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Ryley Major and Harjeet staged a titanic battle down the home stretch in the Stan Leedham Memorial Launceston Mile at the TAB Racing Centre with the Major holding on to win by a half-head. Ryley Major, Harjeet and Scooterwillrev were having their final hit-out before the heats of the Dakin Refrigeration Easter Cup on Friday night and left nothing out on the track. The Rohan Hillier-trained and driven Ryley Major (pictured) showed blistering speed from the mobile to lead on his ear from gate seven in the run to the first turn. “He showed the explosive pace I know he is capable of and crossed them with ease to lead by five or six metres early running a first split 0f 28.8 seconds, he came back to me as I was hoping and travelled well throughout running middle sections of 29.1 and 29.7 so I knew he had something to offer as we swung for home,” said Rohan. “Down inside the 400-metre mark I would have gone earlier than I did to make it even harder for Harjeet but I had Scooterwillrev on my back and I didn’t want to risk letting him out too early, but “Ryley’  found when I called upon him, it was a fitting finish with two top horses not giving an inch.” While Ryley Major was free-wheeling out in front Harjeet was warming to the task for trainer-driver Todd Rattray back in the field from his second row draw. “We had to come five and six wide at the 400 metres and he came into it strongly, I knew we had the task ahead to run Ryley Major down, Harjeet was winding up on the turn and he just kept giving in the run to the post, he drifted to the outside over the final 150 metres and only went down by a half-head to a very good horse in Ryley Major,” said Todd. “I’m proud of his run and it will top him off nicely for Friday night’s Easter Cup heats, he won the Cup last year and it would be a huge thrill to see him go back-to-back.” The Craig Hayes-trained Scooterwillrev lost no admirers running a solid third 7.5 metres away. Ben Yole snared another three winners at the meeting to take his season’s tally to 107 including a victory with Miss Condoleezza ($36.70), the in-form seven-year-old mare going back-to back after scoring in Hobart on Friday night. Rohan Hillier finished the night with a training double with Awayandrideyourself winning the first to go with Ryley Major’s victory.   Shane Yates

Trainer Rohan Hillier snared a winning treble from just three runners at last week’s Launceston meeting and kept the winning run going with his star pacer Ryley Major (pictured) cruising to his second victory in the space of seven days at Melton on Saturday night. “He showed good speed, I’ve never really asked him to run the gate like that before but I thought if we crossed them early it would make his job easier at the business end of proceedings,” said Rohan. “We got away with a cheap middle-half and he had them covered at the top of the stretch, I didn’t ask him to do a lot down the straight but he got home in 27 and the last half in 56 seconds recording a mile-rate of 1:54.6 with plenty left in the tank. The Art Major-Shez Ryleymak six-year-old has now had the two runs back since suffering a potentially career-ending injury three years ago. “He pulled up well from his Launceston win on Sunday and he handled his rivals well in Victoria, he will be home on Monday and we will try and find the right race for him as a lead up to the Easter Cup,” said the Beauty Point mentor. “I see he’s an early equal favourite with Harjeet for the Cup, most of the Tasmania Cup finalists are in the market so it will be a good test for him but if he holds up he will be a top chance. Hillier has high hopes for another successful night tonight in Devonport. “We’ve got a first starter in Bring The Flave in the opening race, he’s worked well at home and has gone okay in his trials, Paul (Ashwood) has Tilly Max which won on debut which will be hard to beat but we’ve drawn the pole over 1930-metres so we’re a chance,” said Hillier. “Dusty Martini won impressively on debut in Launceston on Sunday and although drawn outside the second line in race two the Allen Williams Memorial he will go close and while Dufrense has drawn awkwardly inside the second line in race four the Latrobe Cup I’m confident Samantha Gangell will give him every chance as she is driving very well and developing into a very accomplished driver.”   Shane Yates

“Ryley Major is by far the best horse I’ve ever trained,” declared Beauty Point trainer-driver Rohan Hillier. “That’s nothing new, I’ve been saying that since day one, his mum Shez Ryleymak was a star for us and this bloke would pick her up and tow her.” Ryley Major ($1.30) returned to the track last night in Launceston after nearly three years in the paddock after suffering a serious tendon injury in 2016. “It’s been a long road back, we’ve has a couple of setbacks with him along the way, he’s been back in work for six months now and we spend a couple of hours with him everyday treating him and getting him right so it’s been a concerted effort to get him back but it was all worth it to see him return the way he did last night,” said Rohan. “He felt good in the run, I just let him find his rhythm early settling just worse than midfield before bringing him into the race out three-wide just inside the bell,” said Rohan. “Ryley Major cruised to third at the 400-metre mark and I had a good grip on him when he coasted to the front halfway down the stretch before going on to win four or five metres, recording a 1:59 mile, I was confident his class would carry him through last night and if everything goes to plan we will look at the Easter Cup with him.” Ryley Major completed a winning treble for the Hillier stable with Rohan’s first starter Dusty Martini ($1.70), a Betterthancheddar-Smiling Angel three-year-old strolled to an effortless win on debut and Dufrense ($1.40) made a successful return from a 10-month lay-off to score a convincing five-metre victory.   Shane Yates

