Day At The Track

Tasmanian Harness Highlights

12:30 PM 16 Jan 2020 NZDT
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It has been one extreme to another on the country harness racing circuit this year.

The St Marys meeting on New Year’s Day was run with a watch and act bushfire some 20km from the track, the next country meeting was at Scottsdale last Friday where the meeting went ahead despite some significant rainfall in the lead-up and during the meeting, which no doubt would have been well received by locals in the rural community.

The weekend was dominated by the Yole family with Ben training seven winners and his brother Mark driving six winners, including Oneofthelads) who won at both meetings.

The Stars

Mark Yole – after six winners for the weekend, the leading driver from last season has risen to the top of this season state’s drivers title after a slow start. Yole has driven 24 winners in the state this season with his highlight last week being the 2020 Good Sports North Eastern Pacing Cup at Scottsdale on Friday aboard Ideal World for South Australian trainer Aaron Bain.

Ryley Major – flexed his muscle with another dominant win in Hobart on Sunday, The gelded son of Art Major raced outside the leader from around the mile mark. The Rohan Hillier-trained pacer was driven for the first time by Conor Crook who guided Ryley to his 24th career win at start 34. Crook was able to secure the drive after beating Hillier, who is also his boss in a game of golf the week prior.

Adrian Duggan – continued his great run as a trainer of the past month when he chalked up his 300th career win as a trainer when Wattabout Spangher saluted the judge first by a narrow margin in Hobart. The gelded son of Stonebridge Regal enjoyed a lovely three-wide cart into the race over the final lap to win his third race at start 23.

Derwent Valley double – Roger Whitmore was the first New Norfolk based trainer to find the winners circle when Resurgent Storm led all the way to score in a rating 54 to 57 event with Zeke Slater aboard, before the Thomas Jackson-trained Finn Mac Kee came with a well-timed run by driver Matthew Cooper later in the night.

Ben Yole – is donating $50 to the Red Cross Bushfire appeal for every winner he trains this month and $350 jumps into the kitty after he prepared seven winners across the weekend, two of those wins came on the weekend with Oneofthelads who won at both Scottsdale and Hobart. Another smart winner from the Yole camp was Jakes A Joy who scored back-to-back wins in Hobart after scoring in Launceston last week.

Multiple Winners

Scottsdale – Friday afternoon

Ben Yole – training treble; Punchinello, Oneofthelads and Stylish Trend,

Mark Yole – driving treble; Oneofthelads, Stylish Trend and Ideal World.

King Island – Saturday afternoon

Graeme Keeley – training double; Yodellin Cowgirl and Ruffalo,

Adrian Collins – driving double; Yodellin Cowgirl and Ruffalo.

Hobart – Sunday evening

Ben Yole – training quartet; Oneofthelads, Jakes A Joy, Mystery Writer and Somedan,

Mark Yole – driving treble; Oneofthelads, Stylish Trend and Ideal World,

Rohan Hillier – double; drove Justtentrumps and trained Ryley Major.

Calculated Sectional Standouts

Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action.

Scottsdale – Friday afternoon


Hobart – Sunday evening

Somedan and Chasing Cheetahs 56.36s, Ryley Major 56.44s, Remember Joe 57.08s and Taurisi 57.14s.

View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here.

Tasracing Official Price

Scottsdale – Friday afternoon

Hit: Punchinello $5.00 into $4.40.

Defied The Drift: Kens Chips $1.95 out to $4.40, Stylish Trend $7.50 into $8.00 and Ideal World $2.20 out to $2.60.

Missed: Karalta News $8.00 into $5.00, Sea Sky $9.00 into $5.50 and Northview Dave $26.00 into $11.00.

*Race 7 has been excluded due to two late scratchings in the final minutes of betting.

Hobart – Sunday evening

Hit’s: Oneofthelads $11.00 into $8.00, Jakes A Joy $14.00 into $5.50, Finn Mac Kee $4.60 into $3.80 and Mystery Writer $5.50 into $4.40.

Defied The Drift: Resurgent Storm $1.45 out to $1.70 and Wattabout Spangher $3.20 out to $3.80.

Missed: Beau Garcon $3.20 into $2.80, Vouvray Beach $6.50 into $4.80, Beyond A Shadow $5.00 into $5.50, Im Full Tilt $31.00 into $17.00 and Monarkmac $6.00 into $4.60.

Trial File

Hobart – Monday evening

Seven-year-old gelding Dasher Houli recorded the quickest winning mile rate of the Hobart session of 2m 3.9s when winning a 61 to 90 rated standing start trial.

The class runner of the field surprisingly started off the same mark as his three other rivals in the 2090 metre event.

Driven by Paul Hill, Dasher Houli scored by one metre over Still Hungover with Real Diamond a further half a metre away third with the final two quarters recorded in 29.7s and 30.7s.

Other trial winners were; Stepping Stones (2m 15.9s) and Spoilt Sport (2m 5.0s).

Devonport – Monday evening

Three trials were held on the state’s north-west coast with Shady Story the quickest winner of the night in a mile rate of 2m 4.4s.

The gelded son of Shadyshark Hanover was driven to a 10-metre victory over Dusty Martini and Idealagain.

The last two quarters were unavailable.

Im Barney Rubble (2m 8.2s) was too good for his rivals off a 20-metre handicap in trial one while Rocknroll Curly won a rating 40 to 50 trial in a mile rate of 2m 5.1s.

Week Ahead

Launceston is the venue for Friday night harness racing where we see the two-year-old’s step out for the first time this season in the Keith Stanley Debutante Stakes.

The $15,000 event sees five recent trial winners including;

  • 1. Rocknovertime, won on 23/12/19 in Hobart by one metre in a mile rate of 2m 8.6s,
  • 3. Rocknroll Nitro, most recent win on 6/01/20 in Hobart by two metres in a mile rate of 2m 6.6s,
  • 7. Who Said You Said, won on 23/12/19 at Carrick Park by 12 metres in a mile rate of 2m 3.0s,
  • 8. Impulsive George, won on 9/12/19 at Carrick Park by five metres in a mile rate of 2m 5.6s,
  • 9. Yeah Mate, won on 23/12/19 at Carrick Park by 10 metres in a mile rate of 2m 3.8s.

The event will be over 1680 metres and is scheduled to start at 18:15.

Race one commences at 17:14 with the meeting to be televised on Sky Racing 2.

Devonport race on Sunday night with an eight-race card.

The $12,000 Ladbrokes Mares Incentive is the feature race on the program.

The Rodney Ashwood trained Vouvray Beach has drawn the pole position with the Ben Yole trained Machitelli drawn beside her in barrier two.

Both horses possess good gate speed which will make an interesting battle for the lead in the early stages.

The two highest-rated horses in the race, Karpenkova Leis and Volkova Leis both have drawn wide on the second row.

All races in Devonport are scheduled to be on Sky Racing 1 with the first race set down for 17:59.

Interstate at metropolitan venues some of our Tasmanian representatives include;

Melton – Friday night

Race 3 Horse 7 Offthetopofmyhead,

Race 8 Horse 4 Call Me Hector.


Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

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