Well bred four-year-old pacer Blue Chip Harry made it three wins in succession when he led all the way to take out the Sutter Hanover Pace over 2090 metres at Tattersall's Park in Hobart last Sunday night.
It was an effortless win by the gelded son of Royal Mattjesty (USA)-Iden Miss Ellie.
He clocked a mile rate of only 2m.03.6s but he ran home his last half mile (800m) in 57.4s without being pushed right out.
He hit the line over three metres clear of Bellicouslips, that also was attempting to make it a hat trick of wins, with Vande Velde a head away third.
The Phil Rawnsley-trained gelding was bred by Ray Saltmarsh and Elliott Booth who owns and bred the mare in partnership with his late wife Helen.
Iden Miss Ellie won 10 and placed 13 times from her 68 starts in Tasmania.
Rawnsley is confident Blue Chip Harry will make the grade but he doesn't expect the gelding to excel for some time.
"I reckon this horse is going to need some more time to mature but he shows great potential," Rawnsley said.
"What he's shown me so far is good and if I'm right we probably won't see the best of him until next season."
"My son Sam (Rawnsley) should get much of the credit for this horse's form because he does the bulk of the work with him," the trainer said.
Rawnsley has had some good horses over the years, the most recent being Gedlee, that could have been anything but for a leg injury which ended his racing career two years ago.
Gedlee won 10 and was placed 11 times from 26 starts and went around as favourite in the $100,000 2010 Tasmania Cup in which he finished fifth to Our Chain Of Command.
by Peter Staples