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Talented pacer I Am Camelot returned to harness racing with a brilliant all-the-way win in a C1 event over 2090 metres at Luxbet Park Hobart on Sunday night. The Deborah Williams-trained gelding made the most of a front-row draw to lead from gate three and once in front the six-year-old was rated superbly by Gareth Rattray. I Am Camelot had not started since December last year but a good performance in a recent trial was enough to give punters confidence to back the gelded son of Safari in to start the $3.80 favourite. "This horse has loads of ability and I think the long break has been good for him," Williams said. "He has always been a horse that gets all worked up at the races and tonight was no exception but overall it was a good result. "We will continue to run him in Hobart because he races well here." Rattray said the horse raced fiercely early but ha d settled well enough under restraint to win the race. "I'll just keep working him through the classes but we are hoping this will be his best season. "We could have brought him back to racing sooner but we opted to concentrate on a few other younger horses and I think the extra time away from racing as done him the world of good." Peter Staples

Star Tasmania harness racing pacer Resurgent Spirit delivered a sensational performance to win an open discretionary handicap over 2090 metres at Luxbet Park Hobart on Sunday. The Roger Whitmore-trained gelding started off the sole back mark of 30 metres and while he settled last and was still in that spot when the field entered the home straight the last time he somehow found a way to win. When driver James Austin called on Resurgent Spirit for the supreme effort in the home straight the six-year-old gelding laid his ears back and charged home to win narrowly from dead-heaters Major Callum and Chief Destroyer. "The way he had been working at home on the training track I knew he'd be able to deliver that sort of performance," Whitmore said. Resurgent Spirit (American Ideal-Resurgent Star) will be aimed at the $40,000 Tasmania Cup to be run in Hobart in late December. Peter Staples

Tasmanian harness racing trainer-driver Dylan Ford was content to put Buster Bruv in the spelling paddock after only four starts as a two-year-old last season and it looks like the move will pay big dividends. The colt by Santastics Pan won on debut and after two minor placings from his next three starts he was sent for a spell. In Hobart last night the colt delivered a warning that he could be a serious competitor in some of the better quality three-year-old events this season. Buster Bruv showed good gate speed to lead but having spent plenty of energy to obtain the front Ford opted to ease and take a trail when James Austin pushed for the lead aboard Safari Sunshine. But in the back straight the last time the leader shifted up the track and Ford pounced on the opportunity to drive Buster Bruv up along the rail to regain the lead and once balanced at the top of the home straight the colt forged clear. Buster Bruv ($2.40 fav) went on to score by over 14 metres from Jimmy Da Panda ($12) with Safari Sunshine ($5.50) hanging on for third ahead of Hilargi. Listen to what trainer-driver Dylan Ford had to say about Buster Bruv's first-up win. Peter Staples

Mavis Merle continued her love affair with the harness racing track at Luxbet Park Hobart last night when she stormed home to win the Sutter Hanover Pace over 2090 metres. Of the mare's eight career wins six have been on the spacious Hobart circuit. The Bradley Walters-trained mare stepped safely from her 20-metre handicap and driver James Austin urged her forward early to face the one-out line while Last Guy Standing stepped straight to the front. With a lap remaining Mavis Merle received cover when Austin eased back to ,allow Rockbank Dancer to slip off the fence to face the breeze but that was short-lived when Martys For Real also left the fence to take up that role leaving Mavis Merle three back in the one-out line. But when Ricky Duggan opted to send his charge and race favourite Zumba Bromac ($3.60) around the field to head the three-w-de train, Austin stayed in on Mavis Merle ($4.10) which looked to be a risky move. Last Guy Standing began to feel the pressure when it was applied in the home straight with Zumba Bromac about to claim the lead. However, Mavis Merle was poised to pounce and when Austin angled her out to challenge she sprinted quickly and went on to score by over a metre from Zumba Bromac with outsider Tizyalator working home well to grab third ahead of Last Guy Standing and the luckless Sir Dasher Dee. It was the Pacific Fella mares fourth win in six stats and given her ability to handle standing starts Walters is likely to target some of the country cups with the mare over the December-January period. The mare has won eight from 32 with 10 minor placings for over $55,000 in stakes. Peter Staples

