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Brady Woods decision to interrupt his Australian Kelpie Muster holiday in Victoria paid dividends when he sealed the 6ty° Youngbloods Challenge in Launceston on Sunday night. Brady led the six-heat Series by eight points over Samantha Gangell going into the final night of heats but it didn’t take long for the Series to take a major twist. Samantha Gangell stormed into contention lifting outsider Streetside Classic into second place behind the Shelley Barnes-trained Lead Singer, driven by Wade Rattray in Heat five to close the gap in the Series to just a solitary point as Brady laboured into sixth place on Keep Playing. With the pressure well and truly on the two combatants lined up aboard two of the top fancies, Usain Jolt (Brady) and Zhukov Leis (Samantha) in heat six. Hannah Van dongen, went into the final Heat with a sneaky chance of pulling off the Youngbloods Title and duly fired the Christian Salter-trained pacer Metro Star to the lead. Brady settled Usain Jolt back third last with his main danger Samantha behind him at the tail with Zhukov Leis, the Series leader made his move on the $2.20 favourite in the run to the bell and was up chasing the leader at the 800-metre pole, Gangell surged Zhukov Leis forward but it was painfully obvious turning into the back straight she faced a forlorn task of outpointing Woods in the final lap. Metro Star always looked to have enough up its sleeve in the run to the post to hold Usain Jolt with Zhukov Leis left lamenting back in fifth place. Hannah’s win not only lifted her into third place in the final standing’s of the Youngbloods Challenge but also catapulted the youngster to the top of the Leading Female Drivers Premiership with nine wins for the season. 6ty° Youngbloods Challenge Final points: 58 pts – Brady Woods 51 pts – Samantha Gangell 48 pts – Hannah Van dongen “I’m rapt to have won the Youngbloods Challenge, even though I had planned my trip to the Muster a long time ago I would never pass up the opportunity to win such a prestigious Series as the Youngbloods, I’ve had a few cracks at it and this was my last chance so I’m very happy to finally get the job done,” said Brady. “It’s a great Series and gives all up and coming drivers the opportunity to experience the pressure of a Series, a big thanks must go to all the trainers who support the Challenge every year and 6ty° for their sponsorship every year.” Shane Yates

Tasmania’s star three-year-old Ignatius obliterated the Penrith track-record on Thursday night with a sensational harness racing victory in his heat of the Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge. The Roll With Joe-Ashkalini gelding, owned by Lyrae Grahan and trained by James Rattray, made it seven straight wins this season with an astonishing 14.7-metre victory, returning a mile rate of 1:53.6. “The run was something special, to run those times around Penrith after he had done all the work in the death was pretty amazing,” said a highly impressed James. “He travelled sensationally in the run and it was just a matter of allowing him a little more rein inside the 400-metre pole he just accelerated beyond belief and left them standing, he was full of running in the home stretch and I eased him down near the post, he was never fully extended and still smashed the track record.” Blake Fitzpatrick and Jim Douglas combined to bring about the demise of odds-on favourite The Bus ($1.60)  with Bracken Sky in Heat Two of the Series, but a sobering thought for connections, the time recorded was an incredible three seconds slower than the Tassie champ. “He’s now won 12 of 13 starts and I will be talking with Todd and Lyrae about what the future holds, at the moment though we are just concentrating on and looking forward to the Final of the Breeders Challenge, then it’s more than likely we will tackle the Breeders Crown,” said an excited trainer. “He’s flying at the moment and its great to know everyone at home gets a thrill out of him winning as well, as they did when Beautide was at his peak.” By Shane Yates

