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Black Centurian grabbed its second St Marys Cup in the space of four years for Spreyton trainer Steve Davis. The nine-year-old tuned back the clock to 2015, teaming up again with champion reinsman  Garerth Rattray to record a sensational victory over Dasher Houli for Spreyton trainer Steve Davis. “He’s been a great old warrior for us he deserved to win another feature Cup, he’s gone so close so many times,” said Steve. “Black Centurian’s victory in 2015 was exciting but to see him come out and repeat the dose four years later off 20-metres was a great thrill.” Black Centurian showed his usual speed off the mark to settle three back the pegs for champion reinsman Gareth Rattray sitting on the back of Dasher Houli which was camped behind early leader Alta Surreal who led from outside the front line. “As they turned for home Dasher Houli hit the front but Black Centurian was the widest runner and coming hard,” said Steve. “The pair came away from the rest of the field to fight out the finish with Gareth lifting him over the line in the last few strides to win.” The nine-year-old Jr Mint – Mon Poppy Mary gelding will now follow the same path as recent years on the Country Cup circuit. “We will head to Scottsdale again next week, he loves the track and been runner-up in the North Eastern Cup for the last three years,” said the dual code trainer. “Gareth will be sticking with him at Scottsdale and then he will contest the Devonport Cup, he ran fourth last year to Riverboat Jasper and in 2017 he finished second to Pachacuti so we know he’s up to it.” The win sparked a successful back half of the six race card for Gareth Rattray piloting home the last three winners Mavis Merle ($1.80), Black Centurian ($7.70) and Give Me The Night ($2.30).   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

Leading Female trainer Bianca Heenan and premier reinsman Ricky Duggan celebrated the new era of the Tasmanian Trotting Club in Hobart on Friday with winning trebles. Bianca’s successes commenced with the in-form Twenty Two Karat saluting after being backed into $2.90 favouritism in the Tasmanian Equine Veterinary Pace. Hannah van Dongen drove the Always A Virgin – Goldleaf four-year-old mare confidently finding the breeze early before scooting to the front and dashing clear at the 400-metre mark to notch up her fifth win of the season. Star Chamber ($2.40) showed he’s ready for the state’s feature races over the Christmas – New Year break with a powerful performance off the back mark in the Col Saunders Memorial Brighton Cup. “Star Chamber stepped away quickly from the 30-metre handicap and settled just worse than midfield, Rod (Ashwood) took The Aussie to the early lead and I had the co-backmarker Isaac on our back,” said Mark. “Approaching the bell I knew Ricky (Duggan) was getting itchy fingers with Isaac and looking to flush me out to give him cover but I was happy to make our move because I was confident he was travelling strongly.” Star Chamber, having its run back in the state from a mainland campaign, took over from The Aussie at the turn off the back but the ten-year-old Our Sir Vancelot – Courtney Breeze gelding still had Isaac stalking him. “The pressure was on and I was a sitting duck really, but that’s when his quality, courage and will to win to kicked in” said the premiership leading reinsman. “We turned for home a sulky’s length in clear and held Isacc all the way down the stretch.” Christian Salter handed Bianca her third winner for the night when Trumps Golden Boy ($5.00) trotted to back-to-back victories in the Alderbaran Park Trotters Mile. Ricky Duggan’s Christmas came early piloting home Streitkid ($2.70 fav) for Paul Hill, the Christian Salter prepared Madaboutthechase ($7.00) and the Rod Ashwood trained Still Hungover ($1.80 fav). Shane Yates

