Husson's Swoop Dog Powers Home in Tasmanian Guineas

Mark Smith - Friday January 8

Under a perfectly timed ride by Kyle Maskiell, the John Blacker-trained Swoop Dog came with a barnstorming finish to overpower First Accused in Friday’s Listed Tasmanian Guineas (1600m) at Launceston.

The 3yo gelded son of Husson (ARG), defeated First Accused (Turffontein) by one and a half lengths with One Lotto (Super One) a nose back I third.

Swoop Dog failed to make his $40,000 reserve as a yearling.


It was the second win for Swoop Dog who advances his record to two wins and a second from four starts with earnings of $97,060.

The bay gelding races for his breeder Armidale Stud and PE McMullen after being passed in short of his $40,000 reserve at the 2019 Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale.

Swoop Dog is the best of two winners from as many to race out of the very accomplished Black Hawk mare Swooper (GB), a Listed winner of 12 races and over $565,000.

Purchased at the 2014 Inglis Great Southern Bloodstock Sale for $24,000, Swooper has a yearling filly and a filly foal by Alpine Eagle but was not covered last spring.

Swoop Dog becomes the 17th stakes-winner for Aquis farm’s Husson (ARG).  


Race Result - Unique Doors/Windows Tas Gneas LR 1600m

Launceston Track: Good(4) Time: 1:37.30
Swoop Dog
T: J K Blacker J: Kyle Maskiell 57
3g Husson (ARG) x Swooper (AUS) (Black Hawk (GB))
First Accused
T: Scott Brunton J: Georgie Catania 57
3g Turffontein (AUS) x Keep On Talking (USA) (Royal Academy (USA))
MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale $16,000
V:Motree Thoroughbreds Waterhouse Tas
B: Andrew Scanlon
One Lotto
T: J L Keys J: T Baker 57
3g Super One (AUS) x Potluck (AUS) (Excites (AUS))
MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale $42,500
V:Armidale Stud Carrick Tas
B: John Keys
Inglis Australian Weanling Sale $20,000
V:Middlebrook Valley Lodge, Scone
B: S Hawkins
T: Imogen Miller J: B Mc Coull 57
3g Wordsmith (AUS) x Destiny's Girl (AUS) (Savoire Vivre (GB))
T: Adam Trinder J: A Darmanin 55
3f Needs Further (AUS) x Why For (AUS) (Xaar (GB))
MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale $35,000
V:Armidale Stud Carrick Tas
B: Prime Thoroughbreds
Brandum Bay
T: Scott Brunton J: D Pires 57
3g Charge Forward (AUS) x Tara's Spur (AUS) (Flying Spur (AUS))
MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale $100,000
V:Grenville Stud Whitemore Tas
B: Leigh Winwood
Warrior Prince
T: Adam Trinder J: B Muhcu 57
3g Artie Schiller (USA) x Typhoon Tilly (AUS) (Ferocity (AUS))
MM National Yearling Sale Book 1 $30,000
V:Aquis Farm Operations Murrurundi NSW
B: Adam Trinder
T: Ms L Gaffney J: D M Ganderton 57
3g Wordsmith (AUS) x Darcenell (AUS) (Tailings (USA))
MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale $31,000
V:D A & L A Miller Wesley Vale Tas
B: Barry Campbell/Star Thoroughbreds
Swingin' George
T: T W Evans J: S Tsaikos 57
3c Reward For Effort (AUS) x Miss Elsa (AUS) (Casino Prince (AUS))
T: J K Blacker J: C Newitt 57
3g Needs Further (AUS) x Rustical (AUS) (Strategic (AUS))
We Want Beer
T: Dylan Clark J: Y Nishitani 57
3g Americain (USA) x Quinta Lago (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Inglis Melbourne Gold Yearling Sale $8,000
V:Merrivale Farm, Gooram
B: A McDonnell
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