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Rohan Hillier might not win the driver's premiership this season but it will still go down as one of his best harness racing seasons. With four meetings remaining till the end of the 2016-17 season Hillier has accrued 68 winners courtesy of his haul of four last Sunday night but he is a dozen wins behind joint leaders Gareth and Todd Rattray who have been level pegging in the race for the title for the past six weeks. Hillier won aboard Svensson for trainer Brent Parish; Chirac for trainer John Castles and he guided his own two-year-old Run Wick to a comfortable victory in the $10,000 Island Block and Paving Golden Slipper. But clearly his best drive was aboard his gelding Im Barney Rubble that had to come from well back and held up turning for home to weave a passage through the field to score a brilliant win. It was Im Barney Rubble's first win in 11 starts but it was the weakest field he had met since notching back-to-back wins over the Christmas-New Year period. The Rattray brothers snared two wins apiece to keep them level pegging which was a great result for Todd who had had the number of drives that Gareth had on the marathon 12-race card. Leading trainer Ben Yole had a modest night at the office snaring only one winner to move to 112 for the season and six off the all time record of 118 that was set by Neville Webberley in the 1990-91 season. Peter Staples  

Consistent three-year-old pacer Playing Arkabella delivered another outstanding harness racing performance to emerge triumphant in the $40,000 Group 3 Bandbox Stakes over 2200 metres in Launceston on Friday night. The Paul Hill-trained filly won the two-year-old version of the sires stakes series last season (Evicus Stakes) so to capture the three-year-old edition puts her in elite company. Playing Arkabella had her colours lowered in the Bandbox Prelude by El Jays Mystery that edged her out in the last stride but with a more favourable barrier draw and a heady drive from Rohan Hillier she justified the punters' faith in the daughter of Shadow Play. The filly was heavily backed to start the $1.80 favourite courtesy of drawing barrier three on the front line while her archrival El Jays Mystery had to start from the outside of the second row courtesy of being out of the draw in mobile events. The Todd Rattray-trained Harshali began well from gate five and eventually worked to the lead from rank outsider Safari Oakey ($126) but Hillier was content to send Playing Arkabella around the field to face the breeze from where he could dictate the pace of the race. Ricky Duggan sent El Jays Mystery three-wide to challenge 600 metres out but she was making hard work of it while Harshali looked to be travelling easily and put three metres on the favourite turning for home. But when Hillier called on his filly for the big effort she dug deep and went on to defeat the fast-finishing Huiffier by two metres with El Jays Mystery hanging on for third ahead of Harshali and Halo Henry that dead-heated for fourth. Peter Staples

Top Tasmanian harness racing trainer-driver Rohan Hillier will be aiming to join an elite group if he can prepare and drive the winner of the upcoming $30,000 3YO Globe Derby final in Launceston next month. Hillier has trained and driven the past three Globe Derby winners in Ryley Major (2016), Jerrys Jet (2015) and Chopstix Boris (2015) and in just over a fortnight he will partner Rock N Roll Turbo in a Globe Derby heat in Launceston with the hope of progressing him to the final a fortnight later. Rock N Roll Turbo showed enormous potential as a two-year-old winning the Keith Stanley Debutante on debut and a heat of the Dandy Patch Stakes at his subsequent outing after which he was being touted as possibly the best horse bred by his owner Charlie Beadman. After finishing second in the $30,000 Dandy Patch final to Usain Jolt he was spelled and at his first start this time in he finished last of eight and beaten over 90 metres in a 3YO race in Launceston in the care of Paul Hill. Rock N Roll Turbo was again rested and when he was about to race again the owner opted to send the colt to Hillier who has won aboard the colt twice from as many outings this month with the latest in Devonport last Sunday night. "I am more than pleased with how Rock N Roll Turbo is going since he arrived and his win last Sunday night was effortless," Hillier said. "He's coming along nicely and I think the change in his attitude has come through working him with other horses which has got his mind on the job. "The penny seems to have dropped with him and if he continues to improve I expect him to be very competitive in the Globe Derby." Last Sunday night in Devonport Rock N Roll Turbo settled last from his outside second-row draw but when Hillier sent the three-year-old around the field to find a spot he had no trouble in cruising to the front. He hit the line 10 metres clear of his nearest rival without having to be fully extended. Peter Staples

