With leading reinsmanin the sulky, Call The Marshall ($2.90) stepped brilliantly from gate four to find the lead and he was never headed on his way to a comfortable win over the heavily backed Dapper Dana ($2.05 fav) with Falco Peregrinus ($8.50) doing his best work over the concluding stages for a close-up third.
Call The Marshall was coming off a win over last year's Easter Cup winner Biggernbettermax in a discretionary handicap in Launceston but this latest victory was even more impressive.
The other heat was taken out by the Dick Eaves-trained mare Arts Bliss that also led all the way but at the sweet odds of $13.
Arts Bliss has been a consistent mare in lower grades but eaves has said all along that he was keen to get her to the Easter Cup because she is tough and that she was just starting to deliver in her races.
The mare byfrom Arts Darling (x ) won the Scottsdale Cup in January and followed up with a game win in a discretionary handicap in Launceston about four weeks later.
She went into this race on the back of a game second in the Sylvan Lass over 2090 metres in Hobart behind Dapper Dana.
Arts Bliss held on to defeat dead-heaters Our Chain of Command and back marker (off 40m) Motu Crusader.
But the biggest run in the race was that of fourth-placed Saab Quality that missed the start at least 60 metres.
The Daryl Bates-trained gelding made up the lost ground and crept along the rails once he tacked on and when driver John Walters called on him for an effort in the home straight he flashed home along the rails to finish fourth.
The $40,000 Examiner Easter Cup will be run over 2698 metres in Launceston next Sunday night (Easter Sunday).
By Peter Staples