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Harness racing duo Paul Hill and Ricky Duggan stretched their amazing winning record in The Elderslie Horse Care and Spelling Two-Year-Old Sweepstakes Final to four years in a row in Hobart on Friday night. Paul prepared Chica Bella (2015), Playing Arkabella (2016), Vouvray Beach (2017) to win the Two-Year-Old Fillies Feature and now the Big Jim-Laagirl offspring Enterprising Milly ($1.45) has added her name to the trophy with a courageous victory. Ricky Duggan has been in the sulky for Paul on each occasion and was full of praise for Enterprising Milly’s (pictured-inside N0.2) effort to score by a half neck over the second elect Spoilt Sport. “Enterprising Milly deserved her success tonight, she was strong enough to sit in the death and hold off a classy filly in the straight,” said Ricky. “Rod (Ashwood) had his filly on our back from the start and I could feel her breathing down my neck at the turn off the back so I knew we were going to have a battle on our hands. Enterprising Milly is a very relaxed filly and she responded well when I called upon her coming off the turn in the back straight she ran home her last half in 58-seconds and was still giving strongly on the line.” Just half an hour later Duggan was in the gig behind the unbeaten Roger Whitmore-trained colt Resurgent Storm. The Betterthancheddar-Resurgent Star youngster was successful in the Prelude a fortnight ago and found himself in the same position outside the leader in the Final. “There was a few that got fired up in the score-up and just before dispatch point so I eased and allowed him to settle back before sliding up to the leader’s wheel,” said the Hall Of Fame reinsman. Rohan Hillier found the top with the Steve Lukac prepared Jackson Neptune, just as he had done in the Prelude with the favourite stalking him every step of the way. “JacksonNeptune is a smart youngster, he stuck on well in the Prelude so I didn’t want him having to easy a run in front,” said Duggan. “My bloke was travelling well so we moved up to put some pressure on and he ran to the front strongly, I had to keep him going as he can get a little lazy when he is on his own but you also know there is more in the tank if required, he is a real little racehorse that’s for sure, he’s got all the attributes to be a top-notcher.” Duggan had his eye-in early in the night steering Jaks Teller ($2.30) to victory in the Rexel North Hobart Pace. The Juanita McKenzie-trained four-year-old took his career record to nine wins from a dozen starts scoring by an ever-widening 8.4-metres. “He drove well tonight, better than his last outing in Launceston, he’s had his problems and Juanita’s done a great job with him, he’ll never be 100% but he’s got a big motor and can really go so he’s always a threat in whatever race he’s in,” said Ricky. The star driver capped off the night with the Paul Ashwood prepared Krafty Boy ($1.75) leading all the way in the last, the Green Electrical Pace. “It was a drop in class for Krafty Boy from his heat run in the Globe Derby in Launceston on Monday afternoon, he only just held on to win by a head but he got home and that’s all he had to do,” said a contented Ricky Duggan as he bagged his fourth win for the night. Watch the Paul Hill-trained, Ricky Duggan driven, Enterprising Milly stave off the challenge of Spoilt Sport to snare their fourth Two-Year-Old Fillies Sweepstakes Feature on the trot in Race 5. Shane Yates

