Tasmanian Derby & Oaks Previews

Tasmanian Derby & Oaks Previews

This Sunday Hobart will be host to some of the weekend’s best pacing action. The bumper meeting is headlined by two Group 1 features, the $30, 000 SEW Eurodrive Tasmanian Oaks (2579m) and the $30, 000 SEW Eurodrive Tasmanian Derby (2579m).

Ten exciting three-year-old fillies are lining up in the 2010 Tasmanian Oaks including improving Courage Under Fire filly Maggie Kennedy drawn in the prized “pole”, consistent daughter of Modern Art Artistic Queen in barrier five and the speedy Bebop due to be ridden by Greg Sugars from the far-back-row barrier ten.

Sensational Queensland pacer Lanercost in the Tasmanian Derby will draw the crowds to Hobart’s twilight meet on Sunday

But it is the sensational Queensland pacer Lanercost in the Derby who will be drawing the crowds to Hobart’s twilight meet on Sunday. The Darrel Graham-trained and driven star has been seemingly unstoppable in his short career, boasting one of the most impressive and imposing winning strike rates of any three-year-old.

The son of Courage Under Fire has won 14 of his 17 starts, placing second twice and third once, never finishing out of the money to date.

In sensational form coming off his maiden Group 1 victory in the Tasmania Australian Derby last weekend, Lanercost is looking to come home to the Sunshine State a dual Group 1 winner and with just six rivals willing to face off against him on Sunday he looks well placed to do just that.

Lanercost has drawn roughly mid-field in barrier five and hopeful pacers he will face off against include Mapua Legend in the coveted barrier one, Bells And Whistles in barrier three and Gedlee in barrier seven.

But considering Lanercost defeated four of his six rivals in the Tasmanaia Australian Derby last start – Gedlee 2nd, Mapua Legend 4th, Ogrady 6th, Bells And Whistles 7th – there is little chance of an upset on Sunday.

The other feature at the meeting is the Listed $25, 000 Metropolitan Cup (Race 5 – 7:29pm) featuring the likes of Tanabi Bromac (Barrier 11), the Grant Campbell-trained and driven Shardons Rocket (Barrier 10) and the ever consistent Babyitsu (Barrier 6).

The SEW Eurodrive Tasmanian Oaks is scheduled as race six at the meeting’s elite nine-race card starting at 7:58pm while the SEW Eurodrive Tasmanian Derby will run as race eight at 8:53pm.

2010 SEW Eurodrive Tasmanian Derby Final Field & Barriers:

#

Form

Horse

Trainer

Driver

Class

Hcp.

1 18s34
MAPUA LEGEND (NZ)
I J Frost Andrew Arnott 3C3 FR1
2 21116
OGRADY
C D Salter Christian Salter 3C3 FR2
3 11517
BELLS AND WHISTLES
C C Attard John Caldow 3C6 FR3
4 36101
UDOIT
E W Jacobson Ricky Duggan 3C5 FR4
5 13111
LANERCOST (NZ)
D W Graham Darrel Graham 3C9 FR5
6 s3135
LEFT LOADED
S E Lukac Nathan Ford 3C1 FR6
7 21412
GEDLEE
P G Rawnsley Samuel Rawnsley 3C1 FR7

2010 SEW Eurodrive Tasmanian Oaks Final Field & Barriers:

Br.

Form

Horse

Trainer

Driver

Class

Hcp.

1 11428
MAGGIE KENNEDY
W M Campbell Rohan Hadley 3C2 FR1
2 32149
PATRICIAS TIME
N W Morrison Nathan Ford 3C3 FR2
3 86610
SPIRITED RULER
L J Nichols Natalee Emery 3C1 FR3
4 51s15
RIVERINA CHELSEA
G A Hodges Grant Hodges 3C1 FR4
5 51116
ARTISTIC QUEEN
W G Dornauf Duncan Dornauf 3C3 FR5
6 37672
KARALTA LADY
W R Rattray Todd Rattray 3C1 FR6
7 64
LEVINA LEIS
B J Rattray Gareth Rattray 3C0 FR7
Second Row:
8 s3221
NICKLE MISS
M A Caldow John Caldow 3C1 SR1
9 7s0
SING AND DANCE
P G Ford Scott Ford 3C0 SR2
10 s6112
BEBOP
K P Cotchin Greg Sugars 3C2 SR3