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Harness racing trainer Brooke Hammond will be chasing a cross-code double on Sunday. Hammond is a part-owner of Travelling Gigolo who lines up in the fourth race in Hobart on Sunday. Prepared by leading thoroughbred trainer Scott Brunton, the three-year-old gelding has been kept safe in early markets after catching the eye with a handy fifth at his most recent start. Hammond will have to watch the race on TasracingTV’s Live Stream coverage while getting her two pacers ready for the seven-race card in Launceston. Moonlite Bay will carry Hammond’s purple and gold colours, with the pacer setting tongues wagging with an impressive win at his most recent effort on 3 April when just 1.1s outside the 2200-metre track record. The Sportswriter – Cam River gelding was confidently driven by Victorian-based Alex Ashwood on that occasion, who drove a positive race to push forward in the 2200-metre event to take up the lead after the first 400 metres. After recording a slick 42.4s lead time, the pacer was challenged in a 59.2s first half-mile. Ashwood allowed the pacer to bowl down the back in 28.9s before outstaying his rivals in a 30.4s last split. “He was at myself and Kate’s place around 12-months ago, and we really liked him, but he went a miss so he came back home to Brooke and he has always shown ability,” said Ashwood after the 3 April victory. “He is a big staying horse as opposed to a sit sprint horse, so it didn’t phase me that there was plenty of speed on at all,” added Ashwood. Ashwood was down for the big Easter Cup meeting and naturally isn’t returning for a regular Tier One race meeting. But Hammond has been able to secure a more than capable replacement in hall of fame reinsman Gareth Rattray who last week became the third Tasmanian driver to secure 1,400 domestic wins. Moonlite Bay has drawn ideally in barrier four in the race that is restricted to horses with no more than six lifetime wins, but when you look at the national rating you will see the pacer gets in well as a 67 rater taking on pacers as low as 44. Hammond also prepares lightly raced three-year-old Hez A Fake, who lines up in the second race of the night. The pacer will need the luck to go his way from an inside of a second-row draw. Sunday’s Launceston meeting only has the seven races that gets underway at 17:52 and can be seen on Sky Racing 1 and TasracingTV. The last race is scheduled for 20:52 where this writer’s best bet of the weekend Magic Joe will step out for his debut performance in the two-year-old.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Four-year-old mare Blame It On Me ($6.00) stamped herself as a strong contender for Sunday weeks Light Harness Cup Final after scoring in Friday night’s Prelude.   Driver Natalee Emery positioned the Doug Nettlefold mare one-out and five-back in the 14-horse field before gaining a three-wide cart up over the final circuit.   The mare swept to the lead at the top of the home straight and was too good late for Jocund ($26), and Earl Jujon ($4.40 fav) in a mile rate of 2m 1.7s, off the winner’s handicap of 20 metres in the 2579-metre event.   The win was the Big Jim mares 11th career victory.   The $12,000 Final of the L.H.T Cup will be held on 25 April.   Missin Rock was another four-year-old mare to score at the meeting in a 50 to 59 rated event restricted to fillies and mares over the mile trip.   Sent out as a $6.00 chance, the Eric Jacobson-trained mare settled one-out and two-back from her second-row draw and was too quick for her rivals late to score by a half-neck in 1m 59.2s, which was the first time the Sam Gangell driven pacer has broken the 2m 0.0s in her four wins.   Rohan Hillier was the in-form driver of the meeting with a double on the card.   He scored on the Ivan Belbin-trained Eye See Double, who led to win the opening race as the $2.15 favourite.   Hillier’s other winner came in the last race with Mascott ($6.00), who broke the state record for trotters when recording 2m 0.6s for the mile trip after leading all the way.   Rodney Ashwood prepares the trotter.   Ben Woodsford is currently on a stewards enforced break from the sulky, but he was in the winner’s list with his eight-year-old mare Metro Star ($4.80 fav), who was well driven by Dylan Ford, who showed incentive to make the most of a very slow early tempo to catch the leaders napping and find the lead at 1200-metre mark.   It wouldn’t be a Tasmanian harness meeting without the nations leading trainer Ben Yole chalking up a winner, and that came in the way of My Ultimate Major, who was the longest price winner of the six-race card at $10.     Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Ladbrokes Easter Cup winner Scooterwillrev was in the winner’s circle again in Launceston on Sunday. The win was the 1,400th Australian driving win for Gareth Rattray. Rattray also won the weekend’s feature race, the $12,000 Neil Cameron Patrons Marathon in Devonport aboard the Ben Yole- trained Earl Jujon. At Menangle in Sydney on Saturday night, Ignatius continued his winning way with an 11.1-metre win in 1m 50.9s for the mile trip. The pacer will race again on Saturday week before connections decide if they send the pacer to North America. Tuesday saw the Office Of Racing Integrity conduct the much-awaited Ladbrokes Tasmania Cup inquiry. Stewards on the night considered a protest from the second and third placegetters (The Shallows and Lip Reader), against the winner (Bullys Delight). The grounds of the protest were for improper driving, whip use against the rules of racing and interference, which was subsequently dismissed. Stewards informed parties involved in the protest hearing on the night that they would consider AHRR 174(1), which can only be invoked after a driver has been found guilty of an offence. Tuesday’s inquiry was headed by Ray Murrihy, who was appointed to chair the inquiry by the Acting Director Of Racing Tony Latham on 15 March. The inquiry was adjourned to allow stewards to consider their decision. Murrihy has held many senior roles in racing integrity positions, including 21-years as chairman of stewards for Racing New South Wales, and he was also chairman of stewards for Tasmanian harness racing between 1975 to 1978. This week we have harness racing in Hobart on Friday evening and in Launceston on Sunday night. The Stars Gareth Rattray – notched up his 1,400th Australian driving win when Scooterwillrev scored in the final race of the night in Launceston. Rattray