Rohan Hillier pulled off a successful hit and run mission at Carrick Park on Sunday steering home three winners including two of his stable runners. Beachboy Butch (pictured) started Rohan’s winning run with a spectacular victory in the Rebecca White MP Pace. The Somebeachsomewhere-Lifeline four-year-old gelding had galloped in the score up at it’s two Tasmanian start so Rohan decided to take no chances. “I elected to keep him back 15 metres at the start and it worked out well he tends to as he fires-up in the field, he was a distinct last for the first half of the race but once we made our move at the bell I was feeling confident he had them covered,” said Rohan. “He sprinted up well under a good hold out four and five wide and went to the front on straightening, he dashed clear at the top of the stretch, I may have got to the front a little early because he switched right off but he was very impressive.” The Marc Butler prepared Adele Said provided Rohan with the middle pin of his driving treble with a sensational run from well back in the field. “Adele Said scored a dynamic victory, Marc (Butler) has her going really well that’s her third win for the season and she was unlucky not to win last time at Carrick when second to Alta Surreal,” said the Beauty Point reinsman. “They went hard down the back and that improved her chances and when I pulled her out wide on the track she hit top gear and it was all over.” Rohan’s second win as a trainer came with Im Compliant overcoming early troubles to swap them late for a spectacular victory. “Im Compliant had all sorts of issues early avoiding a few problems and I ended up the only place I didn’t want to be three back on the pegs,” said Rohan shaking his head. “When we finally got out at the 350-metre mark I thought we were racing for second place but he let down magnificently and sprinted home over the top of them like a very good horse, he may be a better sprinter than I originally thought.” War Dan Star got punters off on the right leg in the opener with Gareth Rattray piloting the Chris Aylett trained four-year-old Western Terror – Molly’s Lucky Star gelding to his first win of the season. The $1.50 favourite led all the way over the 2150-metre journey, skipping clear on the home turn to win by an ever-increasing margin of fourteen metres. Todd Rattray guided his Bettors Delight – Ashkalini six-year-old gelding to an exciting victory in the Maxfield Drilling Meander Valley Cup. Goggo Gee Gee had been given the run of the race before fighting off Iam Aw Sam and Ima Ginger Rogers to win by three metres, returning a mile rate for the 2650 metre staying trip of 2:04:3. Ricky Duggan surged Mi Ju Dan ($11.10) to the post to nail Pockets Of Courage in the very last stride to win by a short half head for Westbury trainer Rod Plunkett while Gareth Rattray completed a winning double when he lifted the Michael Smith trained All Style Sammy($13.30) over the line to defeat the favourite Illegal Immigrant ($1.20) by a head. Punters put their faith in the Rohan Hadley trained and driven Believe In Forever and they were rewarded with victory first-up from a six-month spell but just as they were thinking how easy this punting game is along came the Geoff Madden trained and driven Master Paige delivered a knock-out in the last at odds off $91.80, scoring by a lip over fellow outsiders Our Boy Johnny ($44) and Only A Myth ($35).   Shane Yates

Mark and Ben Yole stormed to the top of the Drivers and Trainers Premiership with four winners apiece at the Hobart Pacing Club meeting on Sunday night. Mark drove four winners from seven drives to lead Rohan Hillier by one after the second meeting of the season while Ben took up his customary position at the head of the trainers table, four wins clear of his rivals after preparing Im Barney Rubble ($4.80), Pushkin ($18), Long Ago ($26) and Gems ($7.50) for victory. Mark began his night’s work in a blaze of glory steering home the first three winners on the card. “Everything fell into place for Im Barney Rubble in the first, he turned in a huge run last week when he made up almost 100 metres on the field after a scrimmage at the start and ran second to Smilin Geoff, so I was confident he would perform well and when the favourite The Aussie galloped out I went hard and kept the pressure on until the 1200, when I looked back and saw The Aussie had been pulled out of it I dropped the anchor out and just dictated terms from there, he won with plenty up his sleeve,” said Mark. “Alta Surreal (pictured) let down really well and hit the line strongly knocking off the favourite Albayzin and then Pushkin got a soft run behind the leader before we hooked out at the top of the stretch and got home over the top of them to win by a short half head.” Just when most punters thought Mark’s winning run was over he popped up in the last to complete a winning double for Flowery Gully trainer Ken Rattray . “El Jay’s Monet can be a little wayward on the home turn in Hobart so I was happy to sit up in the death outside the popular pick Monarkmac,” said Mark. “I thought Conor drove a gem of a race on the leader but El Jays Monet was in for the fight and got the upperhand in the last stride to win by the narrowest of margins, it’s the first time I’ve driven four winners so it was a great thrill.” Hannah van Dongen is off to a flying start in the defence of her first Leading Female Driver title, piloting home two winners on the card. Hannah clinched the 2017/18 title with a total of 10 wins and has already achieved 20% of last season’s tally. Long Ago provided Hannah with her first success toppling the favourite Goggo Gee Gee ($3.40) by 1.5-metres before scoring a runaway victory with the Bianca Heenan-trained Twenty Two Karat ($7.00). Bianca went to the top of the Leading Female trainers table after also successfully preparing her seven-year-old gelding Alta Surreal in the Lenny The Shark Pace. Ken Rattray joined in the celebrations for the night landing a winning double with All Over The Stars ($5.50) saluting in the TPC Life Members Trot and El Jay’s Monet which wore down the odds-on favourite Monarkmacto win by a short half head. Marc Butler and Ricky Duggan gave punters some much-needed relief landing the only favourite for the night in race four with Adele Said ($3.20). 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