Classy six-year-old Taurisi proved he’s one of the best pacers in the state with his outstanding win in heat one of the Tassie Golden Applie Series  in Launceston on Sunday night. Punters who had backed the Todd Rattray trained and driven pacer into $1.70 had their hearts in their mouths until Todd extricated the Always’s A Virgin – Exclusif gelding away from the peg line at the 800-metre mark. With runs coming on his outside Todd sat quietly and although shuffled back to third last down the back the popular pick was now seeing daylight. Todd eased Taurisi (pictured) to the outside inside the 400-metre pole and he powered home down the stretch out five wide to gain the day in the last few strides over Mister Lennox, Offthetopofmyhead and Another Swinger. “Getting him away from the stand is always tricky, we didn’t lose a lot of ground at the start and we got a soft run which is what he needs in his races and I knew once we got into the clear he could run them down,” said Todd. Taurisi recorded a mile rate of 2.02.7 with the last half of 57.7 sec, but it wasn’t a race that was won on times, it was won by a cool-headed driver and a horse that showed his courage and tenacity to be never beaten. With the first heat run and won attention quickly turned to heat two and the eagerly awaited clash of Scooterwillrev and reigning Easter Cup winner Harjeet. The rock hard race fitness of the Craig Hayes prepared Scooterwillrev, the winner of five of his last six starts, up against Harjeet first up from a six-month spell. “Scooterwillrev was very impressive, finding the lead at the mile and running sensational sectionals coming home the last half in 55.6 seconds, but I was very happy with Harjeet’s effort to sit outside the leader and stick on so gamely in the stretch to finish third running those times,” said Todd. “He appears to have pulled up well, we don’t work him hard at home as he gets his fitness from racing so with the run under his belt he will strip much fitter for Friday night’s Gold Apple Final Todd was also aboard Harjeet’s half-brother Izaha in the second race of the night, the Roll With Joe – Our Zellweger four-year-old made it seven wins from a 12 start career with a herculean effort to defeat Secluded Beach by a head. “He was first up since May, started from outside the front line and to then race in the death and run the time they did of 1:56.1 for the mile was a super performance,” said a delighted trainer-driver. “Given he begins well from the tapes I might run him in the Country Cups but his main mission is the Raider Stakes at Devonport in May.”   Shane Yates

Bianca Heenan, Hannah van Dongen, Ben Yole , Mark Yole and Rod Ashwood all enjoyed successful evenings in Hobart on Friday picking up winning doubles. Bianca Heenan extended her lead in the Female Trainers Premiership with the first two winners on the card both steered home by rising star Hannah van Dongen. “Big Bang Raj ran right up to his last outing to win strongly from a tricky draw outside the front line, he began well but couldn’t get across without using too much petrol so Hannah just allowed him to settle midfield and waited for the early speed to come out of the race before making her move,” said Bianca. “Big Bang Raj got a breather in the middle stages and when the pressure came on at the 400 metre mark he was ready to go and he took over turning for home and burst clear to win easily, I was also happy with the run of stablemate Swap Me which ran on strongly to run the quinella at double figure odds.” Bianca and Hannah team up again in race two with Alta Surreal making it back-to back victories after scoring in style at Carrick on Sunday. “Alta Surreal (pictured) is in a rich vein of form he won powerfully last week and once he found the front I was feeling confident, ” said the Brighton trainer. “He was attacked and headed by Jake’s A Joy at the bell but Hannah didn’t panic, she was rating Alta Surreal well and at the 400 metre pole she lifted the tempo and he strolled away for five  metre win.” Ben and Mark Yole combined with seven-year-old mare I’m Paige coming from the one – one and Diamond Grace overpowering The Lemon Drop Kid after sitting in the breeze while Rod Ashwood was successful with the Juanita McKenzie prepared Isacc toppling stablemate Laredo Torpedo before saluting in the last for Ken Shorter with odds-on favourite Betterthanfetta.   Shane Yates

