Admiral overhauled iron-horse The Cleaner for his fourth black-type victory in the LR George Adams Plate (1600m) in Launceston on Wednesday with a Melbourne trip a possibility.
The Mossman three-year-old is paid up for the G1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on March 7 and will ship to the mainland if his post-race recovery pleases trainer Barry Campbell.
“We will give him three or four days off and if he thrives we will probably head to Melbourne,” Campbell said. “He’s still very immature so it’s not the end of the world if we don’t go across.”
“Admiral’s record should be a lot better,” Campbell claimed. “He’s won 9 of 12 and it should be 11 from 12.”
Admiral was bred, born and raised at Vinery before heading to Tasmania and racing for a group of owners including Denise Martin of Star Thoroughbreds.
Admiral (3g Mossman – Reunification by West Quest) was named 2013-14 Tasmanian 2YO of the Year after wins in the LR Gold Sovereign Stakes, LR Elwick Stakes, Autumn 2YO Classic and Tasmanian Sires’ Produce Stakes.
He added more black-type in the LR Tasmanian Guineas before a last-start loss in the LR Thomas Lyons Stakes in Hobart.
Campbell has prepared a number of outstanding horses over the years including Caulfield Guineas winner Alfa, El Mirada and Sedation and rates Admiral right up there with those gallopers.