Lanercost Wins Tasmania Australian Derby

Lanercost Wins Tasmania Australian Derby

Boom Queensland pacer Lanercost secured a brilliant Group 1 victory on Sunday night when he took out the $100, 000 Group 1 Country Club Tasmania Australian Derby (2698m) at Launceston.

The Darrel Graham-trained and driven Lanercost, a son of Courage Under Fire, began as the odds-on favourite at $1.90 and lived up to the expectations racing home to defeat surprise local runner-up Gedlee ($65.50) by four metres with the second-elect Renaissance Man ($2.40) in a fast finishing third just a neck away.

The Andy Gath-trained Renaissance Man enjoyed the inside barrier and began well, leading early on. But it was Lanercost and his brave run up the outside without cover who stole the show, securing the lead around the final turn and proving his amazing ability at only three years of age.

It was a gallant run by Gedlee who fought hard to move up to second after missing the start and settling last early on.

The talented Lanercost now has an even more impressive winning strike rate, having saluted in 14 of his 17 career starts, finishing second twice and third once in the others, for over $230, 000 in prizemoney. His Group 1 victory on Sunday has now greatly improved his value as a stallion.

The $30, 000 Group 1 SEW Eurodrive Tasmanian Derby is next on the cards for Lanercost this weekend and it seems the unstoppable star has the skill to not only win races but scare off his competitors as only six other pacers are game enough to challenge him in the Derby.

Following the Tasmanian Derby Lanercost will be given a well-earned spell before going into training for the $100, 000 Group 1 Queensland Derby on July 10 in his home state.

2010 Tasmania Australian Derby Results

Place

Horse

Prizemoney

Row & Barrier

Trainer

Driver

Margin (m)

1
LANERCOST (NZ)
$60, 200 Sr2 D W Graham D W Graham
2
GEDLEE
$12, 900 Fr6 P G Rawnsley S GRawnsley 4.00
3
RENAISSANCE MAN
$8, 600 Fr1 A P Gath K M Gath 4.80
4
MAPUA LEGEND (NZ)
$4, 300 Fr4 I J Frost G W Rattray 10.30
5
MASTER JOY
$2, 000 Fr5 S M Hunter G Lang 13.00
6
OGRADY
$2, 000 Fr7 C D Salter C D Salter 18.80
7
BELLS AND WHISTLES
$2, 000 Sr4 C C Attard J J Caldow 19.60
8
MAGGIE KENNEDY
$2, 000 Fr2 W M Campbell R J Hadley 24.10
9
ADDA PATERNAL SUIT
$2, 000 Fr3 P W Tonkin G A Campbell 25.90
10
MAYBE DOC
$2, 000 Sr1 C T Hayes G A Hodges 28.60
11
TRULY BLISSFULL
$2, 000 Sr3 G R Smith J W Johnson 29.80
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