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The $50,000 Globe Derby Harness Racing Stakes final looks like going to the Rattray family for the fifth time in nine years at Mowbray on Sunday night. But, barring bad luck, it should be a different member of Tasmania's most successful harness racing dynasty lining up to collect the trophy. The Kent Rattray-trained Sunny Sanz will be at almost unbackable odds after his dominant win over a similar field in last week's prelude. Rattray's brother Barrie won the race in 2011 with Beautide and again in 2013 with Pachacuti while Barrie's son Todd has won the past two with Harjeet and Izaha. Todd's brothers Gareth (Beautide) and James (Pachacuti) also appear on the honour roll as winning drivers. Rattray family patriarch Wayne won the third running of the race back in 1985 with Napoleon Stone when it was open to fillies and also scored in 1991 with Karalta Jet. Sunny Sanz won his only three starts as a two-year-old before being sidelined by injury. He has won two of his three starts since returning, suffering his only defeat behind smart filly Spoilt Sport in Hobart when Rattray said he "got fired up." His prelude win was outstanding as he lost ground after locking wheels with a tiring runner in the back straight. He appears to be clearly the best horse in the final and it would be hard to begrudge him a win. "I feel like we left a lot of money on the table last season when he got injured and this is a good opportunity to make up for some of that," Rattray said. By Greg Mansfield Reprinted with permission from The Examiner

“I could stand on the side of the track and watch him go round all day.” The words of Sunny Sanz trainer Kent Rattray. “His action is super smooth and when he gets going he is poetry in motion.” The star juvenile (pictured) will make his much-anticipated return from injury in the aptly-named Longford Equine Clinic Pace this evening in Launceston. “It will be his first run for just on a year after a suspensory injury right in behind his knee, we’ve followed the vet’s advice to the letter, he spent plenty of time in the paddocks of Ringarooma with the cows and we brought him back in January and have eased him slowly into his work,” said Kent. “There is never a good time for an injury like that but it really couldn’t have come at a worse time last year, he was flying and had won the Keith Stanley Debutante Stakes by 30 metres, cruised home in Hobart, waltzed in at Launceston by 22 metres and then with the Sweepstakes and Dandy Patch just around the corner, bang he was gone.” The Sportswriter-Soho Summer gelding had an effortless hit-out in a trial three weeks ago in Launceston scoring by 80 metres. “It was a little difficult to assess the performance of the trial, Johnny (Walters) just let him slide home the last half in 59.3 seconds, I think we were just both happy to see him handle it and pull up like he did, we are certainly looking forward to his return to racing tonight,” said Kent. “Rod (Ashwood) has Spoilt Sport going well and looks the danger after drawing the one gate while we’ve drawn four after the scratchings so I’m comfortable with that, I’m just pleased to see him back, tonight is the first step in a long journey, the Globe Derby is his mission this season if everything goes to plan. This evening’s seven-event Launceston Pacing Club card, commencing at 17.05, may be seen via the live stream service at tasracing.com.au.   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. Tasracing.com.au‘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. Tasracing.com.au 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

Harness racing trainer Kent Rattray celebrated his second Group 3 win in the space of 13 months when his talented four-year-old Timely Sovereign led throughout to win the $40,000 Raider Stakes final in Devonport last Friday night. Rattray prepared Riverboat Jasper to win the 2016 Group 3 Easter Cup and while that was a major achievement in his training career this latest win was more special from a family perspective. Rattray acquired Timely Sovereign from the gelding's former owner-trainer Ian Swain when he opted to leave the industry. "Ian (Swain) was at the trials and he was selling all of his gear so I asked him what about that two-year-old (Timely Sovereign) that you ran around last year and he never won a race," Rattray said. "He wanted $7,000 but said he'd take $5,000 and we had him bought by the end of the day. "We haven't looked back since and my wife Jodie owns him." Timely Sovereign ($12.30) made full use of the pole position and once in front the gelding was rated superbly by experienced reinsman John Walters. The gelded son of Lombo Pocket Watch showed great courage to fend off a serious challenge from odds-on favourite All Style Sammy ($1.30) to go on and defeat that horse by two metres with God Sake 10 metres astern. It was a masterful drive from John Walters who had to reassess his driving tactics when Hillview Jake, that was expected to lead, was the cause of two false starts that led to his withdrawal from the race. "When Hillview Jake came out John had to reevaluate his tactics and I was very happy that I had the best driver on my horse and he changed his tactics accordingly and we've won the race," Rattray said. "He (Walters) has to make decisions out there and he can't be ruled by what we tell him so he's done a great job." Walters said he had planned to hold the lead for a while with Hillview Jake in the race. "Once Hillview Jake came out I decided to try and keep the lead and the way the race panned out he just had to be strong to win it and he was (strong)," Walters said. "All Style Sammy put it to my horse but he refused to wilt but he does have a great record on this track and that also was in his favour." Peter Staples

