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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

Reigning premier harness racing trainer Ben Yole made his intentions concerning this season's premiership quite clear by preparing half the card on the eight-race program at the Luxbet Racing Centre in Launceston last night. Ebonyallstarzzz started the ball rolling in race two with an emphatic all-the-way win in a C2-C3 event over 1680 metres with Mark Yole aboard, much to the delight of punters as she started the $2 favourite. Sutter Man produced a mirror effort in a C4-C5 (2200m) also with Mark Yole in the sulky and in the following race outsider All I Can Be ($7.10) made the most of the pole position to take out the Tasmanian Transport Show Cup with Gareth Rattray in the cat. All I Can Be powered to the line to score from Karalta Dazzler and Chief Destroyer. Yole closed the program by preparing Aitutaki to win the Carlton Draught C1 Pace over 2200 metres and he snared the quinella with Outlaw motored into second place. Yole's haul took his season win tally to nine to be five clear of Tod Rattray. He won last season's premiership, his first, with 108 winners that was 67 more than his nearest rival Todd Rattray. Peter Staples

AN ideal front-row draw could be the key to Paint The Wind making it back-to-back harness racing  wins at the Luxbet Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday night. Paint The Wind has been a model of consistency this time in with the Rohan Hadley-trained gelding having been placed four times before his last-start victory in a C1-C2 event over 2200 metres. The lightly raced four-year-old has won four and been placed five times from only 17 outings and while there appears to be plenty of natural speed in the race and all of it on the front line he should be able to land in a top spot soon after the start. These Days (5) and Ebonyallstarzzz (6) have speed to burn, especially Ebonyallstarzzz, so if her driver Mark Yole decides to push for the lead and These Days goes forward it could leave Paint The Wind to get a perfect sit in the one-out line. Our Percius (1) was placed two starts back and wasn't far away last time so from gate one he also could get a charmed run but he will need to show some early speed to retain a spot behind the leader, otherwise he will be buried back in the field. The most logical trifecta is to take 3,5,6 for first and second and include Our Percius (1) for third. Peter Staples

There's an old saying in the harness racing industry and that is to always try and keep yourself in the best company and your horses in the worst. While that might sound derogatory towards other horses, the adage rings true so often and it is relevant for handy mare Days Like This that lines up in a C1-C2 mares race over 1609 metres at Luxbet Park Hobart on Sunday night. The Brian Stanley-trained five-year-old comes off a win in a similar class race in Launceston last Sunday night over 1680 metres in which she defeated the well-regarded Stingofascorpion by three metres and clocked a mile rate of two minutes. She drew the font line in that race (5) and delivered a bold front-running performance to run her rivals ragged. On Sunday night she has again drawn the front row (gate 2) from which she should have enough gate speed to find the front and if that eventuates she should be too strong for her rivals. Olwen Jaccka (6) is in top form having won two and been placed twice from her past five starts, so she looms as the main danger while Glamour Art (5) and Vander Jenkins (4) loom as the best of the rest in the small field of six. This will be start 40 for Days Like This that has won four and been placed eight times for career stake earnings of just over $31,000 and she has a best mile rate of 1.59.7 that she achieved in winning a two-year-old event at only her fourth race start. Peter Staples

