Tasmania’s Summer Racing Carnival has grown since its inception in 2005 to be one of the best carnivals of its type in Australia.
The carnival kicks into gear in February and Sky Racing’s Tasmania Representative, Peter Staples, gave us an insight into the five week racing festival.
“It’s some of the best quality racing happening in Australia at this time of year,” Staples said.
“All the main players will be participating, so it’s a great chance to see some of Australia’s best jockeys and trainers.”
The February action begins with the Derby Day twilight meeting from Hobart on Friday the 6th which features the G3 Bow Mistress Stakes (1200m) before Tasmania’s biggest race of the year, the G3 Hobart Cup (2400m) on Monday the 9th!
The Mick Kent trained Epingle, won the Cups Double Bonus of $100,000 for taking out the 2014 Hobart Cup and Launceston Cup.
“Epingle is a great mare, one of the best to race in Tasmania,” Staples said.
“Mick has some rising stars he will be bringing over in 2015.”
“Darren Weir will be a trainer to watch as he has won the Hobart Cup four times and will be targeting the Cup again.”
Tasmania’s Magic Millions Race Day is on Wednesday the 11th before potential owners flock to the Magic Millions Sales to find a future star on the 12th.
The focus shifts to the north as Launceston hosts the G3 Vamos Stakes on the 18th before the second biggest day of the summer carnival, Launceston Cup Day on Wednesday the 25th.
The John Luttrell trained Geegees Backflash, who won the Launceston Cup (2400m) in 2013, is being aimed at both cups again in 2015 which is the eight year old’s fifth year racing in the major cups.
“He’s won around $1 million in prize-money and he has never been outside of Tasmania, that’s quite an achievement.”
There will be plenty happening in Australia’s southern state in February and there’s a chance local hero The Cleaner could feature in a race on Launceston Cup Day.
Peter Staples will be providing tips and comments trackside on Sky Racing for these Tasmanian meetings. For all that and much more thoroughbred, harness, greyhound and international racing action make sure you tune into Sky Racing in February!
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