THIS Sunday night’s Devonport Cup boasts a strong interstate contingent with 30-metre back marker Five Star Anvil from the Adam Kelly stable likely to start favourite.
The former New Zealand gelding won six of his first seven starts in Australia last year between January and April of which the first two were in Tasmania during Kelly’s first foray into the state.
The gelding resumed with sound efforts at Tabcorp Park Melton in August last year before he was given a short let-up that followed with an impressive win at Melton in October.
Kelly spelled him after one more outing and he returned to racing last month with placings at his first two attempts before winning at his most recent outing at Melton in an M2-3 over 2240 metres.
Five Start Anvil has won twice over 2600 metres so Kelly is not expecting the Devonport Cup trip of 3020 metres to be of any concern.
Kelly is bringing a small team of five to the state that includes Sandy Kay, a well performed three-year-old filly that will be aimed at the Tasmanian Oaks in Hobart on Sunday week.
Kelly is confident his team can pay their way and hopefully emulate the feats of his team last year that included four winners on one program in Launceston with an overall haul of six wins from three meetings.
Listen to what Victorian harness trainer Adam Kelly had to say about his impending trip to Tasmania.
By Peter Staples