Fast Trial Has Bluey On Track For Launceston Cup

A slick trial registered by Victorian Don’t Tell Bluey has him the focus of attention leading into Monday night's heats of the Launceston Cup (515m). 

Brennan Ryan

22 January 2022

A slick trial registered by Victorian Don’t Tell Bluey has him the focus of attention leading into Monday night’s heats of the Group 2 Ladbrokes Launceston Cup (515m). 

Eight heats of the $40,000 to-the-winner series has attracted a small selection of interstate runners that will take on the best local sprinters with heat winners progressing through to the final.


The Brendan Pursell-trained Don’t Tell Bluey (Barcia Bale x Suffragette), a winner of six from 16 starts, signalled his intentions for the 2022 Launceston Cup series when posting a red-hot 29.50 run over the 515-metre sprint trip with splits of 5.04 and 17.61.

Both Don’t Tell Bluey and King Of Calypso were handled last week in trials by Brendan’s son Blake Pursell for a crack at the group 2 series.

A pronounced $1.90 favourite, Don’t Tell Bluey will jump from box three in the sixth heat.

Second favourite King Of Calypso (box 2) at $3.20, trained by Tim Britton, trialled around the Launceston track last week in 30.07 with sectional splits of 5.16 and 18.08.

Owner Cameron Betts heads the ownership of Don’t Tell Bluey.

Betts will have strong interest in the Group 2 Launceston Cup heats on Monday night, having a total of three runners in the series including Sacred Stance and Rip Away, both trained by Ted Medhurst.

Lara trainer David Geall is determined to take home the silverware from the Apple Isle as he sends across Hill Top Jack for a crack at the Launceston Cup.

Under the guidance of trainer Nathan Gittus, the regally bred chaser clocked 29.60 in a trial on the track last week.

Geall has finished agonisingly close recently in the Devonport Chase Final (2nd) and Hobart Thousand Final (3rd)  with his multiple group race winning sprinter Ferdinand Boy.

Hill Top Jack will start the $1.65 early race favourite jumping from box three in the second heat.

Tasmanian Hall of Fame trainer Ted Medhurst prepares the leading local favourite in Sacred Stance for the Launceston Cup series which won on his 515m debut last week in brilliant style.

The son of Beast Unleashed and Adorable Lady has produced a neat record since October last year, winning eight races from 10 starts, while having made the Group 3 Devonport Chase Final back in November, recorded his first Launceston win running 29.93 from box three.

Sacred Stance is the $2.10 favourite from box seven in the opening heat.