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The Autumn Harness Racing Carnival came to a close in Launceston on Saturday night with the Group 2 Ladbrokes Easter Cup, which saw Scooterwillrev lead home a locally trained trifecta. There has been plenty of harness racing in Launceston over the past three weeks, and it continues again this week with racing on Sunday night anda. program also being held in Devonport on Friday night. The Stars Scooterwillrev – was brilliant in the 2021 Easter Cup after stepping straight to the lead in the 2698-metre event. He was well rated in front by Gareth Rattray, who claimed his first Easter Cup. It was also the first win in the race for trainer Craig Hayes who did an outstanding job to get the pacer to peak second-up in the Group 2 race. Lightning Jash – Victorian trainer Kate Hargraves has a handy strike rate when she brings horses to the Apple Isle, and this Autumn Carnival mission was no different when she claimed the first feature two-year-old race in the state for the year, the Keith Stanley Debutante Stakes with Lightning Jash. Driver Alex Ashwood said the pacer would have a spell before tackling some features later in the season. Wave The Hat – claimed the time-honoured Allen Williams Memorial Final for the maiden pacers. The pacer enjoyed a solid early tempo before proving too good in a race that was a survival of the fittest late. Be Major Threat – showed brilliant standing start manners to settle in a forward position to take out the Kevin Gillies Memorial, ending up behind the leader, reinsman Ben Woodford drove a patient race working into clear racing room at the top of the home straight to go on a score a narrow win. Moonlite Bay – was undoubtedly one of the more impressive winners of the Launceston card when 1.1s outside Scooterwillrev’s 2200-metre track record. After working forward in a handy lead time, the pacer was then forced to hold the lead with the first three-quarters of the final mile all recorded under 30.0s and was still able to prove too strong late. Multiple Winners Hobart – Friday afternoon Ben Yole – training quartet; Yellow Taxi, Southern Gnp, Lives A Jungle and War Chest. Conor Crook – driving double; Beau Garcon and Southern Gnp. Launceston – Saturday evening Alex Ashwood – driving double; Lightning Jasha and Moonlite Bay. Tasracing Calculated Sectionals Hobart – Friday afternoon My Ultimate Romeo 56.84s, Ol Titch 57.19s, Live For Peace 57.22, Ifbutzandmaybes 57.30s and Black Ops 57.32s. Launceston – Saturday evening Easter Cup: Izaha 55.68s, Yorkshire 55.71s, Ryley Major 55.75s, Our Princess Tiffany 55.90s and Our Princess Tiffany 55.90s. Remaining races: Be Major Threat 55.99s, Gone And Forgotten 56.02s, Sea Double Ugrant 56.06s, Still Hungover 56.14s and The Red Moon Rising 56.38s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart – Friday afternoon Hit’s: Ifbutzandmaybes $6.00 into $5.50, Southern Gnp $41 into $12 and War Chest $6.00 into $3.90. Defied The Drift: Beau Garcon $2.05 out to $2.30, Yellow Taxi $17 out to $21, Life A Jungle $10 out to $14 and Top Hanover $3.40 out to $4.60. Missed: Magic Owens $3.40 into $2.50, My Ultimate Major $3.30 into $2.40, Keep Playing $9.00 into $6.00, Mach Charm $9.00 into $5.50, Eye See Double $3.70 into $2.90, Heza Rummage $8.00 into $5.50, Black Ops $3.70 into $2.90 and Guys Bettor Bet $4.40 into $3.20. Launceston – Saturday evening Hit’s: Lightning Jash $1.26 into $1.20, Wave The Hat $10 into $9.50 and Jaffa Josh $1.40 into $1.14. Defied The Drift: Debt Till We Part $14 out to $16, Barooga Rock $2.40 out to $3.00, Micton Aroha $5.50 out to $6.50, Scooterwillrev $9.00 out to $17, Be Major Threat $10 out to $18, Moonlite Bay $5.00 out to $7.00 and Racketeers Boy $1.90 out to $2.25. Missed: Always A Stride $5.50 into $4.00, Origin Tara $11 into $8.00, Kennys Killer $3.30 into $2.90, Tommys Denial $2.90 into $2.50, Willie Go West $2.50 onto $2.00, The Red Moon Rising $2.25 into $1.70, Deadly Assassin $5.00 into $4.40, Stormont Star $7.50 into $6.00 and Some Dan $26 into $15. Trial File Devonport – Monday evening Four trials were held on Monday where Liam Older had his first night of driving at the trials and he walked away with a winner when the Ben Yole-trained Aha Reaction recorded the quickest mile rate of the night in 2m 1.9s for the 1930-metre trip. Racing outside the leader, the gelded son of Auckland Reactor proved too tough over the concluding stages for the leader, Maybe Jack, with a half-head separating the duo. Other winners included: Booker Bay (2m 9.3s), Family Feelgood (2m 9.0s) and Christian Jaz (2m 4.1s) Week Ahead Friday: Devonport host Friday night racing where the $12,000 Patrons Marathon is the feature race for horses with a national rating of 70 or better over the 2645-metre trip. Saturday: Carrick Park trials revert to the Saturday morning time slot, with the first trial scheduled for 9:00. There is plenty of Tasmanian interest at Menangle, with Ignatius contesting a Group 3 event, plus his stablemates Zhukov Leis and Jigamaroo going around. Jigamaroo will be driven by Charlie Castles, who will be having his first metropolitan drive outside of Tasmania. Sunday: Launceston race once again with a Tier One meeting in the twilight zone. Monday: Trials will be held in Hobart from 17:30.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

It was a big night for trainer Dean Braun and driver Anthony Butt in Launceston on Sunday night, with the duo combining to take out both heats of the Group 2 Ladbrokes Easter Cup. Our Princess Tiffany ($1.85 out to $3.30) was without a doubt the most impressive heat winner when coming from last in a fast half to score. Butt positioned the daughter of Art Major at the tail end of the field after a slow, but safe get away from her 30-metre handicap. The mare raced one-out, and three-back over the final mile before the five-year-old mare was allowed to improve out three and four wide over the final 700 metres, in a slick last half mile which was ran in quarters of 28.4s and 28.1s. Local hope Ryley Major ($2.90 into $2.20 fav) swept to the lead at the top of the home straight after having a lovely run with a one-out and one-back trail for a large portion of the race but was no match for the Kiwi-bred mare late with a neck between them. The mile rate for the 2698-metre trip was 1m 59.8s, only 0.7s outside the track record, which is held by Harjeet when winning the 2018 Cup. Lightly raced four-year-old Willie Go West ($2.20 into $2.00 fav) won the series opening heat, justifying his short quote. The gelded son of Auckland Reactor stepped away cleanly from his second-row draw and was able to find the lead with just over 2000 metres to travel. Butt never moved a muscle over the concluding stages, with the Dean Braun-trained pacer scoring by 7.2 metres over Scooterwillrev ($13), who had the gun run on the back of the leader. While Willie Go West dashed home in 29.1s and 27.3s, the mile rate was significantly slower than the other heat in 2m 2.8s. Sectional comparison Heat 1: Lead Time: 86.0s, Quarters: 32.6s, 30.9s, 29.1s and 27.3s, Time: 3m 25.9s. Heat 2: Lead Time: 86.4s, Quarters: 30.7s, 29.5s, 28.4s and 28.1s, Time: 3m 23.1s. The first seven placegetters qualified for the Group 2 Easter Cup Final which will be held this Saturday night in Launceston, with the barrier draw to be released on Tuesday afternoon.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