The state’s leading trainer Ben Yole has catapulted himself to within striking distance of breaking his own record of 124 winners, set last season, after preparing four winners on the Tasmanian Pacing Club’s meeting in Hobart on Wednesday night. Ben struck first in race three with the Rohan Hillier driven Thebackpagescribe (pictured) careering away for a dominant 26.4 metre victory at odds of $14. “It’s been a long time between drinks for the six-year-old gelding as its last win was in December of 2015 but Rohan (Hillier) pulled out a magical drive to land the money after drawing outside the second line in a field of 12,” said Ben. “Approaching the bell he was four back the pegs but angled one off toward the 800-metre pole and only hooked out to make his run at the 300, it was a textbook drive and once Thebackpagescribe got into the clear it was all over.” Rocknrollhighlight was sent out the favourite ($3.50) in race five and was cooly driven by Mark Yole in the early stages before powering home over the concluding stages. “There were only seven runners over the 2090 metres and they quickly broke into two divisions, Mark had his confidence up after driving an early double for Bianca (Heenan) with Big Bang Raj and Alta Surreal, and he judged his run on Rocknrollhighlight to perfection coming from well back to gain the day by a half-head margin over another of our team Monarkmac.” said Ben. Conor Crook sewed up the Junior Driver Title when he piloted Ektoras to the post for his twenty-first winner of the season in the Olympus Feeds Pace over 2090-metres. “It’s great to see Conor rewarded for his efforts this season, he’s worked hard and is prepared to listen to advice and the proof is in the pudding every time he hops in the cart,” said Ben. “Conor made a race-winning move in the first circuit dashing Ektoras to the lead and despite being the outsider of the field ($8) of six he managed to lift the seven-year-old over the line to score by a half-neck.” Noapachemee, starting popular pick ($2.70) in the last race of the night, capped off the celebrations for the Yole stable by taking full advantage of the Roberts Sprint Lane to send favourite punters home on a winning note start. “Rohan (Hillier) drove a classic race on Noapachemee, he’s been a model of consistency and has won seven races for the season and he will attempt to make it eight when he comes off the 20-metre handicap in race three on Friday night.” Ben will take a team of 38 to the final meeting of the season on Friday in Hobart in search of another four winners in his bid to set a new record. Shane Yates

Defending Tasmanian Premiership winning driver Todd Rattray has the firepower at tonight’s Tasmanian Pacing Club meeting in Hobart to put his lead in the 2017/18 season beyond the reach of  Rohan Hillier and Ricky Duggan and put an end to their late-season surge for the Title. Todd goes into tonight’s meeting with a handy cushion of 11 wins and with drives such as Yatsenyuk Leis (pictured), Koolaz Elvis and Karpenkova Leis in his arsenal may well blow his rivals away and secure back-to-back premierships for the first time in his career. “The Premiership title is not something I focus on from week to week but at the end of the season it’s good to look back and see that you have performed well and when  you consider the drivers we have in the state like Rohan Hillier, Ricky Duggan, Rohan Hadley and Gareth (Rattray) that you come up against every week that makes it even more rewarding,” said Todd. “I’ve got a handy book of drives tonight starting off with Trevor and Marjorie Leis’ bred and raced filly Karpenkova Leis, she took a while to overcome a cold and she is first-up from a spell tonight so she will be lacking a little fitness but I expect her ability to carry her well into the race.” Stablemate Yatensuk Leis will line-up in the Cascade Draught Pace, race two on the card over 2090-metres and is line for a winning hat-trick. “We’ve only had Yatsenyuk Leis for three starts and he’s won two of them in good style, he was able to sit outside the leader and power away from Keep Playing which has won sinceand then led all the way to beat Pezzamystic when a long odds-on favourite,” said the impressed trainer. He’s a well-bred lightly raced Shadow Play- Levenkova Leis three-year-old in his first campaign and there appears to be plenty of upside to him, he’s drawn well tonight inside the front line so if the opportunity is there to lead that’s what we will be doing.” Todd has six drives on the nine-event card with including Koolaz Elvis and Taurisi. “Koolaz Elvis is one of my better chances in the fourth which is a stand, he has only had the one stand start prior to tonight and went away well and finished second so I’m hoping he begins safely again,” said Todd “We have Taurisi taking on a class field, he comes up against Scooterwillrev, Rocknroll Turbo and Jaks Teller in race seven the Talbot Tavern Pace and I think he stills another run or two under his belt before we see his best.” Tonight’s nine-race TPC card, commencing at 17.15, may be viewed via the live stream service at tasracing.com.au. Shane Yates

