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Astute Tasmanian harness racing trainer-driver Ramon Pullen left Tasmania bound for Queensland in search of the warmer weather about 14 years ago but a combination of homesickness and an ailing Queensland harness industry drew him back to his place of birth. He returned with a handful of horses and it was only a matter of time before the winners started to flow. In Hobart last Friday night his talented five-year-old Castor Troy ($9.80) made it successive wins when he powered home from well back to win a C1 over 2090 metres. The gelding settled near the rear of the field but when the second-favourite Flying Wingard ($2.60) eased out three-wide to make his move castor Troy's driver Rodney Ashwood latched onto that horse's back for a ride home. Flying Wingard hit the front half-way up the home straight but when Ashwood got busy on Castor Troy the gelded son of Aces N Sevens slipped into overdrive and powered home to score easily. Castor Troy hit the line 3.2 metres clear of Flying Wingard with Artarama over nine metres away third. Peter Staples

The harness racing connections of talented three-year-old filly Vouvray Beach will aim her at a few of the feature races this season following her impressive first-up win in a combined 3C0-C1 and C0 Pace over 2090 metres at Luxbet Park Hobart last night. Vouvray Beach ($1.80) worked home three-wide without cover for the last lap but she just took it in her stride to score by over a metre from race leader Ideal Karalta ($8.60) with Our Triple Asset ($16) over three metres away third. "That was the filly's first outing since May so she will take a lot of benefit from the run going forward," said part-owner Jamie Cockshutt. "The plan is to try and run her through the classes this time in but if she pulls up well from this then she is more than likely going to a fillies and mares' race over 1680m in Launceston next Sunday." It was a heady ride from Ricky Duggan who allowed her to settle midfield in the one-out line before improving to the one-out-one-back spot. With a risk of being pocketed he made his more at the bell to lead the three-wide train and when he moved alongside the leader in the home straight he eventually wore that horse down to score comfortably. Vouvray Beach is owned by Cockshutt in partnership with Barry Cooper and they left the meeting with a double courtesy of their talented four-year-old Jaks Teller keeping his unbeaten record this season intact in a C4-C5 event over 2090 metres. Jaks Teller settled midfield in the one-out line but when his driver Ricky Duggan became unhappy with the tempo he unleashed the four-year-old and he quickly whipped around the field to take control. Once in front he travelled well and when Duggan gave him more rein at the top if the home straight he powered clear and went on to win by almost 320 metres. "I reckon we'll tip Jaks Teller out for a spell now and bring him back to prepare for the Easter Cup," Cockshutt said. Peter Staples

The connections of star four-year-old Tasmanian pacer Jaks Teller will resist the temptation to rush the harness racing Washington VC entire into top company by instead allowing him to gradually make his way through the grades. Jaks Teller took his career win tally to seven from only eight starts when he led almost throughout to score comfortably in a C3-C4 event over 2090 metres at Luxbet Park Hobart last night. With Ricky Duggan in the sulky, the four-year-0oold settled midfield from his front-row draw but as soon as Our Classic Mach settled in the lead Duggan sent his charge around the field to take charge. From there on it was little more than a procession as Jaks Teller gave his rivals the slip turning for home and he went on to defeat Our Classic Mach by 7.2 metres with Kvitova Leis almost two metres away third. "We have the Easter Cup in mind for this horse but he is going to have to improve his overall racing manners to get to that goal," said part-owner-0breeder Jamie Cockshutt." He still does a lot wrong so there is no use rushing him into races against the best with him still learning his craft. "There's no need to rush him and if we take our time and let him mature gradually he'll have a much better chance of getting to top company." Jaks Teller again ran about in the home straight but his lead was so great the end result was never in doubt. Cockshutt said Jaks Teller would tackle a C4 in a week or so and when and if he reaches C7-8 class he will be given a spell and then return for a crack at the 2018 Easter Cup in Launceston at the end of March. Peter Staples

One of Tasmania's most exciting harness racing  pacers Jaks Teller will line up in a race at Luxbet Park Hobart tomorrow night with bookmakers predicting the Juanita McKenzie-trained gelding will make it six wins in succession. Early markets have Jaks Teller at the prohibitive price of $1.30 but to some that represents luxury odds. At the four-year-old's most recent outing in Hobart two weeks ago he recorded a mile rate of 1.58.8 over 2090 metres and ran home his last half (800m) in a slick 56.3 seconds which was one of the fastest times recorded by a class three horse this season. While his trainer is trying to keep a lid on the son of Washinton VC's potential it is clear the New Zealand-bred entire has the potential to quickly win his way to open class. Jaks Teller has drawn gate three in a C3-C4 mobile event over 2090 metres and should he find the lead it is hard to see any of his rivals running him down. Even if the speedy Ebonyallstarzzz beats him to the front, Jaks Telller's driver Ricky Duggan can either race outside of the leader or push on for the lead, which would benefit Ebonyallstarzzz because she would then enjoy the run of the race on the leader's back which would enhance her chances of filling a place. Peter Staples  

