Lillycette wins Monday night’s finalCLASSY stayer Lillycette earned the right represent Tasmania in the National Distance Championship in Sydney next week when she easily won the state final over 720 metres at Mowbray on Monday night.
Lillycette drew wide but crossed to the lead shortly after the start and quickly opened a commanding break on the field, which she maintained to the finish.
The first three placegetters went across the line in market order, with Lillycette ($1.50 favourite) beating Midnight Bird ($4.60) and Frosty’s Capable ($5.50).
The Ted Medhurst-trained Lillycette has been competitive on previous interstate visits, including two placings over the national distance final course at Wentworth Park in March-April.
She has now won 10 of her 16 starts on the Launceston circuit.
Breaker’s Tip, the fastest heat winner, ran right up to that form with a brilliant win in the state final of the National Sprint Championship.
The Gary Fahey-trained dog began quickly from box seven to settle outside the red runner Retail Chart and, by the first turn, had crossed to the lead.
He was never challenged from that point and went on to beat Retail Chart easily, with outsider Lisheen grabbing third place in a photo finish.
The first two placegetters dominated betting, with Breaker’s Tip starting $2.60 favourite and Retail Chart $2.80.
Breaker’s Tip was bred by Mangalore-based Fahey and his brother Greg, of Hobart.
The national sprint and distance finals are group 1 races worth $75,000 to the winner and will be run on Saturday week.
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