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Allied Express Vic Cup Rewind: 2012 Caribbean Blaster

Kate and Andy’s Caribbean Blast

Allied Express Vic Cup Rewind: 2012 Caribbean Blaster

Kate and Andy’s Caribbean Blast

Caribbean Blaster winning the SEW-EURODRIVE VICTORIA CUP (GROUP 1)
Caribbean Blaster winning the SEW-EURODRIVE VICTORIA CUP (GROUP 1) Picture:Racing Victoria

Who could forget the night Caribbean Blaster came from widest on the second row to cause a boilover in the Victoria Cup?

It was 15 December, 2012, at Tabcorp Park Melton, and driver Kate Gath delivered Caribbean Blaster connections and husband trainer Andy Gath an early Christmas present with an absolute jewel of a steer. And her salute at the post was priceless.


“… Kate put him in exactly the right spot and his finishing burst was special,” Andy Gath beamed post-race.

“Obviously I was initially disappointed with the barrier draw (13) but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise, his speed is sensational and he follows pace so well.

“I thought he would win at the home turn, when he made his run with Im Themightyquinn I was confident he could get over the top of him, it was a very gratifying victory.”

West Australian star Im Themightyquinn shot away from the mobile to lead for Gary Hall Jr, confirming the natter pre-race.

Pressure came in the form of The Gold Ace and Tony Herlihy into the first bend but ‘Quinny’ held the front.

Initially Terrorway for Andy McCarthy had landed one-by-one, but as soon as ‘Quinny’ signalled his intention to hold out the Ace, McCarthy went whoosh three-wide and shimmied to the lead unchallenged.

When the lead time was semaphored at 41.9, Andy Gath must have been smiling. That’s smoking! Speaking of, the superstar from Lance Justice’s camp, Smoken Up, then made his run three-wide with over a lap and a quarter to go.

Justice urged tough ‘Trigger’ up outside of Terrorway and Washakie, the latter booting up in the chair at the thousand for driver John McCarthy. It was fair dinkum on.

An interesting sidenote, John McCarthy had three runners in this race, the leader Terrorway, the breeze horse Washakie and Franco Jamar back in the field.

Meanwhile, Caribbean Blaster was three horses back in the three-wide train, and, you’d have to say, well placed given the hot fractions.

A 30secs first split and a 28.7secs second meant Caribbean’s pre-race $30.40 odds had surely been blasted into single digits.

VIDEO: Re-live the 2012 Victoria Cup win of Caribbean Blaster

Off the back in 29.2secs and Smoken Up was under pressure to chase down the leader. Washakie was basically in reverse. Gonzo.

‘Quinny’ angled away from the inside and pushed three-wide into the clear, while Caribbean Blaster loomed like a thunderstorm for punters who’d taken the shorts about the favourite (‘Quinny’ was $1.6).

The WA pacer did hit the front, but only fleetingly.

Kate said go and her son of Bettors Delight put ‘Quinny’ to the sword, resulting in the Gaths adding a Victoria Cup to their trophy cabinet alongside the A.G. Hunter Cup won by About To Rock six years prior.

Mah Sish poked through along the inside late to snare second place ahead of Im Themightyquinn; the final quarter covered in 28.5secs. Caribbean Blaster recorded a mile rate of 1:53.7.

“He was just a lovely horse to work with. You get to spend so much time with them one-on-one. Every time they step on to the track they go to war for you. They’re the sorts of horses that actually make me look good,” Andy Gath said years later of Caribbean Blaster.

Caribbean Blaster is nowadays establishing himself in the breeding barn.
Harness Racing Victoria




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