Mossman sprinter-miler Admiral toyed with his rivals in the LR Kevin Sharkie Tasmanian Stakes (1600m) in Launceston on Wednesday night.
Sent out as a $1.50 favourite after a dominant win over The Cleaner a fortnight ago, he hit the line almost two lengths clear of Victorian visitor Eximius. It was his 11th win in 16 starts for trainer Barry Campbell and a syndicate that includes astute judge Denise Martin of Star Thoroughbreds and many of her lucky clients.
“I thought that was his best win this time in and he is doing everything I hoped he would,” Campbell said. “Sometimes when they are as brilliant as he was as a two and three year-old, they don’t come back, but he’s just getting better with age.”
Admiral (4g Mossman – Reunification by West Quest) will tackle all the feature weight-for-age events during the Tasmanian summer carnival culminating with the LR Thomas Lyons Stakes (1400m) and LR George Adams Plate (1600m) in February.
The Tasmanian Stakes completed a double for Vinery sire Mossman following his well-bred colt Reneged at Warwick Farm.
Reneged is trained by John Thompson and caught punters by surprise after an unplaced debut at Goulburn on December 10. He’s a three-quarter brother to Mossman hero Buffering and Thompson outbid the champ’s trainer Robert Heathcote with a $100,000 bid at the 2014 Magic Millions National Sale.
“Rob wasn’t happy,” Thompson recalled. “And neither was I when the original owner reneged on the deal. Luckily Joe O’Neill from Prime Thoroughbreds offered to syndicate him.
“Reneged reminded me of Buffering – Rob stabled him with us in Sydney. He’s going to be a miler and I will give him a break and come back for the Brisbane winter carnival.”
Thompson also prepares Mossman filly Mossin’ Around who won on debut at Canterbury last week.
Meanwhile, back at Doomben on Wednesday, Heathcote sent Buffering over 1000 metres between races in advance of his next assignment in the $1 million Magic Millions QTIS Open (1300m) on January 9. He was last seen winning the G1 Winterbottom Stakes in Perth on November 21.