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Tasracing has today announced the drivers for the 2019 6ty° Youngbloods Challenge with ten upcoming drivers having been selected for the series. The six-race series will be held in Devonport on 29 November, Hobart 8 December and Launceston on 13 December, with two heats to be staged at each venue. In an added bonus for owners and trainers to support the series, all race are penalty-free meaning that all winners will not receive a national rating penalty. It will be the 20th running that 6ty° (previously known as Bullock Consulting) has been the naming rights sponsor of the states premier junior drivers series. Drivers competing in this year's series are: Hannah Van dongen - finished in tenth position on the states drivers premiership last season with 24 wins and 38 placings and the Carrick based driver has already started the 2019-2020 season well recording six wins and nine placings. Van dongen’s biggest win to date has been the 2019 Burnie Cup aboard the Ben Yole trained Perfect Mach. Taylor Ford - will be out to follow in the footsteps of her father Phillip who is a past winner of the series. Ford registered 18 wins last season with a further 25 placings to her credit to finish in third position on the states female drivers title. Lachlan Dakin - had his first race drive in March 2018 before driving his first winner in August that year aboard Goggo Gee Gee.  Dakin, who works for trainer Todd Rattray has shown continued improvement in the sulky which seen him drive six winners last season, with a further two wins added to his tally this season. Ben Woodsford - hails from New Zealand and had been gathering experience in Australia from several leading stables before finding his way to Tasmania earlier this year. Woodsford had his first race drive at Menangle in May 2016 aboard Big Bang Penny who gave him his first winner at Newcastle in August 2016. He has driven a total of 37-wins through his career including two victories this season on Rocket Blaster. Charlie Castles - is continuing a strong family tradition into the industry and is the sole north-west coast based competitor in this year's series. Castles drove four winners last season but found himself amongst the placegetters on 25 occasions. Georgia Hayward - is still chasing her first winner in the sulky but she has shown in recent drives that her first win isn’t too far away. The Scottsdale reinswoman has gained valuable experience through trainer Kent Rattray and she has also spent many months in the past working for dual Inter Dominion winning trainer James Rattray at his New South Wales stables. Andrew Freeman - is a relative newcomer to the sport only having his first race drive this year aboard Mighty Spark in Burnie. His first winning drive was on the Ben Yole trained Hez The One in Hobart in April. Matthew Howlett - is the most experienced driver in the series with 68-wins and 169 placings to his credit since his first race drive in November 2012. Howlett set a Youngbloods Challenge record when he became the youngest driver to win the series at 16 years and seven months winning the series in 2013 while also claiming the title in 2016. Samantha Freeman - recorded her first win in July 2013 and has found the winners stall first on a further 27 occasions. She dead-heated for first in the BOTRA Claiming Novice Drivers series in 2014. Justin Howlett - drove his first winner at his very first race drive on Rock And Run in Hobart in June 2008. A talented concession driver in his time Howlett has elected to take a back seat and allows his brothers Matthew and Braden do most of the driving for their father Chris. Wade Rattray (First Emergency) - started his driving career in June 2014 and registered his first win a month later in Hobart on Divas Delight for his uncle Barrie. Rattray won the series in 2015. Previous winners of the Youngbloods series: 1986 Richard Housego and Leigh Dornauf, 1987 Scott Ford, 1988 Leanne Barker and Nathan Postlethwaite, 1989 Darren Jacobson, 1990 Darren Withers, 1991 Tammy Mollross, 1992 Tammy Mollross and Tamra Fawdry, 1993 Tammy Mollross, 1994 Darrin Denny, 1995 Phillip Ford, 1996 Matthew Dwyer, 1997 Phillip Ford, 1998 Heath Szczypka, 1999 Nathan Garwood, 2000 Nathan Garwood, 2001 Nathan Garwood, 2002 Andrew Rawlings, 2003 James Rattray, 2004 James Rattray, 2005 Brendan Gebel, 2006 James Austin, 2007 Mark Yole, 2008 David Medhurst, 2009 Todd Rattray, 2010 Amy Crossland, 2011 Todd Rattray, 2012 Jaimie-Lee King, 2013 Matthew Howlett, 2014 Alex Ashwood, 2015 Wade Rattray, 2016 Matthew Howlett, 2017 Jack Laugher, 2018 (June) Brady Woods, 2018 (Nov) Conor Crook.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Gary Hall Jnr claimed Western Australia’s first Triple M Australian Drivers Championship win in Hobart last night. Hall Jnr was able to record a driving double and two placings across the seven-race series to score a 14-point victory over Tasmania’s Mark Yole with Darby Mcguigan a further three points away in third. Here is how the night unfolded.         