Punters following the runaway Bianca Heenan train will look to get the cash early on this evening’s Tasmanian Pacing Club card in Hobart. The Brighton trainer sits second on the State Trainers Premiership table behind Ben Yole and clearly heads the Leading Female Premiership with 14 wins, three months into the new season. Bianca joins forces with rising star Hannah van Dongen in the opening two races on the programme with Big Bang Raj ($5.50) and Alta Surreal ($3.00). Big Bang Raj (pictured), started off the second line and was fourth last at the bell before powering home to run second to Rocknroll Dancer in wet and wild conditions a fortnight ago and has drawn outside the front line for his latest assignment over the flying mile in the opener the Cascade Draught Pace. “Big Bang Raj has had no luck with the draws of late, he can mix his form a little but he has been going well this season, he was a winner in Hobart five starts back over 2090 metres and his last run in Launceston he was only beaten a little over three metres running fourth to Goggo Gee Gee,” said Bianca. “Hannah (van Dongen) has had a great start to the season and is driving with her tail up so while its a tricky draw I’m confident she will give him every chance.” Alta Surreal will line up in race two the Rexel North Hobart Pace over 1609 metres and has fared much better with the draw starting from three on the front row. “I was really happy with his effort at Carrick on Sunday, he’s been beaten a few times in close finishes so it was his turn to get the judges nod,” said Bianca “It was a tough run sitting outside the leader but he kept on finding in the stretch to hold off Adele Said to win by a head, I think he is going to be in the finish again.” This evening’s Tasmanian Pacing Club card, commencing at 17.40, may be viewed via the live stream service at The meeting is the first leg of a huge doubleheader this weekend with the Launceston Pacing Club gearing up for the heats of the inaugural Tassie Golden Apple on Sunday with star pacers Harjeet, Scooterwillrev and Taurisi headlining the eight-event programme. Shane Yates

Champion reinsman Ricky Duggan was at his brilliant best at Carrick on Sunday steering home four winners on the seven-event twilight card. The first of Ricky’s quartet was enough to floor punters in the opener, charging home out in the centre of the track on the Adrian Duggan trained five-year-old mare Forever Ours ($17.90). “She’s a good little sit-sprinter, they went hard down the back which took care of most of them and she has a zippy 300 metre dash up her sleeve so when we were close enough on the home turn I was thinking we were going to be in the finish.” The Hall Of Fame reinsman provided punters with the smelling salts to lift them off the canvas in race two when he piloted the Rodney Ashwood prepared Sutter Hanover – Crystal Still three-year-old filly Still Hungover ($1.50) to the post five-metres clear of second favourite Our Wonder Woman. “Rod (Ashwood) had her primed for a first up tilt, he’s worked hard on her giving her four trials in the lead-up to Carrick so he deserved to reap the rewards” said Ricky. “It’s the first time I’ve driven her and she gave me a good feel, that’s her second win now from five starts and I’d say there are more wins ahead for connections.” Duggan made it three-straight to start the day with Ima Ginger Rogers ($4.80) saluting in race three over 2150-metres. “Ima Ginger Rogers did a great job to come off the 20 metre handicap and win like she did, it was a drop in class for her but she had to pull out something special to win,” said Ricky. “They dropped us off coming off the back but she rallied to the cause when she needed to and she hit the line strongly, it was her first win for season but I’d say she will pinch another one or two on that run.” Trainer Rod Ashwood completed a winning double in the last on the card with the consistent Miss Superbia ($10.20) leading all the way for victory. “She’s not a star but she is consistent, she hasn’t missed a place in eight starts this season and now she has put two together on the trot,” said Duggan. “We got away with an easy first three quarters of a lap and she had enough in hand to hold off the in-form Twenty Two Karat which finished powerfully.”   Shane Yates

