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Former New South Wales driver Conor Crook extended his lead on the Tasmanian Drivers premiership for the extended 2019/20 season with a treble in Launceston on Sunday night. Former New Zealand pacer Loch Ness Franco put Crook on the winner’s list early with an all the way win in the McKillop Insurance Brokers Pace. The daughter of Changeover was able to hold the lead from barrier one and enjoyed some comfortable easy sections before dashing home to score by 3.2 metres in a mile rate of 2m 1.7s for the 2200- metre journey. “She put a bit of a gap on them down the back and then just jogged around,” said Crook after the victory. “She is above average, and she is pretty strong,” added the winning trainer-driver. The mare is still progressing through the national rating system, but Crook is predicting a bright future for the winner of two races from six starts. “When she gets to those standing start mares features, she will be right in them for sure,” said Crook with the mare proving herself behind the tapes with two placings in standing start races before arriving in Australia. The Steve Lukac-trained Donny In Paris is on track for next month’s Raider Stakes when scoring second-up from a break last night. Backed in from $8.00 into $3.80, the Rug Rat Donny gelding settled in a midfield position before finding the spot outside the leader in the middle stages. Proving too tough for his rivals, Donny In Paris scored by 5.2 metres in 1m 59.8s. “Steve (Lukac) said he would be better from the run last week and he certainly was,” said Crook. “He is going to the Raider Stakes, and he is not out of it after that run, Crook said about the pacer who has now won three of 11 starts. The last leg of Crook’s treble came in the final race of the night when he partnered the unbeaten Rohan Hadley-trained two-year-old filly Bridwood Bella to her third win. The daughter of Auckland Reactor retained the lead from her pole draw to score by 10.9 metres and was eased down late in a mile rate of 1m 59.2s. “She was a bit more fired up than she was last start, but she is a very very nice horse,” explained Crook.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Tasmanian record holder Call Me Hector on Sunday night added the Launceston track record to his resume when he led all the way to score in the Impress Print Free For All. Call Me Hector stopped the clock in 1m 59.37s which represented a mile rate of 1m 54.34s for the 1680-metre trip to claim the record, the gelded son of Art Major also holds the Hobart record of 1m 54.3s. From barrier four trainer-driver Matthew Cooper took the $4.40 elect straight to the lead and after a lead time of 5.22s before quarters of 29.56s, 29.22s, 28.02s, 27.35s. “It is a huge thrill to claim another track record,” said Cooper post-race. “I thought if I could ease off for just one quarter that I would just let him go, and when I pulled the plugs at the 400 I knew nothing would beat him,” added the Oatlands based trainer-driver. Punters sent out Ignatius as the $1.45 favourite, but the pacer who was the sole runner on the second row settled three-back along the marker pegs before working into the clear around the home corner to finish 8.6 metres away fourth. “I read an article on the Tasracing website that Todd (Rattray, trainer-driver of Ignatius) thought he was a bit fat and needed the run, so I thought if I was going to beat Ignatius then tonight was the night,” explained Cooper. Cooper also made some gear changes by removing the lugging pole and block blinds. “When he beat Ryley Major (last start) he wanted to hang up the track, so I decided to leave the pole off him at home and he was alright and I took him to the trials and he went absolutely super, so I thought maybe this is the go,” said Cooper. “There is no more miles for him this year, I don’t understand their programming. “Anyway, we will go to the Show Cup in two weeks,” added the trainer-driver The Show Cup is a standing start event and Call Me Hector’s standing start manners have let him down significantly in the past. It was a slick time to start the card with Bridwood Bella keeping her unbeaten record intact after two starts. The Rohan Hadley-trained pacer claimed the state record for a two-year-old filly of 1m 57.0s when winning on debut and was just outside of that time last night when running 1m 57.7s where she raced outside the leader from her second-row draw to score by 18 metres. The filly was driven by Conor Crook who drove a treble on the card with Lake Eyre and Pockets Of Courage. One of the biggest winning margins in the state for some time was recorded in the final race of the night when Devil Of Tyne scored by 42.9 metres in a rating 51 to 55 event.   by Duncan Dornauf

He has been out of the winner’s circle for over a year, but 2019 Tasmania Cup winner Shelby Bromac will be looking to end the drought when harness racing reruns to Launceston for a rare Wednesday night fixture. The last win for the Bettors Delight gelding was in August 2019 when the pacer flew around Melton in 1m 55.2s and has since been transferred to the Magra stables of Juanita McKenzie where he has had five starts, including two placings at his last two outings. The most recent placing was behind Full Speed ahead and Ryley Major in Hobart on 30 August. On that occasion, the pacer settled behind the leader where he used the sprint lane to be defeated 3.2 metres in what was only a dash up the straight. Two starts ago Shelby Bromac raced outside the leader when running a brave second behind Scooterwillrev in a rating 75 to 84 event. “He is racing well, he is up there with them, he is probably not as good as Ryley Major but there is not many that are as good as him,” said trainer Juanita McKenzie ahead of Wednesday’s race. “He will go super tonight. Obviously Full Speed Ahead is going well and is the horse to beat,” explained the trainer. Wednesday night the pacer faces a 10-metre handicap in the 2200-metre standing start event with the in-form Full Speed Ahead facing a tough ask from the 20-metre back mark, his last two wins have both been when he has been able to lead. Concession reinsman Charlie Castles retains the drive on Shelby Bromac after partnering the pacer in his last two outings. Castles has been driving in good form of late with one win and four placings in his last 10 drives. “Charlie is a very good kid, I’m very impressed with the way he listens and the feedback he gives,” explained the trainer who has also booked him for the drive on Kardesler in the Great Northern Super Crisp Pace. “He has got a good draw, he shouldn’t be too far away,” said McKenzie. “He hasn’t had a lot of luck since he has been here, and when he has got luck he has won,” added the Magra based trainer. The American Ideal entire will start from barrier one, following the scratching in Kiavino Stride Kardesler finished sixth in Hobart last time out where he recorded the second quickest last half mile of the race in 57.08s on the Tasracing Calculated Sectionals. The first race Wednesday will be televised on Sky Racing 2 with the remainder of the card on Sky Racing 1. All races will be shown on Sky Racing Active and TasracingTV from 17:22.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing  