A winning treble at Wednesday night's Launceston Pacing Club meeting has lifted Beauty Point reinsman Rohan Hillier within 11 wins of Todd Rattray at the top of the Drivers Premiership table with five meetings remaining in the 2017/18 season. Hillier's winning run started with his five-year gelding Im Compliant (pictured) making it six straight in Tasmania with another convincing victory in the Bevan Lees Butchery Pace over 2200 metres. "We will take the win tonight but I thought he was a bit flat, he's had a couple of tough runs lately but his class got him through," said Rohan. "We will pull some blood when we get home and see if that tells us anything, he may just need a week in the paddock to freshen him up a little." The John Castles-trained three-year-old gelding Flashy Ruler was rewarded for his recent consistent performances with a last-to-first victory. Stablemate Keep Playing led to the home turn but Hillier wound up the flashy grey out wide on the track and he gunned them down in the home stretch to win impressively. "We were further back than I had planned to be, but when I called on him out four and five wide at the 400-metre mark he responded like a good horse and had then covered on the home corner, I was very impressed with him he'll win again on that run." The Kristy Grant-trained favourite Rollon Jack rounded out Rohan's treble with a courageous run in the last race of the night digging deep over the concluding stages to score by 1.7-metres after looking beaten off on the home turn. "He wanted to hang on the home corner and I thought the best he would do at that point would be finish third but once he balanced up in the straight he really knuckled down to the task and scored a gutsy win." Troy McDonald chimed in with a winning double for leading trainer Ben Yole, sneaking under the radar of punters with Black Ops leading all the way at double-figure odds and following up with the well-performed Gems completing a winning hat-trick. Rohan Hadley topped the night off for Ben Yole steering home his third winner on the programme with Monarkmac scoring a convincing victory by eight-metres. Shane Yates

Ignatius, the Tasmanian star three-year-old once again flexed his muscles defeating M0 pacers at Menangle on Saturday night, a rare feat for a three-year-old, who ran the mile in 1min 53.3. The winner of 16 races from 17 starts is the $1.90 favourite on Ubet for the Group 1 Breeders Crown Final at Melton later this month. Another Tasmanian pacer being aimed at the Breeders Crown carnival is the inform Scooterwillrev who won his fourth race in a row on Friday night in Launceston, while the Paul Ashwood trained Max Delight won the Tasmanian two-year-old Colts and Geldings heat on Friday and is expected to take his spot in the semi-final at Bendigo on August 18. The action this week kicks off tonight in Launceston with a six-race restricted class programme before the action turns back to Hobart on Sunday night for Tier One racing. The Stars Scooterwillrev– talented four-year-old who recorded his fourth win in a row when he won the Discretionary Handicap in Launceston on Friday night off a 20-metre handicap. The Craig Hayes-trained pacer is getting ready to pack his bags for a trip across Bass Strait for a race during the Breeders Crown Carnival, with connections still deciding on what event they contest. Lachlan Dakin – found the winners circle for the first time in his career when he drove Goggo Gee Gee to victory on Friday. Dakin had a small number of drives before he fractured his hand playing football that saw him out of the sulky for a couple of months. Judging by a number of his recent drives it shouldn’t be too much longer till we see the Uni student in the winner’s list again. Todd Rattray  – took training honours with a training treble on Friday night at the Mowbray Racing Centre and he extended his lead on the state drivers’ title with a driving double. Rodger Whitmore – continued his good strike rate with two-year-olds when the New Norfolk trainer trained Sutter Star to victory on Friday. The gelded son of Sutter Hanover remains undefeated after defeating Jigamaroo by 12.7-metres in a mile rate of 2:00.0. Rohan Hillier and Ricky Duggan – recorded three wins between them on Friday and are putting up a great battle for the second position on the state drivers premiership. Whatever driver happens to finish second will join Todd Rattray as the Tasmanian representative at the Australian Drivers Championship next season. Multiple Winners Launceston – Friday Todd Rattray – training and driving double; Hayleys Comet and Our Summer Vacation. Training treble with Goggo Gee Gee. Rohan Hillier – driving double; Max Delight and Rocknroll Turbo. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Launceston on Friday night. Scooterwillrev 55.91, Jaccka Len 56.45, Rocknroll Highlight 56.94, The Aussie 57.47 and Flashy Ruler 57.48. View all Tasmanian Sectional Data here. Tasracing Official Price Launceston Hit’s: Hayleys Comet $3.00 into $2.60 and Tisu Spirit $2.70 into $2.30. Defied The Drift: Gems $3.80 out to $4.40, Sutter Star $2.05 out to $2.35. Missed: Sheer Strength $51 into $26, Major Davvin $8.50 into $4.40, Invest $7.00 into $4.80 and No Apachemee $7.50 into $5.50. Trial File Hobart on Sunday The clock was turned back 18 years with what used to be a long Tasmanian harness racing tradition of Sunday morning trials being held at the Elwick Racing Complex this week, where it was the Bianca Heenan show who prepared three of the five winners at the session. The first win for Heenan came up in trial one when Altra Surreal for driver Dylan Ford led all the way in a standing start trial to defeat Ive Got Oomph by 15 metres in a mile rate of 2min 1.9secs for 2090-metres. Four-year-old gelding Swap Me for driver Taylor Ford led all the way to win a C2 and better class trial under standing start conditions by 30-metres in the slowest mile rate of the morning in 2:07.5. The fast class trial was won by the in-form Star Chamber who defeated stablemate Bounty Eyre by two metres but unfortunately, there was no time taken on the trial. The other two winners were: Wattabout Spangher (2:02.8) and Vapar Glenn (2:01.8). Week Ahead Harness racing returns to Launceston tonight for a six-race restricted class programme. Wesley Vale trainer John Castles has a number of winning chances at the meeting including Chirac who bounced back into the winner’s circle for the first time this season with a narrow win over Gotta Go Henry (who is also engaged in the race) in Devonport last time out. Castles then has two winning chances in race five with Flashy Ruler and Keep Playing. Flashy Ruler has recorded one win and four placings from 17 career starts with all those top three placings coming with Rohan Hillier in the sulky who has been booked for tonight’s drive. The other runner for Castles in the race is Keep Playing who has drawn barrier six and is another pacer that has a good association with his driver Todd Rattray recording two wins at his last two drives behind the gelded son of Shadow Play including his most recent start in Devonport on July 29. The first race tonight is set down to start at 17:18 with the action being shown live on tasracing.com.au as well as Sky Racing 2 with the exception of race two which will be shown on Sky Racing 1. The action then heads to Hobart on Sunday evening with a nine-race card. A number of in-form pacers clash in the fast class race of the night the Talbot Hotel Pace. Scooterwillrev will be chasing his fifth win in a row after some dominant performances in recent weeks. The Craig Hayes-trained pacer has drawn barrier six as he continues his preparation to the Breeders Crown Carnival. Rocknroll Turbo steps up to open class for the first time and will be chasing his fourth win in a row from the pole position. The Bianca Heenan-trained Star Chamber is undefeated after two starts back from a spell and a number of other starters in the race wouldn’t surprise if they brought their best form. The action kicks off at 17:15. Horses with Tasmanian interest contesting races at metropolitan venues interstate this week included; Gloucester Park – Friday night Race 4 – Horse 9 Devendra  Menangle – Saturday night Race 5 – Horse 1 Shezallapples Race 5 – Horse 11 Miss Graceland  Race 7 – Horse 9 Pachacuti  Melton – Saturday night Race 6 – Horse 6 Resurgent Spirit Race 8 – Horse 3 Solid As A Rock Albion Park – Saturday night Race 5 – Horse 10 El Major   Duncan Dornauf

