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Bridport trainer-driver Rohan Hadley stole the show at Friday night’s Launceston Pacing Club meeting at the TAB Racing Centre. Hadley, one of Tasmania’s premier drivers, saluted the judge on three occasions, twice with well-supported runners from his own stable in Believe In Forever ($2.50 fav) and Secluded Beach ($2.80) and once with the Shelley Barnes prepared Volkova Leis ($21.10). Believe In Forever, a four-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven-Close Embrace gelding, has won five of its seven starts since arriving in the state in May of last year including the last three on the trot. “He got the job done tonight, we got a nice cart into the race out three-wide on the back of Miracle Marcus until the 400-metre mark when we had to go five-wide and he finished off well,” said Rohan. “There is a $12,000 C3-4 at Devonport on Cup night that should suit, so we will see how he pulls up after tonight but that would be the preferred option at this stage.” Secluded Beach (pictured) has also had seven outings in the state, winning four and finishing runner-up three times. “Secluded Beach has put in some smart runs since arriving in Tasmania and run quick times, he’s had a couple of good tussles with Buster William and come out on top and he wore him down again in the straight tonight after a two-horse war all the way,” said Rohan. “There is a C6-9 race in Hobart in two weeks time and I’d like to race him through to Free-For-All company or we might give him one more run and then give him a break with the idea of setting him for a campaign to achieve that task.” Believe In Forever and Secluded Beach are both owned by David Maffey, Peter Hayes and Murray James in Western Australia. Hadley’s third winner for the night came courtesy of the Shelley Barnes-trained Volkova Leis($21.10) in the third heat of the Harry Holgate Memorial, the five-year-old mare was taken forward from ninth at the bell to commence the three-wide train. The favourite Mahksman hit the front on the home bend but Volkova Leis swallowed him up quickly before bravely staving off challenges from Im Full Tilt and Levi Jimmy. “She hasn’t had a lot of luck with the draws over short trips of late and Shelley has her going well now, she can win again on that run,” said the Bridport horseman. Shane Yates

Rohan Hadley showed his expertise in the sulky in Launceston on Friday night landing a winning treble. Hadley, long regarded as one of the best in the business, plotted a perfect course on 30-metre backmarker Scooterwillrev (pictured) enabling the Craig Hayes prepared Somebeachsomewhere-Karamea Toastime five-year-old gelding to sprint clear of Riverboat Jasper at the top of the stretch to score a runaway victory in the Doug Martin Danbury Park Cup. “Scooterwillrev is a top line professional racehorse, Craig (Hayes) has him flying at the moment, we got away well off the 30 and were aided by the fact the front line was slowly away and there were no 20-metre runners,” said Rohan. “We hoped to get a cart into the race from Riverboat Jasper as he is as strong as they come and that’s the way it panned out, Scooter was cruising on the home corner and he has such a paralysing sprint so when I called upon him at the turn it was all over in the twinkling of the eye and he went on to score by a dozen metres (11.8 metres). Rohan had already lifted his five-year gelding Secluded Beach to its second win in just three Tasmanian starts in a stirring finish over Hez The One. “I’ve got a big opinion of him, he was formerly trained by John Tapp in New South Wales and Tappy believed he had more than his share of ability as well,” said Rohan. “I’m confident we can race him through his classes, he has a lot to learn but I believe he has the potential to be right up there with the top free-for-allers in the state.” Our Wonder Woman was the third winner for Rohan as a driver and the second leg of his training double. “She has now won two of her six starts and while she didn’t hit the line the way quite I expected I will continue to get more miles in her legs, she will race at Devonport next week and then press on with her campaign, she is almost certain to race at Scottsdale mid-January.” Conor Crook defied late challenges from Hannah van Dongen and Samantha Gangell to claim the  2018 6ty° Youngbloods Challenge. Conor all but sealed his rivals fate by finishing second on odds-on favourite Couta Rocks in Heat 5 before clinching the title by finishing fourth with Tisu Bombbelle in the sixth and final Heat. Hannah van Dongen closed the gap in the opening heat piloting Goggo Gee Gee to victory while Matthew Howlett gained maximum points in the final Heat of the series with the Bianca Heenan prepared $2.20 favourite Twenty Two Karat.   Shane Yates

