Veteran Spreyton trainer Vern Poke doesnât often have four runners at a meeting, let alone four winning chances.
But the 77-year-old is confident that all the horses he is taking to Mowbray on Wednesday night have bright prospects.
âIt would be asking a bit much for them all to win but they willÂ all run well,â Poke said.
His runners are Chloeâs King, Emsgem, The Rockbank Flash and Posh Pursuit.
They are among a long list of interstate horses that have joined Pokeâs stable this year andÂ consistency has been their trademark.
âOf my last 32 runners, 30 have earned a stake cheque,â the trainer said.
âChloeâs King hasnâtÂ missed a cheque in eight starts since coming to Tasmania and earned more than $25,000.
âEmsgem has missed a cheque only once in 11 starts and earned more than $35,000.
âThe Rockbank Flash has had only five runs here and was an impressive winner last start, helped by a 10-out-of-10 ride by Craig Newitt.
âAnd Posh Pursuit has had only two runs here and might have won last start if she hadnât drawn the outside barrier.â
Poke uses jumping as part of his training routine and said that The Rockbank Flash and Posh Pursuit have thrived on it.
âIâve never schooled a horse that can jump like The Rockbank Flash,â he said.
âIâve just started schooling Posh Pursuit and she jumps brilliantly as wellÂ âÂ she loves it.â
Poke rates the free-running Emsgem as the best of his four runners.
âShe only just got beaten by West On Broadway last start and thereâs no West On Broadways in this weekâs race,â the trainer said.
In what could only be described as a racecallerâs nightmare, Buckle Up Izy caused a minor boilover in the $5000-to-the-winner Gold Collar final at Mowbray on Monday night.
The $11 chance found the lead early, dashed clear down the back straight andÂ held on to beat her litter brother and kennel-mate Buckle Up Axon ($1.90 fav) by ÂžÂ length.
Six of the eight finalists were trained by either Gary or Robyn Johnson and had Buckle Up in their name.
While there are many horse racesÂ with multiple Gee Gee runners,Â they are much longer than dog races and the callers have more time to get through them all.
To commentator Shane Yatesâ credit, he managed to call Buckle Up Izy and Buckle Up Axon four times each, Buckle Up Kiona three times and Buckle Up Azona, Buckle Up Fraya and Buckle Up Rhonan twice each.
Not bad in 30.13Â seconds.