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The Launceston track was on fire last Sunday with many fast times recorded including a slick mile rate by Roger Ramjet in the free-for-all to be just outside the track record for the 2200-metre distance. North-West coast trainers played a strong hand at the meeting with Shelley Barnes, Paul Ashwood and Steve Davis recording wins. Old Beach trainer Paul Hill continued his good run with a training double. There was a Tasmanian link in the Group 1 Australian Pacing Gold Fillies Final at Menangle in Sydney on Saturday night with the winner Soho Nolita being out of Tasmanian bred mare Pixel Perfect. Pixel Perfect will now be a leading contender for the Australian Broodmare of the year award for this season as she is the dam of two other Group 1 winners this season in Soho Tribeca and Carlas Pixel. This week the Four-year-old Sires Stakes finals will be held in Devonport in the twilight zone on Friday before the preludes of the Elderslie Horse Care Sweepstakes for two-year-olds in Hobart on Sunday. The Stars Ricky Duggan – had a brilliant night in the sulky in Launceston last week with a driving treble including a 10/10 drive on Out To Strike. Shelley Barnes – has her team of horses going well in recent weeks including a training quinella with Mister Last and Yatsenyuk Leis. Roger Ramjet – brilliant performance first up from a spell when he recorded a mile rate of 1:57.35 for the 2200-metre journey which was only .05 of a second outside the track record held by Lanercost and Melolyn. Paul Ashwood – another north-west coast-based trainer whose team is performing well of late and he added another win to his season tally with Offthetopofmyhead who won his fifth race of the season courtesy of a brilliant drive from Rohan Hillier. Jack Laugher – last season’s leading junior driver in Tasmania who is now based in Victoria flew home for a quick visit and was in the winner’s circle with Mach Three two-year-old filly Karalta Felesha who is trained by his father Michael. Multiple Winners Launceston – Sunday Ricky Duggan – driving treble; Feelin Dusty, Out To Strike and Streitkid Paul Hill – training double; Feelin Dusty and Streitkid. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Launceston on Sunday. Modern Ruler 56.05, Stryker 56.23, Chirac 56.26, The Aussie 56.34 and Isaac 56.45. View the sectionals across the Eight-races here. Tasracing Official Price Launceston  Hits: Mister Last $2.40 into $2.25, Feelin Dusty $2.50 into $2.30. Defied The Drift: Offthetopofmyhead $3.00 out to $4.00, Out To Strike $4.80 out to $5.50, Artarama $3.90 out to $4.80, Streitkid $3.00 out to $3.40. Missed: Mister Lennox $3.90 out to $3.30, Lead Singer $6.50 into $5.50. Black Booker The Aussie This Juanita McKenzie trained pacer has plenty of class about him as we have seen with his five wins this season but it was very hard to ignore his fast finishing sprint in Launceston on Sunday when third behind Offthetopofmyhead. Settling one-out and five-back from his second-row draw driver Rodney Ashwood was able to gain a three-wide cart up over the final 1100-metres of the race. The Aussie was slightly inconvenienced passing the 400-metre mark when the horse he was following broke free of interference and when he gained clear racing home he flew home in the quickest last quarter of the race of 27.95. The Tasracing Calculated Sectionals recorded The Aussie being 13.4-metres behind the leader and second place getter Mister Magic Man at the 400-metre mark and he was only 5.7-metres behind the winner Offthetopofmyhead which shows the ground he made up. Watch the replay here. Trial File Hobart on Monday There were two trials for two-year-old’s in Hobart as they continue their preparation before the rich two-year-old races and there wasn’t much between them on times. The Rodney Ashwood trained and driven filly Spoilt Sport was able to find the lead in her trial before handing up to take a trail on the back of Resurgent Storm. At the business end there was a head between them in favour of Spoilt Sport in a mile rate of 2:00.4. Enterprising Milly trialed up to her good debut races start winning her trial by a head in 2:00.5 and was driven in the trial by Ricky Duggan. Other trial winners included; Don’t Pass Im Fast (2:04.4), Gipsy Treasure (2:05.5), Roll West (2:06.4), Origin Tara (2:10.9) and Bayridge Bill (2:05.3) Devonport on Monday The Rod Burgess trained Claire MacDonald driven Jaminas Joy recorded the quickest mile rate over the seven trials of 2:06.2. The Major In Art mare faced the breeze in the 2297-metre trial and was to good for her rivals winning by half a metre over Franco Hammond. The other six trials were won by; Resolute Ruler (2:11.2), Maybe Jack (2:06.3), Bettabrown Tiger (2:10.0), Lynniemach (2:07.2), Regal Ashes (2:11.6), Jukebox Music (2:07.4) Week Ahead The Group 3 Maxfield Drilling Raider Stakes Final and the Group 3 Collins Homes Granny Smith Final headline a terrific card of racing at Devonport on Friday. There are no certainties in racing but it does look like the Raider Stakes will be a formality for the Todd Rattray trained and driven pacer Harjeet. The Easter Cup winner in six classes above his nearest rival and has drawn barrier one for Friday’s assignment. Harjeet has won 11-races from his 15-career starts ironically the same win to start ratio at the same stage as Beautide. Victory on Friday will be the eighth win in a row for Harjeet – something that Beautide never achieved. The early fixed odds market sees; $1.04  Harjeet, $10 Usain Jolt, $12 Buster William with the remaining runners at $26 or better. The Granny Smith is a more competitive affair with the prelude winner Resurgent Dream holding favouritism in early markets over El Jays Mystery who finished second in the prelude. Early market; $2.40 Resurgent Dream, $3.30 El Jays Mystery, $4.40 Kaliska Leis and 6.50 Volkova Leis who rounds out those under the $10 quote. The Devonport card will feature a hosted live stream coverage on commencing at 16:00. The Tasmanian Pacing Club will stage eight races on Sunday evening where Smart filly Enterprising Milly will be looking to make it two from two when she lines up in the $10,000 Elderslie Horse Care 2YO Sweepstakes Prelude for Fillies, while Sunny Sanz will look to add to his winning tally in the Colts and Geldings Prelude. Duncan Dornauf