Harness racing trainer Kent Rattray produced an incredible training feat to produce last season's Easter Cup winner Riverboat Jasper fit enough to take out the Doug Martin Danbury Park Cup over 2698 metres at the Luxbet Racing Centre in Launceston last night. Riverboat Jasper ($15) started off a handicap of 20 metres and settled near the rear of the field as did the back marker and race favourite Resurgent Spirit that started off 40 metres. When James Austin sent Resurgent Spirit ($4) around the field at the bell, Riverboat Jasper's driver John Walters latched onto the second favourite's his back for a ride home. But just when it looked as if Resurgent Spirit would forge clear, Walters called on the son of Riverboat King for the big effort and the seven-year-old gelding responded magnificently and powered clear. Riverboat Jasper went on to defeat Victorian invader Im Barney Rubble ($5) that flashed home from well back in the field with Resurgent Spirit hanging on for a game third. All three placegetters are likely to contest the $40,000 Tasmania Cup to be run at Luxbet Park Hobart on December 18. Peter Staples

After producing a driving treble in Hobart last Friday experienced harness racing reinsman John Walters continued his good form in Launceston last night with another outstanding drive to secure a last-stride win aboard Karalta Boomer in the Crown Lager Pace over 2200 metres. Walters, 53, had the Kent Rattray-trained three-year-old perfectly positioned in the one-out-one-back position after travelling 400 metres with the well-backed Dasher Hiouli setting a solid pace in front. Dasher Houli (Rohan Hillier) looked to be travelling like the winner when he slipped clear turning for home but when Walters allowed his charge more rein the gelded son of Major In Art ran to the leader and they settled down to a two-horse war all the way up the home straight with Walters able to get everything from his charge to win by a half-head. It was Karalta Boomer's seventh win of the season and coupled with his six minor placings he has career earnings of almost $30,000. Karalta Boomer was bred by his owners Lyndon and Gail Menagon who own and operate Big Park Stud that is one of the largest standardbred breeding operations in the state. Peter Staples

Six weeks ago Scottsdale harness racing trainer Kent Rattray didn't have a horse in his stable capable of being competitive in an Easter Cup but as chance would have it fellow trainer Wayne Campbell called him with an offer to lease Riverboat Jasper. Inside an hour of that phone call Rattray was on Campbell's doorstep and after a gentleman's handshake to close the deal the six-year-old gelding was loaded onto Rattray's float. At the UBET Racing Centre in Launceston last night Riverboat Jasper gave Rattray his first taste of success in an Easter Cup when he powered home to win the $40,000 Group 2 event over 2698 metres from Resurgent Spirit and Queens Advocate. Amid emotional post-race celebrations Rattray explained what the win meant to him. "I made a decision two years ago to do this full-time but it's been very lean and to win this race that is like winning an Inter Dominion to me," Rattray said. "The horse's owner Wayne Campbell called me just over six weeks ago and asked me if I wanted to lease the horse and I was around his place within an hour to pick him up. "People just don't know what this win means to me." It also was a first for driver John Walters who shed a tear or two when asked what winning the race meant to him. "My Dad (Harry) won this race in 1976 with Andy Cast so for me to win an Easter Cup as well means a hell of a lot," Walters said. "It's a race all of us drivers want to win because there's so much history associated with it." Walters had Riverboat Jasper (Riverboat King-Cranleigh) settled better than midfield but on the rails from his front-row draw while The Majority (Gareth Rattray led with the well-backed favourite Jaruzelski Leis ($3.20) on his outside facing the breeze. Jaruzelski Leis forged to the lead turning for home and by that time Walters had Riverboat Jasper off the fence and three-wide challenging. Resurgent Spirit ($3.60) forged to the front turning for home but Riverboat Jasper powered home to defeat Resurgent Spirit with Queens Advocate ($7.50) flashing home late to grab third. Peter Staples

