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Tassie harness is back

02:13 PM 12 Jun 2020 NZST
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Sunday night in Hobart will be the first harness race meeting held in Tasmania for 78 days, and there are many pacers with progressive talent going around on the 10-race card, none more so than Cool Water Paddy, the winner of 10 races from 14-career starts.

The gelded son of Ohoka Arizona has drawn barrier five, in race five, the Ladbrokes Backs Tas Harness Drivers Pace for the free-for-all pacers over 2090 metres.

His trainer Juanita McKenzie, like all in the local racing industry, is looking forward to the first meeting back since the suspension of Tasmanian racing.

“It’s great to be back,” said the Magra-based trainer.

Cool Water Paddy’s most recent start was in the Launceston Mile on 29 March where he led all the way from the pole draw to score in a mile rate of 1m 57.3s at his first try in open class company.

After that effort, the pacer was nominated to contest a race at Melton (Victoria) in early April ahead of the Easter Cup series in Launceston, but with the closure of state borders and Tasmanian racing, the campaign had to be abandoned.

“It was disappointing, but at the end of the day it is what it is, and we just have to get on with things,” said McKenzie who is the state’s leading female harness trainer this season.

The trainer believes that Sunday’s race is the toughest test to date for the pacer who is undefeated in seven starts this season.

“He is racing seasoned free for all horses on Sunday, Call Me Hector was below his best in the Launceston Mile and Star Chamber is just an old marvel who is probably racing better than he was when he won the (2014) Tasmania Cup,” said the trainer.

On Monday, Cool Water Paddy finished second in a trial behind Star Chamber in what the trainer described as a hit out that “would have done him the world of good.”

As has been the case in all of Cool Water Paddy’s 14 career starts, hall of fame reinsman Ricky Duggan will be in the sulky.

The master driver is only one win away from being the first Tasmanian driver to register 1,700 lifetime wins.

McKenzie has one other runner engaged on the program, Iden Black Prince, in race one for the two-year-olds.

The gelded son of Stonebridge Regal has drawn inside of the second-row.

“He didn’t need a trial as he doesn’t take a lot of work, he has a good trailing draw, he is very honest and tries his best,” said McKenzie.

The Hobart card commences at 17:13 and will be telecast on Sky Racing 1 as well as live hosted hosted on TasracingTV.


Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

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