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Gee Gee Red Prince backed up from his gallant second in the Newmarket Handicap, holding on to win in the Benchmark 82 (1220 metres) at Mowbray on Wednesday night.

The four-year-old carried five kilograms more from a fortnight ago, with claiming apprentice jockey Nathan Punch aboard but it proved no impost as he held off stablemate Gee Gees Jet by a neck, with Teriki third.

Winning trainer Stuart Gandy was pleased after scoring the quinella and said there was no set plan for his two chances.

“The race panned out really good –  they both had strong chances going into the race and ran up to it,” he said.

“(Gee Gee Red Prince) is a good beginner, so we just left it up to the jockeys – we don’t team ride.

“He was beaten by a really good horse in the Newmarket, dropped back in grade tonight and was carrying a bit of weight, but was well ridden.

“He’ll head to the Winzenberg in Hobart in a fortnight and from there he might go to Melbourne.”

CLASSY gelding Count Da Vinci made it three wins from as many starts in Tasmania when he took out the Class 3 Handicap over 1620m.

The former New Zealand galloper, who jumped as a $1.50 favourite, headed the field from the start, but looked to be under some pressure as the field travelled down the side of the course and approached the home turn.

But despite the best attempts of Milson down the straight, Count Da Vinci kept his unbeaten record in the State intact as he pulled away with David Pires on board.

“I think he can go a long way and once he gets out to 2000m you will see the best of him,” relieved trainer Scott Brunton said.

“The Hobart Cup is a race in mind.”

Clear winner: Count Da Vinci pulls ahead in the final stages to defeat Milson in the Class 3 Handicap at Mowbray. Picture: Brad Cole

Clear winner: Count Da Vinci pulls ahead in the final stages to defeat Milson in the Class 3 Handicap at Mowbray. Picture: Brad Cole

A PATIENT preparation has paid dividends for Spreyton trainer Barry Campbell and owners when Fragment ($5.20) saluted in the opening race of night, a maiden over 1220m.

The four-year-old gelding, who is a full brother to stablemate Treasury Bond, has proved a handful for Campbell, and despite having its first start, has already trialled five times this year.

“It’s a really good result for the owners – they’ve been patient because he’s been really hard to get going,” Campbell said.

Gee winner: Gee Gee Red Prince (right) holds on to defeat Gee Gees Jet in the Benchmark 82 Handicap.

Gee winner: Gee Gee Red Prince (right) holds on to defeat Gee Gees Jet in the Benchmark 82 Handicap.

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