It has been a history-making week in Tasmanian harness racing during the past seven days. Last Wednesday in Hobart the first harness race from Tasmania was exported to France when they took the telecast of the Trotters race which was taken out by All The Way Mae. The history books were reopened on Sunday night when Scooterwillrev recorded a mile rate of 1min 56.6secs for 2200 metres in Launceston, breaking the previous record which was set by She’s Magnetic of 1:57.2 in late May. To put this track record into perspective you have to go back to March 2010 to find the previous record when Lanercost recorded 1:57.3. This weekend sees two race meetings with the Tier One meeting being held in Hobart on Friday night which will see two walkovers in the heats of the Breeders Crown before the action returns to the north-west coast in Devonport for the Tier Two meeting that will see the trotters go around for the first time at the Devonport Showgrounds since trotting races were reintroduced to the state The Stars Scooterwillrev – brought up his third win in a row with a track record performance in Launceston on Sunday evening with a tough win in the fast class race of the night. The final three quarters were run in 29.0secs, 27.7secs and 28.0secs. The gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere is now being aimed at a race during the Breeders Crown Carnival with trainer Craig Hayes having a number of races to pick from including the four-year-old’s Breeders Crown and the Breeders Crown Graduate Cup for horses that were nominated for the Breeders Crown as a yearling and are assessed M0 to M1. Rohan Hillier – continued his brilliant form with a driving treble on Sunday night including a training double in the opening two races. Hillier has 67 driving wins for the season and if his current form continues he looks set to pass his previous best number of wins in a season of 73. Max Delight – produced a brilliant win at his Tasmanian debut in the $15,000 Olympus Feeds Golden Slipper. The Bettors Delight colt ran away in a 57.3secs last half to win by 15.9 metres over Resurgent Storm who was undefeated going into the race. Trainer Paul Ashwood indicated post-race that the youngster will be aimed at the Breeders Crown series in Victoria next month and will attempt to qualify for a spot in the semi-finals in a heat in Launceston on August 3. Im Compliant – former Kiwi gelding remains undefeated after four Australian starts and couldn’t have been more impressive winning in Launceston on Sunday night where he sat three-wide for the final 1200-metres in a slick 1min 57.0secs for the 1680-metre journey. Todd Rattray – continued his good form since resuming from injury with four winning drives in the past seven days. He is 13 wins clear on the state drivers premiership for the season. Star Chamber – the former Tasmanian Cup was back in the winners stall on Wednesday night when he was first up since finishing fifth behind Harjeet in the Easter Cup. Multiple Winners Hobart – Wednesday Todd Rattray – driving treble; Aitutaki, Elect To Go and Yatsenyuk Leis. Dylan Ford – driving double; Do It For Dave and Star Chamber. Justin Campbell – driving double; Boltnmach and Delightful Junie. Ricky Duggan – driving double; Sutter Star and All The Way Mae. Launceston – Sunday Rohan Hillier – training and driving double; Im Compliant and Rocknroll Turbo. He made it a driving treble with the win of Max Delight. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Hobart on Wednesday. Do It For Dave 57.66, Star Chamber 57.95, Heza Rummage 58.24, Poker Storm 58.46 and Monarkmac 58.62. From Launceston on Sunday. Scooterwillrev 55.51, Lockaway Kacie 56.52, Rocknroll Turbo 56.90, Illegal Immigrant 56.91 and Im Born To Rule 57.01. View all Tasmanian Sectional Data here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart Defied The Drift: Aitutaki $13 out to $16, Boltnmach $17 out to $19 and Do It For Dave $6.00 out to $7.00 Missed: Miss Atomic Betty $15 into $11, Tactical Delight $11 into $8.50 and Selfrightousbouy $8.00 into $6.00. Launceston Hit: Scooterwillrev $1.30 into $1.14. Defied The Drift: Miss Atomic Betty $21 out to $26, Bremusa $4.00 out to $7.00 and El Jays Monza $2.90 out to $3.90. Missed: Karalta Kruise $2.90 into $2.49, Ideal Karalta $4.20 into $3.80 and Illegal Immigrant $2.90 into $2.70. Trial File Hobart on Monday Three trials were staged at the Elwick Racing Complex where the Adrian Duggan-trained, Taylor Ford-driven Tizyalator recorded the quickest mile rate of the night in 2mins 2.1secs for 2090-metres, in a C0 and better mobile event. Positioned behind the leader in the trial, Tizyalator scored by two metres over Never Sighted, that duo finished some 98 metres in front of the third placegetter Ucarntbeatamint. The last two quarters were run in 29.3secs and 28.6secs. The remaining two trials were won by Maravilloso (2:18.1) and Brystabella (2:03.4). Week Ahead It’s a great night of racing in Hobart on Friday night where the Cascade Draught Pace for Free For All pacers is one of the highlights on the card. The Juanita McKenzie-trained pacers will feature at the top of the market with exciting pacer Plata O Plomo who has won four out of his last six starts and comes off a second placing behind the in-form Scooterwillrev on the Hobart circuit on July 13. Jaks Teller is the other runner from McKenzie’s stable, the Washington Vc entire has won six races and has been placed on four occasions from 10 starts this season. One question punters have will be with his gate speed as he has only ever drawn inside barrier six on three occasions in his career where he was never pushed off the gate early in those efforts. Another highlight on the Hobart program will be in race three where Im Compliant takes on the in-form Usain Jolt and the Hobart specialist Zhukov Leis. The first of seven Tab races gets underway at 16:53 with races eight and nine being walkovers with only one horse contesting each race. Devonport is the venue for Sunday night harness racing where the John Castles-trained Keep Playing will be looking for her second win of the season when she lines up in the opening race. The gelded son of Shadow Play comes into the race off four placings in his last five starts including a second placing in Launceston on Sunday. Driver Todd Rattray will only need an ounce of luck from the inside of the second row over the 2297-metre event. It will be a feast for punters on the north-west coast with thoroughbred racing at Spreyton Park during the afternoon. Having a look at runners with Tasmanian interest at metropolitan venues this week includes; Melton – Saturday night Race 1 Horse 1 Resurgent Spirit Race 3 Horse 4 Nikkibadwagon Race 5 Horse 2 The Bettormack Race 7 Horse 6 Miley Rose Menangle – Saturday night Race 1 Horse 5 Rykov Leis and Horse 7 Pachacuti Race 5 Horse 7 Shezallapples   Duncan Dornauf