In 2015 Rohan Hillier and Dean Braun teamed up to win the Easter Cup with Rule Like A King. In this year series, the duo will be rivals in Northern Tasmania’s premier race, which kicks off with two heats in Launceston on Sunday night. The Dean Braun-trained Our Princess Tiffany has been allocated a 30-metre handicap when she lines up in heat two, after toying with her rivals in the George Johnson in Hobart last time out. She takes on Ryley Major, who has a 20-metre handicap in the heat, with the first seven placegetters qualifying for Saturday night’s Group 2 Final. The gelded son of Art Major won the Devonport Cup in mid-January before chasing home Ignatius on 25 January in Hobart, which was his last start in the island state. Connections of Ryley Major elected to send the pacer to Victoria where he had a five-start campaign, and although he didn’t find the winners circle, trainer-driver Rohan Hillier was pleased with the pacers efforts. “He was very luckless. He kept drawing where he had to, which was the second-row, his only bad run I thought was the Ararat Cup. The rest of his runs, his sectionals were very good,” said Hillier about his stable star. The 2019-2020 Tasmanian Horse Of The year has arrived back in Hillier’s barn, and he is happy with the pacer heading into Sunday’s heat. “He has been back almost two-weeks, and he has been working good, and I am expecting a forward showing,” said the trainer-driver. “He begins like a rocket, and he will make his 20-metre handicap 10-metres with his manners,” added Hillier. If successful in Saturday’s final, the pacer will become the first horse ever to win the states three premier races after winning the 2019 Tasmania Cup and the Devonport Cup this year. Hillier also plays a strong hand in the Easter Cup’s opening heat with Tasmanian Cup placegetter Lip Reader, who will be driven by Hillier’s stable foreman, Conor Crook. “He was probably handicapped out of the Tasmania Cup, and for a horse that hasn’t won a race over $12,000, he was probably a bit stiff to get 10-metres here, but he is going good,” said Hillier. “He will acquit himself well, and I’m sure he will make the final,” added the Beauty Point-based trainer. His rivals in the opening heat include the Dean Braun-trained Willie Go West, who started favourite in the Tasmania Cup but ruined his chances when he galloped away, and The Shallows, who was defeated 4.6-metres by Bullys Delight in the Tasmania Cup Final. The first heat of the Easter Cup is race four at 19:30, with the second heat set down as race six at 20:42. Race one is scheduled for 18:07 and will be shown on Sky Racing 2, with the remainder of the card on Sky Racing 1, all races will be streamed on TasracingTV.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

The third running of the Australian Female Drivers Championship took place in Launceston on Sunday night, where Queensland’s Dannielle Veivers took out the title in the six-race series. Veivers followed in the footsteps of her sister Narissa McMullen who won the series at Brisbane’s Albion Park in 2019 and was happy with the win. “I just thought going into the series that I could win one or two races from the drives I had,” said Veivers on TasracingTV after the series win. The series marks the end of the Team Teal Promotion for 2021. “Obviously it is a really good cause being for ovarian cancer raising awareness and money for that,” added the winning driver. Here is how the night unfolded. Heat One Series winner Dannielle Veivers secured maximum points in the opening race when guiding $15 chance Oneofthelads to a 3.9-metre win. The gelded son of Caribbean Blaster enjoyed a lovely run one-out and two back, with the lowest national rating race recording the quickest lead time of the night in 41.0s. The Ben Yole-trained pacer gained a three-wide cart up passing the 800-metre point to score. “It worked pretty good for me, he didn’t have much speed out of the gate. I was hoping he would begin a little bit faster, but I just grabbed up and got the one-one before the favourite came round, and it didn’t do a whole lot, so I jumped on the three-wide line and just got the perfect track into it,” said Veivers post-race. Heat Two It was Queensland and Ben Yole again when Veivers’ sister Narissa McMullen drove Rockinfeelgood to score over her sister, who drove second place getter Aussie Rock. Settling one-out and six-back, McMullen found clear room out three and four-wide from the 700-metres to score by 2.8 metres in 1m 58.6s. “There has been plenty of speed. I think maybe the way to go is set back and try finish over the top,” said the winning driver post-race. Heat Three South Australia’s Danielle Hill drove six-winners last time she was in Launceston, and she secured maximum points in heat three. She was listed to drive the short price favourite Annerie, who was scratched before the race, which saw Hill pick up the drive on the first emergency, Coveffe Hustler, who gave Yole an early training treble on the card. Coveffe Hustler, who was a Hobart winner on Friday night, settled one-out and four back before Hill gained a three-wide cart into the race from the 800 metres, with the $9.00 chance finishing off best out wide to score. “She was pretty keen to get going, particularly near the 900, at the top of the turn, she was like lets roll, so I pulled her blinds and off she went,” said Hill. Heat Four Victorian trainer Dean Braun has been in the state for many weeks during the Tasmanian Autumn carnival. He teamed up with Emily Suvaljko from Western Australia to score with Jaffa Josh. Sent out the $1.22 favourite, the gelded son of Auckland Reactor kept his unbeaten record in Australia intact. From outside of the second-row, Suvaljko settled the pacer at the tail of the field over the sprint trip before improving into the race out three and four-wide over the final lap to score an 8.4-metre win in the quickest mile rate of the night in 1m 56.6s. “He just did it so easily,” said Suvaljko post-race. Heat Five It was a rough result for those playing the quaddie, but a good result for the locals as Tasmania’s Samantha Gangell drove the Michael Laugher-trained Emjays Black Chip to a 3.4-metre win in a slick 1m 57.5s after being given the run of the race one-one. It was an