Heat 1 Western Australia’s Ryan Warwick was able to pick up maximum points in the first heat when he scored on the Todd Rattray trained Wandary Muscat, from inside of the second row Warwick ended up four-back along the marker pegs before weaving his way through the field to use the sprint lane over the concluding stages to record a 1.5-metre win. “It just worked out well, obviously the moving line slowing down the back (straight) was a good thing and was able to get a good trip,” said Warwick post-race on Tasracing’s Live Stream. Heat 2 Darby McGuigan was able to do the right thing by favourite punters aboard Cool Water Paddy who started the shortest-priced favourite of the night at $1.65. The Juanita McKenzie trained pacer worked forward early to find the lead at the 1500-mark and was too good late to record his fifth win in a row by 5.2-metres over the second elect Sheza Bettormak with Thomas Burns a clear third. “He seems like a nice horse and from his replays I watched he looks a nice horse, he was a beautiful horse to drive, he just settled so easy and when I asked him to go he went which is the sign of a good horse,” McGuigan said. “He seems like a versatile horse and he reeled off some good sectionals there and I think he will be able to mix it with the metropolitan horses at Melton,” added the winning driver. Heat 3 This was an action-packed heat with short price favourite Awayandrideyouself looming up looking a chance in the home straight but unfortunately for favourite punters and Queensland’s Pete McMullen the sulky seat became detached causing McMullen to be dislodged from the sulky, McMullen was cleared by the Medical Edge Staff for his remaining drives, and no harm was caused to Awayandrideyourself who was quickly caught by the clerk of the course Zane Medhurst. The heat was won by Tasmania’s Mark Yole aboard the Paul Hill trained gelding Streitkid, pushing through from the second row Streitkid was able to sit one-out and two-back before peeling three-wide with 350-meters to travel and was too good in the straight to defeat Hafter by 3.4-metres with Rowley back in third spot. “He has done a good job this horse, the quick tempo and a nice sit certainly told up the straight … I have got to give credit to trainer Paul Hill, he said to follow through on the back of Rowley and see if you can get some cover and as it turned out it gave us a beautiful sit and things worked out from there,” explained Mark Yole. Heat 4 Was the first win for Gary Hall Jnr when he drove the Chris Howlett trained Iden Forest to a half neck victory. Regular Tasmanian harness racing followers will know that Iden Forest has the ability but his manners early and his poor manners has let him down on several occasions in the past. Hall Jnr pushed forward to race outside the leader and after being headed by Hear The Call in the home straight, Iden Forest was able to rally back for his second win of the season over Hear The Call and Betterthanfetta. “We did a lot more than I wanted early but he could have had it easy on himself to get to the front but I had trouble getting the best out of him, to his credit he kept rolling the same speed all the way … he has done a really good job to hold the swoopers late, its a good thing he has a bit of size about him,” said Hall Jnr after the win. Heat 5 Koolaz Elvis was an unlucky second in Launceston last week yet slipped under the guard of punters starting as an $11 chance in a competitive rating 70 to 84 event. Gary Hall Jnr, driver of Koolaz Elvis worked forward to find the lead and allowed the gelded son of Courage Under Fire to stride along in front in quarters of 29.5s, 30.1s, 28.7s and 28.4s for the quickest mile rate of the night of 1m 57.3s. “The boys said I could take a sit if I wanted and were happy to leave it up to me if the right one came around, and he (Yatsenyuk Leis) probably was the right one but he wanted to take charge a little bit and I was happy to let him do what he wanted in front and to his credit he boxed on real well late,” said Hall Jnr after his second win of the series. Heat 6 The Ray Pullen stable has been going well in recent weeks and that continued with six-year-old mare Gipsy Treasure who recorded back-to-back wins in heat six. Driver Todd McCarthy took the race favourite straight to the early lead and gave nothing else a chance to defeat El Jays Blu by 1.9-metres with Blue Eyed Creation some 11.8-metres away third. “She was terrific, we had to do a little bit to get around and then we were lucky enough to get a few cheap quarters and she fought them off well in the finish,” said McCarthy after the event. Heat 7 South Australian Ken Rogers was able to test success in the final heat of the championship aboard the Heath Woods trained pacer The Shallows. Rogers got straight off the inside to sit one-out and three-back before leading up the three wide line from the 1000-metre mark, before putting the foot to the floor at the 600-metre mark to record a 4.7-metre win over Vouvray Beach with Our Percius back in third spot. The win completed a hattrick of wins for the lightly raced gelded son of Shadyshark Hanover who looks to have a bright future ahead. Final point score Gary Hall Jnr (WA) 77, Mark Yole (TAS) 63, Darby McGuigan (VIC) 60, Ryan Warwick (WA) 58, Todd McCarthy (NSW) 53, Danielle Hill (SA) and Kerryann Morris (NSW) 51, Ken Rogers (SA) 49. Pete McMullen (QLD) and Kerryn Manning (VIC) 47, Narissa McMullen (QLD) 42 and Ricky Duggan (TAS) 28.   Duncan Dornauf for tasracing.com.au

