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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

The state’s leading trainer Ben Yole had a big weekend which saw him prepare five winners across two states last weekend that included the win of No Apachemee at Melton on Friday night. Magra-based trainer Juanita McKenzie claimed her second Vandenberg Transport Carrick Park Pacing Cup when Inner Light was able to take out the $12,000 feature. This week we are off to TAB Park Hobart for the Metropolitan Cup and the first heat of the Aldebaran Park Tasmanian Trotters Championship on Friday and then the action turns to Devonport on Sunday night. The Stars Ben Yole – was the inform trainer of the weekend with a training treble on Friday with a double in Hobart with Gems and Stylish Trend while he also prepared No Apachemee to an impressive victory at Melton where he recorded a mile rate of 1m 52.3s. The Yole stable continued their good form with a training double with Badrick taking out the clubs premier three-year-old race, the Cressy Transport Tasmanian Championship and Nickys Logic who recorded her fourth win of the season. Ricky Duggan – Tasmania’s most successful driver of all time claimed his fifth Vandenberg Transport Carrick Park Pacing Cup when he partnered the Juanita McKenzie-trained Inner Light to victory. Duggan was the standout driver on the Carrick Park card with a driving treble. Illegal Immigrant – continued his path to next month’s Triple M Tasmania Cup with a 3.7-meter win in the Elite Free-for-all in Hobart on Friday. It was the third win at start seven for the gelded son of American Ideal. Kohanah – was a brilliant winner on debut in the last race of the night in Hobart. The Sweet Lou colt showed a good will-to-win in the home straight to score in a mile of 2m 2.2s. Really Frank – five-year-old gelding who recorded his first win at start 40 for trainer-driver Justin Campbell. Multiple Winners Hobart – Friday evening  Ben Yole – training double; Gems and Stylish Trend Carrick Park – Saturday afternoon Ricky Duggan – driving treble; Peaceful Thomas, Forever Ours and Inner Light. Mark Yole – driving double; Nickys Logic and Badrick. Ben Yole – training double; Nickys Logic and Badrick. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Hobart – Friday evening Illegal Immigrant 56.86s, Destreos 57.07 and The Aussie 57.21.Outside of race four; Monark  Mac57.83s and Usain Jolt 57.94s. Carrick Park  – Saturday afternoon Swap Me 57.20s, Give Me The Night 5734s and Karalta Kruise 57.60. Outside of race seven; Choosa Cruiser 58.42 and Peaceful Thomas 58.93s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart – Friday evening  Hit’s: Really Frank $6.50 into $3.30 and Kohanah $1.65 into $1.35. Defied The Drift: Resurgent Dream $4.20 out to $4.80 and Stylish Trend $7.00 out to $7.50. Missed: Im Full Tilt $12 into $7.50 and Ektoras $26 into $10. Carrick Park – Saturday afternoon  The Tasracing Official Price was not in operation due to the non-Tab status of the meeting. Trial File Hobart – Monday evening Three-year-old colt Resurgent Storm recorded the quickest winning mile rate of the night when he recorded 2m 4.8s for 2090-meters. It was the second trial back this preparation for the son of Betterthancheddar who was last at the bell and was able to go on and win by two-meters over the stable mate Sutter Star. The final two sections was covered in 32.6s and 31.1s. Remaining trials were won by; Moonlite Bay 2m 8.3s, Whos Watching Now 2m 10.3s, Cool Water Paddy 2m 5.7s, Caciocavallo 2m 6.8s and Streitkid 2m 6.2s. Devonport – Monday evening. Lucy Lindenny, a four-year-old mare by Changeover out of the Sokys Atom mare Helena Kilena recorded the quickest winning mile rate of 2m 3.7s for 2297-meters. She was able to lead from gate one for driver Gareth Rattray and her new trainer Donald Foley. The New Zealand bred pacer has been racing predominantly in New South Wales in her 17-start career which has seen two wins and five placings. The other three trials were won by; Perfect Mach 2m 12.3s, Maybe Jack 2m 8.7s and Rocket Blaster 2m 12s. Week Ahead The Tier 1 meeting of the week is at the Devonport Showgrounds on Sunday evening. Eight races are set down for decision including the first heat of the time honoured Allen Williams Memorial series. Karalta Demon and Navua Pixie are both coming into the race with a second placing at their most recent start. The John Castles-trained Suzy Zebra is one of two horses in the race to have won a race, and the lightly raced six-year-old mare has found the winners stall on four occasions on King Island. Suzy Zebra was defeated 10 metres at her first start on mainland Tasmania at Burnie after enjoying a soft run behind the leader. Rocket Blaster is a Melissa Maine trained debutante who has had four trial in preparation for Sunday’s assignment including a trial win at the Devonport  Showgrounds on Monday night. The first of eight races on Sunday kicks off at 18:14. Hobart on Friday is deemed to be the Tier 2 meeting of the week, although the $12,000 Metropolitan Cup and the first heat of the Aldebaran Park Tasmanian Trotters Championship will be run. Harjeet, the best horse racing in Tasmania at present will start a red hot favourite in the Metropolitan Cup as he continues his preparation to next month’s $75,000 Triple M Tasmania Cup. The last-start Hobart Pacing Cup winner is the sole second-row runner in the 2579-meter event. Interstate this week we see a massive feature card of racing at Menangle where the Michael Maxfield owned Max Delight will contest the second heat of the New South Wales Derby. The son of Bettors Delight is an $11 chance with tab.com.au and will start from barrier six, with Todd McCarthy taking the drive.   Duncan Dornauf

