|Many of the country's leading
trainers and some of the nation's most promising gallopers are among the entries for the
feature races in Tasmania which will be run over the next two months.
Lee Freedman, Gai Waterhouse, Colin Alderson, Bill Mitchell, Gerald
Ryan, Rick Hore-Lacy, Robert Smerdon, John Hawkes, Alan Bailey, Peter Moody, Roger James,
Russell Cameron and Michael Moroney are among the leading interstate trainers who are all
indicating they will be represented at the carnival.
The $200,000 AAMI Hobart Cup, a Group Three race over 2400
metres, has attracted some 69 early entries. The race will be run at Hobart on Monday
Among the gallopers entered are last start Adelaide Group
winner Astrolante, impressive last start Caulfield winner Mr Casanova and the promising
The $150,000 Cadbury Tasmanian Derby (2400m) to be run at
Hobart on Saturday February 9 has 58 entries.
Among them include Belgrade, Bites, Carnegie Express, Our
Bullbaa, Regent Street, Sherator, Sirspec and The Creature.
Meanwhile, trainer Peter Tulloch has aborted plans for his
capable stayer Big Pat to head to Tasmania for the Hobart Cup after a disappointing effort
in the Bagot Handicap at Flemington on Tuesday.
Tulloch will spell the horse for a month before ultimately
setting him for the Adelaide Cup Carnival, where he shot to prominence by winning the SA
Derby last May. Big Pat is being aimed at the Adelaide Cup over 3200 metres.