Night One of the harness racing Easter Cup Carnival was run in extremely wet conditions in Launceston on Sunday where Isaac and Harjeet were easy winners of the heats of Tasmania’s richest race of the season. It’s is important to consider the heavy track conditions when assessing the form out of the meeting which included Im Compliant and Dasher Houli continuing their good form of late. It was also a strong day’s racing in Hobart last Friday afternoon where there was a couple of well-supported runners greeting the judge first. This Saturday night sees an outstanding 10-race program for the Launceston Pacing Club’s premier night which has been well supported by trainers and owners with full fields across the night. The Stars Mark Reggett – is having a month to remember with his small team and was rewarded with a weekend double with Do It For Dave in Hobart on Friday and Dasher Houli in Launceston on Sunday. Ricky Duggan – produced two copybook drives on Sunday evening including Isaac in the opening heat of the Easter Cup. Rohan Hillier – out of his last 43 starters as a trainer on the Launceston track alone in the last 12-months, only ten of his stable runners have missed a top-three finish. Hillier didn’t let his strike rate down with a training and driving double last Sunday. Todd Rattray – took driving honours on Sunday with a driving treble. In Launceston for the past 12-months Rattray drives a winner in every 3.9 drives. Multiple Winners Hobart – Friday Rohan Hadley– driving double; Shadow Ross and Sophias Angel Launceston – Sunday Todd Rattray– training and driving double with; Juniper and Harjeet. Driving treble with Dasher Houli. Ricky Duggan – driving double; Isaac and Jakes A Joy. Rohan Hillier – training and driving double; Im Compliant and Dufrense. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Hobart on Friday. Washies Chance 57.83, Fortino 58.35, Paint The Wind 58.40, Karalta Demon 58.87, Shadow Ross and The Dip 58.61 View the sectionals across the eight-race program here. And in Launceston on Sunday. Im Compliant 58.34, Juniper 58.37, Usain Jolt 58.52, Isaac 58.74 and Followthewind 58.90. Click here to view all the sectionals from the meeting and when doing so consider the extremely heavy track conditions from the rain in the lead up to the meeting. Tasracing Official Price Hobart Hit: Do It For Dave $3.30 into $2.50 and Washies Chance $2.90 into $2.50 Defied The Drift: Shadow Ross $4.60 out to $6.00, Reason To Grin $3.30 out to $3.90 and Fortino $4.40 out to $5.00. Missed: Striker Jim (5th) $10 into $7.50 Launceston Hit: Jakes A Joy $8.00 into $6.50. Defied The Drift: Johns Legacy $71 out to $81, Isaac $8.50 out to $10 and Dasher Houli $3.90 out to $4.40. Missed: Queens Advocate $5.50 into $4.60 and El Jays Monza $17 into $13 Black Booker Buster William It was a tough night to assess the form going forward due to the track conditions but there was a lot to like about the run of Buster William. From barrier two on the second-row driver, Mark Yole kept driving forward to settle in the one-out one-back trail until the horse that was racing in front of him worked to the lead resulting in him racing outside the leader for the final mile. Working to the lead at the 700-metre mark Yole attempted to outsprint his rivals over the final 250 metres and was still in front till the final 10-metres when talented five-year-old Im Compliant put the nose in front to defeat Buster William for the second start in a row. I acknowledge Buster William is already the winner of six races from 24-starts but there is a win in him very shortly. Watch the replay of Sunday’s race here. Trial File Devonport on Monday Three trials were staged at the Devonport Showgrounds on Monday where the Shelley Barnes trained Mister Last recorded the quickest winning mile rate of the night in 2:03.7 when winning a combined two and three-year-old trial. Mister Last is a gelded son of Washington Vc and was driven by Paul Ashwood who scored by half a metre over Maybe Jack with 29.5-metres back to the third placegetter, Kaycee. The other two trials were won by Selling The Dream (2:08.3) and Chirac (2:06.0). Week Ahead The $75,000 Group 2 Easter Cup is the richest harness race in Tasmania for the 2017/18 season, and like always the cup has brought together an open and competitive field. Harjeet has opened up the short price favourite at $1.65 over the other heat winner Isaac at $5.50 with Star Chamber and Lets Elope on the next line in betting at $10. Stagger Lee, Mister Lennox and Queens Advocate round out those that are under the $20 quote. The 10-race program gets underway way at 18:22 on Saturday with Tasracing’s hosted live stream coverage  commencing at 17:55. Duncan Dornauf

