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Westbury trainer Michael Laugher has been enjoying a good run in recent weeks, and that continued in Hobart on Tuesday night where he prepared a double on the eight-race card. Six-year-old gelding Emjays Black Chip was the first of the winners for the Laugher stable when the pacer brought up his third win of the season. Drawing outside of the front-row driver Rohan Hillier worked forward over the mile journey before being able to slot into a one-out two-back position before leading up the three-wide line over the final circuit to score by two-metres over Jackson Neptune and Black Ops in 2m 0.7s. “He had been going well but hasn’t been having much luck,” said trainer Michael Laugher about the pacer. Emjays Black Chip is raced by Michael’s wife Toni along with Matailta Rawlings, daughter of the late Sharyn Slater, with the pacer recording six wins and 11 placings in a 60-start career. Laugher was also full of praise for the drive from Rohan Hillier. “He is a good form analyst and summed up both races pretty good,” he said. Hillier was also in the sulky for the last leg of Laugher’s double with Karalta Courage. The three-year-old Roll With Joe gelding was third-up from a break and recorded an easy 7.4-metre win, rating 2m 2.5s for the 2090-metre journey, coming from a one-out and two-back position. “He had been working good going into the race, he got wide in Launceston first up and it looked like he was going to run second but just died on his run. I then took him to Devonport, and he had no luck from the wide draw,” said Laugher said about the pacer who started $8 on the Tasracing Offical Price. “We will just look for a similar class of race, he will get better when he gets older, as he is still immature,” explained the trainer. Leading trainer Ben Yole was once again the standout performer with a training treble on the card winning with Hear the Call, Kiavino Stride and Gauci. Taylor Ford extended her lead in the state’s female trainer and drivers title scoring with Big Bang Raj by a narrow margin and the pacer then had to survive a protest that was subsequently dismissed. Charlie Castles was another junior driver to taste success on the card scoring aboard Resolute Ruler, Castles last year spent a number of months in New South Wales with trainer James Rattray and the driver has another trip earmarked in coming weeks. Victoria Pass was an impressive winner of a rating 46 to 55 event for trainer-driver Zeke Slater. Hobart is the venue for harness racing in Tasmania on Sunday night with the Group 2 Dandy Patch and Evicus Finals that are a part of the 10-race card.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Tuesday marks 15 years since the first race meeting on the current Elwick track in Hobart. There had been many meetings held on the thoroughbred track over many years, before the move from the main track at the Royal Hobart Showgrounds. The first meeting was held on Hobart Show Day 2005 and saw the Barrie Rattray-trained Queen Carey fly around to score with Gareth Rattray in the sulky by 10.5 metres over Fleet Express in 1m 56.3s. It was the last time we saw horses on mainland Tasmania race twice on the one day with horses in races two and three lining up again in the sixth and final race that day. A lot has changed since, including the addition of a sprint lane, but the track still holds the title of hosting the richest harness race in the world, when Blacks A Fake scored in the $1.5 Million Inter Dominion Grand Final in 2006. The quality of horses contesting tonight’s tier two meeting may not get to that Inter Dominion level, but it is still a strong eight-race card where Beauty Point trainer Kyle Pratten will be hoping his five-year-old mare can bounce back into the winners list from the pole draw in the third race, a rating 46 to 55 ever for mares. “She has been unlucky with her draws since I have had her, she has led from seven, so I’m hoping she will hold from the pole,” said her trainer-drive Kyle Pratten. “She is a better horse in front,” said Pratten, with the mare’s only win this season being when able to lead at Redcliffe on 23 February which was the last time the mare drew barrier one. At Aunty Bessy’s last start effort, she failed to beat a runner home in Devonport on 9 October. “It was a terrible run, I don’t think she handled the track that well, it was a heavy track and the weather prior made it even worse,” explained the trainer-driver. “I think it is a very heavy track, I have driven on a lot of tracks around Australia, and I reckon Devonport is one of the heaviest,” Pratten added. “She has worked pretty well this week, I recently purchased Im Full Tilt and she went toe to toe with him the other day,” said Pratten. Im Full Tilt will be having his first start for the Pratten stable in the seventh race for entires and geldings rated 46 to 55. “Mark Yole had him up for sale, I had driven him a few times when he was at Ben (Yole’s), and I thought he had been going well,” explained Pratten who also takes the drive. “He only got beaten just over six metres in Devonport last start after being three-wide for a lap and a half,” said the trainer-driver. “He hasn’t raced at that lower rating for a while, and I’m not fussed with that draw in Hobart because there tends to be that three-wide train that will take him into the race,” said Pratten about the pacer that has drawn barrier five on the second-row in the 2090-metre event. Tuesday’s meeting will be shown on Sky Racing 1 and Tasracing TV from 18:52.