The sensational weekend of harness racing continued in Hobart on Sunday night with the arrival of new stars on the horizon. The entertainment at the Tasmanian Pacing Club meeting rolled on from the exciting night of racing at the Devonport Paceway on Friday night. The Elderslie Horse Care Two-Year-Old Sweepstakes Preludes were the features on the card with debutantes taking the honours in both the Fillies Division and the Colts and Geldings. Resurgent Storm and Spoilt Sport went to the line in a trial in Hobart a week earlier with only a head between and that form was to hold up at their first official starts. The Roger Whitmore bred, owned and trained colt Resurgent Storm showed his class by cruising to a 5.6-metre victory in the Colts and Geldings Prelude recording 2:00.5 for the mile. "I was very happy with his debut performance, there is a lot of improvement in him so to see him find the line so well was pleasing," said the delighted trainer. "Ricky (Dugggan) took him back at the start just to allow him to find his feet and then whipped around them at the bell to sit outside the leader and from there he controlled the race until Ricky asked him to go turning for home,"  said Roger. "He's not wound up yet, we have the Final of the Sweepstakes Friday week and the Dandy Patch is still a few weeks away so I'll be aiming for him to be cherry ripe for that." Resurgent Storm, a Betterthancheddar-Resurgent Star colt, is a half brother to Resurgent Dream, runner-up in the Granny Smith Stakes on Friday night. "I'm not totally sure what comes next for Resurgent Dream, she has put in such a great season so she may go to the paddock for a spell," Roger said contemplating. "We haven't seen the best of her yet, she had injuries in her two-year-old season and endured sickness for much of her three-year-old year so this has been her first full preparation." Spoilt Sport made a stunning debut in the Fillies Sweepstakes, spearing to the early lead for trainer-driver Rodney Ashwood. "We drew well on the front line and she can run the gate so I took advantage of those factors and we got to the top very easily," said Rodney. "Spoilt Sport travelled well to the 400-metre pole and the effort was starting to tell on Juniper after a tough run in the death, I knew Enterprising Milly had a perfect run through into the one-one from the second line so I decided to go for broke and if we got run down late so be it." The Sportswriter-Tara Lassie filly darted away with a winning break and although Enterprising Milly was cutting her down on the line she held on for a courageous victory. "She has taken some work to get to the track, she's been a handful at times but the penny is starting to drop, she ran home in 57-seconds so we will tackle the Sweepstakes final in a fortnight and set her for the upcoming Evicus Series." Shane Yates  

Victorian harness racing mare Milly Perez also made a one-act affair of the $20,000 George Johnson for fillies and mares in Hobart, Tasmania on Friday night Milly Perez settled last from her outside second-row draw (9) but inside the first lap her trainer-driver Michael Stanley sent her around the field to easily roll to the front and that was the end of the penny section. The well-bred Four Starzzz Shark mare set a solid tempo and hit the line 12 metres clear of Queens Advocate with Courageous Katie a fast-finishing third. "I've only had this mare for about five weeks but as soon as she arrived in the stables I made plans to run her in this race (George Johnson)," Stanley said. "I've been coming to Tasmania for quite a few years and I knew this race was on the calendar so it's mission accomplished. "I'll be aiming her at some of the country cups because she will definitely be up to that class. "There's a bit of scope with her and if we can pick up a couple of wins in features shell pay her way." Peter Staples

Astute Tasmanian harness racing trainer-driver Ramon Pullen left Tasmania bound for Queensland in search of the warmer weather about 14 years ago but a combination of homesickness and an ailing Queensland harness industry drew him back to his place of birth. He returned with a handful of horses and it was only a matter of time before the winners started to flow. In Hobart last Friday night his talented five-year-old Castor Troy ($9.80) made it successive wins when he powered home from well back to win a C1 over 2090 metres. The gelding settled near the rear of the field but when the second-favourite Flying Wingard ($2.60) eased out three-wide to make his move castor Troy's driver Rodney Ashwood latched onto that horse's back for a ride home. Flying Wingard hit the front half-way up the home straight but when Ashwood got busy on Castor Troy the gelded son of Aces N Sevens slipped into overdrive and powered home to score easily. Castor Troy hit the line 3.2 metres clear of Flying Wingard with Artarama over nine metres away third. Peter Staples

The harness racing connections of talented three-year-old filly Vouvray Beach will aim her at a few of the feature races this season following her impressive first-up win in a combined 3C0-C1 and C0 Pace over 2090 metres at Luxbet Park Hobart last night. Vouvray Beach ($1.80) worked home three-wide without cover for the last lap but she just took it in her stride to score by over a metre from race leader Ideal Karalta ($8.60) with Our Triple Asset ($16) over three metres away third. "That was the filly's first outing since May so she will take a lot of benefit from the run going forward," said part-owner Jamie Cockshutt. "The plan is to try and run her through the classes this time in but if she pulls up well from this then she is more than likely going to a fillies and mares' race over 1680m in Launceston next Sunday." It was a heady ride from Ricky Duggan who allowed her to settle midfield in the one-out line before improving to the one-out-one-back spot. With a risk of being pocketed he made his more at the bell to lead the three-wide train and when he moved alongside the leader in the home straight he eventually wore that horse down to score comfortably. Vouvray Beach is owned by Cockshutt in partnership with Barry Cooper and they left the meeting with a double courtesy of their talented four-year-old Jaks Teller keeping his unbeaten record this season intact in a C4-C5 event over 2090 metres. Jaks Teller settled midfield in the one-out line but when his driver Ricky Duggan became unhappy with the tempo he unleashed the four-year-old and he quickly whipped around the field to take control. Once in front he travelled well and when Duggan gave him more rein at the top if the home straight he powered clear and went on to win by almost 320 metres. "I reckon we'll tip Jaks Teller out for a spell now and bring him back to prepare for the Easter Cup," Cockshutt said. Peter Staples

