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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   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 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

Defending Tasmanian Premiership winning driver Todd Rattray has the firepower at tonight’s Tasmanian Pacing Club meeting in Hobart to put his lead in the 2017/18 season beyond the reach of  Rohan Hillier and Ricky Duggan and put an end to their late-season surge for the Title. Todd goes into tonight’s meeting with a handy cushion of 11 wins and with drives such as Yatsenyuk Leis (pictured), Koolaz Elvis and Karpenkova Leis in his arsenal may well blow his rivals away and secure back-to-back premierships for the first time in his career. “The Premiership title is not something I focus on from week to week but at the end of the season it’s good to look back and see that you have performed well and when  you consider the drivers we have in the state like Rohan Hillier, Ricky Duggan, Rohan Hadley and Gareth (Rattray) that you come up against every week that makes it even more rewarding,” said Todd. “I’ve got a handy book of drives tonight starting off with Trevor and Marjorie Leis’ bred and raced filly Karpenkova Leis, she took a while to overcome a cold and she is first-up from a spell tonight so she will be lacking a little fitness but I expect her ability to carry her well into the race.” Stablemate Yatensuk Leis will line-up in the Cascade Draught Pace, race two on the card over 2090-metres and is line for a winning hat-trick. “We’ve only had Yatsenyuk Leis for three starts and he’s won two of them in good style, he was able to sit outside the leader and power away from Keep Playing which has won sinceand then led all the way to beat Pezzamystic when a long odds-on favourite,” said the impressed trainer. He’s a well-bred lightly raced Shadow Play- Levenkova Leis three-year-old in his first campaign and there appears to be plenty of upside to him, he’s drawn well tonight inside the front line so if the opportunity is there to lead that’s what we will be doing.” Todd has six drives on the nine-event card with including Koolaz Elvis and Taurisi. “Koolaz Elvis is one of my better chances in the fourth which is a stand, he has only had the one stand start prior to tonight and went away well and finished second so I’m hoping he begins safely again,” said Todd “We have Taurisi taking on a class field, he comes up against Scooterwillrev, Rocknroll Turbo and Jaks Teller in race seven the Talbot Tavern Pace and I think he stills another run or two under his belt before we see his best.” Tonight’s nine-race TPC card, commencing at 17.15, may be viewed via the live stream service at Shane Yates

It has been a history-making week in Tasmanian harness racing during the past seven days. Last Wednesday in Hobart the first harness race from Tasmania was exported to France when they took the telecast of the Trotters race which was taken out by All The Way Mae. The history books were reopened on Sunday night when Scooterwillrev recorded a mile rate of 1min 56.6secs for 2200 metres in Launceston, breaking the previous record which was set by She’s Magnetic of 1:57.2 in late May. To put this track record into perspective you have to go back to March 2010 to find the previous record when Lanercost recorded 1:57.3. This weekend sees two race meetings with the Tier One meeting being held in Hobart on Friday night which will see two walkovers in the heats of the Breeders Crown before the action returns to the north-west coast in Devonport for the Tier Two meeting that will see the trotters go around for the first time at the Devonport Showgrounds since trotting races were reintroduced to the state The Stars Scooterwillrev – brought up his third win in a row with a track record performance in Launceston on Sunday evening with a tough win in the fast class race of the night. The final three quarters were run in 29.0secs, 27.7secs and 28.0secs. The gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere is now being aimed at a race during the Breeders Crown Carnival with trainer Craig Hayes having a number of races to pick from including the four-year-old’s Breeders Crown and the Breeders Crown Graduate Cup for horses that were nominated for the Breeders Crown as a yearling and are assessed M0 to M1. Rohan Hillier – continued his brilliant form with a driving treble on Sunday night including a training double in the opening two races. Hillier has 67 driving wins for the season and if his current form continues he looks set to pass his previous best number of wins in a season of 73. Max Delight – produced a brilliant win at his Tasmanian debut in the $15,000 Olympus Feeds Golden Slipper. The Bettors Delight colt ran away in a 57.3secs last half to win by 15.9 metres over Resurgent Storm who was undefeated going into the race. Trainer Paul Ashwood indicated post-race that the youngster will be aimed at the Breeders Crown series in Victoria next month and will attempt to qualify for a spot in the semi-finals in a heat in Launceston on August 3. Im Compliant – former Kiwi gelding remains undefeated after four Australian starts and couldn’t have been more impressive winning in Launceston on Sunday night where he sat three-wide for the final 1200-metres in a slick 1min 57.0secs for the 1680-metre journey. Todd Rattray – continued his good form since resuming from injury with four winning drives in the past seven days. He is 13 wins clear on the state drivers premiership for the season. Star Chamber – the former Tasmanian Cup was back in the winners stall on Wednesday night when he was first up since finishing fifth behind Harjeet in the Easter Cup. Multiple Winners Hobart – Wednesday Todd Rattray – driving treble; Aitutaki, Elect To Go and Yatsenyuk Leis. Dylan Ford – driving double; Do It For Dave and Star Chamber. Justin Campbell – driving double; Boltnmach and Delightful Junie. Ricky Duggan – driving double; Sutter Star and All The Way Mae. Launceston – Sunday Rohan Hillier – training and driving double; Im Compliant and Rocknroll Turbo. He made it a driving treble with the win of Max Delight. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Hobart on Wednesday. Do It For Dave 57.66, Star Chamber 57.95, Heza Rummage 58.24, Poker Storm 58.46 and Monarkmac 58.62. From Launceston on Sunday. Scooterwillrev 55.51, Lockaway Kacie 56.52, Rocknroll Turbo 56.90, Illegal Immigrant 56.91 and Im Born To Rule 57.01. View all Tasmanian Sectional Data here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart Defied The Drift: Aitutaki $13 out to $16, Boltnmach $17 out to $19 and Do It For Dave $6.00 out to $7.00 Missed: Miss Atomic Betty $15 into $11, Tactical Delight $11 into $8.50 and Selfrightousbouy $8.00 into $6.00. Launceston Hit: Scooterwillrev $1.30 into $1.14. Defied The Drift: Miss Atomic Betty $21 out to $26, Bremusa $4.00 out to $7.00 and El Jays Monza $2.90 out to $3.90. Missed: Karalta Kruise $2.90 into $2.49, Ideal Karalta $4.20 into $3.80 and Illegal Immigrant $2.90 into $2.70. Trial File Hobart on Monday Three trials were staged at the Elwick Racing Complex where the Adrian Duggan-trained, Taylor Ford-driven Tizyalator recorded the quickest mile rate of the night in 2mins 2.1secs for 2090-metres, in a C0 and better mobile event. Positioned behind the leader in the trial, Tizyalator scored by two metres over Never Sighted, that duo finished some 98 metres in front of the third placegetter Ucarntbeatamint. The last two quarters were run in 29.3secs and 28.6secs. The remaining two trials were won by Maravilloso (2:18.1) and Brystabella (2:03.4). Week Ahead It’s a great night of racing in Hobart on Friday night where the Cascade Draught Pace for Free For All pacers is one of the highlights on the card. The Juanita McKenzie-trained pacers will feature at the top of the market with exciting pacer Plata O Plomo who has won four out of his last six starts and comes off a second placing behind the in-form Scooterwillrev on the Hobart circuit on July 13. Jaks Teller is the other runner from McKenzie’s stable, the Washington Vc entire has won six races and has been placed on four occasions from 10 starts this season. One question punters have will be with his gate speed as he has only ever drawn inside barrier six on three occasions in his career where he was never pushed off the gate early in those efforts. Another highlight on the Hobart program will be in race three where Im Compliant takes on the in-form Usain Jolt and the Hobart specialist Zhukov Leis. The first of seven Tab races gets underway at 16:53 with races eight and nine being walkovers with only one horse contesting each race. Devonport is the venue for Sunday night harness racing where the John Castles-trained Keep Playing will be looking for her second win of the season when she lines up in the opening race. The gelded son of Shadow Play comes into the race off four placings in his last five starts including a second placing in Launceston on Sunday. Driver Todd Rattray will only need an ounce of luck from the inside of the second row over the 2297-metre event. It will be a feast for punters on the north-west coast with thoroughbred racing at Spreyton Park during the afternoon. Having a look at runners with Tasmanian interest at metropolitan venues this week includes; Melton – Saturday night Race 1 Horse 1 Resurgent Spirit Race 3 Horse 4 Nikkibadwagon Race 5 Horse 2 The Bettormack Race 7 Horse 6 Miley Rose Menangle – Saturday night Race 1 Horse 5 Rykov Leis and Horse 7 Pachacuti Race 5 Horse 7 Shezallapples   Duncan Dornauf