When lightly raced harness racing three-year-old pacer Streitkid debuted with an all-the-way victory in Hobart two weeks ago his owners Barry Cooper and Jamie Cockshutt were elated. The gelding had to be bottle fed at birth after the mother rejected him and there were other issues so just to see him make it to the races and win first-up was all they could have asked. But last Saturday night at the same venue and in a heat of the Australian Driving Championship, Streitkid did a whole lot more than just mirror his debut performance. He was again able to make full use of the pole position and lead but it was the way he toughed it out when seriously challenged by the highly promising Flying Wingard that had the hairs on the neck of his owners standing to attention. Streitkid enjoyed a comfortable lead but he had Flying Wingard for company over the final 600 metres and when the going got tough 150m from home Streitkid dug deep to stave off the determined challenge. South Australian driver Wayne Hill piloted the gelding to victory and after the race he described the gelded son of American Ideal as "gutsy". "That was one tough effort for horse only having his second start. He was in for the fight and refused to lay down." Streitkid is from the mare Ima Blissfull Hall that was owned and raced by Cooper and Cockshutt. The mare showed a lot as a young horse but injury prevented her from realising her potential. Cockshutt said the Streitkid, prepared by Paul Hill, will be aimed at the 3YO Globe Derby Stakes in May. Peter Staples

The nation’s harness racing spotlight will be fixed firmly on Tasmania on Saturday night as the leading drivers in the land descend on Hobart for the Yabby Dam Racing Australian Drivers Championship. Two drivers from each state will contest the series with points allocated across the six nominated races. The host state will rely on the famous Rattray brothers, Gareth and Todd, to fly the flag for Tasmania and repel the mainland invasion that includes Victorian stars Greg Sugars and Chris Alford along with Queenslanders Shane Graham and Mathew Neilson. Leading female drivers have taken a foothold in the sport with Ellen Rixon selected to represent New South Wales and Danielle Hill suiting up for South Australia. Leading the West Australian assault is the legendary Chris Lewis, one of the star attractions of the championship. Lewis seemed destined for fame in the racing game from birth, born in North Adelaide on the horse’s birthday August 1, 1955. Chris drove his first winner at Kapunda as a 16-year-old in January 1972. A month later he steered home his first city winner at Globe Derby behind Carclew in the South Australian Guineas. It was Chris’s first feature race win, and little did the youngster know that four years later Carclew, trained by his father Allen would give him his first Inter-Dominion Championship, defeating the iron horse and people’s hero Pure Steel at Globe Derby. At 20, Chris became the youngest driver to win Australia and New Zealand’s greatest race and followed up eight years later with The Village Kid at Albion Park. Chris decided a move to Western Australia would allow him to pursue a professional career in the gig, and the rest, as they say, is history. Lewis topped the West Australian Drivers Premiership table again last season, making it ten driving premierships, winning a staggering 214 races, 38 clear of his closest rival Ryan Warwick, who will also represent WA in the championship.  LEGEND: Chris Lewis as won ten West Australian Drivers Premierships and driven more than 50 Group One winners. Lewis got 2017 off to a flying start, with four winners at Bunbury on New Year’s Eve placing him in an exclusive club with Gavin Lang and Chris Alford, reinsmen who have driven more than 5000 winners in Australia.   Chris first drove at Gloucester Park in June 1976 when he took part in the inaugural Australian Young Drivers Championship. He represented Australia in the 2011 World Drivers Championship in the USA and has also driven winners in Moscow. Chris has driven over 50 Group One winners in his career including the Australian Pacing Championship, WA Pacing Cup, Fremantle Cup, WA Derby & Oaks, and WA Golden Slipper Stakes. The West Australian Racing Industry inducted Chris into the Hall of Fame in 2010. By Shane Yates Reprinted with permission of The Advocate

