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Ben Yole cranked up his bid to smash his own state training record of 124 wins by successfully preparing 50% of the 6-race card in Devonport on Sunday night, taking his 2018/2019 tally to 111. The Sidmouth trainer snared three winners, Black Ops (pictured - No 6) backed up from its outstanding victory in Launceston on Friday night, Ready To Fire and Blacklist, on debut in the state. "Black Ops has a new lease of life, we have just bought another property with areas of bush on it and we've been working him up through there, he has already won three races in April and we are only half way through the month," said Ben. "His win on Friday night was tremendous, he found the front with good gate speed and Troy (McDonald) rated him well from there, the tempo lifted in the third quarter running 29.3 seconds and he was pulling hard but when Troy went for him at the top of the home stretch he still had enough in the tank to hold them off." Black Ops drew poorly outside the front line in Devonport in the John McKenna Race Night Vet Pace over 2297 metres. "Troy had no option but to ease back at the start and he was able to find cover just worse than midfield before hooking three-wide going down the back a lap and a half out, Troy has a good feel for him and they sat three wide to the 400 before finding the death and hitting the front turning for home, he doesn't respond to the persuader so Troy just had to urge him to the line and he got home by half-neck," Yole said. "Ready to Fire scored a soft win for Samantha Gangell, she found the one-out one-back position and cruised up to them in the home straight and Blacklistshowed early speed to lead and raced home to score impressively by six metres." Kent Rattray and John Walters continued their winning run with Karalta Moondance winning the first after coming in for solid support, Yodellin Cowgirlheld off the fast-finishing Mostly Spirit to win by a head for Kristy Butler and Gareth Rattray with Flashy Ruler cruising home in the last for John Castles and Rohan Hillier.   Shane Yates

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

Two trainers dominated Sunday night’s Launceston Pacing Club meeting at the TAB Racing Centre, Ben Yole cemented his place at the top of the Premiership table with an amazing run of five winners while Kent Rattray nailed a winning double on the eight-event card. Kent’s winners were Karalta Kruise (pictured) which was sent the popular pick after opening up at $5.00 and tumbling into $3.40 in race two The Bevan Lee’s Butchery Pace over 2200-metres and Jimi Sanz in the Jubilee Bakery Two Year Old. However, the weekend wasn’t all plain sailing for the Lietinna trainer. “The wheels had literally fallen off on Friday night after the races, I didn’t make it any further than Kempton and a wheel came off the float so it was a bit of task to get the horses home, Todd (Rattray) took one and Marc (Butler) chipped in as well so that was handy but it meant a hectic day Saturday getting everything sorted,” said Kent. “We had a change of fortune Sunday luckily, I took my $20 to have on Karalta Kruise thinking I’d get $8.00 but it was already into $3.70, but a winner’s a winner, he was a little stiff not to win the last start and when John (Walters) was able to find the top I was confident he would be hard to run down.” Karalta Kruise gave nothing else a chance in the straight coming away on the line to score by 6.8 metres after running home in a smart 57.8 seconds. Rattray’s Rock N Roll Heaven-Soho Knightly colt Jimi Sanz ($7.40) was having just his second start at the sports after running last on debut in Hobart behind Missin Rock. “He’s beautifully bred and a really nice type, he’s a real Denis the Menace, if there is trouble around he will either cause it or find it,” said Kent. “He ran 60-metres off last in Hobart on debut but we made a slight gear change and that made all the difference, he found the lead early and was then challenged by the favourite Kohanah ($1.20) but he responded like a good horse and when the heat was turned up on the home corner he was in for the fight, they had a great battle up the straight but Jimi got there by a half-head, if he pulls up well we will press on to the Golden Slipper in a fortnight.” Ben Yole’s sensational night saw the Sidmouth trainer in the winners stall on five occasions. Border Cross started the run when Samantha Gangell guided the seven-year-old to his first Tasmanian win at odds of $48.10, Troy McDonald charged to an eight-metre win with Northview Dave in the fourth of the night before Gareth Rattray made it three straight for the stable leading all the way with Artarama. Stuey D took the honours in the Trotters Handicap for Mark Yole who then promptly followed up with an inspired drive on the Allen Williams Memorial final winner Nor Westa which ran favourite in the last scoring by 4.3-metres.   Shane Yates

