Luke Currie returning to home state to ride in Mowbray feature races

TOP RIDES: Luke Currie wins on Admiral at Mowbray earlier in the year. The former Launceston jockey will return from Victoria to ride in the two feature races at Mowbray on Wednesday night. Picture: Greg Mansfield
TOP RIDES: Luke Currie wins on Admiral at Mowbray earlier in the year. The former Launceston jockey will return from Victoria to ride in the two feature races at Mowbray on Wednesday night. Picture: Greg Mansfield

For the second year in a row, former Launceston jockey Luke Currie has picked up a plum ride in the $100,000 Conquering Stakes.

Melbourne-based Currie has been booked for reigning horse of the year Hellova Street in the 1400m weight-for-age race at Mowbray on Wednesday night.

Last year Currie rode odds-on favourite Admiral to victory after getting a late call-up to replace Brendon McCoull who was nursing a broken finger.

Hellova Street is also likely to be odds-on even though his opposition includes Newmarket Handicap winner I’m Wesley.

I’m Wesley is going for his sixth win in a row but has been unplaced at his only two previous tries over 1400m.

In contrast, Hellova Street is a specialist at the distance, having won five of his 10 starts including a group 3 race at Flemington a month ago.

The in-form Currie is coming off a successful spring carnival that included a group 1 Manikato Stakes win on Hey Doc.

He will also ride last season’s two-year-old of the year Pateena Arena in the $50,000 3YO Cup.

TRAINER Emma Stewart has taken the six horse she raced in Launceston on Sunday night back to Victoria.

They went home on the Spirit Of Tasmania on Monday night but several are expected to return later in the month.

City Of Launceston Cup winner Major Secret is a likely runner in the $50,000 Tasmania Cup in Hobart on December 22.

Stewart won four races but her real eye-catcher was first-starter American Alli whose run, after breaking twice, was enormous.

LAUNCESTON Greyhound Racing Club will break with tradition next year when it conducts its feature race in a new timeslot. 

The 2018 Launceston Cup has been brought forward two days and will be run on Saturday February 17.

The meeting will receive coverage on Sky 1 & Sky 2 in a twilight timeslot.

UNUSUAL programming will see the North West Coast host two race meetings on Friday with the times overlapping.

The twilight gallops meeting at Spreyton is scheduled to run from 3.46pm to 7.45 and the night harness meeting at Burnie from 6.31pm to 10.01pm.

Both meetings will have Sky 2 coverage except for the main race at Spreyton, the $25,000 Golden Mile, which will be on Sky 1.

It will be the first of two North West double-headers this month, with Spreyton gallops and Devonport harness (night) on Boxing Day.

PREMIER reinsman Gareth Rattray ‘drove the card’ at King Island on Saturday.

Making his first visit to the track, Rattray won both harness events on the program, scoring by 40m on Optimus Bart and scraping home by a neck on Captain Mordecai.