excellent result for Gangell who had an interesting encounter in the heat prior where her rein detached from the bit when driving Wave The Hat. “It is a nice change of luck after the last race, I was never confident at any stage of the race, but he just kept finding,” Gangell said. Heat Six Ben Yole prepared his fourth winner of the series when Earl Jujon dropped back from the Tasmania Cup to a rating 66 to 74 event and did the right thing by punters as he started the $3.50 favourite, and he also did the right thing by Dannielle Veivers securing the Queenslander with the victory. Settling one-out and three-back before getting a lovely run in the race from the 600 metre mark. “I definitely had a lot of luck there, going into the race, I was pretty confident, but it depended on the run he got, and he got the run he needed,” said the winning driver. The race was marred by a fall on the home corner with South Australia’s Lisa Ryan being dislodged from her sulky. She walked back to the driver’s room after the race. Final Points Total Dannielle Veivers (QLD) 71, Narissa McMullen (QLD) 56, Emily Suvajiko (WA) 50, Danielle Hill (SA) 49, Kate Gath (VIC) 42, Samantha Gangell (TAS) 42, Lisa Ryan (SA) 40, Kerryn Manning (VIC) 39, Ashley Hart (NSW) 39, Hannah Van dongen (TAS) 36, Jocelyn Young (WA) 34, Stephanie Lippiatt (NSW) 29.   by Duncan Dornauf

Jordan Chibnall has been a recent addition to the harness racing form guides, and the concession driver notched up her first win since arriving in the state in Hobart last week. The concession driver scored on Deadly Assassin last week to knock many people out of last weeks quaddie and returns to the Hobart venue again on Friday night for four drives. It was Chibnall’s third career driving win, and her best drives appear to be early on Friday’s card. Mach Charm will contest the opening race, who has drawn barrier two on the second row in the 30 to 49 rating event. The seven-year-old mare finished midfield last start after working forward in the early stages to take up a forward position but draws to get a cheap run in the early stages from the second-row draw. My Ultimate Romeo lines up in race two and had little luck over the mile last start where he was restrained to the tail where he struggled to get into the race, but was only defeated three-metres when sixth behind Oneofthelads in Hobart two starts back. Chibnall hails from Kilmore in country Victoria, and has grown up in racing with her parents currently involved in the thoroughbred industry, and she is enjoying her time in Tasmania, where she has taken up employment with the Ben Yole stable. “I’ll stay for as long as I can, I’m looking at a couple of years at least,” she said on TasracingTV’s Live Stream coverage after Saturday’s win. “I thought working for Ben would give me better opportunities and so far everything has worked out good,” she added. Friday night’s six-race card commences at 18:08 and can be seen on TasracingTV and Sky Racing 2.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

It was a big night of feature racing in Hobart on Saturday night with the meeting headlined by the Group 2 Ladbrokes Tasmania Cup. The race was won by the John Nicholson-trained Bullys Delight, who survived a double protest for the win after connections of the second placegetter The Shallows, and the third placegetter Lip Reader, exercised their rights to protest after reviewing the steward patrol films on several grounds, with stewards dismissing both protest. Those trackside also saw one of the best mares in Australasia in Our Princess Tiffany take out the George Johnson in front of a packed house at Ladbrokes Park Elwick. Hobart race again on Friday night before the big Australian Female Drivers Championship in Launceston on Sunday evening. The Stars John Nicholson – has been a regular at Tasmanian harness racing carnivals over many years and he tasted success in the states premier race with Bullys Delight and the Tasmanian Derby with the well-bred Alby Two Chains, who he also drove. Nicholson has invested in the Tasmanian product many times by purchasing horses out of the state, including Mi Coconut, the dam of Bullys Delight. Dean Braun – is another that has been a regular at the state’s carnivals, and although things didn’t go to script with Willie Go West in the Tasmania Cup, he was able to leave the meeting with a treble. One of the best mares in this part of the world Our Princess Tiffany showed her class with an easy win in the George Johnson, while Annerie won at her first start since arriving in the country from New Zealand in the Group 3 Tasmanian Oaks. Braun also prepared Jaffa Josh to victory in the Eric Reece Memorial Final. Anthony Butt superbly drove all three winners. Juanita McKenzie – produced a brilliant training performance with seven-year-old entire The Aussie who won the Henry Pullen Memorial. Driven by Ricky Duggan, The Aussie was first-up since June 2019, and the trainer had the pacer spot on for 2.6-metre victory. Jordan Chibnall – notched up another win for the Team Teal Promotion when Deadly Assassin scored in the Des And Kay Logan Memorial. Chibnall has relocated to the state to take up a position with leading trainer Ben Yole, with Saturday’s win her first since relocating to the state. Tasmanian Trotting Club – should be congratulated on the outstanding job they did on Saturday night, which saw one of the largest crowds in recent years attend the states premier race night, with the move to mid-March proving to be a successful one. Multiple Winners Hobart – Saturday evening Dean Braun – training treble; Our Princess Tiffany, Jaffa Josh and Annerie, Anthony Butt – driving treble; Our Princess Tiffany, Jaffa Josh and Annerie, John Nicholson – training double; Bullys Delight and Alby Two Chains, Ben Yole – training double; Artiflash and Deadly Assassin, Rohan Hillier – driving double; Christian Jaz and Raining On Ringo, Tasracing Calculated Sectionals Hobart – Saturday evening Annerie 56.32s, No Spring Secrets 56.74s, The Aussie 56.87s, Our Princess Tiffany 57.10s and Rocknovertime 57.21s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart – Saturday evening Hit’s: Christian Jaz $6.50 into $5.50, Artiflash $4.00 into $3.10 and Alby Two Chains $4.00 into $2.45. Defied The Drift: The Aussie $4.00 out to $9.00 and Annerie $3.80 out to $9.00. Missed: Ozzie Major $5.50 into $4.00, Blackbird Power $5.50 into $3.80, Blame It On Me $15 into $9.50, Tarleton Riley $11 into $7.50 and Momentslikethese $1.40 into $1.20. Trial File Hobart – Monday evening The Paul Hill-trained Rocknroll Turbo is back in the state and was a trial winner in Hobart on Monday night. The Rock N Roll Heaven gelding started his career in the Paul Hill stable before being transferred to the Rohan Hillier stable. From there, the pacer has been well-travelled racing in Victoria and