The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today heard a matter in regards to a charge issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1)  against licensed Tasmanian trainer Mr Rohan Hillier.  AHRR 190(1) reads as follows:     A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. The charge under AHRR 190(1) issued by HRV Stewards against Mr Hillier related to a urine sample collected from the horse ‘Ryley Major’ after it had been presented to race at the Melton harness racing meeting on 7 July 2016 in Race 1, the ‘Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series (3YO Colts and Geldings) Bronze Pace.   Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL) reported that analysis of the urine sample revealed the sample to contain a prohibited substance, namely arsenic, in excess of the allowable threshold. During the investigation Mr Hillier explained he had not used any arsenic based product upon Ryley Major and that the only explanation he could provide for the finding was fence posts which had been chewed or some pine shavings which had been used as floor covering where the horse was stabled.  Subsequent analysis of relevant samples revealed the fence posts contained arsenic at levels consistent with Copper Chromium Arsenic (CCA) treated timber. As background, with the acquisition of a machine capable of testing for cobalt by RASL (preventing the need for samples to be sent interstate or overseas), in June 2015 the laboratory (RASL) were also able to commence the routine testing of all collected urine samples for other metals including arsenic.  With a number of samples above the threshold becoming apparent in racing jurisdictions, and common explanations as to the cause of such irregularities provided, the University of Melbourne were engaged to conduct an administration trial by RASL, HRV and other racing authorities that had also been screening raceday samples for the presence of arsenic. At the RAD Board hearing, in addition to the consideration of statements from HRV Stewards and RASL, the RAD Board considered a report from Associate Professor Cate Steel and Professor Ted Whittem from the University of Melbourne which centred on the extensive research conducted by the University of Melbourne where a trial was conducted to research the levels of arsenic in horses that had ingested a known amount of CCA treated timber sawdust.  The trial revealed that it is a possibility that a horse could have a urinary level of arsenic that exceeds the threshold concentration if it chews and ingests a sufficiently large quantity of CCA treated timber.  Further studies will be done in the future in an attempt to distinguish between the inorganic and organic forms of arsenic.  Mr Hillier pleaded guilty to the charge issued under AHRR 190(1).  The HRV RAD Board formally found Mr Hillier guilty though imposed no penalty in all the circumstances of the case.  In making this order, the HRV RAD Board had regard to the nature of the substance in that arsenic based products have been suggested by manufacturers as tonics that are purported to improve appetite or the appearance of the coat of a horse.  The RAD Board also considered that the arsenic threshold had been developed a number of decades ago in Hong Kong in response to the suggestion (at the time) that horses were being ‘stopped’ through the use or arsenic rather than any suggested enhancement of performance.  The HRV RAD Board particularly considered the results of the trial conducted by the University of Melbourne and the analysis of the fence posts from Mr Hillier’s property.  The RAD Board also noted Mr Hillier’s guilty plea and his previous record. The RAD Board considered Mr Hillier’s lengthy involvement in the sport with a training career stretching over 25 years and involving more than 1,400 horses being presented to race.   The RAD Board considered the principles of the High Court decision of Veen v the Queen when taking into account Mr Hillier’s prior matters.  The RAD Board also considered other precedent cases involving the substance, including the matter of Rasmussen in Queensland in 2015 whereby no penalty was imposed for such an arsenic case.    The HRV RAD Board ordered under AHRR 195 that ‘Ryley Major’ be disqualified from Race 1 at Melton on 7 July 2016, and that the placings be amended accordingly.  Harness Racing Victoria

Rocknroll Turbo was one of last season's better two-year-old pacers in Tasmania and from what the well-bred colt showed first-up at Luxbet Park Hobart last night he will be very competitive in feature three-year-old harness racing events this year. The Paul Hill-trained colt won at his first two starts as a two-year-old and ended that campaign with a second to Usain Jolt in the Dandy Patch Stakes final. Hill confirmed the colt suffered a stifle injury during his last start as a two-year-old and required plenty of time in the paddock to recover. "This Rock N Roll Heaven colt is the real deal so when he suffered the stifle problem we just topped him straight out and gave him all the time he needed to fully recover," Hill said. "I've taken my time with him since he came back into work because he's still growing into himself. "Tonight was just a glorified trial really because he's certainly capable of running really good times if required." Driver Rohan Hillier allowed Rocknroll Turbo to fall off the gate from barrier five and settled last but when Hillier called on him to sprint heading into the back straight the last time he hauled in the leaders quickly. However, Hillier halted his progress by slotting into the one-out-one-back position so as not to have the colt punching into a headwind. When they hit the home straight Hillier let the colt loose and he went on to score by over 15 metres from Safari Sunshine that faced the breeze for the last lap with Shesastandout a close-up third. Rocknroll Turbo clocked a mile rate of 2.02s over 1609 metres but it could have been a lot better had the driver so desired. Peter Staples