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Former New South Wales driver Conor Crook extended his lead on the Tasmanian Drivers premiership for the extended 2019/20 season with a treble in Launceston on Sunday night. Former New Zealand pacer Loch Ness Franco put Crook on the winner’s list early with an all the way win in the McKillop Insurance Brokers Pace. The daughter of Changeover was able to hold the lead from barrier one and enjoyed some comfortable easy sections before dashing home to score by 3.2 metres in a mile rate of 2m 1.7s for the 2200- metre journey. “She put a bit of a gap on them down the back and then just jogged around,” said Crook after the victory. “She is above average, and she is pretty strong,” added the winning trainer-driver. The mare is still progressing through the national rating system, but Crook is predicting a bright future for the winner of two races from six starts. “When she gets to those standing start mares features, she will be right in them for sure,” said Crook with the mare proving herself behind the tapes with two placings in standing start races before arriving in Australia. The Steve Lukac-trained Donny In Paris is on track for next month’s Raider Stakes when scoring second-up from a break last night. Backed in from $8.00 into $3.80, the Rug Rat Donny gelding settled in a midfield position before finding the spot outside the leader in the middle stages. Proving too tough for his rivals, Donny In Paris scored by 5.2 metres in 1m 59.8s. “Steve (Lukac) said he would be better from the run last week and he certainly was,” said Crook. “He is going to the Raider Stakes, and he is not out of it after that run, Crook said about the pacer who has now won three of 11 starts. The last leg of Crook’s treble came in the final race of the night when he partnered the unbeaten Rohan Hadley-trained two-year-old filly Bridwood Bella to her third win. The daughter of Auckland Reactor retained the lead from her pole draw to score by 10.9 metres and was eased down late in a mile rate of 1m 59.2s. “She was a bit more fired up than she was last start, but she is a very very nice horse,” explained Crook.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Last seasons Tasmanian two-year-old filly Blame It On Me made a winning return to the race track from a broken pastern bone in Hobart on Sunday night. From barrier four, driver Natalee Emery rolled forward to race outside the leader and proved too good for Better Amour by 2.3 metres with Iden Gorgeous finishing a further 18.6 metres away third in a mile rate of 2m 0.5s. “This was a starting for the Bandbox, and there were a lot of nice horses in the race, we went out with a plan to go forward early, and then there wasn’t one after that,” said winning driver Natalee Emery after the race. “We expected her to go well, but she exceeded expectations as we didn’t expect her to sit in the death and win like she did," explained Emery. "Better Amour came to her up the straight and worried me there for a stride, but once she got to her girth, she wasn’t going to let her run past, she was just doing what she had to do to the line,” added the driver. The filly hadn’t been seen since contesting a race in Launceston in early January which is a credit to her trainer Doug Nettlefold to get the filly back without a trial from the forced break. “I’m really relieved, more so for Doug and Ange (Nettlefold), they have had a torrid time the last 12 months, and for that filly to come back from a broken pastern and not having a trial it is all credit to Doug for doing a super job,” said Emery. “She was always a nice two-year-old, but I always said to Doug she would make a better three-year-old and she has matured a lot and developed, and going forward she will benefit from that run in leaps and bounds,” added the winning driver which is a huge warning to her rivals ahead of next months Group 2 Bandbox in Launceston. Two heats of the Evicus were staged on the program with Stepping Stones leading all the way to score by 11.9 metres in 1m 59.6s in heat one while $1.07 favourite Melnrowley handled her rivals with ease in the second heat by 10.2 metres in 2m 0.6s. The prelude of the Dandy Patch was taken out by Lancelot who raced up to his terrific second placing in the Sweepstakes final when he recorded a 13-metre win over the $1.30 favourite Rocknovertime in 2m 4.2s for the 2090 metre trip.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

The Geoff Smith stable has been going great guns in recent weeks, and that trend continued in Devonport on Friday evening with the trainer notching up a double on the seven-race program. Four-year-old American Ideal gelding Im Quite American provided the first leg of Smith’s double when scoring in a rating 50 to 54 mobile event. Hannah Van Dongen drove Im Quite American, the pacer was having his first start since being purchased from New South Wales and only arrived in the Smith stable two weeks ago. From barrier six on the tight Devonport track, the pacer didn’t have the best of runs, after being caught three-wide for just over a lap before ending up well back in the field, before flying home out five-wide to score by 1.3 metres in a mile rate of 2m 4.5s on a track that was clearly rain-affected given the times on the program. “He pulled very hard and sat three-wide early and then he had to go back to last and he still flew home,” Smith said about the win. “The bloke I bought him from rang me up after the race to congratulate me, and he couldn’t believe the run,” added Smith. “He is only a little horse, when he arrived here I thought I bought a shetland pony, but I’m really pleased I have got him, and he was only a cheap one too,” said Smith about the pacer, and there is no doubt on the performance of his first-up win the gelding should pick up a few more races yet. Smith prepared six-year-old gelding Laid Back Kenny to his sixth win of the season later in the night, and the trainer was confident heading into the rating 60 to 64 rated event. “I thought he could win, he is going better every start of late, Lord Stark got away from him in Launceston last week and then he got held up before running home well for fourth,” Smith said. Settling well back in the field from outside of the second-row, the race