was the third Tasmanian to achieve the driving feat. He has also driven winners in New Zealand and Norway, which are not included in the tally. Rocknovertime – notched up his first win of the season with a dominant win in Launceston. Trainer-driver Paul Hill took the Rock N Roll Heaven gelding straight to the lead and was untroubled to score in a 55.9s last-half mile. Connections are considering a Victorian campaign. Troy McDonald – has a 10-win lead at the top of the state drivers premiership after driving five winners over the weekend, with a double in Devonport on Friday and a treble in Launceston on Sunday night, where his drive on Brighton Prince demonstrated why he is at the top of the table. Lavaughn – is a Conor Crook-trained mare that is in-form, she recorded her third win of the season with a decisive win in a race restricted to fillies and mares with no more than three lifetime wins. Earl Jujon – claimed the weekend’s feature race, the Patrons Marathon in Devonport on Friday night, where he came from last after being slowly away from the tapes to score in the 2645-metre feature. Multiple Winners Devonport – Friday evening Ben Yole – training quintuple; Wave The Hat, My Celebrity, Oneofthelads, Earl Jujon and Yellow Taxi, Troy McDonald – driving double; Wave The Hat and Oneofthelads, Hannah Van Dongen – driving double; Chris Be Quick and Ol Titch. Launceston – Sunday evening Ben Yole – training treble; Deadly Assassin, Good Feelings and Ranieri, Troy McDonald – driving treble; Brighton Prince, Good Feelings and Ranieri. Tasracing Calculated Sectionals Devonport – Friday evening Aunty Bessy 58.70s, Wave The Hat 58.80s, Earl Jujon 59.01s, Gauci 59.08s and Taurisi 59.229. Launceston – Sunday evening Christian Jaz 55.77s, Rocknovertime 55.90s, Hez Razor Sharp 56.14s, Starofrembrance 56.21s and El Jays Blu 56.44s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Devonport – Friday evening Hit’s: Wave The Hat $2.90 into $2.30, Chris Be Quick $5.00 into $3.60, Oneofthelads $5.00 into $3.20, Earl Jujon $2.25 into $1.95 and Ol Titch $41 into $21. Defied The Drift: My Celebrity $4.80 out to $6.50 and Yellow Taxi $9.00 out to $11. Missed: Rockowsroad $5.00 into $4.20, Guys Bettor Bet $6.50 into $4.00, Perfect Mach $11 into $8.50, Denstown $7.00 into $4.80, Mach Charm $5.00 into $2.50 and Got The Goods $21 into $9.00. Launceston – Sunday evening Hit’s: Lavaughn $2.20 into $1.60, Rockandahardplace $10 into $6.00, Brighton Prince $9.00 into $8.50, Rambleon $17 into $13, Good Feelings $5.50 into $4.00, Ranieri $19 into $9.00 and scoterwillrec $1.55 into $1.40. Defied The Drift: Deadly Assassin $4.20 out to $6.00. Missed: Karalta Courage $10 into $8.00, Pur Dan $6.00 into $3.80, Rowley $21 into $11, Guys Bettor Bet $7.00 into $4.20, Coveffe Hustler $10 into $4.80, Rockinfeelgood $5.00 into $4.10 and Izaha $8.00 into $6.00. Trial File Carrick Park – Saturday morning Five trials were held where four-year-old entire Kohannah was first seen in public since winning the Group 2 Globe Derby in Launceston last November when scoring in a standing start trial. The pacer stepped away safely off his 10-metre handicap to settle three back the pegs before gaining one-out one-back cover at the bell. Trainer-driver Todd Rattray made his move at the top of the home straight where he hit the line nicely to score by seven metres in the 2150-metre trial. There was no official time given for the trial. Other winners included; Gueneveres Madonna (2m 9.0s), Radiant Red (2m 4.5s), A Good Red (2m 2.3s) and Bonacci (2m 2.0s). Hobart – Monday evening Five trials were staged on Monday night where the rating 38-50 pacers recorded the fastest mile rate of the session of 2m 3.9s. Abs Boy recorded it for trainer Greg Scott and Jacob Duggan, he is one of many drivers in the state at present trying to obtain their race day license. Abs Boy settled three-back the marker pegs before working into the trial out three-wide around the home bend to go on and score by 5.4 metres over Galaxy Dancer and Mister Eagle. Other winners were; Im Jaks Teller (2m 4.4s), Hivoltage Glenwood (2m 5.5s), Spanski (2m 8.6s) and Christian Major (2m 5.4s). Week Ahead Friday: Hobart host Friday night racing where heats of the Light Harness Tasmania Cup headline the card, the $12,000 Final will be held on 25 April. Sunday: Another Tier 1 meeting will be held in Launceston with only a seven-race card to be held from 17:52. Trials are scheduled prior to Sunday’s race meeting.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Talented three-year-old Rocknovertime will be aimed for a Victorian hit and run mission after recording his fourth career win in the Stan Leedham Memorial (rating 54 to 56) in Launceston on Sunday night. Sent out as the $1.22 favourite, trainer-driver Paul Hill took the Rocknroll Heaven gelding straight to the lead in the 1680-metre event and was untroubled late to score a 11.8-metre win in a slick 56.0s last half mile with the gelding not even out of second gear late. “I was very happy with him, especially when you look at the horses he was racing against tonight,” said Hill. It was only the ninth career start for the pacer who has been placed in the Tasmanian Guineas and Tasmanian Derby at his only two other starts this season, and the trainer-driver is contemplating a trip across Bass Strait with the pacer. “We might send him to Victoria to see if he could win his Vicbred bonus as that was only his third run this time in, then we will turn him out and bring him back for the Globe Derby later in the season,” explained Hill. Northdown trainer Geoff Smith capped off a weekend double with Rambleon scoring a 1.1-metre win over My Celebrity in a rating 50 to 53 event. Driven by Mark Yole, the Blissful Hall gelding was only having his fourth outing since joining the Smith stable. “He was advertised online. He was racing up at Mildura, so I rang the bloke up and bought him,” Smith explained post-race. Despite starting at $13, the win was no surprise for the trainer. “He went good last start and had worked super at home during the week,” said Smith. “He is well-bred and should win his share of races down here,” added the winning trainer. The night’s fast class race looked to be a great race on the program, despite it being scheduled for 9:40pm. It was won by Scooterwillrev who found the lead near the 1700-metre point and dictated affairs to score by three-metres over The Crimson Prince who had the gun run on his back in a mile rate of 1m 58.3s, with the last half mile in 57.5s. Connections indicated that the pacer will have a short break. The win was the 1,400th career driving win in Australia for Gareth Rattray, becoming the third Tasmanian to register the mile stone. Rattray has also driven winners in New Zealand and Norway. Troy McDonald was the in-form driver of the meeting, scoring with the Wayne Yole-trained Brighton Prince ($8.50), and the Ben Yole-trained Good Feelings ($4.00) and Ranieri ($9.00). Ben Yole once again dominated the training ranks with Deadly Assassin ($6.00), Good Feelings ($4.00) and Ranieri ($9.00).   