Tasracing, Harness Racing Australia and the Tasmanian Trotting Club are delighted to be hosting the sixth running of the Triple M Australian Drivers Championship at Ladbrokes Park Elwick in Hobart on 9 November. It will be the third time that the series will be held in Tasmania. Two drivers are selected from each state’s controlling body that will contest a minimum of six heats on the night. Tasracing has been able to secure Sky Racing 1 Coverage of the meeting that will be staged in the premium Saturday night time slot. Sky Racing 1 will also feature an on-course hosting with Brittany Graham live trackside. The meeting will have extended coverage on TasracingTV’s Live Stream. Past winners of the Australian Drivers Championship include 2018 Todd McCarthy (NSW), 2017 Chris Alford (VIC), 2016 Wayne Hill (SA), 2015 Grant Dixon (Qld) and 2014 Peter McMullen. McCarthy, Dixon and McMullen will all take part in this year's series. The drivers selected for this year's championship are: Tasmania Mark Yole Ricky Duggan Victoria Kerryn Manning Greg Sugars New South Wales Todd McCarthy Lauren Tritton Queensland Grant Dixon Peter McMullen South Australia Dani Hill Ken Rogers Western Australia Gary Hall Jnr Ryan Warwick Tasracing and the Tasmanian Trotting Club have organised a host of on course activities for the spectacular night of racing with more information, including dining packages being able to be found on the Go Racing Tasmania website. Tasmania will also be in the national spotlight the day prior with Harness Racing Australia hosting their Annual General Meeting in Hobart. Full rules on the championship are available here.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Iden Forest has caused many headaches for many people in his 31-start racing career, and last night in Hobart the gelded son of Major In Art showed what he is capable of when he registered his third career victory in the Triple M Hobart Pace, but the win wasn’t all smooth sailing as trainer Chris Howlett reflected after the win “He had a gear failure tonight, the lugging pole got attached to the bit, he locked up on the outside which didn’t give Mathew (Howlett, driver) any control, he is bad enough as it is so we didn’t need that happening,” said Howlett Iden Forest ($7.50) was out of position by approximately half a length when the starter released the field to settle one-out and four-back before working to the spot outside the leader from the 1200-metre mark The gelding was inclined to lay in significantly around the corners but when he balanced up in the home straight he put the field away to score a 5.8-metre victory in a mile rate of 2m 3.1s It was only the second time in 16-starts that Iden Forest has been placed on the Hobart track “He has been frustrating for everybody, not only for me but the trainer’s before,” said the trainer who also acknowledged the work of Paul Williams before Iden Forest arrived in his care Iden Forest has been out of the draw for his past three starts and unfortunately for connections the horse has to be drawn out the back again for a few more starts “He races best when he is up on the speed and tonight he would have been back in the draw if it wasn’t for the gear malfunction early, unfortunately, we will have to put up with being out of the draw for a few more starts,” Howlett said after last night’s win The five-year-old has shown ability in his racing career but if he continues to deliver going forward the trainer has one concern “He just lacks some high speed which may hurt him when he gets up in grade,” the trainer explained The pacer was bred and part-owned by Elliot Booth, who has had interest from interstate to purchase the pacer “There has been some interest for him on the mainland but I will leave that decision in the owner’s hands,” said Howlett Punters were cashed up after the second event on the card when Koolaz Elvis was backed in from $8.00 to start the $3.20 favourite. The gelded son of Courage Under Fire put the writing on the wall at his start prior in Launceston where he settled in the back half of the field and was doing his best work late to finish fourth to Similan Beach in a fast last half. Since that effort, Koolaz Elvis joined the stables of Conor Crook who also took the drive in last night’s event where he was able to settle on the back of the leader, before working into the clear at the top of the home straight to score by a half head Talented four-year-old Cool Water Paddy continued on his winning way when he led all the way to score first-up from a spell in a slick mile of 1m 56.7s Another horse to continue on their winning way was One Yankee Ginga in the trotters event while Ryley Major was too quick late for Call Me Hector in the free-for-all.   Duncan Dornauf