Just when you thought Rohan Hillier’s strike rate as a trainer for the 2017/18 season of 44%   couldn’t get any better, think again. The Beauty Point mentor took two runners to the opening night of the new season in Launceston, Svennson and Smilin Geoff, and returned home with a winning percentage of 100% to kick the season off in grand style. Not only did Rohan prepare a winning double he also steered home a winning treble from his seven drives. “No Apachemee (pictured) is racing in good form and when he drew four on the front line over a mile I thought he would be hard to beat,” said Rohan. “We got a nice trail and when I let him go he dashed clear to win by eight or nine metres (9.3 metres) and recorded a smart mile rate of 1:57.3 including a last-half in 56.7seconds.” Svensson, driven by Rohan Hadley, did all the work chasing the tearaway leader Jake’s A Joy in race five over the 1680-metre trip but still proved too strong in the home straight. “I can’t take any credit for the win of Svennson apart from the fact I drove the float steadily to the track,” laughed Rohan. “Brent (Parish) forgot to renew his trainer’s license so he asked me to train her for four days, obviously I did a great job but that was her last run as Brent’s retiring her, she’s well bred and has always worked well so I wouldn’t be surprised if she threw a smart one.” Rohan was back in the cart behind the Troy Hillier-trained gelding Illegal Immigrant($3.20) in the David Mace Retirement Stakes. “Troy has done a tremendous job with Illegal Immigrant, he has raced through his classes and looks up to the big boys going forward, I know Troy is looking for an MO in Victoria in the next month,” Rohan acknowledged. “Troy usually drives Illegal Immigrant but he hurt his back during the week, I may have to give him another little tap next time he starts.” Smilin Geoff was the fourth success for the night for Rohan in the David Mace Appreciation. “We had our fair share of luck with all the carnage at the start but he showed plenty of courage in the straight when tackled by the backmarker Im Barney Rubble to hang on by a head,” said Rohan. “It was great to win both races named in honour of David’s (Mace) service as Clerk of the Course, he has done a mighty job over nearly forty years, I’ve seen first hand the ability and horsemanship of the man, you always felt safe when you knew David was on the job, I’m sure I speak for all trainers and drivers when I say I wish him all the best in his retirement.” Last season’s leading trainer Ben Yole wasted no time in notching up a winning double with No Apachmee ($1.70 fav) and Black Ops ($3.30 fav) saluting the judge while Todd Rattray also prepared a double with Lachlan Dakin guiding Koolaz Elvis to victory for favourite punters at $2.50 before Todd claimed the spoils on Hayleys Comet ($3.00). Ricky Duggan also picked up from where he left off last season driving home the Chester Bullock trained six-year-old Cardinal Coffee ($3.40) to make it six favourites for the night for punters on the eight-event card. Shane Yates

Former star juvenile Scooterwillrev returned to his brilliant best in Launceston on Sunday night with a runaway victory in the Longford Equine Clinic Stakes. The Craig Hayes-trained Somebeachsomewhere-Karamea Toastime four-year-old was backed off the map by punters who snapped up the early fixed odds on offer of $3 and they were still taking $1.60 as the field scored up behind the mobile. “It’s great to have him back in the winner’s list for the first time this season, he hasn’t had a lot of luck this campaign but he scored impressively which is good to see,” said Craig. “He won 12 of 16 starts last season as a three-year-old last season and he came back well but things just haven’t gone his way.” Scooterwillrev returned from a nine-month layoff with a first-up placing behind No Spring Secrets before galloping in a stand start event at Devonport. “It was a surprise to see him out of his gear at Devonport and we went over him with a fine tooth comb in the week after the race looking for a problem but we couldn’t find anything,”said the Stowport trainer. “I backed his work off between then and his next start and I reckon he was underdone when he tired to finish third after sitting in the death outside Emma Stewart’s Another Safari and then last run he was hemmed in on the pegs before flashing through late in the race won by Plata O Plomo.” Rohan Hadley took no chances with the heavily backed favourite over the 2200-metre trip sitting up in the breeze before dashing clear in the straight to record a 13.6-metre victory and recording a mile-rate of 1:57.8. The State’s leading trainer Ben Yole showed no signs of being in the nervous nineties, winning three of the first four races on the card to take his Tasmanian winning tally for the season to 101. Pushkin got the ball rolling in the first with a gutsy win from the death seat before No Apachemee made it back to back wins in Launceston with a powerful finishing burst to bring up the magical three figures before victory number 101 was racked up by Stylish Trend. Rohan Hillier produced another potential topliner in Sheza Bettormak, the three-year-old Bettors Delight-Shez Ryleymak filly rolled to the top early and dictated terms before cruising to an 8.5-metre victory.   Shane Yates