Tasmanian champion Harjeet stamped his authority over the state’s top pacers in the $25,000 Triple M Hobart Pacing Cup on Sunday. The five-year-old Rocknroll Hanover-Our Zellweger gelding, trained and driven by Todd Rattray, showed his class over the staying trip of 2579-metres to win by 5.2-metres over a gallant Isaac. “We got a nice run through from outside the second line and settled just worse than midfield and when the pace slackened I thought it was time to wander up toward the lead and test the waters a little,” said Todd. “Harjeet (pictured) travelled up to the leaders smoothly so we just rolled past and he travelled sweetly from there, when we lifted the tempo inside the last half it was really only Isaac that could go with him.”. Isaac, the Juanita McKenzie-trained Devonport Cup winner, switched to the Roberts Sprint lane at the top of the home straight and closed within two metres but the champ had other ideas. “To his credit Isaac got a little close for comfort at one stage,we thought Harjeet would run on a little better than he did but he had switched off and was drifting up the track, the motor kicked in again when he knew he was being challenged and he got the job done (5.2-metres) so hopefully he’ll be better next start.” Harjeet is now an M3 so if heading the way of the Tasmania Cup and Easter Cup he will be looking at a 30-metre handicap or there may be a trip to the mainland on the cards. “I will have to talk to the owners, we would like to take him over at some stage, we’d have to make sure he’s right in himself but it might be time now,” said Todd. “He gets away well from the stand now and puts himself in it but obviously you still have to make up that ground too, Scooterwillrev is still an MO and he’s a pretty good horse and there are few others around.” Todd capped of a successful day with Joogle breaking her maiden status in the $10,000  TTC Members Pace. Bianca Heenan kept her sensational season rolling by training a winning double with Trumps Golden Boy taking out the Aldebaran Park Hobart Trotting Cup and Alta Surreal, with Hannah Van dongen in the cart, capturing its fourth win of the season. Hannah went on to extend her lead in the Leading Female Drivers award steering the Mark Reggett prepared Dasher Houli to back-to-back victories by taking out the Tab Park Elwick Pace. The heavily backed Beam Me Up Chopper ($3.50) put up a herculean performance to win in the Crown Lager Pace for Kate MacLeod after being never closer than three off the peg line while Ektoras overcame an outside draw to salute at odds of $31.00 in the Olympus Feeds P ace. Four-year-old mare Ideal Bliss, guided by Rohan Hillier, returned victorious from an eight-month spell for Paul Hill while Tilly Max made a successful debut for trainer-driver Paul Ashwood in the two-year-old. Shane Yates for tasracing.com.au

Harjeet showed yet again why he is the top pacer racing in the state with an exciting victory in the Toreace Flying Mile on Sunday night at Tab Park in Hobart. The striking Rocknroll Hanover – Our Zellweger five-year-old gelding (pictured), trained and driven by Todd Rattray, backed up from his slashing Tassie Golden Apple win over Scooterwillrev in Launceston on 14 December with another powerful performance against his arch-rival over 1609-metres. Rohan Hadley took the Craig Hayes prepared Scooterwillrev to the front at the bell after being trapped three-wide through the first 600-metres from the outside front line draw. “I knew Rohan (Hadley) would want to work Scooter to the front, so I sat back midfield until I could see he was going to find the top and then made our move up into the death at the 800-metre pole'” said Todd. “The race was on in earnest from there, they are two top horses and we went down the back in 27.6 seconds, Harjeet was just a little rough through the turn off the back so I just eased on the corner into the straight but once we straightened up I was confident he would finish the better. Harjeet scored by a head in a mile-rate of 1:55.5 and will now head to either the Devonport Cup on 27 January or the Hobart Pacing Cup on 3 February. “We are undecided at the moment, he would be off 20-metres in a stand-start at Devonport while the Hobart Cup is a mobile which suits him best so we are leaning in that direction,” said Todd. Todd also has one eye on his young champion Ignatius as he prepares for another mainland mission. “He arrived in Sydney on Saturday and appears to be over the slight infection that cost him what was to be his only Tasmanian run this campaign, he will have a trial and we will take it from there to have him cherry-ripe for the Chariots Of Fire.” Other feature race winners on the TTC programme on Sunday night were the Peter Dornauf trained Sea Double Ugrant in the New Norfolk Cup, notching up a winning hat-trick, while Ima Ginger Rogers capped off a sensational weekend for trainer Steve Davis winning the Matron Stakes to go with Black Centurian’s North Eastern Pacing Cup victory at Scottsdale on Friday. Trainer-driver Paul Hill lifted his four-year-old Feelin Dusty over the line to score by a head over by stablemate Streitkid in the Ted Plunkett Memorial.   Shane Yates