Rohan Hillier currently sits third on the State’s Drivers Premiership table behind reigning champion Todd Rattray and the surging Ricky Duggan. The Beauty Point trainer-driver has enjoyed another fantastic season and goes into tonight’s meeting in Launceston quietly confident of success. “I’ve got a handy book of drives, a couple from my own stable and two from Paul Ashwood’s so I’m looking forward to the challenge,” said Rohan. Former Shakey Isles pacer Im Compliant kicks off Hillier’s night in the opening race on the card the Bevan Lee’s Butchery Pace over 1680-metres. “Im Compliant came across from New Zealand earlier in the year and scored impressively in Hobart first-up and followed up with 0two strong performance in Launceston winning narrowly over a couple of smart ones like Buster William, Offthetopofmyhead and Koolaz Elvis,” said Hillier. “I’ve given him three months off so he will be short of a run but his class will carry him a long way.” RocknRoll Turbo (pictured) has drawn the pole position in race two the Lyndon and Gail Menegon – El Jays Mystery Stakes 0ver 1680-metres. “Turbo has a great draw, he’s the punter’s pal, he’s run favourite nine times and has saluted on eight occasions from a dozen starts, I believe he can lead and if he does I’ll be very disappointed if he doesn’t win,” said the four-year-old gelding’s trainer. The Paul Ashwood-trained Somebeachsomewhere-Bylong Bele gelding Miracle Marcus won it’s first race start in Launceston in April of last year and then had the misfortune to run into a Todd Rattray two-year-old on debut by the name of Ignatius which is now regarded as the three-year-old champion of Australasian Harness racing. Miracle Marcus has raced throughout Victoria and  South Wales in the past 14 months before returning to Tasmania earlier in the month for a first-up second to Beam Me Up Chopper and will contest the Rick and Naomi Hinds-Nostra Beach Stakes. “He won on the road at Echuca and Wagga and we’ve drawn inside the second line so I will be looking to work off the pegs in the early stages which will give him his best chance,” said Hillier. Rohan’s final drive for the night is behind Max Design in the Two-Year-old feature the Olympus Feeds Golden Slipper. The Bettors Delight-Lady Euthenia colt has had four runs in New South Wales for a victory at Goulburn and a placing at Menangle in his first campaign. “This will be his first run in Tasmania, Paul tells me he is working well so I’m looking forward to the drive and to seeing how he feels.” Tonight’s Launceston Pacing Club meeting commences at 17.14 and can be seen on the live stream service at tasracing.com.au. Shane Yates