It was a massive week on the Tasmanian harness racing scene with last week's meetings being held in primetime twilight slots on Friday and Saturday. In Hobart on Friday, the 2014 Tasmania Cup winner Star Chamber bounced back into the winner's circle for the first time since May 2016 with a dominant win in the Metropolitan Cup. The action then headed to the country place of pace at Carrick Park where Call Her Julie was too strong for her rivals winning the 2018 Carrick Park Pacing Cup for Oatlands trainer-driver Matthew Cooper. Meanwhile, Semowillrev (pictured) outstayed his rivals in the Tasmanian Country Championship for the three-year-olds as he continues his path to the Tasmanian Derby on April 8. Hannah Van Dongen registered the states first win in Tasmania for Team Teal when partnering Cemento Rapido to victory. The Team Teal promotion runs through until March 11 when the inaugural Australian Female Drivers Championship will be held in Launceston. The action this week kicks off in Hobart on Friday evening while the Devonport Harness Racing Club will stage four $12,000 feature races on their nine-race programme on Sunday evening. The Stars Matthew Cooper - enjoyed his biggest win in the industry when he trained and drove Call Her Julie to victory in the Carrick Park Pacing Cup. The Lombo Pocket Watch mare sat outside the leader to record her sixteenth win and her seventh since being in Coopers Oatlands based stable. Semowillrev - Commenced his Tasmanian Derby preparation with one of his toughest wins in the Tasmanian Country Championship when he was out three wide for the final 1200-metres to win untroubled by 12 metres. Bianca Heenan - prepared Star Chamber for his first win since May 2016 when her stable star defeated a class field in the Metropolitan Cup in Hobart. Blackjackhanover - the Campbell Watt trained pacer enjoyed dropping back in class with a tough win in a C5 to C7 Pace in Hobart. Troy Hillier - recorded his 100th win in the sulky when he partnered Illegal Immigrant to victory in Hobart. Multiple Winners Hobart - Friday Kent Rattray - training Double; Karalta Moondance and Triple Aitch Fella. John Walters - driving Double; Karalta Moondance and Triple Aitch Fella. Ben Yole - training double; Arrived In Time and Jeans Mattjesty. Carrick Park - Saturday Gareth Rattray - driving double; Cardinal Art and Semowillrev. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Hobart on Friday. Chilla Breeze 56.96, All Style Sammy 56.98, Sheer Strength 57.21, Isaac 57.22 and Star Chamber 57.23. View all sectional data from the meeting here. And from Carrick Park on Saturday. Midair Meltdown 59.21, Semowillrev 59.35, Vinnie Toretto 59.41, Cardinal Art 59.70, Mary Jill and To The Rescue 59.72. View all sectional data from the meeting here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart Hit: Triple Aitch Fella $7 into $6. Defied The Drift: Lockaway Kacie $11 out to $13, Arrived In Time $8 out to $12, Bettabrown Tiger $1.55 to $1.75, Jeans Mattjesty $21 to $26. Missed: Optimus Bart $6 into $5, Riverboat Jasper $6.50 to $5.50. Black Booker Bobby Direct Was having his first start since joining the Kent Rattray stable after two unplaced runs in regional Victoria. From barrier one the Mach Three gelding settled behind the leader before weaving into the clear around the home corner before working home to finish third. There is no doubt Bobby Direct still has a little bit more to learn as he did race greenly in stages, he is a horse I believe we can keep an eye on in upcoming non-winner's races. Watch the replay here. Trial File Devonport on Monday The Melissa Maine trained Tisu Spirit recorded the quickest mile rate of the five trials ran in 2:05.8. The American Ideal gelding recorded back to back wins in August, was having his second trial back this preparation. Tisu Spirit worked to the lead early and scored in Monday's trial by 15-metre over Miss Superbia. Winners of the other four trials held were; Jaminas Joy (2:07.0), Reactor Mac (2:12.9), Heavenly Rock (2:06.1) and Border Cross (2:06.8). Week Ahead American Ideal filly Ideal Bliss will be looking to register her fifth win at start seven when she lines up in the opening race in Hobart on Friday at 16:50. The Paul Hill trained pacer will be having her first start in 75-days and hasn’t been sighted since her win on December 10 when she was too strong defeating Vouvray Beach by 5.8 metres. Despite drawing barrier five on the second row over the 1609 metre journey for Friday’s assignment, Ideal Bliss does look a class above her rivals. There is plenty of feature racing in Devonport on Sunday evening including the final of the Allen Williams Memorial where Smithton owner-breeders Trevor and Marjorie Leis will be hoping for success in the race with one of their two runners in the race Volkova Leis and Karpenkova Leis. Volkova Leis won the opening heat in Devonport on February 2, trained by Shelley Barnes the Bettors Delight mare will be driven by Gareth Rattray in Sunday’s $12,000 final. The other runner in the race for Trevor and Marjorie is the Todd Rattray trained and driven pacer Karpenkova Leis who broke her maiden status when winning a heat of this race in Launceston on February 11, the Somebeachsomewhere filly has a horror draw to overcome starting from outside the second row. The first of nine races on Sunday gets underway at 17:34. Duncan Dornauf

The strength of Tasmanian Harness Racing was on display at the Mowbray Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday evening. Australasia’s fastest two-year-old from last season, Ignatius, remains undefeated in Tasmania when winning the opening race on the programme which was his last start in the state before continuing his New South Wales Derby preparation in Sydney. Last season’s Tasmanian Derby runner-up Harjeet was another dominant winner from the Todd Rattray stable showing that he will be a major player in the upcoming four-year-old classics during the season. Call Her Julie appreciated a drop in class after contesting the Hobart and Devonport Pacing Cups and was a tough win in the C4-C5 Pace. While Isaac (pictured) and Gotta Go Henry proved they are horses to keep an eye on in upcoming races with dominant wins. Heats of the Harry Holgate Memorial were also staged at the Launceston meeting with Super Max, El Jays Mystery and Sea Double Ugrant all recording dominant wins ensuring the final will be a race not to be missed on Sunday week. This week Harness Racing kicks off at the Devonport Showgrounds on Friday evening with a combined meeting with the North West Greyhound Racing Club. In Hobart on Sunday the $12,000 New Norfolk Pacing Cup headlines the seven-event program. The Stars Hillier Brothers – Rohan and Troy Hillier drove three of the nine winners between them at Launceston on Sunday evening. Troy was the first Hillier to get a win on the board when he trained and drove Gotta Go Henry to victory. Rohan then chimed in with a double aboard El Jays Mystery and Washmepockets who was having his first start in his care. Matthew Cooper – does an excellent job with his small team and was rewarded with a dominant win by his honest mare Call Her Julie. Juanita McKenzie and Rodney Ashwood – combined with Isaac who was first up from a spell to again continue their good form in recent months. Tony Petersen – very rarely heads down the Midland Highway to his Mangalore base without going home empty-handed. On Sunday he went home with a heat of the Harry Holgate Memorial after the win of Super Max who was only having his second start since joining his stable. King Island Racing Club – the curtain came down on another successful season for the KIRC. Graeme Keeleywas the leading trainer for the 2017/18 Season while Wayne Hamer was crowned the leading driver for the season.   Multiple Winners King Island – Saturday Graeme Keeley – training double; Princess Of Troy and Regmondo. Launceston – Sunday Todd Rattray – training and driving double; Ignatius and Harjeet. Rohan Hillier – driving double; El Jays Mystery and Washmepockets.   Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Launceston on Sunday.
 Sea Double Ugrant 55.63, Ignatius 56.41, Streetside Classic 56.47, Isaac 56.49 and Modern Ruler 56.57. View all Tasmanian sectional data here.   Tasracing Official Price Launceston Hit: El Jays Mystery $4.00 into $3.20 Defied The Drift: Call Her Julie $5.50 out to $7.50 Missed: Major Callum $10 into $8.50   Trial File Hobart on Monday Recent free-for-all winner Remember Joe recorded the quickest mile rate of the night of 2:00.6 when winning a C2 and better class trial by 6-metres over Jaccka Art. Other winners included recent winner Reason To Grin (2:09.1), Mister Lennox (2:03.9), Jackson Neptune (2:07.2), Ruby Mays Shadow (2:06.6) and Inner Light (2:08.3). Devonport on Monday Two trials were staged in Devonport with the winners being Flashy Ruler (2:10.7) and War Dan Star (2:06.8). Week Ahead It will be a feast for punters at the Devonport Showgrounds on Friday evening with 17-winners to be found. The North West Greyhound Club will stage an 8-event programme while the Devonport Harness Racing Club will stage a 9-race card. There will be plenty of interest in the first heat of the time honoured Allen Williams Memorial final with five of the eleven acceptors finishing in second placing in there last two starts. Heats of the Allen Williams Memorial will be held across the state with $12,000 Final to be staged in Devonport on February 25. In Hobart on Sunday the New Norfolk Pacing Cup headlines an excellent night of pacing where a number of past country cup winners will do battle in the $12,000 feature including; Full Speed Ahead who dead-heated for first in the St Marys Cup before winning the Scottsdale Cup, Hez The One who won the Burnie Cup two starts back, Fortino the winner of three country cups last season including the New Norfolk Cup. Also contesting the race is last season’s Ulverstone Cup winner Poker Storm and 2016 Meander Valley Cup winner Modern Ruler. Duncan Dornauf