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Gareth Rattray moved close to a milestone victory after winning the feature race on Friday’s Devonport card. Rattray partnered Earl Jujon to victory in the Patrons Marathon, which took his Australian total to 1399 Australian driving wins. The 11-time Tasmanian premiership reinsman has also driven winners in New Zealand and Norway. Earl Jujon was sent out as the $1.95 favourite in the 2645-metre standing start event, and those that took the short odds no doubt had their head in their mouth when the gelded son of Rock N Roll Heaven was very slowly away from the tapes. “That’s him, if he is not moving forward, he seems to wait and step back, he was slow away, but he paced away, and once he tacked on, he would be right,” said Rattray about the win. Ending up one-out and two-back from the 2300-metre point, Rattray drove a patient race before racing three-wide at the 1000-metre point before the master reinsman released the ribbons entering the back straight on the final occasion. “Against those sort of horses, he sort of had to win it, he ran a good half, and he still felt strong on the line, which was good,” Rattray said. Earl Jujon scored by eight metres over Taurisi ($14) and Hez The One ($6.50), a further 6.4 metres away third in a mile rate of 2m 4.6s. The win was one of five of the night for trainer Ben Yole who also prepared Wave The Hat ($3.30 fav), My Celebrity ($9.30), Oneofthelads ($3.50) and Yellow Taxi ($13), who won after a protest against the original winner Aitutaki was upheld. Hannah Van Dongen drove the other two winners. She scored on the Geoff Smith-trained Chris Be Quick ($4.30) who was a tough winner before she drove the last race winner Ol Titch to victory for Bianca Heenan at odd of $27, the longest priced winner of the night.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

It wouldn’t be a Devonport meeting without the strong presence of the Ben Yole stable, and that is the case again on Friday night where he has 44 of the 67 runners across the meeting, including a strong contingent in the main race of the night, the $12,000 Neil Cameron Patrons Marathon. Headlining Yole’s chances in the 2645-metre event is Earl Jujon, who has drawn the pole in the seven-horse field. Earl Jujon, a gelded son of Rock N Roll Heaven, caught the eye finishing fourth in the Group 2 Tasmania Cup four starts ago before appreciating a drop in class to score in a rating 66 to 74 heat of the Australian Female Drivers Championship by 14.6 metres in a slick 1m 57.3s. Yole then elected to run the eight-year-old gelding in one of the states premier races, the Easter Cup series, where he finished ninth in last weeks Group 2 Final. The pacer, who is yet to be placed in four standing start races, has the services on Friday night of Hall of Fame reinsman Gareth Rattray and looks very well placed dropping back to a rating 70 or better standing start event. Hez the One is also from the Yole stable and has drawn outside of the front row. The Jeremes Jet gelding can be hit and miss from the tapes, and we saw what he can do when he puts it together with a handy win in Burnie five starts ago. The pacer failed to beat a runner home in Launceston last start in a strong 67 to 79 event where he was well supported after a handy fourth in Launceston the start prior, where he finished off well when finding clear racing room late. The Yole stables other two runners include Perfect Mach who will be searching for his first win on the Devonport track at what will be his 17th start at the venue, while Proficient will be out to keep his good record on the track intact of four starts for three wins and one placing. Yole has prepared 63 winners so far this season which sees him 21 wins clear over Western Australia’s Greg and Skye Bond on the national trainer’s premiership. Friday’s card can be seen on Sky Racing 2 and TasracingTV from 18:04   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

The Autumn Harness Racing Carnival came to a close in Launceston on Saturday night with the Group 2 Ladbrokes Easter Cup, which saw Scooterwillrev lead home a locally trained trifecta. There has been plenty of harness racing in Launceston over the past three weeks, and it continues again this week with racing on Sunday night anda. program also being held in Devonport on Friday night. The Stars Scooterwillrev – was brilliant in the 2021 Easter Cup after stepping straight to the lead in the 2698-metre event. He was well rated in front by Gareth Rattray, who claimed his first Easter Cup. It was also the first win in the race for trainer Craig Hayes who did an outstanding job to get the pacer to peak second-up in the Group 2 race. Lightning Jash – Victorian trainer Kate Hargraves has a handy strike rate when she brings horses to the Apple Isle, and this Autumn Carnival mission was no different when she claimed the first feature two-year-old race in the state for the year, the Keith Stanley Debutante Stakes with Lightning Jash. Driver Alex Ashwood said the pacer would have a spell before tackling some features later in the season. Wave The Hat – claimed the time-honoured Allen Williams Memorial Final for the maiden pacers. The pacer enjoyed a solid early tempo before proving too good in a race that was a survival of the fittest late. Be Major Threat – showed brilliant standing start manners to settle in a forward position to take out the Kevin Gillies Memorial, ending up behind the leader, reinsman Ben Woodford drove a patient race working into clear racing room at the top of the home straight to go on a score a narrow win. Moonlite Bay – was undoubtedly one of the more impressive winners of the Launceston card when 1.1s outside Scooterwillrev’s 2200-metre track record. After working forward in a handy lead time, the pacer was then forced to hold the lead with the first three-quarters of the final mile all recorded under 30.0s and was still able