Todd Rattray celebrated his recent return from injury by driving four winners on the eight-event Launceston Pacing Club programme on Wednesday night. Along with steering home his first trotting winner in Tasmania with Our Summer Vacation, Todd landed victories with stable runners Koolaz Elvis, Fortino and Yatsenyuk Leis. Our Summer Vacation ($2.70), coming off back mark of 40-metres not only had to overcome its stiff handicap but also severe interference from the galloping polemarker Tip Top Eurasian shortly after the start and at one point must have been a good 80 to 90 metres off the leader Charlottescrown over the 2698-metre trip. Rattray, confident he was on the best-credentialled totter in the race, allowed Our Summer Vacation to move into the race under his own steam, tacking onto the tail of the field with 1400 metres to run. Ricky Duggan moved away from pegs at the bell with All The Way Mae and Rattray was quick to latch onto his back to make his run. All The Way Mae struck the lead as they ran to the 400-metre pole but Our Summer Vacation was looming large out three wide issuing his challenge. Straightening for the run to the judge Our Summer Vacation, under a good hold from Todd, went to the front and cruised to the line untouched to win stylishly by 2.8-metres over All The Way Mae and last week’s winner Ten Caisses. Rattray has some sobering thoughts for Our Summer Vacation’s future rivals when he spoke to Tasracing’s live stream host Duncan Dornauf on his return after the event. “The check after the start certainly didn’t help his chances but we got a good run in the finish and he’s got a good sprint and we were able to use that up the home straight,” said Todd. “He’s not liking the tight turns but I think he will get used to it the more racing he does.” Todd’s four winners boosted his chances of securing back-to-back Drivers Premiership Titles, pushing his lead over Rohan Hillier out to ten. Koolaz Elvis set the standard of the night for the Rattray stable, saluting the judge after being backed from an opening quote of $5 to start $3.50. Former Country Cups king Fortino ($2.50f) came off the 10-metre handicap to account for second-elect Sheer Strength by 1.8-metres and followed up with the sensationally backed Yatsenyuk Leis ($1.90 into $1.40) scoring by 8-metres. Shane Yates for Tasracing

