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No Spring Secrets looms as best bet in Hobart Sunday night

Talented harness racing performer No Spring Secrets looms as one of the best bets on the eight-event card at Tattersall’s Park Hobart tomorrow tonight. No Spring Secrets will begin from the second line in the opening event, but assuming the race pans out as trainer Steve Lukac expects, it will enhance his gelding’s chances of winning. “My horse will follow out a fast beginner in Nobeer Nofear, which has drawn gate two, so provided that happens and my bloke doesn’t misbehave, we should get a charmed run in the race,” Lukac said. “It’s over a mile and that too is ideal for my horse because he’s been freshened up since his great run in the Tasmanian Derby.” No Spring Secrets finished fourth in the Tasmanian Derby after losing at least 60 metres at the start, but ran home to be beaten 20 metres. No Spring Secrets possess loads of speed and Lukac is expecting him to release his biggest asset when it’s needed. “I haven’t trained a horse with as much natural speed as this bloke, but early in his career he struggled to contain it and he would break gait too easily but he is getting better with age,’ Lukac said. No Spring Secrets is assessed as an odds-on favourite in all markets, with place chances given to the Eric Jacobson-trained My Mate Mick, which has drawn well in gate one, and Dancing Da Vinci from the Christian Salter stable, which will follow him out from inside the second line. PETER STAPLES

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Wade making an impact

The Rattray name is synonymous with Tasmanian harness racing and rarely a meeting passes without a member of the clan training or driving a winner. Most of the domination comes from trainer Barrie and two of his sons Gareth and Todd, but there is little doubt the talent doesn’t stop there. Wade Rattray has been working his way through the driving ranks earning his stripes bit by bit, and last night at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston, he delivered a superb drive to secure victory with his grandparents’ - Wayne and Gaye Rattray - pacer Karalta Dazzler. Wade, who is the son of talented trainer Kent Rattray, had Karalta Dazzler settled the one-one and waited until the right moment to make his move at the 600-metre peg of the Sunrise Bakery Stakes. View Street led into the home straight, but when Rattray released the reins, Karalta Dazzler sprinted past the leader and safely held out a challenge from Helen Wheels to record an impressive win. Karalta Dazzler registered his seventh win from 51 starts, but he also has amassed 13 placings which have helped grow his earnings beyond $50,000. PETER STAPLES

Saab Quality wins the Chartley Estates Claimer

Butler finds suitable race for Saab Quality

Finding suitable races for talented eight-year-old pacer Saab Quality is no easy task for his trainer Marc Butler but he found an ideal event for the gelding at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston tonight. Saab Quality was backed in to start the $2.60 favourite in the Chartley Estate Claimer over 2200 metres and he never let his supporters down by powering home to score an effortless win. With Mark Yole in the cart, Saab Quality stepped well from the inside if the second row but the driver snagged him back and eventually eased into the one-out line before sending him around the field to face the breeze Livin It Lovin It just over a lap from home. That pair settled down to a two-horse war from the home turn but when Yole called on Saab Quality for the supreme effort he forged clear and went on to score comfortably from the fast-finishing Family Guy with Livin It Lovin It third. "I've been struggling to find suitable races for him and that's why he hasn't raced for about a month," Butler said. "He is racing as well as ever and he is very suited to these claimers but sometimes they (races) don't stand up." "But there is another mobile claimer here in Launceston in a fortnight so that's where he'll race next," Butler said. This was Saab Quality's sixth win for the season but he also has notched four minor placings from 12 starts. Saab Quality is well travelled having spent seven months racing in Victoria during the 2013-14 season that produced five wins and multiple minor placings. He was claimed by Jamie Cockshutt and Barry Cooper in a claimer at Maryborough at the end of that Victorian campaign after which he returned to Tasmania and has been very consistent in Butler's care. Peter Staples

