Former star two and three-year-old harness racing filly High Flying Ruler spent over a year in the harness wilderness as far as good form is concerned but it looks as if she might be back on track following her impressive victory in Launceston last Sunday night. High Flying Ruler won six of her first seven starts and ended her three-year-old season by being named the state’s best in that age and sex category. She was prepared by Rohan Hillier at two and three but the filly was lost to his stable and only returned five months ago. To say this latest win was overdue would be an understatement but Hillier believes the now five-year-old mare is capable of more wins. “I’m not saying she can get back to the form that she had as a three-year-old but it was nice to see her deliver the gods like she did on Sunday night,” Hillier said. “We are getting there with her but I don’t think she will ever be the same.” Hillier had High Flying Ruler settled near the rear of the field in last Sunday night’s assignment but when the pace slackened noticeably he opted to send her around the field and found the front with a lap to go. “It wasn’t my plan to drive her like that but I thought I had to make an early move when the pace up front slackened right off,” he said. Once High Flying Ruler found the lead Hillier took hold but ensured as solid tempo and the mare had all the answers in the home straight going on to score by nine metres from New Interest and Coruba Run. High Flying Ruler is owned and raced by her breeders Larry and Elizabeth Nichols. She has won seven and been placed three times from only 17 starts for just over $55,000 in stakes. By Peter Staples
Talented harness racing trainer-driver Rohan Hillier almost heaved a sigh of relief when his handy six-year-old Sugastikysweetstuf was not claimed after he won the Impress Print Claimer over 2200 metres at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston last Sunday night. Sugastikysweetstuf was expected to start a short-price favourite in a four-horse field of claimers but instead the money came for former Victorian Five Oclock Affair that was having its first start in the state for the Tony Petersen stable. Five Oclock Affair was backed in to start the $1.60 favourite but it was even shorter on the Tote until some late money arrived for Hillier’s six-year-old gelding that started the second elect at $2.20. Sugastikysweetstuf settled last in the small field but when Hillier peeled out four-wide to make his charge on the home turn the Modern Art gelding quickly hauled in his rivals and went on to score by over a metre from Five Oclock Affair with Will It Matter almost 12 metres away third. Sugastikysweetstuf could have been claimed for $10,000 but there were no bids entered “He certainly looked well placed in that grade and to be honest I was almost certain he would be claimed,” Hillier said after the win. “He should just keep winning these claimers but sooner or later he is going to be claimed,” he said. Sugastikysweetstuf has won 10 from 36 starts as well as a dozen minor placings for career stake earnings of just under $60,000. The gelding is owned by Hillier’s wife Katrina and this was the gelding’s first attempt in a claiming race. At $10,000 Sugastikysweetstuf (Modern Art-Late Arrival x What’s Next) would be an ideal horse for the Queensland market and possibly be capable of winning a couple of metropolitan class races. by Peter Staples
Talented filly Fourstarzzzgirl should make her presence felt in this season's harness racing Bandbox Stakes following her impressive win in a heat of the series at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston tonight Sunday the 16th of June.
The harness racing spotlight in Tasmania turns to Tattersall's Park in Hobart on Sunday where the Tasmanian Pacing Club hosts the two Big Park Stud Sweepstakes finals for two-year-olds as well as the Prince and Princess of Pace and the Brighton Cup for the open class horses.
Top harness racing trainer-driver has likened his smart filly Paris To Pisa to his former superstar juvenile Shez Ryleymak following her impressive debut win in a Big Park Stud Sweepstakes Prelude at Tattersall's Park in Hobart last night.
Talented Tasmanaian harness racing trainer Rohan Hillier has a knack of producing two-year-olds to win on debut especially if they are the offspring of one of his former star pacers Flo Jo Fernandez.
Beaconsfield harness racing trainer Rohan Hillier was far from surprised when Capricorn Cruiser scored an upset win over his stablemate and odds-on favourite Waiona in a handicap race at Tattersall's Park in Hobart on Monday night.
Rohan Hillier has earned a reputation as a master horseman and some suggest he can even turn a horse's form around just by looking at it. At Carrick Paceway last Saturday (December 1) Hillier drove Chassys Best to nice harness racing victory in a C1 over 2150 metres.
Lightly raced three-year-old gelding Meet The Chief defied a tough run for most of the raced to score a narrow but impressive harness racing victory in The Adam Brooks Group Pace over 1700 metres on the synthetic at Tapeta Park Spreyton today (Wednesday November 14).
Bridport-based harness racing trainer-driver Grant Hodges has taken a handy lead in the 2012-13 Halwes Medal count.
Beauty Point harness racing trainer Rohan Hillier doesn't usually bag members of his team after they win a race but immediately after Gamblers Rustler gave him his second Launceston Show Cup triumph in succession he proceeded to declare the horse not genuine.
Slow maturer Sugastikysweetstuf may yet realise his potential according to his harness racing trainer Rohan Hillier. Sugastikysweetstuf scored arguably his best win when he powered home in extreme conditions to defeat Gavrail in a C1 over 2090 metres at Tattersall's Park in Hobart last night (Sunday August 5).
Former jockey Athol Bennett has always yearned to race a good horse and while the quest has eluded him in the thoroughbred code he may have found his champion in the form of well bred harness racing pacer Springfield Tattoo.
A drop in class and a cool drive by trainer Rohan Hillier contributed to handy three-year-old Lilbitachickenfried scoring his fourth win of the season at Tattersall's Park in Hobart tonight (Sunday).
The big question on the lips of most Tasmanian harness racing enthusiasts is can the Rohan Hillier-trained Waiona win the Sunrise Bakery Easter Cup at The Tote Racing Centre at Mowbray on Sunday night (April 8).
High Flying Ruler stamped herself as a rising harness racing star when she led all the way to win the SEW Eurodrive Tasmanian Oaks over 2579 metres at Tattersall's Park in Hobart tonight (Sunday). With her trainer Rohan Hillier in the sulky, High Flying Ruler showed brilliant early speed to lead from gate three and she then held out a determined challenge from interstate invader Machabiba (Chris Alford) all the way up the home straight.