The stars of Tasmanian harness racing sparkled brightly in Hobart at the Tasmanian Pacing Club meeting on Friday night. Hall Of Fame reinsman Ricky Duggan led the way with four winners in succession, three starting favourite and one the second favourite. The punter’s pal run started his winning night with a classic drive with the Juanita McKenzie-trained Jaks Teller. Duggan seized the opportunity to make ground heading to mile pole when Brady Woods had them walking up front with the popular pick Usain Jolt. Jaks Teller found the death-seat in leisurely fashion and from their Duggan dictated terms, applying the pressure to Usain Jolt approaching the 400-metre before racing clear at the top of the stretch to score by 5.4-metres and notch up the four-year-olds tenth win from 15 starts. Duggan’s masterful judgement was on display with the Paul Hill prepared Streitkid starting from an outside second line draw to come from second last at the 600-metre mark to storm over the top of Abs Boy to record its sixth win from 12 outings by 4.3-metres. The Craig Hayes prepared Scooterwillrev showed he is well and truly back to his brilliant best with a runaway 9.7-metres victory over Plata O Plomo. The four-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-Karamea Toastime gelding boasts an amazing career record of 18 wins from 30 starts but had endured a tough start to the 2017/18 season before being backed off the map and scoring accordingly in Launceston at its most recent run. Despite drawing the inside of the front line Duggan refused to get involved in the early speed battle electing to sit back fourth before working into death chair outside Another Swinger. Plata O Plomo camped on the speed in third spot behind the leader but had no answer when Duggan surged to the front on Scooterwillrev inside the 4oo-metre mark. “It’s the first time I’ve had the opportunity to drive Scooterwillrev and to say I’m impressed would be a huge understatement,” said Ricky. “I got off the pegs in the first hundred metres of the race and got to the death  outside Gareth (Rattray) on Another Swinger and after he’d had an easy first section I decided to apply some pressure at the 1200-metre mark and it was a test of the toughest from there on in, we ran home in 57 seconds and left a good horse in Plata O Plomo standing through the home turn.” Rollon Jack’s record is at the other end of the scale, having won just one race in a 46 starts career however with Duggan in the sulky for the first time punters rallied behind the Marc Butler-trained six-year-old. Rollon Jack was third last at the bell but made its move out three wide before hooking out four wide at the 600-metre mark and bursting to the lead approaching the home turn, before sprinting clear for a 16-metre victory. The Rattray brothers pitched in with a double each, Gareth winning the bookend races on the card with the Melissa Maine-trained stablemates Princess Luna on debut in the two-year-old fillies Belmont Pace and with Tisu Spirit winning its first race for the season in the last, the three-year-old. Todd Rattray backed up from driving half the programme on Wednesday night in Launceston to steer home Zhukov Leis to its fifth career win and then got the job done on Bigsie Neptune for Steve Lukac. Watch Jaks Teller topple Usain Jolt in the Roberts Bridgewater Sprint Lane Pace by 5.4-metres to take its winning tally to double figures:   Shane Yates