Young Bruiser

Maine's new arrival shows promise

Latrobe harness racing trainer Melissa Maine has enjoyed a lot of success in recent timed and that continued in the opening race at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston tonight. Young Bruiser, a horse that only arrived in Maine's stale three weeks ago, gained a needle-eye opening about 80 metres from home to get up in the past few strides to defeat race leader and favourite Barooga Minnie ($1.70) in a nail-biting finish. The Cardmaster Hanover three-year-old gelding was well away from the inside of the second row and driver Gareth Rattray had the gelding travelling sweetly on the back of the favourite that led from the pole position. It looked for certain that Young Bruiser would fail to get clear in the home straight but when the leader shifted up the track under pressure in the closing stages Rattray sooled his charge through the gap. "I was happy to be where we were behind the favourite and to be honest I would have been happy had he been able to run a place," Rattray said. "He was travelling keenly and he surprised me a bit the way he travelled in the race and when the gap came he really dashed up nice and hit the line strong." "On that run you would have to say he has improvement in him so I think his future looks bright," Rattray said. Young Bruiser was backed late in betting firming from $9 to $6.50 on fixed odds with Tattsbet and he also shortened considerably on the Tote into $7.80 while the favourite tumbled in from $2.10 just prior to race start time into $1.70. The winner ran the 2200 metres in 2.48.7 and recorded a mile rate of 2.03.1. Peter Staples

The harness racing pundits in Western Australia reckoned the $200,000 WA  Derby tonight at Gloucester Park was a match race between the two best three year old pacers in the west. Beaudine Boaz from barrier one and Kiwi Legend from barrier two were everybodys pick for the quinella with most opting for the Gary Hall trained Beaudiene Boaz as the likely winner. Gary Hall jnr held the front easily with Beaudiene Boaz with All Aussie Boy and Kyle Harper sitting parked which gave Kiwi Legend and Mark Reid a lovely sit in the one by one. Gary Hall jnr was able to back the pace off over the next two laps with no mid race pressure and it wasn't until he went past the 800 metres to go mark that he turned up the wick with a quarter down the back in 27 before brushing home in 27 to distance the opposition. At the finish Beaudiene Boaz was 24 metres in front of the game filly Tricky Styx who made ground well from a long way back and Danny Crane who had received the run of the race on the back of Beaudiene Boaz in the trail. Kiwi Legend made a three wide run from the 600 metres but only battled in to seventh while the well supported Delightful Offer galloped when looking a big place chance with 350 metres to go. Beaudiene Boaz paced the 2536 metres in 3:06.4, a mile rate of 1:58.3 with closing sectionals of 27 and 27 - a 54 half. It was the eighth win in Australia for the son of Badlands Hanover from just nine starts and the Kiwi import took his lifetime earnings over the $400,000 mark. Harnesslink Media

The harness racing participants for this year’s Rising Stars Series have been announced, with the cream of the junior talent in New South Wales competing in heats conducted throughout the state.  The drivers will gather at the Breeders’ Challenge barrier draw on June 21 before competing in heats at Young, Bathurst, Newcastle, Penrith and Tabcorp Park Menangle. The competing drivers are: Daniel Morgan North East Laura Spencer North East Jack Trainor Metropolitan Thomas Ison North West Reece Maguire South West & Riverina Ellen Bartley South West & Riverina Madison Reynolds Western Districts Nathan Carroll Western Districts Chris Geary Defending Champion STILL TO BE ANNOUNCED Western Australia The Young Harness Racing Club will continue to support the concept as the major sponsor of the series.  Secretary Brian Ingram is looking forward to having the drivers compete in two heats at Young on Tuesday, June 23. “The club has always sponsored this series and it is great to see the top junior drivers in New South Wales getting the opportunity to compete against one another,” Ingram said. “I am looking forward to seeing them race at Young this year as part of the series and the chance to drive at Menangle on Breeders’ Challenge day will be a big thrill for the junior drivers too.” While racing is a major part of the week, the drivers will also get the opportunity to visit the stables of Luke and Belinda McCarthy and Steve Turnbull.  The group will travel to Success Stud and undertake media training with Trots TV while under the care of Rachael and David Micallef. Harness Racing NSW chief executive John Dumesny congratulated the selected drivers while wishing them the best of luck. “When you look back at this series over the years, so many of our top drivers in New South Wales competed at some stage,” Dumesny said. “It also gives these young drivers a chance to meet one another and build friendships that will last a lifetime. “A lot of planning goes into the Rising Stars series and I am sure they will enjoy all of the activities that have been scheduled.” HRNSW Media

Although the following story is not related to harness racing, we thought it was an important development in what is happening on the drug front with horses. Scone thoroughbred trainer Luke Griffith has had three of his horses return a positive to methamphetamine after they all won races in late January and early February this year. The stewards are yet to set a date for the inquiry as they have still not completed their investagation into the positives swabs. You can read more about this story here  Harnesslink Media