Rohan Hadley has long been regarded as one of harness racings leading reinsmen in the state. Rohan showed his class and expertise at Devonport on Friday night steering home a treble with Sophias Angel (pictured) in race one the Collins Homes Mobile, followed up in the third the Mitavite Mobile with Midair Meltdown and capped off his successful night with Jeans Mattjesty in the Derrico Cycles Pace. Sophias Angel made it two wins on the trot for trainer John Castles, backing up from its Hobart win on March 23 to come from the one-out-one-back position to sprint over the top of  Additallup and Class Tells to win by four-metres from Whosashadylady and Molly Malones. Midair Meltdown took full advantage of the odds-on favourite Albayzin galloping right on dispatch point from the inside draw and assumed control racing through the first turn. Hadley dictated the terms to perfection on the Ben Yole-trained six-year-old gelding and ran the last half in 59.1 seconds to hold its rivals at bay in the last circuit. Rohan’s final win of the night came in the Derrico Cycles Pace, angling Jeans Mattjesty off the leaders back at the 200-metre mark and charging down Moto Kenny before being forced to defy Im Born To Rule in the home stretch to score by 2.5-metres. The Ben Yole-trained nine-year-old picked up its seventh win of the season with the victory, returning a slick mile-rate of 2:01.8 Mi Ju Dan broke its maiden status for a Westbury trainer Rodney Plunkett coming from well back in the field to score in the John McKenna Race Night Vet Pace. The four-year-old gelding was having the eighth start of its career and just its second of the season when John Walters worked to the outside of the field in the final circuit. Mi Ju Dan, specked early in betting ran right up to the confidence and mowed down the leaders turning for home, going on to win by an impressive seven-metres on the line. Hannah Van Dongen found the top early with Regal Idea and rated the seven-year-old gelding a treat in the CUB Pace over 2297-metres. Regal Idea hit the line strongly to record its tenth career victory and its second of the season from eight appearances. Campaign Drive turned in a sensational performance to storm home over the top of the opposition to claim the Impress Print Pace over 2297-metres. Todd Rattray was as cool as cucumber behind the Heath Szczypka-trained seven-year-old gelding saving Campaign Drive for one crack at them. Scraping the outside fence Campaign Drive rounded up the leaders in the home straight to win by a metre over Rattlenhum. Todd joined forces with Colebrook trainer Kevin Denny to land Better Pay Me a winner in the Roberts Mobile after having no luck early in the affair. The state’s reigning premiership driver snagged the six-year-old gelding back to the tail after being trapped out three wide without cover and again bided his time before calling upon Better Pay Me which unleashed a sustained sprint from last to nail Devil Of Tyne on the line to win by a half-head. Gareth Rattray got in on the act when he extricated the Tim Maine prepared mare Better Go Go off the pegs from behind the leader and dashed home out three wide on the track to score its first win of the season and the second of its career. John Walters completed a winning double when he lifted the Brian Mackrill trained Berty Mack to its second victory at Devonport with a courageous effort to hold out Ideal Fella in the run to the post. The favourite Krafty Boy galloped in the first circuit and lost 80-metres before steadily making ground to finish a gallant third. Ken Rattray’s two-year-old colt Rowley made it two wins from three starts by winning the Hardings Hotmix Mobile in effortless fashion. Mark Yole sat Rowley outside the early leader Danger Of Tyne but cruised him to the front at will when called upon to score by 14-metres. Shane Yates

Hobby harness racing owner Richard Hall celebrated his first winner with when his recent purchase Im Barney Rubble produced a powerful finish for a last-stride win in the Doug Martin Danbury Park Cup over 2698 metres at Launceston last night. Im Barney Rubble, trained and driven by Rohan Hadley, settled near last while The Majority set a solid pace in front with the well-tried Dapper Dana locked away on the rails and shuffled back to last turning for home. Dapper Dana galloped fiercely soon after the start and lost at least 60 metres but tacked onto the pack soon after. When Black Centurian gave up the one-out-one-back spot to make his move 500 metres from home, he found the lead in the home straight, shot clear and looked the likely winner. But Im Barney Rubble unleashed a powerful finishing burst and hit the line hard to score by a nose over Black Centurian with Dapper Dana a close-up third. While it was a great win by the Life Sign gelding the effort of Dapper Dana was enormous and he was clearly the run of the race outside of the winner. Hall purchased Im Barney Rubble through the claiming races process. "I was going to buy him one night when the asking price as only $6500 but I didn't fully understand how the claiming system worked," Hall said. "His price later went up to $10,000 but I still thought he was worth it." Peter Staples