to prove too strong late. Multiple Winners Hobart – Friday afternoon Ben Yole – training quartet; Yellow Taxi, Southern Gnp, Lives A Jungle and War Chest. Conor Crook – driving double; Beau Garcon and Southern Gnp. Launceston – Saturday evening Alex Ashwood – driving double; Lightning Jasha and Moonlite Bay. Tasracing Calculated Sectionals Hobart – Friday afternoon My Ultimate Romeo 56.84s, Ol Titch 57.19s, Live For Peace 57.22, Ifbutzandmaybes 57.30s and Black Ops 57.32s. Launceston – Saturday evening Easter Cup: Izaha 55.68s, Yorkshire 55.71s, Ryley Major 55.75s, Our Princess Tiffany 55.90s and Our Princess Tiffany 55.90s. Remaining races: Be Major Threat 55.99s, Gone And Forgotten 56.02s, Sea Double Ugrant 56.06s, Still Hungover 56.14s and The Red Moon Rising 56.38s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart – Friday afternoon Hit’s: Ifbutzandmaybes $6.00 into $5.50, Southern Gnp $41 into $12 and War Chest $6.00 into $3.90. Defied The Drift: Beau Garcon $2.05 out to $2.30, Yellow Taxi $17 out to $21, Life A Jungle $10 out to $14 and Top Hanover $3.40 out to $4.60. Missed: Magic Owens $3.40 into $2.50, My Ultimate Major $3.30 into $2.40, Keep Playing $9.00 into $6.00, Mach Charm $9.00 into $5.50, Eye See Double $3.70 into $2.90, Heza Rummage $8.00 into $5.50, Black Ops $3.70 into $2.90 and Guys Bettor Bet $4.40 into $3.20. Launceston – Saturday evening Hit’s: Lightning Jash $1.26 into $1.20, Wave The Hat $10 into $9.50 and Jaffa Josh $1.40 into $1.14. Defied The Drift: Debt Till We Part $14 out to $16, Barooga Rock $2.40 out to $3.00, Micton Aroha $5.50 out to $6.50, Scooterwillrev $9.00 out to $17, Be Major Threat $10 out to $18, Moonlite Bay $5.00 out to $7.00 and Racketeers Boy $1.90 out to $2.25. Missed: Always A Stride $5.50 into $4.00, Origin Tara $11 into $8.00, Kennys Killer $3.30 into $2.90, Tommys Denial $2.90 into $2.50, Willie Go West $2.50 onto $2.00, The Red Moon Rising $2.25 into $1.70, Deadly Assassin $5.00 into $4.40, Stormont Star $7.50 into $6.00 and Some Dan $26 into $15. Trial File Devonport – Monday evening Four trials were held on Monday where Liam Older had his first night of driving at the trials and he walked away with a winner when the Ben Yole-trained Aha Reaction recorded the quickest mile rate of the night in 2m 1.9s for the 1930-metre trip. Racing outside the leader, the gelded son of Auckland Reactor proved too tough over the concluding stages for the leader, Maybe Jack, with a half-head separating the duo. Other winners included: Booker Bay (2m 9.3s), Family Feelgood (2m 9.0s) and Christian Jaz (2m 4.1s) Week Ahead Friday: Devonport host Friday night racing where the $12,000 Patrons Marathon is the feature race for horses with a national rating of 70 or better over the 2645-metre trip. Saturday: Carrick Park trials revert to the Saturday morning time slot, with the first trial scheduled for 9:00. There is plenty of Tasmanian interest at Menangle, with Ignatius contesting a Group 3 event, plus his stablemates Zhukov Leis and Jigamaroo going around. Jigamaroo will be driven by Charlie Castles, who will be having his first metropolitan drive outside of Tasmania. Sunday: Launceston race once again with a Tier One meeting in the twilight zone. Monday: Trials will be held in Hobart from 17:30.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Scooterwillrev gained redemption after a second placing in the 2019 Easter Cup to take out the 2021 edition of the Launceston Pacing Club’s feature at the Ladbrokes Racing Centre on Saturday night. Sent out as a $17 chance, the Craig Hayes-trained pacer pinged the tapes to find the lead in the 2698-metre event. Connections said post-race that they intended to hand up to the $2.00 favourite Willie Go West, but he galloped away from the tapes, with driver Gareth Rattray electing to hold the lead then. Rattray then bowled along in a lead time of 85.1s, into quarters of 30.6s, 30.4s, 28.1s and 27.9s. They proved too good for Ryley Major ($5.50), who put up a brave fight after racing outside the leader for the final mile to be defeated a half-head while Isaac ($101) sat on the winners’ back third, in a Tasmanian-trained trifecta. It was a brilliant training performance by Craig Hayes as Scooterwillrev was only second-up from a 25-week break in the Group 2 feature, which was the gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere’s sixth start in almost 17 months after returning from a New South Wales campaign. Connections had the pacer ready to go for the 2020 Easter Cup, however, Tasmanian racing was suspended due to COVID-19 four days before the heats. “We got him back (from New South Wales), and he just wasn’t himself then, so we gave him a break then and we got up and he was the best as I had him, and then COVID came, so he had some time off and then after that we got him back, but he wasn’t the same horse, so we tipped him back out and tried again, and this is the result,” said a very happy Hayes after the race. “He had done all the work he needed to going into the heat, and he pulled up well from that, and it was a great run and excellent drive by Gareth only dong what he had to in the heat,” explained the Stowport-based trainer, who said the win was his biggest thrill in the sport. “This is the one I wanted to win with him, just the issues he has had. I thought he deserved to win a big race,” added Hayes. The win was the first in the race for Hall of Fame reinsman Gareth Rattray. “It has sort of eluded me. I have won a lot of other feature races, so to finally do it in this race is a good feeling,” said Rattray post-race. “I was able to dictate in front, and I just kept on rolling and full credit to Ryley Major, he has come off 20-metres and just got beat, but Scooter has good manners, and we were able to capitalise on that,” explained Rattray. Connections will discuss the future plans of Scooterwillrev in the coming days.