Prominent harness racing breeders Lyndon and Gail Menegon will be hoping their recent success with a galloper Smoke ' Whisky will carry over to Launceston tonight. Bred by the Menegon, Isundula Artist is chasing his first win for the season. The son of Tiz A Masterpiece will line up in the opening race on the eight-event card in what appears to be a winnable assignment for the Barrie Rattray-trained gelding. Starting from barrier three with Todd Rattray in the sulky, the three-year-old gets his chance to return to the winners' circle. Isundula Artist registered his sole win in Hobart almost a year ago, when he showed good gate speed to lead throughout from the pole. His main dangers are pole marker Barooga Minnie, along with Cemento Rapido from barrier two and Acey Boy from gate nine. PETER STAPLES

Talented New Zealand harness racing performer Smolda kicked off his latest Aussie campaign on a winning note at Penrith last night. Sent across the Tasman to tackle several feature targets, Smolda annexed the popular Renshaw Cup. With trainer Mark Purdon in the cart, the son of Courage Under Fire scored with ease from Yayas Hot Spot and Blazin N Cullen. Covering the last half in a slick 55.9 seconds, Smolda rated 1:56.7 for the 2525-metre journey, with his time slicing a second off Blazin N Cullen’s track record established in last season’s Cup. Pleased with Smolda’s performance, Purdon stated the outing will “top off” the gelding heading into his main mission – Len Smith Mile. The Group One is scheduled to be conducted at Tabcorp Park Menangle on April 26. “He went super last night and never felt like he was going to be beaten,” Purdon said. “He has been racing well at home without a lot of luck, but tonight he showed he is at the top of his game. "I will keep him ticking along for the Len Smith Mile in 10 days.” Smolda’s success was the opening leg of a double for Purdon, who also scored with exciting youngster Follow The Stars. PAUL COURTS