Lightly raced five-year-old mare Brystabella has caused plenty of headaches for her connections during her 14-start career but they are starting to be rewarded for their patience when the Sutter Hanover mare recorded her fourth career win in the Tasmanian Veterinary Services Pace in Hobart on Sunday night. The Paul Ashwood-driven pacer settled one-out and six-back and would have been a good 60 metres off the leader at the 1200-metre mark. Brystabella raced three-wide over the final 1100 metres and proved too good late to score by 7.1 metres in a career-best mile rate of 1m 56.6s. “She was along way back and Paul said she could have gone a little bit better so that was good to hear,” said trainer Ray Pullen after the win. The winner of over $30,000 in prize money earnings has had a history of over racing in her races and the trainer is now believing he is getting on top of that. “I changed a bit of gear on her this week and it seemed to suit, so hopefully we have her under control now,” said Pullen. “She is a good mare when she’s on song, but some days she just pulls too hard,” the trainer added. Pullen is hoping that Brystabella can continue to develop going forward but he has no major plans going forward. “I won’t back her up this week as she had a tough run in Launceston last Wednesday as well, but I will just plan her week to week and try to pick out a few mares races if we can,” he said. Pullen only has four horses in his care but is hoping to build up to six soon, a number that he will be happy with. Paul Ashwood trained the winner of the Go Racing Tasmania Pace when he and concession driver Hannah Van Dongen continued their winning combination once again with Krafty Boy. Van Dongen took the five-year-old entire straight off the inside from her second-row draw to settle one-out and five-back before gaining a three-wide trail over the final 1100 metres of the race. Krafty Boy went on to win by one metre over the fast-finishing Pink Ponder in a mile rate of 1m 59.9s. Oatlands trainer-driver Matthew Cooper was hopeful that Call Me Hector may have been able to gain another track record, and the gelded son of Art Major missed out by 1.3s when they recorded 1m 57.6s in the Hobart Signwriters Pace. Cooper took the $1.16 favourite straight to the lead and scored by 9.2 metres over Star Chamber and No Spring Secrets. Ifbutzandmaybes scored at odds of $21 in the Ladbrokes Park Elwick Pace, courtesy of a fence hugging drive by Paul Hill. Another long priced win of the Early Quaddie was the Ben Yole trained, Mark Yole driven, Black Ops in the Triple M Hobart Pace, the eight-year-old entire went around at odds of $41 from barrier seven and weaved his way through the field to cause the biggest upset of the night. In the Crown Lager Pace, the Thomas Jackson trained Finn Mac Kee led all the way to register his 10th career win. The Paul Hill driven eight-year-old will no doubt be a contender during the upcoming Country Cup Carnival. Underwood trainer Heath Szczypka travelled down the Midland Highway with only one runner on board and he didn’t go home empty-handed with Bounty Eyre finding the winner’s circle first after running placings at his last three efforts in the Rexel North Hobart Claimer. There were three claims in the race with Im Barney Rubble, Karalta Dazzler and Stylish Trend all finding new homes. The Adrian Duggan trained four-year-old gelding Sacramento Sun won his first race at his seventh race track appearance in the Robert Sprint Lane Pace courtesy of a copybook drive by Ricky Duggan.   Duncan Dornauf