Leading Female trainer Bianca Heenan and premier reinsman Ricky Duggan celebrated the new era of the Tasmanian Trotting Club in Hobart on Friday with winning trebles. Bianca’s successes commenced with the in-form Twenty Two Karat saluting after being backed into $2.90 favouritism in the Tasmanian Equine Veterinary Pace. Hannah van Dongen drove the Always A Virgin – Goldleaf four-year-old mare confidently finding the breeze early before scooting to the front and dashing clear at the 400-metre mark to notch up her fifth win of the season. Star Chamber ($2.40) showed he’s ready for the state’s feature races over the Christmas – New Year break with a powerful performance off the back mark in the Col Saunders Memorial Brighton Cup. “Star Chamber stepped away quickly from the 30-metre handicap and settled just worse than midfield, Rod (Ashwood) took The Aussie to the early lead and I had the co-backmarker Isaac on our back,” said Mark. “Approaching the bell I knew Ricky (Duggan) was getting itchy fingers with Isaac and looking to flush me out to give him cover but I was happy to make our move because I was confident he was travelling strongly.” Star Chamber, having its run back in the state from a mainland campaign, took over from The Aussie at the turn off the back but the ten-year-old Our Sir Vancelot – Courtney Breeze gelding still had Isaac stalking him. “The pressure was on and I was a sitting duck really, but that’s when his quality, courage and will to win to kicked in” said the premiership leading reinsman. “We turned for home a sulky’s length in clear and held Isacc all the way down the stretch.” Christian Salter handed Bianca her third winner for the night when Trumps Golden Boy ($5.00) trotted to back-to-back victories in the Alderbaran Park Trotters Mile. Ricky Duggan’s Christmas came early piloting home Streitkid ($2.70 fav) for Paul Hill, the Christian Salter prepared Madaboutthechase ($7.00) and the Rod Ashwood trained Still Hungover ($1.80 fav). Shane Yates

Bianca Heenan, Hannah van Dongen, Ben Yole , Mark Yole and Rod Ashwood all enjoyed successful evenings in Hobart on Friday picking up winning doubles. Bianca Heenan extended her lead in the Female Trainers Premiership with the first two winners on the card both steered home by rising star Hannah van Dongen. “Big Bang Raj ran right up to his last outing to win strongly from a tricky draw outside the front line, he began well but couldn’t get across without using too much petrol so Hannah just allowed him to settle midfield and waited for the early speed to come out of the race before making her move,” said Bianca. “Big Bang Raj got a breather in the middle stages and when the pressure came on at the 400 metre mark he was ready to go and he took over turning for home and burst clear to win easily, I was also happy with the run of stablemate Swap Me which ran on strongly to run the quinella at double figure odds.” Bianca and Hannah team up again in race two with Alta Surreal making it back-to back victories after scoring in style at Carrick on Sunday. “Alta Surreal (pictured) is in a rich vein of form he won powerfully last week and once he found the front I was feeling confident, ” said the Brighton trainer. “He was attacked and headed by Jake’s A Joy at the bell but Hannah didn’t panic, she was rating Alta Surreal well and at the 400 metre pole she lifted the tempo and he strolled away for five  metre win.” Ben and Mark Yole combined with seven-year-old mare I’m Paige coming from the one – one and Diamond Grace overpowering The Lemon Drop Kid after sitting in the breeze while Rod Ashwood was successful with the Juanita McKenzie prepared Isacc toppling stablemate Laredo Torpedo before saluting in the last for Ken Shorter with odds-on favourite Betterthanfetta.   Shane Yates