Tasmanian Hall Of Fame reinsman Ricky Duggan will continue his pursuit of the most successful harness racing driver in the state’s history tonight at Luxbet Park. Duggan sits second on the all-time Drivers Premiership table with 1522 victories in his highly decorated career, just over 50 wins behind the legendary Barrie Rattray. Tonight at Luxbet Park, harness racing enthusiasts will experience two giants of the industry do battle on the track. With son Todd in Western Australia on National duties with stable star Devendra on the opening night of the Inter-dominion Series, Barrie has been forced to come off the pine, wipe the dust from the silks and climb into the sulky. The champion reinsman has the chance to edge closer to the magical 1600 wins milestone, partnering three leading hopes on the eight-event card. Rattray has the favourite Zhukov Leis in race two the LJ Hooker Pace over 2090-metres and he will go head to head with the Duggan charge Flying Wingard. Zhukov Leis has won two of seven career starts with the four-year-old winning three starts back over Buster William, which has franked the form by winning at its two subsequent outings. Flying Wingard, trained by Marc Butler, has been impressive in each of its three starts since arriving from Victoria. The four-year-old turned in two tremendous runs behind Streitkid before scoring a runaway 12-metre victory in Launceston. The two star drivers will need all their experience an expertise in race five the Olympus Feeds Pace over the flying mile. Rattray and Duggan will start wide on the second line with Tuxedo Max and Giuliani. Barrie will handle the in-form Tuxedo Max for cousin Ken Rattray, the seven-year-old winning three of its last four starts while Ricky will re-unite with Giuliani after a successful mainland campaign earlier in the year. Invest will run a short-priced favourite in the famous red and white Rattray stable colours in race seven, the Robert’s Sprint Lane Pace. The three-year-old filly is stepping out for the first time this season but takes promising first season form into the assignment. Ricky’s top drives look to be the classy trio Vouray Beach, Mister Lennox and Jaks Teller. The Marc Butler-trained three-year-old filly Vouray Beach is expected to lead at its first run this season, she won two of five in her first preparation and on the strength of her runaway trial win on Monday night is primed for victory. Mister Lennox takes on last start Cannonball Charge winner Destreos in the Rexel North Hobart Tasmanian Mile and will be further improved on its first up run last week in the feature race, finishing strongly to be beaten 11.7-metres by the Ken Rattray trained veteran. Jaks Teller will start the shortest-priced favourite of the night and looks a moral to take its career record to eight wins from nine starts. The Tasmanian Pacing Club meeting at Luxbet Park, commencing at 17.59, can be seen via the live stream service at tasracing.com.au. By Shane Yates

Stalwart New Zealand-bred pacer Destreos notched his first win since arriving in Tasmania three months ago with a sensational harness racing victory in the Cannonball Charge over 1609 metres at Luxbet Park Hobart on Sunday night. The Ken Rattray-trained gelding was having his fifth start in the state since arriving from Queensland in early September. Destreos earned a reputation as a war horse in Queensland where he notched most of his 97 wins and despite having his 439th start he showed the athleticism of a much younger horse to register his first Tasmanian win. Driver Gareth Rattray settled Destreos near last from his outside second-row draw (13) but when the race favourite Devendra, that is Inter Dominion-bound, set off three-wide to make his charge 800 metres out, Rattray latched his charge on his back for a cart home. Devendra hit the front in the home straight but when Rattray called on Destreos to challenge he moved alongside the favourite and powered to the line to score convincingly. "That was how he has to be driven to win here in Tassie because he's always going to draw that bad the way the races are framed," Rattray said. "He's getting closer to 100 wins and hopefully he can to that before the end of the year." Rattray snared a double courtesy of his handy pacer Tuxedo Max scoring another impressive all-the-way win. "I thought Tuxedo Max was next to a good thing from the pole in his race and he never let me down." Destreos and Tuxedo Max will have their next starts in Hobart on Friday week. Peter Staples

