Prevailing has produced a stunning last to first finish to win the Group 3 Launceston Cup this afternoon.
The five-year-old gelding won the race ahead of Geegees Blackflash, who was hoping to extend his stunning five run winning streak.
Geegees Blackflash performed gallantly under his top weight of 60 kilograms, however, could not hold on to his lead in the final stages of the race.
Prevailing paved the way for today’s upset victory with a win in the Cascade Pale Ale Handicap at Launceston on February 15.
The Secret Savings gelding has only finished outside the top three on one occasion in his last six starts, when finishing fourth at Hobart early in the month.
While today was Prevailing’s first attempt at Group level racing, the gelding had not finished out of the money since 2010.
Prevailing has now won eight of his 21 race starts and has earned more than $215,000 in prize money.
Co-trainer Scott Brunton was overcome with emotion following the race and was eager to sing Prevailing’s praises.
“He’s a real good horse, don’t worry about that,” Brunton said.
“How good was that?”
Brunton was thrilled to have finally taken out the Launceston Cup after narrowly missing out with White Yard in last year’s race.
“(It’s an) incredible thrill. We got beaten in this race last year with White Yard,” he said.
The trainer told that Prevailing had almost missed out on a spot in the field after connections were forced to pay a late entry fee into the race.
“I forgot to nom(inate) but the owners were really understanding and we paid the late nom for him”
Prevailing will now remain in Tasmania, with a spring trip to Victoria last year proving unsuccessful.
“He’ll stay in Tassie”
“He was a complete reptile last time we took him up there (to Melbourne).
“He’ll be a nicer horse next year.”
Jockey Anthony Darmanin was aboard Prevailing for today’s Cup win.
“I’m wrapped. (It’s) my biggest win so far in racing,” Darmanin said.
“He toughed it out really good.”
The Victorian rider has been a regular face in Tasmania in recent times.
“In Melbourne I can’t get a ride, it’s just too competitive,” he said
“Since I’ve come here I’ve got good opportunities and I’ve got to take them while I can.”