appeared like it was going to suit the front markers given the slow early tempo of the race, but driver Mark Yole was able to get a nice three-wide cart-up into the race over the final 1000 metres, before scoring by 2.5 metres over the leader and race favourite Betterbsweet. The win was one of three on the night for driver Mark Yole who scored on Little Cessna ($23) and Pink Ponder ($6.60) later in the night to give the driver his 50th win of the season, making him the sixth driver to achieve the feat during the extended season. Pink Ponder is trained by the states leading trainer Ben Yole, who also prepared Proficient ($3.70) to victory earlier in the night, with Hannah Van Dongen gaining the late call-up, to replace Taylor Ford who was indisposed, to also register a double on the card. Ben Yole’s training double saw him notch up his 850th career training win   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Seven-year-old gelding Proficient should appreciate a drop in class when he lines up in the Jeremy Rockliff MP Mobile in Devonport on Friday night. The seven-year-old gelding was runner up behind The Shallows on Sunday night in the $12,000 Show Cup in Launceston against open class company. In that standing start event, the winner of 15 races ended up one-out and two-back before working into clear racing room with 600 metres to travel. The gelded son of Bettors Delight hit the front at the halfway down the home straight and fought on courageously to be defeated 1.6 metres. He was driven on that occasion by Taylor Ford and trainer Ben Yole has elected to use her three-point concession claim to get the pacer into Friday’s 65 to 74 rating event. The slight concern for punters tonight is the outside of the second-row draw, but the pacers only win in the state was at the last Devonport meeting on 6 September when drawing outside of the front row. While Taylor Ford takes the reins on the favourite in the second leg of the quaddie, she puts the polish on the favourite of the third leg of the quaddie in the way of former Victorian Robs Legacy. The four-year-old Artistic Fella mare has won two of 13 starts and will go into the race with two placings out of her last three outings, the most recent at Horsham on 17 September after leading. Taylor has given the driving responsibilities to her older brother Dylan in the rating 55 to 64 event that is restricted to mares. Dylan also drives the first race favourite in the first leg of the quaddie on Betterbsweet who has drawn well in barrier one and she has a liking to the Devonport track with one win and two placings from six starts. Friday’s seven-race card will be televised on Sky Racing 2 and TasracingTV with the first race set down for 18:19.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

At only his second try in open class racing, the Heath Woods-trained and driven pacer The Shallows claimed the $12,000 Tasmanian Horse Transport Show Cup in Launceston on Sunday night. The gelded son of Shadyshark Hanover paced away safely to settle one-out and three-back before trainer-driver Heath Woods was able to get the pacer into clear racing room over the final 600 metres. “Everything worked out very well, I managed to be in the running line early, Matty Cooper (driver of Call Me Hector) came around early and ensured a good tempo and then when Gareth (Rattray) came around on Scooterwillrev I managed to get onto his back and he managed to get me a fair way into the race and my bloke was able to do the rest,” explained the winning trainer-driver about the 1.6-metre victory over Proficient and Lip Reader. The $3.80 race favourite Ignatius finished eighth from his 30-metre handicap. The mile rate for the 2200-metre trip was a slick 1m 59.72s with the last half mile run in 57.20s. It was the first standing start try for The Shallows at his 26th career start and Woods believes the pacer will take benefit from the run with his standing start manners. “He just dwelled a fraction at the start but then once when he hit his straps, he was right, it will just take him a couple of runs and he will learn what it is all about,” Woods said. It was the 12th career win for The Shallows and the win takes his national rating to 87, meaning he will have to race in open class races in the state over the next few months. “He seems like he has pulled up well, I will wait and see where we go next, but I reckon we will head towards the Danbury Park Cup,” said Woods. The main aim is the $30,000 Tassie Golden Apple in December, with a feature race list for the 2020 season for the state yet to be publicly released and there is no desire from the stable to send the pacer across Bass Strait. “If he ever went away, we would want to take him ourselves and logistically that is hard at the moment, when there is the money on offer at the moment there isn’t much sense going too far away from home,” explained Woods. It was a handy payday for connections of the two first race winners with Laurens Runner and Iden Gorgeous. The win saw the pacers take home the first prize cheque from the two $10,000 prizemoney races, plus a $10,000 first win Tasbred bonus.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