Ten-time leading Tasmanian reinsman Gareth Rattray has had a slower start to the season than he is accustomed to. Gareth currently sits eighth on the 2018/19 Premiership table on seven wins, 10 off the lead set by Mark Yole, but that could all change at tonight’s Devonport Harness Racing Club meeting. Gareth has a drive in all six races on the card including leading hopes Tisu Bombbelle, North Star Lad,  Elect to Go and Safari Oakey. The Tim Maine trained Tisu Bombbelle will start from gate two on front line with the scratching of the emergency in race one, the Maxfield Drilling Pace over the sprint trip of 1930 metres. “She’s got a good draw tonight but it’s still going to be hard to cross Swap Me, I’d say James (Austin) will be keen to hold the top and if he does he’ s going to be hard to get over the top of,” said Gareth. “Tisu Bombbelle ran a solid third to Rattlenhum at her last run on the track when Try McDonald drove her in the Youngbloods Series and I will be planning on taking a forward position.” North Star Lad, trained at Northdown by Geoff Smith, has returned from a four length spell in top condition winning the first two races of his five-year-old season. “Geoff”s brought him back bigger and stronger, his two wins have been impressive both by convincing margins, he won at Devonport over Our Wonder Woman by seven metres which then went on and won in Launceston in good style, ” said the master reinsman. “North Star Lad showed the win wasn’t a flash in the pan by running down Laconic Jamane in Launceston last week, I’ll be looking to get a cart into the race at some stage and he will be hard to hold out.” Juanita McKenzie fresh from preparing Remember Joe for victory in Hobart on Friday night has Elect To Go in the third race the Collins Homes Pace. “Elect To Go is a six-year-old mare, she’s had 58 runs in her career and this will be her first start from the stand and her first look at the Devonport track so there are a few unknowns, on the plus side she ran a nice second to Kvitova Leis in the Mother Of Pearl last week in Launceston when she went around at huge odds ($76) after sitting outside the leader and battled on courageously.” said Gareth. “Kare MacLeod’s Safari Oakey (pictured) in race five is my other top chance, she’s come with the pole over the 1930 metres so this could be her best chance to break the ice, she was midfield first up so she will have derived improvement from the outing.” Tonight’s compact DHRC meeting, commencing at 17.57pm, may be viewed via the live stream service at Shane Yates

It was a bleak night for punters at the Tasmanian Pacing Club meeting on Friday in Hobart. The first five winners on the eight-event card all starting at double figure-odds with Ricky Duggan and Rod Ashwood both playing leading roles. The Sportswriter-Spice On Ice four-year-old mare Miss Superbia ($12) (pictured) was rewarded for her consistency in the opener, the Cascade Draught Pace, after running six straight placings this season for trainer Rod Ashwood she was finally first to greet the judge. “She’s been knocking on the door since August, she hasn’t missed a place since then and even though she is no star she is very honest and Rick (Duggan) handled her a treat,” said trainer Rod Ashwood. “Miss Superbia ran the gate from a wide draw over the 1609 -metre trip, spearing to the lead on settling and although she was pressured all the way by the favourite Mister Last was still travelling at the 400-metre mark before Ricky lifted the tempo and she kicked clear for a three-metre win.” Rod was in the winner’s circle again in race two the Rexel North Hobart Pace this time in the cart behind the Eric Jacobson prepared War Chest ($20). “War Chest has been a little off his best of late but he won three straight last year so I knew he had the ability to be in the finish and when they slackened off up front at the 1200 pole we whipped around the field to take our chances from the death seat,” said Rod. “We’d had plenty of rain late in the weak and the track was fairly heavy so up near the led was the place to be and he had a great battle all the way with the leader Pockets Of Courage and after a slugging go had enough in hand to hold off the fast-finishing favourite Sea Ugrant.” Duggan followed up in the third the Tasmanian Equine Veterinary Pace with the Paul Medhurst prepared Rocknroll Highlight producing the goods at $41, defeating fellow outsiders Big Bang Raj ($17) and Im Full Tilt ($16). Ashwood finished off the night on a more popular note with punters guiding home his Raceatrotter Syndicate trained trotter Redason ($1.85). “He’s been working well, the key was trotting all the way, he’s a good type and when he puts it all together he’s always going to be hard to hold out,” said Ashwood. “We had a charmed run on the tail of the 40-metre backmarker Ten Cassies and when Nat (Emery) ran to the front off the back we just tracked them into the straight before getting home over the top for a powerful win.”   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