Trainer Ben Yole picked up his second bag of four winners for the weekend with another successful night at Devonport on Sunday. Fresh from winning four races on Friday night in Hobart Yole wasted no time in adding to his tally taking out the Sky Racing Allen Williams Memorial Final with three-year-old filly Nor Westa, driven by Mark Yole. "I thought it's a terrific win, she won her heat impressively at Devonport late in February at double-figure odds and she backed that up tonight with a powerful sprint coming from the tail of the field to win running away by nine metres," said Ben "Mark (Yole) found the back of the odds-on favourite Dusty Martini in the last circuit and he brought her into the race before peeling off his back putting them away with a great turn of foot out wide." The Yole stable continued its domination with Samantha Gangell guiding Miss Condoleezza to the line in the Tasracing Leigh Plunkett Mares feature. "Miss Condoleezza (pictured) won last time out at Devonport a fortnight ago at big odds and backed up again at double figures ($12.00), her job was made easier when the short-priced favourite Western Glory ($1.60) unfortunately broke gear going into the first turn," said the Sidmouth trainer. "Samantha rated her well in front and she responded strongly when tackled by Volkova Leis down the back straight to race clear to win by 7 metres down the home stretch." Gangell completed a driving double when the consistent eight-year-old I'm Full Tilt took the honours in the Collins Homes Pace. "Sam is showing the benefit of regular drives she has become a vital member of our team, she watches and she listens and is not afraid of hard work, on the track she is backing her judgement and it's paying dividends for the stable," said Yole. "I'm Full Tilt came from third last at the thousand to hit the front on the home turn and career away from his rivals for a convincing 12-metre win, his second win for the month after scoring in Hobart. Hez The One followed up his victory in Hobart on Friday night to nail his second win for the weekend in his trademark style, unleashing a paralysing sprint. "Rohan (Hadley) held him up for one crack at them and he was able to come from last inside the 400-metre mark to gun them down in the straight," said Ben. "Hez The One picked up three races last season, that's his third already this year and the way he's going there may be another one or two in him." The victory capped off a great night for Bridport trainer-driver Rohan Hadley, saluting the judge on three occasions in the sulky with the Shelley Barnes prepared Yatsenyuk Leis, first-up from a seven-month spell in the Lucas Hotel Latrobe Cup, his four-year-old Alaphilippe and Hez The One in The Claimer. Ideal Bliss bounced back from her luckless run in the George Johnson to nail her third win for the season from four starts winning the marathon for Paul Hill and Ricky Duggan while Colby Sanz broke through for his first win in the two-year-old for Kent Rattray and John Walters. Shane Yates

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

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

Resurgent Spirit returned home from Victoria to storm to victory in the second heat of the Triple M Tasmania Cup on Sunday night at TAB Park Elwick in Hobart. The American Ideal-Resurgent Star eight-year-old returned to the scene of a number of his former glories as the state’s top Juvenile, to firmly throw his hat in the ring for Tasmania’s Premier harness event on next weekend’s Tasmanian Trotting Club’s ‘Super Saturday’ of racing. Resurgent Spirit, under the care of breeder and owner Roger Whitmore, enjoyed a run of 13 straight wins to begin his career as a two and three-year-old and had won 21 of 30 starts on the track going into last night’s run. Resurgent Spirit now resides in Victoria under the watchful eye of Kate Hargreaves and Alex Ashwood at their Shelbourne stables and returned to Tasmania with the Cup his mission. “It was great to have Resurgent Spirit home during the week in the lead-up to Sunday’s heat and a thrill to watch him race again but Kate and Alex do such a marvellous job with him, we know he’s in good hands, their work ethic is amazing and their attention to care for your horse is second to none, they deserve all the success in the world,” said Roger. “Alex handled Resurgent Spirit to perfection, he told me on Thursday that he wanted the back of Gavin Lang on Sicario and out sprint him late and everything went to script sprinting home powerfully to defeat the top three fancies, Sicario ($2.80), War Dan ($3.80) and Shelby Bromac ($2.30).” Resurgent Spirit flew under the radar in his heat, sent out a $41 chance but is sure to start one of the leading hopes in Saturday’s Final. “Alex is staying the week to ensure no stone is left unturned in the lead-up to the final, he looks as if he has pulled up well and I’m looking forward to taking him down to the beach, we spent a lot of time there together when he was a youngster so that will bring back some nice memories, which makes his win even more special.” Shane Yates