The connections of star four-year-old Tasmanian pacer Jaks Teller will resist the temptation to rush the harness racing Washington VC entire into top company by instead allowing him to gradually make his way through the grades. Jaks Teller took his career win tally to seven from only eight starts when he led almost throughout to score comfortably in a C3-C4 event over 2090 metres at Luxbet Park Hobart last night. With Ricky Duggan in the sulky, the four-year-0oold settled midfield from his front-row draw but as soon as Our Classic Mach settled in the lead Duggan sent his charge around the field to take charge. From there on it was little more than a procession as Jaks Teller gave his rivals the slip turning for home and he went on to defeat Our Classic Mach by 7.2 metres with Kvitova Leis almost two metres away third. "We have the Easter Cup in mind for this horse but he is going to have to improve his overall racing manners to get to that goal," said part-owner-0breeder Jamie Cockshutt." He still does a lot wrong so there is no use rushing him into races against the best with him still learning his craft. "There's no need to rush him and if we take our time and let him mature gradually he'll have a much better chance of getting to top company." Jaks Teller again ran about in the home straight but his lead was so great the end result was never in doubt. Cockshutt said Jaks Teller would tackle a C4 in a week or so and when and if he reaches C7-8 class he will be given a spell and then return for a crack at the 2018 Easter Cup in Launceston at the end of March. Peter Staples

The Paul Williams-trained Metro Digby was sent out a $13 outsider in the opening race on the harness racing program at Luxbet Park Hobart last night, but from barrier three he was able to easily find the lead from where his trainer-driver was able to dictate terms and cruise to an effortless win in a C1-C2 over 2090 metres. Metro Digby scored by six metres from the favourite Zhukov Leis ($2.70) with Courageous Katee ($3.30) a half-neck away third and just in advance of the well-backed Rollon Jack ($3.60). The winner's stablemate Eternal Shadow settled third on the rails and ran on fairly in the home straight to finish fifth. Metro Digby (Metropolitan-Jolopez) went into the race with excellent form, having been placed at two of his three previous outings that followed an impressive win in similar company in Launceston. "The horse is always very hard to beat when he leads and he did it with ease tonight," Williams said. It was Metro Digby's eighth career win from 56 starts but he also has notched 17 minor placings for career prizemoney of almost $60,000. Peter Staples

One of Tasmania's most exciting harness racing  pacers Jaks Teller will line up in a race at Luxbet Park Hobart tomorrow night with bookmakers predicting the Juanita McKenzie-trained gelding will make it six wins in succession. Early markets have Jaks Teller at the prohibitive price of $1.30 but to some that represents luxury odds. At the four-year-old's most recent outing in Hobart two weeks ago he recorded a mile rate of 1.58.8 over 2090 metres and ran home his last half (800m) in a slick 56.3 seconds which was one of the fastest times recorded by a class three horse this season. While his trainer is trying to keep a lid on the son of Washinton VC's potential it is clear the New Zealand-bred entire has the potential to quickly win his way to open class. Jaks Teller has drawn gate three in a C3-C4 mobile event over 2090 metres and should he find the lead it is hard to see any of his rivals running him down. Even if the speedy Ebonyallstarzzz beats him to the front, Jaks Telller's driver Ricky Duggan can either race outside of the leader or push on for the lead, which would benefit Ebonyallstarzzz because she would then enjoy the run of the race on the leader's back which would enhance her chances of filling a place. Peter Staples  

When lightly raced harness racing three-year-old pacer Streitkid debuted with an all-the-way victory in Hobart two weeks ago his owners Barry Cooper and Jamie Cockshutt were elated. The gelding had to be bottle fed at birth after the mother rejected him and there were other issues so just to see him make it to the races and win first-up was all they could have asked. But last Saturday night at the same venue and in a heat of the Australian Driving Championship, Streitkid did a whole lot more than just mirror his debut performance. He was again able to make full use of the pole position and lead but it was the way he toughed it out when seriously challenged by the highly promising Flying Wingard that had the hairs on the neck of his owners standing to attention. Streitkid enjoyed a comfortable lead but he had Flying Wingard for company over the final 600 metres and when the going got tough 150m from home Streitkid dug deep to stave off the determined challenge. South Australian driver Wayne Hill piloted the gelding to victory and after the race he described the gelded son of American Ideal as "gutsy". "That was one tough effort for horse only having his second start. He was in for the fight and refused to lay down." Streitkid is from the mare Ima Blissfull Hall that was owned and raced by Cooper and Cockshutt. The mare showed a lot as a young horse but injury prevented her from realising her potential. Cockshutt said the Streitkid, prepared by Paul Hill, will be aimed at the 3YO Globe Derby Stakes in May. Peter Staples