Queensland, where he last raced in July 2020. The winner of 10 races from 24 starts won his trial on Monday in 2m 6.5s, with the last two sections in 31.5s and 29.1s, when coming from last of the three-horse field at the 500-metre point. Other trial winners included; Christian Major (2m 4.7s), Aunty Bessy (2m 7.4s), Iden Miss Lucy (2m 4.3s), Rocknroll Nitro (2m 5.0s) and Big Bang Raj (2m 7.8s). Week Ahead Friday: Hobart stage a six-race card that commences at 18:08, the meeting will be shown on Sky Racing 2 and TasracingTV. Saturday: The Group 2 Melton Plate sees Tasmanian-owned Max Delight go around where he has had no luck with the barrier draw, drawing outside of the front row. Another horse who has had no luck with the barrier draws is Ignatius who will contest the Group 3 J. E. Binskin Free For All at Menangle. Sunday: The best female drivers from around the nation will be in Launceston for the 2021 Australian Female Drivers Championship to celebrate the end of another successful Team Teal promotion. Matt Reid and Jacob Bevis will head up hosted TasracingTV coverage, while Brittany Graham will host the action on Sky Racing as well as an extended coverage on the Sky Racing Active app. Race one will be shown on Sky Racing 2, with the remainder of the card on Sky Racing 1. The meeting commences at 17:21. Monday: Trials will be held in Devonport from 17:30.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

It was a mixed night at the office for trainer Dean Braun and driver Anthony Butt on Saturday night in Hobart. Braun put the polish on Willie Go West, who galloped out in the Group 2 Tasmania Cup, the Victorian trainer still had plenty to celebrate with a training treble on the states premier race night. One of the best mares in the nation Our Princess Tiffany justified her $1.09 quote when recording an effortless win in the states premier mares race, the George Johnson. Driver Anthony Butt settled the mare one-out and three-back from her second-row draw in the 2579-metre event before working around the field at the 1500-metre mark to find the lead. From there, it was race over, with the daughter of Art Major not even out of second gear on her way to a 17.7-metre win over Still Hungover, with Indiana Dreaming a further 28.4 metres away third. Naturally, trainer Dean Braun was pleased with her effort. “She was really good, she is a millionaire, with no disrespect to the others, you would think she would probably be able to do that against those horses,” said Braun on TasracingTV. “She will go to the Easter Cup in Launceston now,” said the trainer about the mare, who will be joined by Willie Go West in the heats on 28 March before the Group 2 Final on 3 April. Annerie had her first start in the Group 3 Tasmanian Oaks, where she ran down the leader and race favourite Momentslikethese over the concluding stages. The daughter of The Gold Ace was on New Zealand’s west coast two weeks ago, and given she hadn’t been in the Braun stable that long the win was a pleasant surprise. “She really surprised me, I thought she was only going to run top three in the straight, but she really knuckled down well in the lane,” said Braun. “I didn’t think she would do that, I thought she would need another fortnight, but I am thrilled with the way she has gone, and hopefully she has come through it well, and I hope she may be a Queensland Oaks filly come winter,” added the winning trainer. Jaffa Josh was the middle pin of Braun and Butt’s treble when scoring in the Eric Reece Memorial Final. The Auckland Reactor gelding settled one-out and four-back before improving into the race out three-wide from the 1100-metre point before being too strong for his rivals late. “He has got a good future ahead of him. He is very very fast and has got a bit of bottom to him as well. He is just not sure what he is doing yet, but when the penny drops, he is going to be a pretty nice horse,” said Braun. Harness racing continues in Hobart on Friday night before the Australian Female Drivers Championship in Launceston on Sunday.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

John and Rhys Nicholson are no strangers to winning feature races in the Apple Isle, and the father and son duo claimed the states premier race, the Group 2 Tasmania Cup in Hobart on Saturday night with the Bettors Delight gelding Bullys Delight. From the pole draw, the pacer galloped out before settling one-out and one-back in the early stages before being shuffled back one position when Triple Eight found the spot outside the leader at the 1400 metres. Rhys went for home down the back straight the final time, and the pacer was able to hold off challenges from The Shallows and Lip Reader over the concluding stages. “Down the back, I thought I would get them off the bit, and might as well have a crack,” said Rhys after the win. “The way he finished off last week I thought I could outstay them, and when I turned into the back I thought let’s go,” added the winning driver. There was much drama with the win, with Bullys Delight having to survive a double protest, after the drivers of the second and third place getters lodged a protest after reviewing the stewards patrol film. Both protests were subsequently dismissed after a lengthy hearing, with Rhys copping a total of 16 race dates suspension and $4,000 in fines from his drives in the Tasmania Cup and Derby. Race favourite Willie Go West was checked soon after the start and galloped himself out of contention, while the second elect Triple Eight was forced to do plenty of work to find the spot outside the leader near the 1400-metre point. John Nicolson trained and drove Alby Two Chains to victory in the Group 3 Tasmanian Derby. “He is so relaxed, and next year he will be a real horse,” said John after his third Tasmanian Derby win as a trainer. “I want to look after him, I would rather race him as a four-year-old,” added the trainer when asked about the future plans of the half-brother to Jilliby Kung Fu. The three-year-old colt was able to find the lead and record a very slow lead time of 79.8s before a 67.4s first half of the final mile before running home in 30.5s and 27.1s. View the full results click here!   