Governor's Cup win tempts trainer to stay longer

09:26 AM 07 Apr 2014 NZST
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Five Star Anvil (Gavin Lang) winning the Governor's Cup in Hobart
AN effortless win by Victorian pacer Five Star Anvil in the Governor's Cup in Hobart on Sunday night has tempted trainer Adam Kelly to keep his stable star in Tasmania for one more assignment.

Kelly had planned to take Five Star Anvil back to Victoria this week but he is toying with the idea of running him in the $40,000 Easter Cup in Launceston on April 20.

Five Star Anvil powered home from the rear of the field to win the Governor's Cup over 2579 metres at Tattersall's Park in Hobart on Sunday night to defeat Saab Quality and Motu Crusader.

It was the first leg of a feature race double for Kelly who also prepared the Tasmanian Derby winner Outrageous El.

While the race was set up for a swooper owing to a solid tempo set in front by Our Chain of Command, Five Star Anvil still had to produce the goods when driver Gavin Lang asked for the supreme effort.

But it was the ease with which the gelding delivered the knockout blow to his rivals that impressed his trainer.

"The plan was always to run in this race (Governor's Cup) and head home but he was awesome tonight so I am now thinking about staying for the Easter Cup in a fortnight," Kelly said.

"If I thought he would get a 30-metre handicap I probably wouldn't stay but he might be a chance off 20 metres, anyway that's something I'll have to weigh up in the next day or so," he said.

The nominations for the Easter Cup close on Tuesday (April 8).

Lang was delighted with the win.

''The race pretty much played into our hands with such a solid tempo but in saying that he still had to deliver and he did it well within himself," Lang said.

Five Star Anvil is one of five horses Kelly brought to Tasmania for a month-long stay and they have all delivered multiple wins making it a very profitable exercise.

By Peter Staples

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