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Dean Braun and Anthony Butt teamed up to dominate Easter Cup heat night in Launceston on Sunday with Willie Go West (pictured) and Our Princess Tiffany, recording dominant victories. The Group 2 Ladbrokes Easter Cup Final headlines Saturday night’s 10-race card in Launceston, but first, we have Good Friday harness racing in Hobart. It has been a big week not only in Tasmania but further aboard, with Ignatius winning a Group 3 race at Menangle, Max Delight scoring a heat of a Group 1 race at Wagga on Tuesday and Jack Laugher had a night out at Mildura on Tuesday driving five winners on the card. The Stars Our Princess Tiffany – was simply outstanding when scoring in her heat of the Easter Cup in Launceston. Her last half mile on Tasracing’s Calculated Sectionals was recorded in 55.33s, the fastest by a mare in Tasmania since they have been recorded in December 2015. Her mile rate was only 0.7s outside the 2698-metre track record. Willie Go West – stamped himself as a strong contender for the Easter Cup with a dominant win in the opening heat. The pacer began safely from his second-row draw in the standing start event before working to the lead with two laps to go. Anthony Butt didn’t move on the pacer late, who dashed away to score an effortless win. Ignatius – became the fastest Tasbred pacer on Australian soil when scoring in the Group 3 J. E. Binskin FFA at Menangle Park in Sydney, where he ran a slick 1m 49.4s. Ricky Duggan – had a night out in Launceston with a driving treble on horses at different places in the market with Sharmey ($2.30 fav), Princely Reign ($13) and El Jays Blu ($19). Kayleb Williams – the King Island driver was having his first night driving on mainland Tasmania and was fortunate enough to drive his first winner on the TAB circuit with a last stride win with Live For Peace. Multiple Winners Devonport – Friday evening Rohan Hillier – driving double; Top Hanover and Gone And Forgotten. Todd Rattray – driving double; Island Bliss and Danger Of Tyne. Launceston – Sunday evening Ricky Duggan – driving treble; Sharmey, Princely Reign and El Jays Blu. Anthony Butt – driving double; Willie Go West and Our Princess Tiffany, Dean Braun – driving double; Willie Go West and Our Princess Tiffany. Tasracing Calculated Sectionals Devonport – Friday evening Murry 57.75s, Monarkmac 58.24s, The Black Assassin 58.77s, Artiflash 59.01s and Pink Ponder 59.20s. Launceston – Sunday evening Our Princess Tiffany 55.33s, Ryley Major 56.02s, Willie Go West 56.40s, Lip Reader 56.49s and Scooterwillrev 56.61s. Outside of the Easter Cup Heats: Lightning Jash 57.30s, Always A Stride 57.65s, Lavaughn 57.67s, Mucho Mover 57.73s and Hes Apples 57.80s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Devonport – Friday evening Hit’s: Ideal Fella $26 into $19, Murry $17 into $10 and Danger Of Tyne $5.00 into $3.40. Defied The Drift: Gone And Forgotten $3.50 out to $4.40, Island Bliss $2.25 out to $3.00 and Chris Be Quick $3.40 out to $3.70. Missed: Iden Black Prince $2.00 into $1.75, Itsadanceoff $9.00 into $6.50, Arakbell $13 into $6.50, Rockinfeelgood $4.20 into $3.20, Postal Run $15 into $8.50 and Pur Dan $10 into $7.50. Launceston – Sunday evening Hit’s: Willie Go West $2.20 into $2.00, Princely Reign $17 into $13 and Live For Peace $26 into $12. Defied The Drift: Lavaughn $3.00 out to $4.20, Sharmey $2.10 out to $2.30, Our Princess Tiffany $1.85 out to $3.30, El Jays Blu $15 out to $19 and Offthetopomyhead $9.00 out to $20. Missed: Kennys Killer $18 into $4.20, Take In The Gold $3.50 into $3.00, Rockinfeelgood $10 into $4.00, The Red Moon Rising $41 into $10, Always A Stride $4.40 into $2.90, Jaffa Josh $9.50 into $6.50, Ryley Major $2.90 into $2.20, Emjays Black Chip $3.30 into $2.80, Juniper $19 into $8.50, Somedan $18 into $11 and Brian Who $10 into $7.50. Trial File Hobart – Monday evening The quickest winning mile rate of the session was the standing start trial which the Thomas Jackson-trained Finn Mac Kee won. The now nine-year-old gelding stepped best of the three-horse field to lead and was allowed to bowl along in front in quarters of 31.1s, 29.6s, 30.0s and 29.0s to score by 21.6-metres over Be Major Threat and Truscott Hall. Other winners included; Tellall Glenwood (2m 7.6s), A Good Red (2m 7.7s), Rocknovertime (2m 3.6s) and Christian Major (2m 2.9s). Week Ahead Friday: Only two harness meetings will be held across the nation, one of which will be in Hobart, with the fields to be released on Wednesday afternoon. There will also be thoroughbred racing in Launceston and greyhound racing in Devonport. Saturday: It is Launceston’s premier race night, with the Group 2 Ladbrokes Easter Cup the highlight on a massive 10-race card. There is a $5,000 First 4 jackpot with UTAB on the $75,000 feature. The meeting commences at 17:28 and will be shown on Sky Racing 2, with the remainder of the card on Sky Racing 1. Duncan Dornauf will host the TasracingTV and Sky Racing coverage of the meeting. Sunday: It is a Group 1 race day at Wagga where the Tasmanian-owned Max Delight will contest the Riverina Four and Five Year Old Championship. Monday: Trials will be held in Devonport from 17:30.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

It was a big night for trainer Dean Braun and driver Anthony Butt in Launceston on Sunday night, with the duo combining to take out both heats of the Group 2 Ladbrokes Easter Cup. Our Princess Tiffany ($1.85 out to $3.30) was without a doubt the most impressive heat winner when coming from last in a fast half to score. Butt positioned the daughter of Art Major at the tail end of the field after a slow, but safe get away from her 30-metre handicap. The mare raced one-out, and three-back over the final mile before the five-year-old mare was allowed to improve out three and four wide over the final 700 metres, in a slick last half mile which was ran in quarters of 28.4s and 28.1s. Local hope Ryley Major ($2.90 into $2.20 fav) swept to the lead at the top of the home straight after having a lovely run with a one-out and one-back trail for a large portion of the race but was no match for the Kiwi-bred mare late with a neck between them. The mile rate for the 2698-metre trip was 1m 59.8s, only 0.7s outside the track record, which is held by Harjeet when winning the 2018 Cup. Lightly raced four-year-old Willie Go West ($2.20 into $2.00 fav) won the series opening heat, justifying his short quote. The gelded son of Auckland Reactor stepped away cleanly from his second-row draw and was able to find the lead with just over 2000 metres to travel. Butt never moved a muscle over the concluding stages, with the Dean Braun-trained pacer scoring by 7.2 metres over Scooterwillrev ($13), who had the gun run on the back of the leader. While Willie Go West dashed home in 29.1s and 27.3s, the mile rate was significantly slower than the other heat in 2m 2.8s. Sectional comparison Heat 1: Lead Time: 86.0s, Quarters: 32.6s, 30.9s, 29.1s and 27.3s, Time: 3m 25.9s. Heat 2: Lead Time: 86.4s, Quarters: 30.7s, 29.5s, 28.4s and 28.1s, Time: 3m 23.1s. The first seven placegetters qualified for the Group 2 Easter Cup Final which will be held this Saturday night in Launceston, with the barrier draw to be released on Tuesday afternoon.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

