WELL-PERFORMED pacer Mister Lennox has been aimed at the revamped Easter Cup following his success in Hobart last night.
After the son of Changeover upstaged a solid field in the club’s flagship event, trainer Juanita McKenzie turned her attention to the April 1 feature.
Originally listed at $40,000, the Easter Cup has been boosted by Tasracing, which will see the race carry a purse of $75,000.
Just days before Christmas, the governing body provided the industry with a welcome gift of across the board stake rises for the second time this season.
Along with the Easter Cup hike, base staked races were lifted to $8100, while the Hobart Cup was up to $25,000, much to McKenzie’s delight.
“I couldn’t be happier with the way he went,” McKenzie said. “He got the right trip and was good enough to make the most of it.
“For now I will just keep racing him fortnightly, but longer term I’ll set him for the Easter Cup.”
Driven by Ricky Duggan during his latest triumph, Mister Lennox began safely from the inside of the second row before gaining a three-wide trail during the middle stages.
Proving too slick along the home straight, the gelding accounted for Call Her Julie and Dapper Dana in 2:04.7 over 3060 metres.
“He is not the best beginner, so my biggest concern before the race was the start,” McKenzie said. “Thankfully he got away safely and was able to settle in a good position before getting the perfect run.
“I was rapt with his run the start before in the Tasmania Cup and knew he was at his peak and ready to put in a good effort.”
- PAUL COURTS