Carrick trainer Brian Mackrill enjoyed a successful night at Burnie on Sunday landing a winning double with two well-supported favourites to become the punter’s pin-up boy on the seven-event card. Brian applied the polish to former maiden performer Class Tells in the opening race on the card in a heat of the Allen Williams Memorial Heat and then and followed up with Berty Mack scoring the third win of its career in the Kelly’s Waste Management Pace. Class Tells ran the popular pick ($2.60) and favourite punters were on good terms with themselves as John Walters retained the lead on the four-year-old mare through the first turn. “I was feeling good when she was able to hold them out early and when the second-elect Lille was posted in the death my confidence started to grow, she travelled well throughout and there is no better rater of a leader than John Walters so I knew she would have something in hand for when the late challenges came,” said Brian. “Yodellin Cowgirl was the one to come at her late, Class Tells ran a really nice third to her when first-up at Carrick at her last run finishing third only 2.5-metres away at big odds of fifty to one, they fought out the finish again and this time we came out on top.” Prior to the victory Classic Tells had raced 28 times for eight placings. “Even though she had failed to salute the judge prior to Sunday she had run some solid races for us, Maree and I bred her from our former race mare Sheez Classical so it’s always nice to pick up a win with the one you’ve bred.” Brian wasted no time being back in the winner’s circle with Berty Mack ($2.70) finishing powerfully to run down the leader Mighty Spark. “It was only his second run back from a six month break, he ran a top second to a smart one in Peaceful Thomas at Carrick a fortnight ago and he ran right up to that form sprinting quickly in the straight, Gareth (Rattray) positioned him perfectly just in behind the leader and when the gap came turning for home ‘Berty’ (pictured) was travelling well enough to pounce,” said Brian. “He’s always shown us he has his fair share of ability with his previous two wins coming at Devonport, he’s come back well from the break and we have worked on a few quirks he’s had so hopefully he can pick up another win or two this season.” Berty Mack’s win was the middle pin of a winning treble for Gareth Rattray who had earlier steered the John Castles prepared pacer Keep Playing (3.40) to back-to-back victories before finishing off the night guiding Melissa Maine’s Another Swinger ($4.90) to success in the Claimer. Bianca Heenan and Hannah van Dongen continued their march toward respective premiership success, combining with Miss Atomic Betty,($3.50) recent addition to Bianca’s stable. Connor Crook’s recent acquisition Chilla Breeze ($3.90 fav) continues to pay dividends scoring his second win in his last four starts with a powerful 16-metre win while Rohan Hillier surged the Ben Yole-trained 20-metre backmarker Stylish Trend ($6.40)to the front after only 300-metres, before going on to score a sensational five-metre win. Shane Yates

Former Victorian trotter Majestic Ess Jay made an outstanding debut in Tasmania to claim the first heat of the Aldebaran Park Tasmanian Trotting Cup in Hobart on Friday night. The Eric Jacobson-trained eight-year-old gelding (pictured) galloped away and lost an enormous amount of ground at the start and looked to have lost all hope but the veteran of 94 starts had other ideas. "We've only had him over for a fortnight and when I worked him during the week I thought we may have pulled the right rein in leasing him as he felt strong in his action, but when he missed the start so badly and stood up Trumps Golden Boy a good 80-metres I thought our tickets were confetti," said Eric. "Admittedly they went slow up front and he tacked on without expending too much energy and when Ray (Pullen) chose to go round them and find the top with a lap to run my spirits rose a little." Trumps Golden Boy, in search of its fifth straight win for Bianca Heenan, pulled out to issue his challenge inside the 400-metre mark and the race was well and truly on. "Considering the work Majestic Ess Jay ($3.40) was forced to do early I thought we may be in trouble but Ray held him together into the home straight and he went powerfully to the post," said a delighted trainer. "When you take a close look at his recent Victorian form Majestic Ess Jay should have something to offer here in Tasmania, in his last run on the mainland he lost 60-metres in the race where there was a track-record set and the owners said they clocked him running a mile-rate of 1:57.5  to get up and run sixth, 18-metres off the winner." Harjeet ($1.00) waltzed home in the Metropolitan Cup scoring by 13-metres for Todd Rattray who capped off his night with success in the last race with Arthur Elliot winning at its second career outing. Ben Yole landed a race-to-race double with Troy McDonald steering home Hez The One ($15) to its second win for the month while Australian Female Drivers Championship state representative Samantha Gangell lifted the bolter Northview Dave ($21) over the line in the Yak Ales Pace. Favourite punters landed some blows of their own with the Bianca Heenan-trained Swap Me  ($2.50) continuing its great form, Couta Rocks ($1.80) bounced back into the winner's list for Marc Butler while last season's Sweepstakes and Dandy Patch winner Resurgent Storm ($1.40) recorded a stylish first-up win as a three-year-old for Roger Whitmore.   Shane Yates