Last season's premier harness racing trainer and Halwes Medalist Ben Yole is already on target to deliver the same result in 2016-17. As well as being voted the Halwes Medal for his outstanding achievements through the season Yole prepared 108 winners to easily win his first trainer's title and on Sunday night he was at it again with three winners on the nine-event card. While most of Yole's winners end up starting favourite because of the strong wagering support for his stable, his trio of winners were all outsiders on Sunday. Regmondo ($18 into $12.20) was making his debut and after settling fifth his driver Mark Yole sent him around the field at the bell to face the breeze outside of The Village Thief. When Yole called on Regmondo (Shadow Play-Cher Mon Amour) for the big effort he forged to the lead and held out all challengers in the straight to easily score from What Went Wong and Augural. The long shots continued to roll in when Yole's seven-year-old Sir Dasher Dee made light of an outside second-row draw to salute at good odds. Sir Dasher Dee, with Todd Rattray in the cart, came from well back to outgun Palmisano that faced the breeze throughout with Barooga Buster flashing home late to grab third ahead of the favourite Ebonyallstarzzz ($2.80) that is a stablemate to the winner. Yole brought up his treble when Roxburgh Way ($13.30), that settled one-out-two-back, powered home to score an impressive win by three metres from Su You Too. Yole has already taken a stranglehold on the 2016-17 trainer's premiership with 10 winners to be six ahead of Todd Rattray while Gareth Rattray leads the way in the driver's premiership with nine wins to be two clear of Ricky Duggan and Mark Yole who is the reigning premier reinsman. 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  

Lightly raced six-year-old harness racing pacer Baldock gave his new owners plenty to cheer about when he powered his way to an impressive win in the Crown Lager Pace over 2090 metres in Hobart on Sunday night. With multiple premiership-winning driver Gareth Rattray in the sulky, Baldock faced the breeze early before Rattray pushed on to find the front but he was forced to take hold and take a trail when Safari Sunshine pressured for the lead. When the leaders moved clear turning for home Baldock lost ground but when Rattray balanced his charge for the run home the gelding ran on powerfully to score by over three metres Lockaway Kacie and Safari Sunshine. It was Baldock's first start for Marc Butler who purchased the horse after one of his close friends inquired about racing a horse. "My mate was keen to get a horse so I looked around and found Baldock that was with trainer Heath Szczypka who had him for sale," Butler said. "My mate got a few workmates involved and I'm sure they were all rapt with the horse's first start for the group. "I got him about three months ago and it's taken a bit of time to work him out but I reckon from what he showed us tonight he can win a few races. "He wobbled a bit around the corner tonight and lost ground but I should be able to straighten that out. "We can't take any notice of his time tonight because the wind was so strong they were lucky to stay on their feet." Gale force winds swept across the rack early in the night and were probably at their worst for the first three races. Baldock (Christian Cullen-The Summer Wind) had 38 starts for a win and a dozen minor placings before making his way to Butler's stables at Dysart. Peter Staples

Resurgent Spirit returned to harness racing after a five-month lay-off with a brilliant win in an open discretionary handicap over 2579 metres at Hobart on Sunday night. The Roger Whitmore-trained gelding was spelled after winning the Brighton Cup in May that followed a game victory in the Plunkett Family Ascot Gold Cup. The gelded son of American Ideal was a star juvenile who was unbeaten in nine starts as a two-year-old and he won his first four starts as a three-year-old before suffering his first defeat in the Tasmanian Derby. On Sunday night he stepped well from his 10-metre handicap and after travelling 600 metres his driver James Austin sent the gelding charging around the field to take up the running. He looked vulnerable on the home turn but when he was seriously challenged 200 metres out he dug deep and was drawing clear of his rivals on the line to score by over three metres. Resurgent Spirit has notched 26 wins and 10 minor placings from 45 starts for $182,732 in stakes. 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