Brighton reinswoman Taylor Ford secured Friday night’s BOTRA Claiming Novice Drivers series in Launceston. Ford drove two of the four winners in the series and had an unbeatable lead going into the final heat. The driver secured maximum points in the Tourello Standardbreds BOTRA Series Heat One on the Micheal Laugher-trained Christian Jaz, who raced up to his excellent recent form which included a win on the Launceston track two starts before Friday’s victory. “On paper it looked like he was going to be hard to beat as he had been racing well, but those runs were from the second-row, so I was a little concerned drawing well,” said driver Taylor Ford after the race. “We ended up in a good spot without doing any work and got out at the right time,” added the winning driver. Ford then partnered up with the John Castles-trained Estelle who was another in-form pacer who recorded her third win at her sixth race track appearance. “She is a nice little filly, she wanted to switch off a bit when we started to race away from them, but to her credit, she dug deep late,” explained Ford. “It’s always good to be in these series, and it is even better to win them, but if it weren’t for the support of the trainer and owners putting the horses in these races then there wouldn’t be a series,” added the winning driver. The remaining two heats were won by the race favourites, with Lachlan Dakin driving Lip Reader to victory in heat three, while Feel the Burn won the fourth and final heat. The final points table was; Taylor Ford 56 Troy McDonald 42 Samantha Gangell 40 Lachlan Dakin 39 Hannah Van Dongen 33 Andrew Freeman 30 Wade Rattray 27 Sam Clotworthy 22 Conor Crook 21 Georgia Hayward 19 Charlie Castles and Malcom Jones 18. Aussie Rock It was a rough start to the night for punters with $31 chance Aussie Rock scoring and for the second time in as many months, the on-course tote wasn’t able to pay out a few of the Leigh Rand stable supporters. The four-year-old mare was first-up since March 2019 after being purchased very cheaply online after five-unplaced efforts in the Riverina area of New South Wales. “She didn’t have many points and had been balloted out the last few weeks, so we have kept her rolling along trying to get a run,” said Rand post-race. Despite being first-up from a long break and with no public trial in the lead up for the daughter of Pet Rock, the stable was confident of a forward showing. “We have a 1000-metre track at home and it is fast and the times are reasonably true, so when you work them constantly and get consistent times you know you can go the races with confidence,” explained the winning trainer who trains on a property previously used by many trainers including Terry Knowles. The Spreyton based Rand was a former-trainer driver who retired from the sport in the late ‘80s before recently deciding to get back involved, with Aussie Rock being his first starter in over 30 years. “I was born in East Devonport and my father (Terry) was too, he trained horses on the beach with Max Imlach and Bruce Twibell and that’s where I learned my part out of it years ago,” explained the trainer. “Aub Wesley wrote my reference to get into harness racing and that was a long time ago,” added Rand who was the manager of the popular Devonport Night Club, City Limits. Rand has four horses in work including a two-year-old that he bred, a filly purchased from Queensland and four-year-old entire Pardoe Plugga who won a trial before last night’s meeting. He also has a yearling out of a group one producing mare Somewhere Africa, dam of 2014 Ladyship Mile winner Vansumic.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

East Devonport trainer David Hayes landed has first winner since taking up the role as trainer for prominent north-west coast owner-breeder Mick Maxfield, when American Mac scored in a rating 30 to 49 event on Sunday night. The lightly raced gelded son of American Ideal was able to lead from his pole draw with Rodney Ashwood in the sulky, and he was able to hold off a late charge by Black Ops to score by 1.1 metres in a mile rate of 2m 2.4s for 2200 metres. American Mac, who would have been one of the tallest horses racing in Launceston on Sunday night, was only having his third start back from a two and a half year break after being sidelined as an early three-year-old. “He went out with an injury as a three-year-old, we think it was in his front leg, but till this day we just don’t know, it was just a mystery, he is a big raw-boned horse, he was that size as a two-year-old, body-wise he has probably never matured up, but he is a horse that has a great deal of potential, and he is very green still,” said trainer David Hayes after the win. For punters who took the short odds on the pacer who started as the $2.45 favourite, they would have had their hearts in their mouth half way down the straight when the pacer who was nicely clear of his rivals commenced shortening stride, with Black Ops flying home out wide late. “It looked like he switched off, at home he can really run, he is one of the most impressive horses I have trained and to sit behind in fast work,” said Hayes. “He is a six-year-old that is probably a two-year-old given his limited experience,” added Hayes. It was the seventh start for Hayes since taking over the reins for the Maxfield Standardbreds operation, and it hasn’t been smooth sailing for the stable. “The wintertime probably wasn’t an ideal time to take over the stable with horses at different stages in there preparation and we had been caught with a virus through the stable, we are just about at the end of it now, and hopefully in the next three to four weeks we will have six or seven horses back in work,” explained the trainer. “It is a beautiful property, it has everything you want on it,” added Hayes. In other news from the Maxfield team, 2019 New South Wales and Tasmanian Derby winner Max Delight is starting to continue his road back from injury in Victoria. The winner of over $350,000 in prize money hasn’t been seen since running third in the Group 1 Chariots Of Fire at Menangle in late February, which was won by Lochinvar Art.