Tasmania's dynamic pacer Harjeet is set to add the Metropolitan Cup to his long list of major race successes at tonight's Tasmanian Trotting Club meeting at TAB Park Hobart. The local champion (pictured) has won 15 of his 22 career starts including the Easter Cup, Tassie Golden Apple, Raider Stakes and Hobart Pacing Cup and is shooting for straight wins in tonight's 2579-metre staying test. he Todd Rattray-trained Rocknroll Hanover-Our Zellweger five-year-old gelding will start solo on the second line and has been served up as a $1.04 favourite for the feature event. The first heat of the inaugural Aldebaran Park Tasmanian Trotting Cup will be conducted tonight as part of the Club's commitment to reinvigorate trotting in the state. Trumps Golden Boy broke through for its first win in the state after ten starts but has now strung together four on the trot for trainer Bianca Heenan. The six-year-old gelding will start off the 10-metre handicap and has been installed the $1.75 favourite ahead of the Eric Jacobson prepared Majestic Ess Jay at $3.90. The former Victorian eight-year-old trotter will make its debut in the state with a record of 94 career starts for 16 wins and 30 placings. The TAB is offering an 'Any 2' Jackpot of $11,849.50 on the opening race on the card. All you need to do is pick out two runners you think can finish in the first three placings to be a part of the action or box up any number of runners for a full dividend declared return or at a cheaper cost a percentage of the dividend. Race one is the Rexel North Hobart Pace and Tasracing's harness racing experts Jamie Cockshutt and Duncan Dornauf are selecting the in-form runners Swap Me (No.2), Real Diamond (No.1) and Shadow Control (No.8) to fight out the finish with Duncan tipping Forever Ours as his outside chance at odds.   Shane Yates

Tasmanian champion four-year-old Ignatius suffered from another horror draw in Saturday night's Group 1 $200,000 Chariots Of Fire. Trainer-driver James Rattray had no other option than to press forward in the early stages from a wide draw, but was trapped three-wide through the first turn in a scintillating first quarter of 26 seconds and drew up into the death seat through the second split of 27.9-seconds. The enormous effort started to take its toll in the home stretch as the Emma Stewart trained Poster Boy, with Chris Alford in the sulky, swamped the early speed setters to claim the Chariots Of Fire and record a mile-rate of 1:49.1. Ignatius battled on courageously in the straight to finish ninth, 15.3-metres from the winner.   Shane Yates

Todd and James Rattray have enjoyed a glorious run with their star pacer Ignatius, tonight at Menangle they plan another step in the successful journey with a tilt at victory in the Group 1 Chariots Of Fire. Ignatius earned his place in the $200,000 4YO feature with a sensational win in last week’s Group 2 Paleface Adios Stakes. “He couldn’t be better than he is right now, Todd has prepared him perfectly for this campaign, he has eased him through a slight setback in January and got him right for the trip,” said James. “His run last week to win the Paleface Adios Stakes was certainly one of his best ever performances and has him primed for an all-out assault on the Group 1 tonight against the best in the land.” Ignatius drew wide in the Paleface Adios and did some early work out three-wide through the first turn before James found the death-seat outside the favourite Chase Auckland. “Chase Auckland and Ignatius have drawn almost identical gates to last week, Chase Auckland is in one again we are again out wide in eight but Ignatius returned his career best mile-rate of 1:50.2 to beat him last time and he has felt even better at home during the week,” said James. “Chase Auckland, Poster Boy, Picard and Ashley Locaz are all topliners but they will know Ignatius is there when the pressure is on turning for home over 1609-metres, the winner receives an invitation to the Miracle Mile so there’s a lot on the line.” Todd made the trip to Sydney during the week and was there to keep a close eye on Ignatius as he was taken into the Retention Barn at Menangle Park on Thursday. “He’s looking and feeling great, he put up a great performance last week and that will have just topped him off perfectly for the Chariots,” said Todd. “Ignatius couldn’t be in better hands than James, we have a great relationship, racing to us has always been a family affair, we all share the ups and downs together and that’s the way it should be, let’s hope we all have something to celebrate tonight.”   Shane Yates