Spitfire Rose gave her harness racing trainer-driver Rohan Hadley his biggest win in ages when she toughed it out facing the breeze to win the $20,000 George Johnson feature for mares at Luxbet Park Hobart yesterday. Spitfire Rose ($5) raced outside of the leader Angels of Demons that was backed in to start the $1.40 favourite but when Hadley asked his charge to extend turning for home she forged to the lead and went on to score comfortably from outsiders Modern Chic ($51) and Zumba Bromac ($17) while the favourite capitulated and finished a distant last. It was Spitfire Rose's second win in the race having been successful in 2014 when driven by Gavin Lang. "She is a very good mare and I'm sure she has plenty more to give," Hadley said. "Today was more a race of tactics because I thought that if I had my mare at the favourite all the way then my mare's toughness might shine through and that's pretty much how it panned out. "We've got a few plans for this Jereme's Jet mare next year and hopefully she can win another nice race." Hadley suffered an illness about two years ago that kept him sidelined for about eight months which is why he had to call on Gavin Lang to drive the mare in the 2014 George Johnson. 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

Talented Tasmanian pacer Scooterwillrev will head to Melbourne this week at the top of his game and ready to take on some of the best harness racing juveniles in Australasia. The Craig Hayes-trained two-year-old will tackle a semi-final of the rich Group 1 Breeders Crown series at Bendigo on Saturday night and he goes into the race undefeated from six Tasmanian starts with is latest effort producing a resounding win in Launceston on Sunday night. In a 2C0-2C1 event over 2200 metres, the well-bred youngster worked to the lead midrace and when driver Rohan Hadley asked for an effort turning for home the gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere burst clear of the undefeated Hafter and went on to defeat that gelding by 15 metres. Scooterwillrev (Somebeachsomewhere-Karamea Toastime) clocked a mile rate of 1.58.75 and sizzled home his last half (800m) in 58.68 but with something in reserve. It was a state 2YO record with the previous best by a two-year-old of 1.59.4 produced by Cody Maverick in Hobart (2090m) June 2008 and obliterated the Launceston 2YO record of 2.00.6 set by Quastor Centurion in July 2010. It was the second time Hadley had driven the gelding and he was impressed with this latest performance. "This is a serious horse. He felt enormous throughout the race and when I gave him just a bit of rein turning for home he just slipped clear and there was quite a bit left at the finish," Hadley said. It was exactly what Hayes was hoping for given his stable star is about to go up against the best juveniles in Australasia. "When you've got a horse as god as this you are always worried whether you are doing all the right things so that's why I had Rohan (Hadley) drive him in this race," Hayes said. "I have driven him in all but one of his wins (Burnie) so it was quite nerve wracking sitting in the stands watching the race. "The horse has been open to every challenge I've put in front of him and tonight he really delivered but he had to if he is going to be competitive when he tackles the Breeders Crown semi. "I'm happy that he produced his best mile rate and that he did it with a bit in reserve." Scooterwillrev is a half-brother to former star juvenile filly-mare Jadah Rose (x Totally Ruthless) that won the Group 1 Vicbred Super Series in her gender category at two and three as multiple Group placings. She also won the 2007 Mother of Pearl for four-year-old mares at Devonport before finishing third in the Group 1 George Johnson behind No More Trouble and star Tasmanian mare Deanna Troy. "When we went to the Melbourne yearling sale we were keen to get this horse and we had a budget of $40,000 but when we saw him we were committed and we had to go to $42,000 but reckon he was worth it," Hayes said. Scooterwillrev will most likely be driven on Saturday night by top Victorian driver Kerryn Manning. Peter Staples

In-form three-year-old pacer Little Bit of Big delivered another stellar harness racing performance to score an impressive all-the-way win at the Luxbet Racing Centre over 1680 metres in Launceston on Sunday night. Little Bit of Big made it three wins for the season when she made the most of the pole position to lead throughout in a 3C0-C0 race that boasted a quality line-up. With Rohan Hadley in the sulky, the Shelley Barnes-trained filly by Mister Big from Vanstand stepped well from the mobile and despite being attacked early she withstood the challenge to lead comfortably and then had to call on her courage to fend off rivals in the home straight. Little Bit of Big joined Barnes' stable recently and she is hoping the owners will allow her to retain the filly beyond the winter months. Listen to what trainer Shelley Barnes had to say about Little Bit of Big's latest win. Peter Staples