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Victorian trainer Dean Braun will be hoping for a big night in Hobart on Saturday night. The popular trainer prepares the favourites in the Group 2 Tasmania Cup, George Johnson and Eric Reece Memorial, and the second elect in the Tasmania Oaks. Willie Go West will start favourite in the Group 2 Tasmania Cup, and the pacer handled his rivals with ease when scoring in his Tasmania Cup heat on 28 February, which was the four-year-old’s fifth career win at his 10th racetrack appearance. “We have thrown him in the deep end. Under the old system, he would only be a C3,” said Braun when speaking on RSN radio on Friday. Last Sunday’s heat winner, Triple Eight, is the only other runner in single figures in early markets and has a 30-metre handicap to overcome, which Bruan will hope plays into his favour in the 2579-metre event. “Triple Eight has been there and done it (at the top level) and is definitely the measuring stick, but I am pretty happy with my horse, he has had a really good week, and I would expect if he began good and jumped on the lure, it would make it hard for those out the back that have to do a bit of chasing and get around the field as well,” explained the trainer. One of the best mares in the country at present is Our Princess Tiffany, and she will start a short-priced favourite in the states premier mares race, the George Johnson. The multiple Group 1 winner became the 91st southern hemisphere-bred standardbred pacer to break $1,000,000 in prizemoney when scoring in the Group 1 Ladyship Cup at Melton two starts ago. “I am sure she is the best horse in the race. She wouldn’t need any bad luck or anything like that,” said Braun. The Art Major mare had a solo trial in Hobart on Sunday night. “She has had an awesome week, I took her into Hobart on Sunday night and gave her a look at the track, and she ran a mile in 1m 58.3s and a half in 55.5s, and she only jogged it,” said the trainer. Annerie will have her first start in the country when the former Kiwi lines up in the Group 3 Tasmanian Oaks. “I have only had her 10-days, two weeks ago she was on the west coast of New Zealand, and she has had a trip to Christchurch, then to Auckland, then to Melbourne and then on to Tassie,” Braun explained. “She poked around quietly in a trial on Sunday, and I was happy with what she did, but really I would love to have had another fortnight with her,” added the trainer who admitted it would be tough to beat last weeks Three Year Old Fillies Championship winner Momentslikethese. Brauns other runner is Jaffa Josh in the Eric Reece Memorial Final, with the pacer scoring an effortless 19-metre win in his heat on 28 February at the pacers first start in Australia. Chris Alford was booked to take the reins to drive all of the runners from the Braun stable but has been replaced by Anthony Butt. Alford has undergone surgery for an infected knee during the week in a Melboune Hospital. Tasracing’s Duncan Dornauf sent a text out to several drivers that have multiple drives on the card asking who their best chance was on the card. Their replies are below; Alex Ashwood – Race 11 Elita, Conor Crook – Race 2 Guys Bettor Bet. Ricky Duggan – Race 9 Helikaon, Dylan Ford – Race 3 Guptas Cullen, Rohan Hadley – Best place chance Race 4 My Ultimate Romeo, Rohan Hillier – Race 6 Kosimo, Troy McDonald – Race 1 Ozzie Major, Todd Rattray – Best place chance Race 6 Kennys Killer, Greg Sugars – Race 8 Momentslikethese, Mark Yole – Race 3 Blackbird Power. Sky Racing 2 will cover the first three races with the remainder of the card on Sky Racing 1, with Duncan Dornauf providing a late mail service for all races, as well as hosting TasracingTV’s live stream. The local tote will have a $5,000 First Four Jackpot on the Tasmania Cup and the first race commences at 17:44. View the full fields click here!   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Champion driver Anthony Butt has answered an SOS to further bolster the powerhouse Kiwi raid on Tasmania’s biggest meeting. With Chris Alford recovering from emergency surgery on an infected knee, Butt will head across to drive a string of Kiwi stars in feature races at Hobart for Victorian trainer Dean Braun. Glamour mare Our Princess Tiffany is first out and should win as she likes despite an outside back row draw (11) in the George Johnson, Tasmania’s top mares’ race. The $1million-plus earner hasn’t raced since a fourth at Terang on February 20, but sharpened-up with a Hobart trial win in slick time last Sunday. Butt then takes the reins on the lightly-raced and exciting former Kiwi pacer Willie Go West in the state’s biggest race, the $75,000 Group 2 Tasmania Cup. The Auckland Reactor gelding returned from a spell to brilliantly win his standing-start heat of the Tasmania Cup at Hobart on February 28 to stretch his record to 10 starts for five wins and three placings. Under the handicap conditions, Willie Go West starts off the front mark (barrier two) and gets a thumping 30m headstart on his key rival, recent classy Kiwi import Triple Eight for trainer Jess Tubbs and driver Greg Sugars. “We were really pleased with Triple Eight’s heat win last week, but this looks a lot harder,” Sugars said. “There’s a full field and he’s likely to have more traffic problems than last week. Willie Go West has a big advantage on us if he steps well and I’m not surprised he’s favourite ahead of us. “But Triple Eight’s runs for us have been excellent and I’m sure he’ll run a great race” Sugars and Butt clash again with the two key runners in the Tasmanian Oaks. Sugars drives likely leader and favourite Momentslikethese from gate two. Butt and Braun combine with lightly-raced Kiwi import Annarie, a daughter of The Gold Ace out of Feyonce, who is having her first run in Australia. Annarie’s five NZ runs netted a Nelson win on January 8 and a couple of placings. She won a Hobart trial easily but in slow time last Sunday. “Our filly has the draw and did it easily last week. She’ll take some beating, but Dean’s got a great strike rate with his Kiwi imports so you certainly have to respect his filly.” Sugars continues a busy weekend when he gets the first flight from Hobart back to Melbourne Sunday morning and jumps straight in the car for the three-hour drive to Charlton. Sugars takes the reins on classy former Kiwi pacer Im Anothermasterpiece, who is a major player in the $35,000 Group 3 Charlton Cup. “It’s been a busy time over the past few weekends with the Sydney trips, over here to Tassie a couple of times and our country cups at home in Victoria, but it’s worth it with the results we’ve been getting,” he said.   HRNZ

