With the major thoroughbred racing action being on something of a hiatus, we find ourselves with the time to give a little attention to one of the smaller carnivals, the Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival.
None of the races is above Group 3. There is four of those, plus one Listed race.
In the early part ofFebruary, in Hobart, February 9thfor 2018, the Group 3 Bow Mistress Trophy (1200 m) offers weight-for-age racing for fillies and mares. Total prizemoney for the race was $150,000 in 2017, so more of the Victorians and South Australians are willing to cross the ditch.
The Bow Mistress is named for the mare of that name. She is considered one of Tasmania’s best ever and she did some racing on the mainland in the 80s, taking out the Group 2 J J Liston Stakes.Inaugurated in 2006, Rebel Bride is the only multiple winner, in 2012 and 2013. She won 14 races all across the state, but her one venture to Flemington supplied a disappointing ninth place run.
That same meeting offers the Listed Tasmanian Derby (2200 m) for three-year-olds is run at set weights. It has been run since 1980and was graded higher than its current Listed status following the 2011 edition. Prizemoney is 2017 was $100,000.
Two days later, February 11, 2018, the Group 3 Hobart Cup (2400 m) offers open handicap racing. This is an old race, going back to 1875. It was run at 16 furlongs in those days.
Group racing moves to Launcestonfor February 25th and 28th, with the Group 3 Vamos Stakes (1400 m) and the Group 3 Launceston Cup (2400 m).
The Vamos Stakes is restricted to fillies and mares competing under weight-for-age conditions. Like the Bow Mistress, the Vamos Stakes is a newer race, first run in 2007.
The Launceston Cup got started just four years after the Melbourne Cup. In the entire history of the race, it was missed only once, in 1870. The 1954 and 1955 winner was Vamos, the namesake of the other notable race in Tasmania.