from box one in the first semi-final, the son of Mogambo and Dennes Point went straight to the early lead and was never headed, scoring by almost 10 lengths in a fast 29.65. Roughies Warehouse Mouse and Gemstone Jack filled the placings in second and third respectively.
The race was set to be a duel between Breaker’s Tip and Secret Spell which was drawn in the eight, but the Kelly Bravo-trained bitch was never a winning proposition after finding trouble.
Breaker’s Tip, trained by Gary Fahey, is yet to reach two-and-a-half years of age but has already put together the striking record of 13 wins and eight minor placings from 25 starts and he will go into the final as the winner of his past four starts.
While Secret Spell failed to advance for Bravo, the Victorian conditioner will still have two in the final with Waymore’s Blues and Ride The Rails taking out the remaining two semi-finals.
Beginning well from box five in the second semi-final, Waymore’s Blues was able to hold his forward position in the run to the first turn, railing beautifully and kicking clear entering the back. The son of Collide and Casey’s Angel was never in danger once he found the front, romping away for a dominant five-length success in a slick 29.55.
Exciting Tassie pup Brad Hill Billy chased gallantly to finish second from box six, but was no match for the talented interstate raider which clocked best-of-the-night figures out in front. Sing The Song clinched third and a spot in the decider.
The last semi-final oozed class with local champ Señor Slamma (box one) going up against Ted Medhurst’s Lillycette (box seven) and Ride The Rails (box six).
When the lids flew open it was Señor Slamma and Minnie Mogul (box eight) vying for the lead with the latter prevailing around the first turn. Despite being averagely away, Ride The Rails weaved his way through the field before circling the leader and assuming control of the race down the back.
The super-consistent dog was strong to the line, scoring by two-and-a-half lengths ahead of Lillycette, which flew home to seize second, in 29.68. Minnie Mogul held on for third and by doing so secured herself a spot in the final.
Box draw for the Group 2 Launceston Cup is as follows:
Box 1 – Brad Hill Billy
Box 2 – Ride The Rails
Box 3 – Waymore’s Blues
Box 4 – Sing The Song
Box 5 – Breaker’s Tip
Box 6 – Lillycette
Box 7 – Warehouse Mouse
Box 8 – Minne Mogul