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Five-year-old gelding Call Me Hector is now officially the quickest pacer to race on Tasmanian soil when the Matthew Cooper-trained and driven pacer broke the Tasmanian and Hobart track record with a slick 1m 54.3s victory in Hobart last night. The previous state record of 1m 54.5s was shared by Ryley Major (Hobart 16/06/19) and Mister Lennox (Launceston 14/05/17). Last night from barrier four, driver Matthew Cooper was keen to find the lead on the $2.10 favourite and bowled along in quarters of 28.7s, 28.4s, 28.9s and 28.2s. “I knew he was running along and I thought I would just let him run,” said Cooper. Cooper said pre-race that the gelded son of Art Major just lacks a fast-finishing sprint and is best suited when driven tough, and that’s exactly what Cooper did. “He can keep running 29 (second) quarters and he felt that strong down the back I gave him a tap on the bum and went for home,” said the winning trainer-driver. Call Me Hector is out of the Mach Three mare Lady Jillett Lombo which makes Call Me Hector a half brother to last season’s George Johnson winner Call Her Julie who also did an outstanding job in Cooper’s care. “They are similar horses, they are tough, have a good heart, they just like running and you don’t have to work them hard,” explained Cooper. Call Me Hector defeated Star Chamber by 6.4 metres with Blackbird Power a further 6.8 metres away third, the first five placegetters in the event were all driven along the pegs. Adelaide Bay winning in Hobart on 18 September 2019. Later in the night, the Marc Butler-trained Adelaide Bay broke his maiden status with a 14.2-metre victory in the Tasmanian Veterinary Services Pace. The gelded son of Auckland Reactor is still learning the racing game, causing a tough drive once again for Ricky Duggan. “Marc (Butler) changed a bit of gear on him to try and get him to settle but that didn’t work, so we will go back to the drawing board with that,” said Duggan. “He feels alright and he has a bit of a motor, he just has to learn what it is all about as he is still not doing things 100%,” the master driver added. Duggan drove a double on the card, he partnered Witch Master in the opening race for his brother Adrian. Todd Rattray recorded a training and driving double on the card with five-year-old mares Karpenkova Leis and Bremusa. Another trainer to record multiple wins was Rohan Hillier who prepared Boss Major in race two with stable junior driver Conor Crook in the sulky before Im Barney Rubble scored in the claiming race of the night. The Daryl Bates trained Streetside Classic registered his first win since March 2018 with an all the way win in the Go Racing Tasmania Pace courtesy of a brilliant front running drive by Gareth Rattray. Pink Ponder caused the biggest upset of the night when the Ben Yole-trained mare used the Roberts Sprint Lane to score at odds of $47 with Rohan Hadley in the sulky. Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

The Australian harness racing 2018/19 season officially comes to an end on Saturday night, however, Tasmania's final meeting of the season was conducted in Launceston on Sunday with a program full of highlights. The national spotlight was on the big Breeders Crown meeting at Melton on Saturday night where East Devonport owner Mick Maxfield found the winners circle with Max Delight in the Three Year Old Breeders Crown Final. Max Delight, a gelded son of Bettors Delight led all the way to score in a 1m 55.9s mile rate. The feature victory saw Max Delight take his prize money earnings to $323,970, further enhancing his season's resume that already boasted success in the Group 1 New South Wales Derby, the Group 3 Tasmanian Derby and a fifth placing in the Group 1 Victoria Derby. The Stars Illegal Immigrant - continued on his winning way when he took out the Lees Orchard Pace on Sunday. Trainer-driver Troy Hillier positioned the gelding one-out and two-back before sprinting over the top of his rivals late to score by 1.4-metres, his calculated last half mile recorded in 55.96s the quickest of the meeting. It has been reported that Illegal Immigrant may have his next start in The Gammalite at Melton on 7 September.  Sunny Sanz - took the step up to the National Rating 65 to 79 class with ease, the gelded son of Sportswriter pinged straight to the lead in the standing start event and proved too strong for his rivals in a slick 56.6s last half mile. The mile rate of 2m 0.1s was just 1.7s outside the track record. Rohan Hillier - continued his terrific run with former New Zealand three-year-olds. Awayandrideyourself took on the older horses for the first time and he handled the step up in grade well, courtesy of a copybook drive by Conor Crook, while later on the card stablemate Prosecution Witness led all the way for the to win at a short quote. Andrew Thornton - was back in the winners stall for the first time in a while when Shes Gifted pulled off a plunge from $51 into $26 on the Tasracing Official Price. Thornton drove for luck on the daughter of For A Reason to record her second win at her 82nd race track appearance. The mile rate for the 1680-metre trip was 1m 57.5s which is a quick run for the National Rating 45 to 49 grade. Ben Yole - capped off the season with a weekend treble including $41 long shot Ashleys Angel in Launceston. Yole ended the season with a record breaking Tasmanian tally of 181 wins and 408 placings from 2,660 starters, which is believed to be an Australian record. Multiple Winners Hobart  – Friday evening Ben Yole - training double; Mystery Writer and Artiflash. Marc Butler - training double; Couta Rocks and Malalla. Ricky Duggan - driving double; Couta Rocks and Malalla. Launceston  – Sunday evening Gareth Rattray - driving double; Elect To Go and One Yankee Ginga. Rohan Hillier - training double; Awayandrideyourself and Prosecution Witness. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Hobart  – Friday evening  Yellow Taxi 57.44s, Seenohearnospeakno 57.66s, Origin Tara 57.87s, Adelaide Bay 57.88s and Bounty Eyre 57.90s. Launceston  – Friday evening  Illegal Immigrant 55.96s, Sunny Sanz 56.60, Goggo Gee Gee 56.67s Stylish Trend 56.69s and Reign Of Pain 56.73s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart  – Friday evening  Hit’s: Artiflash $3.60 into $3.10 and Couta Rocks $10 into $9.00. Defied The Drift: The New Man $8.50 out to $10, Jocund $2.50 out to $3.20, Malalla $7.50 out to $8.50 and Northview Dave $1.85 out to $2.00. Missed: Seenohearnospeakno $4.40 into $3.90, Castor Troy $31 into $16, Lake Eyre $12 into $9.50, Raymonds Judge $3.20 into $2.30, Van Der Poel $10 into $4.00 and Swap Me $26 into $9.00. Launceston  – Sunday evening  Hit’s: Shes Gifted $51 into $26, Prosecution Witness $1.20 into $1.14 and One Yankee Ginga $2.60 into $2.25. Defied The Drift: Elect To Go $4.20 out to $4.80, Ashleys Angel $26 out to $41 and Illegal Immigrant $2.40 out to $3.70. Missed: Blackjackhanover $18 into $7.50, Princely Reign $7.50 into $4.60, Jigamaroo $8.00 into $6.50 and Trumps Golden Boy $3.00 into $2.40. Trial File Hobart - Monday evening If you took the short odds on offer for Iden Forest in Launceston on Sunday night, then you will be disappointed to know he led all the way to win a Hobart trial on Monday night, dashing home in a 27.9s final quarter in the process. The Chris Howlett trained pacer was stood down 14 days and two trials in Launceston on Sunday for causing a false start. Iden Forest led all the way to win his 50 - 65 rated trial in a mile rate of 2m 2.9s and was able to defeat Albayzin by five metres with Brystabella a further eight metres away. Remaining trials were won by Finn Mac Kee 2m 5.1s and Nobeer Nomore 2m 9.0s. Devonport - Monday evening Two trials were staged on Monday evening where the Ben Yole trained Wheresmilzee recorded the quickest winning mile rate of 2m 4.9s when he scored in a trial for horses of a national rating if 40 to 55. The trial was conducted over 1930 metres and Wheresmilzee was taken to the lead by driver Troy McDonald, the unraced three-year-old scored by five metres over Crackerjacks Judge with Arapaho a half metre away third in a mile rate of 2m 4.9s. The remaining trial was a national rating 40 to 65 event over 2297 metres which was won by Guys Bettor Bet, scoring a two metre victory over Lord Stark and My Girl Pearl in a mile rate of 2m 9.2s. Week Ahead The opening meeting of the new season will be staged on Wednesday night 4 September in Hobart. Wednesday night Harness racing has been proven popular with punters  with favourable turnover figures for Tasmanian harness racing in the past, with the opportunity to reschedule the calendar made possible due to Redcliffe being closed due to major track renovations. The month will also see racing on Wednesday evenings, 11 September Launceston, 18 September in Hobart and 25 September in Launceston with the only Sunday meeting being in Hobart on 29 September. All meetings will have Sky Racing 1 and Sky Racing Active coverage while all Wednesday night meetings will have a hosted live stream service on TasracingTV. Nominations for the meeting in Hobart on Wednesday 4 September close at noon on Thursday 29 August, with the fields available on Friday morning. It is expected that the first race will be around 17:27. Interstate this week at metropolitan venues some of our Tasmanian representatives include; Melton - Saturday night Race 2 Horse 1 Coveffe Hustler - trained by Ben Yole, Race 8 Horse 4 Ready To Fire - trained by Ben Yole, Race 9 Horse 1 My Ultimate Fella, 4 Nonno Stride, 8 Perfect Mach and 9 Heza The One all trained by Ben Yole. Menangle - Saturday night Race 5 Horse 7 Kadar - Tasmanian owned, Race 10 Horse 9 Scooterwillrev - Tasmanian owned. Albion Park - Saturday night Race 5 Horse 7 Ideal Bliss - Tasmanian owned and bred.   Duncan Dornauf