Husband and wife team Adam and Natalee Emery will go down in history as the winning trainer and driver combination of the first Tasmanian Trotting event in over 90 years. Natalee slipped Ten Caisses (pictured-partially obscured on inside) through along the Roberts Sprint Lane to take out the Tasracing Trotters Return To Tassie Handicap in a blanket finish that saw only 2.7-metres cover the field of five trotters in Hobart on Sunday night. "Nat and I are delighted to have won the first trotting race in nearly a century, we talked about getting involved when Tasracing first canvassed the idea of re-introducing trotting but we really only decided to go ahead over the June long weekend," said Adam. "We put an advertisement up on the Trading Ring offering to train a trotter and the next day was contacted by the Brown family from Kapunda in South Australia and we were able to come to terms on training Ten Caisses for them here in Tasmania." The Tennotrump-Encaisses six-year-old gelding had won eight of 56 starts before heading across Bass Strait including three of 17 this season. "It all happened very quickly, we got the call on the Tuesday night and Ten Caisses had won the Strathalbyn Cup the day before so he arrived in Tasmania on the Friday of the same week, so we have only had him a fortnight," said Emery. "Nat drove him in a trial at Devonport on Monday night to give him a hit-out and get a feel of him and he performed well and trotted throughout which he did again on Sunday, in fact all runners did which was great to see and it was a tremendous contest all the way down to the post, now that the concept has come to fruition I'm sure we will see other owners and trainers getting involved." It was also a huge night for champion reinsman Ricky Duggan, guiding home four winners on the nine-event card starting with the Tony Petersen-trained Usain Jolt ($1.65) followed by the Marc Butler prepared Peaceful Thomas ($3.70) in the Sires Produce, Paul Hill's Streitkid ($1.30) and the Juanita McKenzie prepared Remeber Joe ($6.00). Conor Crook has surged to the top of the BOTRA Claiming Novice Drivers Series points table after the second night of  Heats with his winning drive on the Ben Yole-trained No Apachemee. Wade Rattray moved to seventh on the table with his all the way victory on Inner Light ($9.00), upsetting the long odds-on favourite Similan Beach. BOTRA Claiming Novice Drivers Leaderboard. 40   Conor Crook 34  Allister Woods 32   Matthew Cooper 30  Samantha Gangell 28  Samantha Freeman 27  Lee Simmonds 24  Wade Rattray 20  Brady Woods 16  Charlie Castles 11  Chris Aylett The Series concludes in Launceston on Friday with the staging of Heats five and six.   Shane Yates

Trotting returns to Tasmanian shores on Sunday night in Hobart for the first time since 1927. The Tasmanian Pacing Club has invested in the future of the Tasracing-led trotting initiative by organising a syndicate of 20 members to purchase a trotter to compete in the ‘Trotters Return To Tassie Handicap’. “We have been discussing the idea of purchasing a horse for some time, then it was decided to invest in a trotter and things have moved quickly since then,” said Tasmanian Pacing Club CEO Steve Devereux. “We’ve had some feelers out for a few weeks and on Tuesday Redason became available so we snapped him up and he arrived in the state on Friday.” Redason, a Majestic Son-Rosedorae five-year-old, has won two races in a 20 start career including a last start victory at Warragul on Sunday. “We are delighted with the way the syndicate has come together, we have a number of members from previous syndicates and we have eight or 10 new owners who have come on board, everyone is excited about seeing their new horse and experiencing the benefits the club offers, it’s an affordable way to become involved in a great sport and make new friendships along the way and from the Club’s perspective it attracts new blood to the industry and that’s what we need, we think it’s a win-win,” said Steve. “Rodney Ashwood will train Redason and we have Rohan Hillier driving, Tasracing have programmed 52 trotting races over the next 12 months and we see it as a positive move to grow the industry, so we will see how things go, we may even look at purchasing another one yet.” The Club will stage a celebrity double-sulky race to entertain patrons attending the nine-event card. “We have our top drivers Natalee Emery, Gareth Rattray, Rohan Hillier and Ricky Duggan partnering our celebrities Pam Quade, Judy Le Fevre, Jacob Bevis and Blair Brownless so we think it’s going to be a great attraction.” said the TPC chief executive. The BOTRA Claiming Novice Drivers Series continues in races one and three on the card with Matthew Cooper an outstanding chance to pick up maximum points behind the Marc Butler-trained Similan Beach, drawn three on the front line over 2090 metres. The Somebeachsomewhere-Glenferrie Inn three-year-old boasts an exciting record of five wins and four seconds from 10 career starts. Samantha Freeman will relish the opportunity of adding more points to her first heat win from Friday night in Devonport when she pilots the Ben Yole-prepared last-start Launceston winner Pushkin. Allister Woods, fresh from success at Devonport will guide the Thomas Jackson-trained pacer Finn Mac Kee in race 3, heat four. Allister enjoyed an armchair drive on Friday behind Ima Ginger Rogers but will need to be on his toes tonight as the in-form pacer has been handed a second-line draw. Leading reinsman Ricky Duggan may well be in for a picnic tonight as he drives top fancies Usain Jolt, Streitkid, Jaks Teller, All The Way Mae, Peaceful Thomas, Remeber Joe and Chasing Cheetahs. Duncan Dornauf will host the live stream service of the historic meeting with a preview of the nine-race card programme at approimately 16.40 on’s TasRacingTV. Shane Yates