TASMANIAN harness racing trainer Troy Hillier has made some handy purchases over the years but his latest venture is his best. Hillier claimed nine-year-old pacer Im Barney Rubble in a claiming race at Melton in Victoria at the end of October last year for $10,000 and yesterday at Luxbet Park the gelding scored an emphatic win in the $20,000 Hobart Pacing Cup over 3060 metres. Im Barney Rubble ($4.80) started off the front row in the standing start event and stepped straight to the front with the trainer's twin brother Rohan Hillier in the sulky. The gelding set a solid pace and when he was asked to extend turning for home he careered away from his rivals to score by 27 metres from Major Callum ($3 favourite) with Just Knew $4.90) a half-head away third. "I had my eye on the horse for a while before I bought him because I thought he might be able to win a few races here in Tasmania," Troy Hiller said. "He was with trainer Lance Justice and the horse wasn't going all that well having not won for about 30 starts, which is why he was put in claiming races over there. "But I'd watched replays of a few of his runs earlier in the year and I thought a change of scenery and different training environment might rejuvenate the horse so I took a punt and claimed him. "He ran second at is first start for me in Launceston in the Danbury Park Cup but two starts later he won his Hobart Pacing Cup heat and that almost paid for him. "He's led today and in the end he's absolutely blitzed them so hopefully he can retain this form and go on and win more races." Im Barney Rubble (Life Sign-Pebbles) has had 120 starts for 19 wins and 13 minor placings form $171,000 in prizemoney and Hillier confirmed his next main mission will be the Devonport Cup.   Peter Staples

Pending RAD Board Hearing – Rohan Hillier - Harness Racing Victoria Stewards have issued a charge against licensed trainer Mr Rohan Hillier under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190 (1) which provides: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances It is alleged that the horse Ryley Major was presented to race at Melton on 7 July 2016 by Mr Hillier when not free of arsenic, a prohibited substance when evidenced by a concentration above the allowable threshold. The charge will be heard by the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on a date to be fixed.   Pending RAD Board Hearing – Jodi Quinlan HRV Stewards have issued a charge against licensed trainer Ms Jodi Quinlan under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190 (1) which provides: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances It is alleged that the horse Sky Majesty was presented to race at Bendigo on 22 June 2016 by Ms Quinlan when not free of arsenic, a prohibited substance when evidenced by a concentration above the allowable threshold. The charge will be heard by the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on a date to be fixed.   Pending RAD Board Hearing – Andrew Gath HRV Stewards have issued a charge against licensed trainer Mr Andrew Gath under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190 (1) which provides: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances It is alleged that the horse K D Muscles NZ was presented to race at Horsham on 14 March 2016 by Mr Gath when not free of arsenic, a prohibited substance when evidenced by a concentration above the allowable threshold. The charge will be heard by the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on a date to be fixed.  

Art Of My Art made it three wins from is past four starts when he scored a narrow win in the Carlton Draught Pace for harness racing three-year-olds over 2200 metres in Launceston on Sunday night. The gelded son of Art Colony had been cleverly placed by his trainer John Castles who entered hi in non-penalty races that made up heats in a novice driver series in which he won one and placed second in another before winning a 3C0 at Devonport prior to this latest assignment. Art of My Art drew awkwardly on the inside of the second row but somehow Rohan Hillier managed to secure the one-out-one-back position after travelling about 600 metres. God Sake faced the breeze outside of Rocknroll Dancer that set a solid clip with All Style Sammy on the leader's back. When God Sake forged to the lead Hillier sent his charge three-wide to give chase and after finding the front 200 metres out he battled gamely to have just enough in hand to defeat All Style Sammy with God Sake third Peter Staples