Sassafras trainer Shelley Barnes took two horses to Hobart on Sunday night, and she went home with a training double. Her first winner of the night was Shadow Play gelding Yatsenyuk Leis who was first up since running third to Izaha in the Group 2 Raider Stakes in Devonport. Racing three-wide and two-back for the final 1300 metres of the race, Yatsenyuk Leis proved too strong for Artiflash to score by a neck in the 2090-metre event. “I was expecting him to go good as his work during the week was brilliant, the draw was a bit of a concern but it all worked out ok,” said his trainer Shelley Barnes. Despite being driven for his toughness Barnes wasn’t too worried in the run. “I wasn’t too worried as he is pretty tough, he is not a horse that can sit there and pull out the last hundred metres and sprint past them,” said the winning trainer. “He is a lot better horse than it looks watching on the sidelines cause he is just really lazy, when Rohan (Hadley) comes back in after driving him he is more buggered than the horse,” Barnes added. The next winner for the Shelley Barnes stable was with five-year-old Bettors Delight mare Volkova Leis who recorded her second win of the season. After attempting to make a run around the field at the mile mark, Volkova Leis was unsuccessful in looking for the spot outside the leader and was forced to race three-wide. “I was really pleased with her, I didn’t expect her to win after the run she had,” said Barnes. “I don’t want to be too disrespectful for the other runners but it was a drop-in class to what she had been racing against,” explained the winning trainer. Both pacers were driven by Rohan Hadley and are owned and bred by Trevor and Marjorie Leis. Ben Yole was once again the standout trainer with a training quartet, taking him past 180 Australian wins for the season. His winners included Heza Rummage, Somedan, Hear The Call and Stuey D. Samantha Gangell drove Hear To Call to victory to put her one win behind Conor Crook with two meetings of the season remaining. Mark Yole partnered Stuey D to a long-shot win in the trot which completed a double for Mark who won the opening race with Karalta Courage. Many people expected Juanita McKenzie to take out the Cascade Draught Pace with the race favourite Inner Light, but it was her $9.00 chance Remember Joe scoring a 5.2-metre win. Former New Zealand pacer Prosecution Witness was able to win at his Australian debut for trainer-driver Rohan Hillier. The gelded son of Well Said scored by 11.9-meres in a mile rate of 1m 59.6s.   Duncan Dornauf

John “Bulldog” Nicholson is no stranger in sending horses to Tasmania, and the Victorian trainer produced another smart pacer in the state on Sunday night when Micton Mouse was able to claim the Cliff Robins Memorial Pace for two-year-olds. The gelded son of Stonebridge Regal showed brilliant gate speed to lead and dictate affairs in the $10,000 feature in a slick mile rate of 1m 57.9s, which was just 1.2s outside the two-year-old age record on the Launceston circuit. Nicholson gave driving responsibilities to stable employee and former Tasmanian Jack Laugher who explained that the horse is still learning the racing game. “His first race at Yarra Valley he led very easy and took a bit of cover and he was a bit green being his first time round,” Laugher said after Sunday’s win. “He is going to get better with more racing under his belt,” the driver added. The main mission for the trip was to secure the pacer’s $5,000 TASBred bonus. Micton Mouse was bred by Jack’s parents Michael and Toni Laugher out of their mare Massie Mouse, making the gelded son of Stonebridge Regal a half brother to Metro Mouse the winner of 13 races. “He will go for a spell now and come back as a three-year-old. I’m unsure if the owners will spell him down here or back in Victoria,” the winning driver said about the future plans going forward. Micton Mouse scored by four metres over Beat City with Karalta Courage 3.6 metres away third. Courageous Katee will claim this season’s Mare Of The Year title in Launceston, and the Dick Eaves-trained mare extended her unbeatable lead with another brilliant win, this time in the Beena Buster Pace. The daughter of Courage Under Fire raced three-wide and one-back over the final circuit and was too tough for her rivals late, courtesy of a good drive by Adrian Collins. “It suits her when there is a bit of speed on,” trainer Dick Eaves said post-race. “Tonight’s race suited her nicely and she got a good cart into it,” the Karoola based trainer said. “He is a strong boy Adrian (Collins) and you need to be with her, if somebody drives her that has a bit of trouble holding her they tend to go before acceptances and Adrian seems to sit there that bit longer,” Eaves explained. Courageous Katee was a run away winner by 6.3 metres in a mile rate of 2m 1.2s. Illegal Immigrant proved too quick for Harjeet in the Jubilee Bakery Free For All. Troy Hillier was happy to follow Harjeet every step of the way in the one-out one-back trail before finishing the race off strongly in the home straight to record a half-head victory. “He got tired on the line but he was probably entitled to,” trainer-driver Troy Hillier said after the win. Hillier has no major plans going forward with the gelded son of American Ideal. “There’s a free for all here in a fortnight, that’s all we have looked at so far,” he said. The mile rate for the 2200-metre event was 1m 57.2s. Arguably the run of the night came in the Jullian Roberts Stakes when Similan Beach came flashing down the outside of the track to record his third win of the season. The gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere was last with 300 metres to travel and the only option driver Ricky Duggan has, was to peel eight-wide in the home straight and the Marc Butler-trained pacer was still able to pick up his rivals and score in a mile rate of 1m 57.7s for 1680-metres.   Duncan Dornauf

It was a night for the three-year-old pacers in Hobart on Sunday evening with Donny In Paris, The Shallows and Betterbsweet all recording handy victories across the nine-race card. Oatlands duo Steve Lukac and Matthew Cooper teamed up to win with Donny In Paris in the Hobart Signwriters Pace. Cooper drove a confident race from the 900-metre mark where he led up the three-wide line and proved to tough for Jocund in the home straight to win by 5.2-meters in a time of 1m 58.3s for the mile trip. Donny In Paris put up a brilliant performance when second to Betterbsweet last week, but the trainer did have one reservation going into the race. “My biggest worry going into the race was if he was going to back up after last weeks run which was a huge run, and with all due respect to the other runners, I thought the race was a drop-in class,” trainer Steve Lukac said. The gelding is sired by Rug Rat Donny, the winner of 15-races in Tasmania and was well handled by Matthew Cooper. “We will let the dust settle, he goes up four rating points after the win so we will have a look at what's coming up, his owner (Donald Hasell) lives down the Huon and they say they have a heap of good grass down there,” the winning trainer said when asked about the future plans of the pacer. Lukac only received the pacer after Paul Williams scaled back his team after a health issue, and Lukac was full of praise for the way the horse arrived in his care. “He arrived in really good order, we all know Paul Williams turns his horses out in magnificent order.” The Heath Woods trained and driven The Shallows was another handy winner earlier on in the card in the Tasmanian Veterinary Services Pace. Woods had a ten-year break from the industry and recently returned to the sport when his son Aaron indicated he wouldn’t mind getting a horse, with The Shallows being the result. “We bought him off a classified advertisement, the owner sent us a photo of him standing in a paddock with a few sheep and he looked a reasonable type, he is nicely bred on his dams side so we thought we would take a punt,” trainer-driver Heath Woods said post-race. It was the second career win at his twelfth race track appearance for the gelded son of Shadyshark Hanover, he enjoyed a lovely one-out one-back trail before asking for the supreme effort at the top of the home straight where he ran away for a 16-metre win in a mile rate of 2m 0.0s. “It has just taken him a little while to learn how to race, he has shown bits and pieces of ability but hadn’t put it together in the one hit, I think this time in he feels more like he has learned the racing caper,” Woods explained Heath has two horses in his care with an unnamed two-year-old that he and his son Aaron purchased at the Carrick Yearling Sale earlier this year. Betterbsweet (photo) was another three-year-old to win on the card when she led all the way to win the Triple M Hobart Pace to record back-to-back victories. Gareth Rattray was able to lead from the pole draw and dictated affairs to defeat Boss Major and Heza Rummage. Ben and Mark Yole once again had a night out when they teamed up for a double with The Lemondrop Kid and Popnduke. Ricky Duggan also drove a double in the sulky with Peaceful Thomas winning first-up from a short spell while Inner Light returned to the winners stall after a narrow defeat last time out. The Paul Hill trained Whos Watching Now was an impressive winner of the two-year-old event courtesy of a copybook drive from Rohan Hillier. Sunday night’s Hobart card was the second last race meeting in the state for steward Roger Brown who will take up a role with Harness Racing Victoria later this month.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Pipers River trainer Marc Butler took four runners to Hobart on Sunday night, and he headed home with a training double. It didn’t take long for Butler to notch up his first win of the night when Vonns Angel opened her winning account in the Roberts Sprint Lane Maiden for two-year-olds. Sent out as the $1.35 favourite, Vonns Angel showed sufficient speed to settle behind the leader Shadow Macray who showed good gate speed to lead soon after the start. From there driver Ricky Duggan had to wait till the top of the home straight and used the sprint lane, where the daughter of Mach Three showed a good turn of foot to score by 5.1-meters in a time of 2m 4.0s for the mile trip. “Everything just worked out good, she had a good draw and followed the right horse that was always going to get her to the top of the sprint lane, once the sprint lane was available she was able to use her point to point speed,” trainer Marc Butler said about the win. Vonns Angel has now had seven starts with three placings to her credit in her first preparation and will now go for a spell. “She will go to the paddock now, with her prize money this season and her Tasbred bonus she has earned the connections $25,000 so that’s not a bad effort winning only one race,” the winning trainer added. An hour and a half later Butler was back in the winners stall with four-year-old mare Western Glory (pictured) who was too good for her rivals in the Cascade Draught Pace. Drawing outside of the second line in the 2090-metre event Duggan was able to take full advantage of a quick lead time early and being able to follow the right horses on the three-wide line over the final lap. “Everything just fell into place for her after they went hard early, she then just looked the winner from the 800-meter mark,” Butler said post-race. It was the third win of the season from only six tries for the well-bred daughter of Western Terror who is out of the Bettors Delight mare Keepers Delight. “She is not the best horse going around but if she has a bit of luck she is never far away, we will just keep going through the system and if she is good enough to go in some of the better mares races we will, if not we will find something easier,” the trainer said about the future plans. Western Glory scored by 6.6-metres and recorded a mile rate of 1m 59.8s for the 2090-metre distance. Bianca Heenan was the stand out trainer of the card with a training treble with Roosevelt, Betterbsweet and Trumps Golden Boy. Hennan who is a clear leader on the states female trainers title has now prepared 50 wins in Australia this season with 49 in Tasmania and one interstate victory with Star Chamber at Melton earlier this year. Ben Yole extended his lead on the states trainers premiership with a training double on the card with Artiflash and Popnduke, The fast class race of the night looked a match race between Harjeet and Ryley Major on paper and the two favourites didn't disappoint with Harjeet leading all the way to defeat Ryley Major by a half head in a mile rate of 1m 55.7s.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

