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Reigning premier Tasmanian harness racing trainer Grant Hodges had a relatively slow start to the season but in Launceston last Sunday night (November 4) he made statement that he will be a serious contender for another training premiership in season 2012-13.

Reigning premier harness racing trainer Grant Hodges has earned a reputation for having a keen eye for a potential winner and one of the youngsters he pegged as having that something special showed up at the Launceston Pacing Club's meeting at The TOTE Racing Centre last Sunday night (September 23).

Gallant 7-year-old pacer Our Sir Jeckyl capped arguably his most consistent season by being named Tasmanian Harness Racing Horse of the Year at the official awards function at Country Club Tasmania in Launceston last Saturday night (September 15).

Former Victorian Grant Hodges is firmly established as a trainer in Tasmania and this was again confirmed when he emerged as the state's leading harness racing trainer for the second season in succession. Hodges prepared 78 winners, which was 10 more than last season.

One of last season's better-performed two-year-old pacers Lombo Leonardo made quite an impact at his long awaited return to the track with a brilliant harness racing victory at Tattersall's Park in Hobart last Sunday night (July 30).

Hobart harness racing owner-breeders Charlie and Connie Beadman are no strangers to success but for the past few years they have been limited to removing the dust from the old feature race trophies.

The race for the Tasmanian state driver and trainer premierships is now a non event with Gareth Rattray and Grant Hodges set to take out the respective titles for the 2011-2012 harness racing season.

Friday lunch gave his harness racing rivals a pacing lesson in Hobart last Sunday night with an impressive all-the-way win in the Light Harness Tasmania Pace over 1609 metres.

Talented novice harness racing driver Ben Rossendell has come a long way in a short space of time and his wins at both ends of the state last weekend were testament to the raps that have been placed on the likeable young driver.

Teenage Tasmanian harness racing driver Josh Duggan picked up some pocket money whole visiting family and friends over the Christmas period when he drove a double at the Devonport meeting on Boxing Day night.

One of Tasmania's most improved pacers El Jays Modeena will be given the chance to match it with the best harness racing mares in the state and maybe some interstate stars when she tackles the $20,000 George Johnson mares' feature at Tattersall's Park in Hobart on New Year Day.

Former Victorian harness racing pacer Friday Lunch made an impressive Tasmanian debut at Tattersall's Park in Hobart tonight with a win in a heat of the Eric Reece Memorial over 2090 metres. Friday Lunch faced the breeze for much of the past 12100 metres but made light of the task to emerge triumphant by a head from Prettyboytoby with Shakes Gold over four metres away third.

Last season's top two-year-old colt Lombo Leonardo returned to the winner's circle with a game effort in a 3A0 over 2200m in Launceston on Sunday night (September 25) to possibly earn a trip interstate. Lombo Leonardo began only fairly from a wide gate and was allowed to drift to the rear by his trainer-driver Grant Hodges.

Star pacer Beautide capped a great 2010-11 harness racing season by being named Tasmania's horse of the year. The now four-year-old was crowned at a special gala function at Wrest Point Casino in Hobart last night (Friday) where the Barrie Rattray-trained gelding also was named the state's best three-year-old from last season.

Star Tasmanian reinsman Gareth Rattray finished the harness racing season as he started it with multiple wins that capped another great season to register his sixth successive leading driver title. Winning premierships is not something the 25-year-old sets out to do each season but like his father Barrie, who has won 13 driver's premierships, it just seems to come naturally.

The Detonator will be aimed at a country cups campaign if he emerges from a short spell with the same gusto he has shown this preparation. Leading harness trainer Grant Hodges described The Detonator's latest win at The TOTE Racing Centre last Sunday night as "typical of a horse that always tries to do his best".

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