An unorthodox campaign saw astute Roches Beach trainer Julie Richards take the $30,000 Tasmanian St Leger (2150m) with former Victorian Creative Hero at Launceston on Wednesday night.
The More Than Ready gelding had his first local outing in the listed Mowbray Stakes over 1600 metres before scoring over the St Leger course in early March.
Richards then dropped her charge back to 1400m, at which trip he was never likely behind star filly Hela, before reverting to the 2150 metres on Wednesday night.
The five-year-old was given a good trail just off the pace by Troy Baker, who made his move at the 600-metre mark.
Despite finding the front so far from home Baker’s mount sustained the effort to score a comfortable 1½-length victory
Tassie’s most prominent owners, Paul and Elizabeth Geard, had a great night with three of the seven victors on the card.
They set the tone in the night’s opener, a two-year-old maiden plate over 1120 metres, with the Stuart Gandy-trained Geegeeluckystar jumping straight to the front and never challenged, cruising to a soft 3¾-length win under Siggy Carr
The team Wells-trained Gee Gee Top Tip then staged the biggest upset of the night, coming from worse than midfield to score at $26 under three-kilo claimer Peter Lui in the benchmark 60 over 1220 metres at her first run back from a break.
The Geards again combined with Gandy to take the benchmark 66 handicap over 1120 metres with Gee Gee Queen Bee, who enjoyed a box-seat trail under Kyle Maskiell.
The win gave Maskiell a running double as he’d given the Stephen Lockhart-trained Sellik a similar gun run to take the Class 1 handicap over 1420 metres.