Champion harness racing reinsman Gary Hall jun. is promising a blistering start with Beaudiene Boaz and is confident the star New Zealand-bred colt will set the pace and win the $200,000 Sky Racing WA Derby at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Hall is determined to make every post a winner after Beaudiene Boaz drew the coveted No. 1 barrier on the front line in the group 1 classic over 2536m and the Badlands Hanover three-year-old is certain to start a red hot odds-on favourite. “We will be coming out of the gate all guns blazing, regardless of what the tactics of the other runners are,” he said. “Kiwi Legend, from barrier two, obviously will have a look (for the lead) out of the gate, and we’ll come out as fast as we can. I’m as confident as you can be in a Derby. But you can’t be too confident in those sort of races. It can be your undoing sometimes. “I’m confident Beaudiene Boaz will lead; I’m confident he’s good enough and I’m confident that he’s well in himself. So taking all those things into consideration I am as confident as I can be. I don’t like to be over-confident.” Champion trainer Gary Hall sen. echoed the sentiments of his son, saying: “Beaudiene Boaz should lead and win. I think he has improved slightly on his win in the Western Gateway last Friday week. He’s got the right barrier and he’s going to make use of it.” Beaudiene Boaz set a track record for a three-year-old over the Derby distance of 2536m (rating 1.56.3) when he started out wide at No. 6, raced three wide for the first 500m, took the lead 150m later and reeled of quarters in 30sec., 28.2sec., 27.5sec. and 29.2sec. in beating Military Master by just over four lengths. That victory made amends for his shock failure at 3/1 on when he raced in the breeze and met interference in the final lap, broke and finished eighth behind the pacemaking Kiwi Legend over 2130m the week before the Western Gateway Classic . Kiwi Legend rated 1.54.7 over the 2130m in that brilliant victory before he raced in the breeze outside Beaudiene Boaz and wilted to finish eighth. “When you’re going 1.54 and a bit over 2130m and on the rail no one is going to sit in the breeze and beat you,” said Hall jun. “In New Zealand Beaudiene Boaz was driven as a  speed horse and when he came over here Dad thought he was just a speed horse. But I reckon he’s more the other way, more tough than fast. He proved at his latest win that the 2536m is right up his alley. “Beaudiene Boaz is a bit of a pain and he doesn’t do much on the sand track, so we’ve got to get into him when it is hopple day. So I let him run along last Wednesday and gave him a good hit-out. I sort of made him go a little bit too quick early, wanting to see how he finished off. He had Elegant Christian sitting on him, and he’s about ready to resume racing. But he didn’t even get to my wheel. I was really happy with the workout.” Asked to compare Beaudiene Boaz with Alta Christiano, who he drove to a runaway victory in the 2013 WA Derby for his father after racing without cover, Hall said: “It’s hard to line them up. Alta Christiano didn’t have the same sort of competition as Beaudiene Boaz has got from Kiwi Legend. We never saw the best of Alta Christiano because his legs were stuffed.” Hall sen. said that Beaudiene Boaz, winner of ten of his 15 starts, would go for a spell after Friday night’s classic. He said that New Zealand authorities had telephoned him to see whether he would like Beaudiene Boaz to be Australia’s invited representative in the rich Jewels Classic in the winter. “I declined the offer and my plans are to concentrate on racing him exclusively in Western Australia,” he said. “After a spell, I’ll bring him back and prepare him for the Golden Nugget and then there’s the interdominion championship here for him in the following two years. He’s got everything here for him and there’s no incentive for me to leave here with him.” The Halls are looking for their second WA Derby success, while the father-son combination of trainer Mike Reed and reinsman Mark Reed is aiming for victory with Kiwi Legend. The Reeds combined to win the Derby with Tricky Vic (2002) and Ace of Spades (2003). Forrestdale trainers Greg and Skye Bond hold a strong hand in this week’s classic with five runners, Ima Connoisseur, Assassinator, Bungalow Bill, Denny Crane and Delightful Offer. Delightful Offer was most impressive when Ryan Warwick drove him to an effortless five-length victory over El Comacho and Bungalow Bill in a 2130m Derby prelude last Friday night. Delightful Offer’s prospects diminished significantly when he drew barrier three on the back line. “The draw, with Beaudiene Boaz at No. 1, makes all the other runners only a place chance,” Warwick said. “Delightful Offer felt good and looked good last week. But he faces a stern test and so do all the other runners. Beaudiene Boaz would have to do something wrong to be beaten.” Pacific Warrior clashes with John of Arc Mt Helena trainer Ray Williams described Pacific Warrior as fit, fresh and bright --- and ready to maintain his splendid form by winning the $22,500 Sky Racing Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night.      And if Pacific Warrior performs strongly Williams will set him for the $30,000 Narrogin Cup, a mobile over 2662m, on May 2. Pacific Warrior, who has earned $99,950 from four wins and three placings from 13 starts in his current campaign, fared perfectly in the random draw and will start from the prized No. 1 barrier on the front line. His clash with up-and-coming star John of Arc will be a highlight on the ten-event program. John of Arc, who has won in dashing style at his past two starts for leading trainer Gary Hall sen. and ace reinsman Gary Hall jun., steps up considerably in class. But the five-year-old, a comparative novice of just 18 starts for 12 wins and four seconds, faces a moment of truth from the unfavourable barrier six on the front line. The wide draw is not fazing Hall sen., who said: “I reckon if he had drawn inside of Pacific Warrior he could beat him. If Pacific Warrior leads, I don’t think John of Arc can beat him. But I think John of Arc is a better horse than Pacific Warrior and he will give him a fright on Friday night. “We won’t give the race to Pacific Warrior. We’ll go round and have a look at him at some stage.”  Hall jun. is looking forward to John of Arc being tested in stronger company.” I thought he could win with a good draw,” he said. “But it will be hard from out wide. “He’s a funny horse who has shown us at home that he is right up there with the best horses we’ve had. But his manners aren’t the best. He won’t do anything wrong, but he doesn’t get around the track all that well. He’s had bad legs, so it’s probably not all his fault.” Williams said that if Pacific Warrior, to be driven by Kade Howson, would contest the Narrogin Cup if he maintained his excellent form in Friday night’s race. “If he leads and any horse apart from John of Arc beats him he will go straight to the paddock,” he said. “The Narrogin Cup could well be his final run in this preparation. He will have a spell for about six weeks before coming back to be prepared for the interdominion championship series in Perth in November and December.” Hall also is looking at the interdominion championship for John of Arc, providing he stays sound. Nuala set to remain unbeaten Outstanding reinsman Clint Hall is bubbling with confidence that brilliant three-year-old Nuala will maintain her unbeaten record by proving too strong for her six rivals in the Push By Schneider WA Oaks Prelude at Gloucester Park on Friday night. “This will be her first test over 2536m (the distance of the $150,000 WA Oaks on May 8) and I expect her to enjoy the increase in distance,” he said. “It should be to her liking and I expect her to jump to the front from barrier two and then run a controlled lead time. We’re very happy with where she’s at.” The New Zealand-bred Nuala has not been extended in winning at all her six starts --- by an aggregate margin of 70.1 metres, an average of 11.68m (just under four lengths). Trainer Gary Hall sen. should provide the quinella, with Giuliana Rancic, to be driven by Gary Hall jun., expected to provide the strongest opposition to Nuala. Remarkably, Giuliana Rancic consistently beats Nuala in trackwork at the Hall’s Serpentine training establishment. “I’ve chased Nuala home with Giuliana Rancic in her past two to three runs and haven’t been able to get near her,” Hall jun. said. “And I can’t see this changing on Friday. She’s a bit of a pain because she beats Nuala on the track all the time, leading or sitting. If I lead with Giuliana Rancic, Nuala doesn’t get near her and if I sit I get over her almost every time.   “It’s a bit like Zennart and Beaudiene Boaz. Zennart always beats him on the track, but it’s a different matter in a race.” Leading WA Oaks candidates Tricky Styx and Quite A Delight are not in Friday night’s prelude, with Northam trainer Jesse Moore preferring to contest the WA Derby with Tricky Styx and Justin Prentice keeping Quite A Delight at home. However, adding interest to Friday night’s event will be the first appearance in WA of the Courtney Burch-trained Uaintseennothinyet, the Mike Reed-trained Foxy Dame and Baileys Gold, trained by Greg and Skye Bond. Uaintseennothinyet has won once from ten starts in New Zealand and should obtain an ideal passage from the No. 1 barrier. Foxy Dame has won at one of her six starts in New Zealand and Baileys Gold is capable of a sound effort at her debut after scoring easy wins in three Byford trials in recent weeks.  Jungle Jewel will pay to follow Well-performed four-year-old Jungle Jewel will resume racing after a 31-day absence when she starts from barrier two on the front line of the third heat of the Clipsal Powerhouse Johnson Mares Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and reinsman Ryan Warwick says that she will pay to follow in this campaign. Warwick, in top form after landing trebles at Gloucester Park last Friday night and at Kellerberrin on Sunday, said: “She’s pretty close and will improve with the run. She’s going pretty good and she had a good hit-out in a trial at Byford on Sunday morning when she sat one-out and one-back and got pushed around a little bit.” Jungle Jewel finished fifth in the six-horse trial, five lengths from the winner Heez On Fire, who rated 1.58.5 over the 2185m journey.  Jungle Jewel, trained by Greg and Skye Bond, rarely performs below par and has already earned $89,082 from ten wins and seven placings from 35 starts. Byford trainer David Thompson will be represented by smart four-year-olds Harper Grace (barrier one) and Harriet Elisabeth (No. 2 on the back line) and both mares will have admirers. Hall fancies insignificant horse Champion reinsman Gary Hall jun. is excited at the prospect of driving inexperienced New Zealand-bred four-year-old Ideal Justice for the first time when the stallion starts from the No. 1 barrier in the 2130m Sky Racing Pathway Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Ideal Justice raced three times in New Zealand for a first-up win and two seconds and he is unbeaten at two WA starts when driven by Alysha Johnston and Clint Hall. He raced without cover before careering away for easy wins in his two WA starts. “I haven’t driven him in a race and I’m pretty excited at seeing what he feels like,” Hall jun. said. “He’s been very impressive. “He’s a funny horse who doesn’t show much at home. He’s an insignificant sort of horse at home, who does nothing to grab anyone’s attention. But he has just come out and gone bang, bang. “We had him for quite a long time and he had soreness issues and we couldn’t find anything. We stopped everything and turned him out for a while before starting again.” Hall sen. said that Ideal Justice kept going lame. “So I just put him in a box for six weeks,” he explained. “He had no treatment and now he doesn’t show any sign of any problem.” by Ken Casellas

