Day At The Track

Hillier to set the pace

02:00 PM 22 Jul 2018 NZST
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Rohan Hillier currently sits third on the State’s Drivers Premiership table behind reigning champion Todd Rattray and the surging Ricky Duggan.

The Beauty Point trainer-driver has enjoyed another fantastic season and goes into tonight’s meeting in Launceston quietly confident of success.

“I’ve got a handy book of drives, a couple from my own stable and two from Paul Ashwood’s so I’m looking forward to the challenge,” said Rohan.

Former Shakey Isles pacer Im Compliant kicks off Hillier’s night in the opening race on the card the Bevan Lee’s Butchery Pace over 1680-metres.

“Im Compliant came across from New Zealand earlier in the year and scored impressively in Hobart first-up and followed up with 0two strong performance in Launceston winning narrowly over a couple of smart ones like Buster William, Offthetopofmyhead and Koolaz Elvis,” said Hillier.

“I’ve given him three months off so he will be short of a run but his class will carry him a long way.”

RocknRoll Turbo (pictured) has drawn the pole position in race two the Lyndon and Gail Menegon – El Jays Mystery Stakes 0ver 1680-metres.

“Turbo has a great draw, he’s the punter’s pal, he’s run favourite nine times and has saluted on eight occasions from a dozen starts, I believe he can lead and if he does I’ll be very disappointed if he doesn’t win,” said the four-year-old gelding’s trainer.

The Paul Ashwood-trained Somebeachsomewhere-Bylong Bele gelding Miracle Marcus won it’s first race start in Launceston in April of last year and then had the misfortune to run into a Todd Rattray two-year-old on debut by the name of Ignatius which is now regarded as the three-year-old champion of Australasian Harness racing.

Miracle Marcus has raced throughout Victoria and  South Wales in the past 14 months before returning to Tasmania earlier in the month for a first-up second to Beam Me Up Chopper and will contest the Rick and Naomi Hinds-Nostra Beach Stakes.

“He won on the road at Echuca and Wagga and we’ve drawn inside the second line so I will be looking to work off the pegs in the early stages which will give him his best chance,” said Hillier.

Rohan’s final drive for the night is behind Max Design in the Two-Year-old feature the Olympus Feeds Golden Slipper.

The Bettors Delight-Lady Euthenia colt has had four runs in New South Wales for a victory at Goulburn and a placing at Menangle in his first campaign.

“This will be his first run in Tasmania, Paul tells me he is working well so I’m looking forward to the drive and to seeing how he feels.”

Tonight’s Launceston Pacing Club meeting commences at 17.14 and can be seen on the live stream service at tasracing.com.au.


Shane Yates

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