When promising three-year-old pacer Master Leon scored a last-stride win at the Luxbet Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday night it gave his harness racing trainer-driver Brian Rose his first winner in almost 12 years. Master Leon produced a powerful finish from well back in the field to swamp the leaders and score an impressive win in a race for non-winners over 2200 metres. It ended a long drought for Rose who had to dig deep into the memory bank to remember the last time he wandered into the winner's enclosure which was in 2004 when Max Design saluted in a C2-C3 in Launceston with Rose in the sulky. "It's been a long time between wins but I'm only a hobby trainer-driver and as long as I've got one that is competitive I'm happy," Rose said. "I think Master Leon has a bit of ability so I'm hoping it won't be another 12 years before my next win." Rose, 62 has been a hobby trainer for over 30 years and he has only ever had one horse in work at any one time. But when he first started out in the harness racing industry in Tasmania he tasted success at the beginning of his journey by training Nickorado to win the 1986 Tasmanian Derby. "Nickorado virtually got me going in the industry and he was a real good horse. I drove him to win a heat of the Derby but I handed the reins to Tony Petersen for the big race and we got the money." "I got started in this game when by Dad (the late Max Rose) bought two mares in foal and Nickorado was one of the foals and I've been involved in one way or another ever since." Rose suffered a heart attack when he was only 42 and that set him back a peg or two but he was back at work with Forestry Tasmania six months later and not long after he was back in the sulky. "The heart attack was a bit of a setback but I soldiered on until I had to take a redundancy (from Forestry Tasmania) about five years ago so now I just potter around with my one horse and that's enough to keep me interested." Rose purchased Master Leon from well-known Tasmanian standardbred breeder Geoff Madden. "I bought a mare (Rich Beginnings) in foal from Geoff (Madden) as part of a package deal and this colt is the result. He is her fifth foal to race but only two have won. Rose no longer lives on a large property but instead resides at Branxholm on a medium size building block that can accommodate, at best, a couple of stables so he has to take his horses elsewhere to train. "When we were on the (parents') farm there were plenty of paddocks and about three different types of training tracks but these days I have to take the horse to Scottsdale for fast work or to a mate's property nearby." "I stay involved in harness racing because I love it. With costs what they are these days I could only ever afford to have one in work at any time but this win will keep us going for a while." Rose says Master Leon will most likely have his next start in Launceston on Sunday week. Peter Staples

Hobby harness racing trainer Ben Richardson had plenty of reasons to smile after the only horse he has in work, Wasonie Snake, delivered the goods in a C1 event over 1680 metres at the Luxbet Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday night. In fact he had 31 reasons because Richardson was able to secure $31 at fixed odds to win the race. Wasonie Snake was given a gun run by ace reinsman Ricky Duggan who landed the gelding in the one-out-one-back spot before letting him strode to the lead leaving the back straight then packed to many guns for his rivals to score by four metres from the $2.30 favourite Bona Fide Hustler. "The horse has been a good money-spinner for me. He's only had 13 starts since I've had him for two wins and he's always thereabouts," Richardson said. "I've got his three-year-old brother but he's hasn't started yet." Richardson acquired Wasonie Snake from his previous trainer Ben Yole who won a race with him over two years ago and again he was at a big price ($25). He won his first race for Richardson in August last year at odds of around $16 and with sound form going into this latest assignment he was backed in from $31 to start at $10. "I must admit I was surprised at his price but glad to take it." Richardson, 38, is based at Campania in the south of the state and he is intent on remaining a hobby trainer. Peter Staples

Talented Tasmanian harness racing trainer Kate McLeod regards her handy seven-year-old pacer These Days a wonder horse. These Days made it successive wins on the Launceston track when he powered home to win the Dakin Refrigerator Stakes over 2200 metres with Troy Hillier aboard. McLeod said the horse was lucky to be alive let alone scoring back-to-back wins. After the horse scored an impressive win in February he lost all form and the only thing the trainer can put it down to is a mystery illness. "We nearly lost him - he was sore everywhere and got to the point where he could hardly walk," McLeod said. "We didn't have him tested for it but I'm tipping it was Ross River virus." These Days recovered and while it has taken him a while to find his best form the gelding looks set to continue being competitive as he makes his way through the classes. Despite being impressive in winning at is previous outing from a second-row draw, These Days was opened at $7.50 with fixed odds operators which surprised McLeod. "He drew to lead (barrier four) and he's a much better horse in front so I was pleasantly surprised at his price." These Days, owned and raced by Dale and Susan Stacey, has had 29 starts for six wins and 12 minor placings form almost $40,000 in stakes. Peter Staples

