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CLASSY Tasmanian three-year-old pacer Resurgent Spirit returned to winning form in Hobart this week with an all-the-way victory in a Breeders Crown heat over 2090 metres at Tattersall's Park in Hobart. It was his first run since failing in the $30,000 Globe Derby final in Launceston at the end of last month but he did it with consummate ease. Resurgent Spirit was having his fourth start this time in and made every post a winner with an ell-the-way win over Animi Sub Ignis and Le Premiere. The Roger Whitmore-trained three-year-old equaled Halwes' record of the most number of consecutive wins (13) in Tasmania when he won a C1 in Hobart in March but his winning run came to an end when he resumed from a spell with a third to Estevao in a heat of the Globe Derby. With only that run under his belt he went into the Globe Derby final underdone and that showed when he was forced to work three-wide before being sent up to face the breeze for the last 1400 metres. The gelding understandably weakened to finish sixth but still only 4.1 metres from the winner Chopstix Boris that rattled home from last to win in the last few strides. "Had it not been a $30,000 race I probably wouldn't have contested the race (Globe Derby) but we did and the horse did an exceptional job under the circumstances. "We had a couple of little problems to iron out when he came back into work but the most pressing was him hitting his knee and it took us a while to finally sort it out." "The shoring was changed and when I changed his showed last week they were both worn down evenly on the front so that was pleasing." "He loafed a bit in front at this latest run but he worked home his last half in good time, in fact his last 1200 metres equated to a mile rate of 1.57.7 so I am happy with that effort," he said. Whitmore said a decision on whether or not he takes his stable star to Melbourne co contest the Breeders Crown 3YO colts and geldings semi-final will depend on how he gets through his assignment in a C3-4 in Hobart on Sunday night. By Peter Staples

TASMANIA'S multiple premiership-winning reinsman Barrie Rattray doesn't spend a lot of time driving in races these days but he proved he has lost none of his prowess in Hobart last Monday night. Rattray partnered his three-year-old Ercole to victory in the degree C Pace over 2090 metres for what was the gelding's second career win but it made it two in succession for the gelded son of Grinfromeartoear. Ercole settled at the rear of the field off a steady tempo but Rattray always had him travelling in his comfort zone. When Rattray made his move heading into the back straight the last time he latched his charge onto the back of Ems Choice for a trail and then eased Ercole four-wide to stake his claim. Rocket Seal (Nathan Ford) led and looked to travelling comfortably nearing the home turn but he was swamped in the home straight. Ebabe collared the leader 200m out then she was quickly collared by Ems Choice but that four-year-old was unable to repel the powerful finish of Ercole that went on to win by over three metres. The winner clocked a mile rate of 2m.01.7 with an overall time of 2:38.13. It made it back-to-back wins for Ercole and while he has been one of the lesser lights from the Rattray stable this season he has paid his way and is likely to continue to do so as he progresses through his grades. By Peter Staples

TALENTED Tasmanian harness racing trainer Heath Szczypka pretty much heaved a sigh of relief when his eight-year-old gelding Rorybeebellows scored a game win in division one of the Iris Computing pace over 2090 metres at Tattersall's Park in Hobart tonight. With premier reinsman Gareth Rattray aboard, Rorybeebellows settled near the rear of the field from his inside second-row draw and had to be content to remain there until well into the back straight the last time. Blitzemgamble (Justin Campbell) led from gate two while the odds-on favourite Supa Sunshine ($1.90) was eased to take the trail from the pole position by driver Mark Yole. The driver of Billy Khan, James Austin, was caught three-wide at the back so instead of easing out he pushed forward to set his charge a task facing the breeze. Billy Khan edged clear of the leader 500 metres out but when they straightened for the run home Blitzemgamble (Partywiththebigdogs-Tuatahi Classic) regained the lead but he was unable to hold out Rorybeebellows. Listen to what trainer Heath Szczypka had to say about the win of Rorybeebellows. By Peter Staples

WELL bred Tasmanian two-year-old pacer Boasson Hagen delivered his best to score a narrow but decisive victory in the Dandy Patch (sires stakes) final over 2090 metres at Tattersall's Park in Hobart last Sunday night. Boasson Hagen (x Art Major) was having only his fourth start but had put the writing on the wall with minor placings in a heat and final of the 2YO Sweepstakes series and he was second to the then undefeated Jerrys Jet in their Dandy Patch heat leading up to this race. The Christian Salter-trained and driven colt was urged from the pole position to lead while the unbeaten Jerrys Jet raced at his wheel with Mobi Doc enjoying the run of the race on the leader's back. Salter ensured a modest tempo through the first half while Jerrys Jet's driver Ricky Duggan was content to travel comfortably in the "death" until they entered the back straight the last time where he started to apply the pressure to the leader. When Jerrys Jet drew level in the home straight most were expecting the odds-on favourite ($1.30) to forge to the lead but Boasson Hagen ($4.10) refused to wilt and under strong driving from Salter the colt hit the line a half-head clear. Mobi Doc ($23.40) ran on gamely to hold onto third and over a metre in advance of Fioki. Boasson Hagen is owned and raced by Noel and Marlene Salter who bred the colt from their well-performed mare Allsorosie that has produced six foals to race and all have won. Noel Salter names many of his colts after well-performed professional road racing cyclists and this one is named after Norwegian superstar cyclist Edvald Boasson Hagen who has been a force on the international scene since he turned professional in 2006. By Peter Staples