Riverboat Jasper’s win in the Hardings Hotmix Devonport Cup was one of many highlights of a massive 10-event harness racing program at the Devonport Showgrounds on Sunday evening. First up for inform trainer-driver Mark Yole the gelded son of Riverboat King was able to outstay his rivals after leading up the three-wide line for the final 900-metres. Also in Devonport on Sunday last season’s star two-year-old Ignatius returned to the track for the first time as a three-year-old for an effortless win in a slick 27.8 seconds final quarter. This week the final meeting of the King Island racing season will be staged on Saturday before the action turns to Launceston on Sunday. The Stars Mark Yole – after winning the Burnie Cup earlier this month with Hez The One, Yole made it a North-West Cups double as a trainer and driver with Riverboat Jasper who was first up in his care in the Devonport Cup. Yole also recorded a driving double on the program winning the final race with Ken Two Stars. Ignatius – easily accounted for his rivals when winning first-up from a spell on Sunday, his last half mile was recorded in 57.5 seconds. Paul Ashwood – was able to take out the Dash For Cash with Sultan Fella after a patient drive along the fence. Ashwood made it two winners for the week as a trainer and driver with a top drive aboard Offthetopofmyhead in the final event of the day in Hobart on Wednesday. The mile rate of 1:50.0 was the quickest of the four 1140-metre races held on the day. Conor Crook – continued his terrific form this month with another win in Hobart in the open race on Wednesday with Manwiththeeski. Multiple Winners Devonport – Sunday Mark Yole – driving double; Riverboat Jasper and Ken Two Stars. Hobart – Wednesday Ben Yole – training double; Manwiththeeski and At West Point. Todd Rattray – driving double; Hayleys Comet and Dasher Houli. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Devonport on Sunday. Ignatius 57.50, Krafty Boy 58.87, Sea Sky 57.90, Laid Back Kenny 58.05 and Queens Advocate 58.17. View all starters sectional data from the meeting here. *Sectionals from Hobart on Wednesday was  unavailable at time of publication. Tasracing Official Price Devonport Hit: Nances Delight $2.60 into $2.50, Hamna Shida $3.10 into $3, Metro Digby $3.60 into $3.50 Defied The Drift: Sultan Fella $11 out to $14 Missed: Mon Poppy Polly $17 into $14 Hobart Hit: Manwiththeeski $7 into $6 Defied The Drift: Reason To Grin $4.80 out to $6 Missed: Ideal Fella $26 into $12 Black Booker Lockaway Kacie This Paul Williams trained and driven pacer settled in last position of the eight-horse field when contesting the Derrico Cycles Mares Incentive Pace in Devonport on Sunday evening. She was the only runner in the race to make up ground over the final 500-metres of the race to finish in third position behind the winner Nances Delight who led all the way, with the second place getter El Jays Mystery sitting outside the leader for the majority of the race. Watch the replay here. Trial File Carrick Park on Monday The quickest trial of the evening was for horses assessed 3C0, who had first use of the track. The trial was won by Betterthancheddar filly Betterthanlife who led all the way to win by a short half head over Bettabrown Tiger in a bunched up finish with only 11 metres separating the first seven place getters. The mile rate of 2:05.5 was two seconds quicker than any other trial on the night. Other winners included; Karalta Moondance 2:08.3, El Jays Monday 2:08.4, Ideal Karalta 2:07.6, Heavenly Rock dead-heated with Barooga Jezza (2:08.0) and Sea Double Ugrant (2:09.7). Week Ahead Ignatius will continue his preparation for next month’s New South Wales Derby. The gelded son of Roll With Joe has drawn barrier two on the second row in the opening event of the program that will be run over 1680 metres and is set down to jump at 17:55. On Saturday afternoon the King Island Racing Club will stage their final meeting of the season with two harness races to coincide with the five thoroughbred races. Duncan Dornauf

