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THE outcome of The Examiner Stakes for C1 class pacers in Launceston today was always going to be determined by the caliber of reinsmanship. And so it was with underrated driver Samantha Freeman guiding race favourite The Family Guy to victory in a keenly contested event over 2200 metres at The Tote Racing Centre. Robyn Scherbotsky showed god early speed to easily find the front and once settled driver Troy Hillier ensured a solid tempo while Freeman had The Family Guy settled near the rear of the field from his outside second-row draw. But it was a lightning-like move made by Freeman midrace hat saw The Family Guy rush around the field to sit at the leader's wheel. The leading pair settled down to a two-horse war in the home straight but when Freeman called on her charge for the supreme effort the gelded son of Union Guy forged clear and went on to defeat Robyn Scherbotsky by almost two metres with Lovethelifeyoulive almost six metres away third after trailing the leader throughout. The Family Guy's trainer Brent Parish confirmed it was the drive that won the race. "Sam (Freeman) told me before the race that if she drove the horse well he should win and that's pretty much how it panned out" Parish said. Freeman was having her fourth drive aboard The Family Guy and had been placed at her three previous drives on the four-year-old. The Family Guy has now won nine and been placed 18 times from his 52 starts for over $54,000 in stakes. Peter Staples

Tim Yole will take the lead into tonight's second round heats of the BOTRA Claiming Novice Drivers Series at Devonport Showground.  Yole scored a great win aboard Aninchofhislife in them opening heat in Hobart on Sunday night, taking daring inside runs to secure victory aboard the Christian Salter-trained five-year-old. Aninchofhislife rattled home along the rails to score by 1-1/2 metres from Fletch Davis (Duncan Dornauf) with Krysty Grant's charge Tinkers Taxi a close-up third. All three placegetters were driven superbly along with four-placed Mes Elsu that was handled by Lyarna Graham who set a solid clip in front and was only overhauled in the closing stages. The second heat was won by the Brent Parish-trained The Family Guy that was driven by Matthew Howlett. The Family Guy started the $2.10 favourite but his backers had some anxious moments over the concluding stages with the favourite getting up by only a half-head from the Shane Boon-driven Island Disco for Brighton trainer Christian Salter. Scruffy Jake ran third in advance of Yole's charge Lucky Dave. The series continues at Devonport tonight with two more heats but unfortunately only six horses have accepted in each heat. This means that only two drivers will have had four drives from the four heats with all other drivers to have had only three drives. Those drivers who do not get a drive in either of the heats at Devonport tonight will be allocated six points. The winner is determined on a points score basis with 16 points awarded for first; 12 for second; nine for third and seven for fourth reducing by one through to one point for last place (10th). The series concludes at the Launceston meeting on Sunday night. Points score after two rounds: 23 - Tim Yole. 18 - Matthew Howlett. 16 - Lyarna Graham. 14 - Duncan Dornauf. 13 - Shane Boon. 12 - Krysty Grant. 10 - Nicholas Brockman. 9 - Samantha Freeman. 8 - Adrian Collins. 7 - Braden Howlett. Peter Staples Jamie Cockshutt's tips and form analysis on tonight's meeting at Devonport.  

STOWPORT harness trainer Andrew Rawlings has always believed his five-year-old pacer Johnnyart had another win in him and at Carrick Paceway in the North of the state today the gelding celebrated his second career win. With experienced reinsman Rohan Hillier in the cart, Johnnyart showed good early speed to lead from barrier two and held the lead comfortably to the home turn. However, he was clearly headed by Im Shouting (Todd Rattray) in the home straight and that horse looked set to win the Trevor Mazzone Memorial over 1670 metres. But Johnnyart showed great courage to fight back, regain the lead and go on and score by a long neck from Im Shouting with Almondine Gem (Brent Parish) over three metres away third. Johnnyart had won only one race from 31 starts but he had notched seven minor placings that have at least helped pay the training fees. The Trevor Mazzone Memorial was the second race on card of what was the club’s centenary meeting. The Carrick club opted to forego staging the meeting on a Friday with Sky coverage instead opting to run the meeting on a Saturday with on-course Tote facilities only and with no statewide broadcast of the events. Peter Staples