Brady Woods, fresh from success in the 6ty° Youngbloods Challenge, is attempting to become the first driver to capture the Youngbloods and Claiming Novice Drivers Title in the one season. Brady also has the added pressure of being the defending champion of the BOTRA Claiming Novice Drivers’ title and if successful be the first driver to go back-to-back in the Series, first staged in 2012. Brady led this year’s Youngblood Series going into the final night of Heats and his decision to return home from his Australian Kelpie Muster holiday in Victoria paid dividends, clinching the title in a nail-biting finish that went right down to the wire. The BOTRA Claiming Novice Drivers Series commences with two Heats in Devonport tonight, moves to Hobart on Sunday and concludes in Launceston next Friday night. BOTRA President Barrie Rattray is delighted to be supporting the Series again this year. “A key focus of BOTRA is to welcome and encourage the development of new participants in the industry, breeders, owners, trainers and of course drivers and find ways to support them,” said Barrie. “The Claiming Novice Drivers Series is a perfect example of how we can do this and we appreciate the owners and trainers nominating their horses to enable the drivers to gain further experience, we’ve had some close finishes since the Series commenced in 2012 including a couple of dual winners so we are looking forward to another competitive Series starting tonight.” The equal winner of the 2014 Series Samantha Freeman has a great opportunity to draw first blood, steering the favourite Flying Wingard in Heat one. The Badlands Hanover-Truffieres four-year-old is now in the care of John Castles and is ideally drawn in two for tonight’s assignment of adding to its two career victories. Brady Woods should also be hard to hold out with Jasmina’s Joy, the four-year-old mare was held up at a vital stage in the home stretch in Launceston last week behind Ready To Fire and should have finished closer. Samantha Gangell, currently equal third on the Leading Female Drivers Premiership for the season, will partner Shadow Control from the pole position and on the strength of its last start fourth to Pushkin on Sunday night is a leading contender for maximum points. Samantha has the luxury of following up with last start winner El Jays Monet in Heat two. The Ken Rattray prepared Major In Art-El Jays Belle gelding scored impressively by 7.2 metres in Launceston on Sunday night and has come up with gate five on the front line. Allister Woods will drive the popular pick Ima Ginger Rogers from the pole, the Steven Davis-trained mare has been placed at her last two outings and is primed for a forward showing on her home track. Tonight’s compact six-event Devonport Harness Racing Club card commences at 17.00 and may be viewed via the live stream service at Shane Yates

The upsets in Hobart harness racing continued on Friday night when the Kent Rattray-trained Karalta Moondance scored at odds of $81 in the two-year-old fillies Tasmanian Sires’ Stakes Final, the Evicus, when she outsprinted the leader and race favourite Spoilt Sport over the concluding stages. The colts and geldings final was won by the talented Betterthancheddar Colt Resurgent Storm for New Norfolk trainer, owner and breeder Rodger Whitmore. This week we see the first four heats of the BOTRA (Tas) Claiming Novice Drivers series commence with two heats in Devonport on Friday night and a further two heats in Hobart on Sunday night. The programme in Hobart also sees the running of the Tasmanian Sires’ Produce and the first trotting race in Tasmania since Lampton won at Carrick Park in 1927. Trotters have been able to race against the pacers since and have done so successfully on a small number of occasions with the most recent being Yankee Avenue winning a race during each of the last two seasons on King Island. In May 1994 Ratz time trialled in Launceston, recording a mile of 2:02.2 (which remains a Tasmanian State Trotting Record) for trainer-driver Ken Tippett. The Tarado Hanover gelding was the winner of 15 races on mainland Australia and was bred at Scottsdale by Rodney and Denise Boyle. The Stars Resurgent Storm – top two-year-old who remains undefeated after four starts, he only did what he had to do to win the Group 3 Dandy Patch Final. The Betterthancheddar colt is owned and trained by New Norfolk’s Rodger Whitmore who also bred the pacer. Karalta Moondance  – caused an upset in the Group 3 Evicus Final when she showed a good turn of speed over the concluding stages. Trainer Kent Rattray and driver John Walters have now teamed up to win a Group 3 race every year for the past three seasons. The Rock N Roll Heaven filly is owned and bred by Kent’s parents Wayne and Gaye Rattray. Call Her Julie  –  “Julie, you beauty,” were the words trainer-driver Matthew Cooper proudly said when he took the Lombo Pocket Watch mare past the post in first position in the Col Saunders Memorial Brighton Cup. After working forward to find the lead in the early stages the mare was too tough for her rivals. It was the seventh win of the season for Call Her Julie who will be a strong contender for the Tasmanian Mare of the year for the 2017/18 season. Bettabrown Tiger  –  once again the Melissa Maine-trained pacer was too good for his rivals when he led all the way to win untroubled by 16.6-metres to record his seventh career win at only his eighth racetrack appearance. Keep an eye out for this Betterthancheddar gelding in Victoria in the coming weeks as the connections chase a $7,000 Vicbred bonus. Rohan Hillier – continued his good form with a driving double on Friday night with Offthetopofmyhead who made it back-to-back wins while Hillier took out the Shirley Hills Mares Handicap with El Jays Mystery. He then backed up with a treble in Launceston on Sunday to tighten the gap between him and Todd Rattray on the state driver’s premiership. Multiple Winners Hobart – Friday Ricky Duggan – driving double; Usain Jolt ad Resurgent Storm. Rohan Hillier – driving double; Offthetopofmyhead and El Jays Mystery. Launceston – Sunday Mark Yole – driving treble; Pushkin, El Jays Monet and Delbelle Legend. Rohan Hillier – driving treble; No Apachemee, Stylish Trend and Sheza Bettormak. Ben Yole – training treble; Pushkin, No Apachemee and Stylish Trend. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Hobart on Friday. Betterbrown Tiger 57.40, Offthetopofmyhead 57.73, Usain Jolt 57.85, Elegantly Spoken 57.97 and Victoria Pass 57.99 From Launceston on Sunday Scooterwillrev 56.25, Sheer Strength 57.37, My Ruby Rose 57.47, No Apachemee 57.59 and Finn Mac Kee 57.75. View all Tasmanian Sectional Data here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart Hits: Usain Jolt $4.80 into $3.50 and El Jays Mystery $4.00 into $3.80. Defied The Drift: Karalta Moondance $71 out to $81. Missed: Streitkid $3.70 into $3.30 (2nd), Black Ops $71 into $31 (9th) and Bremusa $7.00 into $6.00 (3rd). Launceston Hit: Scooterwillrev $2.30 in to $1.80. Defied The Drift: No Apachemee $5.00 out to $6.00 and El Jays Monet $5.50 out to $7.50. Missed: Holme On The Bayou $8.00 in to $7.00 (2nd) and Sign Of A Tyne $18 in to $13 (2nd). Trial File Hobart on Monday New Norfolk trainer, owner and breeder Rodger Whitmore produced the quickest winner of the trial session when Sutter Star won his two-year-old trial in a time of 2min 3.3secs for the 1609-metre journey. The colt is by Sutter Hanover and is out of Our Etoile, who is a half-sister to Resurgent Star. Resurgent Star is the dam of Resurgent Spirit ($196,000), Resurgent Dream ($62,500) and recent Dandy Patch Final winner Resurgent Storm ($41,500). Other trial winners included; Tizyalator (2:06.7), Shaws Last Hand (2:04.3) and Origin Billy (2:04.0) Devonport on Monday Trotters My Jackofdiamonds and Ten Caisses continued there preparation to Sunday night’s event when they stepped out in the opening trial on Monday night. The Ben Yole trained My Jackofdiamonds took up the lead in the standing start event which was conducted over 2286-metres. The seven-year-old gelding who is raced by well-known owner Colin Croft scored by four metres over pacer White Eagle, with the Adam Emery trained, Natalee Emery-driven Ten Caisses finishing 4.2-metres behind the winner in a mile rate of 2min 12.1secs. The remaining two trials were won by Flying Wingard (2:03.0) and Freds Under Fire (2:01.7) Week Ahead The action kicks off with a twilight programme at the Devonport Showgrounds on Friday where the first two heats of the BOTRA (Tas) Claiming Novice Drivers Series will be held. Defending champion and recent Youngbloods Challenge winner Brady Woods will be joined in the series by Matthew Cooper, Samantha Gangell, Samantha Freeman, Wade Rattray, Allister Woods, Kirsty Grant, Braden Howlett, Charlie Castles and Connor Crook. The first heat is race two on the card at 17:33 with the first race set down to start at 17:00.‘s hosted live stream coverage will be in Hobart on Sunday night when the trotters return to the state. It will be Tasmania vs Victoria in the T0 and better Discretionary. Victorian trainers Jayne Davies and Brent Lilley have one horse each in the 2579-metre event. Davies is represented by last-start Warragul winner Redason who started off a 10-metre handicap and was able to quickly find the lead to win untroubled by 10.3 metres in a mile rate of 2:06.8 for the 2210-metre event. Our Summer Vacation While Lilley will be represented by All The Way Mae. The daughter of Pegasus Spur is the winner of eight races, with her most recent win coming at Ballarat five starts ago. Tasmanian trainers Adam Emery, Ben Yole and Todd Rattray will fly the flag for “Team Tassie”. Emery has taken over the training of Ten Caisses who led all the way to win the Strathalbyn Trotters Cup on June 11. The Tennotrump gelding has proven that he can handle all track circumferences with a win coming at the Wayville Showgrounds circuit in the heart of Adelaide late last year. Yole prepares the Colin Croft owned My Jackofdiamonds who was a trial winner in Devonport on Monday evening while Rattray will gear up Our Summer Vacation who is first up since mid-December and is another recent trial winner. will have a hosted live stream of all of the action that includes a further two heats of the BOTRA (Tas) Claiming Novice Drivers Series and a very competitive Rexel North Hobart Tasmanian Sires’ Produce. Prior to the Hobart meeting the eyes of all Tasmanian harness racing fans will be glued on fifth race at Menangle when star Tasmanian owned and bred pacer Ignatius chases Group 1 Glory in the $150,000 NSW Breeders Challenge three-year-old Colts and Geldings Final at 14:47 on Sunday afternoon. The Roll With Joe gelding is trained by former Tasmanian James Rattray, who will also take the drive. Ignatius has won 13 of his 14 career starts and has earned more than $172,000 in prize money. Tasmanian bred mare Shezallapples will contest Group 1 NSW Breeders Challenge for four-year-old mares at the same meeting. Tasmanian bred and three-year-old Tasmanian Sires’ Stakes winner Nostra Beach will contest a semi-final of the three-year-old Fillies Vicbred series at Melton on Friday night while Solid As A Rock, who has Tasmanian interest amongst his connections, will contest a semi-final for the four-year-old Colts and Geldings division.   Duncan Dornauf