Izaha continued his journey of developing into a top-line pacer with victory in the $40,000 Roberts Equine Supplies Globe Derby Final over 2200 metres on Friday night in Launceston. The Roll With Joe-Our Zellweger three-year-old (pictured-inside), trained and driven by Todd Rattray, took his career record to six wins from 11 starts with an exciting half-neck victory over Feelin Dusty with Dufrense five metres away third. “When I saw the draw I was a little worried but we ran the gate from the second line and when Rohan dropped anchor on Dufrense up outside the leader turning in to the back I thought it was time to make a move,” said Todd. “He was still travelling well to the home turn, Feelin Dusty was still right there but I was working on the theory my main danger was Dufrense which I had jammed up behind me so it was a matter of waiting as long as I could to go for him and when I did he responded just the way I hoped, he finished off in 57.4 seconds but it was more a tactically run race than a speed-test.” Izaha is drawing his fair share of comparisons to his brilliant half-brother Harjeet, winner of this season’s $75,000  Maxfield Drilling Easter Cup and $40,000 Raider Stakes. “Izaha has a lot of speed, if we can work on his strength we may have another Harjeeet on our hands next season, you never know but you can always hope,” said a wishful Rattray. “Dad has worked hard on the breeding side of the business, he’s done a great job, Izaha’s sire Roll With Joe is a full brother to champion sire Bettors Delight but nowhere near the price, he is also the sire of Ignatius and Arts Treasure that James has up in New South Wales so he’s certainly making a name for himself in the breeding world.” As for Izaha’s immediate future, Todd is looking at sending the Globe Derby winner to the paddock for a well-deserved break. “I was contemplating the Victorian Sires Series with him, but now I’m swaying toward a spell, we have no intentions of knocking him around that’s for sure.” Leading Victorian trainer Emma Stewart and champion reinsman Chris Alford made it a night to remember bagging five winners on the card including the $40,000 6TYo Bandbox Final with Nostra Beach. The Sombeachsomewhere-Amarillen filly, bred by the late Rick Hinds and wife Naomi made a one-act affair of the Three-Year-Old Fillies Division cruising to 16.3-metre victory over the Paul Hill prepared Ideal Bliss with Bremusa finishing third, 49.3-metres from the winner. Two records went by the wayside during the night, Shes Magnetic shaving .1 of a second off the 1.57.3 record jointly held by 2010 Australian Derby winner Lanercost and local star Melolyn. Another Safari, coming off a handicap of 20 metres, smashed the 2200-metre stand-start record formerly held by Truly Blissfull, taking a full second and a half off the old time. Watch Izaha hold off the challenges in the $40,000 Roberts Equine Supplies Globe Derby Final in race 3 Launceston on Friday night:   Shane Yates

Harness racing duo Paul Hill and Ricky Duggan stretched their amazing winning record in The Elderslie Horse Care and Spelling Two-Year-Old Sweepstakes Final to four years in a row in Hobart on Friday night. Paul prepared Chica Bella (2015), Playing Arkabella (2016), Vouvray Beach (2017) to win the Two-Year-Old Fillies Feature and now the Big Jim-Laagirl offspring Enterprising Milly ($1.45) has added her name to the trophy with a courageous victory. Ricky Duggan has been in the sulky for Paul on each occasion and was full of praise for Enterprising Milly’s (pictured-inside N0.2) effort to score by a half neck over the second elect Spoilt Sport. “Enterprising Milly deserved her success tonight, she was strong enough to sit in the death and hold off a classy filly in the straight,” said Ricky. “Rod (Ashwood) had his filly on our back from the start and I could feel her breathing down my neck at the turn off the back so I knew we were going to have a battle on our hands. Enterprising Milly is a very relaxed filly and she responded well when I called upon her coming off the turn in the back straight she ran home her last half in 58-seconds and was still giving strongly on the line.” Just half an hour later Duggan was in the gig behind the unbeaten Roger Whitmore-trained colt Resurgent Storm. The Betterthancheddar-Resurgent Star youngster was successful in the Prelude a fortnight ago and found himself in the same position outside the leader in the Final. “There was a few that got fired up in the score-up and just before dispatch point so I eased and allowed him to settle back before sliding up to the leader’s wheel,” said the Hall Of Fame reinsman. Rohan Hillier found the top with the Steve Lukac prepared Jackson Neptune, just as he had done in the Prelude with the favourite stalking him every step of the way. “JacksonNeptune is a smart youngster, he stuck on well in the Prelude so I didn’t want him having to easy a run in front,” said Duggan. “My bloke was travelling well so we moved up to put some pressure on and he ran to the front strongly, I had to keep him going as he can get a little lazy when he is on his own but you also know there is more in the tank if required, he is a real little racehorse that’s for sure, he’s got all the attributes to be a top-notcher.” Duggan had his eye-in early in the night steering Jaks Teller ($2.30) to victory in the Rexel North Hobart Pace. The Juanita McKenzie-trained four-year-old took his career record to nine wins from a dozen starts scoring by an ever-widening 8.4-metres. “He drove well tonight, better than his last outing in Launceston, he’s had his problems and Juanita’s done a great job with him, he’ll never be 100% but he’s got a big motor and can really go so he’s always a threat in whatever race he’s in,” said Ricky. The star driver capped off the night with the Paul Ashwood prepared Krafty Boy ($1.75) leading all the way in the last, the Green Electrical Pace. “It was a drop in class for Krafty Boy from his heat run in the Globe Derby in Launceston on Monday afternoon, he only just held on to win by a head but he got home and that’s all he had to do,” said a contented Ricky Duggan as he bagged his fourth win for the night. Watch the Paul Hill-trained, Ricky Duggan driven, Enterprising Milly stave off the challenge of Spoilt Sport to snare their fourth Two-Year-Old Fillies Sweepstakes Feature on the trot in Race 5. Shane Yates