The trip was tough, but Euro Classic was tougher en route to winning Tuesday’s featured $11,600 Preferred 2 Trot at The Raceway at Western Fair District. The six-year-old son of Chocolatier-Donven Fury spent the entire mile parked out – including a short stint in the three-wide path – but it didn’t keep him from digging down deep and posting a two-length score in 2:01 for the tandem of trainer Ann Karin Larsen and driver Per Henriksen. Larsen, who co-owns Euro Classic with Tor Jan Larsen of Norwood, Ontario and Odd Larsen of Joakobsli, Norway, won for the 20th time in his career and pushed his lifetime earnings to $143,134. Ostinato was treated to a sweet, second-over trip by James MacDonald in the $10,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred 2 Handicap, and the Jim Wellwood trainee kicked back a sweet return of $48.10 to her backers thanks to her 1:58.4 score. The eight-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Rojens Patriot tracked race favourite Jenna Casimir in the final half of the contest before kicking off that foe’s back and using a :30-second closing quarter to win by a half-length margin over Andro Madi. Lady Latte, who chopped out panels of :28.2, :58.3 and 1:28.1, tired late and settled for third. Jim and Jeff Wellwood share ownership on the distaffer who improved this year’s record to 3-0-2 from five trips to the track. The 28-time winner has stashed away career earnings of $266,191. Rubber Belly clicked in the $7,350 Fillies & Mares Preferred 3 for the team of driver Rob Sparling, Jr. and trainer Randy Parish. Sparling marched the five-year-old daughter of L H Stryker-Rubber Head first-over, and she simply drew away from the eight rivals she squared off with in a time of 1:59.4. Sent off at odds of 10-1, Rubber Belly defeated Release The Magic and race favourite Ideal Odds. Randy, James and Brent Parish own the career winner of purses in excess of $62,000. To view results for Tuesday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Tuesday Results – The Raceway at Western Fair District. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca

Nine trotters faced the starting gate in Monday’s featured Preferred 2 at The Raceway at Western Fair District, and Amigo Loco was a wire-to-wire winner in the $10,500 tilt. Rob Sparling, Jr. hustled Amigo Loco to the lead from Post 1 and the six-year-old son of Amigo Hall-Fathers Daughters chopped out panels of :30.3, 1:00.3 and 1:30.1 en route to a three-length score in 2:00.4. Thundering Ovation tagged along in the two-hole and finished second, while Long Ago rallied from just off the lead to be third. Andy Hardy trains the gelding for owner Tim Varney of London, Ontario, and together they’ve watched the OSS graduate stash away more than $143,000 in career earnings. The victory was his ninth of the season and the 15th of his career. Sparling also guided Rubber Belly to a winning effort in the $6,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred 3. The four-year-old daughter of L H Stryker-Rubber Head powered off cover in the backstretch and motored to an impressive winin 1:58.2. It was 1-1/4 lengths back to runner-up Cards That Count, with Royal Cover Up nabbing the show dough. Trainer Randy Parish co-owns the mare, who was sent off at odds of 11-1, with James Parish of Elmwood and Brent Parish of Chesley, Ontario. The 12-time winner now boasts an 8-9-1 record from 38 trips to the track this season. She’s stashed away more than $57,000 to date. A set of $6,500 Preferred 3 events were also contested on Monday’s card, with Monster In Law and Zorgwijk Nova taking home top honours in their respective assignments. Monster In Law extended his winning streak to two-in-a-row for trainer Don Beatson thanks to his 1:56.3 tally. Trevor Henry took over the lead with the gelding shortly past the quarter pole and he never looked back en route to the comfortable triumph over Western Captive and Lawmen Reign. Don Beatson, Ken Beatson along with Sandra & Ralph Pitt share ownership on the 33-time winner, who upped his lifetime earnings to $412,976 with the win. Zorgwijk Nova capitalized on some class relief in her trotting affair for the tandem of driver James MacDonald and trainer Ronnie MacLean. MacDonald hustled the three-year-old daughter of Armbro Ricochet-Zorgwijk Amarillis to the lead from Post 7 and she successfully chopped out splits of :29.1, :59.3 and 1:29.2 en route to the three-length decision in 1:59.4. Thunderaway was next best, with Jetcrest taking home the show dough. Sent off as the 3-2 favourite, Zorgwijk Nova improved this year’s record to 5-for-19 for MacLean and partners Zorgwijk Stables Ltd, Happy Trails Stables and Murray Neilson. Her share of the loot lifted her lifetime cashstash to $176,949. To view results for Monday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Monday Results – The Raceway at Western Fair District. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca. 

The Family Guy took a while to come to hand for his harness racing trainer-breeder Brent Parish but the gelding but he has blossomed this preparation winning three of his past four starts.

A change of training regime has attributed to a bold second-up win by well bred three-year-old The Family Guy at the Australia Day harness racing meeting at New Norfolk yesterday.

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