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Many of Tasmanian’s leading breeders and studmasters have thrown their support behind the Tasmanian Premier Yearling Sale to be held on Friday, February 14 at the Inveresk Showground, Launceston. Lyndon and Gail Menegon’s Big Park stud, Karoola has the biggest draft with eight lots including two by highly promising sire Major In Art and five by the royally bred Tiz A Masterpiece. The consignment includes half-brothers to the dual Melton winner Cruisin Fella and the Bathurst Tiara heat winner Dakota Hanover and a filly out of the Belmont winner El Jays Belle. Strezlecki Lodge, Windemere, conducted by Brooke Hammond, will offer six yearlings – by five different sires. The pick of the draft appears to be the Rocknroll Hanover colt out of a strong New Zealand family which includes Charleys Dream (Tas. Golden Mile), Village Hero and so on. The Hammond clan will also offer a Stonebridge Regal filly out of the Bandbox Stakes winner Cam River, the dam of Cat Bay (Globe Derby Stakes), and a JR Mint brother to Sales Classic winner Prisoner. The Jetsonville Park Syndicate, who imported JR Mint from America, has entered five yearlings – four fillies and a colt – by the 1:49 $920,000 winning son of Northern Luck. The draft includes a daughter of the Evicus Stakes winner Mon Poppy Mary, whose first foal in Black Centurian took out the Sales Classic. Prominent Devonport breeder and owner Mick Maxfield has nominated two lots, one a colt by champion sire Art Major from a good winning NZ mare and the other an Elsu filly out of a half-sister to the Victoria Sires Classic winner Romeo Castle. Briighton breeder Peter Walker’s four-strong entry includes a pair of fillies by Art Major, one of out Ticket To Angel and the other from her Granny Smith winning daughter Cullens Angel. He will also offer fillies by Shadow Play and Jeremes Jet, both out of winning Resurgent Dragon mares. A Mister Big filly out of the immediate family of Miracle Mile hero Beautide will spearhead the three-strong draft of the Harford-based Paine family. The well made filly is out of Atlarak, a half-sister to Gorse Bush, the dam of Beautide. Brighton studmaster Sue Streit has nominated a colt and a filly by resident stallion Mountain Glory, a former Tasmanian Horse of the Year. For a catalogue or further information contact Kevin Neilson on (03) 6212 9316 or email K. Neilson@tasracing.com.au or the auctioneers Davidson Cameron and Co Dubbo on (02) 6884 8355. The online catalogue for the sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com by Peter Wharton

If Flying Dubai can maintain the form that took him to a convincing harness racing victory in Hobart last Sunday night (October 30), then connections can expect to have a tidy bank roll for Christmas. The Maurice Keating-trained seven-year-old produced a last-to-first performance to win the Wrest Point Stakes (C2-C3) over 1609 metres, scoring by two metres from Prettyboytoby with Ark West another four metres away third.

Well credentialed former Tasmanian 6-Y-0 Abergavelly, now a member of Grant Campbell's Great Western stable, returned to form with an all of the way victory in the Stawell Florist Lollies & Lattes Pace for C4 & C5 class over 2175 metres at the Stawell harness racing fixture held at Laidlaw Park on Monday November 22.

One of Tasmania's leading harness racing driver Ricky Duggan confirmed six-year-old gelding Flying Dubai as a "horse with a future" after he scored a convincing all-the-way win in a C2-C3 pace over 2090 metres in Hobart on Sunday night (October 31).

The Ararat fixture held at Russell T White Raceway on Tuesday August 17 belonged to the Ararat District which provided four of the eight winners on the harness racing program. Great Western trainer Jaimie Stewart took the honours with a stable double.

The Terang Harness Racing Club held a terrific meeting on Thursday June 17, featuring the $30,000 (Group 3) Tontine Pacers Series Final for C2 & C3 class over 2180 metres and the $16,000 Tontine Trotters Series Final for T0 or better class over 2680 metres.

Winning the mares' feature at Devonport on Sunday night (April 26) brought back fond memories for popular Oatlands-based trainer-driver-breeder Brett Bailey. Smart mare Breathing Fire caused an upset win in the $30,000 Granny Smith Stakes (4YO sires stakes feature) which emulated the feat of Bailey's former star mare Living On A Prayer in the same race in 2001.

Last season trainer Neville Webberley predicted Babyitsu would develop into a very good three-year-old and that he could even surpass his star stablemate Make A Memory. In Hobart last night (Sunday) Babyitsu did just that by facing the breeze outside of Make A Memory in the Tasmanian Guineas and emerged triumphant over his higher-profiled stablemate.

Coinflip emerged as a potential star when he powered home to win the Eric Reece Memorial final over 2090 metres at Tattersall’s Park in Hobart last night (June 29). With his owner-trainer Brendan Pursell in the sulky, Coinflip came from well back to overhaul the leaders in the straight and hit the line well clear of Buddahs Best Mate and Odins Constantine.

Lightly raced three-year-old pacer Coinflip powered his way into the Eric Reece memorial final with a convincing win in is heat over 2090 metres at Tattersall’s Park in Hobart last night.

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