Impressive three-year-old colt Izaha proved himself the one to beat in the Globe Derby Final after cruising to an effortless harness racing victory in his heat in Launceston on Monday. Trainer-driver Todd Rattray headed the field off shortly after the start and was never threatened over the 2200-metre journey. The Rock on Joe-Our Zellweger colt (pictured), a half-brother to Easter Cup and Raider Stakes champion Harjeet, toyed with his rivals before accounting for the gallant runner-up Feelin Dusty by 6.1-metres, returning a mile-rate of 1:59.4 and a last half of 58.3 seconds with plenty in hand. Dufrense was forced to work harder to clinch the second heat after surprisingly being headed off by Krafty Boy in the run to the first turn. Trainer-driver Rohan Hillier quickly angled off the pegs to sit in the death seat at the leader's wheel, before drawing level with the front-runner on straightening for the run to the judge. Dufrense, in quest of its fourth straight victory, surged to the front at the 200-metre mark but then had to dig deep over the concluding stages when tackled by Tisu Spirit. The Artistic Fella-Flo Jo Fernandez gelding rallied to the cause and got home for favourite punters by 1.4-metres over Tisu Spirit with Krafty Boy a further half metre away in third. The Emma Stewart prepared Nostra Beach sent shivers down the spine of her Bandbox rivals, careering away to score at 49.2-metre victory in the Fillies Prelude. Driver Sidney Van Den Brande allowed the Somebeachsomewhere-Amarillen filly to settle just worse than midfield before strolling around her rivals to assume control with 1200-metres to run. Sydney increased the tempo entering the back straight and the Victorian trained filly responded the way you would expect an odds-on favourite would. Nostra Beach dashed clear to make the Prelude a one-act affair, sprinting home in 56.6 seconds. Former Tasmanian Derby winner Mister Lennox notched up his third consecutive Launceston Golden Mile with a powerful performance after sitting outside the leader throughout. Magra trainer Juanita McKenzie brought up her 21st victory of the season as the Ricky Duggan driven six-year-old Changeover-Tuapeaka Osprey gelding accumulated his 16th career victory and took his stakemoney earnings over  $140,000. Shane Yates  