Junior driver Taylor Ford stormed clear at the top of the Leading Female Drivers award after steering home a winning double in Hobart on Friday taking her winning tally to six winners and in the process moved to fifth place on the State Premiership table. Ford has formed a formidable force with trainer Bianca Heenan early in the 2018/19 season and further enhanced her reputation in the gig with two wins and a second placing from four drives. Taylor finished second with Twenty Two Karat, beaten 1.4 metres by the Ben Yole-trained Lake Eyre before finishing midfield with Big Bang Raj behind Secluded Beach. Jacks Command, a seven-year-old gelding, had won two its last three outings coming into the Sky Racing Pace over the 2090-metre trip for trainer Bianca Heenan and was sent out an $8 chance with the Todd Rattray prepared Zhukov Leis, in line for a hat-trick, the $1.50 favourite. Taylor speared Jacks Command to the early lead before dropping anchor through the first quarter running 33.7 seconds, Zhukov Leis sat in the death as Taylor picked up the tempo recording 29.8 and 28.2 sectionals before going for broke inside the 400-metre mark, dropping Zhuvov Leis on the corner and racing clear to score by 11.6 metres running home 57.3 seconds. Taylor’s second winner of the night was Bounty Eyre ($4.20) in the last the Claimer, the ten-year-old Heenan prepared gelding scored at it’s last Hobart appearance three weeks ago before finishing just behind the placegetters at Devonport. Bounty Eyre (pictured) began safely from the stand and settled leading the one out train before Taylor eased to gain cover at the mile-marker. As the field entered the back straight on the last occasion Taylor made her winning move easing out three wide before challenging for the lead racing off the back. Ford laid all her cards on the table on the home turn and Bounty Eyre was up to the challenge responding strongly in the home stretch to win by 3.2-metres over Another Swinger and Im Barney Rubble. Shane Yates

The Todd Rattray trained and driven eight-year-old gelding Full Speed Ahead last night claimed the first major Cup of the season in Launceston. The Tasmanian Horse Transport Launceston Show Cup drew a quality field with the Craig Hayes prepared Scooterwillrev the backmarker off 30-metres but it was to be Full Speed Ahead (pictured) that pulled of a courageous victory over the 200-metre trip. “We are rapt with his effort tonight in the Cup, he’s a good beginner from the stand, Todd had the confidence in him to sit up in the death seat and the move paid off,” said part owner Brett Collins. “He ran to the front at the 500-metre mark and was strong enough to hold off the challenges from Another Swinger and Scooterwillrev, he just keeps on finding and was going as well if not better than any other runner on the line. ” Full Speed Ahead enjoyed a highly successful first season of racing in Tasmania winning six races prior to a spell including victory in the St.Marys Cup, deadheating with Solid As A Rock, followed by a win in the the North Eastern Pacing Cup. “My father Ian and a good mate Peter Jones and I bought him after his St. Marys effort and almost recouped our investment a few days later at Scottsdale, Full Speed Ahead won a couple more for us during the year and then Barrie (Rattray) suggested it may be time for a spell so he’s been off the scene for five months,” said Brett. “He ran a fast-finishing first-up third to Jacks Command a few weeks back in Hobart followed by his super effort on Friday night so it looks as if he’s come back stronger than ever and may well pick up another few wins for us this season, our long term hope is for him to gain a start and perform well in our hometown Devonport next year.”   Shane Yates

