Mangalore trainer Debbie Cannan’s run of major race successes continued at the Tote Racing Centre on Monday night when the lightly raced but highly promising chaser Varcoe, blitzed his opposition in the $57,000 Curtains and Blinds Group 2 Launceston Cup (515 metres).
Cannan won the 2011 Devonport Cup with the super chaser St. Pierre, which then graduated to national elite class by taking out the 2011 Australian Cup at The Meadows.
Both Varcoe and St.Pierre are raced by New South Welshman Chris Nutt, a great supporter of Cannan’s Ballyhooly Road establishment.
Varcoe, a son of El Galo, is now the winner of eight of only 17 lifetime outings and is expected to also embark on an interstate campaign in the future.
In what was one of the most open Launceston Cup’s for years, Hellyeah Bolt, Black Rip, Mighty Lomar, Are Ate and to a lesser extent Varcoe, all received plenty of support in wagering on the event.
Varcoe and the Shane Whitney prepared Black Rip went hammer and tongs for the premier position, with the former prevailing in a sizzling 4.99 initial split.
The feature then became a procession, with Varcoe high balling in the lead and the former New South Wales chaser Black Rip, boasting an unbeaten record at the venue, attempting to keep in touch.
At the wire six lengths separated the pair, with the well related Bain’s Lane finishing off nicely to secure third stake, the winner’s time was a personal best 29.69.
Meanwhile the Ted Medhurst prepared chaser Buckle Up Wes showed that he would not have been out of place had he qualified for the Launceston Cup, by taking out the Consolation in a sizzling 29.33.
The son of Collision was sent out a raging favourite for the event and did not let his supporters down by scoring by nine lengths, in what was a wonderful display of sustained speed.
Raced by North West Coast women Robyn Johnson and Sharon Sutton, Buckle Up Wes has now won 18 of 32 lifetime outings while accumulating a purse of well in excess of $60,000.
Medhurst was also seen in the winners circle with the smart bitch Chosen Jewel, which looked good in winning the Wayne and Maxine Groves Stake (515 metres).
The daughter of Big Daddy Cool has now won two of four starts and nine of 42 overall, since being transferred back to Tasmania from Western Australia and is expected to continue winning while in her present form.
At her previous outing Chosen Jewel had no luck in running when fourth behind the speedy Nooee’s Lad and as a result was well supported into a final quote of $2.30.