Jeremes Jet gelding Hez The One was certainly that when he took out the $12,000 Burnie Harness Racing Club Cup on Sunday. Settling about 30 metres from the leader after half a lap, trainer-driver Mark Yole positioned Hez The One one-out and four-back when the field bunched up after the first circuit was completed in the 2789-metre event which is just on four and a half laps of the Wivenhoe Showgrounds. Yole commenced a three-wide move with a lap and a half to travel but had to restrain when he was forced four-wide momentarily before Yole was able to quickly gain a threewide trail. Destreos has only one win to go to become only the third pacer in Australian Harness Racing history to bring up a century of wins, after the 14-year-old registered his 99th win in Launceston on Friday evening. Driver Gareth Rattray took the gelded son of Astreos straight to the lead in the 2200-metre event from barrier six, and was able to hold off a late charge from Remember Joe to win the $8,100 race by a head. Also in Launceston on Friday evening we saw the running of the $15,000 Keith Stanley Debutante Stakes. The action-packed race was won by the Kent Rattray-trained and John Walters-driven Sunny Sanz. This week Harness Racing in Tasmania heads to the Devonport Showgrounds on Sunday evening for the running of the 2018 Hardings Hotmix Devonport Pacing Cup, the action will then head to Hobart on Wednesday afternoon. The Stars Mark Yole - added the 2018 Burnie Harness Racing Club Cup to his resume after he prepared and drove Hez The One to victory in the $12,000 feature on Sunday night. It was the Jeremes Jet gelding's third start in the state after Yole picked the pacer out of a claiming race in South Australia early last month for his stable clients. Destreos - the Ken Rattray-trained warhorse now only has one win to go to crack the ton after an all the way win in Launceston on Friday. The 14-year-old gelding who has now been racing in Tasmania for five months. Gareth Rattray - not only did he partner Destreos to his 99th win on Friday, Rattray was able to drive four winners across the weekend, the multiple state drivers premiership winner is now only four wins off the lead in this season's title. Sunny Sanz (pictured) - the gelded son of Sportswriter couldn't have been more impressive when winning Australia's first two-year-old race for the 2017/2018 season the Keith Stanley Debutante Stakes on Friday. Sunny Sanz defeated the heavenly backed Cool Water Paddy by 35-metres. Multiple winners Launceston - Friday Gareth Rattray - driving double; Ready To Fire and Destreos. John Walters -driving double; Sunny Sanz and Padabing Stride. Todd Rattray - training double; Taurisi and Hayleys Comet. Barrie Rattray - driving double; Taurisi and Hayleys Comet. Burnie - Sunday Gareth Rattray - driving double; Hot Shot Bonnie and Artarama. Ben Yole - training double; Long Ago and Artarama. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Launceston on Friday. Remember Joe 56.45, Illegal Immigrant 56.70, Washies Chance 57.19, Fernco Bobby G 57.21 and Modern Ruler 57.30. View all starters sectional data from the meeting here. Tasracing Official Price Launceston Hit: Frankie Falzoni $11 into $9 Defied The Drift: Sunny Sanz $1.55 out to $2.35 Missed: Jeans Mattjesty $5.50 into $4.20 Burnie Hit:Sign Of A Tyne $4 into $2.80 Defied The Drift: Jeanette Barry $3 out to $3.20 Missed: Karalta Delux $12 into $8.50 Black Booker Resurgent Dream This American Ideal mare drew outside of the front row over the 1680-metre journey in Launceston on Friday evening. Driver Natalee Emery restrained the filly looking for a position to slot into soon after the start of the race, unfortunately there was no room to slot into but when Emery got the pacer to near last position she was then able to gain a trail in the three-wide line over the final 1000 metres of the race to only finish 11.6 metres from the winner. The Tasracing Calculated Sectionals recorded her last half mile in 58.38 seconds which was the quickest last half mile outside of the winner in the race. Watch the replay here. Trial File Hobart on Monday Six trials were staged at in Hobart where The Aussie recorded the quickest mile rate of the night when winning a C2 and better standing start trial over 2090 metres. The American Ideal gelding won his trial by 25 metres over his only other rival, Hit The Lights who was the early leader. The Aussie is trained by Juanita McKenzie and was driven in the trial by Rodney Ashwood. Other winners on the night included; Isaac (2:03.5), Still Hungover (2:08.1), Rock The Casbolt (2:05.4), Vouvray Beach (2:06.7), The Aussie (2:05.4) and Usain Jolt (2:04.7). Devonport on Monday The Brett Jaffray-trained and driven Pliskova Leis continued on her winning way at the trials after winning in Burnie the week prior. The daughter of Lis Mara recorded a mile rate of 2:11.0 when winning her 1930-metre trial by a half neck over Maybe Leilani and Pure Love. The other two trials on the night were won by Guesstamate (2:03.7) and Tinas Time (2:10.7). Week Ahead The Hardings Hotmix Devonport Pacing Cup headlines the harness racing scene in Tasmania this weekend. An even field has been assembled for the $30,000 feature that will be ran over the marathon 3020-metre journey. Only three north-west trained pacers will contest the race including the Shelley Barnes trained Chief Destroyer who comes in the race off a last start fifth placing in the Burnie Cup. The other north-west coast trainer in the race is Steve Davis who will train last year's runner-up Black Centurian and Modern Ruler who is one of four horses that will share the 10-metre handicap row. Davis is one of four trainers in the race to have two horses accepted in the race with Matthew Dwyer being represented by Queens Advocate and The Majority, Rohan Hillier has Solid As A Rock and Dapper Dana while Juanita McKenzie prepares Remember Joe and the second emergency for the race Isaac. Other feature races on the night include the $12,000 Derrida Cycles Mares Incentive, $12,000 Kevin Redpath North West Plate Final, $12,000 Jeremy Rockliff MP Costal Pacing Thousand and the $8,100 Tasfreight Dash For Cash. The Devonport Pacing Cup meeting will feature a hosted live stream coverage on with an in-depth coverage on each race commencing approximately 15-minutes prior to scheduled start time. Harness Racing will then head to Hobart on Wednesday afternoon for "Sprint Day" where all races are to be run over 1140-metres or 1609-metres. Fields for the meeting will be released on Friday afternoon. Duncan Dornauf