Northdown trainer Geoff Smith is riding the crest of a winning wave with another winning double in Launceston on Sunday night, and loving it. Geoff has enjoyed his best start to a calendar year for a decade with five winners coming in five weeks which has seen him catapult into eighth spot on the trainer’s premiership table. Aitutaki (pictured), driven by John Walters, came from a mile back on the home turn to win the Dakin Refrigeration Stakes over 1680 metres while Vapour Glenn burst through late to take out the Carlton Draught Pace. “They are flying for me at the moment, both horses scored impressive wins at Scottsdale in January and then they both ran fourth at their next start and have bounced back strongly tonight” said Geoff. “We had a sulky change out on the track with Aitutaki but fortunately that didn’t interfere with his performance, John (Walters) has worked him out, he needs to be held up until the 300-metre mark and then let him loose.” Aitutaki, formerly in the care of owner Adrian Duggan, has had six runs for Geoff for six cheques. “When we got him he was out of the draw, we changed some gear and re-shod him and worked him out of a paddock, and not that hard he seems to be thriving at the moment with two wins, two placings and two fourths,” said the Northdown trainer. “Vapour Glenn really surprised me tonight, Rohan (Hadley) found a gap late in the straight and he surged through to hit the line strongly.” Geoff admitted winners have been a little light on in recent years but is hoping things are heading in the right direction. “We’ve had Midair Meltdown win at Devonport recently and we’ve got a few good types coming through including a full-sister to my old stager Dodgermemate, she’s a two-year-old and moves well so I have hopes set high with her, but for now we are enjoying our start to the year,” said Geoff. Gareth Rattray steered home a winning double on the eight-event card with the Dick Eaves prepared El Jays Mystery running down the popular pick Inner Light in the shadows of the post to win by a head and completed a race-to-race double with Brooke Hammond’s Moonlite Bay notching up its second win from just three career starts taking out the Harry Holgate Memorial Final. Rowley won the opener for Sally Stingel and Paul Ashwood, The Aussie powered away with the Discretionary for Devonport Cup winning duo Juanita McKenzie and Rod Ashwood while Riley Coyote scored its first win for over two years for Steve Lukac and Rohan Hillier and Ben Yole and Natalee Emery combined with Jeans Mattjesty to win the Claimer. Shane Yates

Tasmania’s champion pacer Ignatius took another giant step in his quest for Chariots Of Fire glory by winning Saturday night’s Group 2 Paleface Adios Stakes at Menangle. Ignatius scored one of the most sensational victories of his illustrious career to assure himself a berth in the $200,000 four-year-old Group 1 Classic. Despite again having no luck with the barrier draw, starting from barrier nine in a field of 10, James Rattray went forward in the early stages and found cover out three-wide on the track before running to the death at the thousand-metre mark. With quarters of 28 seconds and 29 seconds behind them, Ignatius applied the blow torch to the race favourite Chase Auckland ($1.75) as they thundered through the third quarter in 26.7 seconds. Turning for home James called upon his champion for the supreme effort and just as he has done throughout his career Ignatius responded. The Lyrae Rattray-owned four-year-old (pictured) showed all of his courage and superstar qualities to take the lead and stave off the challenges down the never-ending Menangle home straight to win by a half-neck in his career-best time of 1:50.2 seconds. “He went great, his two runs back this campaign have been enormous, he seems to have pulled up well from last night and is keen to get out into the paddock this morning,” said James. “He went to the post strongly and felt comfortable when holding off the challenges over the last 400-metres, I couldn’t hope for him to be in better shape, the Chariots Of Fire has always been his target and he will be right in the finish, we are due for a good draw so fingers crossed for that to be this week.” The amazing victory was the 17th of a 21 start career for the Roll With Joe-Ashkalini gelding. Shane Yates