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

Shadow Storm became the first horse to win using a sprint lane that came into effect on the harness racing Hobart track two weeks ago. It was only a matter of time before it happened but it probably would have had a greater affect had the winner been one of the favourites. Hobart was the first track in Australia to introduce a sprint lane in the late 1990s when racing was held on the old Royal Showground track and it almost led to a boycott when most drivers and trainers objected to its introduction. The pressure applied by participants was so great it eventually led to the sprint lane's demise but a few years later almost every major track in Australia was installing a sprint lane or passing lane as they were then known. Shadow Storm was friendless in the betting drifting from $21 to start at $46 and one of the rank outsiders. But given a gun run on the back of the leader Johns Legacy, the gelded son of Mr. Feelgood settled well and when presented with the sprint lane at the top of the straight he stormed home to win convincingly from Johns Legacy and Miss Ruthless. Peter Staples  

Prominent harness racing owners Barry Cooper and Jamie Cockshutt have enjoyed plenty of success over the years but in Hobart on Sunday night they celebrated a win that probably meant more to them emotionally than most. Streitkid utilised the pole position draw and with ace reinsman Ricky Duggan in the sulky the gelded son of American Ideal led and gave his rivals a pacing lesson. The three-year-old's dam is Ima Blissful Belle, that was arguably one of the best pacers owned by Cockshutt and Cooper, went amiss early in her career which sent her to an early stud career. "We tried to get the mare in foal five times and failed and I was about to give up but my business partner Barry Cooper convinced me to give the mare one more try and this horse is the result," Cockshutt said. "The mare foaled down at Sue Streit's Elderslie Horse Care property (at Elderslie just north of Hobart) and it was Sue who had to bottle feed this horse when the mare rejected him so it was Sue's late night vigils that helped keep him alive. "We will be forever grateful to Sue (Streit) so we decided to try and have her surname in the colt's name. "We originally tried to secure Streitwise but that was rejected but we got Streitkid." Streitkid ($3 into $2.80) began brilliantly to lead while the favourite Kaliska Leis ($2.60) face the breeze with the other well-backed conveyance Flying Wingard ($5) was taken back to last from an outside front-row draw. Duggan ensured a reasonable tempo but with his charge able to sneak a couple of cheap quarters the gelding had plenty in reserve when called on for a sprint to the line. Streitkid gave his rivals the slip at the top of the home straight and he went on to win by over 10 metres from Hot Shot Bonnie with Flying Wingard flashing home from last to grab third. Peter Staples

W H (Hec) Baker was regarded as one of the best Tasmanian reinsmen to sit in a sulky and in Hobart last night the former great was inducted into the Tasmanian Harness Racing Hall of Fame at a gala awards ceremony at Luxbet Park. Baker's career covered four decades from 1945 to 1976 during which time he drove 516 winners and was the state's leading driver on two occasions in 1957/8 and 1965/66. He handled the ribbons on a number of outstanding pacers none greater than champion Chamfers Star. The pair combined to capture the 1964 Easter Cup and the 1965 Tasmanian Pacing Championship. Baker won the Tasmanian Derby three times. He won aboard Raider Chimes 1956, Jimmy Maru (1960) and in 1970 he won with Atok. Pipriki was successful in the Danbury Park Cup while Raizaire proved too good in the 1957 Show Cup. Baker also enjoyed triple success in the The Metropolitan Cup with Tasara in 1958, in 1961 with Shannon Bay and again with Karaman in 1974. There were also Dual successes in the Brighton Cup with Hideaway and Prince Chamfer and the Westbury Cup partnering Fantastic and Lulu O'Neill. Baker is regarded as one of the doyens's of Tasmanian Harness Racing and is a deserving inductee to the Hall Of Fame. Peter Staples  

