Launceston Cup Field – 2016

The Final Field has been released for the 2016 Launceston Cup which is to be run at Launceston on Wednesday 24th, February 2016 at 4:30PM. View the Launceston Cup Field.


No Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 UP CUPS David Brunton David Pires 0 58kg
2 GEEGEES GOLDENGIRL Stuart Gandy Ms Sigrid Carr (a) 0 57kg
3 GEE GEE’S LA QUITA Stuart Gandy Ms Georgie Catania 0 56kg
4 GLADSTONE Scott Brunton Anthony Darmanin 0 56kg
5 OLLIE’S GOLD Gary White Damien Thornton (late alt) 0 56kg
6 PLAYER ONE Max Cowen Craig Newitt 0 56kg
7 SCHOCKEMOHLE (NZ) Brett Scott Luke Currie 0 56kg
8 SMOKE ’N’ WHISKY John Blacker Dean Holland 0 56kg
9 AGGREGATOR (NZ) Michael Kent Brendon McCoull (late alt) 0 56kg
10 MISTER MONEYPENNY Glenn Thornton Boris Thornton (a) 0 56kg
11 OERTER Scott Brunton Kyle Maskiell (a) 0 56kg
12 HUGO Brendan Mcshane Bulent Muhcu 0 56kg
13 ARIANNE (NZ) Pat Hyland James Winks 0 56kg
14 GINALI Clinton McDonald 0 56kg
15 DILLON HALL Gary White 0 56kg
16 SETTLER’S STONE Troy Blacker 0 56kg


A week after the return of Cox Plate winner Winx, her stablemate Press Statement has stamped his class on the Hobartville Stakes.

The $2 favourite for Saturday’s Group Two Hobartville (1400m), Press Statement tracked the leaders before cruising to the lead in the straight.

In a couple of strides, the Caulfield Guineas winner exerted his authority on his rivals with Hugh Bowman guiding him to the line 2-1/4 lengths ahead of Le Romain ($19) with Montaigne making ground from back in the field to finish third, another 1-1/4 lengths away.

Trainer Chris Waller said it might have looked easy for the colt, but it wasn’t always that simple.

“He’s got class and he shows that,” Waller said.

“But I’m very mindful he is a high-profile colt and it does put the pressure on.

“It’s the trainer’s job not to bugger it up.”

Press Statement jumped from barrier eight in the 13-horse field, a gate his trainer said made it awkward.

“Barrier eight is never easy but he switches off and settles like the professional horse he is.

“But like it is with Winx, it looks very easy but it’s not always.

“Good horses make things happen.”

Bowman is in the enviable position as the regular rider of both Winx and Press Statement, although he did admit his assessment of the colt’s trackwork may have been askew.

“It shows you shouldn’t judge a horse by it’s work and trials,” he said.

“He didn’t appreciate the slow pace early so I made him respond.

“And he did. It’s no fluke. He is a racehorse.”

Press Statement’s stablemate, Spring Champion Stakes winner Vanbrugh, worked home at the back of the field to finish 5-1/2 lengths from the winner.

“He went OK,” Waller said.

“He may go to the Australian Guineas at Flemington on the same day as Press Statement goes to the Randwick Guineas.

“But I’m mindful his target is the Rosehill Guineas so whether he has a float trip to Melbourne we’ll wait and see.

“Press Statement goes to the Randwick Guineas with the option of coming back to the 1500 metres of the George Ryder Stakes.”

The Randwick Guineas and Australian Guineas are both over 1600 metres on March 5.

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