There were plenty of highlights across the state last weekend which featured the BOTRA Claiming Novice Drivers series in Launceston on Sunday night. The Tasmanian Trotting Club also staged a competitive card on Friday where there were a number of highlights. We only have one meeting in the state this weekend in Hobart, with a nine-race card that features the clash of Harjeet and Ryley Major in the Tasmanian Veterinary Services Free For All. The Stars Matthew Cooper - continued his terrific season in the sulky in Launceston on Sunday night when he claimed the BOTRA Claiming Novice Drivers series. A win on Fortino and two third placings in the four-race series was enough for Cooper to win the series by two points. Cooper’s big weekend in the sulky commenced in Hobart on Friday night when Call Her Julie returned to the winner's list, the mare is also trained by Cooper. Im Compliant -returned to the winner's list for the third time this season when he scored in the Sandra Bennett - Sunny Sanz Discretionary on Sunday. The gelded son of Live Or Die led all the way to win the 2698-meter event and was able to hold off a late charge by the race favourite Inner Light. Charlie Castles - partnered the Kate MacLeod trained Jacks Command to win the final heat of the BOTRA Claiming Novice Drivers series. It was a well-judged drive in front by Castles on the gelded son of Royal Mattjesty. It was the first win for Jacks Command since November 2018. Ben Woodsford - the New Zealand born reinsman recorded his first Tasmanian win in Hobart on Friday night when he scored on Animi Sub Ignis. Woodsford had driven winners in New South Wales and Queensland before taking up a job opportunity with trainer Gavin Kelly. Bradley Walters - prepared a long shot double in Hobart on Friday with Animi Sub Ignis winning at odds of $21 and Mavis Merle who also started at $21. Multiple Winners Hobart  – Friday evening Gareth Rattray - driving double; Chasing Cheetahs and Tisu Spirit, Bradley Walters - training double; Animi Sub Ignis and Mavis Merle. Launceston  – Sunday evening  Ben Yole - training treble; Quick Changeover, Fortino and Machitelli. Rohan Hillier - driving double; Im Compliant and Artyboy Glenwood. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Hobart  – Friday evening Popnduke 57.82s, Boss Major 57.98s, Paint The Wind 58.10s, Caciocavallo 58.17s and I Am Camelot 58.24s. Launceston  – Sunday evening  Our Quinn 58.40s, Tiwanaku 58.42s, Monarkmac 58.45s, Blacklist 58.56s and Flashy Ruler 58.62s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart  – Friday evening  Hits: Boss Major $2.00 into $1.80, Call Her Julie $2.60 into $2.30, Mavis Merle $26 into $21 and Tisu Spirit $1.80 into $1.70. Defied The Drift: Popnduke $4.20 out to $4.40. Missed: Gaggle Coordinator $12 into $9.00, Roosevelt $4.00 into $3.50 and Somedan $26 into $12 Launceston  – Sunday evening  Hits: Fortino $3.20 into $2.20 and Machitelli $2.25 into $1.90, Defied The Drift: Quick Changeover $5.50 out to $7.50,Karpenkova Leis $3.20 out to $4.60, Rowley $9.00 out to $13 and Artyboy Glenwood $4.00 out to $6.50. Missed: Punchinello $17 into $10, Gaggle Coordinator $21 into $17, Altana Blue $51 into $26, Somedan $31 into $17, Gems $12 into $9.00, Princely Reign $17 into $8.50, Trial File Carrick Park - Saturday morning It was the Kent Rattray show on Saturday morning when the Lietinna based trainer prepared all three winners. His first winner was Ideal Karalta in a national rating 50 to 115 trial over 2150 meters. Driver John Walters worked forward on the gelded son of American Ideal and he proved too good for Destreos, who finished 20 meters away in second position with Thirlstane Queen a further 15 meters away third. The mile rate was the quickest of the morning of 2m 3.9s. The other two winners from the Rattray stable were Ark Fury in a mile rate of 2m 8.2s and It Is A Glacier who recorded a winning mile rate of 2m 8.4s. Week Ahead As mentioned earlier the clash of Harjeet and Ryley Major headline the nine-event card in Hobart on Sunday night. The two open class pacers have drawn wide on the track in the Tasmanian Veterinary Services Free For All which will be run over the 1609 meter trip. Harjeet is first-up since finishing 10th in the Easter Cup on 20 April and hasn’t been seen in public since that effort. Harjeet’s best winning mile rate is 1m 55.5s which he recorded when winning the Toreace Flying Mile on 13 January. Ryley Major goes into the race-winning three of his past four starts, the most recent start was a 2.5-metre victory in Hobart on 14 July. His win in Hobart three starts ago was over the mile trip in a time of 1m 54.5s which equalled the state record. The Tasmanian Veterinary Services Free For All is race six on the card and is scheduled to start at 20:12 with the first race set to start at 17:27. All races will be televised on Sky Racing 1 and TasracingTV’s Live Stream. Interstate this week at metropolitan venues some of our Tasmanian representatives include; Melton - Saturday night Race 8 Horse 3 - Manganello - Tasbred. Menangle - Saturday night Race 2 Horse 7 - Im Jaks Teller - Tasmanian owned. Race 4 Horse 8 - Scooterwillrev - Tasmanian owned.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

The last leg of the Tasmanian Sires’ Stakes series was held in Hobart on Sunday with Blame It On Me and Colby Sanz winning their respective Group 2 finals. Former Railton girl Kristy Elson prepared her first Group 1 winner on Saturday night at Gloucester Park in Perth on Saturday night when Jaspervellabeach took out the Golden Slipper. This week harness racing heads to Hobart on Friday evening before the Launceston Pacing Club stages the BOTRA Claiming Novice Drivers series on Sunday night. The Stars Blame It On Me- capped off a big debut season when the Doug Nettlefold-trained pacer captured the Group 2 Tasracing Evicus Final in Hobart on Sunday. The daughter of Big Jim was three-wide for the final circuit and was well handled by driver Natalee Emery. Colby Sanz - provided trainer Kent Rattray, driver John Walters and owner-breeders Nathan and Sandra Bennett their second Sires’ Stakes victory for the season when the gelded son of Betterthancheddar led all the way to win the Group 2 Tasracing Dandy Patch Final. Ryley Major - once again proved too good for his rivals for the sixth time this season in the Tasmanian Veterinary Services Pace. Adrian Duggan - prepared seven-year-old gelding Witch Master to his first win of the season at his 22nd attempt on Sunday. The Cardmaster Hanover gelding was well driven by Ricky Duggan. Mark Yole - remains on top of the state drivers title after a driving double in Launceston on Friday. Yole didn’t attend the Hobart meeting on Sunday after the birth of his second child, Amelia Jade Yole. Multiple Winners Launceston  – Friday evening Ben Yole - training treble; Diamond Grace, Popnduke and Max Richter, Todd Rattray - driving double; Jigamaroo and Reign Of Pain. Hobart  – Sunday evening  Ben Yole - training double; Im Full Tilt and Fortino. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Launceston  – Friday evening Aitutaki 58.59s, Boss Major 58.68s, Vapar Glenn 58.79s, Animi Sub Ignis and Popnduke 58.97s. Hobart  – Sunday evening  Ryley Major 57.23s, All Style Sammy 58.05s, Inner Light 58.23s. Outside of race six; Vonns Angel 58.80s and Flashy Ruler 58.90s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Launceston  – Friday evening  Hits: Jaminas Joy $14 into $8.50, Max Richter $26 into $13 and Justtentrumps $2.50 into $2.25. Defied The Drift: Jigamaroo $6.50 out to $8.00 and Diamond Grace $7.50 out to $9.00. Missed: Princely Reign $41 into $26, Cardinal Art $31 into $19 and Karalta Kruise $6.50 into $4.60. Hobart  – Sunday evening  Hit: Colby Sanz $4.00 into $3.30. Defied The Drift: Witch Master $7.00 out to $7.50, Karpenkova Leis $3.70 out to $4.20, Im Full Tilt $9.00 out to $9.50 and Fortino $5.50 out to $8.50. Missed: Volkova Leis $6.00 into $5.50, Chasing Cheetahs $3.20 into $2.80, Jimi Sanz $18 into $11 and Lake Eyre $13 into $8.00. Trial File Hobart - Monday Evening Whos Watching Now, a half brother to Granny Smith winner Ideal Bliss, took out the opening trial in Hobart for two-year-olds. The Paul Hill-trained and driven pacer scored by three meters in the five-horse trial. There was no time recorded for the 1609-metre event. Enterprising Milly, also from the Paul Hill stable took out the second trial for horses rated 45-55 over 2090 metres. The daughter of Big Jim defeated Iden Duchess by two metres with Sacramento Sun a distant third in the field of six starters. The mile rate for 2090 metres was 2m 7.9s. Devonport - Monday Evening The Ben Yole-trained My Ultimate Fella recorded the quickest winning mile rate of 2m 3.3s. My Ultimate Fella, a gelded son of Changeover scored by three metres in the NR 65-86 trial over Courageous Leo with Lord Stark a further three metres away third. The opening trial of the night was over 1930 metres for horses with a National Rating of 39-50 which was won by Huiffier (2m 8.4s), while Bettabrown Tiger returned to the state after a New South Wales campaign with a win in an NR 52-61 trial in a mile rate of 2m 9.2s. Week Ahead Harness racing returns to Hobart on Friday evening for a seven-event program. The opening race on the card is the Rexel North Hobart pace for three-year-olds with a national rating of 30 to 54, where the Rohan Hillier-trained and driven Boss Major will line up as a short-price favourite after finishing second out his last two outings. Boss Major, a gelded son of top sire Art Major, was a good winner in Launceston three starts ago when breaking his maiden status, when sent out as the $2.30 favourite. Hillier will have a second row draw to overcome in the 1609-metre event which is scheduled to start at 16:48 The Hobart card will be televised on Sky Racing 2 you can also catch the action at Tasracing’s Live Stream. The action then heads up the Midlands Highway to Launceston on Sunday evening for an eight race card, featuring four heats of the BOTRA Claiming Novice Drivers Series. Races two, three, four and six make up the series. The first heat looks to be a battle of the girls with Hannah Van Dongen (Karpenkova Leis), Kimberley Grant (Bremusa) and Georgia Hayward (Popnduke) all getting the opportunity to drive last-start winners. A competitive two-year-old race for horses with a national rating of 30 - 49 rounds out the night's action where the Mark Jones-trained Kosimo will be looking to end his run of second placings, his most recent was behind Colby Sanz in the Dandy Patch Prelude. The Launceston card commences at 17:13 and will be shown on Sky Racing 1 and via Live Stream at tasracing.com.au At metropolitan venues interstate this weekend we see; Melton - Saturday night Race 5 Horse 10 War Dan - part-owned by Tasmanian interest, Race 10 Horse 6 No Apachemee - part-owned by Tasmanian interest. Menangle - Saturday night Race 3 Horse 4 Pachacuti - Tasmanian owned and bred, Race 6 (Group 3) Horse 8 Rykov Leis - Tasmanian owned and bred, Race 8 Horse 3 Im Jaks Teller - Tasmanian owned, Albion Park - Saturday night Race 4 Horse 8 Ideal Bliss - Tasmanian owned and bred.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

