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Last season’s Tasmanian two-year-old colt and gelding of the year, Colby Sanz recorded his first feature race win as a three-year-old last night when he took out the $12,000 Tasmanian Guineas at Ladbrokes Park in Hobart. The Kent Rattray-trained pacer worked forward to find the lead quite cheaply at the 1700 metre mark and from there he was able to enjoy some soft sectionals including a 64.1s first half of the final mile which was good to see after the gelded son of Betterthancheddar was inclined to over race outside the leader in his start prior in Devonport. “Once he pops in front, he will run whatever you like,” explained trainer Kent Rattray after the win. “We got to the front and got a couple of good quarters and he just keeps boxing on,” added Rattray. The Tasmanian Derby on 14 March is the pacers next assignment and the longer distance of 2579 metres isn’t concerning his trainer. “We have said all along that a mile and a quarter, mile and a half will be his caper and he proved that tonight,” said the Litennia based trainer. The Derby in the past has seen a number of nice horse’s head across for the three-year-old feature and Rattray is hopeful the gelding can measure up. “We hope he can (measure up), we will have to wait and see, there was a couple of very nice horses there tonight that have had a crack at him but couldn’t get him … we would love a nice draw in the Derby and pop on top again,” said Rattray whose father Wayne trained 1997 Tasmanian Derby winner Admiral Karalta. Driver Gareth Rattray was happy with how the pacer responded over the concluding stages. “He ran his first half in 64.1 (seconds), he dropped the bit and relaxed in front but once another horse got beside him, he got going and I pulled the earplugs and he responded well,” said the master reinsman. “He was just fighting them off, he is more a tough customer than a speed horse,” added Gareth. Soho Senna ran a brave race to only be defeated a head with the race favourite Kohanah 4.7 metres away third. Smiley Lad was the last horse to complete the Tasmanian Guineas-Derby double in 1983. The $30,000 Group 3 Tasmanian Derby will be held on Tasmania Cup night on 14 March.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Victorian trained pacer Im Sir Blake proved too good for his rivals when he took out the first heat of the Group 2 Ladbrokes Tasmania Cup at Ladbrokes Park Hobart last night. Trained at Armstrong (near Ararat) by father-son training duo Danny and Leroy O’Brien, Im Sir Blake ($5.50) was forced to do it the hard way leading up the three-wide line over the final 1150 metres of the race to record his 11th career win at his 27th racetrack appearance. Co-trainer Leroy O’Brien who was trackside last night was happy to give the drive to Christian Salter, who has a good association with three-year-old Soho Senna who was formerly trained by the O’Briens before she found his way to Tasmania. “He is a local, he knows the track and he knows the horses plus he is driving well,” said Leroy. One query many had is that it was the first standing start race for the gelded son of Alta Christiano who stepped away cleanly from his 10-metre handicap before finding trouble in the 2579 metre event. “He went away fine but then there was a little bit of a concern when Finn Mac Kee galloped in front of him and when I pulled him down the track I may have oversteered him too much and got out of his gear and conceded a bit of ground,” explained winning driver Christian Salter after the race. “I thought to myself at the 600 (metres) that Goggo Gee Gee and no disrespect to the horse cause he is going super, that he might have come back to us a bit, well he didn’t come back to us but this horse has run 57.1 (seconds) his last half,” added Salter. Leroy was equally impressed with the win. “He was super, it was a 57.1 last half and he was out three-wide, credit to Christian (Salter) he got him travelling down the back, I said to him not to go for him too early as he is a funny horse as he doesn’t feel to be travelling that quick but he kept him underneath him and waited till the top of the straight to let him go,” said the co-trainer. “Full credit to the horse, he was super tonight to fight on as he did,” added Leroy. The co-trainer said that Im Sir Blake won’t contest next week’s heat, instead, the pacer will remain in the state to contest the $75,000 Final on 14 March. “His last hopple work was on Tuesday and he had nothing until today, 100% credit to Bianca and her team they do such a wonderful job. He won’t