It had taken 31 starts, but Ideal Fella rewarded his connections for their perseverance when he broke his maiden in the final heat of the Allen Williams Memorial in Devonport on Friday night. Sent out as the $13 outsider, driver Natalee Emery kept out of the early speed battle, and she was able to enjoy a frantic tempo up front which saw a 51.7s lead time and a 30.8s first quarter. From there, the speed decreased with quarters of 31.5s, 31.5s and 33.0s for a mile rate of 2m 5.1s, with Emery giving the pacer every chance after settling three-back the pegs before timing her run well to score. The Artistic Fella gelding started his racing career in the Todd Rattray stable before joining the Jan Richardson stable in April 2019. The Allen Williams Memorial Final will be held in Launceston on Easter Cup night. Danger Of Tyne was another to break his maiden on the Devonport card, at the pacers 20th attempt. Trained by comeback trainer Leigh Rand, reinsman Todd Rattray was able to get things all his own way in front to go on and score by 7.6 metres. The win was the final leg of a driving double for Todd, who took out the N.W.T.L.H.A Mares Feature aboard Island Bliss (pictured winning at St.Marys), who he also trains. Starting off a 10-metre handicap, the mare flew away to find the lead and score by 4.2 metres in a mile rate of 2m 5.2s. It was a big night for the Rattray clan, with Ignatius winning the free-for-all at Menangle in Sydney. The Roll With Joe gelding worked forward to find the lead, passing the 1200-metre point and went on to win in a slick 1m 49.4s, a record for a Tasmanian bred pacer on Australian soil, with trainer James Rattray taking the drive. Former trainer of the pacer, Todd Rattray, said on Tasracing’s From The Stables that “America is an option” for the pacer going forward.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

In 2015 Rohan Hillier and Dean Braun teamed up to win the Easter Cup with Rule Like A King. In this year series, the duo will be rivals in Northern Tasmania’s premier race, which kicks off with two heats in Launceston on Sunday night. The Dean Braun-trained Our Princess Tiffany has been allocated a 30-metre handicap when she lines up in heat two, after toying with her rivals in the George Johnson in Hobart last time out. She takes on Ryley Major, who has a 20-metre handicap in the heat, with the first seven placegetters qualifying for Saturday night’s Group 2 Final. The gelded son of Art Major won the Devonport Cup in mid-January before chasing home Ignatius on 25 January in Hobart, which was his last start in the island state. Connections of Ryley Major elected to send the pacer to Victoria where he had a five-start campaign, and although he didn’t find the winners circle, trainer-driver Rohan Hillier was pleased with the pacers efforts. “He was very luckless. He kept drawing where he had to, which was the second-row, his only bad run I thought was the Ararat Cup. The rest of his runs, his sectionals were very good,” said Hillier about his stable star. The 2019-2020 Tasmanian Horse Of The year has arrived back in Hillier’s barn, and he is happy with the pacer heading into Sunday’s heat. “He has been back almost two-weeks, and he has been working good, and I am expecting a forward showing,” said the trainer-driver. “He begins like a rocket, and he will make his 20-metre handicap 10-metres with his manners,” added Hillier. If successful in Saturday’s final, the pacer will become the first horse ever to win the states three premier races after winning the 2019 Tasmania Cup and the Devonport Cup this year. Hillier also plays a strong hand in the Easter Cup’s opening heat with Tasmanian Cup placegetter Lip Reader, who will be driven by Hillier’s stable foreman, Conor Crook. “He was probably handicapped out of the Tasmania Cup, and for a horse that hasn’t won a race over $12,000, he was probably a bit stiff to get 10-metres here, but he is going good,” said Hillier. “He will acquit himself well, and I’m sure he will make the final,” added the Beauty Point-based trainer. His rivals in the opening heat include the Dean Braun-trained Willie Go West, who started favourite in the Tasmania Cup but ruined his chances when he galloped away, and The Shallows, who was defeated 4.6-metres by Bullys Delight in the Tasmania Cup Final. The first heat of the Easter Cup is race four at 19:30, with the second heat set down as race six at 20:42. Race one is scheduled for 18:07 and will be shown on Sky Racing 2, with the remainder of the card on Sky Racing 1, all races will be streamed on TasracingTV.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

The third running of the Australian Female Drivers Championship took place in Launceston on Sunday night, where Queensland’s Dannielle Veivers took out the title in the six-race series. Veivers followed in the footsteps of her sister Narissa McMullen who won the series at Brisbane’s Albion Park in 2019 and was happy with the win. “I just thought going into the series that I could win one or two races from the drives I had,” said Veivers on TasracingTV after the series win. The series marks the end of the Team Teal Promotion for 2021. “Obviously it is a really good cause being for ovarian cancer raising awareness and money for that,” added the winning driver. Here is how the night unfolded. Heat One Series winner Dannielle Veivers secured maximum points in the opening race when guiding $15 chance Oneofthelads to a 3.9-metre win. The gelded son of Caribbean Blaster enjoyed a lovely run one-out and two back, with the lowest national rating race recording the quickest lead time of the night in 41.0s. The Ben Yole-trained pacer gained a three-wide cart up passing the 800-metre point to score. “It worked pretty good for me, he didn’t have much speed out of the gate. I was hoping he would begin a little bit faster, but I just grabbed up and got the one-one before the favourite came round, and it didn’t do a whole lot, so I jumped on the three-wide line and just got the perfect track into it,” said Veivers post-race. Heat Two It was Queensland and Ben Yole again when Veivers’ sister Narissa McMullen drove Rockinfeelgood to score over her sister, who drove second place getter Aussie Rock. Settling one-out and six-back, McMullen found clear room out