A trip to the 2013 Soho Standardbreds Clearance sale in Victoria is paying dividends for Ringarooma owner-breeders Nathan and Sandra Bennett who were celebrating another Sires’ Stakes victory on Sunday when Colby Sanz took out the Group 2 Tasracing Dandy Patch Final at TAB Park Elwick. Driver John Walters was keen to hold the lead on the second elect in the market, with the race favourite Kohanah forced to race outside the leader in the 2090-metre event. After a 64.9s first half of the final mile, the two runners cleared out from their rivals at the 600-metre mark, but over the concluding stages Colby Sanz was able to pull clear over Kohanah to score by 6.8 metres with Rockandahardplace a further 5.8 metres away third. The mile rate for the 2090-metre distance was 2m 4.7s on the rain-affected track. Winning trainer Kent Rattray, like many, was concerned with Kohanah missing the prelude of the race nine-days prior. “There was always some doubt over Kohanah as if he was a 100% he would have been here in the prelude last week, he did do a good job to run second,” Rattray said post-race on Tasracing’s live stream coverage. Rattray who had three horses in the final said: “they have done a super job this year” and will now give the horses a break. “All of my three will go to the paddock now, it’s a bit of a head-scratcher this new handicapping system so we will have to be a bit careful what we do with them going forward,” the Lietinna-based trainer said. But Rattray is wasting no time on his plot to win next year's event and is about to commence the preparation of his next generation of youngsters. “Next week it will be full scale into the yearlings and getting them ready for next season,” the winning trainer said. That crop includes a full brother to Colby Sanz, who is already named Stormy Sanz another owned and bred by the Bennett family. Bennett’s decision to enhance their breeding stock and purchase two mares at the Soho Standardbreds Clearance sale including Soho Summer for $3,000 is proving to be a good business decision. Soho Sumer has produced two Tasmanian Sires’ Stakes winners this season with Sunny Sanz (Globe Derby Stakes) and his half brother Colby Sanz in last night's colts and geldings feature, they are the only two horses of racing age out of the mare. “They have been with me for 10 to 15 years and have been friends of mine since we were kids, their parents raced horses with my parents so it's a family tradition and we are lucky Nathan went to the mainland and purchased those quality mares and they are now producing quality horses,” Rattray explained. This year's Tasmanian Sires’ Stakes series saw all six races elevated to $50,000 in prize-money which meant the six finals were run at Group 2 level for the first time. BOTRA Tasmania will recognise all winning breeders at the BOTRA race night in Launceston this Sunday evening.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

It was another great weekend of harness racing in Tasmania, we just had trouble seeing it. Thick fog descended on both the Hobart and Launceston meetings after race two leaving spectators and viewers on both Tasracing’s Live Stream and Sky Racing with limited vision. It was a credit to all officials and participants to get through both race meetings. Last week we touched on the success of Ignatius winning a Group 1 race at Menangle but the Tasbred flag has also been flying overseas. Shezallapples, bred by the late Rick Hinds and his wife Naomi, was sold to the United States earlier this year where she has won three of her seven starts since crossing the Pacific Ocean, including a win on Tuesday at Yonkers in New York where she raced outside the leader over the final lap to win in a time of 1m 54.1s. Closer to home this week we have the Group 2 Evicus and Dandy Patch Finals in Hobart while Launceston will stage a seven-race card on Friday evening. The Stars Semowillrev - was first up for 13 months after being sidelined due to a contraction tendon injury, the Craig Hayes-trained and driven pacer didn’t let the favourite punters down when he led all the way to win his eighth race on Sunday night. Rock The Casbolt - was another winner on the Launceston card who has recently returned to the track after being sidelined for a year. The Deborah Williams-trained gelding was operated on last year, undergoing colic surgery, and he rewarded his owners and trainer for their perseverance with a narrow victory. Rock The Casbolt after a life-saving operation conducted by the Longford Equine Clinic last year Cardinal Ringo - continued his good recent form when he won his third race in his last four outings in Launceston on Sunday. He was last of the field at the bell and emerged out of the fog at the hundred-metre mark in front of his rivals. Heath Woods - claimed his first winner since returning to the industry after taking an extended break when The Shallows recorded his first career win in Hobart on Friday. Colby Sanz and Blame It On Me - both brilliant winners of their respective Sires’ Stakes preludes in Hobart on Friday. Multiple Winners Hobart  – Friday evening No trainer or driver recorded multiple wins at the meeting Launceston  – Sunday evening  Ricky Duggan - driving double; Inner Light and Rock The Casbolt. Ben Yole - training double; Jeans Mattjesty and Shestryingtactics. Calculated Sectional Standouts Hobart  – Friday evening  Hits: Colby Sanz $2.70 into $2.30, Paint The Wind $9.00 into $7.50 and Popnduke $2.90 into $2.45. Defied The Drift: Swap Me $.290 out to $.40 and Blame It On Me $1.40 out to $1.70. Missed: Artarama $41 into $19, Wasonie Snake $11 into $6.00 and Brookwillrock $4.80 into $3.60. Launceston  – Sunday evening  Hits: Inner Light $3.00 into $2.60, Cardinal Ringo $4.00 into $3.20 and Shestryingtactics $41 into $17. Defied The Drift: Courageous Katee $3.80 out to $5.50 and Jeans Mattjesty $2.80 out to $4.60. Missed: Karalta Dazzler $15 into $8.00, Guys Bettor Bet $31 into $8.00, Lake Eyre $15 into $9.50 and The Lemondrop Kid $10 into $5.00. Trial File Carrick Park - Saturday morning. It was a foggy morning at Carrick Park for the three trials held on Saturday. Two-year-old Estelle recorded the quickest winning mile rate of the morning in 2m 8.1s. The daughter of Courage Under Fire is trained by John Castles and was driven in the trial by his nephew Charlie, who positioned her behind the leader and she proved too quick for the leader Williamlee when they appeared out of the fog at the hundred metre mark to win the trial by a head margin with Art Edition four metres away third in the trial for horses with a national rating of 40 to 54. Smilin Geoff began well to find the lead within the first lap to win an NR 50 - 94 standing start trial in a mile rate of 2m 11.0s while the remaining trial,  was won by Ten Crystals who defeated Hezbuyindiamonds in a mile rate of 2m 10.1s for those with a national rating of 59 -83. Week Ahead Launceston is the venue for Friday night harness racing with a seven-event card. Race five, a National Rating of 60 or better handicap is the fast class race of the night where Swap Me will be looking to make it back to back wins in the 2200 metre event. The last start Hobart winner will start off the ten-metre row courtesy of the five-point concession claim form driver Taylor Ford. The Launceston card will be live streamed at tasracing.com.au and races one to four will be televised on Sky Racing 1 with the remainder of the action on Sky Racing 2. Sunday night in Hobart the finals of the Evicus and Dandy Patch will be held. Tab.com.au released their market yesterday afternoon with prelude winner Blame It On Me as the $1.60 favourite in the Group 2 Evicus over Vonns Angel who firmed from $5.00 into $3.60 in the first few hours of betting. Other runners in single figures are; Brookwillrock at $4.60 and Tilly Max at $7.50. In the Dandy Patch the Todd Rattray trained Kohanah opened the $1.15 favourite with prelude winner Colby Sanz being the only other runner in single figures who was supported in the first few hours of betting from $6.00 into $4.80. The Hobart card features a hosted Live Stream service and will also be televised on Sky Racing 1. Interstate this week at metropolitan venues we see Scooterwillrev step out in New South Wales for the first time while the Granny Smith winner Ideal Bliss lines up in a listed race in Brisbane. Menangle - Saturday night Race 1 Horse 1 Scooterwillrev - Tasmanian owned. Melton - Saturday night Race 5 Horse 11 Manganello - Tasbred. Albion Park - Saturday night Race 4 (Listed Race) Horse 9 Ideal Bliss - Tasbred and owned.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