Kent Rattray and John Walters combined to pull off one the of the biggest upsets in Tasmanian harness racing history in the $40,000 Tasracing Evicus Final on Friday night in Hobart. Karalta Moondance was sent out the despised outsider at $101 with betting agencies in the Group 3 Two-Year-Old Fillies Classic, but she was nowhere near that price in the eyes of her trainer and driver. “She has always shown gate speed but we’ve been trying to teach her to settle in her races but John said to me when the draw came out and she drew five, if ever there was a chance to use her early toe then the Final over 1609-metres was the time,” said Kent. “She came out humming with the favourite Spoilt Sport and John eased in behind the speed and had the perfect sit on the front-runner.” The Rodney Ashwood-trained and driven Spoilt Sport was the heavily supported favourite at $1.70 after winning the Preludes to both the Elderslie Horse Care And Spelling Sweepstakes and the Tasracing Evicus. The Sportswriter-Tara Lassie filly set a cracking pace recording a first split of 27.8 seconds before steadying the ship with a 31.3 second quarter, Rod opened up the field again with a 28.9 second dash down the backstretch and with the second elect Enterprising Milly struggling to stay with her back in third place Spoilt Sport looked set for victory. However, Rattray and Walters and their gutsy filly had other ideas. “Coming off the back Karalta Moondance was sticking on gamely and I thought we are going to run money which would have been a great result and then as they approached the turn I’m thinking we’re a chance here and sure enough she really knuckled down to the task in the straight and ran over the top of the favourite,” said a delighted trainer. “John drove her an absolute treat, he assessed the race to perfection during the week, formed his tactics and then stuck to his guns come race night.” “John and I have won a Group 3 now for the last three years, Riverboat Jasper won the Easter Cup in 2016, Timely Sovereign won the Raider Stakes in 2017 and now Karalta Moondance has taken out the Evicus.” At the start of the two-year-old season, Kent was quietly confident he could capture one of the Classics this year but not the one that fell his way last night. “We had Sunny Sanz win three from three earlier in the year but unfortunately he did a suspensory in the week leading up to the Sweepstakes Series, he’s at home and has one more shock-wave treatment to go and then he will be off to the Bennett’s property at Ringarooma for a long spell, we think he’s pretty special so we will give him every chance to prove that later in his career,” said Kent. “Coming home from Hobart on Friday night I was thinking back to the drive home in 2008 when Dad was still training and we had won both the Evicus and Dandy Patch with Karalta Crown and Cody Maverick and I said to my daughter make sure you remember tonight as we won’t have a night like this again,” said a reflective Kent. “As it turned out we didn’t last night but I couldn’t help but think what may have been, but that’s racing and Roger (Whitmore) richly deserved his win with Resurgent Storm in the Dandy Patch, he’s a top little horse and is unbeaten so he’s done a great job with him.” Shane Yates

