Slick dash to claim Cup

VISITING New South Wales reinswoman Amanda Turnbull caused a major upset when outsider Slick Bromac won last night's $20,000 City of Launceston Cup at Mowbray.

Turnbull, the winner of over 200 races in NSW last season, was making her first visit to Mowbray and was engaged for the drive on the $49.70 outsider by Westbury trainer Ben Yole.

Turnbull sat patiently behind leader Ransom Olds ($8.40) before pulling out over the last 200 metres to win by a neck.

The 23-year-old is a member of the legendary Turnbull family from Bathurst but she intends to make a move to Victoria next year to further her career and came to Mowbray with her partner, Nathan Jack.

Jack had the drive on $1.60 favourite Motu Crusader, which was under pressure a long way from home and missed a place.

Slick Bromac provided Yole with the biggest win of his training career and the nine-year-old was having his fourth start in this preparation.

Courageous run

DESPITE impending motherhood, former Tasmanian Oaks winner High Flying Ruler will continue to compete in the major races in the months ahead.

High Flying Ruler showed plenty of courage last night when she survived a photo finish to win the Northern Tasmanian Light Harness Association Cup at Mowbray.

Latrobe owner Larry Nicholls revealed that High Flying Ruler had recently been served by Canadian sire Shadow Play and he was hopeful that she was in foal.

In the meantime, High Flying Ruler will continue to race and Nicholls has his eye on next Sunday's $20,000 George Johnson Stakes in Hobart.

``I will have a talk to (trainer) Rohan Hillier about whether the George Johnson would suit her,'' he said.

Nicholls is happy that High Flying Ruler has started to regain her top form in her five-year-old campaign.

``As a three-year-old she was taken on in the Bandbox Stakes and since then she seemed to be ``chucking it in'' in some of her races,'' he said.

High Flying Ruler was the state's best three-year-old filly winning the Tasmanian Oaks and the Killarney Stakes Bouquet.

Nicholls said he hadn't discounted the possibility of High Flying Ruler returning to the racetrack after she has her foal next year.

``She could be served again and still come back to the track,'' he said.

High Flying Ruler was bred by Nicholls and his wife Elizabeth and the mare has been trained throughout her career by Rohan Hiller at Beauty Point.

High Flying Ruler ($15.40) beat leader Rykov Leis (18.90) by a short half head and they spaced the rest of the field which was headed by Little Vance Lot ($80.90)

Hot favourite Mister Sumna ($1.70) ruined his chances when he galloped shortly after the start and he jumped out of his gear again in mid-race.

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