It was a big weekend in the Tasmanian harness world with great racing in Burnie and Hobart last weekend. Last weekend we also crowned Ryley Major as the 2019-2020 Tasmanian Horse Of The Year at the annual awards night held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor on Saturday. This week we have the states premier race night in Hobart on Saturday evening with the Group 2 Tasmania Cup, Group 3 Tasmanian Derby, Group 3 Tasmanian Oaks and the George Johnson headlining a brilliant 11-race card. The Stars Phillip Young – was rewarded for over six decades of service to the states harness racing industry when he was crowned the Edgar Tatlow medalist for the 2019-2020 season at the Tasmanian Harness Racing Awards night in Launceston on Saturday. Greg Sugars and Jess Tubbs – the husband and wife team had a night out in Hobart on Sunday with Triple Eight proving too good off his 30-metre handicap in the second heat of the Tasmania Cup, while Momentslikethese warmed up for Saturday’s Tasmanian Oaks with a dominant win in the Three Year Old Fillies Championship. John Nicholson– loves a Tasmanian mission and started his Autumn Carnival pursuit with a training quinella in the Tasmanian Guineas with Alby Two Chains defeating Seas Choice. Blame It On Me – will fly the Tasmanian flag in Saturday’s George Johnson and was in the winners list on Sunday with an all the way win over the 2579-metre trip, admiringly she had a soft run in the early and middle stages before dashing home to score a 15-metre win. Chris Aylett – had a night out at Burnie when he trained, drove, owned and bred Hurrikane Kiwi to his maiden win in the second heat of the Allen Williams Memorial. Multiple Winners Burnie – Friday evening Ben Yole – training double; My Ultimate Major and Hez The One. Hobart – Sunday evening Greg Sugars – driving double; Momentslikethese and Triple Eight, Jess Tubbs – training double; Momentslikethese and Triple Eight, Ben Yole – training double; Brian Who and Signorina Jujon. Tasracing Calculated Sectionals Burnie – Friday evening Unavailable. Hobart – Sunday evening Helikaon 57.16s, Blame It On Me 57.40s, Somedan 57.43s, Bullys Delight 57.64s and Earl Jujon 57.78s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Burnie – Friday evening Hit’s: My Ultimate Major $5.00 into $3.70, Im Rock Solid $5.00 into $3.80 and Hez The One $3.60 into $2.80. Defied The Drift: Hurrikane Kiwi $4.40 out to $11. Missed: Keep Playing $3.40 into $2.20, Kiavino Stride $11 into $5.50, Aunty Bessy $4.60 into $3.00 and Northview Dave $2.80 into $2.50. Hobart – Sunday evening Hit’s: Momentslikethese $1.60 into $1.20 and Brian Who $4.60 into $2.80, Defied The Drift: Mays Place $5.50 out to $8.00, Elita $3.50 out to $4.40, Blame It On Me $3.10 out to $3.70, Alby Two Chains $4.20 out to $7.00 and Signorina Jujon $6.00 out to $7.50. Missed: Pawnbrokers Lad $4.00 into $3.20, Tarleton Riley $12 into $4.80, Kardesler $8.50 into $5.50, James Dean $5.50 into $3.90, Helikaon $4.20 into $2.90 and Good Feelings $14 into $5.50. Trial File Hobart – Sunday afternoon George Johnson favourite Our Princess Tiffany had a solo trial before Sunday’s race meeting where she ran her first half in 62.5s before quarters of 28.5s and 27.3s for a mile of 1m 58.3s. Annerie sits on the second line of betting for Saturday night’s Tasmanian Oaks and won her trial with ease in 2m 2.3s. After settling four back the pegs, The Gold Ace filly led up the running line from the 800-metres to score by 11.3 metres, with the last two quarters leader to winner ran in 31.1s and 28.6s. Carrick Park – Monday evening Only two runners contested the first trial with Weerrook Harry for Harrison Ross who led all the way to score in the quickest mile rate of the session of 2m 3.2s. Mucho Mover (2m 8.2s) and The Lemondrop Kid (2m 6.5s) both led to win there respective trials. Week Ahead Friday: The Tasmanian Trotting Club will host the Downton Property Charity Golf Day, raising funds for the Team Teal Foundation. For further details, contact the Tasmanian Trotting Club. Saturday: It is Super Saturday in Hobart with a host of feature races on a massive 11-race card, and early markets are out on some of the features. Tasmania Cup: $1.85 Willie Go West, $2.30 Triple Eight, $10 Bullys Delight, $19 Cool Water Paddy, $23 The Shallows, $26 Lip Reader, $34 Form Analyst, $51 Sea Double Ugrant, $71 Izaha, $81 Earl Jujon, Isaac, $101 Star Chamber, Offthetopofmyhead, $151 Full Speed Ahead and James Dean. Tasmanian Oaks: $1.65 Momentslikethese, $3.20 Annerie, $8.00 Deadly Error, $9.00 Heavenly Gipsy, $16 Stepping Stones, $18 Melnrowley, $81 Iden Reactor, $101 Most Perfect Major and $126 Written In Silk. Tasmanian Derby: $3.00 Alby Two Chains and Danceforme, $3.40 Helikaon, $5.50 Rocknovertime, $9.00 Sebs Choice and $23 Sharmey. Other highlights on the card include the states premier mares race, the George Johnson, the Henry Pullen Memorial and the Eric Reece Memorial Final. The meeting will be televised on Sky Racing, with the first three races on Sky Racing 2, and the last eight races on Sky Racing 1. TasracingTV will have a live trackside hosting of the meeting. For those heading trackside and are seeking further information, then head over to Go Racing Tasmania. Sunday: Ryley Major will contest Sunday’s Group 3 Charlton Cup, last seasons Tasmanian Horse Of The Year has drawn outside of the second row in the feature event that will be run at 16:19. Monday: Trials will be held in Hobart from 17:30.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Trainer Doug Nettlefold is looking forward to Saturday nights George Johnson in Hobart with his stable star Blame It On Me. The trainer said it would be a race to a guide at where his mare sits when she takes on a quality field in the state's premier mares race, which is headlined by the Dean Braun trained Our Princess Tiffany. “It is going to be good to see where we actually sit. We have always contemplated taking her to the mainland, so it will be a good guide to where we are and help decide if we do or don’t in the near future,” said Nettlefold. Blame It On Me was the star of her age group as a two and three-year-old, with her biggest win being in last season Group 2 Bandbox, which is apart of the Tasmanian Sires’ Stakes Series. The Big Jim mare recorded her first win as a four-year-old when scoring in a rating 70 to 79 event over the 2579 metre trip in Hobart on Sunday. It was Blame It On Me’s 10th career win at start 14, and if it weren’t for her breaking her broken pastern in February 2020, the winning tally would have been a lot more. Driver Natalee Emery held the lead from the pole daw, and after enjoying a soft run in the early and middle stages, the mare dashed away late to score a 15-metre win over Somedan and James Dean. “I am more than happy with that effort going into the George Johnson,” Nettlefold. “Given it was her first try at the trip, and to finish it off the way she did in 57.4s was nice,” added the trainer. Our Princess Tiffany strode around in a solo trial before Sunday’s meeting over the mile trip. The mare was driven by Alex Ashwood and jogged around in a 62.5 first half mile before running home in 28.5s and 27.3s for a mile of 1m 58.3s. The five-year-old Art Major mare has won 23 of her 41 starts including the Group 1 Ladyship Cup at Melton two starts ago. Saturday night’s feature race barrier draws: Tasmania Cup: 1 Bullys Delight, 2 Willie Go West, 3 Full Speed Ahead, 4 Cool Water Paddy, 5 James Dean, 6 Earl Jujon, 7 Form Analyst, 8 Offthetopofmyhead (Emg), 9 The Shallows (10m), 10 Sea Double Ugrant (10m), 11 Isaac (10m), 12 Lip Reader (20m), 13. Triple Eight (30m), 14 Izaha (30m), 15 Star Chamber (30m). George Johnson: 1 Aussie Rock, 2 Missin Rock, 3 Coveffe Hustler, 4 Nine Diamonds, 5 Indiana Dreaming, 6 Rockinfeelgood, 7 Pink Ponder, 8 Lockaway Kacie, 9 Blame It On Me, 10 Still Hungover, 11 Our Princess Tiffany. Tasmanian Derby: 1 Helikaon, 2 Sharmey, 3 Alby Two Chains, 4 Rocknovertime, 5 Sebs Choice, 6 Danceforme. Tasmanian Oaks: 1 Stepping STones, 2 Momentslikethese, 3 Iden Reactor, 4 Deadly Error, 5 Heavenly Gipsy, 6 Annerie, 7 Most Perfect Major, 8 Written In Silk, 9 Melnrowley. Saturday’s meeting features 11-races and commences at 17:44 and concludes at 22:52.