At Launceston in Tasmania, Yarraman Park's Gr3-winning stallion I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit-Cannarelle, by Canny Lad) added a black-type success when 5YO Australian-bred gelding I’m Wesley (I Am Invincible-Daniela, by Danehill) made it back-to-back stakes victories when causing a minor upset in the $100,000 Listed Conquering Stakes (1400m) for 3YO+, defeating $1.30 favourite Hellova Street & Gee Gees Top Notch. An $8,000 purchase at the 2013 Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale, I’m Wesley improved his record to 11 wins (including the Listed Newmarket Handicap) and 8 placings from 27 starts for $248,400 in earnings. The progressive I’m Wesley is now undefeated since resuming on 6 August stringing together six consecutive wins.
At Hobart in Tasmania, Australia's Champion 2YO Colt of 2007-2008 and Widden Stud sire Sebring (More Than Ready-Purespeed, by Flying Spur) added a black-type success when 3YO filly Sebring Sally (Sebring-Donna Amata, by Anabaa) scored by 1-length for trainer Chris Waller in the $100,000 Listed Strutt Stakes (2100m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow fillies Gee Gees Top Notch (Wordsmith-Himstedt, by Danehill Dancer) & All That I Know (More Than Ready-Lucida, by Danehill). This was the first stakes victory for Sebring Sally who took her record to 2 wins and 3 placings from 8 starts for $107,355 earnings. Sebring Sally was an $85,000 purchase by Chris Waller Racing at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Baramul Stud.
Last season's leading Tasmanian 2YO Gee Gees Top Notch (Wordsmith-Himstedt, by Danehill Dancer) looks set to add another feature race to her growing list of achievements when she steps out in the $30,000 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Launceston tonight, reports Tasracing.com.au. The Leon Wells-trained filly will go into tonight's race fresh from finishing a close second to Jerilderie Letter in the $100,000 Tasmanian Guineas over 1600m in Hobart last Friday week. Corporate bookmakers have installed the filly as a $1.20 favourite with Barry Campbell's pint-sized filly Teriki next best at $6.50. Wells believes his filly warrants such a short price. "My filly has a lot going for her in that she is back racing against her own age and sex and meets all the others at set weights," Wells said. "She has been racing with success against the boys so in effect she is almost dropping back in class." He added: "I have no doubts about her being strong at the distance because she was a bit unlucky not to have won the Tasmanian Guineas last start and we plan to step her up to 2100m at her next two starts in the Strutt Stakes and Tasmanian Oaks." A homebred for prominent local owner/breeders Paul and Elizabeth Geard, Gee Gees Top Notch has won 8 of her 16 starts to date - including the Listed Elwick Stakes - for $232,400 earnings.
One of Australia's most popular gallopers The Cleaner was crowned Horse of the Year at the Tasmanian Thoroughbred Awards dinner in Launceston on Friday night. Trained by Mick Burles, The Cleaner was one of three Magic Millions graduates as finalists in the big award with Banco Mo and Genuine Lad the others along with homebreds Admiral and Geegees Blackflash. The Cleaner, who was bred by Owen and Sandra Atkins, was purchased by Burles for $10,000 at the Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale at Launceston. As it stands he's already earned over $1 million and judging on his recent outstanding first up run in the Gr2 PB Lawrence Stakes at Caulfield the 8YO is in for another great campaign. In other awards Gee Gees Top Notch won the Magic Millions 2YO of the Year and Admiral won the Star Thoroughbreds 3YO of the Year. New inductees to the Hall of Fame tonight were horses St Albans and Mendeara Etoile, jockey William Bevis, trainers Leon Wells and Neil Richardson and associates David Yaxley and Robyn Whishaw of Armidale Stud. Leviathan owners Paul and Elizabeth Geard won the TROA Leading Owner Award for a fifth consecutive season, while David Pires and Ismail Toker were the leading jockey and apprentice respectively. Scott Brunton was the Leading Trainer with 60 winners for an impressive sixth year in a row after five straight with his father in partnership. Grenville Stud received an Industry Recognition Award for breeding Mongolian Khan, while the Industry Award was won by The Cleaner's trainer Mick Burles. Completing the winners on the night were:
At Hobart in Tasmania, Gee Gee Horse Stud's Gr3-winning stallion Wordsmith (Testa Rossa-Way With Words, by Yeats) added a black-type success when 2YO filly Gee Gees Top Notch (Wordsmith-Himstedt, by Danehill Dancer) scored by 0.8-length for trainer John Luttrell in the $100,000 Listed Elwick Stakes (1100m) for 2YOs, over fellow 2YO fillies Band On The Run (I Am Invincible-Star Band, by Dixieland Band) & Gee Gees Vicki (Wordsmith-The Cry, by Eire). This was the first stakes victory for Gee Gees Top Notch who took her record to 3 wins and 2 placings from 5 starts for $102,850 earnings.