Victorian-trained pacers dominated the Tasmania Cup harness racing program in Hobart on Friday. Major Secret was too strong for his rivals in the Triple M Hobart Tasmania Cup giving his Ballarat-based trainer Emma Stewart her second win in the state’s premier race after winning it back in 2007 with Manwarra Goforgold. The state’s premier mares’ race, the Crown Lager George Johnson, also headed back to Ballarat when Milly Perez gave her trainer-driver Michael Stanley his second win in the race. This week harness racing heads back to the country circuits with harness racing at Carrick Park on Sunday, and racing on the grass at both St Marys and King Island on New Year’s Day. The Stars Sidney Van Den Brande – drove a brilliant race on Major Secret to win the state’s premier race, the Group 2 Triple M Hobart Tasmania Cup, on Friday evening. The Belgium-born driver who has worked in a number of countries including France, Sweden, Holland and Americas allowed Major Secret to settle midfield early before working around the field with two laps to travel to find the lead and from that point on he was never in doubt. Michael Stanley – another trainer-driver to cross Bass Straight and pitch another feature race in Tasmania with Milly Perez in the Crown Lager George Johnson. It was the first time that the Four Starzzz Shark mare had started since joining the Stanley Stable. Daryl Bates – hobby trainer who enjoyed success on the state’s premier night with Streetside Classic in the Tasmanian Labor Eric Reece Memorial Final. Charlie Castles – after having his first drive in Launceston on December 3, the Devonport teenager registered his first win in the sulky on boxing night with an all the way win on the Ben Yole trained Franco Hammond. Multiple winners Hobart – Friday Todd Rattray training and driving double; Taurisi and Harjeet Devonport – Tuesday Ben Yole training quartet; Miss Costalot, Four Smart Aces, Liv Lavish and Franco Hammond Rohan Hadley driving double; Paint The Wind and Liv Lavish Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from Friday’s action in Hobart. Major Secret 56.60, Queens Advocate 56.63, Illegal Immigrant 56.83, No Spring Secrets 56.91 and Ready To Fire 56.97. And from Tuesday’s action in Devonport. Washies Chance 57.96, Jeans Mattjesty 58.41, Liv Lavish 58.50, Dodgermemate 58.53 and Dellas Command 58.69. View all Tasmanian sectional data here Tasracing Official Price Hobart Hit: Harjeet $2.35 into $2.10 Defied the Drift: Streetside Classic $7 out to $10 Devonport Hit: Franco Hammond $2.70 into $2.40 Defied the Drift: Miss Costalot $4.60 out to $8.00 Black Booker Courageous Katee This Dick Eaves-trained pacer took on the best mares in the state when she tackled the George Johnson in Hobart on Friday. Driver Christian Salter positioned the daughter of Courage Under Fire four back along the peg line and elected to drive for luck when the short price favourite Milly Perez found the lead. Salter was able to work one position wider around the home corner before finding clear racing room halfway down the home straight where she hit the line well to finish in third position. Friday’s race was effectively a C1 – C13 assessed race that included a M7 performer, so Courageous Katee will appreciate dropping back to a C2 – C3 event at Carrick Park on Sunday. Watch Friday’s run here  Trial File Carrick Park on Saturday Six trials were staged at the ‘Country Place of Pace’ on Sunday morning with the Troy Hillier trained and driven Gotta Go Henry recording the quickest winning mile rate of the morning in 2:06.4 at his second trial in the state since being claimed from Victoria. The Gotta Go Collect gelding defeated Safari Rose by eight metres. Last season’s quickest two-year-old, Ignatius, stepped out for the first time this season when winning a 3C0 trial by eight metres over Bettabrown Tiger with Mister Last 25 metres away third in a mile rate of 2:10.7. Slow mile rates were the order of the morning with other winners on the session recording slow times including; Albayzin (2:12.2), Sunny Sanz (2:09.8), Stuckfast (2:14.9) and Good Feelings (2:08.6) Week Ahead Sunday twilight harness racing returns this week with a bumper 10-race program at Carrick Park. The club is getting right behind Destreos, who is chasing his 99th win with a lot of giveaways on track. There is also a colouring in competition and the opportunity for the general public to get up close and personal and get a photo of the Ken Rattray-trained pacer. The feature race on the program is the Maxfield Drilling Meander Valley Cup which has brought together a competitive field including Hafter who won at the track four starts ago and Rockin An Runnin who was defeated a neck in Hobart on Friday and was a winner the start prior, are both amongst the winning chances. The meeting will include a hosted live stream on commencing with a trackside preview at 15:12. The 10-race card will also be telecast across the channels of Sky Racing with races 1 to 3 and races 6 and 10 currently listed on Sky Racing 2 with races 4 & 5 currently listed for Sky Racing 1. The St Marys Pacing Club will stage their annual race meeting on New Years Day with an eight-race card. The feature race is the $12,000 Southern Cross Television St Marys Pacing Cup where the Rohan Hillier trained and driven Solid As A Rock will be looking for his fourth win in succession including a brilliant win in Hobart on Friday, while the Shelley Barnes trained Chief Destroyer will be hoping to go one placing better in the race after being defeated a half head in the 2017 edition of the race. There will be no off-track betting and no off-track broadcast of the St Marys meeting, meaning punters wanting to have a bet and anyone interested in watching or listening to the meeting will have to be trackside at the St Marys Paceway. Replays will be available after the race meeting at Also on New Year’s Day the King Island Racing Club will stage their premier day that features the running of the $3,500 King Island Pacing Cup. Trainer Peter Jakowenko has a two-pronged attack in the race with Lildudewifattitude and 2017 cup winner Another Cee Bee. By Duncan Dornauf