Star Tasmanian three-year-old pacer Ryley Major will most likely head to Queensland next month to tackle that state's harness racing Derby following his impressive win in the $30,000 Globe Derby Stakes in Launceston on Sunday night. Ryley Major made it seven wins in succession when he led throughout to easily take out the prestigious sires stakes event over 2200 metres scoring comfortably from Hillview Jake and Spot Eight. The gelding's trainer-driver and part-owner Rohan Hillier said Ryley major had missed an opportunity to contest the rich Group 1 sires stakes series in Victoria for which he was qualified but that the $75,000 Queensland Derby has become a possible target. "There's no doubt this horse would be competitive against what is likely to go around in the Queensland Derby so I just have to wait and see how the horse is in the next week or so before I make a final decision on travelling him to Queensland," Hillier said. "He's unbeaten from eight starts this season so he's definitely earned enough to warrant making the trip and if I go I'll take the family and make a holiday of it. "If we go I'd also run him in the $25,000 Gold Coast Derby on July 9 which is a week before the Queensland Derby and they are both run at Albion Park. "He's won this race (Globe Derby) by leading but that's not his go. He has really learned how to race this time in but he is much better horse when he doesn't lead. This season's Tasmanian Derby winner was competitive against the best two-year-olds last season but he has gone to another level this season and Hillier is confident he will be even better as a four and five-year-old. Peter Staples

Two horses still in the infancy of their careers but already billed as potential superstars will contest feature harness racing in Tasmania over the next two weekends. Three-year-old gelding Ryley Major has been described by successful trainer Rohan Hillier as “the best horse I’ve had for a long time” and “lengths better” than his mother Shez Ryleymak who won 23 races and was a Tasmanian horse of the year. Two-year-old colt Rocknroll Turbo is raced by successful owner-breeder Charlie Beadman who says he’s been told that the youngster could surpass all his other top horses. Ryley Major will run in the $30,000 Globe Derby Stakes final at Mowbray on Sunday night and Rocknroll Turbo in the $30,000 Dandy Patch Stakes final in Hobart on Sunday week. Hillier has his sights on the rich Breeders Crown final in Melbourne in August with Ryley Major, who is unbeaten in seven starts this season and is likely to have a run in Victoria before he contests the Tasmanian heat in Hobart on July 8. The Art Major gelding has drawn barrier 3 for the Globe Derby final and will be at unbackable odds. Rocknroll Turbo has raced only twice for a win in the Debutante Stakes at Mowbray in January and an impressive victory in the Dandy Patch prelude last Sunday night. He is a half-brother to star four-year-old Jerrys Jet, also owned and bred by Beadman, who has won 15 of his 19 starts. This time last year Beadman said he thought Jerrys Jet might turn out to be the best horse he has ever owned or bred – better than Thomas Magnum (18 wins including the Tasmanian Championship), Jurassic Jack (25 wins),  Whisky Regal (24 wins) and Ultimate Girl (13 wins including the Tasmanian Oaks). Then, more recently, he revealed that trainer Paul Hill had told him that Rocknroll Turbo might be better than Jerrys Jet. “But we’ll wait and see – it would be hard for him to do any more than Jerrys Jet has done,” Beadman said. Hill himself is on the verge of a unique feat. Last year he won the two-year-old sires stake double – Dandy Patch and Evicus – with Hillview Jake and Chica Bella. Next week he will be a short-priced favourite to repeat the double with Rocknroll Turbo and Playing Arkabella. No trainer has completed the double in successive years since the Evicus was first run in 1990. Hill also has Chica Bella in Sunday night’s other feature race, the $30,000 Bandbox Stakes final, and she is the likely favourite despite an ordinary draw (barrier 10). The filly, winner of 10 of her 18 starts, was odds-on in last week’s prelude but met early interference which unseated driver Ricky Duggan. By Greg Mansfield Reprinted with permission of the Examiner.com.au site

