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Tasmanian Harness Highlights

03:00 PM 11 Mar 2020 NZDT
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Tasmanian harness' night of nights is almost here, with the Group 2 Ladbrokes Tasmania Cup, Group 3 Carlton Draught Tasmanian Derby, Group 3 Tasmanian Equine Veterinary Services Tasmanian Oaks and the state’s premier mares race, the George Johnson all to be staged by the Tasmanian Trotting Club at Ladbrokes Park in Hobart this Saturday night.

But first, let’s look back at the second night of the Autumn Carnival that was staged on Sunday where the Victorian father-son duo of John and Rhys Nicholson dominated the card.

The Stars

John and Rhys Nicholson – John took three runners to Hobart on Sunday with his son Rhys booked to drive all three, and they left with a 100% strike rate. Its Back In The Day was the primary purpose of the trip where he was a dominant winner of the second heat of the Tasmania Cup which was the pacers first start since December 2018. Other winners included Deadly Error who won on debut in the Team Teal Hobart Belmont and Micton Mouse who stamped himself as a Tasmanian Derby contender in the Carlton Draught Pace.

Suave Taj – Brighton based trainer Bianca Heenan and driver Christian Salter, continue their excellent run in feature trotting races in Hobart when Suave Taj scored in the Aldebaran Park Hobart Trotting Cup. It was the third start since September 2017, and the geldings first win since August 2017 in the feature event.

Cool Water Paddy – won his eighth race in a row when he scored in the Tasmanian Equine Veterinary Services Pace. It was the second start back this campaign for the gelded son of Ohoka Arizona who scored an easy win on Sunday by 25.2 metres in a mile rate of 1m 58.5s for the 2090 metre trip.

Hannah Van Dongen and Ray Pullen – continued their good association on Sunday night when they teamed up for a double on the card. Their first winner was with Distinctive Del who won his 14th race with Castor Troy leading all the way to score later in the night.

Multiple Winners

Hobart – Sunday evening

Rhys Nicholson – driving treble; Deadly Error, Micton Mouse and Its Back In The Day,

John Nicholson – training treble; Deadly Error, Micton Mouse and Its Back In The Day,

Hannah Van Dongen – driving double; Distinctive Del and Castor Troy,

Ray Pullen – training double; Distinctive Del and Castor Troy,

Ricky Duggan – driving double; Cool Water Paddy and El Jays Blu,

Ben Yole – training double; Guys Bettor Bet and Brian Who.

Calculated Sectional Standouts

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

Hobart – Sunday evening

Micton Muse 57.75s, Brian Who 58.19s, Missin Rock 58.22s, Distinctive Del 58.27s and Pink Ponder 58.57s.

View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here.

Tasracing Official Price

Hobart – Sunday evening

Hits: Suave Taj $6.00 into $4.80, Distinctive Del $21.00 into $11.00 and Cool Water Paddy $1.60 into $1.28.

Defied The Drift: Deadly Error $2.10 out to $2.30, Micton Mouse $2.50 out to $3.90, El Jays Blu $5.50 out to $6.00 and Brian Who $1.55 out to $2.10.

Missed: Dyslexic $3.00 into $2.00, Southern Gnp $16.00 into $8.50 and Lets Pop The Bubbles $12.00 into $5.00.

*Race 5 and 8 have been not included due to late scratching’s

Trial File

Hobart – Monday evening 

Six trials were staged, the most impressive winner looking at the results, was Jack Len who scored in a rating 58 to 83 trial over 2090 metres.

The Deborah Williams-trained gelding was driven in the trial by Paul Hill who took the 10-year-old gelding to the lead where he ended up scoring a 40-metre victory in a mile rate of 1m 58.6s defeating Im Barney Rubble and Shesa Tricky Bridge.

Ashleys Angel warmed up for Saturday night’s George Johnson with a 20-metre win in her trial where she recorded a mile rate of 2m 0.3s.

Other winners were; The Thug (2m 8.6s), Thomas Burns (2m 7.2s), Our Ideal Fella (2m 4.9s) and Iden Forest (2m 6.1s).

Devonport – Monday evening

The Ben Yole-trained Lake Eyre ran the quickest winning mile rate of the session when he recorded 2m 3.5s in a 51-60 rated mobile trial.

The nine-year-old gelding was driven by Conor Crook who led all the way to record a 10-metre win.

Remaining trials were won by; Written In Silk (2m 11.5s), Kryptonite (2m 8.4s) and Frostyflyer (2m 4.1s).

Week Ahead

Saturday is Super Saturday at Ladbrokes Park in Hobart.

The Group 2 Ladbrokes Tasmania Cup is the state’s premier race where early markets have the local star, Ryley Major, as the $2.10 favourite over heat winners Its Back In the Day at $2.80 and Im Sir Blake at $4.00.

They are the only three runners in single figures for the race which sees seven runners at triple-figure odds.

The Carlton Draught Tasmanian Derby at Group 3 level is another Tasmania vs Victoria event with Micton Mouse, Beat City and Dyslexic taking on the local challengers which include the Tasmanian Guineas quinella of Colby Sanz and Soho Senna.

As for the Group 3 Tasmanian Equine Veterinary Services Tasmanian Oaks, the prize money will stay in the island state with six locally trained mares to do battle.

It looks to be a race in two between A Spanish Dance who has drawn well from the pole and Missin Rock who has been placed at her last two efforts.

The state’s premier mares race is the Tasmanian Trotting Club George Johnson where once again there is no interstate interest in the race.

Other highlights on the card include the final of the Tas Labor Eric Reece Memorial, the Henry Pullen Memorial and the Des And Kay Logan Memorial.

Race One will be televised on Sky Racing 2 with the remainder of the card on Sky Racing 1.

All races will be shown on TasracingTV’s hosted live stream service.

Sunday night the action turns to Devonport with fields for that meeting to be released later this afternoon.


Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

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