History was created last Sunday at Luxbet Park in Hobart when Shadow Storm and Rohan Hillier flew up the Roberts Bridgewater Sprint Lane to become the first harness racing combination to win. It was only the second meeting that the sprint lane had been in operation since being reintroduced. The previous sprint lane was removed from the Royal Hobart Showgrounds in the early 90’s. One of our newly adopted locals, Destreos was inducted into the Queensland Harness Racing Hall of Fame on Sunday evening. Known around Ken Rattray’s stables as “Dexter”, the star pacer has brought a lot of positive social media attention to the local racing scene and is only four wins away from reaching a century of wins. Like last week, a number of races in Launceston on Sunday are heats into finals for the horses that will be driven by Australia’s best drivers on Yabby Dam Racing Australian Drivers Championship night in Hobart on October 28. The Stars Ricky Duggan – drove two smart pacers to victory on Sunday in Hobart. His first win was aboard the well-supported debutante Streitkid for trainer Paul Hill. Duggan then partnered up with Juanita McKenzie to win with Jaks Teller. Mark Yole – was rewarded with a win on Fernco Bobby G, who has been racing very well of late. Ken Rattray – broke through for his first win since relocating back to Tasmania with Tuxedo Max in Devonport on Friday. Ben Yole – once again dominated the weekend with six winners across the two meetings held in the state. Black Booker Flying Wingard This Badlands Hanover entire was having his first start in the state since crossing Bass Straight to join the stables of Marc Butler. After drawing outside the front line driver Kristy Grant restrained the pacer back to the tail of the field. With a number of horses failing to improve theirposition over the final lap. Grant had to pull Flying Wingard out seven wide turning for home and the pacer let down with a fast finishing burst to finish in third position. Watch the replay here Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Devonport on Friday. Jeans Mattjesty 58.74, Im Born To Rule 59.30, Liv Lavish 59.56, Hafter 59.59, Heza Rummage 59.65. Hobart on Sunday. Devendra 56.10, The Dip 56.52, Fernco Bobby G 56.60. Outside of race six; Our Pacquiao 57.46, Flying Wingard and Full Speed Ahead 57.76. View all Tasmanian sectional data here. Trial File Hobart on Sunday Thatswhatshesaid was able to lead all the way to win the trial prior to Sunday’s race meeting. The Taylor Ford driven mare recorded a time of 2:00.0 for the 1609 metre trial. Watch the trial win here. Carrick Park on Monday Promising three-year-old Semowillrev made light work of his 3C0/C0 trial when he led all the way to win by a big margin in a mile rate of 2:01.2 for the 2150-metre event. Other trial winners from the session were Jane Grant (2:08.8) and Buster William (2:04.4). Week Ahead Without a doubt the headline race in Launceston this Sunday will be the Impress Print Stakes which features Tasmania’s best pacers at present. Destreos is still searching for his first win in Tasmania and will no doubt be more suited to the mobile start conditions as will Devendra who recorded the quickest last half mile of the meeting in Hobart last Sunday. Fernco Bobby G who won the discretionary in Hobart last Sunday has come up with barrier two, while Dapper Dana and Im Born To Rule who are both racing well without winning coming up with barriers one and three respectively. The Steve Davis trained Modern Ruler is first up since May and has not been seen at the trials this campaign. The race is set down to be run at 20:33, with the first of nine races to get underway at 17:48. Meanwhile one of the states Inter Dominion hopefuls Pachacuti will line up in a free-for-all at Menangle on Saturday Evening. Last season’s Tasmanian Horse of the Year has been transferred to the Sydney stables of James Rattray. Rattray has been enjoying a great run of success in recent weeks including a training double on Tuesday at Menangle with Tasmanian owned, Glenenise (1:53.6) and Tasmanian bred and owned, Rykov Leis (1:51.9). Also on Saturday evening Tasmanian owned and bred Resurgent Spirit will be chasing his first win in Victoria when he lines up in the $30,000 Swan Hill Cup. If the emergency fails to gain a start the winner of over $194,000 will start from the pole position. He will be driven by former Tasmanian Alex Ashwood. Duncan Dornauf

WHEN a harness racing horse notches five consecutive wins there is a little bit of fanfare, but when the fifth comes about three years after the fourth it is makes for an amazing story! Hesa Prospect returned to racing in Launceston last Sunday night after spending almost three years recovering from a tendon injury which surfaced following his fourth win in succession as a two-year-old. After capturing the $30,000 Dandy Patch Stakes the gelding was being hailed a potential star, but two wins later, he suffered the leg injury. “He injured his tendon in his nearside foreleg after his last win as a two-year-old,” trainer Bill Dornauf said. “I’ve made a couple of previous attempts to get him back to the racetrack but have had to pull the pin. This time around I’ve just been following the advice of my brother Ian, who probably should be credited with the training, not me. “He had a good horse in Melbourne come back from a similar injury." Given the long, agonising road back to the races, Dornauf is not taking the comeback win for granted. “We just have to see how he pulls up after this race,” Dornauf said. Hesa Prospect was driven by Dornauf's son Duncan, who made an attempt to lead, but after being caught three-wide, eased out of the early action to settle in the one-out, one-back position. Taken there-wide along the back straight, Hesa Prospect quickly dashed to the front before scoring by two-and-a-half metres from the fast-finishing Billy Khan, with Mailie Rosa a head away third. Hesa Prospect is part-owned by Dornauf and his long-term stable client and good friend Doug McKillop, who has bred and owned some of the best pacers to step foot on a Tasmanian track. PETER STAPLES

YOUNG Tasmanian harness racing reinsman Duncan Dornauf celebrated his biggest win in the sulky when he partnered talented three-year-old filly Miley Rose to victory in the $30,000 Bullock Consulting Bandbox Stakes over 2200 metres at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday night. Miley Rose ($5.80) proved too strong for odds-on favourite Faithful Gabby ($1.50) in a close finish and it gave prominent owner-breeder Doug McKillop another feature race win. Miley Rose was quick to leave the mobile and had no trouble leading but Dornauf was content to let Faithful Gabby (Gareth Rattray) roll to the front 1400m from home to give his charge a cushy run on the favourite's back. Faithful Gabby, that had won four of her previous five starts going into the bandbox final, travelled comfortably to the home turn but Dornauf always had his filly breathing down Rattray's neck. When Rattray released the deafeners at the top of the home straight his filly shot clear but Dornauf was able to get the most from Miley Rose and she gradually erased the margin and went on to grab victory in the last few strides. Itswhatilikeaboutu (Christian Salter) came from last to run third but 20 metres from the first two placegetters with the judge unable to separate Tania Maree and Jane Grant for fourth.  By Peter Staples    

Tim Yole and Samantha Freeman ended up squaring the BOTRA Novice Driver Series in Launceston on Sunday night. Yole took a five-point lead into the final two heats of the series over Freeman and Lyarna Graham but the best Yole could manage from his only drive was a third aboard Helen Wheels in heat five and he was restricted to a mandatory six points in the final heat as he didn't have a drive. Freeman had to win the last heat to square the series and she had no trouble in guiding long odds-on favourite Mickwillrev to an effortless all-the-way win to earn maximum points (16). It was Freeman's second win in the six-race series. Matthew Howlett finished third with 53 points courtesy of a win aboard Robyn Scherbotsky in heat five that put him in a winning position going into the last heat but he could only guide Little Jethro into fifth place in a field of seven. Final standings after six heats: 56 - Samantha Freeman and Tim Yole. 53 - Matthew Howlett. 48 - Lyarna Graham and Kristy Grant. 44 - Duncan Dornauf. 41 - Braden Howlett. 36 - Shane Boon. 33 - Nicholas Brockman. 29 - Adrian Collins. By Peter Staples