Tasmanian harness racing enthusiasts were treated to a number of spectacular displays of horsemanship on Sunday night at the Tasmanian Pacing Club meeting at Luxbet Park in Hobart.  Hall Of Fame reinsman Ricky Duggan showed his vast experience to pilot the Changeover -Glenferrie Miss four-year-old, odds-on favourite, Swap Me home in the first race on the card for the fourth win of its career.  Ricky’s expertise was again on show in race two as he guided the Adrian Duggan-trained eight-year-old gelding Grinable (pictured) to a runaway 11.8-metre victory, returning a mile-rate of 1:59:6, for its second win in the space of four runs.  Reigning 6ty° Youngbloods Challenge champion Jack Laugher completed a successful hit and run mission from Victoria with the Rohan Hillier-trained All My Savings and following up with the Ben Yole prepared Ultimate Courage.  All My Savings broke a frustrating run of three consecutive seconds to come from outside the second line over the sprint trip of 1609-metres for punters, as the $2.60 favourite, to score by 1.8-metres.  The form from race three stood up in the fourth as Ultimate Courage backed up from its victory last week over All My Savings to again land the money for trainer Ben Yole.  The Courage Under Fire-Quiet Talker six year-old-gelding has now won three of his last six starts.  Ben Yole completed his double with Stylish Trend scoring its first win of the season with Robert Walters in the cart.  The Bettors Delight-Trenzetter five-year-old gelding scored in the closest finish of the night over Pushkin by a half-head at odds of $6.50.  Justin Campbell and Todd Rattray were honoured to have joined forces to win the Vale Charlie Howlett Pace with Boltnmach.  The victory brought up a winning hat-trick for the Mach Three-Fake Madam nine-year-old gelding after two wins in August to finish the 2016-17 season.  It just wouldn’t be a Tasmanian pacing meeting if Im Barney Rubble didn’t salute the judge.  The 10-year-old Life Sign – Pebbles gelding, trained and driven by Rohan Hillier, scored his fifth win in a row and his sixth from his last seven outings. Tasracing

Punters feasted on a banquet of favourites at the Tasmanian Pacing Club’s meeting at Luxbet Park on Sunday night. Six of the 10 races on the harness racing card went the way of the popular pick with the longest priced winner of the night starting at odds of $4.60, while only Resurgent Dream started an odds-on favourite. Trainer Ben Yole wasted no time in notching up his 119th winner for the season and claiming the training record held by Neville Webberley since 1990/91 when the heavily supported Sheer Strength (pictured) scored a sensational all-the-way victory in race three. Rohan Hillier encouraged the five-year-old to the lead from the centre of the front line and rated it to perfection, before opening up in the turn off the backstretch and scorching away to win by 19.1 metres. Washie’s Chance racked up his eleventh victory of the season from 37 starts, remarkably 11 wins from 21 when teamed with Natalee Emery and 0 from 16 with other drivers in the sulky. Out To Strike scored a convincing win with Ultimate Courage rounding off another successful night for the Sidmouth stable. Todd Rattray partnered Ultimate Courage and also steered home his smart four-year-old God Sake to victory,to increase his lead in the Drivers Premiership to three. God Sake sat two lengths off the leaders at the half mile and made his run at the 400, coming home the final quarter in 29.21 seconds to bank its fifth win from the last six starts. The Justin Campbell-trained Boltnmach made it back-to-back wins in Hobart by sustaining a searching three-wide run to gain the day by a head over Smilin Geoff while impressive three-year-old filly Resurgent Dream also won her second race in a row for owner-trainer, Roger Whitmore. Ideal Karalta and Swap Me both scored comfortable front-running victories while Jilliby Gigi was forced to dig deep to hold out the fast-finishing Olwen Jackka. Watch the Marc Butler trained Jilliby Gigi stave-off Olwen Jaccka at Luxbet Park in Hobart here. by Shane Yates

Veteran harness racing trainer Paul Hill reaffirmed his status as the king of the kids when he snared the feature two-year-old double at Luxbet Park Hobart in Tasmania last night. Hill prepared star filly Ideal Bliss to win his third consecutive Group 3 Evicus Stakes final and his handy colt Feelin Dusty led throughout to give Hill his second Dandy Patch from the past three editions. "I've been very fortunate to have had some very talented young horses in my care in recent years and I'm hoping this isn't the end of my good run," Hill said. "Ideal Bliss is a very good filly and I have no doubt she will develop into a very good three-year-old." "I also have a decent opinion of Feelin Dusty and when he drew gate two I rated him a top chance of winning even though the raps were big on Todd Rattray's horse (Izaha). "When Ricky (Duggan) was able to lead and not spend too much early on Feelin Dusty I was confident my horse would be very hard to beat and that's how it panned out." Ideal Bliss, owned and bred by Charlie and Connie Beadman, was sent out the $1.40 favourite despite drawing the inside of the second row. However, her driver Rohan Hillier snagged her out the back at the start to ensure he could find a spot in the one-out line while Inwil ($8) showed good speed to lead. Hillier sent Ideal Bliss  (American Ideal-Blissfull Grace) around the field at the bell and when he moved alongside the leader at the top of the home straight she forged clear but had to pull out all stops to fend off Inwil that made a late charge with Jeanette Barry a close-up third. Feelin Dusty ($2.30fav) showed brilliantly gate speed to easily hold the front in the Dandy Patch while Run Wick ($11) faced the breeze with Izaha ($2.40) on its back enjoying the one-out-one-back position. But a lap out and unhappy with the modest tempo Rattray sent Izaha up to face the breeze and put some pressure on the leader and they singled out to fight out the finish. Feelin Dusty responded when Duggan called on the gelded son Mr Feelgood for the big effort and he went on to score by over 10 metres from Izaha with Pezzamystic over 15 metres away third. Peter Staples