The state's harness racing premiership-winning trainer of the past two seasons, Ben Yole, is closing in on the magical ton for the third successive season. Ben's team notched up another winning treble in Hobart on Sunday night, taking his tally for the 2017/18 season from 82 to 85. The well-supported $2.80 favourite No Apachemee, driven by Mark Yole, kicked punters off on a winning note in the opening race on the card. "No Apachmee looked a little better than his rivals on paper over a mile and when Mark placed him perfectly in the one-out, one -back position I was feeling fairly confident," said Ben. "I could see he was travelling well and when Mark let him go at the 500-metre mark he put them away quickly and won in convincing fashion." No Apachemee's official winning margin in the Cascade Draught Pace proved to be an impressive 17.3-metres, running home the last half in 57.9 seconds. The Yole stable landed a knock out blow to punters in race five the Triple M Pace over 2090-metres supplying the quinella, both runners at bolters odds. He's Tight Lipped scored at $31.oo, proving too strong for stablemate Pushkin ($26.00) with the odds-on favourite Little Bit Of Big filling third spot. "He's Tight Lipped shocked me a little, but he drew well in three and when he took the sit in behind the early leader I thought we may run a place," said the Sidmouth trainer. "When Rohan (Hadley) went for him off the back he really responded and dashed clear, only the stablemate Pushkin took any ground off him in the home straight so I was very pleased with his effort." Aunty Rita rounded out the night for Ben in the Crown Lager Pace making it two wins in Hobart in as many weeks. "Aunty Rita is a tough mare, she was three wide form the 1200-metre pole before coming away to fight out the finish with Delightful Junie at the 600-metre mark, she goes well for Mark and given the way she won, another win might not be too far away." Shane Yates  

While we all celebrate Mother’s Day, Magra harness racing trainer Juanita McKenzie is also preparing for her 21st. “Oh heavens, if only,” laughed Juanita. With 20 wins for the season Juanita has worked herself into fourth place on the Tasmanian Trainers Premiership Table and is a runaway leader in the Leading Female Trainers Award. “It’s been a rewarding season for our stable, we have a strong little team that are all working well and racing consistently so I’m happy with the way the year is panning out.” Juanita’s winning percentage of 23 is second only to Rohan Hillier’s amazing 38 percent for trainers with 20 wins or more for the season. One pacer hugely responsible for the amazing strike rate is The Aussie, notching up six wins and seven placings from 15 starts for the stable. “The Aussie has been a real revelation, we got him from Victoria early last year but he had a few issues when he arrived and it took us a while to get him right, but once we did he has just been an incredible addition to our stable,” said Juanita, full of admiration. The Art Major-The Kindly One four-year-old will contest race four, the Sky Racing Pace over 2090 metres from the stand. “The Aussie loves stand starts, he’s won two and been placed three of his six starts from the tapes so I’m sure he will begin well and take a power of beating,” said the quietly confident trainer. “Rodney Ashwood will handle him tonight and he does a great job, not just as our stable driver along with Ricky Duggan but as our farrier as well, I call him our shoe-oligist as he does some sensational work.” Juanita’s current team includes Jaks Teller, the winner of eight of eleven starts, Mister Lennox, Remember Joe and Isaac. “We are looking at Victorian opportunities for Isaac and The Aussie in the coming weeks so it would be encouraging to see The Aussie go well tonight.” said the Magra mentor. Tonight’s seven-event Tasmanian Pacing Club card commences at 17.02 and may be viewed by the TasracingTV live stream service at Catch Duncan Dornauf's From The Stables interview with trainer Marc Butler about his runners' chances in the meeting: Shane Yates

The sensational weekend of harness racing continued in Hobart on Sunday night with the arrival of new stars on the horizon. The entertainment at the Tasmanian Pacing Club meeting rolled on from the exciting night of racing at the Devonport Paceway on Friday night. The Elderslie Horse Care Two-Year-Old Sweepstakes Preludes were the features on the card with debutantes taking the honours in both the Fillies Division and the Colts and Geldings. Resurgent Storm and Spoilt Sport went to the line in a trial in Hobart a week earlier with only a head between and that form was to hold up at their first official starts. The Roger Whitmore bred, owned and trained colt Resurgent Storm showed his class by cruising to a 5.6-metre victory in the Colts and Geldings Prelude recording 2:00.5 for the mile. "I was very happy with his debut performance, there is a lot of improvement in him so to see him find the line so well was pleasing," said the delighted trainer. "Ricky (Dugggan) took him back at the start just to allow him to find his feet and then whipped around them at the bell to sit outside the leader and from there he controlled the race until Ricky asked him to go turning for home,"  said Roger. "He's not wound up yet, we have the Final of the Sweepstakes Friday week and the Dandy Patch is still a few weeks away so I'll be aiming for him to be cherry ripe for that." Resurgent Storm, a Betterthancheddar-Resurgent Star colt, is a half brother to Resurgent Dream, runner-up in the Granny Smith Stakes on Friday night. "I'm not totally sure what comes next for Resurgent Dream, she has put in such a great season so she may go to the paddock for a spell," Roger said contemplating. "We haven't seen the best of her yet, she had injuries in her two-year-old season and endured sickness for much of her three-year-old year so this has been her first full preparation." Spoilt Sport made a stunning debut in the Fillies Sweepstakes, spearing to the early lead for trainer-driver Rodney Ashwood. "We drew well on the front line and she can run the gate so I took advantage of those factors and we got to the top very easily," said Rodney. "Spoilt Sport travelled well to the 400-metre pole and the effort was starting to tell on Juniper after a tough run in the death, I knew Enterprising Milly had a perfect run through into the one-one from the second line so I decided to go for broke and if we got run down late so be it." The Sportswriter-Tara Lassie filly darted away with a winning break and although Enterprising Milly was cutting her down on the line she held on for a courageous victory. "She has taken some work to get to the track, she's been a handful at times but the penny is starting to drop, she ran home in 57-seconds so we will tackle the Sweepstakes final in a fortnight and set her for the upcoming Evicus Series." Shane Yates  