The two-year-olds flew around Hobart last week in the finals of the Sweepstakes which were taken out by Rocknovertime and Melnrowley on a night where there were many highlights. The two-year-olds will be back out in force on Sunday week in Hobart with heats of the Sires Stakes Series. This week harness racing heads to Launceston for a nine-race card with the $12,000 Tasmanian Horse Transport Show Cup the feature. The Stars Rocknovertime – was able to overcome the outside of the second row draw over the sprint trip to take out the Colts and Geldings Sweepstakes Final with Rohan Hillier in the sulky. After leading up the three-wide line for the final 1100 metres, the gelding broke the 2YO age track record and gave his trainer Paul Hill his eighth Sweepstakes win. Melnrowley – had to burn the candle at both ends of the race to score in the Sweepstakes Fillies Final. The Craig Hayes-trained, Gareth Rattray driven pacer had the mile rate of 1m 58.4s to equal the 2YO Fillies Aged Record. Bronte Miller – drove her first winner at her ninth race drive when she teamed up with the Ben Yole-trained Jakes A Joy to score by 10.10 metres in the Crown Lager Pace. Ben Richardson – returned to the winner’s list after a run of outs when he trained Damitsam to a narrow victory in the Rexel North Hobart Pace. Mark Yole – trained and drove a double on the card with Black Ops who continued his consistent form and Chilla Breeze in the Claimer who recently re-joined Yole’s stable. Cold Crusher – Deborah Williams-trained trotter recorded a dominant win in the trotter’s event, the gelding’s last three wins have all be in mobile start races. Multiple Winners Hobart – Sunday evening Mark Yole – training and driving; Black Ops and Chila Breeze. Gareth Rattray – driving double; Karalta Invader and Melnrowley. Ricky Duggan – driving double; Cold Crusher and Damitsam. Ben Yole – training double; Jakes A Joy and My Celebrity. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Hobart – Sunday evening Rocknovertime 56.61s, Agouda Ruler 57.60s, Lancelot 57.72s, Damitsam 57.95s and Mia From Memphis 57.98s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart – Sunday evening Hit’s: Karalta Invader $2.50 into $2.20, Melnrowley $1.70 into $1.55, Christian Major $7.00 into $5.00 and My Celebrity $4.00 into $3.30. Defied The Drift: Rocknovertime $2.30 out to $2.90, Damitsam $12 out to $16 and Chilla Breeze $12 out to $17. Missed: Micton Aroha $14 into $5.00, Stepping Stones $9.00 into $7.50, Living On Prare $15 into $11, Kardesler $5.00 into $2.80, Somedan $9.00 into $7.00, Victoria Pass $5.00 into $3.80, Got The Goods $9.00 into $7.00, Sign Of Pro $4.00 into $3.40, Always A Stride $3.40 into $2.70, Im Barney Rubble $12 into $8.50 and Jeans Mattjesty $10 into $5.00. Trial File Carrick Park – Saturday morning Emjays Black Chip recorded the quickest winning mile rate of the six trials when leading all the way to take out a 46 to 75 rating trial, that saw the field compete over the mile trip as opposed to the 1670-metre that has been used at Carrick Park for over 12 years. The Michael Laugher trained pacer was driven by Gareth Rattray for a five-metre win in 2m 3.4s. Other winners included; The Shady One (2m 6.7s), Barooga Rock (2m 10.4s), Kens Chips (2m 11.2s), Albatross (2m 7.1s) and Tisu Spirit (2m 13.2s). You can view the replays by clicking here. Week Ahead Nine races will be staged in Launceston on Sunday night where the Tasmanian Horse Transport Show Cup is the feature race on the card. A field of 14 will contest the 2200-metre Discretionary Handicap where Ignatius faces a tough ask off a 30-metre handicap. Other handicap runners in the race include Scooterwillrev, Full Speed Ahead, and Shelby Bromac off 10 metres while Izaha and Call Me Hector face a 20-metre handicap. The $12,000 event is also the first leg of the quaddie at 19:33. Currently, only the last eight races are listed for Sky Racing 1 and the first race on Sky Racing 2. The first race is scheduled for 17:36 but both the start time and television schedule have changed closer to race day in recent weeks. Some Tasmanian pacers doing battle over the next few days at metropolitan venues include; Melton – Saturday night Race 4 Horse 13 Blingittothemax.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

16 year old reinswoman Bronte Miller opened her winning account when she registered her first driving win at her ninth race drive in Hobart on Sunday night aboard the Ben Yole-trained Jakes A Joy. Settling well back in the field the pacer flew home out wide over the concluding stages to score by 10.1 metres over the stablemate One Of The Lads and Miller was pleased to notch up her first driving win. “It was a very good feeling and I enjoyed it a lot,” said Bronte about the win. “It was great the owners allowed me to drive Jakes A Joy even though there was no advantage of using a claim in the race and I’m glad I could reward them with a win,” added the winning driver. Miller obtained her trial license earlier this year and only had her first race drive in Devonport earlier this month. Her interest in horses started at an early age. “I was involved in the pony trots for a while, but I have been involved in Pony Club since I was four years old and I’m still doing it,” she said. Her parents Clayton and Claire Miller have been involved in the industry training a few pacers and Bronte has always been around the horses, but it was while on school holidays last year that her interest and development in racing grew. “During the school holidays this time last year I started working for Ben Yole during the weekends and holidays, and I have had his support along with his team, and without that, I don’t think I would be where I am now with my driving,” explained Bronte. The year 10 student plans to continue with her education for years 11 and 12, with her current career aspirations already being considered. “I’m thinking about teaching, but I hope to be involved with racing as a hobby,” Bronte said. Bronte has had a total of 10 drives for one win and three placings and given the strength of female drivers across the driving ranks throughout Australia at present, who knows maybe more members of Pony Club associations will follow her into harness racing.