The Dandy Patch Stakes series for two-year-old colts and geldings has produced some harness racing stars over the years and this year's series should be no exception. The two heats of this season's series at Luxbet Park Hobart on Sunday night proved the depth of talent in Tasmania's juvenile harness ranks is as strong as ever. The heats were won by first-starter Izaha from the Todd Rattray stable and the in-form Feelin Dusty prepared by Paul Hill. Izaha (Roll With Joe-Our Zellweger) settled last in his heat while the heavily-backed favourite Dufrene led but Izaha stormed home to defeat the favourite by seven metres with Pezzamystic two metres astern. It was a very impressive debut and given the colt is likely to take a lot of benefit from the outing he could start a warm favourite in the final if he draws a good gate. Feelin Dusty (Mr Feelgood-Maybe Elite) made the most of the pole position to lead and despite being challenged a lap from home he still had plenty in reserve when he hit the line well clear of Maybe Jack with Run Wick a distant third. Hill's filly Ideal Bliss is likely to start a short-price favourite to win the Evicus Stakes final for fillies following her impressive win in the Evicus Prelude over 1609 metres. With Rohan Hillier in the cart, Ideal Bliss settled just beyond midfield in the one-out line with cover while Jeanette Barry led from the pole position. Hillier sent Ideal Bliss around the field with a lap to go to face the breeze and when he called on the filly for the big effort in the home straight she responded well and went on to score by 1.4 metres from Jeanette Barry with Inwil a distant third. The leader fought back strongly but in the end it was the class of Hill's filly that shone through. Peter Staples

Top Tasmanian harness racing reinsman Ricky Duggan delivered two of his best drives to secure a personal milestone at Luxbet Park Hobart on Sunday night. Duggan went into the meeting two wins short of 1,500 career wins, rapidly closing the gap on Barrie Rattray who holds the Tasmanian record of 1575. Duggan's wins came aboard Cheshire Cat for trainer Pat Bishop in a C2 standing start event over 2090 metres in which the mare led throughout and his 1500th win came courtesy of typical Ricky Duggan gem of a drive aboard I Am Camelot to win the Pitt & Sherry Pace over 2090m. "It was great to reach 1500 wins at the meeting because sometimes when a personal milestone or a record is imminent it can take a while to get there, but I managed to do it at the first meeting after we became aware of me approaching 1500 winners," Duggan said. "It also was a bit special to get the 1500th win aboard one trained by Deb Williams (I Am Camelot) because she's doing a super job with the team she has in her stable." The top five drivers with more than 1000 winners up to 04 June 2017 are: 1575 - Barrie Rattray. 1500 - Ricky Duggan. 1369 - Neville Webberley. 1315 - Darrell Alexander. 1173 - Gareth Rattray. Peter Staples

Pachacuti extended his winning steak with an effortless harness racing victory in the $10,000 Governor's Cup over 2090 metres in Hobart on Sunday night.. Pachacuti ($1.30 favourite) was unable to hold the lead from gate two and was crossed by Modern Ruler and heading down the back stretch the last time it looked for a moment that the favourite might not get out of the pocket. But the seven-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding's trainer-driver Todd Rattray somehow eased off the fence from behind the leader at the point of the home turn and once in the three-wide line the gelding powered home to score by over 10 metres from Hugo Play with Sapphire Swayze a closing third. Pachacuti is being aimed at the $40,000 Easter Cup on April 16 and his next outing will most likely be in an Easter Cup heat in Launceston on Friday week, March 31. Rattray was hauled into the stewards' room after the race and subsequently suspended for four race dates on a dangerous driving charge and it could mean missing out on driving Pachacuti in an Easter Cup heat. "I will be appealing the suspension and that's all I want to say about it," Rattray said. It was Pachacuti's sixth win in succession this year and given the way he toyed with his rivals at this latest outing he should be a major contender when he arrives at his grand final in the Easter Cup. "I am very happy with how he's going but I'm sure there is a fair bit of improvement in him between now and the Easter Cup. "He had a short let-up after his previous run so I reckon he definitely was in need of this run." Peter Staples

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