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A promotion to raise money for women's cancer research through harness racing has gone national for the first time this season. The promotion involves all female drivers wearing teal coloured driving pants instead of the traditional white and in Launceston last Sunday night Natalee Emery got the promotion off to a flying start by winning the first race on the eight-event program aboard outsider Pushkin. Emery drove Pushkin straight to the front from gate three and she rated the gelding superbly to have enough in the tank to boot clear in the home straight and go on and score by 11.1 metres from Significance with Mersey Delight a close-up third. This is the first year that Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland have joined Victoria and New South Wales in the 'Team Teal' campaign that aims to raise money for women's cancer research. Tasmania boasts nine female drivers comprising; Maree Blake, Natalee Emery, Samantha Freeman, Taylor Ford, Samantha Gangell, Kristy Grant, Lyarna Graham, Lee Simmonds & Hannah Van Dongden. Tasmania's governing racing body Tasracing will donate $200 to the Women's Cancer Institute for every female driver that wins a race in Tasmania until March 12. All female race drivers, as well as the girls who contest pony trot races, will wear Teal driving pants in all of their race drives with all Clerk of the courses to wear Teal coloured shirts. The next chance for 'Team Teal' to add to the tally will be at Devonport on Friday night. To follow the nationwide tally follow @WomensCancerFdn on twitter. For more information about Women's Cancer Foundation go to: Peter Staples

One of last season's top harness racing two-year-olds Usain Jolt returned to racing with a brilliant win in the Bevan Lee's Butchery Pace over 2200 metres in Launceston on Friday night. Usain Jolt won the Dandy Patch Stakes final in Hobart before ending his two-year-old campaign with a game second to Offthetopofmyhead in Launceston in early July last year. His trainer Tony Petersen gave the gelded son of Village Jolt plenty of time off and while his trial form leading up to his return wasn't flash the three-year-old relished being back in racing mode. Driver Ricky Duggan allowed Usain Jolt ($1.80) to settle midfield from his second-row draw but when the pace slackened over a lap from home Duggan sent his charge around the field to face the breeze outside of the leader Entreemaindesert ($10.50). The second elect Buster William ($4.30) had enjoyed a cosy run in the one-out line so when his driver Mark Yole eased out to make his charge and he joined Usain Jolt turning for home. The pair drew clear of the rest and for a fleeting moment it looked as if Buster William would have the edge but when Duggan called on Usain Jolt for the big effort he drew clear and went on to score by about eight metres from Buster William with near rank outsider Blues Ace ($81) a closing third. Peter Staples

Well-bred juvenile Semowillrev made an impressive harness racing debut in Launceston on Friday night to take out the Debutante Stakes over 1680 metres. The Craig Hayes-trained and driven two-year-old settled third while the favourite Feelin Dusty ($1.65) led and set a solid tempo but when another first-starter Invest cruised up to face the breeze, Hayes was quick to latch onto that horse's back to take cover from a strong headwind. Feelin Dusty kicked clear on the home turn and looked set to keep his unbeaten record intact but when Hayes released the brakes Semowillrev charged to the lead and went on to defeat Feel Dusty by a comfortable margin with Invest a distant third and just ahead of Maybe Jack. Semowillrev is by Sportswriter from the unraced mare Sur La Page (x Somebeachsomewhere) and he was knocked down to Hayes at the Australian Pacing Gold Yearling in Melbourne last year for $35,000. The gelding had trialled brilliantly on three occasions leading up to his debut, which is why punters backed him in to start the second-elect at $2.50. Last season Hayes had a lot of success with another two-year-old Scooterwillrev and if Semowillrev can match that horse's juvenile feats he is destined to win more races. Scooterwillrev was unbeaten from six starts in Tasmania last season but he failed to flatter in the Breeders Classic series in Victoria. Peter Staples

Underrated Falcon Seelster mare Zumba Bromac broke through or an overdue harness racing win when she emerged triumphant in a thrilling three-way photo-finish in C3-C4 pace over 1680 metres at the Luxbet Racing Centre in Launceston last night. The Juanita McKenzie-trained mare was slotted into the one-out-two-back position by driver Ricky Duggan from a second-row draw and she travelled sweetly to the home turn where Duggan was the first to ease into the three-wide line. But Gareth Rattray aboard Jetcraft, that had enjoyed the one-out-one-back position for most of the race, went ahead of Duggan's charge forcing Zumba Bromac four-wide at the top of the home straight. Race leader Deploy surrendered when Jetcraft swept to the lead and while the Deborah Williams-trained gelding gave his all over the final 100 metres Zumba Bromac was able to find enough to make last-ditch lunge to win by a nose with Deploy fighting on gamely to grab third only a half-head away. It was Zumba Bromac's second win for the season from 10 starts but it was her eighth career win from 28 outings. Peter Staples