Former US pacer Johny Rock started his harness racing career competing against the best juveniles in North America.  He raced in the 2013 Meadowlands Pace behind Captaintreacherous and after being purchased by an Australasian syndicate made his way to New Zealand to be trained by Graham and Paul Court. The son of Rocknroll Hanover has had eight starts across the Tasman and has been placed four times with a third behind Vice Chairman in 1:51.9 the pick of his runs.  On Saturday night Johny Rock will have his first Australian start when he steps out in a heat of the Carousel at Tabcorp Park Menangle. Paul Court arrived in Sydney on Wednesday in preparation for the weekend and is interested to see how Johny Rock competes in Australian conditions. “I think he is going to be better suited in Australia than he has been back in New Zealand. There tends to be genuine speed in the races in Australia and that is probably because the drivers in New Zealand are a little more conservative,” Court said. “The horse has come a long way since he has arrived in New Zealand, he had a bit of an attitude and had to adjust a great deal to our style of racing which has taken some time but I’m happy with the transition he has made.” Johny Rock needed to learn to relax in his races on arrival. “He just wanted to run his rivals ragged when he first got here and that didn’t suit the racing pattern so he needed to learn to sit in and peel off a 26 second final quarter rather than just running flat chat and getting home in 28. “It might come as a bit of a surprise to a few who don’t know the horse that well but he is a great stayer and I’m sure we will see the best of him in Australia.” Saturday night’s race makes for an interesting comparison.  Johny Rock has banked $405,653 while his rivals combined have won $311,256. “He is only assessed C3 in Australia so he does look well placed and has drawn well but he will probably be lacking a little bit of race fitness. He will be at his best when he can race week to week which will definitely be available in Sydney.” “I’m not sure how long we will stay over for, we will play it by ear. It probably all depends on how he is racing because if he is going well and handling the conditions then it makes sense to stay.”  Greg Hayes