There were multiple positive outcomes from Saturday night's 2017 Yabby Dam harness racing Australian Drivers Championship that attracted a big crowd to Luxbet Park Hobart. The ADC series consisted of two drivers from each of the six states and this year it comprised a brilliant blend of youth and experience with the oldest West Australian Chris Lewis aged 62 and the youngest 18-year-old Ellen Rixon from NSW with her teammate Chris Geary only a year older. The quality of drivers in each of the races that formed the eight heats of the championship series encouraged great turnover on all wagering outlets around the nation. The Tasmanian Pacing Club and Tasracing worked closely to ensure the event was run without a hitch which was another significant positive sign that clubs and the controlling body can work as one in the best interest of the industry. Having such talented drivers engaged aboard local stock also exposed the equine talent that exists in Tasmania's standardbred ranks. The performance of Jaks Teller to win a C2-C3 event with Queenslander Mathew Neilson in the sulky was exceptional. The Juanita McKenzie-trained four-year-old gave his rivals a pacing lesson as he stormed to the front with over a lap to go and when Neilson released the reins turning for home the gelded son of WashingtonVC sped clear and went on to score by 23 metres from handy mare Courageous Katee. Jaks Teller covered the 2090 metres in 2m.34.31s for a mile rate of 1.58.82 and he ran his last 800 metres in 56.45 which is an amazing time for a restricted class horse. The gelding was having only his seventh start so to be running those times as such an inexperience pacer suggests his prominent owners Barry Cooper and Jamie Cockshutt have another potential star on their hands. It took Neilson's expertise to expose that and that's in no way casting aspersions on the horse's regular driver. Jaks Teller was asked to deliver by Neilson in a way he has never been asked before so now the owners are aware of the gelding's capabilities before throwing him in at the deep end. Victorian Chris Alford emerged the winner of the championship and by a clear margin in the end and it was his handling of the Craig Hayes-trained Semowillrev in the last heat that clinched the series. Semowillrev was resuming from a spell and was aiming to keep his unbeaten record in tact at only his third start. The Sportswriter three-year-old drew the inside of the second line that is usually considered a very awkward draw for a free-running horses like Semowillrev. But after travelling 500 metres Alford had the $1.30 favourite off the rails and in search of the lead and once in front 1200 metres from home the end result was never in doubt. Semowillrev powered home to score comfortably in what ended up being nothing more than a training workout. While Alford won the series it was clear that teenager Geary is clearly one of the nation's shining lights in harness racing. While he was plying his trade on the track on Saturday night he was announced as NSW leading junior driver for last season at that state's annual awards night in Sydney but given his talent it won't be long before he is taking out the overall title. 2017 Yabby Dam racing Australian Driving Championship final points tally. 86 - Chris Alford (Vic). 72 - Chris Lewis (WA). 67 - Chris Geary (NSW). 62 - Greg Sugars (Vic). 58 - Mat Neilson (Qld). 53 - Ellen Rixon (NSW), Danielle Hill (SA). 51 - Wayne Hill (SA). 48 - Ryan Warwick (WA), Gareth Rattray (Tas). 47 - Todd Rattray (Tas). 46 - Shane Graham (Qld). Peter Staples