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

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

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

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

For the second meeting in a row, Tasmanian harness racing has gone ahead in heavy fog that left Sky Channel viewers virtually in the dark for many of the races. Sky commentator Colin McNiff described the visibility in Hobart on Friday night as the worst he had experienced in 40 years of race calling. And, Shane Yates resorted to giving a news update to fill in the gaps during one of his calls at Mowbray on Sunday night as horses continually disappeared from his view. However stewards and drivers were satisfied that visibility on the track itself was sufficient for racing to proceed safely. And, the fog didn't slow the horses down with Courageous Katee rating a smart 1:58.7 while easily winning the McKillop Insurance Stakes. It was her 10th career win and the fastest time she's recorded over the 2200m trip. Driver Adrian Collins took Courageous Katee to the lead at the bell and defied the opposition to catch him. They couldn't and the Dick Eaves-trained mare scored by 8m. Punters were on the ball in the Impress Print Pace when the well-backed Inner Light led all the way to beat Call Her Julie and Im Compliant. The winner firmed from $3.40 to $2.60 to displace Im Compliant ($3 to $4.20) as favourite. Scooterwillrev returned from a 13-month layoff to lead all the way in the TAB Racing Centre Pace. Trainer-driver Craig Hayes said the talented four-year-old had been sidelined by a tendon injury. Understandably, he got tired late but snuck home in a three-way photo. By Greg Mansfield Reprinted with permission of The Examiner

The Kent Rattray trained Colby Sanz took the latest step in his bid for success in next week’s Tasracing Dandy Patch Final with an awesome victory in the Series Prelude in Hobart on Friday night. Stable driver John Walters, confident he was driving the best horse in the race, made his move from third last to find the breeze outside Kosimo at the mile marker. “John could see the horse in the death was hanging back a little so he went forward and controlled the tempo,” said Kent. “John sensed the front-runner Kosimo was mixing his gear at the 600-metre mark and attacked for the lead but couldn’t cross so he eased again and waited until turning for home, while Kosimo was game in defeat John was confident Colby Sanz (pictured) could put his head in front when it counted and he did.” Speaking on Saturday from his Lietinna property Rattray was delighted with the way his team pulled up from their Hobart trip. “We had three runners in the Prelude, Colby Sanz and Rockandahardplace have cleaned out their bins while Jimi Sanz usually takes a day or so to fully recover, they are all out running around in the paddock, healthy and happy so that’s the main priority,” Kent said. “While Colby Sanz took the honours in the Prelude I’m not writing off the prospects of Jimi Sanz and Rockandahardplace in the final, I don’t think there is much between them and the draw will be all important come the final.” Top filly Blame It On Me continued her winning run, taking out the Tasracing Evicus Preludewith a powerful finishing burst to boosting her record to five wins from six outings. The Doug Nettlefold trained Big Jim – Shake Me Up star moved into the three-wide train at the bell at the expense of Vonns Angel and when switched on by Nat Emery at the top of the stretch put her rivals to the sword with a powerful finishing burst.   Shane Yates