Ben Yole continued his powerful defence of his Leading Trainers Title by preparing four of the eight winners on the programme at Devonport on Sunday. Ben’s winning run commenced in race two with Pushkin, despite being friendless in the betting. “It was three-way photo at the finish and I was probably the only person not worried about which way the result went because we trained all three but Pushkin (pictured – middle) has been a grand campaigner for us, he won four races last season and has already picked up two wins this season at odds of $18 and $51,” said Ben. “Troy (McDonald) has been driving well so it was no surprise to see him lead all the way with Giant Steps in the fifth race and collect his double and I’m sure punters were much happier as it was well supported ($3.10) to run favourite.” Monarkmac has gone close to winning on two occasions this season going down narrowly to Haleys Comet in Launceston and El Jays Monet in Hobart. “He’s a ten-year-old now and he found himself in the right race with the right draw and he was able to do the rest, Rohan (Hadley) rated him well and he had enough in hand to stave off stablemate No Apachemee which made a late charge after getting off the pegs turning for home,” said Ben. “The stable finished off with Im Barney Rubble, he’s just a machine, he won six races last year at ten years of age and has already nailed three from six this season, he won by over five metres and had them covered a long way out.” The Todd Rattray trained and driven six-yer-old Taurisi ($1.60) showed his class to come off the 30-metre handicap and score a runaway 5.1-metre win in the Discretionary over Karalta Dazzler and Poker Storm. Paul Ashwood trained the quinella in the Maxfield Drilling Pace for Mick Maxwell but not in the order most punters would have preferred with Krafty Boy ($4.80), driven by Rohan Hillier,  storming home over the top of popular pick Miracle Marcus ($2.00). Punters won the battle on the night with six favourites saluting including the Bianca Heenan prepared Mon Poppy Polly ($2.70) driven by Taylor Ford and the Melissa Maine-trained Better Go Go ($2.30) steered home by Gareth Rattray. Shane Yates

Champion three-year-old Ignatius was awarded Tasmanian Harness Racing’s 2017/18 Horse Of The Year at Saturday night’s Annual Hall Of Fame and Awards Presentation Dinner at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Launceston. The star pacer, owned by Lyrae Rattray (pictured with husband Todd), enjoyed another sensational season on the track winning 11 of his 13 starts, following his remarkable efforts as an outstanding two-year-old winning five of six appearances. Bred by the Rattray Family Trust the Roll With Joe – Ashkalini gelding, trained by James Rattray is a Dual Group 1 winning performer, remarkably returning an identical sizzling mile-rate of 1.51:3 on both occasions. Ignatius’ dam Ashkalini, bred and owned by The Rattray Family Trust, was named Broodmare Of The Year after another stellar season. Popular Tasmanian Harness Racing participant Chester Bullock was honoured with the prestigious Edgar Tatlow Medal for his life-long dedication, service and commitment to many aspects of the industry including ownership, breeding, training, administration and sponsorship. It was an exciting evening of presentations: Hall of Fame inductees Trainers/Drivers – Tom Terry, Bob Kernan, Don Peck. Racehorses – Jean Logan, Stanley Rio, Karalta Gift. Breeding – Fred & Pauline Barker, Globe Dobell, Prancing Ruby. Associates –  John Vranisan, Robin Wilson, Noel Salter. Aged Horse of the Year awards 2YO Colt or Gelding  – Resurgent Storm 2YO Filly – Karalta Moondance 3YO Colt or Gelding – Ignatius 3YO Filly – Ideal Bliss 4YO Mare – Call Her Julie 4YO Gelding or Entire – Harjeet Broodmare – Ashkalini Horse Of The Year – Ignatius Medalists Edgar Tatlow Medal – Chester Bullock Halwes Medalist – Todd Rattray Beautide Medal – Ignatius Young Achiever Award – Conor Crook Achiever Award – Pam Krushka Recognition Award – David Mace Media Award – Mark Yole Welfare – Sue Streit Mini Trot – Brodie Davis Participants Awards Trainer – Ben Yole Driver – Todd Rattray Female Trainer – Juanita McKenzie Female Driver – Hannah van Dongen Junior – Conor Crook   Shane Yates

