Day At The Track

Tasmanian Harness Highlights

07:49 AM 26 Jul 2018 NZST
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It has been a history-making week in Tasmanian harness racing during the past seven days.

Last Wednesday in Hobart the first harness race from Tasmania was exported to France when they took the telecast of the Trotters race which was taken out by All The Way Mae.

The history books were reopened on Sunday night when Scooterwillrev recorded a mile rate of 1min 56.6secs for 2200 metres in Launceston, breaking the previous record which was set by She’s Magnetic of 1:57.2 in late May. To put this track record into perspective you have to go back to March 2010 to find the previous record when Lanercost recorded 1:57.3.

This weekend sees two race meetings with the Tier One meeting being held in Hobart on Friday night which will see two walkovers in the heats of the Breeders Crown before the action returns to the north-west coast in Devonport for the Tier Two meeting that will see the trotters go around for the first time at the Devonport Showgrounds since trotting races were reintroduced to the state

The Stars

Scooterwillrev – brought up his third win in a row with a track record performance in Launceston on Sunday evening with a tough win in the fast class race of the night. The final three quarters were run in 29.0secs, 27.7secs and 28.0secs. The gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere is now being aimed at a race during the Breeders Crown Carnival with trainer Craig Hayes having a number of races to pick from including the four-year-old’s Breeders Crown and the Breeders Crown Graduate Cup for horses that were nominated for the Breeders Crown as a yearling and are assessed M0 to M1.

Rohan Hillier – continued his brilliant form with a driving treble on Sunday night including a training double in the opening two races. Hillier has 67 driving wins for the season and if his current form continues he looks set to pass his previous best number of wins in a season of 73.

Max Delight – produced a brilliant win at his Tasmanian debut in the $15,000 Olympus Feeds Golden Slipper. The Bettors Delight colt ran away in a 57.3secs last half to win by 15.9 metres over Resurgent Storm who was undefeated going into the race. Trainer Paul Ashwood indicated post-race that the youngster will be aimed at the Breeders Crown series in Victoria next month and will attempt to qualify for a spot in the semi-finals in a heat in Launceston on August 3.

Im Compliant – former Kiwi gelding remains undefeated after four Australian starts and couldn’t have been more impressive winning in Launceston on Sunday night where he sat three-wide for the final 1200-metres in a slick 1min 57.0secs for the 1680-metre journey.

Todd Rattray – continued his good form since resuming from injury with four winning drives in the past seven days. He is 13 wins clear on the state drivers premiership for the season.

Star Chamber – the former Tasmanian Cup was back in the winners stall on Wednesday night when he was first up since finishing fifth behind Harjeet in the Easter Cup.

Multiple Winners

Hobart – Wednesday

Todd Rattray – driving treble; Aitutaki, Elect To Go and Yatsenyuk Leis.

Dylan Ford – driving double; Do It For Dave and Star Chamber.

Justin Campbell – driving double; Boltnmach and Delightful Junie.

Ricky Duggan – driving double; Sutter Star and All The Way Mae.

Launceston – Sunday

Rohan Hillier – training and driving double; Im Compliant and Rocknroll Turbo. He made it a driving treble with the win of Max Delight.

Calculated Sectional Standouts

Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Hobart on Wednesday.

Do It For Dave 57.66, Star Chamber 57.95, Heza Rummage 58.24, Poker Storm 58.46 and Monarkmac 58.62.

From Launceston on Sunday.

Scooterwillrev 55.51, Lockaway Kacie 56.52, Rocknroll Turbo 56.90, Illegal Immigrant 56.91 and Im Born To Rule 57.01.

View all Tasmanian Sectional Data here.

Tasracing Official Price

Hobart

Defied The Drift: Aitutaki $13 out to $16, Boltnmach $17 out to $19 and Do It For Dave $6.00 out to $7.00

Missed: Miss Atomic Betty $15 into $11, Tactical Delight $11 into $8.50 and Selfrightousbouy $8.00 into $6.00.

Launceston

Hit: Scooterwillrev $1.30 into $1.14.

Defied The Drift: Miss Atomic Betty $21 out to $26, Bremusa $4.00 out to $7.00 and El Jays Monza $2.90 out to $3.90.

Missed: Karalta Kruise $2.90 into $2.49, Ideal Karalta $4.20 into $3.80 and Illegal Immigrant $2.90 into $2.70.

Trial File

Hobart on Monday

Three trials were staged at the Elwick Racing Complex where the Adrian Duggan-trained, Taylor Ford-driven Tizyalator recorded the quickest mile rate of the night in 2mins 2.1secs for 2090-metres, in a C0 and better mobile event.

Positioned behind the leader in the trial, Tizyalator scored by two metres over Never Sighted, that duo finished some 98 metres in front of the third placegetter Ucarntbeatamint. The last two quarters were run in 29.3secs and 28.6secs.

The remaining two trials were won by Maravilloso (2:18.1) and Brystabella (2:03.4).

Week Ahead

It’s a great night of racing in Hobart on Friday night where the Cascade Draught Pace for Free For All pacers is one of the highlights on the card.

The Juanita McKenzie-trained pacers will feature at the top of the market with exciting pacer Plata O Plomo who has won four out of his last six starts and comes off a second placing behind the in-form Scooterwillrev on the Hobart circuit on July 13.

Jaks Teller is the other runner from McKenzie’s stable, the Washington Vc entire has won six races and has been placed on four occasions from 10 starts this season. One question punters have will be with his gate speed as he has only ever drawn inside barrier six on three occasions in his career where he was never pushed off the gate early in those efforts.

Another highlight on the Hobart program will be in race three where Im Compliant takes on the in-form Usain Jolt and the Hobart specialist Zhukov Leis.

The first of seven Tab races gets underway at 16:53 with races eight and nine being walkovers with only one horse contesting each race.

Devonport is the venue for Sunday night harness racing where the John Castles-trained Keep Playing will be looking for her second win of the season when she lines up in the opening race.

The gelded son of Shadow Play comes into the race off four placings in his last five starts including a second placing in Launceston on Sunday. Driver Todd Rattray will only need an ounce of luck from the inside of the second row over the 2297-metre event.

It will be a feast for punters on the north-west coast with thoroughbred racing at Spreyton Park during the afternoon.

Having a look at runners with Tasmanian interest at metropolitan venues this week includes;

Melton – Saturday night

Race 1 Horse 1 Resurgent Spirit

Race 3 Horse 4 Nikkibadwagon

Race 5 Horse 2 The Bettormack

Race 7 Horse 6 Miley Rose

Menangle – Saturday night

Race 1 Horse 5 Rykov Leis and Horse 7 Pachacuti

Race 5 Horse 7 Shezallapples

 

Duncan Dornauf

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