The four-year-old Tasmanian Sires’ Stakes series rolled on into Devonport last Sunday with Izaha and Ideal Bliss being too strong for their rivals in their respective finals. Both horses broke $100,000 in prize money with their wins. Hobart staged the $20,000 Sweepstakes finals on Friday where the favourites were successful in each final. This week harness racing heads to Launceston on Friday evening and Hobart on Sunday night, the last two meetings under the current handicapping system before the new National Rating system commences across Australia on Monday. The Stars Ideal Bliss - the Paul Hill-trained mare Ideal Bliss made amends for her disappointing performance as a beaten favourite in the Granny Smith prelude on June 14 when the daughter of American Ideal captured the four-year-old mare's leg of the Tasmanian Sires’ Stakes series the Group 2 Collins Homes Granny Smith final on Sunday night at the Devonport Showgrounds. Izaha - made it back-to-back Tasmanian Sires’ Stakes victories the son of Roll With Joe took out the $50,000 Maxfield Drilling Raider Stakes, the first ever Group 2 race held on the Devonport Showgrounds. Trainer-driver Todd Rattray took the $1.10 favourite straight to the early lead from barrier three in the 2665-metre event and from that point Izaha was never in doubt to win in a mile rate of 2m 1.3s. Blame It On Me - continued on her winning way in Hobart on Friday night when the daughter of Big Jim added the $20,000 Elderslie Horse Care Sweepstakes (Fillies division) to her resume. Driver Natalee Emery took the Doug Nettlefold-trained pacer to the lead over the mile trip, and the $1.75 favourite proved too good. Kohanah - the Sweet Lou colt followed in the steps of his mother Benediction when he claimed the colts and geldings division of the Sweepstakes Final. The Todd Rattray-trained and driven pacer led all the way in the $20,000 event to record his fourth win at his fifth race start. Honourable mentions; Call Me Hector - just outside the Hobart track record with another brilliant win, Olivia Weidenbach - drove her first double in Devonport and Ben Yole - training treble on Sunday evening including the first seven placings past the post in race five. Multiple Winners Hobart  – Friday evening No trainer or driver recorded multiple wins Devonport  – Sunday evening  Ricky Duggan - driving treble; Similan Beach, Ideal Bliss and Wattabout Spanger. Olivia Weidenbach - driving double; Monarkmac and Im Full Tilt. Ben Yole - training treble: Monarkmac, Jeans Mattjesty and Im Full Tilt. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Hobart  – Friday evening Chasing Cheetahs 57.60s, Here The Call 57.65s, Abs Boy 57.66s, Origin Billy 57.71s and Miracle Marcus 58.08s. Devonport  – Sunday evening  Similan Beach 58.10s, Monarkmac 58.41s, Izaha 58.70s, Heza Rummage 58.72s and Peaceful Thomas 58.91s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart  – Friday evening  Hits: Macray Muchacho $5.00 into $3.80 and Chasing Cheetahs $2.40 into $1.70. Defied The Drift: Blame It On Me $1.60 out to $1.75 and Touchwood Levista $3.30 out to $4.20. Missed: Diamond Grace $11 into $8.00, Freds Under Fire $21 into $16 and Shadow Affair $21 into $10. Devonport  – Sunday evening  Hits: Similan Beach $1.65 into $1.20, Im Full Tilt $21 into $12 and Rowley $13 into $9.50. Defied The Drift: Jeans Mattjesty $12 out to $15, Karalta Moondance $5.50 out to $6.50 and Wattabout Spanger $8.50 out to $19. Missed: El Jays Mystery $4.80 into $4.00, Spot Eight $.90 into $1.55, Jigamaroo $9.00 into $4.80 and Good Feelings $17 into $10. Trial File Carrick Park - Saturday morning Four trials were staged on a very cold morning where the Mon Poppy Polly recorded the quickest winning mile rate of 2m 3.7s. The five-year-old Sportswriter mare joined the Ben Yole stable after her performance at the trials the week prior and on Saturday she proved too good for All Style Sammy by two metres with Long Ago a further two-metre away third. Kosimo, a two-year-old gelded son of Major Bronski, won his second consecutive trial in a mile rate of 2m 8.6s, it was an action-packed trial where a lot of horses were checked on the home corner which saw the Mark Jones-trained and driven pacer cruise home to a 40-metre win. Other winners included: Machitelli (2m 5.1s) and Stuey D (2m 5.8s) Hobart - Monday evening The Bradley Walters-trained Animi Sub Ignis recorded the quickest time of the three trials in 2m 1.8s. The eight-year-old has had one start in a year and a half, that being in Hobart on 7 June. Driven by Ben Woodsford in the trial, Animi Sub Ignis defeated Vouvray Beach by three metres with Witch Master a further five metres away third. The final two quarters were recorded in 20.0s and 29.9s. The other two trials were won by Fin Mac Kee (2m 3.5s) and Rocket Blaster (2m 11.4s). Week Ahead Harness Racing heads to Launceston on Friday evening for a 7-race card. There is a thoroughbred theme to race five on the card, the Find Us On Facebook Pace. Successful thoroughbred trainer Steve Lockhart is the latest participant to hold a dual code license and is represented in the race by Rocket Blaster, a Hobart trial winner on Monday evening in slow time. The Caribbean Blaster gelding was previously trained by Melissa Maine where he was placed on one occasion from nine starts. Lockhart has trained five winners in his last 15 starters as a thoroughbred trainer including the Tasmanian Oaks this year with Shady Hustle. The other thoroughbred connection in the race is with the ownership of the Zane Medhurst-trained Ifbutzandmaybes, who is part-owned by leading jockeys Siggy Car and Troy Baker who sit second and third on the state's riders premiership respectively. Since the new ownership group have given the gelded son of Lombo Pocket Watch seven starts which have resulted in five placings. The fifth race in Launceston is scheduled to start at 19:22 with the first race set down for 17:12. Race one will be televised on Sky Racing 1 with the remainder of the card on Sky Racing 2. Hobart is the venue for the main meeting of the week on Sunday evening with seven races set down for decision. The fast class race is race six, the Hobart Signwriters Pace, where all eyes will be on the clock after fast times have been recorded at the southern venue the past two meetings. Call Me Hector was just 0.3 of a second outside of the track record on the track last Friday when he led over the 2090-metre trip. Trainer-driver Matthew Cooper allowed the gelded son of Art Major to bowl along in front with the last three quarters all being run under 30 seconds. On Sunday Call Me Hector has another front line draw in barrier three against similar opposition. The race is set down for 20:54. All races in Hobart will be shown on Sky Racing 1 and both the Launceston and Hobart card can be seen on Tasracing’s Live Stream. Interstate this week at metropolitan venues; Melton Saturday night Race 4 Horse 2 Nostra Beach - Tasbred. Menangle Sunday afternoon Race 7 (Group 1 NSW Breeders Challenge 3YO C&G) Horse 9 Max Delight - Tasmanian owned, Race 9 (Group 1 NSW Breeders Challenge 4YO E&G) Horse 12 Ignatius - Tasbred and Tasmanian owned, And Horse 8 War Dan - part one by Tasmanian interest.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Leading trainer Ben Yole rewrote the record books when he broke the record for the most number of wins in a season by a Tasmanian trainer in Launceston on Friday evening. That wasn’t the only record broken last weekend with the age record for three-year-old’s in Hobart on Sunday was also rewritten. This week the $12,000 Golden Mile in Launceston is the feature race of the weekend and is a part of an 8-race card on Sunday at the TAB Racing Centre Mowbray in Launceston, while the Tasmanian Trotting Club will stage a 6-race program on Friday evening. The Stars Ben Yole – the state’s leading trainer prepared seven winners last week to take his season total to 128 wins and 281 placings from a staggering 1857 starters. Yole has prepared 124 winners the past two seasons which has been the most number of wins by a trainer in the state until he smashed that record with three and half months remaining for the current season in Launceston on Friday night with Jeans Mattjesty being the successful horse to rewrite the record books. Spoilt Sport - it’s hard to believe this filly hadn’t won a race this season from her four starts prior to her win in Hobart on Sunday. But she was able to race up to her brilliant form that she had shown prior when she was a runaway winner on Sunday by 16.8 metres, Spoilt Sport recorded a time of 1m 56.6s for the 1609-metre journey which broke the previous age record in Hobart for that distance which was held by Scooterwillrev when he won at the venue on August 6, 2017. The Rodney Ashwood-trained filly is the $2.90 second favourite for next month's Group 2 Bandbox Stakes in Launceston. Redason - another runner from the in-form Rodney Ashwood stable who continued his good record this season when he made it back-to-back wins in Hobart. The gelded son of Majestic Son has won four of his 12 starts this season with a further seven placings to his credit. I Wanna Rock - continues to re-pay his trainer, driver, owner and breeder Sam Rawnsley for his perseverance with the injury-plagued six-year-old gelding who won his fifth race on Sunday at only his eighth race start. Izaha – remains on track for the Group 2 Raider Stakes in Devonport in mid-June when he recorded his fifth win of the season in the Pace Financial Services Discretionary Handicap on Sunday night. Multiple Winners Launceston – Friday evening  Ben Yole - training quartet; Mister Resister, Our Quinn, Perfect Mach and Jeans Mattjesty. Rohan Hillier - driving double; Boss Major and Perfect Mach. Troy McDonald - Our Quinn and Jeans Mattjesty Hobart – Sunday evening Ben Yole - training treble; Artiflash, Im Full Tilt and Monarkmac. Rodney Ashwood - training double; Spoilt Sport and Redason. Gareth Rattray - driving double; Redason and Resurgent Storm. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Launceston – Friday evening Remember Joe 56.47s, Im Barney Rubble 56.60 and Jeans Mattjesty 56.63s. Outside of race eight; Perfect Mach 57.03s and Poker Storm 57.18s. Hobart – Sunday evening  Izaha 57.16s, Drifting Away 57.53s, Give Me The Night 57.57s, Touchwood Levista 57.63s and Spoilt Sport 57.70s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Launceston – Friday evening Hits: Perfect Mach $17 into $10, Our Quinn $8.50 into $6.00 and Boss Major $2.90 into $2.50. Defied The Drift: Jeans Mattjesty $4.00 out to $5.50, Drillittobits $4.40 out to $5.00 and Mister Resister $6.50 out to $7.00. Missed: Monarkmac $10 into $5.00, Lutetia Midfrew $12 into $8.50, Hez The One $6.50 into $3.40 and Spot Eight $3.40 into $2.80. Hobart – Sunday evening Hits: Spoilt Sport $3.30 into $2.90, Izaha $1.90 into $1.50 and I Wanna Rock $2.30 into $2.00. Defied The Drift: Monarkmac $41 out to $51, Im Full Tilt $21 out to $31 and Artiflash $7.50 out to $10. Missed: Our Quinn $31 into $16, Jeans Mattjesty $31 into $16, Tiwanaku $26 into $19 and Pockets Of Courage $15 into $9.50. Trial File Devonport - Monday evening  Three trials were held on a rain-affected track on Monday evening. The quickest winning mile rate of 2m 5.0s was recorded by unraced three-year-old Muchison in a 3C0 and better trial. The John Castles-trained pacer scored by a half metre with his nephew Charlie taking the reins on the three-year-old gelding who is by Blissfull Hall and is out of the Thorate mare Gypsy Byrd. Recording a time of 2m 26.9s for the 1930-metre trip, Muchison defeated open class pacer Exciteusinthecity and trotter Ten Caisses. Remaining trials were won by Goggo Gee Gee (2m 10.2s) and Pushkin (2m 14.9s) Week Ahead The state’s junior driver ranks have been bolstered with two concession drivers to call Tasmania home. Victorian reinswoman Olivia Weidenbach has been a regular fly-in driver in recent weeks and has now relocated to the state to take up a position with the Ben Yole stable, while Ben Woodsford will arrive in the state today (Thursday). Woodsford has been doing his recent driving in