The return of the Mini-Trot series has been well received by harness racing industry participants and the general public, evidenced by the interest shown in a series of heats run at the Luxbet Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday night. Six youngsters contested the two heats last night and that has been common throughout the series that gives youngsters with an interest in harness racing an opportunity to get the feel of driving in races at the same venue as the professionals. In Launceston last night Makenna Hillier, daughter of popular trainer-driver Rohan Hillier and his wife Tanya, partnered Edie Bets to victory in both heats despite coming off a handicap mark of 360 metres. Also competing were Jackson Burke aboard Poppie; Matilda Rawlings with Rocka Fella; Sara Wilkin who drove Snapcracklepop; Brodie Davis who guided Sky Valley and Mitchell Ford replaced Gracie Jones who was unable to compete. Wayne Yole has taken on the Mini Trotting series as a project and he says sponsors are starting to come on board and he is excited about the Mini Trot heats in Hobart at Luxbet Park on Sunday night where the drivers will compete for the Hobart Cup with up to eight drivers likely to contest the two heats. Sunday night's meeting at Luxbet Park Hobart will boast the running of the $40,000 Group 3 Tasmania Cup. Heats of the Mini Trot series will be held at all venues around the state until mid-April. Peter Staples

Lightly raced five-year-old pacer Always A Show delivered a harness racing career-best effort to win the Maxfield Drilling Pty Ltd Pace over 2200 metres at the Luxbet Racing Centre in Launceston last night. Always A Show stepped brilliantly from the pole position to hold the front and from there it was little more than a procession. The Craig Hayes-trained and driven gelding settled well and traveled comfortably to the home turn the last time where Hayes called on the son of Always A Virgin for the supreme effort and he responded magnificently booting 10 metres clear. Me Mate Les burst from the pack in a late bid to chase the leader down but he fell short by almost four metres with Boutique Art 20 metres away third. Peter Staples

Well-bred harness racing three-year-old pacer The Village Sneak broke through for her first win with an emphatic all-the-way victory in the Crown Lager Pace over 2200 metres at Luxbet Racing Centre in Tasmania. With leading reinsman Gareth Rattray aboard, the Michael Laugher-trained filly stepped straight to the front and when she was pressured by the favourite Sea Sky in the home straight she dug deep and refused to wilt and went on to score by 1.2 metres from the favourite with outsider Freds Under Fire a closing third 5.4 meres away. The Village Sneak is by Village Jolt from the Courage Under Fire mare Im Sneaky. She went into the race having been placed only once from five tries but this win will do her confidence the world of good and she can only improve as she goes forward. Outside of the winner the most encouraging run in the race belonged to third placed Freds Under Fire that dropped off when the leaders sprinted but under strong driving from his driver Craig Hayes he made up good ground over the concluding stages to place third. The gelded son of Courage Under Fire has his sire's conformation but he also might have inherited a bit of his heart and will to win. Freds Under Fire is definitely one to follow over the coming months. 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

Office Of Racing Integrity Stewards have conducted an Inquiry into the results of analysis on urine samples taken from GLAMOUR ART, following its second placing in Race 11- “ The Luxbet For Those That Know Racing Pace” at the Launceston Pacing Club race meeting on 28 August 2016. Analysis of the samples indicated the presence of the Prohibited Substance DEXAMETHASONE.  Evidence was heard from representatives of Racing Analytical Services Limited and The Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory, Consultant Veterinarian Dr. Peter Horridge and from trainer Dylan Ford as well as veterinary evidence on behalf of Mr Ford. Mr Ford pleaded guilty to three charges as follows.  1. AHRR 190B(1) – A Trainer shall at all times keep and maintain a log book recording all details of treatment administered to any horse in his or her care. 2. AHRR 190(1) – A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. 3. AHRR 196A(1)- A person shall not administer or cause to be administered to a horse any prohibited substance (ii) which is detected in any sample taken from such horse prior to or following the running of any race. After hearing submissions on penalty and taking into account all relevant factors the following penalties were imposed.  Charge 1. A fine of $200 Charge 2. A disqualification for five months. Charge 3. A disqualification for five months. Stewards ordered that the two periods of disqualification be served concurrently, commencing immediately and expiring at midnight on 22 April 2017. Mr Ford was given until 5 p.m. on 25 November to remove from his training property any horses in his care. In accordance with AHRR 195 GLAMOUR ART was disqualified from its second placing with the race results to be amended accordingly. Mr Ford was advised of his rights of Appeal.  Adrian Crowther Chairman of Stewards (Harness) (03) 6777 1900