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Despite only having three starts back from a spell, Ryley Major is about to head back to the paddock for a few weeks freshen up after his narrow but thrilling win in Launceston on Sunday night. Starting from a 30-metre handicap in the 2200 metre event, the star Tasmanian pacer settled one-out and three back, before racing three-wide for the final lap, the only problem with that was he was on the back of an $81 chance that forced him to go out four-wide with 650 metres to travel. Ryley Major was able to run down Full Speed Ahead, who took up the lead mid-race, by a half head, with Illegal Immigrant a further 1.2 metres away third. The Rohan Hillier trained and driven pacer recorded a mile rate of his handicap of 2m 0.8s. “It was hard to get into the race, but we still found a way I suppose, the second horse (Full Speed Ahead) has gone terrific,” said Hillier after the race. With a lack of mobile start feature races on the horizon, Hillier may send his stable star for a short break, despite only having his third start from a spell. “I might give him a little bit of a break because he won’t win one-off 40 (metres) and there’s not a lot of free-for-all about at the moment, so a couple of weeks off won’t hurt him as he can race on later in the year,” added the Beauty Point trainer-driver. Ryley Major will soon have a stablemate to contest the open class races as Sportswriter gelding Lip Reader continues his rise through the classes, taking out a rating 70 to 84 event. The five-year-old gelding was in Victoria just before that state went back into their regional racing model, a part of HRV’s COVID protocols, putting an end to a heat and final series he was being aimed at. Finishing seventh at his only start back from that interstate trip, the pacer returned home and finished third in Hobart last week, with Hillier admitting the defeat was at his own fault. “He was good last week, but I drove him upside down in Hobart, and he needed the run so I was quietly confident he would go close tonight,” said his trainer-driver. “He can (go to the next level in Tasmania), I thought he was a touch off at Melton, and Adam Kelly who was training him did as well,” Hillier said. Hillier left the card with a training treble after stable foreman Conor Crook scored with Art Major mare Giftofjoy, who is yet to miss a top-two finish in nine starts this season. “She has done a terrific job for what she is, but she is getting on a hard mark now and won’t find many easy ones, she will definitely head to the breeding barn this season, but if she can pinch another one or two then that will be good,” said her trainer.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Carrick trainer Craig Van Dongen is hoping his three-year-old gelding Shady Story can continue on his winning way when he lines up in the Cliff Robins Memorial in Launceston on Friday night. The Shadyshark gelding has won two of his five career starts, his most recent win came in Launceston on 19 July where he ran away to score by 18.8 metres in inclement weather which was reflected in the mile rate of 2m 2.5s. On that occasion Shady Story settled one-out and three-back before his driver on that occasion Ricky Duggan, made a mid-race move around the field to race outside the leader for the final lap and naturally his trainer Craig Van Dongen was pleased with the victory. “I was pretty pleased with the win, he did it pretty tough, he seems to have a bit of stamina in him,” said Van Dongen. Admitting the pacer “pulled up good” from that victory, the trainer also acknowledged that he believes tonight’s event is one of the pacers toughest tests this preparation where he has booked the services of reinsman Gareth Rattray for the drive. “There are a few good horses in the race, it is probably his toughest field he has met. I will just leave it all up to Gareth (Rattray) on what he wants to do,” said the trainer. Tonight’s field includes Raymonds Judge ($3.50) who has won his last two and is in the care of in-form trainer Marc Butler, Estelle ($5.00) who draws inside of the second-row and was a good second last time out when first-up from a spell. Other chances include Kivik ($8.50) who scored at triple-figure odds at his only start, and the Ben Yole-trained Gauci ($10) who gets his best barrier draw in three Tasmanian starts. Shady Story opened up this morning at $3.50. The gelding never raced as a two-year-old and was purchased online by Van Dongen’s daughter Hannah who misses tonight’s Launceston meeting through suspension. “Hannah bought him online from the mainland as a two-year-old. His owners wanted to get rid of a few horses and this guy needed time to grow and mature a bit,” explained the Carrick based trainer. “He was a bit green and a bit hard coming out of the mobile, so we had to get him a bit more educated to try and get him to settle down coming out of the mobile,” added Van Dongen who has another two horses in work, and a couple more to come back in. Tonight’s Launceston meeting will be televised on Sky Racing 2 and TasracingTV with the first race set down for 17:35. Three trials will be held before the first race from 16:30.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

We come off another big weekend of harness racing in Tasmania. Eight races were held in Hobart on Friday where War Chest flew around the Hobart track to win a rating 60 to 74 event in 1m 56.4s. The action then turned to Launceston on Sunday night where Blackbird Power recorded his second win of the week while two pacers won on debut on the eight-race card. There is only one meeting in the state this week, and it is a bumper 10-race card in Hobart on Sunday night. The Stars Blackbird Power – had two starts for the weekend for two wins. The gelded son of Mach Three had to survive a protest when winning in Hobart before defeating Scooterwillrev in Launceston. The pacer won both races by a short half head. Kivik – caused the biggest upset of the weekend when scoring on debut at odds of $91 in Launceston. The gelded son of Courage Under Fire was well rated in front by Ben Parker. Franko Joe – was another pacer to lead all the way and score on debut in Launceston. The pacer continued an excellent run for trainer Marc Butler. Taylor Ford – registered a training and driving double in Launceston. She scored in the mares rating 55 to 69 event with Belligerence before The Thug proved too good for his rivals later in the night. Tisu Spirit – the Tim Maine-trained gelded son of American Ideal continued his excellent form since resuming from the COVID-19 break when the pacer came from back in the field to win in 1m 58.3s on Sunday. Since the shutdown the pacer has won two races and placed on two further occasions from five starts. Ben Yole – extended his lead on the top of the state trainers’ premiership with a double on Sunday. My Celebrity led all the way to score in good time before Guys Bettor Bet came with a well-timed run when leading home a Yole-trained trifecta later in the night. Multiple Winners Hobart – Friday evening  Zeke Slater – training double; Capitallee and Blackbird Power, Sam Gangell – driving double; Capitallee and Blackbird Power. Launceston – Sunday evening Ben Yole – training treble; My Celebrity and Guys Bettor Bet, Taylor Ford – training and driving double; Belligerence and The Thug. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Hobart – Friday evening  Lockaway Kacie 56.83s, Resurgent Storm 56.97s, Monarkmac 57.21s, Blackbird Power 57.33s and Debt Till We Part 57.38s. Launceston – Sunday evening Buster William 55.06s, Scooterwilllrev 55.07s, Sea Double Ugrant 55.47s, Blackbird Power 55.69s and Murry 55.86s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart – Friday evening Hit’s: Tellmax Nikita $4.40 into $3.90, Delightful Junie $3.10 into $2.25, War Chest $21 into $9.00 and Stepping Stones $6.50 into $5.50. Defied The Drift: Capitallee $3.80 out to $4.40, Forever Ours $3.20 out to $4.60 and Perfect Mach $12 out to $17. Missed: Sacramento Sun $7.00 into $5.50, Hyde Park $31 into $19, Kiavino Stride $11 into $6.50, Kardesler $2.60 into $2.25 and Sign Of Oro $2.20 into $1.75. Launceston – Sunday evening Hit’s: Franko Joe $2.30 into $1.65, My Celebrity $19 into $5.00, Guys Bettor Bet $41 into $21 and The Thug $3.60 into $2.70. Defied The Drift: Tisu Spirit $5.00 out to $6.00. Missed: Heza Sport $7.00 into $4.60, Indiana Dreming $26 into $18, Feel The Burn $3.60 into $3.20, Salvator Mundi $6.50 into $4.20, Scooterwilllrev $4.00 into $2.70, Ozzie Major $14 into $9.50, Always A Stride $20 into $9.50,Victoria Pass $7.50 into $4.80 and Lightning Scooter $101 into $31. Trial File Hobart – Friday evening The Rodney Ashwood-trained and driven two-year-old Four Starzzz Shark gelding Hughie Playboy was able to slot in behind the leader, before gaining an inside run at the 350-metre mark to score by a half neck over the stablemate and leader Ninefortwentythree with Whey Better using the sprint lane to finish a further 1.6 metres away third in 2m 3.9s. Trainer Ben Woodsford prepared the quinella in the trial with Metro Star defeating Hashtag Finally. Metro Star raced behind the leader before sweeping to the lead at the 350-metre mark to score by 1.4 metres from Hashtag Finally with the remaining two rivals a further 19.9 metes away in 2m 1.6s. Launceston – Sunday afternoon Tisu Skye, a three-year-old filly by Courage Under Fire sat behind the leader before working one off at the top of the home straight to score by a head over the early leader Jimmy Mischief 2m 2.2s Peaceful Thomas has done a bit wrong in his last three starts which have seen him sent back to the trials in recent weeks, and the winner of five races from 15 starts did everything right when coming from last at the 800m to win his trial in 1m 59.0s by 5.1 metres. Shelby Bromac is a past Tasmania Cup winner and was well graded a in standing start trial where he flew away from his 20-metre handicap to lead after the first 70 metres, recording a mile rate from his handicap for the 1680 metres in 2m 2.1s. Bullapark Beno was the sole runner in the education trial who trotted the 1680-metre trial in a mile rate of 2m 11.9s. Trial Replays You can view most trials since the resuming from the COVID-19 break by clicking here. FORMPLUS Black Booker Estelle She was first-up since 29 March, and went into Sunday’s race in Launceston without a lead-up trial. From a wide draw driver Charlie Castles restrained the three-year-old filly back to last in the 2200-metre event before gaining a three-wide cart up over the final 1100 metres. With the leaders running a 62.6 first half it was going to be hard for her to make ground given she had to go out four and five wide for the final 400 metres and she hit the line strongly to run the leader down to 1.2 metres with her own last half mile recorded in a slick 56.67s. Not a FORMPLUS Alerts customer? JOIN HERE Week Ahead Ryley Major and Scooterwillrev recommence their on-track rivalry in Hobart on Sunday night in the Hobart Signwriters Pace. Their last clash was in the 2019 Dakin Refrigeration Easter Cup where Scootwerwillrev and Ryley Major finished second and third respectively behind Franco Tristian. To say a lot of water has gone under the bridge since that effort would be an understatement. Scootwerwillrev has had a Sydney campaign where he scored one win while Riley Major has dominated the local scene including scoring in the Group 2 Tasmania Cup in March. Both horses go into Sundays race second-up from a break, and both go into the race finishing second at their first-up assignments. Scooterwillrev starts off the front-row in the 2090-metre standing start race on Sunday and given his excellent standing start manners it looks to be a big advantage over Ryley Major who has a 30-metre handicap to contend with, plus being the sole backmarker will have to pass his 10 remaining rivals in the event. It all depends on how the two horses have come through their first-up performance and we will find out at 19:07 on Sunday. The first of 10 races commences at 17:20, with the meeting to be shown on Sky Racing 1 and TasracingTV. Some Tasmanian pacers doing battle over the next few days at metropolitan venues include; Bendigo (Metro meeting) – Saturday night  Race 1 Horse 9 Streitkid, Menangle – Saturday night  Race 1 Horse 7 Harjeet, Race 6 (Group 2) Horse 1 No Apachemee and Horse 7 Ignatius.