Top Victorian harness racing reinsman Chris Alford made a late charge to take out the 2017 Yabby Dam Racing Australian Drivers Championship at Luxbet Park Hobart last night. The ADC was made up two representatives from each state and boasted the best 12 drivers in Australia with the series contested over eight heats. The championship went down to the wire with Alford leading on 68 points going into the last of eight heats clear of Chris Geary (673) and Greg Sugars (61). But when Alford took the odds-on favourite Semowillrev ($1.30) to the front over a lap from home the championship medallion was his courtesy of three wins from the eight heats that each earned him the maximum 19 points. Alford had only 18 points after two heats but he made a charge when he partnered outsider Im Born To Rule ($59) to victory in a in a C6-C10 Pace over 2090 metres for Ken Rattray. The win took Alford's midway tally to 37 and only 10 points adrift of Geary with Victorian Sugars also making his way up the leader board with 39 points at the half-way mark. Geary set up an early lead in the series with wins in two of the first three heats. Geary, 19, delivered a stellar drive to win the opening heat aboard the Wayne Campbell-trained Buster William by sending the gelding to the front when the pace slackened 800m from home and he held on to win comfortably. But it was his cunning drive aboard outsider Itz Gemmas Delight ($55) that set the scene for the series as he took the mare from eighth turning for home to dash home along the sprint lane to score narrowly from Modern Chic and Call Her Julie. Queensland's Mathew Neilson partnered highly promising four-year-old Jaks Teller to an effortless win in heat two which was for C2-C3 pacers over 2090 metres. Neilson sent Jaks Teller around the field 1400 metres from home to take the lead and from there it was a procession with the gelded son of WashingtonVC forging clear 500 metres out and went on to win by 23 metres from Courageous Katee (Ellen Rixon) with Mersey Delight (Gareth Rattray) third. The win took Neilson's tally after two heats to 28 and one clear of Geary but Geary's third-heat win gave him a handy buffer close to the half-way mark while Neilson's drives struggled in the last half of the series. With two rounds remaining Geary had accrued 59 points to hold a slender lead over Western Australia's Chris Lewis (54) and Alford (53) but when Alford partnered odds-on favourite Goggo Gee Gee to victory in the penultimate heat it took his tally tom 68 and five points clear of Geary with Sugars close-up on 61. Peter Staples

The nation’s harness racing spotlight will be fixed firmly on Tasmania on Saturday night as the leading drivers in the land descend on Hobart for the Yabby Dam Racing Australian Drivers Championship. Two drivers from each state will contest the series with points allocated across the six nominated races. The host state will rely on the famous Rattray brothers, Gareth and Todd, to fly the flag for Tasmania and repel the mainland invasion that includes Victorian stars Greg Sugars and Chris Alford along with Queenslanders Shane Graham and Mathew Neilson. Leading female drivers have taken a foothold in the sport with Ellen Rixon selected to represent New South Wales and Danielle Hill suiting up for South Australia. Leading the West Australian assault is the legendary Chris Lewis, one of the star attractions of the championship. Lewis seemed destined for fame in the racing game from birth, born in North Adelaide on the horse’s birthday August 1, 1955. Chris drove his first winner at Kapunda as a 16-year-old in January 1972. A month later he steered home his first city winner at Globe Derby behind Carclew in the South Australian Guineas. It was Chris’s first feature race win, and little did the youngster know that four years later Carclew, trained by his father Allen would give him his first Inter-Dominion Championship, defeating the iron horse and people’s hero Pure Steel at Globe Derby. At 20, Chris became the youngest driver to win Australia and New Zealand’s greatest race and followed up eight years later with The Village Kid at Albion Park. Chris decided a move to Western Australia would allow him to pursue a professional career in the gig, and the rest, as they say, is history. Lewis topped the West Australian Drivers Premiership table again last season, making it ten driving premierships, winning a staggering 214 races, 38 clear of his closest rival Ryan Warwick, who will also represent WA in the championship.  LEGEND: Chris Lewis as won ten West Australian Drivers Premierships and driven more than 50 Group One winners. Lewis got 2017 off to a flying start, with four winners at Bunbury on New Year’s Eve placing him in an exclusive club with Gavin Lang and Chris Alford, reinsmen who have driven more than 5000 winners in Australia.   Chris first drove at Gloucester Park in June 1976 when he took part in the inaugural Australian Young Drivers Championship. He represented Australia in the 2011 World Drivers Championship in the USA and has also driven winners in Moscow. Chris has driven over 50 Group One winners in his career including the Australian Pacing Championship, WA Pacing Cup, Fremantle Cup, WA Derby & Oaks, and WA Golden Slipper Stakes. The West Australian Racing Industry inducted Chris into the Hall of Fame in 2010. By Shane Yates Reprinted with permission of The Advocate

