The Devonport or Hobart Cups, and maybe both, are on the agenda for promising mare Triple Strip after a barnstorming win in Wednesday's $20,000 Longford Cup.
The John Blacker-trained four-year-old had to come from third-last and go wide on the home turn before beating stablemate Magnasa and La Dernier Fille in the traditional New Year's Day feature.
Blacker said Triple Strip had now earned a start in next week's $100,000 Devonport Cup but he's cautious of the fact that it would be only seven days between runs.
"It's a good race for her because she's shown she's not suspect at the distance (1880m) and she goes well on the Devonport track," the trainer said.
"But she'd have to pull up 100 per cent to back-up that quickly.
"The alternative might be to wait for the Brighton Cup 10 days later because it's run at Mowbray this year and, being over 2100m, it could hopefully lead to a Hobart Cup start.
"We'll nominate for the Devonport Cup on Thursday and accept on Friday then see how she is before making a final decision."
Triple Strip was Blacker's third winner in his home-town cup and his family's seventh.
He also scored with Raami's Magic in 1996 and The Producer in 2014 while his father George won with Bevan Heights (twice) and Omega Quest and brother Troy was successful with Dream Pedlar.
It was the first win in the race for Triple Strip's rider Bulent Muhcu.
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