Jane Ellen has long been regarded as one of the best standardbred mares ever produced in Tasmania and last Saturday night her efforts on the racetrack were recognised when she was inducted into the Tasmania Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Jane Ellen ended her racing career with 30 wins and 10 minor placings from 50 starts for $374,993 in stakes from January 1988 to February 1991, which these days would equate to close to $1 million. She had the distinction of having never been beaten in a race by another filly or mare and her feats when in the care of the late Vin Knight have been lauded by the harness racing historians. Jane Ellen was bred in Tasmania by Karen Dornauf and she was trained by Peter Dornauf until she left the state to be prepared by the late Bob Knight at his Kilmore stables in Victoria. Her major wins were a heat of the 1990 Inter Dominion in South Australia, the Victorian and NSW Oaks in 1989 and the following year she captured the Paleface Adios Print (NSW), Victoria Cup Consolation, Mildura Cup (Vic), Ladyship Cup (NSW) and the 19912 George Johnson in her state of birth (Tasmania). Unfortunately Jane Ellen failed at stud with the exception of one of her three foals Golden Magic that won 15 and placed 14 times from 33 starts for John Justice in Victoria. Other horses inducted to the Hall of Fame were Bandbox, considered one of the best of her time (1945-49) and Our Globe that won multiple heats of two Inter Dominion series' (1939-40) and he also sired 158 winners. Peter Staples  

One of Tasmania's most successful trainer-drivers Wayne Rattray has been inducted into the Tasmanian Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Rattray was inducted at a gala awards night at the Country Club Resort in Launceston last Saturday night. The veteran trainer-driver-breeder began the dynasty of the Rattray name in harness racing and his personal achievements sit comfortably alongside the very best the state has produced. He was leading trainer six times from 1984 to 1990 and as a reinsman from 1975 to 1999 he notched 284 winners and along the way collected multiple feature race wins. Some of his feature wins include the 1985 Group 1 Tasmanian Pacing Championship with Napoleon Stone that he partnered to victory and they also won the Tasmanian Oaks, Globe Derby Stakes in the same year. His other Tasmanian Championship winner was Karalta Bay in 1989. One of the best horse's he trained was Cody Maverick that was the state's best 2YO in 2007-08 season winning every feature juvenile event he contested as well as a Breeders Crown semi-final in Victoria. Listen to what Wayne Rattray had to say after being inducted into the Tasmanian harness racing Hall of fame. Peter Staples

One of Tasmania's best horsemen David Mace was rewarded for his service to the harness racing industry by being awarded the Edgar Tatlow Medal for 2016. Mace, 78, has been involved in harness racing for most of his life having held a trainer's licence for over 60 years and he was a driver up until 1985. As a trainer-driver he won many races with some of his most memorable being with San Eltryn, Royal Zamach, Sarah Lewis (6 wins) and Our Last Knight (6 wins). For the past 42 years he also has been the clerk of the course at all harness and some thoroughbred meetings held at the Luxbet Racing Centre in Launceston as well as working country harness meetings including Scottsdale, Carrick and Burnie on the North-West Coast. His skills as a horseman have been recognised not only in Tasmania but interstate. He remains actively involved in the industry working with his son-in-law and daughter Michael and Toni Laugher and their son Jack Laugher who has developed into one of the state's most promising young reinsmen. Mace was quite humbled by his Edgar Tatlow award and described it was one of the major highlights of his career in harness racing. Listen to what David Mace had to say about being awarded the 2016 Edgar Tatlow Medal. Peter Staples

Underrated harness racing mare Followthewind repaid her staunch followers with an effortless all-the-way win at the Luxbet Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday night. Followthewind had strung together a bunch of minor placings since winning in Hobart in early July but with the aid of the pole position (barrier one) the five-year-old mare was able to find the lead and driver Ricky Duggan had no trouble in dictating the speed of the race. After being left alone in front Followthewind slipped clear at the top of the home straight and went on to score by almost six metres from Campaign Drive with Im Justforyou over four metres astern. It was a bold display of front-running with the daughter of Mister Big (USA) scampering over the 1680 metres in 2m.05.2s for a sub two-minute mile rate of 1.59.9. Followthewind is owned and raced by Barry Cooper and Jamie Cockshutt who have enjoyed a lot of success since they teamed up about five years ago. Followthewind has won eight of her 21 starts as well as nine minor placings for almost $50,000 in stakes. There was a lot to like about Followthewind's latest win but the run of Buriton Bailey also caught the eye, coming from well back to finish fifth and only 11 metres from the winner. Look for Buriton Bailey in the coming weeks and especially if the 10-year-old draws the front line. 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

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