Mandela Effect will contest the Mowbray Stakes. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

2021 Launceston Cup Day Tips & Preview

Wednesday racing kicks up a gear this week as focus shifts south towards the Apple Isle, and 2021 Launceston Cup Day!

The time-honoured Cup headlines a ten-race program dripping with talent and I’ve previewed the lot below.

Shedcorp Tas Maiden (1400m) – 12:55pm AEDT
No. 8 Merv Decides

Merv Decides went close to breaking his maiden on Hobart Cup Day and can break through on Wednesday.

The Decides gelding has placed at each of his three trips to the races so far, including his last-start effort behind Fighting Frank.

Fitter fourth-up, this looks his opportunity.

Neville-Smith Forest Products Maiden (1200m) – 1:30pm AEDT
No. 1 Boris The Blade

Boris The Blade has improved for two starts since debuting and is ready to win on Launceston Cup Day.

The Squamosa gelding raced greenly on debut and clearly needed it, but returned a far better effort to fill the minors over 1200m last time out.

He’s drawn to receive a lovely run in transit and on exposed form, looks the one to beat.

Kevin Sharkie Class 1 Handicap (1200m) – 2:05pm AEDT
No. 7 Blushed

Blushed hasn’t been seen at the races since August, but this is a decent drop in class from what she is used to contesting, and she can make a winning return.

The Jabali filly has only made four appearances at the races since debuting, but filled the minors on debut and broke her maiden before stepping out in Listed company during her debut prep.

She’s drawn and weighted well and will take plenty of beating.

Launceston Floorworld Benchmark 70 Handicap (1100m) – 2:41pm AEDT
No. 4 Julius

Julius is another horse that will resume on Launceston Cup Day with genuine claims on winning.

The Time For War gelding stamped himself as a runner to follow when he debuted for consecutive wins at Devonport last winter, but he was sent to the paddock after failing to fire behind Galenus here in October.

He has a class edge over the lion’s share of his rivals this week and I’m happy to stick with him.

PFD Food Services 3YO Classic (1200m) – 3:16pm AEDT
No. 3 Warrior Prince

Warrior Prince has returned some typically nice efforts since resuming and the 3YO Classic shapes as a terrific target for him.

Having placed behind some good ones at his first two starts back, the Artie Schiller gelding was simply forced to do too much work in the Tasmanian Guineas last time and tired late.

He looks to be at peak fitness for this contest and should relish the drop in class, and trip.

Dulux & Inspirations Pain Royal Rambo Quality (1200m) – 3:51pm AEDT
No. 4 Liffeybeau

Liffeybeau has been excellent this prep and is up to winning again on Launceston Cup Day.

The Magnus gelding has been a great horse throughout his career, but there is a genuine case to be built for him finding career-best form this time, and he has won three of his last four starts.

This is a rise in class, but I can’t find a reason why he won’t be in the finish again.

Listed Mowbray Stakes (1600m) – 4:26pm AEDT
No. 1 Mandela Effect

The Hobart Cup was probably a bridge too far distance-wise, but Mandela Effect is undoubtedly at his best over a mile and I’m expecting him to bounce back in the Mowbray Stakes.

The Turffontein gelding has been a typically consistent performer this prep and placed at each of his four starts prior to the Hobart Cup, three of which at Listed grade.

We know how good he can be under the right conditions and I think that he’s the one to beat.

Group 3 Launceston Cup (2400m) – 5:01pm AEDT
No. 5 Barade

This is set to be a great edition of the Launceston Cup and I have put Barade on top, but be sure to check out our full race preview and complete 2021 Launceston Cup Tips RIGHT HERE.

Group 3 Vamos Stakes (1400m) – 5:44pm AEDT
No. 2 Still A Star

Still A Star hasn’t been seen at the races since February last year, but she is an above-average athlete and can make a winning return in the Group 3 Vamos Stakes.

The Toronado mare has had twelve starts for seven wins and five second placings, and won each of the Tasmanian Guineas, Launceston Guineas and Tasmanian Oaks last time in.

Given that she has been set for a hopeful appearance in the All-Star Mile, I would think she’d be quite wound up for this race and I’m happy to have her on top.

City Of Launceston Benchmark 66 Handicap (2100m) – 6:15pm AEDT
No Bet

The Risk Factor is seeking a third-consecutive win in the last on Launceston Cup Day and looks well placed to pull it off.

Regardless, the $1.60 available at publish is far too short for me and I am happy to pull stumps early.