Problem-plagued harness racing pacer Outback Mach delivered a career best effort to win the $25,000 Devonport Cup over 3020 metres in Devonport last night. Outback Mach was given a gun run in the race by his trainer-driver Rohan Hadley who settled the gelding one-out and three-back and on the back of race favourite Resurgent Spirit. Both horses travelled well to the bell lap when Resurgent Spirit's driver James Austin sent the favourite three-wide to make his run and Hadley was quick to find his back for a cart into the race. Turning for home the end result was never in doubt as Outback Mach gained the upper hand from Resurgent Spirit and then had enough left in the tank to stave off a late bid Black Centurian with Resurgent Spirit hanging on for third. It was Hadley's fourth Devonport Cup win as a driver having won previously with Hunter and Roi Soliel for his father Max Hadley in the 1990s and again with safe Rambler in 2007 that Rohan also trained. The gelding is raced in partnership by the trainer's wife Vikky and Max Hall who also owned Safe Rambler. "We had high hopes for this horse as a youngster because we sent him to Melbourne where he won five races but he developed problems and he has been injury prone which has prevented him from realising his full potential," Hadley said. Peter Staples  

Talented Tasmanian mare Spitfire Rose made it a clean sweep for the locals when she powered home to score a convincing win in the prestigious George Johnson mares’ classic at Tattersall's Park in Hobart yesterday. Spitfire Rose started at the lucrative price of $12 (fixed), with in-form Victorian mare Tandias Bromac from the Amanda Grieve stable the $1.50 favourite. The winner was driven by Gavin Lang, who admitted the victory was a bit special because of the circumstances surrounding how he came to drive the daughter of Jeremes Jet. Spitfire Rose is trained by Rohan Hadley, who also usually drives her in races, but when he became Ill a few weeks ago he called on Lang to make the trip across Bass Strait for the drive. “Rohan isn’t travelling too well at the minute, so I came across to drive here and she did a wonderful job,” Lang said. Spitfire Rose faced the breeze from the outset ahead of Tandias Bromac which landed on her back in the one-one. But Tandias Bromac’s driver Chris Alford was unhappy with the speed set by El Jays Magic, so he took off two laps from home to assume control. This left Spitfire Rose still facing the breeze, but it was short-lived when Whisper Jet obliged by sweeping around them three-wide to occupy the ‘death seat’. Turning for home Tandias Bromac burst clear, but when Lang eased Spitfire Rose three-wide to make her charge, she powered home to beat the favourite 10 metres, with El Jays Magic three metre away third. Hadley was at the track, but not physically well enough to venture down to the presentation area. “This was a great win by the mare and I’m thankful for Gavin for answering the call,” Hadley said. “She's a very good mare that deserved to win a good race and there's none better than this in Tasmania.” Hadley stated there were no specific plans to target any interstate races with Spitfire Rose, which has won 10 and been placed 12 times from 34 starts for close to $70,000 in stakes. Spitfire Rose began her career in New South Wales where she was winless from nine outings, but notched three placings at Penrith and one at Menangle. She joined Hadley's stable in July last year, but was retired from the race at her first start in the state but made amends at her subsequent outing at the same venue a week later. She travelled to Victoria for the Four-Year-Old Breeders’ Crown series and was third in her heat behind Cenosilocophobia, but suffered an injury and was sent for a spell. This latest assignment was her second this time in, having finished third first-up in the Mother of Pearl in Launceston on November 30. PETER STAPLES