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Two new names were not only added to an illustrious honour roll of the Hobart Sweepstakes, but two names were also written onto the two-year-old age track records. Rocknovertime produced a mammoth performance to score in the Colts and Geldings Final to give trainer Paul Hill his eighth win across both sex divisions of the Sweepstakes. Hill, who is dubbed “King of the Kids” given his terrific record in juvenile races in the Apple Isle said to before the race that he was concerned about drawing barrier five on the second row over the mile trip and that the pacer would have to go 1:57 to win. Well, the pacer had to go a fraction quicker and was forced to lead up the three-wide line from the 1100 metres to score in 1m 56.9s to record a 1.7 metre win over the early leader Lancelot with Stormy Sanz who raced outside the leader 13.8 metres away third, with both of those pacers involved in an early speed burn which saw the race ran in quarters of 28.5s, 30.7s, 28.8s and 28.8s. The time for the mile took 0.9s of the previous age record in Hobart, which was held by Hillview Jake, also trained by Hill, when winning the 2015 Sweepstakes Final. “If you said to me before the race that the leader would go 1:56 and he (Rocknovertime) has got come from barrier 13 and be three-wide most the of the race, then you wouldn’t think he would win,” Hillier said after the race. “He tries hard and has got plenty of ability,” added the reinsman who said he would be “bashing the door down” to drive the pacer in the Group 2 Dandy Patch with heats of that series in Hobart on Sunday week over the 2090-metre trip. It was Rohan Hillier’s first win in the race since 2008 when he trained and drove Shez Ryleymak to victory. He also trained Ticket Flow in 1998. In the Fillies Final, Melnrowley equalled the Two-year-old fillies track record when she led all the way in 1m 58.4s, equalling the Two-Year-Old Fillies Track Record with Karalta Moondance who recorded the same time in 2018. From barrier four, reinsman Gareth Rattray took the pacer to the lead in a 28.9s opening quarter and was kept honest during a 30.4s second quarter before running home in 30.5s and 28.5s for a time of 1m 58.4s to record a five-metre victory over Stepping Stones with Magic Pebbles a further 14 metres away third. It was the first Sweepstakes win for trainer Craig Hayes and he was pleased with the result. “I’m very happy with her, when they went quick early and then Ray Pullen (driver of Most Perfect Major) came just when Gareth (Rattray) was trying to get a breather down the straight I was a little bit concerned but she is a strong filly and that is her biggest asset,” Hayes said after the win. The Heston Blue Chip filly will have two more runs for this campaign in the heats and final of the $50,000 Group 2 Evicus, with the heats to be held in Hobart on Sunday week. Hayes is based at Stowport on the states north-west coast and the trip to Hobart generally takes 3 3/4 hours (one way), one of the longest commutes in Tasmanian harness racing. “It generally does take a bit out of the young ones but with this filly the travel doesn’t seem to affect her,” said Hayes. “We are lucky this season with these feature races being held later in the year, they are a little bit older and the weather is better and it all helps, the couple of months from June and July is a big difference,” Hayes said, with many trainers echoing those sentiments. The win was the fifth for driver Gareth Rattray across the two divisions.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Tasmanian record holder Call Me Hector on Sunday night added the Launceston track record to his resume when he led all the way to score in the Impress Print Free For All. Call Me Hector stopped the clock in 1m 59.37s which represented a mile rate of 1m 54.34s for the 1680-metre trip to claim the record, the gelded son of Art Major also holds the Hobart record of 1m 54.3s. From barrier four trainer-driver Matthew Cooper took the $4.40 elect straight to the lead and after a lead time of 5.22s before quarters of 29.56s, 29.22s, 28.02s, 27.35s. “It is a huge thrill to claim another track record,” said Cooper post-race. “I thought if I could ease off for just one quarter that I would just let him go, and when I pulled the plugs at the 400 I knew nothing would beat him,” added the Oatlands based trainer-driver. Punters sent out Ignatius as the $1.45 favourite, but the pacer who was the sole runner on the second row settled three-back along the marker pegs before working into the clear around the home corner to finish 8.6 metres away fourth. “I read an article on the Tasracing website that Todd (Rattray, trainer-driver of Ignatius) thought he was a bit fat and needed the run, so I thought if I was going to beat Ignatius then tonight was the night,” explained Cooper. Cooper also made some gear changes by removing the lugging pole and block blinds. “When he beat Ryley Major (last start) he wanted to hang up the track, so I decided to leave the pole off him at home and he was alright and I took him to the trials and he went absolutely super, so I thought maybe this is the go,” said Cooper. “There is no more miles for him this year, I don’t understand their programming. “Anyway, we will go to the Show Cup in two weeks,” added the trainer-driver The Show Cup is a standing start event and Call Me Hector’s standing start manners have let him down significantly in the past. It was a slick time to start the card with Bridwood Bella keeping her unbeaten record intact after two starts. The Rohan Hadley-trained pacer claimed the state record for a two-year-old filly of 1m 57.0s when winning on debut and was just outside of that time last night when running 1m 57.7s where she raced outside the leader from her second-row draw to score by 18 metres. The filly was driven by Conor Crook who drove a treble on the card with Lake Eyre and Pockets Of Courage. One of the biggest winning margins in the state for some time was recorded in the final race of the night when Devil Of Tyne scored by 42.9 metres in a rating 51 to 55 event.   by Duncan Dornauf