It was a bleak night for punters at the Tasmanian Pacing Club meeting on Friday in Hobart. The first five winners on the eight-event card all starting at double figure-odds with Ricky Duggan and Rod Ashwood both playing leading roles. The Sportswriter-Spice On Ice four-year-old mare Miss Superbia ($12) (pictured) was rewarded for her consistency in the opener, the Cascade Draught Pace, after running six straight placings this season for trainer Rod Ashwood she was finally first to greet the judge. “She’s been knocking on the door since August, she hasn’t missed a place since then and even though she is no star she is very honest and Rick (Duggan) handled her a treat,” said trainer Rod Ashwood. “Miss Superbia ran the gate from a wide draw over the 1609 -metre trip, spearing to the lead on settling and although she was pressured all the way by the favourite Mister Last was still travelling at the 400-metre mark before Ricky lifted the tempo and she kicked clear for a three-metre win.” Rod was in the winner’s circle again in race two the Rexel North Hobart Pace this time in the cart behind the Eric Jacobson prepared War Chest ($20). “War Chest has been a little off his best of late but he won three straight last year so I knew he had the ability to be in the finish and when they slackened off up front at the 1200 pole we whipped around the field to take our chances from the death seat,” said Rod. “We’d had plenty of rain late in the weak and the track was fairly heavy so up near the led was the place to be and he had a great battle all the way with the leader Pockets Of Courage and after a slugging go had enough in hand to hold off the fast-finishing favourite Sea Ugrant.” Duggan followed up in the third the Tasmanian Equine Veterinary Pace with the Paul Medhurst prepared Rocknroll Highlight producing the goods at $41, defeating fellow outsiders Big Bang Raj ($17) and Im Full Tilt ($16). Ashwood finished off the night on a more popular note with punters guiding home his Raceatrotter Syndicate trained trotter Redason ($1.85). “He’s been working well, the key was trotting all the way, he’s a good type and when he puts it all together he’s always going to be hard to hold out,” said Ashwood. “We had a charmed run on the tail of the 40-metre backmarker Ten Cassies and when Nat (Emery) ran to the front off the back we just tracked them into the straight before getting home over the top for a powerful win.”   Shane Yates

The future stars were out in force at the Devonport Showgrounds on Sunday afternoon when the first two heats of the 6ty Youngbloods took place, the six-race series continues in Hobart on Friday afternoon and again in Launceston the following week. It was a big week for the states leading trainer Ben Yole who trained five winners across the 14-races held last weekend. The only meeting of the week will be in Hobart on Friday afternoon for a six-race card that features a healthy Quinella Jackpot on the final race of the day. The Stars Riverboat Jasper – won his third consecutive NWTLHA Cup on Sunday in Devonport, the former Easter Cup and this years Devonport Cup winner was a tough winner being three-wide over the final circuit and was able to survive a protest to win the race. Conor Crook – found the winners circle on four occasions over the weekend, including his driving treble in Devonport on Sunday afternoon, last seasons leading junior driver currently holds a two-point lead in the 6ty Youngbloods Series. Lake Eyre and No Apachemee – these two Ben Yole trained pacers won four of the 14-races held in the state last weekend between them. After winning in Launceston on Friday night both horses were back in the winners’ circle in Devonport on Sunday. North Star Lad – it was great to see Shane Boon back in the winners stall as an owner of the first race winner on Sunday, Boon was sidelined from the sulky after a bad fall in Devonport on December 26, 2016. Multiple Winners Launceston - Friday Ben Yole - training double; Lake Eyre, No Apachemee, Rocknrollhighlight and My Jackofdiamonds. Rohan Hadley – driving double; Cardinal Art and Rocknrollhighlight. Troy McDonald – driving double; No Apachemee and My Jackofdiamonds. Devonport – Sunday Ben Yole – training treble – Lake Eyre, No Apachemee and Ready To Fire. Conor Crook – driving treble – Lake Eyre, No Apachemee and Rattlenhum. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Launceston - Friday No Apachemee 58.02s, Kvitova Leis 58.38s, Lake Eyre 58.87s, Im Full Tilt 58.92s and Iam Aw Sam 59.30s. Devonport - Sunday Perfect Mach 58.54s, No Apachemee 58.70s, Riverboat Jasper 58.71s, Im Compliant 58.78s and Goggo Gee Gee 58.98s. You can view sectionals from every runner from the meeting and more Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Launceston - Friday Hit's: General Jamane $9.00 into $3.20 (Price affected by late scratching of race favourite), Defied The Drift: Cardinal Art $7.00 out to $10 and No Apachemee $9.00 out to $12, Missed: Rainbow Phoenix $20 into $14, Goggo Gee Gee $8.00 into $6.00 and Ready To Fire $7.00 into $3.70, Devonport - Sunday Hit's: No Apachemee $4.20 into $3.10, Riverboat Jasper $8.00 into $7.00 and Ideal Karalta $7.50 into $3.60. Defied The Drift: Lake Eyre $3.20 out to $4.40 and Ready To Fire $7.00 out to $8.00. Missed: Good Feelings $16 into $11, Im Full Tilt $15 into $9.00 and Laconic Jamane $12 into $5.00 Trial File Hobart - Monday Laredo Torpedo looks set to continue on his winning way in Hobart on Friday afternoon and the Juanita McKenzie trained pacer warmed up for Fridays assignment with a trial victory on Monday night. It was a standing start trial over 2090-metres which was run in good time for a standing start trial. The mile rate was 2m 1.8s with the last three quarters all ran in under 30-seconds. The gelded son of Bettors Delight settled last in the field of three and was able to defeat Grinable by five metres with Isaac a further metre away in third spot. The remaining trials were won by Betterthanfetta (2:09.8) and Castor Troy (2:03.2). Carrick Park - Monday The husband and wife team of Adam and Natalee Emery combined to win the opening trial with seven-year-old gelding Devil Of Tyne, who recorded the quickest winning mile rate of the session of 2m 5.1s when he won a C0-C1 trial over 2150-metres. It was the first time Devil Of Tyne has been seen at the track since May 20. He won the trial by 15-metres over Laid Back Kenny. Remaining winners included; Safari Oakey (2:09.6), Buster William (2:11.0), Gypsys Crown (2:09.6) and Kilburnie North View (2:07.0). Week Ahead The 6ty Youngbloods continues in Hobart on Friday afternoon with the third and fourth heat of the six-race series taking place. Heat Three is race two on the card where the inform Mornings takes on her toughest field since arriving in the state. Samantha Gangell has been drawn to drive the Ben Yole trained pacer who is undefeated in five Tasmanian starts and has drawn wide on the track in barrier six. Race Six sees the fourth heat of the series where Troy Mcdonald has been allocated the drive on the expected race favourite Couta Rocks. The Marc Butler trained pacer won by over 22m here two starts ago and did a lot of work in the run last start in Launceston when finishing third. Punters have a few reminders for the Hobart meeting. The first is the early start of 13:57, Ubet have a $1,000 Quaddie Jackpot which commences on race five. Ubet also have a healthy $6,992 Quinella Jackpot on race eight, judging on previous jackpots of this nature the pool is expected to be in excess of $35,000. Friday’s meeting will be the first meeting of the season to have a hosted Live Stream coverage commencing with a preview at 13:30. A number of former pacers that had raced in Tasmania have been performing well in the past week including the former Troy Hillier trained Gotta Go Henry who recorded a time of 1m 53.3 at Menangle on Saturday night, of those that still have a Tasmanian connection racing interstate this week we see: Gloucester Park - Friday Race 5 Horse 7 – Devendra. Menangle - Saturday Race 1 Horse 10 – Pachacuti, Race 4 Horse 2 – Shesallapples, Race 5 Horse – 7 Rykov Leis, Redcliffe - Saturday Race 6 Horse 6 – Vande Velde.