PACHACUTI produced arguably his best win of the season when he stormed home to win the Red Shed Restoration Barn Pace, a discretionary handicap, over 2579 metres in Hobart on Sunday night. Remember Joe led from the outset and when he kicked well clear turning for home to set up a 15-metre break on his rivals he looked set to cause an upset win. But Pachacuti refused to give in and when he got within five metres of the leader, driver Todd Rattray called on the four-year-old for the supreme effort and under strong driving the gelding slipped into overdrive and got up to win in the shadows of the post. It was a courageous win off a 10-metre handicap and one that pleased his trainer Barrie Rattray. Pachacuti finished second to star NZ three-year-old Bit of a Legend in the 3YO colts and geldings Breeders Crown final at Menangle last season but his form waned so Rattray sent him back to Tasmania. Since returning from NSW where he was prepared by James Rattray, the gelding has won five from six with his only defeat coming in the $30,000 Devonport Cup in which he placed second to stablemate Devendra but lost no admirers with his effort. Listen to what trainer Barrie Rattray had to say about Pachacuti's win and also what he had to say about Beautide's progress. By Peter Staples

STAR Tasmanian three-year-old Resurgent Spirit will make his ling awaited return to racing in a heat of the Globe Derby Stakes over 2200 metres at The TOTE Racing Centre (Race 5) in Launceston tomorrow night Friday). Resurgent Spirit won his first 13 starts to equal Halwes' record of the most number of consecutive wins in Tasmania and he then stepped out in the Tasmanian Derby and had his colours lowered for the first time when third to Outrageous El and Lake Eyre in Hobart. But he bounced straight back with a convincing win in Launceston three weeks later after which his trainer Roger Whitmore opted to freshen him up. Whitmore then admitted this stable star had encountered a problem with brushing his knee but the farrier came to the rescue and last season's two-year-old of the year is back on track. It would be hard to see any of the other six runners emerging triumphant if resurgent Spirit enjoys a trouble-free run in the race. The remaining heat (race 6) looks a match between the Christian Salter-trained Vande Velde and last-start winner Hustler Halo from the in-form Dick Eaves stable. There weren't enough nominations for heats of the Bandbox Stakes for three-year-old fillies but enough to program a Bandbox Prelude (race 2) that boasts a field of 10. It looks an open race on paper but if Tania Maree from the Craig Hayes stable can overcome her outside second-row draw she is the one to beat. Tania Maree has won seven of her 10 starts this season along with two seconds and a third. 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    

Talented Tasmanian four-year-old pacer Pachacuti added another feature race win to his growing list of credits when he outgunned a small but talented field in the Plunkett Family Ascot Gold Cup over 2579 metres at Tattersall's Park in Hobart on Sunday night. Pachacuti is being prepared for another tilt at the Breeders Crown series in Victoria with trainer Barrie Rattray hopeful the Bettor's Delight gelding can go one better than he did in the 3YO series last season. Pachacuti capped his 2012-13 season in Tasmania with a brilliant victory in the $30,000 Globe Derby Stakes in Launceston before heading to Victoria where he made it to the 3YO colts and geldings final of the Breeders Crown by winning his heat and then finished a courageous second to star NZ colt Bit of a Legend in the Group 1 final. Pachacuti won the Horse of the Year crown ahead of his stablemate Beautide that was voted Tasmania's best in the four-year-old and over category. Pachacuti is likely to remain in Tasmania for at least the next six weeks as the Breeders Crown series doesn't get into full swing until August. The heats will be held at Tabcorp Park Melton on August 17. The Consolation will be run at the same venue on August 21 with the final also at Melton three days later. "I guess we'll have to start looking closely at setting dates to travel Pachacuti to Melbourne but I will probably have a better idea of his race schedule leading up to that time by the end of this week," Rattray said. While Pachacuti has continued to improve this time in Rattray also is impressed with the progress of his five-year-old Talk About Dexter that has won three of his past five, the latest in Hobart on Sunday night. Talk About Dexter was sent around a $3.60 chance in the C5-C7 Pace over 2090 metres while his stablemate Rykov Leis was the punter's elect at $2 favourite but the best he could muster was fourth spot to finish over 10 metres in arrears of his stablemate. It was the son of Blissfull Hall's fifth win this season and it probably won't be his last. "Talk About Dexter at one stage looked unlikely to get past trial stage but he has furnished into a very good horse and I am absolutely rapt for his owners Roger and Elaine Topping," Rattray said. "They have been loyal stable clients for a long time and it is so good to see them get a really good one at last," he said. Talk About Dexter has raced 23 times for eight wins and five minor placings for almost $38,000 in stakes. Peter Staples

