Day At The Track

All aboard the Heenan juggernaut

08:33 PM 07 Dec 2018 NZDT
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Punters following the runaway Bianca Heenan train will look to get the cash early on this evening’s Tasmanian Pacing Club card in Hobart.

The Brighton trainer sits second on the State Trainers Premiership table behind Ben Yole and clearly heads the Leading Female Premiership with 14 wins, three months into the new season.

Bianca joins forces with rising star Hannah van Dongen in the opening two races on the programme with Big Bang Raj ($5.50) and Alta Surreal ($3.00).

Big Bang Raj (pictured), started off the second line and was fourth last at the bell before powering home to run second to Rocknroll Dancer in wet and wild conditions a fortnight ago and has drawn outside the front line for his latest assignment over the flying mile in the opener the Cascade Draught Pace.

“Big Bang Raj has had no luck with the draws of late, he can mix his form a little but he has been going well this season, he was a winner in Hobart five starts back over 2090 metres and his last run in Launceston he was only beaten a little over three metres running fourth to Goggo Gee Gee,” said Bianca.

“Hannah (van Dongen) has had a great start to the season and is driving with her tail up so while its a tricky draw I’m confident she will give him every chance.”

Alta Surreal will line up in race two the Rexel North Hobart Pace over 1609 metres and has fared much better with the draw starting from three on the front row.

“I was really happy with his effort at Carrick on Sunday, he’s been beaten a few times in close finishes so it was his turn to get the judges nod,” said Bianca

“It was a tough run sitting outside the leader but he kept on finding in the stretch to hold off Adele Said to win by a head, I think he is going to be in the finish again.”

This evening’s Tasmanian Pacing Club card, commencing at 17.40, may be viewed via the live stream service at

The meeting is the first leg of a huge doubleheader this weekend with the Launceston Pacing Club gearing up for the heats of the inaugural Tassie Golden Apple on Sunday with star pacers Harjeet, Scooterwillrev and Taurisi headlining the eight-event programme.

Shane Yates

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