Queensland and has won 34 races, including two metropolitan wins from 139 drives since his first race drive in May 2016. The Queenslander has taken up a position with trainer Gavin Kelly who is currently expanding his team after gaining on track stables at the Brighton Training Centre. Both drivers will have their talents on show at the 6-race card in Hobart on Friday night that kicks off at 16:56. In Launceston on Sunday evening talented six-year-old Ryley Major will be looking to make it a double in the Launceston Pacing Club’s two premier sprint races. The Rohan Hillier-trained and driven pacer won the Launceston Mile four starts ago where he showed brilliant gate speed to lead from barrier seven and recorded a mile rate of 1m 56.7s for the 1680-metre journey on a rain-effected track. The other premier sprint race in Launceston is this Sunday’s $12,000 Bevan Lee’s Butchery Golden Mile. The gelded son of Art Major has a best winning mile rate of 1m 54.6s which he recorded at Melton five starts ago, and he bounced back into the winner's circle in the Degree C Quality last start which is the premier sprint race at the Devonport Showgrounds. He looks extremely well placed on Sunday night to record his fifth win of the season. The last horse to win the Launceston Mile - Golden Mile double was Greysteel in 2013, this year’s Golden Mile is race six on the card and is set down for 19:39 with the opening race scheduled to start at 17:04. Interstate this weekend we see; Menangle - Saturday night Race 7 Horse 7 Rykov Leis - Tasbred and owned. Melton - Saturday night Race 2 Horse 9 No Apachemee - Tasmanian owned, Race 3 Horse 9 War Dan Delight - part-owned by Tasmanian interest and Race 5 Horse 11 Isaac - Tasmanian owned.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Easter Cup heat night once again had plenty of action on and off the track in Launceston on Friday. A power issue off track caused a lengthy delay with credit to the Office of Racing Integrity stewards and participants for ensuring the meeting was able to proceed after a 90-minute delay. On the track, it was a great night of racing with Gavin Lang dominating the night in the sulky with a treble, including a heat of the Easter Cup with Franco Tristan. The other heat of the cup was won by Illegal Immigrant who came home well to win courtesy of a well-timed drive by Troy Hillier. Ben Yole extended his lead on the state’s trainers’ premierships with a treble in Devonport on Sunday. This week we see the first ever harness race meeting in Australia on Good Friday when the Tasmanian Trotting Club plays host to the tier two meeting of the week before the Launceston Pacing Club conduct their premier night of racing on Saturday, featuring the Group 2 Dakin Refrigeration Easter Cup. The Stars Gavin Lang - produced three excellent drives to put on the tape to be played at the junior driver's school when he won the first three races on the Launceston card. The main purpose of Lang’s Launceston mission was to qualify Franco Tristan for Saturday night’s Group 2 Easter Cup, and the six-year-old gelding was the first horse to qualify for the final with an effortless win in the opening heat when he scored by four-metres over Scooterwillrev and The Aussie. Lang also trained and drove Castle Retreat to victory as well as driving Art Frenzy to his third win of the season. Illegal Immigrant - caused a minor upset when he stormed home late to defeat Ryley Major by 1.9 metres in Heat Two of the Easter Cup. Trainer-driver Troy Hillier settled the American Ideal gelding three-back along with the marker pegs and was able to be driven conservatively off a solid tempo that saw the last three quarters all run in under 30 seconds, Illegal Immigrant had too much speed late to record his fifth win of the season. Kohanah - “I think he’s pretty good,” was the quote from his trainer-driver Todd Rattray after the son of Sweet Lou took out the Launceston Pacing Club Golden Slipper. Kohanah flew home in the final 100 metres to pick up the short-priced favourite Topzavski to record his second win at only his third race start. The colt is the first foal out of the Bettors Delight mare Benediction. War Dan Delight - Victorian-trained pacer who looked a class above his rivals on paper in the C0 Pace and he won accordingly. Driver Greg Sugars was forced to do a little bit of work when finding the spot outside the leader in the middle stages of the race, the Dean Braun-trained colt wasn’t out of second gear when winning by 9.8 metres. Black Ops - after finishing in the second spot of five consecutive occasions the Ben Yole-trained pacer is now finding the winning post first winning three of his last four outings, including wins in Launceston on Friday evening and again in Devonport on Sunday night. Multiple Winners Launceston – Friday evening Gavin Lang - driving treble; Art Frenzy, Franco Tristan and Castle Retreat, Gavin Lang - training double; Franco Tristan and Castle Retreat. Devonport – Sunday evening  Ben Yole - training treble; Black Ops, Ready To Fire and Blacklist. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Launceston – Friday evening Harjeet 55.49s, The Aussie 55.73s and All Style Sammy 55.79s. Outside of the Easter Cup heats; Castle Retreat 56.40s, Reign Of Pain 56.52s and El Jays Mystery 56.54s. Devonport – Sunday evening  Mostly Spirit 59.34s, Karalta Moondance 59.40s, Lille 59.45s, Navua Pixie 59.55 and My Girl Pearl 59.56s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Launceston – Friday evening  Hits: Nil Defied The Drift: Art Frenzy $3.70 out to $4.00, Franco Tristan $2.70 out to $3.60, Castle Retreat $2.40 out to $3.40, Illegal Immigrant $12 out to $21, Kohanah $3.70 out to $4.80 and Redason $3.70 out to $3.90. Missed: Maybe Jack $9.00 into $7.50, Mister Magic Man $3.70 into $3.30, War Dan $3.20 into $2.40 and Beam Me Up Chopper $3.20 into $2.35. Devonport – Sunday evening  Hits: Karalta Moondance $3.80 into $2.80, Ready To Fire $9.00 into $4.40, Blacklist $26 into $14 and Flashy Ruler $12 into $6.50. Defied The Drift: Black Ops $3.20 out to $3.60. Missed: Lille $4.60 into $3.60, The Lemondrop Kid $3.80 into $2.90, El Jays Monet $31 into $15, Jetcract $15 into $11 and The Diamond King $15 into $7.50. Trial File Carrick Park - Saturday morning The Melissa Maine trained two-year-old Better Amour recorded the quickest winning mile rate of the four trials conducted when she recorded 2m 7.0s for the 1670-metre distance. Driver Gareth Rattray positioned the daughter of Betterthancheddar behind the leader at the bell before defeating He Got Rocked by one metre with the early leader Badrick a further metre away in third position. Other winners at the trial session included; Its All Bliss (2m 21.1s), Sermac (2m 9.6s) and Levi Jimmy (2m 13.2s). Hobart - Monday evening Tasmanian Derby runner up, Resurgent Storm recorded the fastest winning mile rate of the session in Hobart when the Betterthancheddar colt ran a mile rate of 2m 1.6s. From barrier two driver Zeke Slater had the Roger Whitmore-trained pacer behind the leader at the bell and was able to hold off handy three-year-old filly Still Hungover by one metre, with the third place getter Dee Bee Bobby 99 metres away in third placing. The last two quarters were recorded in 30.8s and 28.5s. Remaining trials were won by; Finn Mac Kee (2m 3.9s), Sweetimnot (2m 3.6s), Brystabella (2m 6.2s) and Dasher Houli (2m 6.7s). Week Ahead Star Tasmanian Pacer Ignatius is back at the track on Thursday night when he lines up in the Group 2 Renshaw Cup at Penrith. The James Rattray-trained and driven pacer is first up since mid-February and was an impressive trial winner at Menangle on April 9 when recording a time of 1m 53.8s for 1609 metres. Ignatius will start from inside the second row over the 2525 metres event that is scheduled to start at 20:03. Friday afternoon the Tasmanian Trotting Club will stage the first-ever harness race meeting in Australia on Good Friday. The meeting will be telecast on Sky Racing 1 and Tasracing.com.au’s Live Stream. The Launceston Pacing Club will stage their premier night of racing on Saturday night, with the $75,000 Group 2 Dakin Refrigeration Easter Cup the main event of the 10-race card. You can make a strong case for almost half the field in the Cup including Victorian-trained runners Franco Tristan and War Dan who will take on Tasmania’s best headlined by Ryley Major, Harjeet, Scooterwillrev, The Aussie and Illegal Immigrant. The Cup is set down to commence at 20:10. Other highlights on Saturday night include the Kevin Gillies Memorial, where Izaha looks the one to beat, and the Elders Insurance Launceston Easter Plate, where the Gavin Lang trained and driven Castle Retreat will be chasing back to back wins on the Launceston track. The first of ten races in Launceston is scheduled for 18:17 and you can catch all the action on Tasracing’s Live Stream Service and Sky Racing who will televise races one and two on Sky Racing 2, with the remainder of the meeting on Sky Racing 1.   Duncan Dornauf

Last Sunday was an eventful night with the Stan Leedham Memorial Launceston Mile producing a great battle between Ryley Major and Harjeet over the concluding stages, with Ryley Major doing enough to win the $12,000 feature. In Hobart last Friday there were a couple of first wins with Pipers River-based driver Andrew Freeman registering his first win in the sulky, while Bitoscotty recorded the first winner for sire Bitobliss. Two heats of Northern Tasmania’s premier race, the Dakin Refrigeration Easter Cup, will be staged in Launceston on Friday night, along with the Golden Slipper for the two-year-olds. The Stars Rohan Hillier - prepared a training double in Launceston on Sunday evening including Ryley Major, whom he drove to victory in the $12,000 Stan Leedham Memorial Launceston Mile. The gelded son of Art Major recorded a mile rate of 1m 56.6s which was a brilliant time given the strong winds and rain-affected track. Hillier also prepared the first race winner Awayandrideyourself. 