Racing: Weir hopes to double up

By Mike Hedge

Any trainer who wins Tasmania's Cups' double receives a $50,000 bonus
Any trainer who wins Tasmania's Cups' double receives a $50,000 bonus

The chances of Hobart Cup winner Hurdy Gurdy Man improving on that performance when he runs in the Launceston Cup today may be limited.

However, trainer Darren Weir is satisfied a repeat of that effort of two weeks ago will be enough to secure another trophy and a handy bonus.

"He was at his top for the Hobart Cup, I just hope he can hold that level," Weir said on Monday.

"He's got 2kg more, which won't help, but we know he runs the 2400m so we had to come back for another crack."

Any trainer who wins Tasmania's Cups' double receives a $50,000 bonus on top of the $135,000 first prize offered in the group three race.

Hurdy Gurdy Man will again have the services of Glen Boss, who is almost as keen as the trainer to return to Tasmania.

"The way he won at Hobart should be good enough," Boss said.

"They're the same horses, same chances, and he handled them all right."

Hurdy Gurdy Man's penalty for the Hobart win puts him on 56kg and gives those who finished closest to him their chance to turn the tables.

The Cleaner, who finished 1 lengths second has the same weight (57.5kg) today and third placegetter Geegees Blackflash is again carrying 59.5kg.

Weir also runs Lord Of Brazil in the main support race to the Cup, the listed George Adams Plate (1600m).

The ultra-consistent galloper has won seven of his past 13 starts and at his most recent outing at Caulfield was beaten less than a length by Budriguez at level weights.

-AAP

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