three and four-wide from the 700-metres to score by 2.8 metres in 1m 58.6s. “There has been plenty of speed. I think maybe the way to go is set back and try finish over the top,” said the winning driver post-race. Heat Three South Australia’s Danielle Hill drove six-winners last time she was in Launceston, and she secured maximum points in heat three. She was listed to drive the short price favourite Annerie, who was scratched before the race, which saw Hill pick up the drive on the first emergency, Coveffe Hustler, who gave Yole an early training treble on the card. Coveffe Hustler, who was a Hobart winner on Friday night, settled one-out and four back before Hill gained a three-wide cart into the race from the 800 metres, with the $9.00 chance finishing off best out wide to score. “She was pretty keen to get going, particularly near the 900, at the top of the turn, she was like lets roll, so I pulled her blinds and off she went,” said Hill. Heat Four Victorian trainer Dean Braun has been in the state for many weeks during the Tasmanian Autumn carnival. He teamed up with Emily Suvaljko from Western Australia to score with Jaffa Josh. Sent out the $1.22 favourite, the gelded son of Auckland Reactor kept his unbeaten record in Australia intact. From outside of the second-row, Suvaljko settled the pacer at the tail of the field over the sprint trip before improving into the race out three and four-wide over the final lap to score an 8.4-metre win in the quickest mile rate of the night in 1m 56.6s. “He just did it so easily,” said Suvaljko post-race. Heat Five It was a rough result for those playing the quaddie, but a good result for the locals as Tasmania’s Samantha Gangell drove the Michael Laugher-trained Emjays Black Chip to a 3.4-metre win in a slick 1m 57.5s after being given the run of the race one-one. It was an excellent result for Gangell who had an interesting encounter in the heat prior where her rein detached from the bit when driving Wave The Hat. “It is a nice change of luck after the last race, I was never confident at any stage of the race, but he just kept finding,” Gangell said. Heat Six Ben Yole prepared his fourth winner of the series when Earl Jujon dropped back from the Tasmania Cup to a rating 66 to 74 event and did the right thing by punters as he started the $3.50 favourite, and he also did the right thing by Dannielle Veivers securing the Queenslander with the victory. Settling one-out and three-back before getting a lovely run in the race from the 600 metre mark. “I definitely had a lot of luck there, going into the race, I was pretty confident, but it depended on the run he got, and he got the run he needed,” said the winning driver. The race was marred by a fall on the home corner with South Australia’s Lisa Ryan being dislodged from her sulky. She walked back to the driver’s room after the race. Final Points Total Dannielle Veivers (QLD) 71, Narissa McMullen (QLD) 56, Emily Suvajiko (WA) 50, Danielle Hill (SA) 49, Kate Gath (VIC) 42, Samantha Gangell (TAS) 42, Lisa Ryan (SA) 40, Kerryn Manning (VIC) 39, Ashley Hart (NSW) 39, Hannah Van dongen (TAS) 36, Jocelyn Young (WA) 34, Stephanie Lippiatt (NSW) 29.   by Duncan Dornauf

Tasmanian drivers Hannah Van Dongen and Samantha Gangell are ready to take on the nations best female drivers in the Australian Female Drivers Championship in Launceston. Van dongen has two of the past three leading Tasmanian Female drivers titles. Once again, she was the states number one contributor during the Team Teal promotion, and she is looking forward to pulling on the colours of the state once again. “It is a huge honour to represent your state, regardless of what sport it is, and hopefully, I can do the state proud tonight,” said Van dongen. Taking on Van dongen and Gangell are; Kate Gath (VIC), Kerryn Manning (VIC), Jocelyn Young (WA), Emily Suvaljko (WA), Lisa Ryan (SA), Danielle Hill (SA), Narissa McMullen (QLD), Dannielle Veivers (QLD), Ashley Hart (NSW) and Stephanie Lippiatt (NSW). Van dongen admits that you need a lot of luck on your side in the drivers invitation races, but she will be hoping to get some valuable points in the early heats, with the driver rating Joogle in heat two as the best of her drives. “I think Joogle is my best drive. She has had one run back from a break and has drawn very well. There are few nice horses in the race, but we should get a nice run in the event, and it would be nice to get a win for the Rattray family, who was a big help early on in my career,” said the Carrick-based driver. Van dongen will also hope to get valuable points in the opening race with the Ben Yole-trained Got The Goods and in the third heat with Starofrembrance. “Both have drawn inside of the second-row, and there is a bit of speed off the front line in both heats. I reckon we may end up three back on the pegs on both horses, but with the early speed, there should be a few gaps late, and they should get his chance if good enough,” added the driver. It has been a big six months for Van dongen. She has obtained her trainer’s license and trains a small team around her duties as a stable hand and track work rider for Devonport trainer Leanne Gaffney where she gets to work with a number of the states best thoroughbreds, including horses such as Newhart and Deroche. The points table for tonight sees heats 1-4 and 6 below; 1st – 19 points, 2nd – 14 points, 3rd – 11 points, 4th – 9 points, 5th – 8 points, 6th – 7 points, 7th – 6 points, 8th – 5 points, 9th – 4 points, 10th – 3 points, 11th – 2 points and 12th – 1 point. With a late scratching in heat five, all placings are reduced by one point, with Lisa Ryan, who misses out on a drive receiving five points as per HRA policy. Sunday night’s card in Launceston can’t be missed, and if you can’t make it trackside, there are plenty of options to catch the meeting with Matt Reid and Jacob Bevis hosting on TasracingTV, while Brittany Graham and Duncan Dornauf will be on the Sky Racing Active coverage.