18 of Hillier’s last 30 starters on the Launceston track have been able to take home the first prize money cheque and no doubt the Beauty Point trainer will be hoping that strike rate can continue on the eve of the Easter Cup. Izaha - continued on his path to the Raider Stakes in June at the Devonport Showgrounds when he won his third race of the season. The Roll With Joe entire was well handled by concession reinsman Lachlan Dakin who worked forward to find the lead after the first 600 metres of the race and dictate the race from that point to win by 12.5 metres. Tisu Spirit - is another Tasbred four-year-old gelding that will be set for the Raider Stakes after he chalked up his first win of the season. The Melissa Maine-trained pacer was stepping out for only the third time this season with her fiancé Gareth Rattray in the sulky. Miss Condoleezza - recorded a weekend double after she won in Hobart on Friday evening and again in Launceston on Sunday. On both occasions she was able to lead all the way to score with Samantha Gangell driving her to victory on Friday and her life partner Troy McDonald was in the sulky for Sunday’s win. Miss Condoleezza has now had 25 starts this season for four wins and three placings. Andrew Freeman - it has taken a while but the 20-year-old concession driver was able to notch up his first win on the Ben Yole-trained Hez The One in Hobart on Friday. It was the 33rd race drive for Freeman who had to put his race day ambitions on hold just prior to gaining his license to drive in trials after a track work accident caused him to have 12 months off the scene when he ruptured his ankle and opened up his knee. Andrew is the son of trainer Gary Freeman. Bitoscotty - caused a minor upset when he won the last race in Hobart which was for the two-year-olds. Driver Paul Hill was keen to hold the lead which proved to be the winning move as the gelding was able to hold off the short-price favourite Watchmylips by a neck. Bitoscotty is the first horse to race by multiple Group 2 winner Bitobliss. There is no doubt trainer Campbell Watt and his wife Pam would have celebrated back at their Mt Seymour base. Multiple Winners Hobart – Friday evening Bianca Heenan - training double; Statement Please and Drifting Away. Ben Yole - training quartet; Hez The One, Im Full Tilt, Miss Condoleezza and Black Ops. Samantha Gangell - driving double; Im Full Tilt and Miss Condoleezza Launceston – Sunday evening Rohan Hillier - training double; Awayandrideyourself and Ryley Major. Ben Yole - training treble; Miss Condoleezza, Tarleton Riley and Karalta Dazzler. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Hobart – Friday evening Good Feelings 57.27s, North Star Lad 57.45, Black Ops 57.80s, Ifbutzandmaybes 57.81s and Hez The One 57.81s. Launceston – Sunday evening Awayandrideyourself 56.43s, Resurgent Storm 56.93s, Cool Water Paddy 57.07s, Northview Dave 57.22s and Dusty Martini 57.25s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart – Friday evening Hits: La Toiso Dor $17 into $12, Statement Please $2.50 into $1.95 and Miss Condoleezza $3.00 into $2.30. Defied The Drift: Hez The One $4.40 out to $5.50, Drifting Away $3.00 out to $3.60, Black Ops $2.10 out to $2.45 and Bitoscotty $8.50 out to $13. Missed: Navua Pixie $13 into $9.00, Ready To Fire $13 into $7.00, Chasing Cheetahs $8.00 into $5.50, Give Me The Night $12 into $5.50 and Good Feelings $5.00 into $3.80. Launceston– Sunday evening Hits: Western Glory $2.50 into $1.85, Izaha $2.50 into $1.85 and Tarleton Riley $26 into $15. Defied The Drift: Awayandrideyourself $3.50 out to $4.20, Miss Condoleezza $26 out to $51, Tisu Spirit $2.70 out to $3.50 and Karalta Dazzler $6.00 out to $6.50. Missed: Resurgent Storm $4.00 into $3.30, Highview Starzzz $26 into $17, Give Me The Night $20 into $14, Dufrense $2.70 into $1.90, Our Quinn $18 into $11, No Spring Secrets $81 into $41, Mister Lennox $61 into $26, Sheza Bettormak $3.00 into $2.00, El Jays Monday $26 into $12 and Smilin Geoff $2.10 into $1.70. Trial File Carrick Park - Saturday morning Five-year-old Live Or Die mare El Jays Mystery recorded the quickest winning mile rate of the session when she recorded 2m 7.3s for 2150m. From barrier three driver John Walters took the Dick Eaves-trained pacer to the lead in the C4 and better class trial and she proved too good for All Style Sammy by one metre. The final second quarter of the trial was run in 29.3s and 28.6s. Two two-year-old trials were staged with Kadar, who is a half-sister to Bettor Bet Black and Taurisi defeating Kens Chips by one-metre. The mile rate for the 1670-metre trip was 2m 9.6s. The second two-year-old trial was won by Artyboy Glenwood who won his second trial in a row when he defeated She Will Rocknroll by one metre in a mile rate of 2m 13.5s. Other winners included Mi Ju Dan who defeated Art Edition by three metres in a mile rate of 2m 10.8s, Sea Sky was a 15-metre winner of a 3C0 to C0 trial in a mile rate of 2m 9.9s. Menangle (NSW) - Tuesday afternoon Tasmanian star Ignatius returned to the trial track for the first time since mid February when he led all the way to win a C0 or better trial over 1609m. Trainer-driver James Rattray allowed the gelded son of Roll With Joe to burn out of the mobile from barrier six and recorded quarters of 28.6s, 29.9s, 28.8s and 26.5s with the time for the mile recorded in 1m 53.8s. To view a replay of the trial, click here. Week Ahead Launceston The heats of the Dakin Refrigeration Easter Cup will be held at TAB Racing Centre in Launceston on Friday evening. Heat One is race 2 and sees three main chances with last year's winner Harjeet who has won two Group 3 events in the past year. He was forced to do a little bit of work in the early stages in the Tasmania Cup two starts ago after beginning well from his 30-metre handicap. He contested the Launceston Mile in Launceston on Sunday where he drew the second row and was out three-wide over the final 900 metres, he hit the line well but threw the race away when he shifted out noticeably in the home straight, if he went straight he may well have been able to put his head in front of Ryley Major. Sccooterwillrev galloped out hopelessly in the Tasmania Cup two starts ago when he was sent out the race favourite. He should step cleaner off the 10-metre handicap. He finished 3rd in the Launceston Mile on Sunday where he was crossed by Ryley Major early and had the gun run on his back before finishing a clear third. The other winning chance appears to be Franco Tristian, who is a six-year-old gelding from the Gavin Lang stable. He broke his M0 status at Melton four starts ago where he settled back second last in running and was still in that position at the 400-metre mark before flying home in the straight, in what was the drive of the season by Gavin Lang, to get the cash with a 1m 52.9s mile rate. He has been placed in second position his last two outings where he has performed well. Heat Two is race three on the card and it looks to be a Tasmania vs Victoria clash. In the Tasmanian corner is Ryley Major who has been awesome since returning from his injury-forced lay off winning all three of his starts this preparation. He led all the way here on Sunday to take out the Launceston Mile in 1:56.7, and that race was run on a rain-affected track and in strong winds. This is his first standing start race and can’t recall seeing him behind the tapes in any trials. We all know the hopes Rohan Hillier has on the horse who has won 13 of his 18 starts. In the Victorian corner is War Dan who was runner up to Shelby Bromac in the Tasmania Cup two starts ago, he went back to his trainer Dean Braun’s Victorian stable where he was runner up to Duke Of Wellington in the Group 2 Melton plate last time out and he is clearly the main danger here. Another feature on the Launceston card is the $12,000 Golden Slipper where the Dean Braun-trained Topzavski takes on five locally trained rivals. Punters are reminded to check their wagering service provider for the fields of races one and five as those races have been redrawn since their release on Tuesday, and punters can catch the action on Sky Racing 2 plus a hosted Live Stream coverage on tasracing.com.au. Devonport The Devonport Harness Racing Club will stage the Sunday evening meeting with only six races set down for decision. Race five, the Sky Racing Pace, is the fast class race of the night with the C5 to C7 pacers doing battle over 2297m. The Ben Yole-trained Hez The One has drawn outside of the second row as he is a RODM horse and is the winner of three races out of his last four starts. While the Roger Whitmore-trained Resurgent Dream has drawn barrier two on the second row and comes into the race off a last-start second behind Izaha in Launceston. The first of six races kick off at 17:28 and can be seen on Sky Racing 1 and also on TasracingTV's Live Stream. Interstate Interstate this week we see the Hobart and Tasmanian Trotting Cup winner Trumps Golden Boy line up in the Seelite Windows & Doors Mildura Trotters Cup tonight. The gelded son of Tennotrump is still raced by Bianca Heenan who has sent a small number of horses to the Zac Steenhuis. The Mildura Trotters Cup is set down for 20:45. Also racing at the Mildura meeting on Thursday night is King Island-owned Stevie Jolt who will contest the opening race. On Friday night at Melton, we see Tasmanian-owned No Apachemee chase back-to-back wins in the opening race. The winner of seven races this season will start from barrier one in the opening race. Saturday night at Menangle sees expat Tasmanian trainer James Rattray with a couple of Tasmanian-owned and bred pacers going around including Pachacuti in race one and Rykov Leis in race three. At Mildura on Saturday we see Tasmanian-owned and bred Resurgent Spirit go around in the Group 2 Tasco Petroleum Mildura Pacing Cup Final, the gelded son of American Ideal scraped through for the final in his heat on Tuesday night when running fifth. Another pacer who is partly owned by Bianca Heenen that is going around is Braeview Bomber who will line up in the Tenderprint Australia Cup Final, a $25,000 race for C4 to C8 assessed pacers.   Duncan Dornauf

Tasmanian harness racing’s premier night will take place at TAB Park Elwick in Hobart on Saturday night with the Group 2 Triple M Tasmania Pacing Cup, Group 3 TAB Tasmanian Derby, Group 3 TAB Tasmanian Oaks, the state's premier mares' race, the George Johnson, and the inaugural Tasmanian Trotting Cup all part of a massive 10-race card. The second heat of the Tasmania Pacing Cup was staged on Sunday evening which was taken out by Resurgent Spirit who sprinted home well to win. Alsomlast week the state's leading driver, Mark Yole, extended his lead on the top of the state's drivers' title when he achieved a season milestone at Devonport on Friday.   The Stars Resurgent Spirit- the most winningest pacer at TAB Park Elwick was back in the winners stall when he was too strong for his rivals in the second heat of the Tasmania Cup on Sunday evening. He was superbly driven by former Tasmanian Alex Ashwood, who will also take the drive in Saturday's Group 2 Final. Eric Jacobson – the Brighton based trainer continued his excellent run of recent weeks when two-year-old filly, Missin Rock won on debut on Sunday. The daughter of Petrock was able to spear straight to the early lead to win well. Arthur Elliott - Todd Rattray trained and driven four-year-old staked his claim for Saturday's Eric Reece Memorial Final with a dominant win in his heat last week. It was the second win in a row at only his third race start for the gelded son of Major In Art. Bianca Heenan - the states leading female trainer was at it again on Sunday night when she produced Twenty Two Karat to a brilliant first up win in the second heat of the Light Harness Tasmania Cup. Conor Crook - became the latest Tasmanian driver to outdrive his concession claim when he steered Jackson Neptune to victory in the fourth heat of the Allen Williams Memorial. Mark Yole - the states leading driver recorded his 50th win in Devonport on Friday night on Siedra Caleb who completed a driving double for him in the programme.   