Tasmania’s leading trainer Ben Yole recorded his 100th Australian win of the season after the Sidmouth-based trainer dominated last weekend’s action in Tasmania. Hall Of Fame driver Ricky Duggan is normally the punter’s friend but he delivered a long shot double in Hobart on Friday night. Rohan Hillier produced two good winning drives in Launceston on Sunday night. He shared driving honours on the program with Conor Crook who also recorded a double. This week the two-year-old Sires’ Stakes finals, the Group 3 Evicus and Group 3 Dandy Patch headline the Make A Wish race night in Hobart on Friday. The Tier Two meeting will be held on Sunday night in Launceston with a seven-race card. The Stars Ben Yole – recorded his 100th win for the season for the third consecutive year when Im Full Tilt scored on Sunday night. The Yole stable is well represented at every Tasmanian race meeting and he trained six winners of the 13 races held in the state last week. Germane Boisrame – brought up his first Australian win in Hobart on Friday when he partnered the Dylan Ford-trained pacer Blisstar to victory. Rohan Hillier – recorded a driving double in Launceston on Sunday night where he produced two terrific drives. His drive on No Apachemee in race one was judged as the number one drive of the week on Sky Racing’s flagship harness racing program In The Gig. Ricky Duggan – Many punters may have put him in the villain’s category on Friday night after his long-shot double on Drifting Away at odds of $41 and Seeled And Sinful who started at $71. Conor Crook – concession driver recorded three wins across the weekend which concluded with Ready To Fire, a horse he had worked on getting calm when she first joined the Ben Yole stable. Multiple Winners Hobart – Friday Ricky Duggan – driving double; Drifting Away and Seeled And Sinful. Ben Yole – training double; Drifting Away and Washies Chance. Launceston – Sunday Rohan Hillier – driving double; No Apachemee and Im Full Tilt. Conor Crook – driving double; Jackka Len and Ready To Fire. Ben Yole – training quartet; No Apachemee, Rocknrollhighlight, Im Full Tilt and Ready To Fire. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Hobart on Friday. Mavis Merle 58.24, Goggo Gee Gee 58.53, Drifting Away 58.72, Inner Light 59.09 and Lockaway Kacie 59.11 From Launceston on Sunday Jacka Len 56.70, Gotta Go Henry 56.96, Fortino 57.07, Buster William 57.31 and Washies Chance 57.62. View all Tasmanian Sectional Data here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart Hits: Iden Amrak $6 into $5 and Blisstar $14 into $13. Defied The Drift: Drifting Away $31 out to $41, Seeled And Sinful $61 out to $71 and Washies Chance $3.90 out to $4.20. Missed: Liv Lavish $15 into $11. Launceston Hit: Jaccka Len $3.50 into $3.10. Defied The Drift: Rocknrollhighlight $3.10 out to $3.60 and Island Bliss $6 out to $7.50. Missed: Our Percius $8.50 into $7, Johns Legacy $4.80 into $4 and Jaminas Joy $10 into $8.50. Trial File Carrick Park on Saturday Two trials were staged at the ‘Country Place of Pace’ where trotter Our Summer Vacation led all the way to win a three-horse standing start trial in a mile rate of 2mins 11.2secs. The Todd Rattray trained squaregaiter defeated his stablemate Jocund by two metres. The mobile trial was won by Only A Myth in a slow mile rate of 2mins 20.0secs. It is important to note the field included a number of two-year-olds that were stepping up to the 2150-metre journey. Week Ahead The Group 3 Tasracing Evicus Final and Tasracing Dandy Patch Final bring an end to the feature race calendar in Tasmania for the 2017/18 season. After finishing down the track in the Evicus Prelude, Enterprising Milly has been installed the $2 favourite on Ubet after opening up at $4.50 on Wednesday morning. The winner of the prelude Spoilt Sport has drifted from $1.70 out to $2.40 with Blossom Grant on the third line of betting at $6. It is double odds or better for the remainder of the field headed by Betterbsweet at $10. In the Dandy Patch the undefeated Betterthancheddar Colt, Resurgent Storm, heads the market at $1.20 with the only other runner under double figures being Betterthanfetta at $3.30. The Hobart meeting will feature a hosted live stream on commencing 25 minutes prior to the first race. All races will be shown on Sky Racing 1. In Launceston on Sunday night we see the debut of the well-bred Rohan Hillier-trained and driven three-year-old filly Sheza Bettormak. The daughter of Bettors Delight is the second foal out of multiple Group 1 winning mare Shez Ryleymak. Shez Ryleymak is the dam of the injury-plagued Ryley Major who won 10 races from 15 career starts including the Dandy Patch, Globe Derby Stakes and the Tasmanian Derby. Sheza Bettormak is engaged in race six on Sunday night where she has drawn barrier four and goes into the race with a second placing in a recent Launceston trial on 10 June. Interstate this week we see the continuation of the Vicbred Super Series heats continue with some pacers whom have a Tasmanian connection doing battle including; Kilmore – Wednesday night Race 3 No. 5 Nostra Beach – Tasmanian bred. Ballarat – Friday night Race 5 No. 3 Harjeet – Tasmanian trained, owned, bred and driven. Race 5 No. 11 Solid As A Rock – part-owned by Tasmanian interest. At Metropolitan venues this week; Melton – Saturday night Race 6 No. 4 Isaac – Tasmanian trained and owned. Race 8 No. 8 The Bettormack – part-owned by Tasmanian interest. Menangle – Saturday night Race 5 No. 3 Ignatius – Tasmanian owned and bred. Race 10 No. 10 Rykov Leis – Tasmanian owned and bred.   Duncan Dornauf