Two-year-old filly Melnrowley is on track for the $20,000 Sweepstakes Fillies Final on 27 September after an all the way win in Sunday night’s prelude in Hobart. The Craig Hayes-trained pacer was taken straight to the lead from her outside of the front row draw by her driver Gareth Rattray where she dictated affairs to score untroubled. The winning margin was 7.9 metres over debutante Living On Prare with Magic Pebbles a further 1.2 metres away third with the fillies covering the mile trip 2m 2.2s with a slick last quarter of 27.7s, naturally, Hayes was wrapped with the win. “She is a strong filly and only does what she has to do,” he said. Hayes original plans for driver Gareth Rattray was to work forward and to see what happened but when the trainer arrived on track and felt the strong wind that had descended, he did have his slight reservations but his versatile filly was still able to burn the candle at both ends of the race. “She is a pretty good filly and I have had a fair opinion of her all along, she can sit up, she can do a bit of work and she has a bit of speed,” explained the trainer. As is the case in mile events, barrier draws are vital, particularly in juvenile racing and that will again be the case for the $20,000 final on 27 September. “If she gets a draw, she will be hard to beat but there is not much between three or four of them so whoever draws best will be hard to beat,” Hayes said. Melnrowley is by Heston Blue Chip and is out of one of Hayes former mares that he trained in Tania Maree who won nine of 16 starts. Two heats of the colts and gelding’s division of the Sweepstakes were also held on Sunday night, also over the mile trip. Like Melnrowley, Stormy Sanz burned the candle at both ends to lead all the way for driver John Walters and trainer Kent Rattray and score in the opening heat to defeat Lancelot and Agouda Ruler in 1m 59.4s. It wouldn’t be a two-year-old feature event without a strong presence from the Paul Hill stable and in this year’s colts and geldings final his stable will have two contenders including Rocknovertime who led all the way to win heat two by an impressive 17.7 metres in the quickest mile rate of the three two-year-old races of 1m 59.0s. Lets Go Bill and Longfellow filled the placings. In the David Medhurst Memorial, four-year-old mare Loch Ness Franco opened her winning account at her Australian debut leading for the final mile of the event to score untroubled by 20.1 metres in 2m 3.1s. Troy McDonald once again was the in-form driver of the meeting driving a treble on his birthday, scoring with Hezatoff, Punchinello and Tarleton Riley. Ben Yole prepared all three of those winners. McDonald was denied winning the Happy Birthday Troy McDonald Pace by the narrowest of margins when Kardesler scored a short-half head victory courtesy of a well-timed run by reinsman Charlie Castles. Castor Troy had to survive a protest to score in the Tasmanian Horse Transport Pace. It was the second win this week for the Ray Pullen-trained gelding who scored in Launceston on Wednesday night.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

It has been a busy week in Tasmania with harness racing held in Devonport on Sunday night before mid-week racing in Launceston on Wednesday night. Harness racing heads back to Hobart on Sunday night with the Sweepstakes series commencing. Two heats of the colts and geldings will be staged, while the fillies will contest a prelude ahead of the $20,000 finals on 27 September. The Stars Heath Szczypka – continued his good recent run when Reign Of Pain scored in the McKillop Insurance Brokers Discretionary on Wednesday night. The gelded son of Armbro Operative has now won 15-races and depending on his rating over the festive season he could be a contender for some country cups with his standing start manners. Kivik – won his second race at start five when he outstayed his rivals in the Find the LPC on Facebook Stakes. The gelded son of Courage Under Fire was well handled by Ben Parker who elected to lead up the three-wide line of the final lap to score in a last half mile of 57.1s. Rohan Hillier– walked away from Launceston with two winners. He put the polish on in-form pacer Lip Reader who was handled by stable foreman Conor Crook before Hillier provided a well-rated drive in front on the Michael Laugher-trained Christian Jaz. The Carrick Crew – the Mark Yole-trained and driven pacer Black Ops ended a run of placings when the eight-year-old entire won on Wednesday, coming from last. The next race was won by Carrick based driver Hannah Van Dongen on the Ray Pullen-trained Castor Troy and not to be outdone, Carrick based driver Adrian Collins rated Art Frenzy well in front to score for another Carrick local trainer, Craig Van Dongen. Ben Yole – trained six winners for the week, with four winners in Devonport and then a double in Launceston which was a relief for those that took the $1.12 to train two or more winners with an online bookmaker that offered a market on how many winners Yole would prepare on the card. Troy McDonald – teamed up with Ben Yole to drive a treble on Sunday in Devonport before winning the opening race on Wednesday aboard My Ultimate Romeo. Multiple Winners Devonport – Sunday evening Ben Yole – training quartet; Weerrook Harry, Amazing Daisy, Tarleton Riley and Proficient. Troy McDonald – driving treble; Weerrook Harry, Amazing Daisy and Tarleton Riley. Geoff Smith – training double; Aitutaki and Laid Back Kenny. Launceston – Wednesday evening Ben Yole – training double; My Ultimate Romeo and Island Rocknroll. Rohan Hillier – double; he trained Lip Reader and drove Christian Jazz. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Devonport – Sunday evening Agouda Ruler 58.32s, Proficient 58.64sm Longfellow 58.89s, Laid Back Kenny 59.14s and Lets Go Bill 59.17s. Launceston – Wednesday evening Feel The Burn 56.25s, Castor Troy 56.40s, Kivik 56.50s, Monarkmac 56.52s and Hezatoff 56.57s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Devonport – Sunday evening Hit’s: Amazing Daisy $5.00 into $4.60 and Tarleton Riley $9.50 into $4.80. Defied The Drift: Weerrook Harry $4.80 out to $6.50, Laid Back Kenny $9.00 out to $15, Proficient $4.00 out to $5.00 and Agouda Ruler $2.80 out to $3.20. Missed: My Ultimate Major $8.50 into $5.00, Jigamaroo $5.00 into $4.20, Ozzie Major $8.00 into $5.50, Pink Ponder $10 into $6.50 and Somedan $2.70 into $2.10. Launceston – Wednesday evening Hit’s: My Ultimate Romeo $7.00 into $4.60, Lip Reader $1.75 into $1.40, Reign Of Pain $9.00 into $5.50, Defied The Drift: Kivik $2.60 out to $3.40, Castor Troy $6.50 out to $7.50, Art Frenzy $21 out to $51 and Christian Jaz $3.00 out to $4.40. Missed: My Ultimate Major $17 into $8.00, Royal Reactor $12 into $9.00, Gauci $14 into $7.00, Lord Stark $8.00 into $5.50, Live For Peace $12 into $7.00, Bettabrown Tiger $4.20 into $3.40, My Girl Pearl $7.00 into $6.00 and Our Percius $10 into $5.50. Races three and nine have been excluded due to the late scratchings of the early favourites. Trial File Devonport – Sunday evening Trial 1: A rating 35-59 trial was held with a field of three facing the starter over 1930 metres where three-year-old gelding Kivik led all the way to score by 1.7 metres over Capitallee and Jimmy Mischief in 2m 3.5s. The form has been strengthened by Kivik winning in Launceston on Wednesday night. Hobart – Monday evening Trial 1: The Rodney Ashwood-trained Ninefortwentythree led all the way to take out the first trial over 2090 metres. Driver Ricky Duggan allowed the gelded son of Heston Blue Chip to do his own thing out in the lead where he proved too good by 3.1 metres over Most Perfect Major who stuck to her task well, with Wee Rosie a further 23 metres away third in 2m 5.8s. Trial 2: Trainer Rodney Ashwood was in the winners stall again when Four Starzz Shark gelding Hughie Playboy who sat three-back along the marker pegs before running to the lead at the 500 metres to go on and score by 24 metres over Maxi Jolt and Iden Delight in 2m 7.1s for the 2090 metre trip. Trial 3: Looked to be a one-sided affair on paper with Call Me Hector rated at 112 taking on rating 57 pacer Donny In Paris. Hector went straight to the lead and after a lead time of 36.7s trainer-driver Matthew Copper then allowed the pacer to run quarters of 31.8s 29.4s, 27.5s and 28.7s to score by 37.6 metres in 1m 58.6s. Trial Replays You can view most trials since the resuming from the COVID break by clicking here. Week Ahead Sunday in Hobart, we see the two-year-old’s step out as the delayed 2020 Sweepstakes series commences. Two heats will be held of the colts and geldings division with the first heat set to be a great clash between Stormy Sanz who has won his last three, Franko Joe who was an impressive winner on debut, Agouda Ruler who has already won five races and last start Hobart winner Rocknroll Nitro. Heat Two sees last start winners Rocknovertime and Impulsive George go head to head also with last start winner Rocknovertime, professional placegetter Longfellow and Ninefortwentythree who has won three of his four trials. A prelude will be staged of the fillies division where Blue Bonnet winner Written In Silk has drawn barrier four on the second row in the mile event where a couple of highly raced fillies draw well to add some interest. The two $20,000 finals will be held on 27 September. Also, Sunday night sees the running of the David Medhurst Memorial for the three-year-old and above maidens. Former kiwi Loch Ness Franco makes her Australian debut after being placed in two of three starts in New Zealand’s South Island, the Changeover mare impressed recently when winning a Carrick Park trial on 29 August. Some Tasmanian pacers doing battle over the next few days at metropolitan venues include; Menangle – Saturday night Race 2 Horse 8 No Apachemee. Terang (Metro meeting) – Saturday night Race 6 Horse 3 Terryrama.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

He has been out of the winner’s circle for over a year, but 2019 Tasmania Cup winner Shelby Bromac will be looking to end the drought when harness racing reruns to Launceston for a rare Wednesday night fixture. The last win for the Bettors Delight gelding was in August 2019 when the pacer flew around Melton in 1m 55.2s and has since been transferred to the Magra stables of Juanita McKenzie where he has had five starts, including two placings at his last two outings. The most recent placing was behind Full Speed ahead and Ryley Major in Hobart on 30 August. On that occasion, the pacer settled behind the leader where he used the sprint lane to be defeated 3.2 metres in what was only a dash up the straight. Two starts ago Shelby Bromac raced outside the leader when running a brave second behind Scooterwillrev in a rating 75 to 84 event. “He is racing well, he is up there with them, he is probably not as good as Ryley Major but there is not many that are as good as him,” said trainer Juanita McKenzie ahead of Wednesday’s race. “He will go super tonight. Obviously Full Speed Ahead is going well and is the horse to beat,” explained the trainer. Wednesday night the pacer faces a 10-metre handicap in the 2200-metre standing start event with the in-form Full Speed Ahead facing a tough ask from the 20-metre back mark, his last two wins have both been when he has been able to lead. Concession reinsman Charlie Castles retains the drive on Shelby Bromac after partnering the pacer in his last two outings. Castles has been driving in good form of late with one win and four placings in his last 10 drives. “Charlie is a very good kid, I’m very impressed with the way he listens and the feedback he gives,” explained the trainer who has also booked him for the drive on Kardesler in the Great Northern Super Crisp Pace. “He has got a good draw, he shouldn’t be too far away,” said McKenzie. “He hasn’t had a lot of luck since he has been here, and when he has got luck he has won,” added the Magra based trainer. The American Ideal entire will start from barrier one, following the scratching in Kiavino Stride Kardesler finished sixth in Hobart last time out where he recorded the second quickest last half mile of the race in 57.08s on the Tasracing Calculated Sectionals. The first race Wednesday will be televised on Sky Racing 2 with the remainder of the card on Sky Racing 1. All races will be shown on Sky Racing Active and TasracingTV from 17:22.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing  