TALENTED trainer-driver Justin Campbell had to work overtime to get Boltnmach settled in to a training regime when he first arrived at his stables early this year. But once the horse fell into line with his training methods the gelding has gone from strength to strength. In Hobart last Sunday night Boltnmach notched his third win for Campbell since arriving from the Brooke Hammond stable. "We got this horse from Brooke Hammond and he was in good shape when he arrived but he settled in too well and I had to work him hard to get him going." "But he has really come along and now he's the bred and butter horse of the stable," he said. Boltnmach is owned and raced by Campbell's life partner Maree Fasoli who has had a long time interest in harness racing. The five-year-old bay stallion has had 33 starts for three wins (all for Campbell) and eight minor placings for $16.700 in stakes. It was Campbell's first win in the sulky this season. Boltnmach was the first leg of a training-driving double for Campbell who also saluted aboard Damitsam in the Red She Restoration Barn Pace for C1 pacers over 1609 metres. It was Damitsam's first win from five outings this season and he only just scraped into the race as an emergency courtesy of the scratching of I've Got Oomph. By Peter Staples  

Harness racing trainer Tim Maine has always believed last Guy Standing had a future, especially after the gelding finished a game fifth in $30,000 Dandy Patch final in Hobart last season. The gelding was sent for a spell after the Dandy Patch and he resumed racing in January but one run in the gelding was back in the paddock. Last Guy Standing was having his second start in his latest campaign at Mowbray last Friday night and he produced a top effort to win the Cleghorn Farm Stakes over 2200m. "He goes pretty well but he's still very green," Maine said. "He wouldn't go up to the mobile tonight - he just baulked at it - so he's going to be out of the draw now." Despite the horse being put out of the draw in mobile events in the short term, Maine was ecstatic about the win, as the horse is owned Lisa, who also bred him. "It's a well-deserved result for her (Lisa) because she does most of the work with him," the trainer said. Last Guy Standing scored by four metres from Inner City with Odins Call Girl a half-head astern with the winner clocking a mile rate of 2m.05.5s. By Peter Staples

TALENTED four-year-old Tasmanian pacer Pachacuti is heading to the Breeders Crown series later this year and his trainer Barrie Rattray is confident the gelding can realise the goal. Pachacuti notched his third win for the season in the Col Saunders Memorial Brighton Cup over 2579 metres at Tattersall's Park in Hobart last Sunday night. The four-year-old gelded son of Bettors Delight face the breeze for a short while before rolling to the front and he went on to score comfortably from Our Chain of Command and Biggernbettermax. Pachacuti clocked a mile rate of 2m.00.19 and cruised home his last half mile (800m) in 59.7 seconds. Rattray said Pachacuti was doing everything he expected at this stage of his preparation with the Ascot Gold Cup his next mission in Hobart on Sunday. "The Ascot Gold Cup looks a nice race for him so we'll head back to Hobart on Sunday," Rattray said. "But it isn't going to be easy withy his preparation for the Breeders Crown in August because there aren't many suitable races for him in Tasmania in the weeks leading up to the Breeders Crown heats," he said. Pachacuti produced some sensational runs in the 3YO Breeders Crown series last season wining a semi-final at Ballarat before he finished a game second to boom NZ three-year-old Bit Of A Legend in the Group 1 final at Melton. Since he returned from a stint in NSW with Barrie's son James, Pachacuti has won three of his four starts on home soil. By Peter Staples

LIGHTLY raced pacing filly Fawzia delivered the goods in the fillies' division final of the Big Park Sweepstakes in Hobart on Sunday night. With Todd Rattray in the cart the filly trailed the leader for most of the 1609-metre journey before easing out in the home straight to stake her claim. The leader and race favourite Jokers Wild Card looked to be travelling well nearing the home turn but when her driver Gareth Rattray released the deafeners and went for home it opened the door for Fawzia to issue her challenge. Fawzia moved alongside Jokers Wild Card and eventually gained the upper hand with the judges winning margin 1-1/4 metres on the line. Jokers Wild Card battled gamely while Grace Campbell (Adrian Duggan) worked home nicely for third but over five metres astern. Fawzia (x Sportswriter) is trained by Barrie Rattray who also bred the filly from his former handy race mare Public Persecution that probably never realised her full potential because of her attitude to racing. Rattray said Fawzia also has attitude but thankfully not as many unsuitable traits as her mother. Listen to the audio above to what driver Todd Rattray had to say about Fawzia's win. Peter Staples