An inspection of the harness racing track in Launceston in Tasmania will be made at noon today (AEST) to determine whether or not the 10-race twilight harness meeting scheduled at the Luxbet Racing Centre can proceed as planned. A similar amount of rain to that which has covered the Hobart track in the south of the state that forced the postponement of that meeting, has fallen on the Launceston circuit in the past 12 hours. Leading harness trainer Ben Yole expects to take a team of 35 horses to the Launceston meeting which is a modern day record for any one trainer. Yole's team will be transported in four trucks and two double horse floats. "We will start preparing for the meeting around noon and it will take a full team of seven people to make it all work," Yole said. "This is the most we've taken to the races so we are hoping everything goes smoothly." Yole has multiple runners in each of the 10 races and in a couple of races he has more than half the field. Yole says Ebonyallstarzzz looms as one of his best bets on the program as she has drawn the pole in race four and he also has a high regard for Regmondo (11) that will start from the second line in race seven. Peter Staples

Talented harness racing trainer Kate MacLeod landed one of the bargain buys of the year when she secured former NSW pacer Rattlenhum for a modest sum earlier this year. The gelded son of Riverboat King had won only one race from 50 starts for Broken Hill owner-trainer Tony Camilleri when he was advertised the gelding for sale on the Internet for $1500. In Launceston on Sunday Rattlenhum made it two wins from only three starts for MacLeod, leading throughout with ace reinsman Troy Hillier in the sulky. In blustery conditions Rattlenhum ($2.80) forged to the lead soon after the start and when seriously challenged in the home straight the last time he refused to wilt and forged clear close to home to score from Olivers Mate ($5) with the favourite Regmondo ($2.60) third. "I was looking to buy a horse for my Mum (Ruth) to race and came across Rattlenhum on the Internet," MacLeod said. "I spoke to the owner Tony Camilleri for a while and he explained the horse had just gone a bit sour but for $1500 I thought he was worth a punt. "He had a win and a third at Broken Hill before I bought him in April and he won at his first start for me in Launceston a month later. "I tipped him out for a spell and he was a bit unlucky when fourth first-up two weeks ago. "But today once he got the front I knew he'd be very hard to run down. "He can be a bit moody and is a bit of a pig at times but overall he's doing a good job and Mum's happy." Peter Staples

When The Bettormack first burst onto the scene he was being touted as a potential harness racing star but sometimes very good horses lose their way. But at the Luxbet Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday the Todd Rattray-trained gelding rediscovered his best form to score an emphatic win in the Get Well Greg Mansfield Stakes over 2200 metres. The Bettormack began well from gate three but not as quickly as Aninchofhislife that retained the lead from the pole position but when that horse's driver appeared keen to hand-up driver Todd Rattray urged The Bettormack forward to assume control. It played into the hands of Rattray who set a modest tempo but when the serious pressure was applied in the home straight the last time The Bettormack responded magnificently. The Bettormack ($2.90) went on to score by almost three metres from the $2.40 favourite Chopstix Boris with Something Eyre ($6.10) four metres away third. "I've had to sort out a couple of little issues the horse had but two weeks off also helped to freshen him up and I thought he did a good job to win like he did," Rattray said. It was the five-year-old's 10th win from 30 starts and provided he stays in that sort of form there are definitely more wins in store in the coming weeks. In extremely blustery conditions he recorded a mile rate of 2.01.9. Peter Staples

