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Ladbrokes Stakes to unlock the Thomas Lyons

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Ladbrokes Stakes the key form reference for Thomas Lyons.

THE INEVITABLE. Picture: Tasracing

After The Inevitable made a one-act affair of the race last year, Sunday afternoons' Listed $150,000 Magic Millions Thomas Lyons Stakes is much more open.

Seven of the 11 runners on Sunday ran in the $75,000 Ladbrokes Stakes won by Bello Beau. However, there were only 2.55 lengths between the first nine horses across the line.

As a result, it's $4 the field for the weight-for-age classic, but the best-backed runner has been the horse that was undeniably the hardest luck story in the Ladbrokes Stakes, Geegees Gemstone.

The Stuart Gandy-trained 4YO gelding jumped the $3.20 favourite last start, and after being buried back in the field, jockey Anthony Darmanin was unable to find clear running, with Geegees Gemstone going to the line without being fully tested.

Darmanin is looking forward to a shot at redemption on Sunday.

"I'm really looking forward to getting back on Gemstone.

"Obviously, he was so unlucky the other day, so hopefully we can rectify that, and he's too good," Darmanin said.

Geegees Gemstone has been backed from $5.50 to $4 in an open market that also sees Indispensable ($4.50), First Accused ($4.80), Turk Warrior ($5.50) and Bello Beau ($8) at single figures with bookmakers. All five of those horses ran in the Ladbrokes Stakes in Launceston on 26 January.

The Thomas Lyons honour roll is a who's who of modern-day Tasmanian greats, with The Inevitable, Mystic Journey, Hellova Street and Admiral all victorious in the race across the last decade.

LCSS comes to Hobart Cup Day

For the first time in 2024, the Ladbrokes Community Sports Series (LCSS) will be a part of Hobart Cup Day.

The concept has been a huge success in Devonport through the Ladbrokes Carpet Charge, and its race 6 (BM60, 1600m) in Hobart on Sunday that will afford 14 southern sporting clubs a chance to win $10,000.

The race has been knocked around by scratchings, but with $500 guaranteed to all 14 clubs, along with 10 tickets to the races, the clubs involved will still enjoy a great day out.

The draw for Sunday's race was conducted on Friday evening:

Sorell Football Club – Adachi

St Virgils Football Club – Our Little Ted

Tassie Flying Paws Dog Club Inc – Lord Whitegate

Tasmanian University Football Club – Winchester Rifle

Longley Cricket Club – Rubbleonthedouble

Rokeby Cricket Club – Rustic Charm

Mt Pleasant Football Club – Arelius

Swansea RSL Sub Branch Inc – Kiriena Marubrah

Claremont Bowls Club – Power Magnum

Eastern Shore Homing Society – Monte Bianco

South East Suns WFC – Make A Decision

Sorell Bowls Club – Co Accused

Southern Raiders Polocrosse Club – Alpine Aviator

Colebrook Golf Club – Princess Matoaka

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