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Ryley Major capped off a massive 2019-2020 season by capturing the Tasmanian Horse of the year title. The announcement was made in front of a packed house at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Launceston on Saturday night. The Rohan Hillier trained pacer races 22 times during the 2019-2020 season for 14 wins and seven placings. His feature wins included the Group 2 Tasmania Cup, the Group 3 Tassie Golden Apple and the Listed Hobart Pacing Cup. Phillip Young was rewarded for his significant contribution to the states harness racing industry over many decades when awarded with the states highest honour, the Edgar Tatlow Medal. The full list of winners were; Edgar Tatlow Medal Phillip Young Hall Of Fame inductees Horse’s: Tassy’s Gamble, Napoleon Stone, and Speedy Ben, Trainer: Rupert Peck, Trainer and driver: Rohan Hadley. Participant awards Leading Female Driver: Hannah Van Dongen, Leading Female Trainer: Juanita McKenzie, Leading Junior Driver: Taylor Ford, Leading Driver Gareth Rattray, Leading Trainer Ben Yole, On Camera Performance Award: Ricky Duggan, Welfare Award: Brooke Hammond, Mini Trot Award: Alec MacDonald. Horse of the year awards 2YO Colt and gelding of the year: Agouda Ruler, 2YO Filly of the year: Melnrowley, 3YO Colt and gelding of the year: Kohannah, 3YO Filly of the year: A Spanish Dance, 4YO and older Horse of the year: Ryley Major, 4YO and older Mare of the year: Still Hungover, Tasmanian Horse of the year: Ryley Major, Broodmare of the year: Dead heat between Tania Maree and Shez Ryleymak. BOTRA Awards Beautide Medal: The Shallows, Halwes Medal: Rohan Hillier, Young Achiever: Lachlan Dakin, Achiever: Audrey Hamer.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

The Tasmania Cup carnival kicked off in Hobart last week, where the Victorians proved too good. It promises to be a big weekend this week, on Friday we have the final meeting of the season in Burnie before a bumper Saturday night. Ignatius will fly the flag in the $1,000,000 Miracle Mile, while Ryley Major and Max Delight will also be spotted racing interstate. Closer to home, we have the 2021 Tasmanian Harness Racing awards night at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Launceston. For those that are unable to attend, the function will be live-streamed on TasracingTV, commencing with the arrivals just before 6:00 pm. If that wasn’t enough, the second heat of the Tasmania Cup, along with the Tasmanian Guineas and Three Year Old Fillies Championship, will be held in Hobart on Sunday night. The Stars Dean Braun and Chris Alford – love coming to Tasmania, and when they do, they always leave with a winner, or in Sunday’s case, two. The Victorians teamed up to win the opening heat of the Tasmania Cup with Willie Go West who handled his rivals with ease before Jaffa Josh stamped himself as the horse to beat in the Eric Reece Memorial Final after a 19-metre heat win. Mascott – gave Chris Alford his first feature Trotting race win in Tasmania when he partnered the six-year-old gelding to victory in the 2021 Aldebaran Park Hobart Trotting Cup. The trotter is raced by the Tasmanian Trotting Club and led home a stable quinella for trainer Rodney Ashwood. Kosimo – returned to racing from a spell and the Mark Jones-trained pacer made it a winning return when scoring in the opening heat of the Eric Reece Memorial. Deborah Williams – continued her brilliant start to the 2021 season with Our Percius delivering the trainer her fourth win of the season, which sees her lead the female trainers title. Matthew Howlett – trained his fist winner with Iden Reactor in Devonport on Friday, becoming the third generation of the Howlett dynasty to prepare a winner. Multiple Winners Devonport – Friday evening Hannah Van Dongen – driving double; Metro Star and Laid Back Kenny, Rohan Hillier – driving double; Emjays Black Chip and Top Hanover. Hobart – Sunday evening Chris Alford – driving treble; Mascott, Willie Go West and Jaffa Josh. Dean Braun – training double; Willie Go West and Jaffa Josh. Ben Yole – training double; Baccarat and Oneofthelads. Calculated Sectional Standouts Devonport – Friday evening Laid Back Kenny 59.1s, Metro Star 59.4s, North Star Lad 59.6s, Perfect Mach 59.6s and Wandary Muscat 59.6s. Hobart – Sunday evening Earl Jujon 56.3s, Jaffa Josh 56.8, Tarleton Riley 57.4s, Willie Go West 57.5s and Somedan 57.7s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Devonport – Friday evening Hit’s: Metro Star $7.50 into $4.20, Island Bliss $5.00 into $3.50, War Chest $4.20 into $2.60 and Iden Reactor $3.50 into $2.50. Defied The Drift: Emjays Black Chip $8.00 out to $11 and Laid Back Kenny $7.00 out to $7.50. Missed: Brighton Prince $3.20 into $2.90, Heza Rummage $8.50 into $6.00, Big Bang Raj $8.50 into $6.00, Border Cross $17 into $7.50, Ideal Karalta $21 into $9.00, Kiavino Stride $4.60 into $4.00 and Devil Of Tyne $41 into $26. Hobart – Sunday evening Hit’s: Kosimo $3.30 into $2.50, Mascott $10 into $4.60, Gipsy Treasure $10 into $4.00, Willie Go West $1.90 into $1.75, Jaffa Josh $1.28 into $1.05, Bonacci $5.00 into $3.90 and Oneofthelads $8.50 into $5.00. Defied The Drift: Baccarat $14 out to $18. Missed: Signorina Jujon $3.60 into $3.10, Kennys Killer $3.20 into $2.90, Tarleton Riley $15 into $8.50 and Ozzie Major $19 into $7.00. Trial File Carrick Park – Monday evening Three-year-old fillies Bridwood Bella and Melnrowley clashed in a trial at Carrick Park on Monday ahead of the upcoming fillies features. Bridwood Bella, driven by Conor Crook showed a good turn of speed to find the lead. After being crossed at the mile, Crook was happy to quickly whip around and retake the lead before Melnrowley led up the running line from the 1400 metres, her driver Gareth Rattray was happy to take the spot behind the leader for the final 600 metres. There was three metres between the duo at the conclusion of the trial in the favour of Bridwood Bella who recorded a mile rate of 2m 2.8s, with the last half mile privately clocked in 59.3s. Other winners included; Offthetopofmyhead (2m 6.0s), Hes Apples (2m 9.0s), Evies Dressmaker (NTT) and Winknblink (NTT). Week Ahead Friday: The Burnie Harness Racing Club stage their fourth and final meeting of the season