Reigning premier harness racing trainer Ben Yole will travel another big team to the races in Launceston today with multiple runners in all but two on the nine-event program. In the eighth race, a claiming event over 2200 metres, he will hitch up half the field of 10, although it will be the Craig Hayes-trained Mister Sumna that is likely to start favourite. Yole has two runners in race two that should battle it out for favouritism in the lightly raced Regmondo (7) and Roxburgh Way (6) who were both winners in Launceston two starts back on October 16. Roxburgh Way emerged triumphant in a C1 over 1680 metres defeating Su You Too and Aitutaki with James Austin in the cart, although today Austin was committed to Safari Sunshine so Yole has booked 10-time premiership winning driver Gareth Rattray. The Artistic Fella gelding enjoyed the one-out-two-back trail that night but today he must contend with an outside front-row draw in a small field of seven, but if Rattray can find a spot with cover the six-year-old could win again. Regmondo won on debut two weeks ago in Launceston at the same meeting Roxburgh Way emerged triumphant, also over 1680 metres. Regmondo has drawn the outside of the front line but he has good early speed so his driver Mark Yole could opt to use him up early to try and find the front and if that eventuates he could be very hard to run down. Safari Sunshine has been placed at his past four starts and gets his chance to break through from a good barrier (2) while Rattlenhum won two of his last three starts before being sent for a spell and his first-up effort in Launceston two weeks ago was full of merit. The best race on the card is clearly race five, the Get Well Greg Mansfield Stakes over 2200m for C5-C9 performers. Last-start winners Mavis Merle and Chopstix Boris are the in-form runners with Chopstix Boris likely to start favourite on the strength of his last-start win and given Mavis Merle has no early speed and from the pole position she might end up behind the leader or three-back the fence. The Bettormack (3) has the chance to prove he could be up to tackling the better races over the Christmas-New Year period and Macho Comancho could go well fresh as he will be first-up since winning a C5-C9 in Hobart at the end of June. Peter Staples

Kotare Madhi made it back-to-back wins when he led throughout to take out the Luxbet Club Extra Stakes over 2200 metres at the Luxbet Harness Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday night. Kotare Madhi notched his first win for Brighton trainer Dylan Ford in Hobart last week with his sister Taylor Ford in the cart and she again teamed up with the five-year-old gelding to repeat the dose. The Christian Cullen gelding has taken a while to come to terms with racing in his adopted state but after he won last week his trainer predicted the gelding could string a few wins together. Kotare Madhi ($5.40) showed brilliant gate speed to lead from barrier four and once in front he was rated superbly by his talented young driver who made the winning move when she released the deafeners 400 metres from home. Thirlstane King ($3.30 fav) trailed the leader and Glenenise ($9.90) had the coveted one-out-one-back position but they were left flat-footed when Ford called on the leader to sprint. Kotare Madhi won by over 12 metres with a half-metre separating Thirlstane King and Glenenise while Cheshire Cat ($10.20) rattled home from near last turning for home to finish fourth and only two metres behind the minor placegetters. Peter Staples  

Punters fared well at the harness racing meeting at the Luxbet Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday night with the exception of the Geoff Goodsall Appreciation Stakes (2200m) which was the third event on the eight-race program. Musselroe Bay started as one of the rank outsiders in the field 12 but he won like a short-priced favourite. The Andrew Rawlings-trained eight-year-old started at $81 on fixed odds with UBET but paid $136 on the NSW Tote and $132 on SuperTab. Veteran claimer Sky Tower began brilliantly from outside of the front row to lead while driver Alistair Woods was able to slot Musselroe Bay in behind the leader where he enjoyed a charmed run throughout. When Woods eased the gelding by Metropolitan out to challenge nearing the home turn he quickly assumed control and then had enough in reserve to stave off all challengers over the final 100 metres. Sky Tower ($41) stuck on gamely to finish second with Future Promises closing late to grab third ahead of the favourite Mavis Merle ($2.40) that was set a difficult task having to come from last 300 metres from home. On UBET the quinella was not won but surprisingly the exacta was won and paid $255 with the first four also jackpotting. Muselroe Bay doesn't win often with his lifetime statistics revealing only nine wins from 88 starts peppered with 19 minor placings for $51,600 in stakes. Peter Staples

Winning three races from 14 starts is a fair effort for any harness racing animal but when it's done with having cheated death twice makes it an amazing feat. All Style Sammy delivered a brilliant effort to notch his third career win at the Luxbet Racing Centre in Launceston last Sunday night after which his trainer-breeder and part-owner Michael Smith revealed the horse almost died twice. Smith revealed the horse was two days old when he almost died of a scrotum hernia but had somehow survived the ordeal and in January this year the now four-year-old contracted a dose of the scours and that to almost cost him his life. "This horse is definitely a survivor and from what he's shown so far he also has his share of ability," Smith said. On Sunday the bay rig by BGS Folly came from well back a lap from homer to run down race leader and favourite Smilin Geoff with the winner clocking a slick 57.8 seconds for his last 800 metres. All Style Sammy has won three and been laced as many times from his 14 outings for over $20,000 in stakes. Peter Staples

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