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Six-year-old gelding Scooterwillrev returns to racing in Launceston on Sunday night when he lines up in the first leg of the quaddie, the Jubilee Bakery Stakes. The winner of 25 races hasn’t been seen since 16 November when finishing second last at Menangle, New South Wales’ home of harness racing. Scooterwilllrev won one of his 14 starts during that campaign before returning back to his original trainer Craig Hayes. Hayes had the pacer set to go for a heat of the Easter Cup in early April, but that race meeting was abandoned days prior due to the suspension of Tasmanian racing due to the COVID-19 break. “When he returned from New South Wales he had a break and his first preparation I didn’t think I was going to get him back, we sort of worked on him with a few different things and he is going pretty good now,” explained trainer Craig Hayes ahead of tonight’s event. “I have always said if I didn’t think he was going good enough to win races I wouldn’t be taking him back to the track,” explained the Stowport based trainer. With a national rating of 84, Hayes has several options to miss some of the state’s best pacers over the coming months. Tonight’s event is a rating 70 to 90 event over 2200 metres, the same distance that Scooterwillrev holds a track record of 1m 56.6s that he set just over two years ago on 22 July 2018 and Hayes is happy with the pacers progress for his first-up assignment. “He is fairly forward, but he should improve on whatever he does,” he said. “I think he is working along quite good, but you never know till you get there. He hasn’t won much for a while so whether he still has the desire to be there we will find out tonight,” added Hayes who has booked the services of Gareth Rattray for Sunday’s event. His main rivals according to the early markets are Friday night Hobart winner Blackbird Power ($3.30), with Dapper Dana ($3.80), Sea Double Ugrant and Salvator Mundi (both at $6.50). The Hayes stable is also represented at the meeting by three-year-old filly Brookwillrock, who like her stablemate is first-up from a break in the second event, the Elderslie Horse Care Three Year Old. The Burnie winner from three starts ago was placed at her next two outings against the older horses, the most recent effort was in Burnie on 20 March, but the inside of the second row draw Sunday is of concern to Hayes. “It is easier (coming back to her own age), but the draw doesn’t suit her at all as she does like to dictate a little bit,” said Hayes who will also take the reins. “She is pretty forward, I don’t think she will improve a lot on what she does tonight, it’s just a matter of if she gets the right run into it or not, she is not a horse that sits and sprints that well, she likes to roll along,” Hayes explained. Sunday’s eight event card commences at 17:08 and will be shown on TasracingTV and Sky Racing 1. Several trials will be held prior to the meeting.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Tasracing has announced the 12 drivers for the 2020 BOTRA Claiming Novice Drivers Series. As was the case last season, the four-race series will be held in Launceston on Friday night, 21 August, and as the name suggest the series is restricted to Tasmanian licensed Claiming Novice Drivers. Competing in this year's series: Conor Crook - who is a past winner of the series scoring back in 2018. The News South Wales born driver now calls Tasmania home where he has made an impact on the local racing scene, and he currently sits in fourth spot on this seasons state drivers title. Crook is closing in on his 100th career win in the sulky, and he currently has 96 victories to his credit. Samantha Gangell - was last seasons leading female driver in Tasmania. So far this season she has driven 16 winners but has registered 55 placings. Gangell has recently taken out her trainers license and her first win as a trainer in Burnie on 15 March with Navua Pixie. Hannah Van Dongen - finished in tenth position on the states drivers premiership last season with 24 wins and 38 placings and the Carrick based driver has already started the 2019-2020 season well with 22 winners which sees her sit at the top of the Female Drivers Premiership. Taylor Ford - has registered 85 career winners in the sulky and she has been driving in terrific form since racing returned from the COVID shutdown, driving eight winners including a treble in Hobart on 19 June. She also prepares a small team of horses at Brighton with 12 training wins to her credit. Lachlan Dakin - had his first race drive in March 2018 before driving his first winner in August that year aboard Goggo Gee Gee. Dakin drove six winners last season, and he is set to pass that total this season. Troy McDonald - is a former Victorian driver who now calls Tasmania home. McDonald is the most successful driver in the series with 115 winners to his credit, 35 of those coming this season. Some of his feature wins this season include the Art Meeker Memorial Matron Stakes in Hobart aboard El Jays Mystery, the Dash For Cash in Devonport with Gotta Good Reason and the Eric Reece Memorial with Capitallee. Ben Woodsford - hails from New Zealand and had been gathering experience in Australia from several leading stables before finding his way to Tasmania last year. Woodsford had his first race drive at Menangle in May 2016 aboard Big Bang Penny who gave him his first winner at Newcastle in August 2016. He has driven a total of 47-wins through his career. Charlie Castles - is continuing a strong family tradition into the industry and is the sole north-west coast based competitor in this year's series. Castles spent many weeks over the festive period with former Tasmanian trainer-driver James Rattray at his New South Wales base where Castles was able to drive Joogle to victory at Canberra plus multiple placings on the metropolitan and provincial circuit. Andrew Freeman - drove his first win aboard Hez The One in April last year. So far this season he has driven two winners from limited opportunities. His biggest success to date was on the Heath Woods trained The Shallows in a heat of the Youngbloods Challenge late last year. Sam Clotworthy - is the newest driver to the states driving ranks, having his first race drive in mid-June. The New Zealand born reinsman has worked for a number of the countries leading thoroughbred trainers including Gai Waterhouse, Clinton McDonald and Anthony Cummings. The 24-year-old drove Nancys Baby to victory at $41 in Hobart on 26 June which is his only win in the sulky today, but it certainly won’t be his last. Georgia Hayward - The Scottsdale reinswoman drove her first winner at odds of $101 when It Is A Glacier scored in Launceston in early February. She has gained valuable experience through trainer Kent Rattray, and she has also spent many months in the past working for dual Inter Dominion winning trainer James Rattray at his New South Wales stables. Malcom Jones - is another participant continuing a strong family tradition. Jones spent a lot of his early childhood on King Island before moving to mainland Tasmania when his parents returned home. Jones drove his first winner aboard Mi Ju Dan on King Island earlier this year. An emergency for the series will be confirmed by Tasracing in due course. The series was first held in 2012, with BOTRA sponsoring the series every year since its inception. Previous winners of the series include; 2019 - Matthew Cooper, 2018 - Conor Crook, 2017 - Brady Woods, 2016 - Adrian Collins, 2015 - Lyarna Graham and Tim Yole, 2014 - Samantha Freeman and Tim Yole, 2013 - Braden Howlett, 2012 - Craig Hayes. *All figures correct as at 20/07/20.