Harness racing driver Ricky Duggan showed his driving prowess at the Launceston Pacing Club meeting, steering home a winning treble. The Hall Of Fame reinsman's winning spree commenced in race four when his successful partnership with trainer Paul Hill continued in the Longford Equine Clinic Pace over 2200 metres. Feelin Dusty, solidly supported in the market from $2.50 into $2.30 brought up a winning hat-trick by holding off a strong challenge from Sea Double Ugrant over the closing stages to win by 1.3-metres, the victory the fourth this season for the Mr Feelgood-Maybe Elite three-year-old colt. "Paul's got him going good, I went early at the bell out three-wide without cover so he's been able to sustain the effort for the last 1000-metres of the race which is a good sign, you can drive with a bit confidence when you know you've got one capable of doing it at both ends of the race," said Ricky. Duggan was back in the winners circle in the next the Carlton Draught Pace over 1680-metres with the Steven Davis-trained five-year-old P B Bullville-Liz It Iz gelding Out To Strike. "I was sixth coming to the bell and Damian Spring had dropped anchor on the leader so I decided it was time to go and we moved up and sat outside the front-runners pretty smartly," said Duggan. Out To Strike eye-balled the leaders off the backstretch and ran to the lead at the 400-metre pole in search of its second win of the season and the fourth of its career. "He was going so well I just let him go coming to the home turn and he just put them away with a good turn of speed, racing clear to win by a space." Ricky rounded out his successful night with another of the Paul Hill brigade, Streitkid, waltzing away with the Tasmanian Horse Transport Stakes. "He can run the gate and from out wide we found the lead fairly comfortably from seven and then I just tried to hold him together before clicking him up down at the 400-metre mark and when I went for him halfway down the stretch he zipped away, he was pretty impressive." Shane Yates

Greg Bransden's patience and perseverance paid off in spades on Sunday night in Hobart when Sign of Oro scored its first win for the Glenorchy harness racing  trainer. Sign of Oro, came into Greg's care six months ago and enjoyed a long spell before trialling in March and returning to the racetrack on April 8 with a ninth to Origin Cronk followed by solid fifth to Thirlstane King a week later. Paul Hill was given the task of steering the eight-year-old Life Sign-Joan Oro gelding from outside the second line in a field of 13 over 1609 metres, a daunting task in anyone's language. When the tasracing mobile dispatched the field in the backstretch Paul set the $19 shot alight and swept around the field to take the lead in the run into the first corner. "Paul's decision to surge to the front was an inspired effort and he rated the horse to perfection from that point on, I'd have to give him 110% for the drive," said a delighted trainer. "You don't drive 500 winners like Paul has without knowing what you're doing that's for sure'". Sign Of Oro held a two-metre advantage over Twenty Two Karat at the 400-metre pole as Hill started to lift the tempo, getting serious on the Bransden-trained gelding on straightening. Delightful June-trained by Shaun Kennedy and driven by Justin Campbell, threw down the gauntlet to Sign Of Oro (pictured-inside) at the top of the stretch but the eight-year-old was up for the fight, digging deep in the run to the post to score by a half neck and record its first win in two years. "It's great to win a race, I've been around horses from an early age and obtained my trainer's licence when I was 18, I'm 56 now so I've been in the game for a fair while'" said Greg "I work 12-hour shifts in my employment, but I like to keep a horse around to stay involved in the sport, it's always a little tricky to fit in working one but it's my passion and I wouldn't change it for the world." Shane Yates  