go around next week (in the heat), we will get him ready for the final, he will benefit from that being here” explained Leroy. Devonport Cup runner up and recent Burnie Cup winner Goggo Gee Gee ($26.00) finished 1.5 metres away in second spot after leading all the way, with the race favourite Ryley Major ($1.45) a further five metres away third in a mile rate of 2m 2.3s. The second heat will be staged on Sunday where more Victorian trained pacers are expected to contest the heat. Holy Basil, King Soloman, Its Back in the Day, Manganello and Perspective have all recently contested standing start trials in the past two weeks across Victoria. Nominations for the second heat close at 9:30 am on Tuesday with the field to be released that afternoon.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Ryley Major continued his dominance of the Tasmanian harness racing scene when he scored an effortless win in the Group 3 Triple M Hobart Pacing Cup at Ladbrokes Park last night. Sent out the shortest price favourite in the history of the race at $1.06, Hillier allowed the gelded son of Art Major to stroll to the lead at the 1700 metre mark in the 2090 metre mobile start event. “I thought there might have been a bit more speed early, but as it turned out the speedsters went back and made it for him a little bit,” said trainer-driver Rohan Hillier after the race. “I think Todd (Rattray) was a little bit dirty on himself that he didn’t hand up last week so once he had done that work early, I thought we would find the top,” added the Beauty Point-based horseman. From there the race was a procession with the pacer dashing home in a 56.77s last half mile to score by 8.6 metres over Izaha with 2015 winner Star Chamber a short half-head away third. The mile rate for the event was 1m 57.77s. Ryley Major had 982 days away from the track following a tendon injury after racing at Melton in July 2016. He returned to the track in March this year where he has won 16 races. “I have got to give all credit to the people at the stable, Troy (Hillier), Conor (Crook) and Makenna (Hillier) … he gets looked after pretty well this horse, if he is not at the beach, he is in the pool or we are doing something with his legs so I can’t thank them enough,” said Hillier who explained there was a stage where he didn’t think he would get the pacer back to the track. “He came back after 12 months and wasn’t going to make it so we gave him another 18 months off and this time he has stayed sound so touch wood he can,” said Hillier with the win being his third in the race after winning with Im Barney Rubble in 2017 and Waiona in 2011. The win was the tenth in a row for Ryley Major, the record for the greatest number of wins on Tasmanian soil in succession is held by Halwes at 13, with Resurgent Storm and Happy Prospect recording 12 wins on end. Ryley Major will be chasing his eleventh win in a row in Hobart on 16 February. “We have got the Metropolitan Cup next week and I think we will go there, and then head towards the Tasmania Cup,” Hillier said. The $75,000 Group 2 Tasmania Pacing Cup will be held on 14 March with heats to be held on 1 and 8 March.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

The Group 3 Hardings Hotmix Devonport Pacing Cup headlined a great night’s action in Devonport on Sunday night where we saw a deserved winner in Illegal Immigrant who raced wide for the final 1200 metres in the Group 3 event. This Friday night in Hobart we see the feature races continue with the $25,000 Triple M Hobart Pacing Cup before we head to Launceston for the Final of the Harry Holgate Memorial and the Launceston Discretionary. The Stars Illegal Immigrant – deserved a feature race win and he finally got that when he scored in the Group 3 Hardings Hotmix Devonport Pacing Cup. The American Ideal gelding is trained and driven by Troy Hillier who part-owns the pacer along with his wife Michelle. Illegal Immigrant was purchased out of New Zealand in November of 2017 and in his time in the Hillier stable the gelding has won 15 races and $125,000 in prizemoney. Gotta Good Reason – led all the way to score at his first start since arriving in the state in the Tas Freight Dash For Cash. The recent Mark Yole stable addition was able to hold the lead over the 1930 metre trip from the pole draw. After holding the lead concession driver Troy McDonald was able to get a 63.9s first half mile before recording quarters of 29.5s and 29.5s to record his thirteenth career win. Melnrowley – from the Craig Hayes stables she was able to break her maiden status on debut in the $12,000 Carlton and United Breweries Belmont for the two-year-old fillies. The daughter of Heston Blue Chip was also driven by Hayes, raced outside the leader in a 67.4s first half mile before being too tough late in a 61.0s last half. Ben Yole – trained a treble on the Devonport card including two trifectas and one quinella. That quinella was in the $12,000 Jeremy Rockliff Coastal Pacing Thousand where $35.00 chance Hezatoff stormed home to win after enjoying a soft run on the pegs. Gareth Rattray – Drove a treble on the card including Hezatoff along with Devil Of Tyne who scored a narrow victory earlier in the night. The master driver’s last win came with Colby Sanz in the final race on the card where he proved too tough for his rivals after racing outside the leader for a large portion of the race. Multiple Winners Launceston – Friday evening Conor Crook – driving treble; Lip Reader, Monarkmac and Laid Back Kenny, Rohan Hillier – training double; Lip Reader and Monarkmac. Devonport – Sunday evening Ben Yole – training treble; Tarleton Riley, Shestryingtactics and Hezatoff, Gareth Rattray – driving treble; Devil Of Tyne and Hezatoff and Colby Sanz, Troy McDonald – driving double; Tarleton Riley and Gotta Good Reason. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Launceston – Friday evening Lip Reader 57.05s, Juniper 57.61s, Arctic 57.62s, Chris Be Quick 57.71s and Tizyalator 57.79s. Devonport – Sunday evening Illegal Immigrant 58.83s, Chasing Cheetahs 58.87s, Gotta Good Reason 59.00s, Just Say Go 59.07s and Smart Little Shard 59.13s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Launceston – Friday evening Hit’s: Resurgent Storm $3.50 into $2.90 and Sunoflindenny $2.60 into $2.15. Defied The Drift: Resolute Ruler $4.80 out to $5.00, Monarkmac $3.80 out to $4.80 and Laid Back Kenny $6.50 out to $7.00. Missed: Witch Master $10.00 into $5.00, Border Cross $14.00 into $6.00, Heza Rummage $16.00 into $9.00, Sweet Luck $21.00 into $10.00 and Lake Eye $21.00 into $12.00. Devonport – Sunday evening Hit’s: Tarleton Riley $11.00 into $7.50 and Melnrowley $2.10 into $1.90. Defied The Drift: Devil Of Tyne $6.50 out to $10.00, Shestryingtactics $8.50 out to $17.00 and Gotta Good Reason $9.00 out to $15.00. Missed: Amendment Thirteen $6.00 into $3.50, Flight Officer $19.00 into $8.00, Chasing Cheetahs $3.60 into $3.00, Smart Little Shard $5.50 into $4.20, Dasher Houli $9.00 into $6.50 and Jimmy Smalls $3.00 into $2.50. Trial File Hobart – Monday evening Four trials were staged in Hobart on Monday evening where the Bianca Heenan-trained Betterbsweet recorded the quickest winning mile rate of the session in 2m 5.5s in a rating 54 to 59 trial. The daughter of Betterthancheddar was able to lead in the trial to score a four-metre trial with Christian Salter in the sulky. Other winners included The Shallows who scored in a standing start trial in 2m 6.3s after starting from a 20-metre handicap with Iden Reactor (2m 6.1s) and Royal Reactor (2m 7.4s) scoring in the other trials. Carrick Park – Monday evening Six-year-old gelding Artiflash was the quickest trial winner of the seven trials held at Carrick Park. The Ben Yole-trained gelding scored by five-metres over Ready To Fire. Rohan Hadley took the reins in the rating 64 or better trial with the mile rate for the 2150 metre trip recorded in 2m 3.3s with the last half mile covered in 61.2s. Other winners included: Machbev (2m 8.8s), The New Man (2m 5.6s), Peaceful Thomas (2m 6.2s), Shady Story (2m 11.1s), Mozasu (2m 15.9s) and Jeans Mattjesty (2m 10.2s). Week Ahead It’s Hobart Cup weekend and it kicks off with the $25,000 Triple M Hobart Pacing Cup on Friday night at Ladbrokes Park Hobart. The final field will be released later this afternoon, but it is expected that star pacer Ryley Major will headline the race with Izaha and Call Me Hector expected to be some of the names in the final field. Sunday night in Launceston we see the running of the $12,000 Harry Holgate Memorial Final. Heats of the race were staged on Friday night where Lip Reader and Resurgent Storm were the two heat winners. The $12,000 Launceston Discretionary is another feature on the card over 2200 metre trip where Sea Double Ugrant, Somedan, Ideal Wold and Poker Storm all share the 10-metre back mark. Some horses with a Tasmanian connection this weekend include; Melton – Saturday night Race 2 Horse 8 Blingittothemax. Menangle – Saturday night  Race 6 Horse 2 Ignatius, Race 7 (Group 2) Horse 12 Max Delight.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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