Talented harness racing reinsman Troy Hillier had hoped to secure a cosy run in a race in Launceston last Sunday night that would have given his charge These Days every opportunity to emerge triumphant. These Days drew barrier eight which meant he started from the inside of the second row and even though he knew the horse that drew directly in front of him, Red Sun Bliss, had no genuine early speed he never expected to be shuffled back to near last and four-back the fence after the field had traveled 300 metres. These Days was still last leaving the back straight the last time with race leader Regal Idea travelling comfortably without having exhausted too much energy. But when Vander Jenkins eased out three-wide turning for home Hillier latched onto the back of that horse for a cart home. When Hillier eased These Days four-wide to challenge the six-year-old charged home and hit the line with a half-metre to spare over Vander Jenkins with Regal Idea a distant third. "At one stage I thought I might be in a bit of trouble because there was no way out and I really didn't want to ease right back to last," Hillier said. "But I was able to her hi off the fence turning for home and when he balanced up in the straight he worked home well." These Days is trained by Kate McLeod at Bridport and given how he gelding hit the line there should be more wins in store for the son of Blissfull Hall in the coming weeks. These Days has won five and been laced a dozen times from 28 starts for close to $33,000 in stakes. Peter Staples

Talented harness racing pacer El Jay's Mystery ended her two-year-old season on a high with an impressive win in the Carlton Draught 2YO over 1680 metres at the Luxbet Racing Centre in Launceston last night. El Jay's Mystery was eased out of the early speed battle from her outside front-row draw to settle near last and she was then was asked by driver Ricky Duggan to make a sweeping run from the 600-metre peg. She delivered the desired result in style to score fill of running to defeat Master Leon and Eternal; Speed with race leader Dromana Beach fading to finish fifth. It made it two wins in succession for the daughter of Live or Die prompting her trainer Dick Eaves to suggest she has the potential to be a star three-year-old. "I have no doubt this filly will derive a lot of benefit from what she's done this season and if I'm right she could be a top three-year-old next season," eaves said. "She's had a few issues that we've had to iron out but her past two starts have been really good, especially this one because she had to come from last and go through another bit of a learning curve in the race. "She's still coming to terms with settling in her races and tonight she resented being eased out of the contest early but she did settle and when Ricky (Duggan) asked for the big effort in the straight she didn't let him down." El Jay's Mystery is expected to spend a couple of months in the paddock spelling on some spring grass. Peter Staples

After producing four consecutive minor placings, smart harness racing  two-year-old filly El Jays Mystery finally delivered the goods by winning her first race in Launceston last Sunday. The Dick Eaves-trained youngster was well driver by Victorian reinsman Gavin Lang who allowed the filly to settle at the rear of the field and when he called on her for the big effort late she sprinted powerfully to the line to record a convincing win in the Cliff Robins Memorial over 1680 metres. El Jays Mystery hit the line almost three metres clear of race leader Joes Little Girl with Schouten Island that had faced the breeze throughout, just over a metre astern. It was an impressive win and one that impressed two of her owners in particular in thoroughbred trainers John Blacker and Leon Laskey. It is Blacker and Laskey's first venture into owning a standardbred and they were convinced to take shares by the filly's breeders Lyndon and Gail Menegon who also have shares in a couple of thoroughbreds trained by Blacker. El Jays Mystery (Live or Die-Lombo Anastasia) was bred by the Menegons at their Big Park Stud at Piper's River in the North of the state. The filly is a half-sister to former Tasmanian Oaks winner Barynya (X Blissfull Hall) that is now racing successfully in Queensland. Peter Staples