Sally Stingel and Ken Rattray realised their dream tonight at Devonport when their grand old campaigner Destreos brought up the magical three-figures with a sensational harness racing victory in the Degree C Quality. Mark Yole will go down in history as the driver who piloted the 14-year-old equine marvel to his century with an inspired drive over 1930-metres. Yole dashed Destreos up into the death-seat in the early stages outside the second favourite Modern Ruler with the popular pick Stagger Lee camped on the leaders back in third position. With the pressure on the race went up a notch at the bell, but despite the tough run Destreos was in for the fight and drew level with Modern Ruler as they raced to the 400-metre pole. Gareth Rattray sat quietly on last week’s Free-For-All winner Stagger Lee until the gap opened for the heavily backed favourite entering the back straight and he looked set to throw down the gauntlet to the leading pair. Destreos got the better of Modern Ruler at the 200-metre mark and Yole went for home, Stagger Lee had no answer to the veteran warhorse and Destreos turned for home with the 100th win firmly in his sights. Ken Rattray with Destreos after the win Destreos surged to the line to score a memorable victory full of courage and fight, the champion qualities that we have witnessed over and over again throughout his majestic 450 start career. This race took his stake earnings over the $800,000 mark. The super pacer recorded a mile rate of 1:57.7 with a 58.7 last half. Shane Yates

North West Coast harness racing fans will have the opportunity to see the best pacer racing in the state up close and personal tonight at the Devonport Raceway. The brilliant Todd Rattray-trained Harjett, winner of this year’s Easter Cup, will be shooting for its seventh straight win in his Heat of the Maxfield Drilling Raider Stakes, the Tasmanian four-year-old Championship. The Rocknroll Hanover-Our Zellweger dual Group 3 winner has won ten of its fourteen starts for owners the Rattray Family Trust and Wayne McLaughlin and will start a raging hot favourite for tonight's Heat and Final. The Tony Peterson-trained Usain Jolt is yet to recapture its two and three-year-old form but at his best would represent a danger if the popular pick was to find trouble and will have the services of leading reinsman Ricky Duggan. Sea Double Ugrant, trained by Peter Dornauf is in line for a winning hat-trick after two slashing victories in Launceston with Mark Yole in the cart but find itself taking on the silk department tonight. The Granny Smith Prelude for the four-year-old mares will be a keenly contested affair with Resurgent Dream, El Jays Mystery and Volkova Leis three of the leading chances. Gareth Rattray will partner the Shelley Barnes prepared mare Volkova Leis and is confident of a forward showing. "It's an even field, she has won two of her last four starts, we have drawn the second line along with the top chances El Jays Mystery and Resurgent Dream, Sophias Angel is going well too with two wins in a row, so I will be looking to push up early and try to get a handy position," said the champion reinsman. Gareth also takes the reins on Stagger Lee, winner of last week's 6TYo Free-For-All in Launceston.  in race two the Degree C Quality. "He bolted in last week and drawn anywhere else but inside the second line over 1930-metres I would have thought he was close to a certainty but now we are going to need a little luck in the final circuit." Gareth also faces a stiff task with the backmarker Chief Destroyer in the Sheffield Cup coming off the 30-metre Handicap. "The Chief will be well suited by the 2645-metre journey, the further the better for him, he gives 100% everytime he steps out and that's a big advantage when your driving horses like that," said Gareth. "Major Callum is similar in race five, we are out the back on the 20-metre mark, but he's won seven from the stand for Brooke Hammond, he begins well so I will look to get away smartly and make an early move." The first of an exciting nine-event card at Devonport gets underway at 16.29 and can be viewed via the live stream service at By Shane Yates