The road to the Australian Pacing Gold Final continues at Menangle on Saturday night with two semi-finals for the two-year-old harness racing colts and geldings. The first semi features seven Victorians, while the second semi five runners representing the Big V. Heats six and seven of the Carousel are also on the program, with two Victorians in each qualifier. Trainer Dean Braun will prepare three of the four Victorian Carousel combatants. Victorians in action at Menangle on Saturday night are: Race 3 – Lands Legal Carousel Heat 6: Liv Lavish (Dean Braun, Nathan Jack), Vinny Chase (Ahmed Taiba) Race 4 – APG 2YO Colts and Geldings Semi-Final 1: Herehecomes (Stephen O’Donoghue, Rebecca Bartley), Firenglow (Glenn Douglas, Jim Douglass), Wotchawaitingfor (Marnie Bibby, Darren Hancock), The Jet Player (Darren Cole, Tim McLean), Moonlight Man (Glenn Douglas), Most Happy Cullen (Gary Quinlan, Blake Fitzpatrick), Kingofthestars (Emma Stewart, Nathan Jack). Race 5 – Lands Legal Carousel Heat 7: Upanatom (Dean Braun, Nathan Jack), Glenferrie College (Dean Braun, Todd McCarthy) Race 6 – APG 2YO Colts and Geldings Semi-Final 2: Soho Lexington (Michael Stanley), Goodtime Sammy (Emma Stewart, Nathan Jack), Christmas Jolt  (Peter Manning, Kerryn Manning), Saint Tommy (Glenn Douglas), Brallos Pass (Mark Watson, Gavin Fitzpatrick) Race 7 – MIR Group Pace: Saint Flash (Glenn Douglas) Race 8 – Marsdens Law Group Pace: Villagem (Glenn Douglas), Im Corzin Terror (Amanda Grieve, Nathan Jack) Race 9 – Wests Ashfield Leagues Ladyship Pace: Shakchloe (Stephen O’Donoghue, Rebecca Bartley). Race 10 – Im Supreme (Peter Manning, Kerryn Manning) HRV Media

An equine extravaganza is planned for Bendigo Harness Racing Club on ANZAC Night - April 25. The club will host a 10-event card, including a Monte and the four-race Pony Trot Country Cups State Final. There will also be a camp-drafting display, an equestrian display, harness gearing demonstrations, a farrier display, horse grooming display, a chance to meet the clerks of the course and the Northern Standardbred Riding Group, plus a challenge race – Monte trotter versus sulky-driven pacer versus Quarterhorse. With double-seater sulky rides, mobile barrier rides, free pony rides and animal nursery for the kids, the night has something for everyone. Patrons will also have a chance to win a two-night accommodation package at Talo Retreat at Moama on Murray Resort (valued at $560) with a free ticket upon entry at the main gate. Dinner packages are available at $45 for a three-course meal plus racebook and reserved window seating. The race night has been supported by the Victorian Raceday Attractions Program. “Events such as Bendigo’s Harness Racing and Horse Extravaganza ANZAC meeting at Lord’s Raceway are great ways for the community to learn more about harness racing and the horse, and Harness Racing Victoria and the Bendigo club are grateful for the State Government support this event has received,” said HRV General Manager of Operations Vaughn Lynch.  All RSL members, veterans and Defence Force personnel will be admitted free of charge HRV Media