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Jordan Chibnall has been a recent addition to the harness racing form guides, and the concession driver notched up her first win since arriving in the state in Hobart last week. The concession driver scored on Deadly Assassin last week to knock many people out of last weeks quaddie and returns to the Hobart venue again on Friday night for four drives. It was Chibnall’s third career driving win, and her best drives appear to be early on Friday’s card. Mach Charm will contest the opening race, who has drawn barrier two on the second row in the 30 to 49 rating event. The seven-year-old mare finished midfield last start after working forward in the early stages to take up a forward position but draws to get a cheap run in the early stages from the second-row draw. My Ultimate Romeo lines up in race two and had little luck over the mile last start where he was restrained to the tail where he struggled to get into the race, but was only defeated three-metres when sixth behind Oneofthelads in Hobart two starts back. Chibnall hails from Kilmore in country Victoria, and has grown up in racing with her parents currently involved in the thoroughbred industry, and she is enjoying her time in Tasmania, where she has taken up employment with the Ben Yole stable. “I’ll stay for as long as I can, I’m looking at a couple of years at least,” she said on TasracingTV’s Live Stream coverage after Saturday’s win. “I thought working for Ben would give me better opportunities and so far everything has worked out good,” she added. Friday night’s six-race card commences at 18:08 and can be seen on TasracingTV and Sky Racing 2.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

It was a big night of feature racing in Hobart on Saturday night with the meeting headlined by the Group 2 Ladbrokes Tasmania Cup. The race was won by the John Nicholson-trained Bullys Delight, who survived a double protest for the win after connections of the second placegetter The Shallows, and the third placegetter Lip Reader, exercised their rights to protest after reviewing the steward patrol films on several grounds, with stewards dismissing both protest. Those trackside also saw one of the best mares in Australasia in Our Princess Tiffany take out the George Johnson in front of a packed house at Ladbrokes Park Elwick. Hobart race again on Friday night before the big Australian Female Drivers Championship in Launceston on Sunday evening. The Stars John Nicholson – has been a regular at Tasmanian harness racing carnivals over many years and he tasted success in the states premier race with Bullys Delight and the Tasmanian Derby with the well-bred Alby Two Chains, who he also drove. Nicholson has invested in the Tasmanian product many times by purchasing horses out of the state, including Mi Coconut, the dam of Bullys Delight. Dean Braun – is another that has been a regular at the state’s carnivals, and although things didn’t go to script with Willie Go West in the Tasmania Cup, he was able to leave the meeting with a treble. One of the best mares in this part of the world Our Princess Tiffany showed her class with an easy win in the George Johnson, while Annerie won at her first start since arriving in the country from New Zealand in the Group 3 Tasmanian Oaks. Braun also prepared Jaffa Josh to victory in the Eric Reece Memorial Final. Anthony Butt superbly drove all three winners. Juanita McKenzie – produced a brilliant training performance with seven-year-old entire The Aussie who won the Henry Pullen Memorial. Driven by Ricky Duggan, The Aussie was first-up since June 2019, and the trainer had the pacer spot on for 2.6-metre victory. Jordan Chibnall – notched up another win for the Team Teal Promotion when Deadly Assassin scored in the Des And Kay Logan Memorial. Chibnall has relocated to the state to take up a position with leading trainer Ben Yole, with Saturday’s win her first since relocating to the state. Tasmanian Trotting Club – should be congratulated on the outstanding job they did on Saturday night, which saw one of the largest crowds in recent years attend the states premier race night, with the move to mid-March proving to be a successful one. Multiple Winners Hobart – Saturday evening Dean Braun – training treble; Our Princess Tiffany, Jaffa Josh and Annerie, Anthony Butt – driving treble; Our Princess Tiffany, Jaffa Josh and Annerie, John Nicholson – training double; Bullys Delight and Alby Two Chains, Ben Yole – training double; Artiflash and Deadly Assassin, Rohan Hillier – driving double; Christian Jaz and Raining On Ringo, Tasracing Calculated Sectionals Hobart – Saturday evening Annerie 56.32s, No Spring Secrets 56.74s, The Aussie 56.87s, Our Princess Tiffany 57.10s and Rocknovertime 57.21s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart – Saturday evening Hit’s: Christian Jaz $6.50 into $5.50, Artiflash $4.00 into $3.10 and Alby Two Chains $4.00 into $2.45. Defied The Drift: The Aussie $4.00 out to $9.00 and Annerie $3.80 out to $9.00. Missed: Ozzie Major $5.50 into $4.00, Blackbird Power $5.50 into $3.80, Blame It On Me $15 into $9.50, Tarleton Riley $11 into $7.50 and Momentslikethese $1.40 into $1.20. Trial File Hobart – Monday evening The Paul Hill-trained Rocknroll Turbo is back in the state and was a trial winner in Hobart on Monday night. The Rock N Roll Heaven gelding started his career in the Paul Hill stable before being transferred to the Rohan Hillier stable. From there, the pacer has been well-travelled racing in Victoria and Queensland, where he last raced in July 2020. The winner of 10 races from 24 starts won his trial on Monday in 2m 6.5s, with the last two sections in 31.5s and 29.1s, when coming from last of the three-horse field at the 500-metre point. Other trial winners included; Christian Major (2m 4.7s), Aunty Bessy (2m 7.4s), Iden Miss Lucy (2m 4.3s), Rocknroll Nitro (2m 5.0s) and Big Bang Raj (2m 7.8s). Week Ahead Friday: Hobart stage a six-race card that commences at 18:08, the meeting will be shown on Sky Racing 2 and TasracingTV. Saturday: The Group 2 Melton Plate sees Tasmanian-owned Max Delight go around where he has had no luck with the barrier draw, drawing outside of the front row. Another horse who has had no luck with the barrier draws is Ignatius who will contest the Group 3 J. E. Binskin Free For All at Menangle. Sunday: The best female drivers from around the nation will be in Launceston for the 2021 Australian Female Drivers Championship to celebrate the end of another successful Team Teal promotion. Matt Reid and Jacob Bevis will head up hosted TasracingTV coverage, while Brittany Graham will host the action on Sky Racing as well as an extended coverage on the Sky Racing Active app. Race one will be shown on Sky Racing 2, with the remainder of the card on Sky Racing 1. The meeting commences at 17:21. Monday: Trials will be held in Devonport from 17:30.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

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