Hot on the heels of recording his first winning quartet as a reinsman on Sunday night in Hobart Mark Yole captured yet another four winners in Launceston just five days later. The Perth trainer-driver described his haul in Hobart as a great thrill. He must have enjoyed the experience because he wasted no time repeating the dose on the Launceston Pacing Club eight-event card on Friday night. Punters sent Mark’s first drive Mornings out a $1.30 favourite in the first race on the programme, but it wasn’t to be all plain sailing for the Ben Yole prepared three-year-old filly as  alarm bells rang out for those who had taken the short odds when stewards ordered a pre-race veterinary examantion after an incident in the parade area. “As she came into the parade yard she reared up and just grazed the fence so we asked the vet to take a look because we didn’t want to take any chances with her but she was fine,” said a relieved Mark. “There were no concerns out on the track, she has been a little bit of a surprise package, her form on the mainland was solid but Ben’s (Yole) made a few changes to her gear and she has gone to another level.” The Greg Scott owned and trained Abs Boy (pictured) was sensationally backed from $41 on the Ubet Fixed-Odds into $9.50 before becoming Mark’s second success of the night in race two. “I couldn’t have asked for a better cart into the race to the home turn and he let down beautifully in the straight and then Im Barney Rubble made it two wins for the week in the Claimer,” said the leading drivers premiership reinsman. “He ran in nicely from the three wide and three back trail and when I capped on him he responded like a real Free-For-All campaigner, blowing away as he did in Hobart on Sunda. He’s racing again in Launceston on Wednesday night and no doubt is a huge chance of notching up a hat-trick.” Ten Caisses raced into racing history on 1 July becoming the first winner of a trotting race for almost 100 years in Tasmania for trainer Adam Emery and brought up it’s second win in the state coming off the 10-metre handicap on Friday in the Discretionary. “With Nat (Emery) away I’m very thankful to Adam for giving me the opportunity to handle Ten Caisses. He gave me an armchair drive and still had plenty up his sleeve at the finish,” said Mark. “The idea was to make the backmarkers work hard to make up their ground, so we went out fast, slackened off in the middle stages and then finished strongly, the plan worked a treat and he felt good down to the line, there are more wins in store for him.” Shane Yates

The state’s reigning leading female trainer titleholder Juanita McKenzie is still in search of her first winner for the 2018/19 season. Tonight in Launceston Juanita has two runners from her Magra stables Laredo Torpedo in race four the Elders Insurance Launceston Pace and The Aussie in race six the Great Northern Super Crisp Pace. “Laredo Torpedo is a work in progess, he galloped excessively on debut in the state and finished last but his effort to run fourth last week was solid, he worked home well down the outside and only beaten two to three metres (2.7-metres) in the race won by Pushkin,” said Juanita. “Ricky (Duggan) was happy with his run and said he felt good so I’m expecting further improvement from him tonight, he has always had a few issues but we will keep working on those as the season goes on and get him sorted out.” Juanita has slowly been cutting back her team over the past couple of years but one horse she won’t be parting ways with is the ever consistent The Aussie. “I’m trying to concentrate more on life-balance these days and so we don’t have as bigger stable as in the past and I’m happy with that, I can put more time into family and also focus more on the better performers,” said a contented Juanita. “The Aussie would have to be the most honest horse I’ve ever been associated with, he is Mister  100% every start, he won six races last season and flew home when third to Illegal Immigrant in Launceston a fortnight ago.” “We were very confident he would race well last week but he suffered broken gear at the start and was retired from the event but he looks well suited tonight in a small field on the second line as I believe he races better from behind.” Mark Yole comes off his first bag of four winners in Hobart and has another handy book of eight drives including two of his winners from last week and the popular pick Mornings in race one, The Ben Yole-trained Dawn Ofa New Day-Frans Jewel three-year-old has won its only two runs in the state with Mark in the gig on both occasions. Mark will also attempt to guide El Jays Monet to a winning hat-trick in race six and will again partner Im Barney Rubble in search of back-to-back wins in race seven the Impress Print Claimer. Mark’s other major hopes of repeating his sensational effort of a quartet of winners come in race five the Carlton Draught Stakes with Lake Eyre and in the last on the card the Chartley Estate Trotters Discretionary with the Adam Emery prepared Ten Caisses. Tonight’s eight event Launceston Pacing Club card, commencing at 17.00, may be viewed on the live stream service at Shane Yates

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