Back-to-back Tasmania Cups

08:00 AM 23 Dec 2013 NZDT
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Moto Crusader and Gareth Rattray
Moto Crusader and Gareth Rattray after the 2013 Tasmania Cup win
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Listen to what trainer Zeke Slater had to say
TASMANIAN trainer Zeke Slater celebrated back-to-back wins in the prestigious $40,000 Tasmania Cup when his gallant seven-year-old pacer Moto Crusader stormed home to beat the favourite in a photo-finish at Tattersall's Park today.

Dapper Dana showed great acceleration to lead from the pole position but a lap further out and the favourite Im Corzin Terror assumed that mantle and looked to be in control when the field wheeled for home the last time.

But that's when ace driver Gareth Rattray called on Moto Crusader to unleash and the gelding quickly put himself in contention and powered home to grab victory in the last few strides.

Moto Crusader scored by a head from the Dean Braun-trained Im Corzin Terror (Chris Alford) with Our Chain of Command motoring home to finish third but 7-1/2 metres from the runner-up.

Moto Crusader has been back in the care of Slater for a while but the gelding's run in the City of Launceston Cup last week was too bad to be true.

He finished fourth in a field of seven and beaten over 15 metres when sent out a long odds-on favourite.

But Slater said he was confident before this latest assignment that the horse had improved enough

to be at his best for today's race, although punters did not share his views as the horse was sent around a $22 outsider.

Listen to what trainer Zeke Slater had to say about Moto Crusader's latest Tasmania Cup win.

Peter Staples

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