Tasmanian champion Harjeet stamped his authority over the state’s top pacers in the $25,000 Triple M Hobart Pacing Cup on Sunday. The five-year-old Rocknroll Hanover-Our Zellweger gelding, trained and driven by Todd Rattray, showed his class over the staying trip of 2579-metres to win by 5.2-metres over a gallant Isaac. “We got a nice run through from outside the second line and settled just worse than midfield and when the pace slackened I thought it was time to wander up toward the lead and test the waters a little,” said Todd. “Harjeet (pictured) travelled up to the leaders smoothly so we just rolled past and he travelled sweetly from there, when we lifted the tempo inside the last half it was really only Isaac that could go with him.”. Isaac, the Juanita McKenzie-trained Devonport Cup winner, switched to the Roberts Sprint lane at the top of the home straight and closed within two metres but the champ had other ideas. “To his credit Isaac got a little close for comfort at one stage,we thought Harjeet would run on a little better than he did but he had switched off and was drifting up the track, the motor kicked in again when he knew he was being challenged and he got the job done (5.2-metres) so hopefully he’ll be better next start.” Harjeet is now an M3 so if heading the way of the Tasmania Cup and Easter Cup he will be looking at a 30-metre handicap or there may be a trip to the mainland on the cards. “I will have to talk to the owners, we would like to take him over at some stage, we’d have to make sure he’s right in himself but it might be time now,” said Todd. “He gets away well from the stand now and puts himself in it but obviously you still have to make up that ground too, Scooterwillrev is still an MO and he’s a pretty good horse and there are few others around.” Todd capped of a successful day with Joogle breaking her maiden status in the $10,000  TTC Members Pace. Bianca Heenan kept her sensational season rolling by training a winning double with Trumps Golden Boy taking out the Aldebaran Park Hobart Trotting Cup and Alta Surreal, with Hannah Van dongen in the cart, capturing its fourth win of the season. Hannah went on to extend her lead in the Leading Female Drivers award steering the Mark Reggett prepared Dasher Houli to back-to-back victories by taking out the Tab Park Elwick Pace. The heavily backed Beam Me Up Chopper ($3.50) put up a herculean performance to win in the Crown Lager Pace for Kate MacLeod after being never closer than three off the peg line while Ektoras overcame an outside draw to salute at odds of $31.00 in the Olympus Feeds P ace. Four-year-old mare Ideal Bliss, guided by Rohan Hillier, returned victorious from an eight-month spell for Paul Hill while Tilly Max made a successful debut for trainer-driver Paul Ashwood in the two-year-old. Shane Yates for tasracing.com.au

Bridport trainer-driver Rohan Hadley stole the show at Friday night’s Launceston Pacing Club meeting at the TAB Racing Centre. Hadley, one of Tasmania’s premier drivers, saluted the judge on three occasions, twice with well-supported runners from his own stable in Believe In Forever ($2.50 fav) and Secluded Beach ($2.80) and once with the Shelley Barnes prepared Volkova Leis ($21.10). Believe In Forever, a four-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven-Close Embrace gelding, has won five of its seven starts since arriving in the state in May of last year including the last three on the trot. “He got the job done tonight, we got a nice cart into the race out three-wide on the back of Miracle Marcus until the 400-metre mark when we had to go five-wide and he finished off well,” said Rohan. “There is a $12,000 C3-4 at Devonport on Cup night that should suit, so we will see how he pulls up after tonight but that would be the preferred option at this stage.” Secluded Beach (pictured) has also had seven outings in the state, winning four and finishing runner-up three times. “Secluded Beach has put in some smart runs since arriving in Tasmania and run quick times, he’s had a couple of good tussles with Buster William and come out on top and he wore him down again in the straight tonight after a two-horse war all the way,” said Rohan. “There is a C6-9 race in Hobart in two weeks time and I’d like to race him through to Free-For-All company or we might give him one more run and then give him a break with the idea of setting him for a campaign to achieve that task.” Believe In Forever and Secluded Beach are both owned by David Maffey, Peter Hayes and Murray James in Western Australia. Hadley’s third winner for the night came courtesy of the Shelley Barnes-trained Volkova Leis($21.10) in the third heat of the Harry Holgate Memorial, the five-year-old mare was taken forward from ninth at the bell to commence the three-wide train. The favourite Mahksman hit the front on the home bend but Volkova Leis swallowed him up quickly before bravely staving off challenges from Im Full Tilt and Levi Jimmy. “She hasn’t had a lot of luck with the draws over short trips of late and Shelley has her going well now, she can win again on that run,” said the Bridport horseman. Shane Yates

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