Taylor Ford surged to equal top of the Leading Female Drivers Premiership table with a winning double in Hobart on Friday night. Taylor’s first success came early in the opening race on the card with Mary Jill coming from last over 2090 metres in the Crown Lager Pace. Taylor took the Courage Under a Fire-Flying Perec five-year-old mare back off the arm after drawing the outside of the front-line, settling last a good 35 metres off the leader. Ricky Duggan made his move out three-wide on the well-supported Albayzin at the bell and Ford was quick to latch onto the three-wide train, three back. With the leading division caving in at the 400-metre pole Mary Jill ($18.00) ran to third before storming to the lead in the home stretch, proving too strong for Albazin and Bigsie Neptune. Taylor employed vastly different tactics on the Ben Rossendell-trained eight-year-old Macardle-Lady Lisa gelding Warrior Mac driving through from inside the second row to trail the leader and race favourite El Jays Monza ($2.25) into the first corner. Warrior Mac ($4.80) sat quietly behind the leader until turning for home where Taylor made her move along the Roberts Sprint Lane, claiming victory by three metres in a mile-rate of 2:03.7. The Evicus and Dandy Patch Preludes went the way expected with both favourites Spoilt Sport and Resurgent Storm saluting. Trainer-driver Rodney Ashwood fired Spoilt Sport to the early lead, the Sportswriter-Tara Lassie filly ran them ragged scoring by seven metres, recording a mile-rate 1:59.6. Spoilt Sport($2.50) has now won both the Prelude of the Elderslie Horse Care and Spelling Sweepstakes and Tasracing Evicus and will be looking to go one better than its second to Enterprising Milly in the Sweepstakes Final. Roger Whitmore’s Resurgent Storm ($1.20) kept its unbeaten record intact cruising to its third straight victory in the Tasracing Dandy Patch Prelude. The Ricky Duggan driven Betterthancheddar-Resurgent Star two-year-old bay colt was forced to come from last, running to the front turning for home to record a 3.3-metre win in a mile rate of 2:04.3. Watch Taylor Ford bring Mary Jill from last in the opening race of the Tasmanian Pacing Club meeting in Hobart on Friday night. Shane Yates

Brady Woods has established a substantial lead in the 6ty° Youngbloods Challenge after Sunday night’s second round of heats in Hobart. The Fingal reinsman went into the meeting sitting in second place on the points table, four points behind first-round leader Braden Howlett. After finishing seventh with Sheastandout in Heat three, Woods snapped up the maximum points on offer (16 pts) guiding four-year-old gelding Usain Jolt to victory in Heat four. The Tony Peterson-trained Village Jolt-Dressed In Black gelding broke a frustrating run of six seconds from nine starts this season, much to the delight of punters who stuck-fast with the classy pacer sending it out the $2.40 favourite. “It was great to see Usain Jolt back in the winner’s list, it’s been a tough season for him, he’s loomed up a number of times to win but just hasn’t put them away like he did in his two and three-year-old seasons but he hit the line well on Sunday night” said Tony. “I think he had lost his way a little as the season has gone on but we have just persevered with him after all his overall record is great, he’s won eight races and finished second 10 times including a couple chasing Harjeet so you have to be happy with that in this game.” Tony is not only recognised as one of the state’s leading trainers but acknowledged as a former champion reinsman so his thoughts on the driving effort of Brady Woods carries enormous weight. “Brady drove Usain Jolt a treat, he positioned him well in the run on the back of Zhukov Leis, which we discussed looked the main danger, he bided his time to perfection and let the big fella loose and he ran them down in the straight,” said the delighted trainer. “I’ve been watching Brady drive now for the last 12 months and I like what I see, he drives well and makes sound decisions and handles and presents himself well, on and off the track, if he continues down the same path he will have a good future in the industry,” said Tony. “Unfortunately Brady is caught in a tricky spot as he had organised to be away on a holiday this week and if he can’t make changes to those arrangements he won’t be available to drive in Launceston on Sunday night in the last round of heats which would be a real shame considering he is currently leading the challenge.” Youngbloods Points Table Heats 3 & 4 41 pts – Brady Woods 33 pts – Samantha Gangell 30 pts – Hannah Van dongen 29 pts – Braden Howlett 28 pts – Dylan Ford 25 pts Taylor Ford 24 pts – Charlie Castles 23 pts – Germain Boisrame 20 pts – Samantha Freeman  7 pts – Wade Rattray 5 pts – Matthew Howlett   Shane Yates