Tim Yole retains a handy lead following another two heats of the BOTRA Claiming Novice Drivers series at Devonport last night but two of the state's leading female drivers are hot on his heels. Despite not winning a heat Yole snared second in the fourth heat of the series aboard Animi Sub Ignis and as he did not have a drive in heat three earlier in the night he was allotted six points in accordance with the conditions of the series. Any driver who misses a drive through insufficient starters or through a scratching is awarded six points. Yole won a heat on the opening night of the series in Hobart last Sunday to earn 16 points and his other drive finished fourth to earn seven points to give him the lead with 23 points after the first two heats. He leads Lyarna Graham and Samantha Freeman who has accrued 34 points. Freeman won heat four with a clever front-running drive aboard Apple that she also owns and in heat three she drove Gottalovefridays into third place. Graham partnered Kinda Cute As into second lace in heat three last night and she didn't have a drive in heat four. Braden Howlett put himself into contention by winning heat three aboard Barrys Best to take his tally to 29. The winner of the series is determined on a points score basis with 16 points awarded for first; 12 for second; nine for third and seven for fourth reducing by one through to one point for last place (10th). The series concludes with two more heats in Launceston on Sunday night. Points tally after four heats:   41 - Tim Yole. 34 - Lyarna Graham, Samantha Freeman. 31 - Matthew Howlett. 29 - Braden Howlett. 27 - Krysty Grant. 26 - Duncan Dornauf. 24 - Shane Boon. 23 - Nicholas Brockman. 20 - Adrian Collins. By Peter Staples    

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

TALENTED young harness racing drivers Alex Ashwood and Dylan Ford produced only the second tie in the 28-year history of the Bullock Consulting Youngbloods Challenge series at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday night. The only other tie was shared by Tammy Mollross and Tamra Fawdry in 1998. It was a thrilling finish to the series with Ashwood holding a six-point lead going into the final heat. Ford partnered Livia Degerolstein into second place in the last heat to earn enough points to draw level with Ashwood who guided Elsudoku into fifth place. Ashwood is now domiciled in Victoria where he has driven 19 winners this season and is earning a reputation as one of the most promising young reinsmen in that state. Ford has gone from strength to strength since he acquired his driver's licence talking out the novice driver's premiership in Tasmania last season. He is on his way to achieving that feat again with 28 winners so far this season that also places him sixth on the overall drivers' premiership table. Ford also has just returned from NSW where he finished second in the 2014 Australasian Young Drivers' Series held in conjunction with the Inter Dominion. Justin Howlett ended the series by winning the final heat aboard Chopstix Boris for Beaconsfield trainer Rohan Hillier. Final points tally for the 2014 Youngbloods Challenge series: 46 - Dylan Ford, Alex Ashwood. 41 - Matthew Howlett. 39 - Duncan Dornauf. 35 - Nichols Brockman. 34 - Justin Howlett. 33 - Lyarna Graham. 32 - Samantha Freeman. 27 - Braden Howlett, Brady Woods. By Peter Staples

THE popular Bullock Consulting Tasmanian Youngbloods Challenge continues at Devonport tonight with the second round of heats of the six-race series to be staged on the seven-race card. Dylan Ford and Duncan Dornauf share the lead on 23 points going into the third and fourth heats tonight and Ford could hand rival driver Nichols Brockman a winner as Ford trains Cooked Books that has drawn gate three in the first of tonight's two heats while Ford will drive outsider Inner City for Northdown trainer Geoff Smith. There is not a lot of solid form around the eight runners but Cooked Books was an improved second at his most recent outing and would be hard to beat of Brockman can urge him to find the front. The second heat also comprises eight starters and it would be an ironic result of Dornauf can win on the Dylan Ford-trained Stareeshar that has drawn gate four on the front line. But the favourite should be the Scott Woods-trained Jane Grant (barrier three) that has won its past two and will be driven by Victorian-based Tasmanian reinsman Alex Ashwood. The Youngbloods Challenge series is open to all Tasmanian drivers who are aged under 23 years at the start of the 2013-14 season. Tasracing has selected 10 drivers to contest the series, Alex Ashwood, Nicholas Brockman, Duncan Dornauf, Dylan Ford, Samantha Freeman, Lyarna Graham, Braden Howlett, Justin Howlett, Matthew Howlett and Brady Woods with Taylor Ford the emergency. In races where there are less than 10 starters those drivers whop do not gain a drive will be awarded six points in accordance with the rules of the series. The final two heats will be run in Launceston on Sunday night. By Peter Staples

Duncan Dornauf and Dylan Ford share the lead after the first two rounds of the Tasmanian Youngbloods Challenge that began at the Tasmanian Pacing Club meeting at Tattersall's Park in Hobart on Sunday night. The Youngbloods series is for drivers under the age of 23 at the start of the 2013-14 racing season and it has been sponsored by Bullock Consulting for the past 14 years. Dornauf won the opening heat aboard long odds-on favourite Ramplestiltskin for Beauty Point trainer Rohan Hillier with the remaining heat taken out by Ford aboard Ektoras for the Barrie Rattray stable. They both finished fourth in their other heats. Dornauf sent Ramplestiltskin straight to the lead in the opening heat and ensured a solid tempo. The daring tactics paid off with the gelding holding on to score by a narrow margin from I Am Mister Red (Alex Ashwood) with The Matthew Howlett-driver Elsudoku over six metres away third but well in advance of Ford's charge Karoola Town. But Ford made the most of partnering the odds-on favourite in the remaining heat that had only six starters. Ektoras worked hard early from his wide front row draw but eventually found the lead and from there on the end result was never in doubt. Ektoras scored by almost two metres from Helen Wheels (Nicholas Brockman) with Samantha Freeman's charge Cardinal Art only a metre astern. In the case of a race having less than 10 starters in a heat, the drivers who miss a drive will be awarded six points which is in accordance with the rules of the series. The winner is will be determined on a points-score basis with 16 points awarded for first, 12 for second, nine for third, seven for fourth and then a reduction of one point for each subsequent placegetter down to one point for tenth. The Youngbloods series comprises six heats with the next round of heats to be run at Devonport tonight (Monday) and the final two heats will be run in Launceston next Sunday night. Points tally after two heats: 23 - Duncan Dornauf and Dylan Ford. 18 - Alex Ashwood. 16 - Nicholas Brockman. 15 - Matthew Howlett and Samantha Freeman. 10 - Justin Howlett. 9 - Lyarna Graham. 8 - Braden Howlett. 7 - Brady Woods. By Peter Staples

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