I Wanna Rock is finally back in the winner's circle after a sensational victory in Hobart in Race 2 on Sunday night. Owner, trainer and driver Sam Rawnsley was rewarded for his hard work and persistence with his former star juvenile (pictured) coming back from a two-year injury lay-off to produce the goods when it mattered in the TAB Park Elwick over 2090 metres. "I'm rapt he's been able to come back from such a serious injury and perform the way he has, two years off is a long time, he has an x-ray file at the Longford Vet Clinic as thick as a log," said Sam. "We got away well from the second row and was able to find a spot two back in the running line, he travelled beautifully from there and I knew if he could get the run at the right time he had the finishing sprint to worry them." Moves came at the bell but Sam resisted the urge to go with them, electing to hold his place. "There was a chance to come out in front of Miracle Marcus at the bell but I knew they had been running along up front so I decided to bide my time and wait for the effort to take its toll on them," said Sam. "I eased out four-wide going to the 400-metre pole and he travelled up sweetly into the home turn, I never really asked him for much in the run to the post as he had the momentum up and had them covered, I loved the way he laid his head down and chased the leader, it was very rewarding to see and feel him so strong." Like Friday night the evening's honours were evenly shared, Christian Salter trained and drove the first winner Burningupthefloor while Shaun Kennedy and Justin Campbell joined forces to salute the judge with Delightful Junie. Matt Cooper's well-supported Call Me Hector clocked a mile rate of 1:57.6 to beat a smart field by 6.6 metres with the Todd Rattray and Lachlan Dakin combination putting a smile on punters faces with Izaha strolling home to victory. Blackbird Power made it back-to-back wins for Gavin Kelly and Ricky Duggan while Yatsenyuk Leis made it five wins from its last six starts for Shelley Barnes and Rohan Hadley.   Shane Yates for tasracing.com.au

TASMANIANS will be keen to claim Max Delight as one of their own, or at the very least acknowledge his local connection, on Sunday night. Although prepared in Victoria, the David Aiken-trained youngster is owned on the Apple Isle by Michael Maxfield, who purchased the son of Bettors Delight at the Australian Pacing Gold Sale. As such, Max Delight is heading across Bass Strait to tackle the state’s Derby in Hobart. The Blue Riband is part of a sensational card which includes the Pacing Cup, Trotters’ Cup and Oaks. “Michael wanted him to come down to try and win the local Derby,” Aiken said. “He will head over on the boat this arvo and get there in the morning. “With Menangle on Friday night this week Todd McCarthy will make the trip down to drive him.” McCarthy combined with Max Delight to capture the New South Wales Derby at Tabcorp Park Menangle a fortnight ago. While he was among the outsiders in the Group One, Max Delight is a short-priced favourite this time around after drawing to lead throughout from barrier two. “He came through his Sydney runs in great shape,” Aiken said. “I gave him a couple of light days after that and he has been working up nicely since. “He’s drawn well and will be pretty hard to beat.” To be given another short break following this weekend’s assignment, the colt is poised to return to the scene of his Group One triumph later in the season. “He will have a little freshen up after the Derby,” Aiken said. “He is New South Wales-bred so the Breeders’ Challenge in June will be his next main target. “I’ll see what I can find in between as a lead-up to that series.”   APG Media

