The Maurie Strickland prepared chaser flew the lids and then proceeded to give his rivals a galloping lesson, eventually scoring by 14 lengths in the time of 25.52.
The son of Collide has drawn the black box in next Tuesday’s rich final and is poised to become the first chaser in the 60-year history of the race to win in consecutive years.
Last year Rewind recorded a time of 25.31 in winning the prestigious event and although now a year older, is still racing with plenty of zest and is considered a Devonport Raceway specialist.
He has now won 49 of 79 lifetime outings while accumulating a purse of $202, 985 and is considered one of the best chasers to have graced the arena in Tasmania in recent years.
Brighton trainer Brendan Pursell, a former harness racing trainer-driver, qualified the smart chaser Burnt Fuse for next Tuesday’s Group 3 event and from the check box he could very well be Rewind’s main rival.
The son of Knocka Norris was the second fastest qualifier in the time of 25.54 and has proven to be a good money spinner since being transferred from Victoria in November, winning three of his four Tasmanian starts.
Champion Victorian trainer Graeme Bate had runners in all eight of Tuesday’s Devonport Cup heats and has qualified both Schroder Bale and Allen Benji, which was the third fastest qualifier in the time of 25.59.
Richmond trainer Margaret Rossendell will be represented by the consistent Franklin Bluboy, which recorded 26.02 in winning his particular heat.
The son of El Galo has now won 13 of 49 lifetime outings and has drawn the yellow box next Tuesday afternoon.
Moonah mentor Graeme Moate provided the surprise of the heats when the bitch Shanlyn Peanut, a daughter of Slater, accounted for her heat field, paying the lucrative dividend of $30.90.
She will run from the white box in the final and will probably be at long odds again, despite having won two of her last three outings.
Top trainer Ted Medhurst failed to qualify the highly promising Dark Warrior for the Devonport Cup, however he will be represented by the smart chaser Katsidis, which prevailed in his heat in the time of 26.11.
The son of Where’s Pedro won a Devonport Cup heat last year before running fifth behind Rewind in the final and will contest the event this year from the pink box.
The coveted red box will be occupied next Tuesday by the Anthony Bullock prepared Hellyeah Stella, which recorded the time of 26.32 in winning her heat, paying a dividend of $7.60.
DOWLING AND MCCARTHY HANKOOK TYRES DEVONPORT CUP FINAL (452 METRES)
1. Hellyeah Stella
2. Burnt Fuse
3. Shanlyn Peanut
4. Schroder Bale
5. Franklin Bluboy
6. Allen Benji
9. Bergermeister (Em 1)
10. Black Cairo (Em 2)