It was another great week of harness racing in Hobart on Sunday evening where five participants recorded multiple winners. We are back to Launceston on Friday evening with an eight-race programme that gets underway at 17:00. The Stars Mark Yole – took his career total of victories in the sulky to 409 wins after a driving quartet in Hobart on Sunday, including the first three races on the card. The Perth-based driver will be looking to add to his total with a good book drives in Launceston on Friday night. Hannah Van Dongen – Scored a double on the Hobart programme including a win on Long Ago at odds of $26, she might have been renamed Hurricane Hannah by punters as she would have knocked many out of the last leg of the Ubet Quaddie. Bianca Heenan – brilliant training performance with Twenty Two Karat who won first up in her care in the David Medhurst Memorial. Heenan takes an early lead in the Female Trainers title after Alta Surreal won earlier in the night. Ben Yole – once again dominating the training scene with four winners on the card including the first seven runners past the post in race six. Multiple Winners Hobart Sunday Ben Yole – training quartet; Im Barney Rubble, Pushkin, Long Ago and Gems. Bianca Heenan – training double – Alta Surreal and Twenty Two Karat. Ken Rattray – training double – All Over The Stars and El Jays Monet. Mark Yole – driving quartet; Im Barney Rubble, Alta Surreal, Pushkin and El Jays Monet. Hannah Van Dongen – driving double; Long Ago and Twenty Two Karat. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Hobart – Sunday Fortino 57.59, Laredo Torpedo 57.72, Im Barney Rubble 57.80, Do It For Dave 57.82 and Hez The One 58.09. You can view sectionals from every runner from the meeting and more Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart – Sunday Hit’s: Im Barney Rubble $6.00 into $4.80, Long Ago $51 into $26, Gems $14 into $7.50, Twenty Two Karat $31 into $7.00 and All Over The Stars $8.50 into $5.50. Defied The Drift: Alta Surreal $4.00 out to $7.00 and Pushkin $13 out to $18. Missed: Big Bang Raj $15 into $9.50, Mon Poppy Polly $14 into $9.00, Mavis Merle $16 into $7.50, Black Ops $18 into $13, Our Boy Johnny $13 into $7.00 and Hez The One $31 into $11. Trial File Carrick Park on Saturday morning. It was a cold, wet and windy morning at Carrick Park, which certainly had an impact on the times recorded across the three trials staged. Only two starters took part in the standing start trial which saw the return of Karalta Dazzler, who hasn’t been seen since finishing down the track in a M0 event at Melton on September, 7, last year. Now trained by Ben Yole, Karalta Dazzler showed good standing start manners to lead all the way for driver Adrian Collins to defeat his only other rival, Major Callum, in a mile rate of 2m 11.6s. The other two trials were run under mobile conditions with Leothegreat holding on for a narrow victory over Joankay in 2m 18.9s. While Corporal Jujon won by an every increasing 17-metres for trainer-driver Ben Yole in 2m 8.1s. Week Ahead The action returns to the Mowbray Racing Centre in Launceston for Friday night Harness racing. Favourite punters will be hoping that The Aussie can bounce back to the winner’s list after being eased out of the race in Hobart last Sunday. The Ricky Duggan driven pacer was sent out the $1.30 favourite but after less than 200-metres in the race the near-side front hopple loop broke and took no part in the race after that point. This week The Aussie is the sole runner of the second row in the sixth race on the card that features a number of inform runners including El Jays Monet who will be chasing a hat-trick of wins. The Ken Rattray trained pacer was able to narrowly defeated Monarkmac in Hobart last start and is also engaged in this race. Another form line for the race was in Launceston on September 7 where Hayley’s Comet defeated Olwen Jaccka, Monarkmac and Ima Ginger Rogers. Interstate this week at Metropolitan venues across Australia we are light on with quantity but we certainly make it up with quality; Melton – Saturday night Race 1 – Horse 2 Illegal Immigrant, Horse 4 Sultan Fella and Horse 7 Offthetopofmyhead.   Duncan Dornauf