The horror stretch of wet weather that has bombarded Tasmania over the past fortnight has had a dramatic effect on the progress of some of the state's best pacers including Tasmanian Derby winner Ryley Major who was being aimed at the rich Vicbred series for harness racing three-year-olds. Ryley Major was to have had his final hit-out in Tasmania in a Globe Derby (Sires Stakes) Prelude in Launceston last Sunday night which was to serve as the first of two runs he would have needed to tackle a Vicbred Super Series heat at Kilmore (Victoria) next week. But when the Launceston meeting was abandoned because of rain and the state of the track it left the gelding's owner-trainer Rohan Hillier with no option but to scrap plans to head interstate. "My horse could not have gone to Melbourne for the Vicbred series heat without having that run (Globe Derby Prelude) and one other," Hillier said. "The weather has been so bad that I haven't been able to work my horse like he should have been because the tracks have been put out of play by the amount of rain we've had. "I had originally intended running him in the Globe Derby Prelude as a conditioning run before the Vicbred heats and had no intention of running in the Globe Derby final but mother nature changed everything. "When they rescheduled the Globe Derby Prelude to last night (Friday) in Launceston I had to run him. He was already getting fat because of the work he'd missed so now he will go into next Sunday night's Globe Derby final probably still a bit underdone but hopefully I can pour the work into him this week to have him good enough on the night. "We will then concentrate on having a crack at the Breeders Crown series in Victoria in July-August," he said. On Friday night in Launceston Ryley Major toyed with his rivals on his way an effortless win in the Globe Derby Prelude over 2200m. Outsider Spot Eight led from the pole position but he quickly handed up to the second favourite Hillview Jake when he was sent scurrying around the field from the rear to take up the front running while Hillier was content to allow Ryley Major to drop out to last from his outside front-row draw. Hillview Jake travelled well in the lead but when the pace slackened slightly Hillier sent his three-year-old around the field to face the breeze for the last lap. The Tasmanian Derby winner was under a stranglehold turning for home and when Hillier released the reins the gelded son of Art Major he sped clear and went on to record a convincing win over Spot Eight ($41) with Timely Sovereign ($41) a close-up third ahead of Kwiatkowski ($12) that missed the start by 20 metres and did a good job to finish as close as he did. Peter Staples

Star four-year-old pacer Jerrys Jet delivered another stellar harness racing performance to score a narrow but game win in the $30,000 Raider Stakes final at Devonport on Sunday night. After slotting into the coveted one-out-one-back position after travelling 400 metres, the gelding's trainer-driver Rohan Hillier sent him three-wide to challenge in the back straight and he had the leader and stablemate Four Ex Dan covered turning for home. The leader rallied so Hillier had to get busy on the $1.80 favourite and just when that stoush had ended along came outsider One mans pass to issue a challenge that fell short by a metre. It was the four-year-old Jereme's Jet gelding's 15th win from 19 starts and his owner-breeder Charlie Beadman was pleased with the result. "He's not at his best on this tight Devonport track and it took a very good drive from Rohan (Hillier) to win it, " Beadman said. The race was delayed for about 15 minutes after Four Ex Dan threw himself down on the track near the starting point and his sulky became entangled in the outside fence. The gelding had to return to the stables to undergo a vet's examination before being allowed to start and a replacement sulky was required. Four Ex Dan led, as expected, from the pole position with Blackjackhanover on his outside, Fioki on the leader's back and Jerrys Jet on his outside. Beadman said that Jerrys Jet would press on with his current campaign but he didn't have any specific targets and dispelled rumours that the horse was heading interstate. "I'll have a talk with Rohan but we're not planning to send him to the mainland at this stage,'' Beadman said. Peter Staples

After taking his time as a two-year-old to discover what harness racing was all about the now three-year-old Ryley Major has emerged as a star in his own right. At UBET Park Hobart last Sunday night Ryley Major  gave his rivals a pacing lesson to score an impressive all-the-way win in the Tasmanian Derby over 2579 metres. The Rohan Hillier-trained gelding made it look easy as he mustered speed to retain the front from the pole position. Despite being pressured over the final lap the gelded son of Art Major forged clear over the concluding stages to score by over four metres from El Major with Code Black, that faced the breeze throughout, a head away third. It was Ryley Major's firth win in succession this season and his sixth in a row if you carry over his win at his last start as a two-year-old in July last year. While it was far from a career best effort it was clearly the gelding's biggest pay day with the winner's prize of $17,286 taking his career tally to almost $54,000. "That might not be his best win but it is definitely the most prestigious," Hillier said. The weather conditions made it tough for racing on Sunday with gale-force winds gusting up to 80 kph causing concern for many runners, especially down the back straight. "The race was run in blustery conditions and he had to lead the charge into strong wind but he handled it well." "The horse has come a long way this time in and I am confident he can continue to improve," he said. Ryley Major was bred by Hillier who owned and raced the dam Shez Ryleymak who won 23 and placed 16 times from her 50 starts for over $270,000 in prizemoney. Shez Ryleymak also was named Tasmanian Horse of the Year in her two and three-year-old seasons. Ryley Major is likely to have his next start in the Tasmanian Yearling Sale Classic for 3YO colts and geldings in Launceston on Sunday night. While Riley Major was impressive there was at least one hard-luck story from the race with talented gelding Hillview Jake unable to obtain a clear run at any stage after being hemmed in behind the leader for the duration. Driver Ricky Duggan tried desperately to find a way off the fence but every time he shifted out to make a move the gap closed but he plugged away to finish fourth, beaten five metres. Peter Staples