Leading trainer Ben Yole extended his lead for the state’s trainers title in Devonport on Sunday night winning four of the seven races, three of those victories coming with reinsman Troy McDonald in the sulky. Weerrook Harry was the first winner for the combination in the Jamie Costello Appreciation Pace. The gelded son of Artesian sat one-out one-back before finding the spot outside the leader at the 1200-metre mark and proved too strong for his rivals late by 19.6 metres in 2m 3.0s to give the pacer his eighth career victory, with four of those wins coming this season. Weerrook Harry lead home a training trifecta for Yole with My Ultimate Romeo and Coveffe Hustler filling the placings. Four-year-old mare Amazing Daisy (pictured) kept her unbeaten record in standing start races intact when the daughter of Roll With Joe scoring at her second outing behind the tapes in the Hardings Hotmix Pace. Stepping away safely from outside of the front row, the mare settled one-out and one-back in the 2286-metre event before sweeping to the lead at the top of the home straight to score by a half-neck over Lake Eyre in a slow last section of 32.4s. In the John McKenna Race Night Vet Pace, eight-year-old Stonebridge Regal gelding Tarleton Riley recorded his sixth win of the season at his 50th start for the term. McDonald settled the pacer one-out and four-back from barrier three on the second row, before racing three-wide for the final 1000 metres. It was all Tarleton Riley late, running away from his rivals to score by 29.9 metres with Yole putting the polish on the first six place getters in the race. Punters would have been happy with the performance with it backed in from $9.50 into $4.80 on the Tasracing Official Price. Yole also prepared the first five placings across the line in the Jeremy Rockliff MP Mobile which was taken out Bettors Delight gelding Proficient, who won his first race at his fourth start since arriving in the state. Concession driver Taylor Ford drove the pacer to the 7.6-metre victory. The locals won the remaining three races with Geoff Smith preparing a double with Aitutaki and Laid Back Kenny, while Agouda Ruler won his fifth two-year-old race of the season, the John Castles prepared pacer should figure prominently in many aged classic races still to come in this extended season.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Last season’s Group 2 Bandbox winner Still Hungover remains on track for this season’s four-year-old leg of the Tasmanian Sires’ Stakes series, the Granny Smith, after the daughter of Sutter Hanover scored a top win in Hobart on Sunday night. From barrier six on the front-row, reinsman Ricky Duggan worked forward to take up the lead at the 1350-metre point in the 2090-metre event and the mare had a strong kick late to score by 2.7 metres over Feel The Burn and Wattabout Spangher in a mile rate of 2m 1.2s, a handy run given the strong wind conditions that swept across the track. Trainer Rodney Ashwood was pleased with the mare’s victory after two unlucky efforts. “Her last two runs have been very good, she just hasn’t had any luck but last night she did a bit of work and stuck to her guns and ran to the line pretty good,” said Ashwood. Still Hungover has now won eight of her 22 starts and the $50,000 Granny Smith in Devonport is the main aim for the mare, with the race rescheduled to November. “She may have a week off now, and then we will aim her towards the Granny Smith and then we will work out where we go from there,” said Ashwood. The mare now takes her national rating to 70 and while she is entitled to a five-point mares concession claim in a number of races, her opposition will only get tougher from here. “If she wins another one or two, she will be free-for-all class,” the trainer said. Still Hungover is owned by her breeder Corey Hazelwood. The Heath Woods-trained and driven pacer, The Shallows, returned to the winner’s list after two below par performances. From barrier three Woods restrained the pacer to settle one-out and five-back before racing three-wide and two-back over the final 850 metres. Still last at the 400m Woods had to pull the pacer out four and five wide on the final corner and the pacer let down with his lethal sprint in a 56.6s last half mile. Many racing fans are eagerly awaiting the Tasracing Calculated Sectionals to be released to see what the pacers individual last half mile was recorded in. Most punters had their quaddie tickets turned into confetti after the third leg when short-priced favourite Ryley Major had his colours lowered by Full Speed Ahead in the Rexel North Hobart Free-For-All. Full Speed Ahead was able to hold the lead from his pole draw to score by 2.3 metres over the $1.18 favourite Ryley Major. Trainer Zeke Slater said to prior to the race that he didn’t think there was a horse in that field that could beat Full Speed Ahead if he led, and after the pacer got away with a 35.5s lead time and the first quarter of 32.9s he was going to be hard to run down. The last three quarters were run in 30.7s, 28.2s and 28.5s, with the mile rate for 2090 metres being a slow 1m 59.9s. Leading trainer Ben Yole prepared a treble on the card with Nine Diamonds, Baccarat and Southern Gnp, while Taylor Ford continued her excellent run with a training and driving double with The Thug and Bettonblack.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

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