Mark and Ben Yole stormed to the top of the Drivers and Trainers Premiership with four winners apiece at the Hobart Pacing Club meeting on Sunday night. Mark drove four winners from seven drives to lead Rohan Hillier by one after the second meeting of the season while Ben took up his customary position at the head of the trainers table, four wins clear of his rivals after preparing Im Barney Rubble ($4.80), Pushkin ($18), Long Ago ($26) and Gems ($7.50) for victory. Mark began his night’s work in a blaze of glory steering home the first three winners on the card. “Everything fell into place for Im Barney Rubble in the first, he turned in a huge run last week when he made up almost 100 metres on the field after a scrimmage at the start and ran second to Smilin Geoff, so I was confident he would perform well and when the favourite The Aussie galloped out I went hard and kept the pressure on until the 1200, when I looked back and saw The Aussie had been pulled out of it I dropped the anchor out and just dictated terms from there, he won with plenty up his sleeve,” said Mark. “Alta Surreal (pictured) let down really well and hit the line strongly knocking off the favourite Albayzin and then Pushkin got a soft run behind the leader before we hooked out at the top of the stretch and got home over the top of them to win by a short half head.” Just when most punters thought Mark’s winning run was over he popped up in the last to complete a winning double for Flowery Gully trainer Ken Rattray . “El Jay’s Monet can be a little wayward on the home turn in Hobart so I was happy to sit up in the death outside the popular pick Monarkmac,” said Mark. “I thought Conor drove a gem of a race on the leader but El Jays Monet was in for the fight and got the upperhand in the last stride to win by the narrowest of margins, it’s the first time I’ve driven four winners so it was a great thrill.” Hannah van Dongen is off to a flying start in the defence of her first Leading Female Driver title, piloting home two winners on the card. Hannah clinched the 2017/18 title with a total of 10 wins and has already achieved 20% of last season’s tally. Long Ago provided Hannah with her first success toppling the favourite Goggo Gee Gee ($3.40) by 1.5-metres before scoring a runaway victory with the Bianca Heenan-trained Twenty Two Karat ($7.00). Bianca went to the top of the Leading Female trainers table after also successfully preparing her seven-year-old gelding Alta Surreal in the Lenny The Shark Pace. Ken Rattray joined in the celebrations for the night landing a winning double with All Over The Stars ($5.50) saluting in the TPC Life Members Trot and El Jay’s Monet which wore down the odds-on favourite Monarkmacto win by a short half head. Marc Butler and Ricky Duggan gave punters some much-needed relief landing the only favourite for the night in race four with Adele Said ($3.20). Shane Yates

Favourite punters will be placing their faith in Ricky Duggan tonight in Hobart as the master reinsman partners the popular pick in the first four races on the action-packed nine-event card. Duggan’s shortest conveyance for the night is in the opener, the Hurricane Kingcole Pace over 2090-metres. “The Aussie put up a top performance last week in Launceston at his first run in top company, we got shuffled back when something went amiss with Taurisi and he dropped out I went from having a bag full of royal chocolates to boiled lollies in a heartbeat,” said Ricky. “We had to go back and then make our move and he did a mighty job to make up the ground he did, only going down three or four metres (3.6 metres) to Illegal Immigrant and Star Chamber.” The Juanita McKenzie-trained Art Major – The Kindly One five-year-old bay horse has won seven of 21 starts and comes off of a sensational season that resulted in six wins and nine placing from 20 outings, the Hall Of Fame driver was full of praise for the trainer’s efforts. “Juanita has prepared and placed him perfectly and he keeps stepping up to the plate, he has drawn two tonight and looks the one to beat although Fortino and Im Barney Rubble are always dangers but they are coming off ten metres.” Duggan steers the stable-mate Laredo Torpedo in race three the Grinfromeartoear Pace over 1609-metres. “Laredo Torpedo bombed the start hopelessly on debut in Tasmania a fortnight ago but that was from the stand, tonight he goes back to the mobile and although not well drawn in the middle of the second row he will take some beating,” said last seasons drivers premiership runner-up. “He ran fifth to Ignatius at his last run at Menangle before coming to Juanita’s stables so we know he has the talent and he certainly feels good, I’m planning for them going hard up-front early so I will just have to judge when to put him into the race.” Duggan will also be aboard Rodney Ashwood prepared Albayzin and Adele Said for Marc Butler in the first half of the meeting. “Albayzin (pictured) won a restricted race last time out but he felt good and the time was good and drawing three on the front line will be an advantage and Adele Said has a difficult draw to overcome but she is very honest and will give a good sight.” said Ricky. “All The Way Mae is another with a chance for me in the trot later in the night, Adrian (Duggan) has her going well, she ran third only beaten a little over a metre (1.3-metres) in her last run against Redason and we meet him 10-metres better off  tonight.” Tonight’s nine-race Tasmanian Pacing Club programme, commencing at 16.33, may be seen on the live stream service at tasracing.com.au. Shane Yates