Consistent harness racing placegetter Punt Road Disco emerged the victor in the Burnie Cup at the Wivenhoe Showground last night courtesy of a protest that gave his trainer Andrew Rawlings his first win in the race. Punt Road Disco was the emergency for the race and only gained a start courtesy of the withdrawal of Soo Special that had to be scratched when his trainer Nathan Ford had his appeal against a disqualification dismissed by the Racing Appeals Board on Friday. The Kent Rattray-trained Karalta Dazzler led but his driver Wade Rattray allowed his charge to drift wide on the home turn that led to the wheel of his sulky locking with the wheel of Chief Destroyer that looked set to claim him 100 metres from home. When the wheels of both sulkies unlocked Karalta Dazzler darted back towards the inside marker pegs that caused interference to Punt Road Disco that was powering home inside of Karalta Dazzler. However, Karalta Dazzler made a lunge on the line to defeat Punt Road Disco with outsider Pushkin third ahead of Chief Destroyer. Protests were lodged by the drivers of Chief Destroyer (Paul Ashwood) and Punt Road Disco (Rohan Hillier) claiming interference in the home straight. After a lengthy stewards' inquiry Hillier's protest was upheld while Ashwood's objection was dismissed. "That's my first Burnie Cup win and even though it was on protest I'll take it," Rawlings said. "It sort of makes up for a Burnie Cup I thought I would win on protest as a driver a number of years ago when I was second on a horse named Return Flight and I was confident I would get the protest but it didn't happen." "When we settled well back in the field tonight I thought we had little hope a lap from home but the runs came and he finished off brilliantly and in the end he deserved to get the result," he said. Punt Road Disco is owned by Peter Walker in partnership with Dianne Hampton. It was the gelding's first win since September last year. The gelding was a top two-year-old and has continued to be a more than useful money-spinner with the seven-year-old winning 16 and placing 37 times for career stakes of $127,800.   Peter Staples    

Scottsdale-based harness racing trainer Kent Rattray likened Call Me Mouse’s win in Launceston last Sunday night to that of a very good horse he trained many years ago… Joys Leader. Joys Leader won 24 races and was one of the state’s most consistent pacers of his time. Call Me Mouse scored an impressive victory after racing outside of his stablemate, Punter Karalta, before forging clear during the concluding stages to win comfortably from Busted and Artesian Lily. A lightly raced four-year-old, Call Me Mouse has only had three starts, with last weekend’s success his first. The son of Modern Art was third on debut on August 26 in Launceston before finishing second in Hobart five days later behind Tizyalater over 1609 metres. “We brought him in to try and pick up a three-year-old race late in the season and we almost pulled it off in Hobart where he got beaten going 1:58.8 and might have won had he seen the other horse coming,” Rattray said. “He really reminds me of Joys Leader, but at the moment he's still learning. In fact, he knows nothing and probably shouldn't even be at the races but we were keen to try and win a late there-year-old.” Rattray is confident Call Me Mouse will develop into a handy pacer. “My immediate aim is to make a racehorse of him but he’ll want a spell soon,” Rattray said. “When he comes back at Christmas time I think he’ll be a nice horse.” Call Me Mouse is owned by Nick Perotti who also holds a standardbred trainer’s licence. “I’ve still got a couple of other horses, but this one was a bit of a handful,” Perotti said. PETER STAPLES

Well bred harness racing three-year-old pacer Karalta Dazzler showed why he is Kent Rattray's stable star when he outgunned a handy field in a C2 or better handicap over 2090 metres at Tattersall's Park in Hobart last night. It was the gelding's fourth win in succession but clearly his most impressive this season. Driver John Walters was content to allow Karalta Dazzler to race outside of the leader Paddys Ace but when he called on his charge for the big effort in the home straight he forged to the front and easily staved of challenges from runner-up Melolyn and Red Buster that gained a rails run to edge out Lickyalips for the minor prize. "I am really pleased with how this horse has come on this time in," Rattray said. "A bit was expected of him when he first went to the races but he had a few issues and that held him back." "He curbed a hock early this year and had to be spelled again but since he's been back he has kept on improving," he said. Karalta Dazzler (Stonebridge Regal-Karalta Crown) was bred by the trainer's parents Wayne and Gaye Rattray. The dam Karalta Crown was placed third in a Breeders Crown final as a two-year-old as well as winning an Evicus Stakes on home soil. She ended her racing career two seasons later with 12 wins and 18 minor placings from 35 starts for $120,000 in stakes. "The mare was very competitive on the racetrack and it looks like she is going to pass that on to her progeny because this horse (Karalta Dazzzler) is starting to deliver what he promised as a young horse," Wayne Rattray said. The trainer said Karalta Dazzler would continue to race while he is in good form. "If the fruit's ripe - pick it," Kent Rattray said. "So we will continue to target suitable races for the horse and he'll let us know when he's had enough," he said. Peter Staples