UNBEATEN Tasmanian two-year-old pacer Jerrys Jet stamped himself as a genuine star when he stormed home to win the $17,000 Big Park Stud Sweepstakes final for colts and geldings at Tattersall's Park in Hobart on Sunday night. It was one of the best performances seen on the Hobart circuit and clearly the best of his age group. Jerrys Jet was worse than midfield in the three-wide train in the back straight the last time and he was still near last and five-wide turning for home. The leader Mister Lennox (Gareth Rattray) kicked clear at the top of the straight and looked to have a winning break but Boasson Hagen and Jerrys Jet knuckled down to their task at the business end of the race. Boasson Hagen (Christian Salter) began his move three-wide at the bell and he was responsible for keeping Jerrys Jet in a pocket when the favourite was trying to get into the three-wide line. Boasson Hagen (Art Major-Allsorosie) was first to issue a serious challenge to the leader in the straight and he looked set to win close to home until Jerrys Jet arrived on the scene to snatch victory in the very last stride. Jerrys Jet (Jeremes Jet-Laagirl) is trained by Paul Hill and owned by his breeders Charlie and Connie Beadman. The win kept Jerrys Jet's unbeaten record from four starts intact and both trainer and owners were ecstatic after the race. The gelding scored by a short half-head with Boasson Hagen and New Zealand-bred Mister Lennox (Changeover-Tuapeka Osprey) dead-heating for second but a protest lodged by Salter claiming interference in the home straight was upheld giving Boasson Hagen outright second place. Jerrys Jet will have a couple of days off and is likely to resume racing in a heat of the Dandy Patch sires stakes series in Hobart next month with the final on July 6. Listen to what trainer Paul Hill and owner-breeder Charlie Beadman had to say about Jerrys Jet's Sweepstakes win. By Peter Staples    

THE confidence of talented young novice reinswoman Taylor Ford has grown enormously since she guided Devendra to victory in Hobart last Sunday week to register her first winning race drive. Ford, 16, is following in the footsteps of her older brother Dylan who is the leading novice driver this season and in only his second year as a licensed reinsman he represented Tasmania at the Australasian Young Drivers series in Sydney earlier this year. In Launceston tomorrow night (Friday May 23) Taylor will be trying to expand her winning tally. She will partner the Adrian Duggan-trained Topwestern in the first race on the eight-event card but from the outside gate (13) on the second row she would need luck to place. But in the second race, a C1 over 2200 metres, she is aboard last-start winner Cooked Books that is trained by her brother Dylan. Cooked Books led all the way to win in Hobart last Sunday week and while he defeated a very ordinary bunch he did it in style. If Taylor can find the front she would be hard to run down. Her only other drive is aboard the Zane Medhurst-trained Boozy Rouge in race seven, the C0-C1 over 1680m. Boozy Rouge has only modest form of late and he has drawn awkwardly one-off the onside of the second row but if he found anywhere near his best he would win without surprising. By Peter Staples

LONGFORD harness racing trainer Barrie Rattray expects two-year-old filly Fawzia to have a bright future and she showed she is on that path by scoring an impressive win on debut in a fillies heat of the Big Park 2YO Sweepstakes over 1609m in Hobart on Sunday. Fawzia is by USA stallion Sportswriter from one of Rattray's form start pacers Public Persecution. The filly showed good speed from the mobile but she was unable to cross Safari Sunshine so her driver was content to leave her parked in the breeze. However the filly relished the task and forged to the lead turning for home and went to the line a comfortable winner over her stablemate House Haunter with race leader Safari Sunshine third. The remaining fillies heat was won by Jokers Wild Card from the David Hall stable. Jokers Wild Card (Cardmaster Hanover-Clone) was game in the home straight to edge out Kyleasha that came from the back and Mei Get that also was doing her best work at the business end of their heat. Listen to what trainer Barrie Rattray had to say about Fawzia's win and the performance of House Haunter. Peter Staples

FIRST out and first home tactics paid big dividends for connections of four-year-old Cooked Books that led throughout in the opening race on the 10-event harness card at Tattersall's Park in Hobart. The Dylan Ford-trained and driven gelding began well from gate three and had no trouble in holding the front with Top Party (Ricky Duggan) content to sit parked in the breeze. Ford dictated the raced with a pedestrian tempo and when drivers of those in rearward positions were content to sit back and wait until well into the back straight to make their moves the race was presented to the leader. Cooked Books (Live Or Die-My Lady Rainbow) hit the line with plenty to spare over Top Party with Anothermetro, which trailed the leader throughout, hanging on for third ahead of Odins Call Girl that made up good ground late. Listen to what trainer-driver Dylan Ford had to say about Cooked Books' win. By Peter Staples

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