The state’s leading trainer Ben Yole has catapulted himself to within striking distance of breaking his own record of 124 winners, set last season, after preparing four winners on the Tasmanian Pacing Club’s meeting in Hobart on Wednesday night. Ben struck first in race three with the Rohan Hillier driven Thebackpagescribe (pictured) careering away for a dominant 26.4 metre victory at odds of $14. “It’s been a long time between drinks for the six-year-old gelding as its last win was in December of 2015 but Rohan (Hillier) pulled out a magical drive to land the money after drawing outside the second line in a field of 12,” said Ben. “Approaching the bell he was four back the pegs but angled one off toward the 800-metre pole and only hooked out to make his run at the 300, it was a textbook drive and once Thebackpagescribe got into the clear it was all over.” Rocknrollhighlight was sent out the favourite ($3.50) in race five and was cooly driven by Mark Yole in the early stages before powering home over the concluding stages. “There were only seven runners over the 2090 metres and they quickly broke into two divisions, Mark had his confidence up after driving an early double for Bianca (Heenan) with Big Bang Raj and Alta Surreal, and he judged his run on Rocknrollhighlight to perfection coming from well back to gain the day by a half-head margin over another of our team Monarkmac.” said Ben. Conor Crook sewed up the Junior Driver Title when he piloted Ektoras to the post for his twenty-first winner of the season in the Olympus Feeds Pace over 2090-metres. “It’s great to see Conor rewarded for his efforts this season, he’s worked hard and is prepared to listen to advice and the proof is in the pudding every time he hops in the cart,” said Ben. “Conor made a race-winning move in the first circuit dashing Ektoras to the lead and despite being the outsider of the field ($8) of six he managed to lift the seven-year-old over the line to score by a half-neck.” Noapachemee, starting popular pick ($2.70) in the last race of the night, capped off the celebrations for the Yole stable by taking full advantage of the Roberts Sprint Lane to send favourite punters home on a winning note start. “Rohan (Hillier) drove a classic race on Noapachemee, he’s been a model of consistency and has won seven races for the season and he will attempt to make it eight when he comes off the 20-metre handicap in race three on Friday night.” Ben will take a team of 38 to the final meeting of the season on Friday in Hobart in search of another four winners in his bid to set a new record. Shane Yates

Samantha Gangell and Conor Crook will make late bids for driving premiership honours in tonight’s penultimate harness racing meeting of the season in Hobart. Samantha currently sits second on the Leading Female Drivers table, level with Natalee Emery and two wins behind Hannah Van dongen, who currently has just the one drive Stylish Trend over the two meetings in Hobart in the next three days. Gangell has seven opportunities to close the gap, three drives tonight and another four chances on Friday. Young Bruiser kicks off Samantha’s night and despite being served up at odds of $26 he figures prominently in Tasracing harness live stream host Duncan Dornauf’s selections in tonight’s live stream coverage available from 17.00. Samantha’s second drive is Streetside Classic, trained by Mark Geeves, again highly rated by Duncan and has been tipped third by Tasracing form analyst Jamie Cockshutt. Streetside Classic has won two races this season and has been placed at three of its last five starts and comes off a last start fourth behind top-liner Similan Beach during the Botra Drivers Series in July. Hit The Lights (pictured), trained by Mark Geeves, is the top selection by Jamie Cockshutt and is the second tip in Duncan’s view and is currently quoted at $3.80. At first glance it would be hard to become enthused by the recent efforts of having finished last or send last at the five-year-old’s last four starts, however, Jamie is of the belief Samantha can either lead or settle third on the pegs and take advantage of the Roberts Sprint Lane. Conor Crook has enjoyed by far his best season to date, sitting ninth on the State Drivers Premiership table and he is currently level pegging with the sidelined Dylan Ford on 20 wins, five clear of third-placed Jack Laugher in the Junior Drivers Title. Conor has 12 drives over the two meetings in Hobart before the end of the season and will be in the gig on six occasions tonight, his best chance looking to appear in the last on the card with the Ben Yole-trained mare Ready to Fire at $ 6.50. Tonight’s seven-event Tasmanian Pacing Club card, commencing at 17.15, can be seen via the live stream service at tasracing.com.au. Shane Yates

