Secondover hits top gear
GEE GEE SECONDOVER notched arguably the best performance of his career to take out the $30,000 Goodwood Handicap (1200m) in Launceston on Wednesday.
The four-year-old confirmed his status as a genuine Newmarket Handicap contender and the breathtaking win wasn’t lost on his trainer Leon Wells.
“He is a very solid horse these days, but to get the best out of him, he needs to be ridden back with cover, and if he is, then he does what he did tonight,” Wells said.
“There’s no doubt that was his biggest test so far, but he’s come through it with flying colours. He hasn’t grown much [height] but he’s lengthened out and he has such an impressive turn of foot, as he showed in this race.”
The Goodwood boasted other Newmarket candidates, but punters still rallied for the gelded son of Wordsmith.
Gee Gee Secondover, with Craig Newitt aboard, was heavily backed to start the $4.20 second elect behind Group 2-winning mare Twitchy Frank ($3.10 fav). The race was run at a solid tempo with O’Lonh Star working to find the lead while Twitchy Frank (Anthony Darmanin) took the sit and Newitt was content to allow Gee Gee Secondover to settle near the rear of the field.
Twitchy Frank forged to the lead at the top of the home straight, but when Newitt eased his charge to the outside the gelding unleashed a scintillating turn of foot.
Gee Gee Secondover went on to score by a half-length from Blaze Forth with Twitchy Frank hanging on for third.
Newitt said Gee Gee Secondover had turned into “the complete package”.
“He is going to get into the Newmarket on the minimum weight [54kg] and if he runs up to that form he’s going to be mighty hard to beat.”
Blaze Forth rattled home and proved he is going to be a major contender in the Newmarket, while last year’s Newmarket placegetter Scrutineer ran out of room on the rail when trying to finish off late, so she will be improved by the outing and is ready for another Newmarket tilt.
FITZWILLIAM started his three-year-old season with a win in Devonport on Tuesday.
The Stuart Gandy-trained gelding performed admirably as a two-year-old winning none and placing four times from seven starts.
His win was in a Tasbred Bonus race that earned his owner Ruth Gandy an extra $16,000 that helped bolster his earnings to $55,202.
VICTORIAN jockey Stan Tsaikos will be riding in Tasmania next week.
His manager Les James said the popular rider is available for rides at next Wednesday’s night meeting in Launceston and he can ride at 55.5kg.