Swoop Dog Wins $100,000 Launceston Guineas

Tara Madgwick - Wednesday January 20

Hot favourite Swoop Dog justified punters enthusiasm when scoring a dominant two and a half length win in the $100,000 Launceston Guineas (2100m) in Tasmania on Wednesday evening.

The John Blacker trained Husson (Arg) gelding followed up his last start win in the Listed Tasmanian Guineas (1600m) with another easy victory under Kyle Maskiell.


"They were all unknown as stayers but we knew he was the best miler in the race," Blacker said.

"We now know he can run a strong 2100m and he could turn out to be the best stayer I've trained.

"When he matures and puts on another 25kg or so, he could win the Hobart and Launceston Cups next season."

Blacker's more immediate focus is the Tasmanian Derby at Elwick on February 5.

"I did say after he won the Tasmanian Guineas that we might have a go at this year's Launceston Cup but I could have been a bit excited," the trainer said.

"We'll concentrate on the Derby first, if he pulls up well, then take it from there."

Swoop Dog advances his record to three wins and a second from five starts with earnings in excess of $155,000.

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 passed in as a yearling.

Swoop Dog is the best of two winners from as many to race out of the very accomplished Black Hawk (GB) mare Swooper, 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.



Race Result - Kevin Sharkie Launceston Gneas LR 2100m

Launceston Track: Good(4) Time: 2:13.24
Swoop Dog
T: J K Blacker J: Kyle Maskiell 57
3g Husson (ARG) x Swooper (AUS) (Black Hawk (GB))
Brandum Bay
T: Scott Brunton J: L Currie 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
First Accused
T: Scott Brunton J: D Pires 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
Turk Delight
T: G J Stevenson J: Ismail Toker 57
3g Mawingo (GER) x Uberwald (AUS) (Invincible Spirit (IRE))
MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale $16,000
V:Motree Thoroughbreds Waterhouse Tas
B: Seyit Basol
Northern Spirit
T: Sigrid Carr J: A Darmanin 55
3f Needs Further (AUS) x Sh'bourne Spirit (AUS) (Savoire Vivre (GB))
MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale $55,000
V:Armidale Stud Carrick Tas
B: Lloyd Kennewell Racing Pty Ltd
Launnie Nights
T: Brendan McShane J: S Tsaikos 57
3g Pentire (GB) x Constant Charmer (USA) (Rahy (USA))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale Session 1 $16,000
V:Murrulla Stud Wingen NSW
B: McShane Hill
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
Gee Gee Can Win
T: L, D & T Wells J: B Muhcu 57
3g Wordsmith (AUS) x Himstedt (AUS) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
Stallion Parade
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