A bumper card greets harness racing punters later today at the action-packed Launceston Pacing Club meeting. Pipers River trainer Kristy Grant will play a major role in the opening two races on the card, commencing with last start winner Mon Poppy Bronte contesting the Cliff Robins Memorial over 1680-metres. The Sportswriter-Misty Odette two-year-old bay filly was having its third career start in Hobart last week, proving too strong for Joogle after showing good gate and leading all the way. “I was delighted with her win, she had been working well in the lead-up to her maiden win and to see her finish off the race so well to score by 8.6-metres was very pleasing,” said Kristy. “Rohan (Hillier) rated her perfectly out in front but tonight having drawn wide in six will more than likely need to go back and find cover, but I will be leaving that to him with his judgement and experience, whatever the result is tonight she will be in the paddock before Scott Morrison is in the Lodge. Rollon Jack has struck form for the Grant stable, the Four Starzzz Shark-De Bruijn six-year-old gelding won one of its first 46 starts but has turned it all around in its most recent outings, winning in Hobart six weeks ago by a runaway margin of 16-metres and following up with a courageous 1.7-metre win over Adele Said (pictured) in Launceston a fortnight ago. “We’ve had Rollon Jack for three runs for a very encouraging seventh, they ran fast time and he made some ground in the latter stages and then carried that form into his Hobart win,” said Kristy. “His second win was over Marc’s (Butler) Adele Said, I stirred him all the way from Launceston to Pipers River, I think it’s safe to say he was relieved the race wasn’t in Hobart, he may have divorced me before our wedding in November.” Tonight’s ten-event Launceston Pacing Club card, commencing at 16.36, may be seen via the live stream service at tasracing.com.au   Shane Yates

Redason's trotting success in Hobart on Sunday night brought together the best of what racing is all about, the opportunity to celebrate with family and friends. The five-year-old Majestic Son-Rosedorae five-year-old trotter (pictured) is the product of a Tasmanian Pacing Club Syndicate and tasted success for the first time in the state with a faultless display of trotting for trainer-driver Rodney Ashwood in the Triple M Hobart Trot over 2090-metres. "It was great to see the syndicate up and about after the win. Redason finished close up on debut in the state when trotting returned to Tasmania in July and then he galloped away at his second run and we had to back to the trials," said Rod. "Redason performed well in the trials and put it all together last night. I had some great advice from Ray Pullen who came down and gave me a few tips. Ray has extensive experience with trotters and his words of wisdom were instrumental in the win, so I'm very thankful to him" Redason's win was the second leg of a winning double for Rod, having earlier lifted Falcon Harry over the line in the Green Electrical Pace for trainer Tony Petersen. Falcon Harry took a season record of two wins from nine starts into the race and was forced to work hard to gain success. "Falcon Harry has been racing well and I thought he would step to the front and be hard to run down but we got caught in the breeze so it was a tough effort and it's testament to Tony for the way he prepares his team," said Rod. "The pressure started to come on at the bell, we rolled to the front at the 600 metre mark with the challengers lining up behind us until turning for home and then it was on in earnest, but he staved off his rivals in the closing stages and defied a late lunge from Koolaz Elvis to score a courageous win." Rohan Hadley joined Rod as a multiple winner on the card guiding the Craig Hayes-trained Scooterwillrev to yet another effortless 5.4-metre victory over Rocknroll Turbo and Star Chamber and followed up by bringing Im Barney Rubble of the 20-metre handicap to clinch the tasracing.com.au Claimer. The top three drivers on the 2017/18 Premiership table, Todd Rattray, Ricky Duggan and Rohan Hillier all nailed one winner each on the programme, much to the delight of punters as all three runners ran favourite. Ricky got punters off to a flying start with Western Glory ($2,25) leading all the way, Todd enjoyed another armchair drive on Yatsenyuk Leis ($1.25) with Rohan following up Illegal Immigrant ($2.50). It wouldn't be a Tasmanian harness racing meeting without a win from the States's leading trainer Ben Yole and he duly saluted with Kaycee ($8.00) driven by Conor Crook. Paul Williams caused the boilover of the night when his first starter Donny In Paris, starting the rank outsider in the field of four at $31.00 put up a sensational performance to topple his highly rated rivals in the Olympus Feed Pace. The Rug Rat Donny-Paris Art two-year-old lost 30-metres at dispatch, giving the unbeaten Sutter Star, the Evicus winner Karalta Moondance and the talented Jigamaroo a huge start. Williams allowed Donny In Paris to move into the race under his own steam, tacking on at the bell and sitting fourth down the back stretch. Turning for home Karalta Moondance had beaten off the challenge of Sutter Star but was facing a fast-finishing Jigamaroo down the outside but it was to be Donny in Paris on debut that stormed through along the Sprint Lane to take the prize. Shane Yates

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