Well-bred harness racing filly Nances Delight kept her unbeaten record intact when she led throughout to win a 2C0 event over 1680 metres at the Luxbet Racing Centre in Launceston last night. With ace reinsman Gareth Rattray in the sulky the two-year-old showed brilliant gate speed to lead from gate three and once settled she set a solid tempo. Somethinsweetboutme ($23) settled on the leader's back while the well-backed El Jays Mystery ($2.50) strolled along in third spot but at the half-way mark Rattray slowed the tempo so the driver of El jays Mystery, John Walters, eased off the fence to allow his filly to face the breeze to ensure the leader didn't loaf for the last 800 metres. But the move was all in vain with Nances Delight ($2.10 favourite) strolling to an effortless win over El Jays Mystery with outsider Eternal Shadow a close-up third. The Melissa Mayne-trained filly clocked a mile rate of 2.02.3 and she covered her last 800 metres in 58.9 seconds. "We've been pleased with this filly from day one and she has already developed some nice habits. She has good gate speed and she can quicken well in a race," Rattray said. "She gives me the impression she will be a better three-year-old so hopefully she can go on with it next preparation." Peter Staples

Art Of My Art made it three wins from is past four starts when he scored a narrow win in the Carlton Draught Pace for harness racing three-year-olds over 2200 metres in Launceston on Sunday night. The gelded son of Art Colony had been cleverly placed by his trainer John Castles who entered hi in non-penalty races that made up heats in a novice driver series in which he won one and placed second in another before winning a 3C0 at Devonport prior to this latest assignment. Art of My Art drew awkwardly on the inside of the second row but somehow Rohan Hillier managed to secure the one-out-one-back position after travelling about 600 metres. God Sake faced the breeze outside of Rocknroll Dancer that set a solid clip with All Style Sammy on the leader's back. When God Sake forged to the lead Hillier sent his charge three-wide to give chase and after finding the front 200 metres out he battled gamely to have just enough in hand to defeat All Style Sammy with God Sake third Peter Staples

Tasmanian harness racing owner-trainer Wayne Campbell would have been bitterly disappointed had his two-year-old gelding Buster William not furnished into the horse he is today given his breeding. While last Sunday night's win in Launceston was his first he showed enough at his first eight starts to suggest that winning would be a formality. In Launceston on Sunday night the gelded son of Rocknroll Heaven delivered the goods, scoring by over a metre from race leader Dromana Beach with Sweptunderdacarpet a game third. Campbell bred Buster William from his former classy filly Maggie Kennedy, a winner of 10 races including the Bandbox Stakes and she also was a Tasmanian Oaks placegetter. "Maggie Kennedy was a pretty good mare and this is her first foal,"Campbell said. "He (Buster William) is an honest little fella who deserved the win because he's been racing against the really good ones and been very competitive.'' Campbell makes a point of only breeding every second year, a process that has proven successful. "If I didn't do it (breed every other years) I'd end up with too many horses. "I just do it for a hobby - if I bred every year I couldn't feed them all." Buster William had to do a bit of work early from his wide front-row draw (6) but driver Mark Yole eventually worked his charge to the death, outside of Dromana Beach. The $1.20 favourite looked set to win easily half-way up the home straight but when he hit the front he switched off and only- scored by just over a ,metre from Dromana Beach. Yole said he didn't pull Buster William's ear plugs until he had to but when he switched off he quickly reached down the sulky shaft and pulled the cord to release the deafeners and that sparked him up again. Peter Staples

In-form three-year-old pacer Little Bit of Big delivered another stellar harness racing performance to score an impressive all-the-way win at the Luxbet Racing Centre over 1680 metres in Launceston on Sunday night. Little Bit of Big made it three wins for the season when she made the most of the pole position to lead throughout in a 3C0-C0 race that boasted a quality line-up. With Rohan Hadley in the sulky, the Shelley Barnes-trained filly by Mister Big from Vanstand stepped well from the mobile and despite being attacked early she withstood the challenge to lead comfortably and then had to call on her courage to fend off rivals in the home straight. Little Bit of Big joined Barnes' stable recently and she is hoping the owners will allow her to retain the filly beyond the winter months. Listen to what trainer Shelley Barnes had to say about Little Bit of Big's latest win. Peter Staples

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