VETERAN Tasmanian harness racing trainer Brian Stanley knows a good two-year-old when he gets his hands on one and the latest to show promise in his care is his well bred filly Days Like This. Days Like This (Artistic Fella-Lucyna) notched her second win when she triumphed at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday night in the Cliff Robins Memorial (2C0-2C1) over 1680 metres. The filly was well handled by experienced reinsman Rohan Hadley who allowed her to circumnavigate the field early in the race to roll to the front which negated her outside second-row draw. Once in front she travelled sweetly and then found when challenged seriously in the home straight to go on and score by 1-1/2 metres from Fundamentalist that trailed the winner with Tiz A Jamane over two metres away third ahead of Isthatyoujimmy that was doing his best work at the business end of the race. Stanley explained that he had to take his time with the filly owing to her being quite wayward when she first came into work. "She is a half-sister to Palmisano that was a very good two-year-old a couple of seasons back but she was not as switched on as him at this age," Stanley said. "I have no doubts that in time she will be a very nice horse," he said. Hadley also gave the filly a glowing report. "She does a few things wrong but she definitely has a bright future," Hadley said. Days Like This has started five times for two wins and as many minor placings, failing only on debut when fifth of six behind Blackjackhanover, beaten about 11 metres. Stanley's broodmare Lucyna has only produced the two foals to race with her first, by Art Major, failing to get to the track while her third foal by Artistic Fella died. She has a rising yearling full brother to Palmisano and Stanley is hoping he can emulate the feats of his now four-year-old brother. Peter Staples

Talented Victorian harness racing pacer Outrageous El confirmed his status as a genuine Tasmanian Derby prospect with an effortless win against the older horses in a class one over 2200 metres in Launceston on Sunday night. Driver Rohan Hadley was forced to make his charge work hard to find the lead but once in front the Adam Kelly-trained gelding travelled sweetly and when asked to extend at the top of the home straight he forged clear. Outrageous El went on to score by almost six metres from El Jays Magic with Another Jasper over two metres astern. It was the gelding's third win in success from his four lifetime starts and his second in Tasmania, having been successful in Devonport at his first try on foreign soil. Kelly was hoping the son of Elsu would measure up to Derby class when he travelled him across Bass Strait and so far the three-year-old has lived up to expectations. The Tasmanian Derby will be run over 2579 metres at Tattersall's Park in Hobart on Sunday night. Peter Staples  

While Bridport trainer-driver Rohan Hadley remains sidelined from the sulky due to injury his stable continues to produce winners with the help of some good contacts in Victoria. Hadley secured a double at The TOTE Racing centre in Launceston on Sunday night with two horses sent to him by the same owners. Recent stable additions Me Mate Les and the consistent mare Spitfire Rose delivered the goods in fine style. Me Mate Les, driven by James Johnson, having only his third start in Tasmania, ran home strongly to defeat race favourite Major Callum and I've Got Oomph that powered home along the rails in the Charltey Estate Pace over 2200 metres. Spitfire Rose, driven by Rohan Hillier, also put up a strong performance to hold out late challenges from Clamorous and My Greek Mate in the Tattsbet.com Stakes. It was Spitfire Rose's sixth win since she made her debut for the Hadley stable in July last year. The trainer has also won three races with another mare, Gorgeous An Divine that comes from the same source. Hadley broke his collarbone and a bone in his lower arm in a race fall in Launceston early last month and while the injuries are healing well he is still expected to be out of the sulky for a few more weeks. While waiting to jump back in the cart Hadley is hoping Me Mate Les can add to his winning tally in the coming weeks. “I think there are two or three more wins in him (Me Mate Les) yet,'' Hadley said. “He won only one race in Victoria (at Wangaratta in October 2012).” “Apparently he looked like winning a few more but was unable to go on with it.” “The owners thought he'd had his time over there (Victoria) and Graeme Lang, who trained him, suggested they try him over here.'' Hadley said that Me Mate Les got all the favours last night, enjoying a good run. ``James drove him very well,'' the trainer said. By Peter Staples  

Top Tasmanian reinsman Rohan Hadley is likely to be out of the sulky for at least two months as a result of a race fall in Launceston on Sunday night. Hadley crashed heavily to the track when the hors he was driving fell as a result of a horse he was following choked down in the opening race on the mammoth 11-event card. Hadley was aboard the Shelley Barnes-trained My Koda Jasper and was travelling well when the horse ahead Archie Rebel from the Kay Tindale stable in Victoria appeared to choke down, break gate and fell in the path of Hadley's horse. Hadley was taken to Launcestongener6alHospital where he was diagnosed with a broken collarbone. Victorian reinsman David Murphy the driver of Archie Rebel suffered only minor bruising and some minor lacerations but he was lucky to escape so lightly as he was catapulted from the cart and somersaulted over the inside safety rail. Both horses escaped with minor abrasions. Another of Tindale's team, two-year-old Justa Country Boy fell at almost the same spot (100 metres from the winning post) in the first two-year-old race of the season he Debutante an that horse also escaped without any serious injury. By Peter Staples          

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