Exceptionally-bred filly Makes Every Scents will be out to emulate amend a blemish on her mother’s record when she competes at Tabcorp Park Melton Saturday night. A member of the powerful Belinda McCarthy stable, Makes Every Scents is engaged in the Victoria Oaks. The youngster’s dam – Scent – finished third in the 1997 edition of the Blue Riband. Prepared by astute horseman Peter Walsh, Scent managed to capture the New South Wales Oaks. Second in her heat last weekend, Makes Every Scents has drawn awkwardly in barrier six, with McCarthy stating the daughter of Four Starzzz Shark “will need a bit of luck”. “We are very happy with her and she is in perfect condition for this,” McCarthy said. “It’s a tremendous Oaks, with so many wonderful fillies engaged. “The draw is a little tricky, but with a touch of luck and the right run she will be right in the finish. “She went well in her heat and her work has been terrific this week.” Ironically, Walsh prepares Makes Every Scents’ biggest danger, Delightful Lana. A strong winner of her qualifier, the daughter of Bettors Delight is expected to settle in, or close to, the lead from gate four. Following her southern trip, Makes Every Scents will return to New South Wales for a short spell before embarking on another feature race campaign. PAUL COURTS

Menangle horseman Peter Walsh has experienced some tremendous highs in the sport of harness racing.  As the trainer of horses like Seelster Sam, Late Bid, Atitagain and Kentuckiana, winning feature races became almost monotonous during the late 1990s for the talented mentor. Fast forward to 2015 and Walsh is looking to win his first Group One race since returning from the USA when Delightful Lana competes in Saturday night’s Victoria Oaks at Tabcorp Park Melton. “Delightful Lana was flying when I was given her to train after the New South Wales Oaks,” Walsh said. “She has only had the one run for me since she joined my stable and that was in the heat of the Victoria Oaks. “I had planned on taking her to Bathurst for the heats of the Gold Bracelet, but the day the nominations closed she had a temperature of more than 40 degrees, so I had no choice but to scratch her.” Walsh confirmed other members of his stable also contracted the virus. “The rest of the horses that caught it all went off their food, but this filly didn’t…she just kept on eating the whole way through,” Walsh explained “She is a tremendous eater and I think that helped her recover as quickly as she had. “I trialled her at Menangle on March 31 and I wasn’t expecting too much of her, but she did a good job to finish third. “Any punters who followed the horses out of that trial would have had a good weekend because the first three all won races last weekend.” After winning at Tabcorp Park Menangle yesterday with handy trotter Chevals Racer, Walsh headed to Victoria to put the finishing touches on Delightful Lana’s Oaks campaign. “I brought my two seven-year-old daughters down with me so they could catch up with their sisters.” Walsh said. “Travelling with the kids is always an interesting experience. “I gave Delightful Lana a hit out this morning and I couldn’t be happier.” Delightful Lana’s main danger shapes as Makes Every Scents, a filly Walsh has a soft spot for given of her breeding. “I trained Makes Every Scents’ mother Scent to win a New South Wales Oaks, so there is an interesting connection there for sure,” Walsh said. “The barrier draw has made it harder to work out, but I think my filly has a very good chance.” HRNSW Media