Trotting returns to Tasmanian shores on Sunday night in Hobart for the first time since 1927. The Tasmanian Pacing Club has invested in the future of the Tasracing-led trotting initiative by organising a syndicate of 20 members to purchase a trotter to compete in the ‘Trotters Return To Tassie Handicap’. “We have been discussing the idea of purchasing a horse for some time, then it was decided to invest in a trotter and things have moved quickly since then,” said Tasmanian Pacing Club CEO Steve Devereux. “We’ve had some feelers out for a few weeks and on Tuesday Redason became available so we snapped him up and he arrived in the state on Friday.” Redason, a Majestic Son-Rosedorae five-year-old, has won two races in a 20 start career including a last start victory at Warragul on Sunday. “We are delighted with the way the syndicate has come together, we have a number of members from previous syndicates and we have eight or 10 new owners who have come on board, everyone is excited about seeing their new horse and experiencing the benefits the club offers, it’s an affordable way to become involved in a great sport and make new friendships along the way and from the Club’s perspective it attracts new blood to the industry and that’s what we need, we think it’s a win-win,” said Steve. “Rodney Ashwood will train Redason and we have Rohan Hillier driving, Tasracing have programmed 52 trotting races over the next 12 months and we see it as a positive move to grow the industry, so we will see how things go, we may even look at purchasing another one yet.” The Club will stage a celebrity double-sulky race to entertain patrons attending the nine-event card. “We have our top drivers Natalee Emery, Gareth Rattray, Rohan Hillier and Ricky Duggan partnering our celebrities Pam Quade, Judy Le Fevre, Jacob Bevis and Blair Brownless so we think it’s going to be a great attraction.” said the TPC chief executive. The BOTRA Claiming Novice Drivers Series continues in races one and three on the card with Matthew Cooper an outstanding chance to pick up maximum points behind the Marc Butler-trained Similan Beach, drawn three on the front line over 2090 metres. The Somebeachsomewhere-Glenferrie Inn three-year-old boasts an exciting record of five wins and four seconds from 10 career starts. Samantha Freeman will relish the opportunity of adding more points to her first heat win from Friday night in Devonport when she pilots the Ben Yole-prepared last-start Launceston winner Pushkin. Allister Woods, fresh from success at Devonport will guide the Thomas Jackson-trained pacer Finn Mac Kee in race 3, heat four. Allister enjoyed an armchair drive on Friday behind Ima Ginger Rogers but will need to be on his toes tonight as the in-form pacer has been handed a second-line draw. Leading reinsman Ricky Duggan may well be in for a picnic tonight as he drives top fancies Usain Jolt, Streitkid, Jaks Teller, All The Way Mae, Peaceful Thomas, Remeber Joe and Chasing Cheetahs. Duncan Dornauf will host the live stream service of the historic meeting with a preview of the nine-race card programme at approimately 16.40 on tasracing.com.au’s TasRacingTV. Shane Yates

The state’s leading trainer Ben Yole has his third straight Trainer’s Premiership Title all parcelled up and to cap it off is closing in on his third successive century milestone. Ben trained 107 winners in Tasmanian in 2015/16 and followed up last season with 124 victories in his adopted state. On Sunday night in Launceston, the Yole stable applied the polish to four of the seven winners on the card to catapult his winning Tasmanian tally to 98. When you add the three interstate winners for the season provided by Jeans Mattjesty and Washies Chance the stable tally sits at 101. “We’ve enjoyed another successful season so far and it was very satisfying to take home four winners from the meeting on Sunday,” said Ben. “That takes us to within two of the ton locally, I like to look at the Victorian wins as a bonus so we are working off the number of wins for the season as 98 and we are looking forward to cracking triple figures three years on the trot, it would be just reward for our team who have put a lot of hard work in like many other stables around the state.” Ben’s spectacular night kicked off in style thanks to magical drive on No Apachemee by Rohan Hillier. “No Apachemee has been a great money spinner for connections, that’s his fourth win for the season, Rohan drove him a treat coming from outside the second line to find a spot behind the leader, only coming off the pegs to sprint over them late,” said a smiling trainer. Rocknrollhighlight was the second winner for the stable on the night continuing her tremendous form with a narrow but courageous victory over Fortino, she was softened up in the run but still had enough up her sleeve to be lifted over the line by Rohan Hadley to score by a half-head. “That was her seventh win of the season, we have changed up her training routine and she now does a lot of swimming and she’s improved in leaps and bounds and getting stronger all the time so we will be sticking with the new regime that for sure,” said Ben. Rohan Hillier landed his second winner for the stable on the programme in race four over 2200-metres when he held up Im Full Tilt for one last crack at them in the home straight. “Im Full Tilt needs to be smothered up with cover to produce his best, he’s not over ambitious out on his own but does have a sharp sprint which he was able to pull out in the run to the post,” said the Sidmouth mentor. Four-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-Fight Fire With Fire mare Ready To Fire made it win number six for the season with a neck win over Aunty Rita after coming from outside the second line. “She is potentially a very smart type but she also has a mind of her own and can do a few things wrong particularly in the score up so we will continue to work on that issue because if we can straighten that out she will be hard to hold out in any race we find for her,” said Ben looking forward to the future. With Harness racing in Hobart on Friday and backing up in Launceston on Sunday the Ben Yole stable looks almost certain to crash through the 100 barrier this week and then with 16 meetings remaining in the season set off in search of the stables state record of 124 winners.   Shane Yates

Last season's top Tasmanian two-year-old harness racing filly Ideal Bliss returned to racing with an effortless win in a 3YO event over 1609 metres in Hobart on Sunday. With Rohan Hillier in the sulky, the American Ideal filly sped straight to the lead from the pole position and gave noting else a chance as she burst clear of the opposition at the top of the home straight. She hit the line over five metres clear of Vouvray Beach that enjoyed the cosy one-out-one-back spot throughout while Ideal Karalta scurried home along the sprint lane to grab third two metres away. Ideal Bliss, prepared at Old Beach by Paul Hill, won three and was place second twice from her five starts last season with her best win recorded in the $20,000 Evicus final in Hobart. Vouvray Beach was gallant in defeat and no doubt she has more improvement to come as does Ideal Bliss. Peter Staples

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