The 6TYO Free For All is the feature of tonight’s exciting eight event Launceston Pacing Club harness racing card. Stagger Lee has performed in sensational fashion at its two Tasmanian runs at the track, a first-up second to Isaac in its heat of the Maxfield Drilling Easter Cup after doing all the work and kicking clear at the top of the stretch. In the Cup Final the Maree Caldow-trained Major In Art–Let’s Go Cullen six-year-old gelding ran a gallant third behind the brilliant Harjet and although beaten by 24.3-metres was still putting in strongly on the line. John Caldow has the advantage of drawing four on the front line tonight with Stagger Lee and will no doubt be looking for a softer run than its punishing Easter Cup Series assignments. Isaac (pictured), which ran down Stagger Lee on heat night, has drawn in six and will have the services of Rodney Ashwood. The Juanita McKenzie-trained American Ideal–Twice as Sly eight-year-old gelding put up an unbelievable Heat performance but was disappointing on face-value in the Cup final running eleventh but is more than capable of bouncing back tonight. The Steve Lukac-trained No Spring Secrets is in search of a winning hat-trick but faces a rise in class and a tricky outside front-line draw. The Tell All–Spring Ball six-year-old gelding has claimed some massive scalps of late, defeating Scooterwillrev and 2016 Easter Cup winner Riverboat Jasper with paralysing finishing sprints. The ever consistent Black Centurian, trained by Steven Davis, chased Harjeet home in its Cup Heat before finishing fourth in the Final after being involved in a titanic battle for the placings. Gareth Rattray will have every chance to position the Jr Mint-Mon Poppy Mary eight-year-old gelding precisely where he wants him after the scratching of Scooterwillrev brings him into gate two behind the Tasracing mobile over the 2200-metre journey. Michael Smith's All Style Sammy has drawn the pole and will be handled by Rohan Hillier but takes on the silk department while the grand old campaigner Destreos has his sights set on notching up the magical 1ooth career win for Ken Rattray. Destreos will start from outside the second line from behind the mobile but is rated as one of the outsiders in the field of nine at around $33.00 in early markets. Tonights Launceston Pacing Club meeting commences at 17.38 and can be viewed on live stream service at Watch Harjeet demoralise the top hopes in tonight's 6TYO Free-For-All in the Maxfield Drilling Easter Cup. Shane Yates

Harness racing trainer James Rattray burst to prominence on the National scene with his association with the all-conquering Tasmanian Champion pacer Beautide. As trainer-driver of the family bred and raced star, twice named Australian Horse Of the Year for his dual Inter-Dominion and Miracle Mile successes, the spotlight was on the well-travelled young man from Longford. While brother Gareth was racking up Drivers Premiership after Premiership here in Tasmania, James was furthering his family gained knowledge of the industry he loves overseas, honing his skills and expertise. His return to Australia was well timed as a young Beautide was emerging on the scene and their highly successful association has become Tasmanian folklore and no doubt enthused aspiring young harness fans to become involved in the industry. James is determined to scale to those dizzy heights again with his current three-year-old superstar  Ignatius. Bred by the Rattray Family trust and raced by brother Todd's partner Lyrae Graham, the Roll With Joe-Ashkilini three-year-old took another step toward the summit with a victory on Tuesday at Menangle in New South Wales. The bay gelding ( pictured) notched up its tenth win from 11 career starts, as the $1.20 favourite, with a seemingly effortless performance winning by 7.8-metres in an electric mile-rate of 1:54 without moving out of second gear. "I'm very happy with the way he's going, that was his fifth straight win this season after capping off his two-year-old campaign with a victory in the NSW Breeders Crown Two Year Old Final," said James. "He did all I asked of him today, we went to the front a thousand from home and he rolled away from his rivals turning for the run to the judge winning in good style." Ignatius means the fiery one and like his illustrious former stable star, Beautide knows when to fire up come race day. "He's very similar to 'Beau' in many ways, he's got a lovely character until he hits the track then he goes for a buck and a jump, I know he's on when he does that, he's not there to take any prisoners that for sure," laughed James. With Ignatius scoring 10 wins from 11 starts, James has his eyes set on the upcoming feature Classic's. "We've mapped out his campaign for the season and we are aiming him at the rich Breeders Challenge here at Menangle and the Breeders Crown later in the season." All Tasmanian harness followers will be watching his performances closely, one fact we know for sure Ignatius is in good hands for the climb ahead in a bid to reach the summit. Shane Yates for Tasracing