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Two weeks ago Brighton based trainer-driver Adrian Duggan was involved in a nasty race fall in Launceston, and on Sunday he was back in the winner’s circle at the same venue when Wattabout Spangher ($26) scored in the Tassie Wash Pace. Adrian’s brother Ricky took the reins on the five-year-old gelding who began well to settle outside the leader in the 2200-metre standing start event. The Stonebridge Regal gelding was in for the fight in the home straight late with Tisu Spirit (second) and Prosecution Witness (third) all pulling away from their remaining rivals. Adrian, who was discharged from hospital on Monday, wasn’t trackside for the win, instead being restricted to the recliner at home resting his leg where he received multiple fractures from the fall, was delighted with the win. “Ricky got him away well to sit outside the leader and keep him out of trouble in the run,” said Adrian. “Sitting here with Amanda (Adrian’s wife) I was hoping that they bowled along, so those that missed the start didn’t tack on,” explained the trainer. Wattabout Spangher moves to a rating of 64 with the trainer looking ahead to some country cups over the festive period. “If we can keep him stepping away like he is, then some of the country cups will be good options for him,” said Adrian. “He is a good sit and sprint horse, but he had to do a bit of work tonight which was good to see as well,” added the trainer. Duggan acknowledged the work of several people that have helped his stable out in recent weeks saying that “they all know who they are.” There are no certainties in racing and punters learned that the hard way when Ryley Major was defeated as a $1.22 favourite in the Elders Insurance Launceston Free For All. It was the Matthew Cooper-trained and driven Call Me Hector leading all the way to score at $19. Many expected Cooper to lead and bowl along, well he did lead but instead Cooper put the brakes on running a slow 47.1s lead time before running quarters of 31.9s, 30.2s, 29.0s and 27.7s for a slow mile rate of 2m 1.4s on a rain-affected track. “I know he has a 56s last half-mile in him, and I thought if I could slow them down early, they would find it hard to catch him,” explained trainer-driver Matthew Cooper after the win. “It worked out well tonight when I looked across and seen that we ran a 31.9s first quarter that things were looking pretty good here when you run along you make it easy for those backmarkers to get into the race,” added the Oatlands based horseman.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Six-year-old Courage Under Fire mare Courageous Katee bounced back into the winner’s list for the first time this season when she scored in the Tassie Wash Pace in Launceston on Friday night. Reinsman Adrian Collins positioned the Dick Eaves-trained mare one-out and two-back in the 2200-metre event before coming with a well-timed run from the 600-metre mark. “Dick presented the mare in great order like he always does and on the back of her run last week where she ran a sharp last half, it filled me with a bit of confidence going into the race,” said driver Adrian Collins after the win. She proved too good for the second elect Buster William by 1.7 metres with outsider Olwen Jaccka a further 4.2-metres away in a mile rate of 1m 59.3s. “She showed a bit more gate speed than normal and was able to hold a forward position, when I progressed three-wide down the back she was always feeling like the winner,” added the winning driver who recently joined the committee of the Carrick Park Pacing Club. Gareth Rattray was the in-form driver of the meeting with a driving double. He scored in the opening race aboard Stormy Sanz who defeated stable mates Indianna Sanz and Impulsive George who are all prepared by Lietinna trainer Kent Rattray. It was back-to-back victories for the Betterthancheddar gelding who scored in Launceston the start prior on 28 June with the trainer considering aiming the pacer at an open two-year-old race on 19 July before the feature races later in the season. The second leg of Gareth’s driving double was aboard three-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven gelding Rocknroll Curly, who raced right up to his excellent trial form. From inside of the second row the pacer ended up three-back along the marker pegs in the 2200-metre event before working into the one-out one-back at the 1200-metre mark. Rattray asked the pacer for the supreme effort at the 400-metre mark where he dashed away to score by 3.1 metres over a fast-finishing Bold Centurian and Heza Sport in 2m 1.2s. Rocknroll Curly is trained by Rattray’s life partner Melissa Maine. The Michael Laugher-trained Emjays Black Chip continued on his winning way when scoring in the final race of the night, courtesy of a lovely drive by Rohan Hillier who positioned the pacer one-out and two back before leading up the three-wide line for the final 950 metres. Hillier was in the winner’s circle earlier in the night as a trainer with the win of Monarkmac who was driven by Conor Crook. Marc Butler was the only trainer on the night to register multiple wins scoring with Sermac and Beachboy Butch.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

We received an unfortunate reminder of how dangerous the sport can be after a nasty fall in the first attempt of the third race in Launceston on Sunday night. Driver Adrian Duggan remains in the Launceston General Hospital with further surgery required to his ankle. The Stars Cool Water Paddy – bounced back into the winners list in Launceston on Sunday night with a 2.9-metre win in a rating 70 to 79 event in a slick last half mile. Illegal Immigrant – was well driven to victory once again by his trainer Troy Hillier when the gelded son of American Ideal defeated a handy field in the Great Northern Super Crisp Discretionary over 2200 metres when starting from a 20-metre handicap. Agouda Ruler – continued on his winning way when he scored in the Tassie Wash two-year-old. The John Castles-trained pacer was first-up from a break and didn’t have a trial under his belt but was still able to get the job done courtesy of a confident drive by Gareth Rattray. Kosimo – owner-trainer Mark Jones elected to send the Major Bronski gelding to Victoria during the COVID shutdown of Tasmanian racing where the mission paid off with a victory in Bendigo in late May. The pacer has been placed in two starts back in Tasmania before scoring on Sunday. Resurgent Storm – broke the $100,000 mark in prizemoney when he scored his 11th career win in Hobart on Friday with Rodney Ashwood taking the drive for trainer, owner and breeder Roger Whitmore. Multiple Winners Hobart – Friday evening No participants recorded multiple wins. Launceston – Sunday evening Rohan Hillier – driving double; Kosimo and Emjays Black Chip. Troy McDonald – driving double; Altana Blue and Brian Who. Ben Yole – training double; Altana Blue and Brian Who. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Hobart – Friday evening Ozzie Major 57.56s, Guys Bettor Bet 57.78s, Monarkmac 57.85s, Capitallee 57.92s and Lord Stark 57.93s. Launceston – Sunday evening Lip Reader 55.18s, Reign Of Pain 55.50s, Cool Water Paddy 55.59s, Buster William 55.63s and Courageous Katee 55.69s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart – Friday evening Hit’s: Capitallee $1.55 into $1.40, Lord Stark $6.50 into $5.50 and Resurgent Storm $5.50 into $4.80. Defied The Drift: One Yankee Ginga $4.40 out to $4.80 and Black Ops $2.90 out to $3.30. Missed: My Ultimate Romeo $4.40 into $4.00, Karalta Kruise $21 into $17, Royal Reactor $14 into $7.00 and Wandary Muscat $4.20 into $3.50 and Sign Of Oro $17 into $9.50. Launceston – Sunday evening Hit’s: Agouda Ruler $2.50 into $1.90, Kosimo $1.65 into $1.22, Altana Blue $10 into $7.00, Illegal Immigrant $5.50 into $4.80 and Brian Who $6.00 into $5.50. Defied The Drift: Southern Gnp $8.50 into $6.50, Ideal Karalta $3.90 into $3.20 and Betterbsweet $6.00 out to $6.50. Missed: Hillbilly Band $7.00 into $5.00, Black Centurian $6.50 into $4.60, Island Rocknroll $7.00 into $5.00, War Chest $12 into $4.60, and Salvator Mundi $5.50 into $4.40. Trial File Hobart – Friday afternoon As we have seen in recent weeks, there has been a significant national rating range in trials where the highest rated horses have dominated and again that was the case in Hobart on Friday where Go In Style scored. The former Victorian trained mare has joined the Tony Petersen stable, and she scored by 11.3 metres in Friday’s trial under a stronghold by Ricky Duggan. The time for the mile trip was 2m 2.5s. Launceston – Sunday afternoon Three trials were staged prior to Sunday’s meeting. Jimmy Mischief had to win the education trial, she was the only starter and recorded a mile rate of 2m 7.0s. Im Full Tilt led all the way to score in the second trial by 5.6-metres in 1m 58.7s. A half-neck separated the first three placegetters in trial three which was won by Mighty Spark, who led all the way in 2m 5.3s. Trial Replays You can view all trials since the resumption of the COVID shutdown by clicking here. Week Ahead Launceston is the venue for Friday night racing with a seven-event card on Sky Racing 2. Race six, the Tassie Wash Pace sees a strong field go around over 2200 metres. Smart three-year-old Colby Sanz has drawn barrier five and will be chasing back-to-back wins on the track. The pacer can expect strong opposition from Buster William and Taurisi who have second row draws. The meeting commences at 17:55. The Tasmanian Trotting Club Pace for the two-year-olds is the first of eight races in Hobart on Sunday night. Trainer Paul Hill has a terrific strike rate with juvenile pacers, and the record is set to continue with Rocknroll Nitro drawing the pole position for the 1609 metre event, and the pacer looks the one to beat after his last-start second. While speaking of the Tasmanian Trotting Club, their syndication initiative of getting new owners into the industry had something to celebrate on Monday when Beau Garcon scored a 23.3-metre win at Shepparton. Some Tasmanian pacers doing battle over the next few days at metropolitan venues include; Melton – Saturday night  Both Lip Reader and El Jays Mystery were engaged to compete at this meeting which has since been abandoned due to the current COVID – 19 situation in the metropolitan area of Victoria. Another meeting at metropolitan level meeting will be held in Bendigo on Saturday night with fields for this meeting to be released later this afternoon. Menangle – Saturday night Race 2 Horse 6 No Apachemee. Race 3 Horse 3 Timely Sovereign and Horse 9 Ignatius.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

A horrific three-horse fall during the first attempt of the Lee’s Orchard Pace marred the eight-race card in Launceston on Sunday night. Canbe Doc driven by Conor Crook galloped soon after the start and fell with Rockandhardplace driven by John Walters and Major Davvin who was driven by Adrian Duggan, all falling and losing their drivers. The race was called off straight after the incident. Drivers Conor Crook and Adrian Duggan laid on the track and were attended to by Medical Edge and Tasmanian Ambulance staff before being taken to the Launceston General Hospital. Adrian Duggan was unconscious for several minutes and he underwent surgery last night on a compound fracture to his ankle and is awaiting further scans. Duggan was a late call up to drive the pacer after regular driver and the pacers trainer Steve Davis was attending to another horse on his property. Conor Crook, who was also unconscious for several minutes, remains in hospital for observation and is in good spirits. Driver John Walters was originally passed clear to fulfil his four remaining driving commitments. In the early hours of Monday morning however, he admitted himself into the Launceston General Hospital and has since been discharged with ligament damage. Both Canbe Doc and Rockandahardplace escaped serious injury. While Major Davvin was transported to the Longford Equine Clinic and operated on, trainer Steven Davis said that the pacer is expected to make a full recovery and he was very appreciative of the work conducted by the vets involved. Canbe Doc has been stood down from racing for 28 days and will have to complete four consecutive satisfactory trials before being eligible to race again. The race was rerun 70-minutes later with the three horses involved in the fall declared late scratchings with the Michael Laugher-trained Emjays Black Chip registering his first win in 13-months. It was a night for short price favourites with three horses winning at red figures. Agouda Ruler was a strong winner of the two-year-old event scoring at $1.90. It was the Betterthancheddar geldings fourth career win at start six. Kosimo was sent out the $1.22 favourite in the Longford Equine Clinic Pace, and the Mark Jones-trained pacer didn’t let favourite punters down scoring by 4.1 metres. The last short price favourite to score was Cool Water Paddy who bounced back to the winners list at odds of $1.75.