Top Tasmanian harness racing trainer Rohan Hillier was looking forward to taking Denza Doozy to the races for the first time after he started to show some promise at his Beauty Point training complex. That was until he ventured to the trials with the well-bred three-year-old early last week where he galloped and that put some doubt in Hillier's mind as to whether he could win on debut. But the well-bred Parsons Den gelding made no mistakes on debut last Sunday night and delivered a sterling effort to win a 3YO pace over 2200m convincingly and at the lucrative price of $13.50. ``I thought he only had to get around safely to win,'' Hillier said after Denza Doozy ran home strongly to beat Kwiatkowski and Ken Two Stars. ``When I got him from James Rattray (in Sydney) about six weeks ago he told me that the horse went OK but just wasn't quite good enough for up there. ``But he took me by surprise when he galloped in a trial the other day so I would have been happy just to see him get around safely tonight.'' Denza Doozy settle4d one-out-one-back and when Hillier sent him three-wide to make his run he gathered in the leaders and went on to score impressively. The gelding is owned and was bred by Mark Panton who has enjoyed much success over the years and in particular with this horse's half-sister Nola Mayhem that won eight of her 21 starts including a bandbox Stakes at two and a Granny Smith Stakes mares' classic as a four-year-old. Peter Staples

Victorian harness racing trainer Adam Kelly has had a lot of success during his annual vigils to Tasmania and at Devonport last Sunday night he almost made it a clean sweep with his three runners. Kelly's classy open class horse Five Star Anvil made a one-act affair of the free-for-all scoring comfortably from his three rivals. A disappointing line-up given the pressure trainers have ben placing the governing body to frame more free-for-all races. Nevertheless it was a convincing win and one that pleased local driver Rohan Hillier who partnered all three of his runners at the meeting. "The horse won easily but I think anyone in the grandstand could have driven him and won," Hillier said. "Five Star Anvil is in Tassie specifically for the Easter Cup at the end of the month so he'll line up in an Easter Cup prelude next Sunday night and then go the Easter Cup a fortnight later." Kelly's other winner was Highview Ruler (Elsu-Highview Courage) that won the Linx Coffee Van Pace over 2297 metres, also with Rohan Hillier in the sulky. It was Highview Ruler's Australian debut and the four-year-old could not have been more impressive. Highview Ruler had five starts in New Zealand with his best effort a third at Gore at his last appearance in New Zealand in October last year. "Highview Ruler is a very nice horse and I'm sure he will be winning better races than the one he won tonight," Hillier said.   Kelly's consistent mare Starzzz Of Icon was a game second to the in-form Shelley Barnes-trained mare Angel or Demon who made it four wins from as many starts this time in.   Peter Staples

One of last season's star Tasmanian three-year-old pacers Jerrys Jet returned to harness racing with a sensational win in Devonport last night. Jerrys Jet lined up in a C5-C6 event over 2297 metres in which he drew the outside of the second row from which trainer-driver Rohan Hillier had no option but to allow the gelding to drift back to last. Poker Storm made the most of the pole position to lead and his trainer-driver Adrian Dugan ensured a solid tempo. Hillier sent his stable star three-wide to make his move and he was accommodated with a ride home on the back of Dodgermemate. Poker Storm had plenty to offer when Jerrys Jet cruised alongside him turning for home and looked at one stage that he might cause an upset but the $1.40 favourite knuckled down to his task and edged clear 20 metres from the line. Jerrys Jet hit the line a metre clear of Jerrys Jet with Dodgermemate nine meters astern. It was the gelding's first start since July last year. He and Mister Lenox were the two stand-out three-year-olds last season with Mister Lenox's Tasmanian Derby win enough to give him the edge in three-year-old of the year voting. Jerrys Jet will be aimed at the $30,000 Raider Stakes for four-year-olds at Devonport next month after which he is most likely to embark on an interstate campaign. Peter Staples

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