Harness racing duo Paul Hill and Ricky Duggan stretched their amazing winning record in The Elderslie Horse Care and Spelling Two-Year-Old Sweepstakes Final to four years in a row in Hobart on Friday night. Paul prepared Chica Bella (2015), Playing Arkabella (2016), Vouvray Beach (2017) to win the Two-Year-Old Fillies Feature and now the Big Jim-Laagirl offspring Enterprising Milly ($1.45) has added her name to the trophy with a courageous victory. Ricky Duggan has been in the sulky for Paul on each occasion and was full of praise for Enterprising Milly’s (pictured-inside N0.2) effort to score by a half neck over the second elect Spoilt Sport. “Enterprising Milly deserved her success tonight, she was strong enough to sit in the death and hold off a classy filly in the straight,” said Ricky. “Rod (Ashwood) had his filly on our back from the start and I could feel her breathing down my neck at the turn off the back so I knew we were going to have a battle on our hands. Enterprising Milly is a very relaxed filly and she responded well when I called upon her coming off the turn in the back straight she ran home her last half in 58-seconds and was still giving strongly on the line.” Just half an hour later Duggan was in the gig behind the unbeaten Roger Whitmore-trained colt Resurgent Storm. The Betterthancheddar-Resurgent Star youngster was successful in the Prelude a fortnight ago and found himself in the same position outside the leader in the Final. “There was a few that got fired up in the score-up and just before dispatch point so I eased and allowed him to settle back before sliding up to the leader’s wheel,” said the Hall Of Fame reinsman. Rohan Hillier found the top with the Steve Lukac prepared Jackson Neptune, just as he had done in the Prelude with the favourite stalking him every step of the way. “JacksonNeptune is a smart youngster, he stuck on well in the Prelude so I didn’t want him having to easy a run in front,” said Duggan. “My bloke was travelling well so we moved up to put some pressure on and he ran to the front strongly, I had to keep him going as he can get a little lazy when he is on his own but you also know there is more in the tank if required, he is a real little racehorse that’s for sure, he’s got all the attributes to be a top-notcher.” Duggan had his eye-in early in the night steering Jaks Teller ($2.30) to victory in the Rexel North Hobart Pace. The Juanita McKenzie-trained four-year-old took his career record to nine wins from a dozen starts scoring by an ever-widening 8.4-metres. “He drove well tonight, better than his last outing in Launceston, he’s had his problems and Juanita’s done a great job with him, he’ll never be 100% but he’s got a big motor and can really go so he’s always a threat in whatever race he’s in,” said Ricky. The star driver capped off the night with the Paul Ashwood prepared Krafty Boy ($1.75) leading all the way in the last, the Green Electrical Pace. “It was a drop in class for Krafty Boy from his heat run in the Globe Derby in Launceston on Monday afternoon, he only just held on to win by a head but he got home and that’s all he had to do,” said a contented Ricky Duggan as he bagged his fourth win for the night. Watch the Paul Hill-trained, Ricky Duggan driven, Enterprising Milly stave off the challenge of Spoilt Sport to snare their fourth Two-Year-Old Fillies Sweepstakes Feature on the trot in Race 5. Shane Yates

The sensational weekend of harness racing continued in Hobart on Sunday night with the arrival of new stars on the horizon. The entertainment at the Tasmanian Pacing Club meeting rolled on from the exciting night of racing at the Devonport Paceway on Friday night. The Elderslie Horse Care Two-Year-Old Sweepstakes Preludes were the features on the card with debutantes taking the honours in both the Fillies Division and the Colts and Geldings. Resurgent Storm and Spoilt Sport went to the line in a trial in Hobart a week earlier with only a head between and that form was to hold up at their first official starts. The Roger Whitmore bred, owned and trained colt Resurgent Storm showed his class by cruising to a 5.6-metre victory in the Colts and Geldings Prelude recording 2:00.5 for the mile. "I was very happy with his debut performance, there is a lot of improvement in him so to see him find the line so well was pleasing," said the delighted trainer. "Ricky (Dugggan) took him back at the start just to allow him to find his feet and then whipped around them at the bell to sit outside the leader and from there he controlled the race until Ricky asked him to go turning for home,"  said Roger. "He's not wound up yet, we have the Final of the Sweepstakes Friday week and the Dandy Patch is still a few weeks away so I'll be aiming for him to be cherry ripe for that." Resurgent Storm, a Betterthancheddar-Resurgent Star colt, is a half brother to Resurgent Dream, runner-up in the Granny Smith Stakes on Friday night. "I'm not totally sure what comes next for Resurgent Dream, she has put in such a great season so she may go to the paddock for a spell," Roger said contemplating. "We haven't seen the best of her yet, she had injuries in her two-year-old season and endured sickness for much of her three-year-old year so this has been her first full preparation." Spoilt Sport made a stunning debut in the Fillies Sweepstakes, spearing to the early lead for trainer-driver Rodney Ashwood. "We drew well on the front line and she can run the gate so I took advantage of those factors and we got to the top very easily," said Rodney. "Spoilt Sport travelled well to the 400-metre pole and the effort was starting to tell on Juniper after a tough run in the death, I knew Enterprising Milly had a perfect run through into the one-one from the second line so I decided to go for broke and if we got run down late so be it." The Sportswriter-Tara Lassie filly darted away with a winning break and although Enterprising Milly was cutting her down on the line she held on for a courageous victory. "She has taken some work to get to the track, she's been a handful at times but the penny is starting to drop, she ran home in 57-seconds so we will tackle the Sweepstakes final in a fortnight and set her for the upcoming Evicus Series." Shane Yates  

Greg Bransden's patience and perseverance paid off in spades on Sunday night in Hobart when Sign of Oro scored its first win for the Glenorchy harness racing  trainer. Sign of Oro, came into Greg's care six months ago and enjoyed a long spell before trialling in March and returning to the racetrack on April 8 with a ninth to Origin Cronk followed by solid fifth to Thirlstane King a week later. Paul Hill was given the task of steering the eight-year-old Life Sign-Joan Oro gelding from outside the second line in a field of 13 over 1609 metres, a daunting task in anyone's language. When the tasracing mobile dispatched the field in the backstretch Paul set the $19 shot alight and swept around the field to take the lead in the run into the first corner. "Paul's decision to surge to the front was an inspired effort and he rated the horse to perfection from that point on, I'd have to give him 110% for the drive," said a delighted trainer. "You don't drive 500 winners like Paul has without knowing what you're doing that's for sure'". Sign Of Oro held a two-metre advantage over Twenty Two Karat at the 400-metre pole as Hill started to lift the tempo, getting serious on the Bransden-trained gelding on straightening. Delightful June-trained by Shaun Kennedy and driven by Justin Campbell, threw down the gauntlet to Sign Of Oro (pictured-inside) at the top of the stretch but the eight-year-old was up for the fight, digging deep in the run to the post to score by a half neck and record its first win in two years. "It's great to win a race, I've been around horses from an early age and obtained my trainer's licence when I was 18, I'm 56 now so I've been in the game for a fair while'" said Greg "I work 12-hour shifts in my employment, but I like to keep a horse around to stay involved in the sport, it's always a little tricky to fit in working one but it's my passion and I wouldn't change it for the world." Shane Yates  

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