Day At The Track

TPC Syndicate backing trotting

03:08 PM 01 Jul 2018 NZST
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Trotting returns to Tasmanian shores on Sunday night in Hobart for the first time since 1927.

The Tasmanian Pacing Club has invested in the future of the Tasracing-led trotting initiative by organising a syndicate of 20 members to purchase a trotter to compete in the ‘Trotters Return To Tassie Handicap’.

“We have been discussing the idea of purchasing a horse for some time, then it was decided to invest in a trotter and things have moved quickly since then,” said Tasmanian Pacing Club CEO Steve Devereux.

“We’ve had some feelers out for a few weeks and on Tuesday Redason became available so we snapped him up and he arrived in the state on Friday.”

Redason, a Majestic Son-Rosedorae five-year-old, has won two races in a 20 start career including a last start victory at Warragul on Sunday.

“We are delighted with the way the syndicate has come together, we have a number of members from previous syndicates and we have eight or 10 new owners who have come on board, everyone is excited about seeing their new horse and experiencing the benefits the club offers, it’s an affordable way to become involved in a great sport and make new friendships along the way and from the Club’s perspective it attracts new blood to the industry and that’s what we need, we think it’s a win-win,” said Steve.

“Rodney Ashwood will train Redason and we have Rohan Hillier driving, Tasracing have programmed 52 trotting races over the next 12 months and we see it as a positive move to grow the industry, so we will see how things go, we may even look at purchasing another one yet.”

The Club will stage a celebrity double-sulky race to entertain patrons attending the nine-event card.

“We have our top drivers Natalee Emery, Gareth Rattray, Rohan Hillier and Ricky Duggan partnering our celebrities Pam Quade, Judy Le Fevre, Jacob Bevis and Blair Brownless so we think it’s going to be a great attraction.” said the TPC chief executive.

The BOTRA Claiming Novice Drivers Series continues in races one and three on the card with Matthew Cooper an outstanding chance to pick up maximum points behind the Marc Butler-trained Similan Beach, drawn three on the front line over 2090 metres.

The Somebeachsomewhere-Glenferrie Inn three-year-old boasts an exciting record of five wins and four seconds from 10 career starts.

Samantha Freeman will relish the opportunity of adding more points to her first heat win from Friday night in Devonport when she pilots the Ben Yole-prepared last-start Launceston winner Pushkin.

Allister Woods, fresh from success at Devonport will guide the Thomas Jackson-trained pacer Finn Mac Kee in race 3, heat four.

Allister enjoyed an armchair drive on Friday behind Ima Ginger Rogers but will need to be on his toes tonight as the in-form pacer has been handed a second-line draw.

Leading reinsman Ricky Duggan may well be in for a picnic tonight as he drives top fancies Usain Jolt, Streitkid, Jaks Teller, All The Way Mae, Peaceful Thomas, Remeber Joe and Chasing Cheetahs.

Duncan Dornauf will host the live stream service of the historic meeting with a preview of the nine-race card programme at approimately 16.40 on’s TasRacingTV.

Shane Yates

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