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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

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

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