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Trainer Kent Rattray, driver John Walters and owner-breeders Nathan and Sandra Bennett, and broodmare Soho Summer had a night out in Launceston on Sunday when they teamed up for a double on the nine-race card. It was one of the coldest race nights held in the state for some time with the mercury ranging between -1 °C and 2 °C during the entire race meeting. Stormy Sanz was their first winner of the night when the gelded son of Betterthancheddar broke his maiden status in the Bevan Lee’s Butchery Two Year Old over 1680 metres. Reinsman John Walters settled the pacer one-out and one-back before flying home over the final 100 metres to score over Lancelot by 1.5 metres with Written In Silk some 12.8 metres away third. At his most recent start, Stormy Sanz looked like he was going to be in the finish on 21 June before being checked on the home corner. “John (Walters) told me last week that he would have run second in that race,” said trainer Kent Rattray after the win, but there were also some gear changes made after that effort. “We whipped his front shoes off and put the spreaders on, I had tried to steer clear of them, but I ended up having to go with them, explained Rattray who also believes there is more improvement to come with the gelding who recorded a 1m 59.8s mile rate with last night’s victory. “I think he will improve in leaps and bounds when he gains more confidence.” Rattray will try to pick up another win with the gelding before aiming at some of the features later in the year. “We will try and pick another two-year-old up and then aim him at the classics,” he said. Due to COVID-19 restriction placed on various states in recent months, Harness Racing Australia recently announced that the current racing season had been extended until 31 December. As a result, this will likely see Stormy Sanz contest the Dandy Patch in Hobart which will now be held in the October/November period. “He is in a lucky season where we have some time before the Sires Stakes, and if it were to be held now we wouldn’t be ready,” said the winning trainer who did acknowledge the quality of two-year-old’s in the state this season. Rattray and Walters teamed up later in the night to score with three-year-old gelding Colby Sanz who led all the way to win race six. Walters was keen to find the lead on the Tasmanian Guineas winner which resulted in the race favourite Giftofjoy being positioned on his back from the pole draw. The favourite did get out late and ran Colby Sanz down to a half neck margin in 2m 0.5s. Colby Sanz did win last season’s Dandy Patch Final in Hobart and will be aimed at the Globe Derby stakes later in the season. The last horse to achieve the Dandy Patch – Globe Derby double was Colsta in 2003 and 2004. Both Stormy Sanz and Colby Sanz are out of the Western Ideal mare Soho Summer, who is also the dam of Sunny Sanz. Soho Summer was purchased by Nathan and Sandra Bennett at an interstate auction with the view of strengthening their breeding lines. Before last night’s race meeting Ryley Major went around in a rating 64 to 120 trial over 1680 metres where he won with ease. The gelded son of Art Major came from last of the four-horse field to win in a mile rate of 1m 57.5s with the pacer privately clocked running his last half mile in 55.4s. Trainer-driver Rohan Hillier indicated after the trial that this seasons Tasmania Cup winner would take a lot of benefit out of the hit out.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Four-year-old pacer Mister Gently (pictured) stamped himself as a strong contender for the Raider Stakes in Devonport later in the year after a tough win in Launceston on Sunday night. Driver Gareth Rattray positioned the pacer one-out and two-back before he attempted to improve his position around the field with roughly 1700 metres to travel. The move wasn’t successful, and the pacer was forced to race three-wide for the remainder of the race, but if there was any upside, he was able to gain a three-wide trail for the final 800 metres. Mister Gently was able to prove too tough for his rivals late to score by a neck over the fast-finishing Kardesler with Chris Be Quick 3.9-metres away third in a mile rate of 2m 0.6s for the 2200-metre trip. It was the fifth career win at start eight for the gelded son of Live Or Die and his trainer Craig Hayes is now being rewarded with his patience earlier on in the pacer’s career. “He just didn’t pace well, he showed me enough at home he would dash up and go good, but his hopples would rub him and just a few little things, he wasn’t quite ready, so we decided to bite the bullet and leave him, and now it looks like it’s the best decision I have made,” said Hayes. The Raider Stakes will now be held in Devonport later in the season. No date has been set, but Tasracing did release early this month that the race will be held in October or November. “The 2645 metres (the distance of the Raider Stakes) will suit him as his biggest asset is his staying ability, he can stay all day, he might lack a yard of high speed, but he is very strong,” said Hayes. Win 250 for Rattray Longford trainer Todd Rattray registered a double on last night’s card with the win of Feel the Burn delivering him a milestone win. It was Todd Rattray’s 250th training win after having his first start as a trainer on 1 February 2015. Feel the Burn was previously trained in New South Wales by Todd’s brother James and the Somebeachsomewhere mare put the writing on the wall with a handy second in Hobart last week. Rattray, who also took the drive, was keen to take bad luck out of the equation after finding the spot outside the leader early in the race. “She had to do it a bit hard tonight, but she is pretty strong and ran through the line alright,” said Rattray. Jigamaroo gave the Rattray stable a training double when the four-year-old gelding led all the way for concession driver Lachlan Dakin. “He had been working good, I thought to race him fresh and that he might surprise us,” said Rattray with the gelded son of Bettors Delight not having a trial in recent weeks. Blackbird Power was another horse to win last night after putting the writing on the wall in Hobart last week. The seven-year-old gelding worked forward mid-race to find the spot outside the leader to score by 4.3 metres in a mile rate of 2m 0.3s.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

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