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

Resurgent Spirit returned home from Victoria to storm to victory in the second heat of the Triple M Tasmania Cup on Sunday night at TAB Park Elwick in Hobart. The American Ideal-Resurgent Star eight-year-old returned to the scene of a number of his former glories as the state’s top Juvenile, to firmly throw his hat in the ring for Tasmania’s Premier harness event on next weekend’s Tasmanian Trotting Club’s ‘Super Saturday’ of racing. Resurgent Spirit, under the care of breeder and owner Roger Whitmore, enjoyed a run of 13 straight wins to begin his career as a two and three-year-old and had won 21 of 30 starts on the track going into last night’s run. Resurgent Spirit now resides in Victoria under the watchful eye of Kate Hargreaves and Alex Ashwood at their Shelbourne stables and returned to Tasmania with the Cup his mission. “It was great to have Resurgent Spirit home during the week in the lead-up to Sunday’s heat and a thrill to watch him race again but Kate and Alex do such a marvellous job with him, we know he’s in good hands, their work ethic is amazing and their attention to care for your horse is second to none, they deserve all the success in the world,” said Roger. “Alex handled Resurgent Spirit to perfection, he told me on Thursday that he wanted the back of Gavin Lang on Sicario and out sprint him late and everything went to script sprinting home powerfully to defeat the top three fancies, Sicario ($2.80), War Dan ($3.80) and Shelby Bromac ($2.30).” Resurgent Spirit flew under the radar in his heat, sent out a $41 chance but is sure to start one of the leading hopes in Saturday’s Final. “Alex is staying the week to ensure no stone is left unturned in the lead-up to the final, he looks as if he has pulled up well and I’m looking forward to taking him down to the beach, we spent a lot of time there together when he was a youngster so that will bring back some nice memories, which makes his win even more special.” Shane Yates

Former Victorian trotter Majestic Ess Jay made an outstanding debut in Tasmania to claim the first heat of the Aldebaran Park Tasmanian Trotting Cup in Hobart on Friday night. The Eric Jacobson-trained eight-year-old gelding (pictured) galloped away and lost an enormous amount of ground at the start and looked to have lost all hope but the veteran of 94 starts had other ideas. "We've only had him over for a fortnight and when I worked him during the week I thought we may have pulled the right rein in leasing him as he felt strong in his action, but when he missed the start so badly and stood up Trumps Golden Boy a good 80-metres I thought our tickets were confetti," said Eric. "Admittedly they went slow up front and he tacked on without expending too much energy and when Ray (Pullen) chose to go round them and find the top with a lap to run my spirits rose a little." Trumps Golden Boy, in search of its fifth straight win for Bianca Heenan, pulled out to issue his challenge inside the 400-metre mark and the race was well and truly on. "Considering the work Majestic Ess Jay ($3.40) was forced to do early I thought we may be in trouble but Ray held him together into the home straight and he went powerfully to the post," said a delighted trainer. "When you take a close look at his recent Victorian form Majestic Ess Jay should have something to offer here in Tasmania, in his last run on the mainland he lost 60-metres in the race where there was a track-record set and the owners said they clocked him running a mile-rate of 1:57.5  to get up and run sixth, 18-metres off the winner." Harjeet ($1.00) waltzed home in the Metropolitan Cup scoring by 13-metres for Todd Rattray who capped off his night with success in the last race with Arthur Elliot winning at its second career outing. Ben Yole landed a race-to-race double with Troy McDonald steering home Hez The One ($15) to its second win for the month while Australian Female Drivers Championship state representative Samantha Gangell lifted the bolter Northview Dave ($21) over the line in the Yak Ales Pace. Favourite punters landed some blows of their own with the Bianca Heenan-trained Swap Me  ($2.50) continuing its great form, Couta Rocks ($1.80) bounced back into the winner's list for Marc Butler while last season's Sweepstakes and Dandy Patch winner Resurgent Storm ($1.40) recorded a stylish first-up win as a three-year-old for Roger Whitmore.   Shane Yates

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