Multiple Winners Devonport – Friday evening  Conor Crook - driving double; Buster William and Poker Storm. Mark Yole - driving double; Gems and Siedra Caleb. Ben Yole - training treble; Gems, Miss Condoleezza and Siedra Caleb. Hobart – Sunday evening  No trainer or driver recorded multiple wins.   Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Devonport– Friday evening Chirac 59.22s, Full Speed Ahead 59.25s, Aitutaki 59.33s, Fortino 59.34s and All Style Sammy 59.46s. Hobart– Sunday evening  Star Chamber 55.44s (the quickest individual last half mile recorded at Hobart since the Tasracing Calculated Sectionals commenced in December 2015), Resurgent Spirit 55.47, Sicario 55.85s, Shelby Bromac 55.91s and War Dan 56.06s. Top five outside of the Tasmania Cup Heat Two; Perfect Mach 58.28s, Max Richter 58.34s, Missin Rock 58.40s, Colby Sanz 58.41s and He Got Rocked 58.74s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here.   Tasracing Official Price Devonport– Friday evening  Hit’s: Jaminas Joy $3.30 into $2.60. Defied The Drift: Crackerjacks Judge $2.20 out to $2.90, Gems $9.00 out to $17, Poker Storm $4.40 out to $5.50, Devil Of Tyne $4.80 out to $6.50 and Siedra Caleb $21 out to $31. Missed: Laid Back Kenny $14 into $9.50, Lead Singer $3.20 into $2.50, Aitutaki $31 int $18, Hobart– Sunday evening  Hit’s: Shadow Ross $5.50 into $3.30 and Smilin Geoff $2.90 into $2.00. Defied The Drift: Missin Rock $3.60 out to $4.40, Arthur Elliott $1.45 out to $1.60, Resurgent Spirit $21 out to $41 and Give Me The Night $8.00 out to $12. Missed: He Got Rocked $3.30 into $2.90, Beachboy Butch $12 into $6.00, Believe In Forever $4.20 into $3.80 and The Shallows $3.40 into $3.00.   Trial File Carrick Park – Monday evening Ryley Major continued his come back to racing when he won again at his second trial back, the injury-plagued pacer hasn't started in a race since he contested a race at Melton July 2016 and Monday nights trial will top him off nicely for his first up mission in Launceston on Sunday night. Monday's trial over the 2150-metre trip seen Ryley Major record a mile rate of 2m 6.9s. The first half of the last mile was run at a slow tempo, which turned the trial into a sprint home of a final quarter of 27.7s. Riley Major defeated El Jays Mystery by one metre with Sea Double Ugrant a further three metres away third. Other winners on Monday night included; Manly Mach (2m 12.7s), My Jackofdiamonds (2m 10.9s), A Spanish Dance (2m 8.4s), Alaphilippe (2m 8.6s), Dufrense (2m 8.2s) and Dusty Martini (2m 11.2s).   Week Ahead Tasmania’s Premier race night will take place this Saturday night at TAB Park Elwick in Hobart. The $75,000 Triple M Tasmania Pacing Cup at Group 2 level is the states flagship race for the season and it has brought together a brilliant and even field compared to the past few years. TAB.com.au opened up Sicario as the $3.50 favourite for Saturday nights Triple M Tasmania Pacing Cup ahead of War Dan at $3.60, with Scooterwillrev on the third line of betting at $4.00. Shelby Bromac ($5.00) and Harjeet ($5.50) were the only horses under double figures in the opening market. You can read a runner by runner preview on the Tasmania Cup here. Saturday night also sees the running of the Group 3 TAB Tasmanian Derby where NSW Derby winner Max Delight will start a short price favourite. The inaugural Aldebaran Park Tasmanian Trotting Cup will also have a short price favourite with the Eric Jacobson trained Majestic Ess Jay being an impressive winner of his two Tasmanian starts, which have both been in the two heats of the $14,000 event. The two feature races for the girls are more tricky events. In the Group 3, TAB Tasmanian Oaks Victorian trained pacers Enchanted Stride, Delightful Jazz and Arabella Star will take on an even Tasmanian contingent which is headlined by Still Hungover, who was a terrific winner of the 3YO Fillies Championship. The $20,000 Yak Ales George Johnson for the open class mares sees the inform Western Debt drawn barrier one for visiting Victorian trainer Adam Kelly. The Hobart card kicks off at 6:22 pm and both Tasracing.com.au’s Live Stream Service and Sky Racing will have an on track hosting’s. Harness Racing then heads to Launceston on Sunday night. As mentioned in the Trial File Ryley Major is back at the track after having close to three years off the race track due to injury. The star two and three-year-old has won ten of his 15-starts that includes the 2016 Tasmanian Derby and the Group 3 Globe Derby Stakes that year. He has impressed in two recent trials, and many of the states racing fans are happy to see him back on the track. Ryley Major will contest race five on Sunday at 20:10 with the first race set down for 18:13. Interstate this week we see inform Plata O Plomo step out at Menangle for the first time on Friday night in a M0 event for new trainer Peter Russo. Duncan Dornauf

The state’s leading trainer Ben Yole had a big weekend which saw him prepare five winners across two states last weekend that included the win of No Apachemee at Melton on Friday night. Magra-based trainer Juanita McKenzie claimed her second Vandenberg Transport Carrick Park Pacing Cup when Inner Light was able to take out the $12,000 feature. This week we are off to TAB Park Hobart for the Metropolitan Cup and the first heat of the Aldebaran Park Tasmanian Trotters Championship on Friday and then the action turns to Devonport on Sunday night. The Stars Ben Yole – was the inform trainer of the weekend with a training treble on Friday with a double in Hobart with Gems and Stylish Trend while he also prepared No Apachemee to an impressive victory at Melton where he recorded a mile rate of 1m 52.3s. The Yole stable continued their good form with a training double with Badrick taking out the clubs premier three-year-old race, the Cressy Transport Tasmanian Championship and Nickys Logic who recorded her fourth win of the season. Ricky Duggan – Tasmania’s most successful driver of all time claimed his fifth Vandenberg Transport Carrick Park Pacing Cup when he partnered the Juanita McKenzie-trained Inner Light to victory. Duggan was the standout driver on the Carrick Park card with a driving treble. Illegal Immigrant – continued his path to next month’s Triple M Tasmania Cup with a 3.7-meter win in the Elite Free-for-all in Hobart on Friday. It was the third win at start seven for the gelded son of American Ideal. Kohanah – was a brilliant winner on debut in the last race of the night in Hobart. The Sweet Lou colt showed a good will-to-win in the home straight to score in a mile of 2m 2.2s. Really Frank – five-year-old gelding who recorded his first win at start 40 for trainer-driver Justin Campbell. Multiple Winners Hobart – Friday evening  Ben Yole – training double; Gems and Stylish Trend Carrick Park – Saturday afternoon Ricky Duggan – driving treble; Peaceful Thomas, Forever Ours and Inner Light. Mark Yole – driving double; Nickys Logic and Badrick. Ben Yole – training double; Nickys Logic and Badrick. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Hobart – Friday evening Illegal Immigrant 56.86s, Destreos 57.07 and The Aussie 57.21.Outside of race four; Monark  Mac57.83s and Usain Jolt 57.94s. Carrick Park  – Saturday afternoon Swap Me 57.20s, Give Me The Night 5734s and Karalta Kruise 57.60. Outside of race seven; Choosa Cruiser 58.42 and Peaceful Thomas 58.93s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart – Friday evening  Hit’s: Really Frank $6.50 into $3.30 and Kohanah $1.65 into $1.35. Defied The Drift: Resurgent Dream $4.20 out to $4.80 and Stylish Trend $7.00 out to $7.50. Missed: Im Full Tilt $12 into $7.50 and Ektoras $26 into $10. Carrick Park – Saturday afternoon  The Tasracing Official Price was not in operation due to the non-Tab status of the meeting. Trial File Hobart – Monday evening Three-year-old colt Resurgent Storm recorded the quickest winning mile rate of the night when he recorded 2m 4.8s for 2090-meters. It was the second trial back this preparation for the son of Betterthancheddar who was last at the bell and was able to go on and win by two-meters over the stable mate Sutter Star. The final two sections was covered in 32.6s and 31.1s. Remaining trials were won by; Moonlite Bay 2m 8.3s, Whos Watching Now 2m 10.3s, Cool Water Paddy 2m 5.7s, Caciocavallo 2m 6.8s and Streitkid 2m 6.2s. Devonport – Monday evening. Lucy Lindenny, a four-year-old mare by Changeover out of the Sokys Atom mare Helena Kilena recorded the quickest winning mile rate of 2m 3.7s for 2297-meters. She was able to lead from gate one for driver Gareth Rattray and her new trainer Donald Foley. The New Zealand bred pacer has been racing predominantly in New South Wales in her 17-start career which has seen two wins and five placings. The other three trials were won by; Perfect Mach 2m 12.3s, Maybe Jack 2m 8.7s and Rocket Blaster 2m 12s. Week Ahead The Tier 1 meeting of the week is at the Devonport Showgrounds on Sunday evening. Eight races are set down for decision including the first heat of the time honoured Allen Williams Memorial series. Karalta Demon and Navua Pixie are both coming into the race with a second placing at their most recent start. The John Castles-trained Suzy Zebra is one of two horses in the race to have won a race, and the lightly raced six-year-old mare has found the winners stall on four occasions on King Island. Suzy Zebra was defeated 10 metres at her first start on mainland Tasmania at Burnie after enjoying a soft run behind the leader. Rocket Blaster is a Melissa Maine trained debutante who has had four trial in preparation for Sunday’s assignment including a trial win at the Devonport  Showgrounds on Monday night. The first of eight races on Sunday kicks off at 18:14. Hobart on Friday is deemed to be the Tier 2 meeting of the week, although the $12,000 Metropolitan Cup and the first heat of the Aldebaran Park Tasmanian Trotters Championship will be run. Harjeet, the best horse racing in Tasmania at present will start a red hot favourite in the Metropolitan Cup as he continues his preparation to next month’s $75,000 Triple M Tasmania Cup. The last-start Hobart Pacing Cup winner is the sole second-row runner in the 2579-meter event. Interstate this week we see a massive feature card of racing at Menangle where the Michael Maxfield owned Max Delight will contest the second heat of the New South Wales Derby. The son of Bettors Delight is an $11 chance with tab.com.au and will start from barrier six, with Todd McCarthy taking the drive.   Duncan Dornauf

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