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Talented harness racing performer No Spring Secrets looms as one of the best bets on the eight-event card at Tattersall’s Park Hobart tomorrow tonight. No Spring Secrets will begin from the second line in the opening event, but assuming the race pans out as trainer Steve Lukac expects, it will enhance his gelding’s chances of winning. “My horse will follow out a fast beginner in Nobeer Nofear, which has drawn gate two, so provided that happens and my bloke doesn’t misbehave, we should get a charmed run in the race,” Lukac said. “It’s over a mile and that too is ideal for my horse because he’s been freshened up since his great run in the Tasmanian Derby.” No Spring Secrets finished fourth in the Tasmanian Derby after losing at least 60 metres at the start, but ran home to be beaten 20 metres. No Spring Secrets possess loads of speed and Lukac is expecting him to release his biggest asset when it’s needed. “I haven’t trained a horse with as much natural speed as this bloke, but early in his career he struggled to contain it and he would break gait too easily but he is getting better with age,’ Lukac said. No Spring Secrets is assessed as an odds-on favourite in all markets, with place chances given to the Eric Jacobson-trained My Mate Mick, which has drawn well in gate one, and Dancing Da Vinci from the Christian Salter stable, which will follow him out from inside the second line. PETER STAPLES
The Rattray name is synonymous with Tasmanian harness racing and rarely a meeting passes without a member of the clan training or driving a winner. Most of the domination comes from trainer Barrie and two of his sons Gareth and Todd, but there is little doubt the talent doesn’t stop there. Wade Rattray has been working his way through the driving ranks earning his stripes bit by bit, and last night at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston, he delivered a superb drive to secure victory with his grandparents’ - Wayne and Gaye Rattray - pacer Karalta Dazzler. Wade, who is the son of talented trainer Kent Rattray, had Karalta Dazzler settled the one-one and waited until the right moment to make his move at the 600-metre peg of the Sunrise Bakery Stakes. View Street led into the home straight, but when Rattray released the reins, Karalta Dazzler sprinted past the leader and safely held out a challenge from Helen Wheels to record an impressive win. Karalta Dazzler registered his seventh win from 51 starts, but he also has amassed 13 placings which have helped grow his earnings beyond $50,000. PETER STAPLES
Finding suitable races for talented eight-year-old pacer Saab Quality is no easy task for his trainer Marc Butler but he found an ideal event for the gelding at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston tonight. Saab Quality was backed in to start the $2.60 favourite in the Chartley Estate Claimer over 2200 metres and he never let his supporters down by powering home to score an effortless win. With Mark Yole in the cart, Saab Quality stepped well from the inside if the second row but the driver snagged him back and eventually eased into the one-out line before sending him around the field to face the breeze Livin It Lovin It just over a lap from home. That pair settled down to a two-horse war from the home turn but when Yole called on Saab Quality for the supreme effort he forged clear and went on to score comfortably from the fast-finishing Family Guy with Livin It Lovin It third. "I've been struggling to find suitable races for him and that's why he hasn't raced for about a month," Butler said. "He is racing as well as ever and he is very suited to these claimers but sometimes they (races) don't stand up." "But there is another mobile claimer here in Launceston in a fortnight so that's where he'll race next," Butler said. This was Saab Quality's sixth win for the season but he also has notched four minor placings from 12 starts. Saab Quality is well travelled having spent seven months racing in Victoria during the 2013-14 season that produced five wins and multiple minor placings. He was claimed by Jamie Cockshutt and Barry Cooper in a claimer at Maryborough at the end of that Victorian campaign after which he returned to Tasmania and has been very consistent in Butler's care. Peter Staples
Latrobe harness racing trainer Melissa Maine has enjoyed a lot of success in recent timed and that continued in the opening race at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston tonight. Young Bruiser, a horse that only arrived in Maine's stale three weeks ago, gained a needle-eye opening about 80 metres from home to get up in the past few strides to defeat race leader and favourite Barooga Minnie ($1.70) in a nail-biting finish. The Cardmaster Hanover three-year-old gelding was well away from the inside of the second row and driver Gareth Rattray had the gelding travelling sweetly on the back of the favourite that led from the pole position. It looked for certain that Young Bruiser would fail to get clear in the home straight but when the leader shifted up the track under pressure in the closing stages Rattray sooled his charge through the gap. "I was happy to be where we were behind the favourite and to be honest I would have been happy had he been able to run a place," Rattray said. "He was travelling keenly and he surprised me a bit the way he travelled in the race and when the gap came he really dashed up nice and hit the line strong." "On that run you would have to say he has improvement in him so I think his future looks bright," Rattray said. Young Bruiser was backed late in betting firming from $9 to $6.50 on fixed odds with Tattsbet and he also shortened considerably on the Tote into $7.80 while the favourite tumbled in from $2.10 just prior to race start time into $1.70. The winner ran the 2200 metres in 2.48.7 and recorded a mile rate of 2.03.1. Peter Staples
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