The chances of Hobart Cup winner Hurdy Gurdy Man improving on that performance when he runs in today’s Group 3 $225,000 Launceston Cup might be limited.
But his Ballarat trainer Darren Weir is satisfied a repeat of the Hobart effort of two weeks ago will be enough to secure another trophy and a handy bonus.
“He was at his top for the Hobart Cup.
“I just hope he can hold that level,” Weir said.
“He’s got two kilos more which won’t help, but we know he runs the 2400 metres so we had to come back for another crack.”
Any trainer who wins Tasmania’s Cups double receives a $50,000 bonus.
Hurdy Gurdy man will again have the services of jockey Glen Boss who is almost as keen as the trainer to return to Tasmania.
“The way he won at Hobart should be good enough,” Boss said.
“They’re the same horses, same chances, and he handled them all right.”
Hurdy Gurdy Man’s two kilogram penalty for the Hobart Cup win puts him on 56kg and gives the horses that finished closest to him there the chance to turn the tables.
“As long as he’s held his form the figures are still just with him,” Weir said.
“I think he has and I hope I’m right.”
Weir also runs Lord Of Brazil in the listed $100,000 George Adams Plate, 1600m, at Launceston today.
The ultra-consistent galloper has won seven of his past 13 starts.