Well bred three-year-old pacer Karalta Dazzler is starting to live up to his name with his latest harness racing win in Launceston tonight, the gelding's third in succession. With regular driver John Walters in the sulky, Karalta Dazzler stepped well from the standing start and gradually worked his way to the lead down the back straight clear of Prettyboytroy that was eased out of the speed battle. Walters ensured a solid tempo and when he asked the gelding for the big effort at the top of the home straight he quickly established an unbeatable led and went on to comfortably score from Margin Girl with Helen Wheels working home well for third ahead of On The Deuce. Karalta Dazzler is trained by Kent Rattray who prepares the gelding for his parents Wayne and Gaye who bred him from their broodmare Karalta Crown that produced the gelding from an AI mating with Stonebridge Regal. It was the second leg of an early double for Walters who also guided the Ian Abraham-trained Vincent Can Go to victory in the opening race on the 11-event card. Listen to what driver John Walters had to say about Karalta Dazzler's latest win. Peter Staples

TALENTED Tasmanian harness racing reinsman John Walters secured a race-to-race double in Launceston on Sunday night. Walters guided Juffs Crossing to a game win before giving Karalta Dazzler a gun run to score impressively in the Furniture City Pace over 2200 metres. He had Karalta Dazzler settled in the one-out-two-back position before easing the Kent Rattray-trained three-year-old three-wide heading down the back straight the last time with only the well tried Jabber Jawzzz behind him. Karalta Dazzler (Stonebridge Regal-Karalta Crown) ran home resolutely to score by two metres from Jabber Jawzzz with My Koda Kasper a close-up third. Karalta Dazzler was bred by his owners Wayne and Gaye Rattray who purchased the dam Karalta Crown from Fred and Pauline Barker at a Tasmanian Yearling Sale. Karalta Dazzler has won three and been placed seven times from his 17 starts this season and while he didn't win as a two-year-old he placed six times from 10 starts. By Peter Staples

IMPECCABLY bred harness racing mare Soho Knightley made an impressive Tasmanian debut in Hobart on Sunday night with a comfortable win in a 3YO and older non-winners event over 2090 metres. Soho Knightley (Mach Three-Pelicanrama) gave her rivals a pacing lesson on her way to a three-metre win over Heres Your Chocky with Chirac a metre astern. The lightly raced four-year-old looked impressive as she strolled to the lead soon after the start with multiple premiership-winning reinsman Gareth Rattray aboard and she had no trouble staving off challenges over the final 400 metres of the $7000 SEW Eurodrive Stakes over 2090 metres. Solo Knightley is trained at Lietinna (near Scottsdale) by Kent Rattray who described the mare as “one of the best brad mares in the state”. The mare was purchased by two of Rattray’s long-time stable clients Nathan and Sandra Bennett at a SOHO dispersal sale for $15,000. The mare had only had three starts but it was her prospects as a broodmare that encouraged the Bennetts to make the purchase. The dam Pelicanrama (x Panorama) was a well-performed juvenile winning the Breeders Plate at Leeton before going in to win the Australian Pacing Gold final at Harold Park that carried a purse of $250,000. While prepared by Peter Manning she also won the 1999 Edgar Tatlow fillies final and the NSW 2YO Sires Stakes final soon after. She strung together winning sequences of five and six wins before winning nine in succession between June and December 1999. Pelicanrama ended her racing career a winner of 55 of her 149 starts as well as 37 minor placings for career earnings of $730,271. With such a brilliant pedigree Soho Knightley will be a valuable broodmare and her purchase price could pale into insignificance if she produces a handy young horse or two when she eventually goes to stud. Listen to what trainer Kent Rattray had to say about Soho Knightley. Click on the audio file attached. Peter Staples  

Talented four-year-old pacer Quastor Centurion has been living in the shadow of his harness racing narch rival Beautide for some time but the Kent Rattray-trained gelding proved again last Sunday night (July 30) that he is at least that horse's equal.

Former star juvenile Quastor Centurion will tackle open class harness racing company for the first time from mobile start on Sunday night when he steps out in the J Boag & Son Free For-All over 2200 metres at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston.

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