It's already been a huge week for Women in Racing with the successful staging of the Inaugural Australian Female Jockey's Championship at the Sky Racing Centre on Wednesday night in Launceston and it's about to become even bigger. The Australian Female Drivers Championship will be conducted by the Launceston Pacing Club tonight with the Nation's best in action over the nine-event Series. The big guns of the sport, Kerryn Manning,  Kate Gath, Amanda Turnbull and Danielle Hill are on the way for the Championship as are the new breed of young drivers such as Queensland sisters Dannielle and Narissa McMullen and Western Australian representatives Deni Roberts and Jocelyn Young. Tasmania will rely on the experience and brilliance of Team Teal ambassador Natalee Emery (pictured) and her young compatriot Kristy Grant to stand firm against the mainland invasion. Natalee is a highly respected driver on the National scene while Kristy is giving away years of experience to the major players in the Series. Both drivers have a great chance to pick up valuable points in race two with Kristy handling the ribbons on the Wayne Campbell-trained Buster William while Nat will steer Koolaz Elvis. Buster William is in search of its fifth win of the season and the seventh of his career and has come up with a perfect draw in two. In early markets, Buster William is an equal favourite with the Rohan Hillier-trained last start winner Im Compliant, to be handled by Danielle Hill. Koolaz Elvis is a last-start Latrobe Cup winner over Buster William and Natalee will more than likely try to lead on the Todd Rattray prepared four-year-old. Kristy has another tremendous chance to be amongst the action in race four with the NWTLHA winner Dapper Dana. The Bettors Delight - Ok Deb gelding is awkwardly drawn in five on the second line, but has won 11 races in a 35 start career and is more than capable of making it 12. Natalee's hopes of claiming the title received a boost when the Lynniemach marble fell her way. The Paul Ashwood prepared four-year-old is in the top three in the market in race six over a mile. The Mach Three-Boldandbeautiful mare is in quest of her third win of the season and the 10th of her career. Kent Rattray's El Jay's Monza will provide Natalee with another top hope in race eight, the four-year-old gelding has been placed at her last three runs and has drawn the coveted pole position over 2200-metres. The eyes of the nation will be focused on Launceston with live coverage, hosted by Duncan Dornauf, commencing at 17.00 via the live stream service at Shane Yates

North West Coast owners Nathan Rockliff and Peter Webb celebrated one of their biggest wins in harness racing on Sunday night in Hobart when Poker Storm claimed the Top Of The Town Bakery New Norfolk Pacing Cup in slashing style. The Trump Casino – Cameo Mist ten-year-old gelding also provided his career-long trainer-driver Adrian Duggan with a hometown Cup success story. “It was a thrill to win the New Norfolk Cup, I’m from the Valley so it was very satisfying and to win for Peter and Nathan was even better, they are great owners and have been since they first asked me to take him as a two-year-old after he had been broken in by Brett Jaffray.” Poker Storm (pictured – No.13) came off the 20-metre mark in the Cup and settled well back in the field before Adrian made his move approaching the bell, latching onto the back of Sheer Strength and grabbing a cart into the race. As the Cup field turned for home Duggan pulled Poker Storm to the centre of the track and scorched home over the top of the gallant favourite Full Speed Ahead in the shadows of the post to win by a half-head. “He’s won 19 races, run 38 placings and picked up $135,000 in prize money so he’s been a great money spinner for connections and the stable,” said Adrian. “Storm is just a little below the top bracket, but he gives 110% every time he steps out on the track, he’s won an Ulverstone Cup and ran third in the Devonport Cup,” Adrian remembered fondly. “There’s no doubt one of his biggest runs was when he ran fourth in the Maxfield Drilling Raider Stakes when Quastor Centurion and Beautide fought out a memorable finish, I couldn’t get a run in the straight and we only finished 4.5-metres from the two stars.” Shane Yates

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