Promising stayer Geegee Blackprince is about to launch a new campaign that could take him all the way to the Tasmanian Derby.
The well-related three-year-old will have his first start for almost five months in the Class 1 Handicap (1400m) at Mowbray on Wednesday night.
Trainer Stuart Gandy sent Geegee Blackprince for a spell after he easily won the $30,000 Sires Produce at the same track in May.
“If he develops as we expect, he will be aimed at the Tasmanian Derby and eventually the major cups,” Gandy said after that race.
“He is a striking-looking horse with a huge future.”
Geegee Blackprince is bred well enough to win good staying races not only in Tasmania but interstate.
He is by Americain and was the first progeny of the 2010 Melbourne Cup winner to win a race in Australia.
His dam, La Quita, has produced eight winners including million-dollar earner Geegees Blackflash and Geegees Goldengirl, winner of the Devonport Cup and runner-up in the Hobart Cup.
After a relatively quiet winter, the Gee Gee horses were back in force at Elwick on Sunday, winning four races.
Gee Gees Jet, winner of the $20,000 Pink Cup, has been earmarked for a trip to Melbourne.
“We are contemplating going over for a heat of the Jeep Series over 955m at Moonee Valley,” Gandy said.
“It carries decent prizemoney and the horse is brilliant over that trip.”
Jockey Siggy Carr shared Gandy’s enthusiasm for Gee Gees Jet.
“He’s an awesome sprinter and is only going to improve from that run.” Carr said.
“I’ve never been on another horse that was so strong up the hill at Elwick.”
TRAINER Barry Campbell unveiled several of his summer carnival contenders in barrier trials at Spreyton on Tuesday morning.
Derasa, runner-up in last season’s $100,000 Elwick Stakes, was under a stranglehold as she won by a narrow margin.
Promising mare Teriki, who was placed in feature races at her last three runs before a spell, was also hard held as she won easily.
Chillout, runner-up in last season’s three-year-old of the year award, ran only fourth in his trial but was three wide all the way and jockey Craig Newitt never released the brakes.
That trial was won impressively by Chillout’s stablemate Innocent Hero, a former Victorian.
“He’s an eight-year-old who’s had a lot of leg problems,” Campbell said.
“I gave him a couple of runs when he first got here then I had to turn him out for 12 months.”
Innocent Hero has been placed at Flemington and Moonee Valley.
Adam Trinder also produced a good winner in Beautiful Boy, an unraced three-year-old by Your Song.