History was created last Sunday at Luxbet Park in Hobart when Shadow Storm and Rohan Hillier flew up the Roberts Bridgewater Sprint Lane to become the first harness racing combination to win. It was only the second meeting that the sprint lane had been in operation since being reintroduced. The previous sprint lane was removed from the Royal Hobart Showgrounds in the early 90’s. One of our newly adopted locals, Destreos was inducted into the Queensland Harness Racing Hall of Fame on Sunday evening. Known around Ken Rattray’s stables as “Dexter”, the star pacer has brought a lot of positive social media attention to the local racing scene and is only four wins away from reaching a century of wins. Like last week, a number of races in Launceston on Sunday are heats into finals for the horses that will be driven by Australia’s best drivers on Yabby Dam Racing Australian Drivers Championship night in Hobart on October 28. The Stars Ricky Duggan – drove two smart pacers to victory on Sunday in Hobart. His first win was aboard the well-supported debutante Streitkid for trainer Paul Hill. Duggan then partnered up with Juanita McKenzie to win with Jaks Teller. Mark Yole – was rewarded with a win on Fernco Bobby G, who has been racing very well of late. Ken Rattray – broke through for his first win since relocating back to Tasmania with Tuxedo Max in Devonport on Friday. Ben Yole – once again dominated the weekend with six winners across the two meetings held in the state. Black Booker Flying Wingard This Badlands Hanover entire was having his first start in the state since crossing Bass Straight to join the stables of Marc Butler. After drawing outside the front line driver Kristy Grant restrained the pacer back to the tail of the field. With a number of horses failing to improve theirposition over the final lap. Grant had to pull Flying Wingard out seven wide turning for home and the pacer let down with a fast finishing burst to finish in third position. Watch the replay here Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Devonport on Friday. Jeans Mattjesty 58.74, Im Born To Rule 59.30, Liv Lavish 59.56, Hafter 59.59, Heza Rummage 59.65. Hobart on Sunday. Devendra 56.10, The Dip 56.52, Fernco Bobby G 56.60. Outside of race six; Our Pacquiao 57.46, Flying Wingard and Full Speed Ahead 57.76. View all Tasmanian sectional data here. Trial File Hobart on Sunday Thatswhatshesaid was able to lead all the way to win the trial prior to Sunday’s race meeting. The Taylor Ford driven mare recorded a time of 2:00.0 for the 1609 metre trial. Watch the trial win here. Carrick Park on Monday Promising three-year-old Semowillrev made light work of his 3C0/C0 trial when he led all the way to win by a big margin in a mile rate of 2:01.2 for the 2150-metre event. Other trial winners from the session were Jane Grant (2:08.8) and Buster William (2:04.4). Week Ahead Without a doubt the headline race in Launceston this Sunday will be the Impress Print Stakes which features Tasmania’s best pacers at present. Destreos is still searching for his first win in Tasmania and will no doubt be more suited to the mobile start conditions as will Devendra who recorded the quickest last half mile of the meeting in Hobart last Sunday. Fernco Bobby G who won the discretionary in Hobart last Sunday has come up with barrier two, while Dapper Dana and Im Born To Rule who are both racing well without winning coming up with barriers one and three respectively. The Steve Davis trained Modern Ruler is first up since May and has not been seen at the trials this campaign. The race is set down to be run at 20:33, with the first of nine races to get underway at 17:48. Meanwhile one of the states Inter Dominion hopefuls Pachacuti will line up in a free-for-all at Menangle on Saturday Evening. Last season’s Tasmanian Horse of the Year has been transferred to the Sydney stables of James Rattray. Rattray has been enjoying a great run of success in recent weeks including a training double on Tuesday at Menangle with Tasmanian owned, Glenenise (1:53.6) and Tasmanian bred and owned, Rykov Leis (1:51.9). Also on Saturday evening Tasmanian owned and bred Resurgent Spirit will be chasing his first win in Victoria when he lines up in the $30,000 Swan Hill Cup. If the emergency fails to gain a start the winner of over $194,000 will start from the pole position. He will be driven by former Tasmanian Alex Ashwood. Duncan Dornauf

Shadow Storm became the first horse to win using a sprint lane that came into effect on the harness racing Hobart track two weeks ago. It was only a matter of time before it happened but it probably would have had a greater affect had the winner been one of the favourites. Hobart was the first track in Australia to introduce a sprint lane in the late 1990s when racing was held on the old Royal Showground track and it almost led to a boycott when most drivers and trainers objected to its introduction. The pressure applied by participants was so great it eventually led to the sprint lane's demise but a few years later almost every major track in Australia was installing a sprint lane or passing lane as they were then known. Shadow Storm was friendless in the betting drifting from $21 to start at $46 and one of the rank outsiders. But given a gun run on the back of the leader Johns Legacy, the gelded son of Mr. Feelgood settled well and when presented with the sprint lane at the top of the straight he stormed home to win convincingly from Johns Legacy and Miss Ruthless. Peter Staples  

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