with a six-race card. The D & J Crawford Builders Sweepstakes being the feature race of the night. The meeting will be televised on Sky Racing 2 and TasracingTV, with the opening event set down for 18:20. Saturday: This is a massive day for the state. Tasmanian trained, owned and bred Ignatius will contest the $1,000,000 Miracle Mile at Menangle, where Tasmanian owned Max Delight will also contest a Group 1 event on the support card. Ryley Major could also have a big night, as he will contest the open class race at Melton while he will also be looking to claim the 2019-2020 Tasmanian Horse of the year title at the Tasmanian Harness Racing Awards night at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Launceston. The awards night will be live-streamed on TasracingTV, commencing with the arrivals just before 18:00. Sunday: Night two of the Tasmania Cup Carnival continues in Hobart on Sunday with the Tasmania Cup’s final heat to be held. The meeting also sees the three-year-olds have their last hit-outs before Saturday weeks Tasmanian Oaks and Derby in the Tasmanian Guineas and Three Year Old Fillies Championship. Monday: Trials were to be held in Devonport however due to staffing issues, the trials will now be held at Carrick Park. As a result, the trials scheduled for Carrick Park on 22 March have been moved to Devonport.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Victorian trainer Dean Braun is no stranger to winning feature races in Tasmania and he is one step closer to claiming his second Tasmania Cup with lightly raced four-year-old gelding Willie Go West. The former Kiwi pacer demolished his rivals to score in the opening heat of the Group 2 Tasmania Cup at Ladbrokes Park Elwick in Hobart on Sunday night. It was only the 10th racetrack appearance for the four-year-old gelding who was able to step away brilliantly from the pole draw in the 2579-metre standing start event to lead all the way. Driver Chris Alford had no reason to panic, despite being kept honest in the early stages by Call Me Hector, who was inclined to over race, to record a 77.0s lead time before recording quarters of 29.4s, 33.0s, 29.1s and 28.4s for a mile rate of 2m 2.9s. The gelded son of Auckland Reactor wasn’t even out of second gear on his way to a 13.8-metre victory over The Shallows and Lip Reader, with the locals chasing well spread out over the concluding stages. “He was good, he is a pretty nice horse, and I have always liked him, I went and drove him in New Zealand, and he gave me a very nice feel and I have sort of kept him back and gave him a few looks at the tape to get him ready for this as we knew he would get the front,” said winning trainer Dean Braun after the race. “If I waited until next year, he would have been off 30 metres, so I had to come this year and give it a shot, I have thrown him in the deep end a little bit as he has only had 10-starts, but it is good money and hopefully we can get some of it,” added the trainer. The first seven placegetters all qualified for the Group 2 Final on Saturday 13 March, and they will be joined by the first seven placegetters of this Sunday’s heat, where Braun will be represented by Holy Basil, who has performed well in recent trials, while he is yet to decide if multiple Group 1 winner Our Princess Tiffany will contest the heat or wait and contest the states premier mares race, the George Johnson on 13 March, but she is likely to remain in the state for the Easter Cup in Launceston next month. Alford and Braun combined to win the Tasmania Cup with Our Chain Of Command in 2010, which was the last year the race held Group 1 status with prizemoney of $100,000, while Alford has also won the race with Talimade Lombo on two occasions, and Golden Reign during the ‘90s. While the Tasmania Cup with Willie Go West will be their main focus on 13 March, they look set to be adding the Eric Reece Memorial to there resume with six-year-old gelding Jaffa Josh who scored a 19-metre win in the second heat of the series. The six-year-old gelding settled one-out and three-back before the favourite swept to the lead down the back straight to go on and record an effortless 19-metre victory. “He is a pretty nice horse, he has good speed, and is good gaited and has plenty of bottom to him,” said Braun. “He has a few quirks but has come a long way in a short amount of time, and I think he is a handy horse,” added the winning trainer. Alford drove a treble on the card, winning the Aldebaran Park Hobart Trotting Cup with the Rodney Ashwood-trained Mascott, who led home a training quinella for Rodney Ashwood, with Beau Garcon finishing second   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Twenty-four-year-old Broadmarsh trainer Matthew Howlett became the third generation of the Howlett family to prepare a winner when Iden Rector ($2.90 fav) led all the way to score in the final race of Friday night’s Devonport card. It was only the second start as a trainer for Howlett, who also took the drive and held the lead from barrier one on the daughter of Auckland Reactor. After copping some pressure during the slow sections of the early and middle stages of the race, the three-year-old filly appeared to have a bit in reserve, dashing away from her rivals to record her maiden win by 9.9 metres over Aunty Bessy and Auntie Connie. “It looked her race on paper, and she had been working good enough, though it was a great effort taking on older horses, copping some pressure and still finishing off nicely,” said the quietly spoken Howlett after the victory. “It is always nice to drive a winner, but definitely more rewarding as a trainer as well,” added the trainer-driver. Howlett indicated that training will just be a hobby for him now but was grateful for the support of his father, Chris, and prominent southern-based owner-breeder, Elliott Booth. “I’m lucky that my father (Chris) and myself have had great support from Elliott Booth the last few years, he is sending me a couple more young horses to train going forward, but it’s a team effort with quite long hours required outside of our full-time jobs and help from the rest of family, but we love it,” explained Matt. Team Teal got a much-needed top-up by it’s Tasmanian counterparts, with three of the seven winners being driven by female drivers. Hannah Van dongen, who is one of the state representatives at next month’s Australian Female Drivers Championship in Launceston, drove a double on the card with Metro Star and Laid Back Kenny, who was one of the most impressive winners on the night. Another claiming novice driver, Bronte Miller, registered the third win of the night for Team Teal when driving War Chest to victory, making amends for favourite punters after ruining his chances when galloping in Hobart the start prior.   Duncan Dornauf

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