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Taylor Ford surged to equal top of the Leading Female Drivers Premiership table with a winning double in Hobart on Friday night. Taylor’s first success came early in the opening race on the card with Mary Jill coming from last over 2090 metres in the Crown Lager Pace. Taylor took the Courage Under a Fire-Flying Perec five-year-old mare back off the arm after drawing the outside of the front-line, settling last a good 35 metres off the leader. Ricky Duggan made his move out three-wide on the well-supported Albayzin at the bell and Ford was quick to latch onto the three-wide train, three back. With the leading division caving in at the 400-metre pole Mary Jill ($18.00) ran to third before storming to the lead in the home stretch, proving too strong for Albazin and Bigsie Neptune. Taylor employed vastly different tactics on the Ben Rossendell-trained eight-year-old Macardle-Lady Lisa gelding Warrior Mac driving through from inside the second row to trail the leader and race favourite El Jays Monza ($2.25) into the first corner. Warrior Mac ($4.80) sat quietly behind the leader until turning for home where Taylor made her move along the Roberts Sprint Lane, claiming victory by three metres in a mile-rate of 2:03.7. The Evicus and Dandy Patch Preludes went the way expected with both favourites Spoilt Sport and Resurgent Storm saluting. Trainer-driver Rodney Ashwood fired Spoilt Sport to the early lead, the Sportswriter-Tara Lassie filly ran them ragged scoring by seven metres, recording a mile-rate 1:59.6. Spoilt Sport($2.50) has now won both the Prelude of the Elderslie Horse Care and Spelling Sweepstakes and Tasracing Evicus and will be looking to go one better than its second to Enterprising Milly in the Sweepstakes Final. Roger Whitmore’s Resurgent Storm ($1.20) kept its unbeaten record intact cruising to its third straight victory in the Tasracing Dandy Patch Prelude. The Ricky Duggan driven Betterthancheddar-Resurgent Star two-year-old bay colt was forced to come from last, running to the front turning for home to record a 3.3-metre win in a mile rate of 2:04.3. Watch Taylor Ford bring Mary Jill from last in the opening race of the Tasmanian Pacing Club meeting in Hobart on Friday night. Shane Yates

DESTREOS NZ INQUIRY –07 JUNE 2018 – KEN RATTRAY On Thursday 7 June 2018 stewards inquired into the results of analysis of samples taken from DESTREOS NZ prior to its competing in Race 3 at the Carrick Park Pacing Club on 31st December 2017. Evidence was heard from representatives of Racing Analytical Services Limited and the Racing Science Centre. Evidence was tendered by Mr Rattray in relation to his feeding regime and husbandry practices. Mr Rattray was issued with a charge in writing on 27th March 2018 pursuant to AHRR 190(1),(2) and (4) for failing to present DESTREOS NZ free of the prohibited substance Cobalt. Mr Rattray reserved his plea to the charge and after giving due consideration to the evidence tendered throughout the Inquiry Stewards sustained the charge. In determining penalty Stewards took into consideration Mr Rattrays reserved plea, his licence history, including that he had five prior disqualifications for prohibited substance matters, his personal subjective circumstances and the need that any penalty reflect the serious nature of prohibited substance offences and provide both a specific and general deterrent. Mr Rattray was disqualified for five years, commencing immediately and expiring at midnight on 6 June 2023. Acting under the provisions of AHRR 195 Stewards ordered that DESTREOS NZ be disqualified from the subject race and the placings will be amended accordingly. Mr Rattray has appealed against the conviction and penalty. Adrian Crowther CHAIRMAN OF STEWARDS – Harness (03) 6777 1900   Harnesslink Media

Brady Woods has established a substantial lead in the 6ty° Youngbloods Challenge after Sunday night’s second round of heats in Hobart. The Fingal reinsman went into the meeting sitting in second place on the points table, four points behind first-round leader Braden Howlett. After finishing seventh with Sheastandout in Heat three, Woods snapped up the maximum points on offer (16 pts) guiding four-year-old gelding Usain Jolt to victory in Heat four. The Tony Peterson-trained Village Jolt-Dressed In Black gelding broke a frustrating run of six seconds from nine starts this season, much to the delight of punters who stuck-fast with the classy pacer sending it out the $2.40 favourite. “It was great to see Usain Jolt back in the winner’s list, it’s been a tough season for him, he’s loomed up a number of times to win but just hasn’t put them away like he did in his two and three-year-old seasons but he hit the line well on Sunday night” said Tony. “I think he had lost his way a little as the season has gone on but we have just persevered with him after all his overall record is great, he’s won eight races and finished second 10 times including a couple chasing Harjeet so you have to be happy with that in this game.” Tony is not only recognised as one of the state’s leading trainers but acknowledged as a former champion reinsman so his thoughts on the driving effort of Brady Woods carries enormous weight. “Brady drove Usain Jolt a treat, he positioned him well in the run on the back of Zhukov Leis, which we discussed looked the main danger, he bided his time to perfection and let the big fella loose and he ran them down in the straight,” said the delighted trainer. “I’ve been watching Brady drive now for the last 12 months and I like what I see, he drives well and makes sound decisions and handles and presents himself well, on and off the track, if he continues down the same path he will have a good future in the industry,” said Tony. “Unfortunately Brady is caught in a tricky spot as he had organised to be away on a holiday this week and if he can’t make changes to those arrangements he won’t be available to drive in Launceston on Sunday night in the last round of heats which would be a real shame considering he is currently leading the challenge.” Youngbloods Points Table Heats 3 & 4 41 pts – Brady Woods 33 pts – Samantha Gangell 30 pts – Hannah Van dongen 29 pts – Braden Howlett 28 pts – Dylan Ford 25 pts Taylor Ford 24 pts – Charlie Castles 23 pts – Germain Boisrame 20 pts – Samantha Freeman  7 pts – Wade Rattray 5 pts – Matthew Howlett   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

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

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  

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

Paul Hill has enjoyed a sensational run over the years training some of the state's top harness racing juveniles. The Old Beach mentor is the man with the Midas touch, last season applying the polish to reigning two-year-old Filly of the Year, Iden Bliss, and three-year-old titleholder Playing Arkabella. Paul is equally at home in the sulky but one of his qualities as a top horseman and trainer is knowing that when one of the leading drivers in the state is available you utilise their talent get the job done. Paul's impressive three-year-old Feelin Dusty is engaged tonight in Hobart in race three, the Roberts Sprint Lane Pace, and he has called upon the services of Hall Of Fame reinsman Ricky Duggan. Duggan has driven the Mr Feelgood-Maybe Elite colt on six occasions for three victories and three placings and will need to be at his best tonight to navigate a successful path after drawing wide on the second line in 11. Last year’s Dandy Patch winner has come back strongly as a three-year-old winning three races this season including a runaway 15-metre victory in Hobart on March 18. “It’s a tricky draw so I will be looking to settle back and assess the race from there if the cards fall our way I’d like to travel into the race with a cart up at the bell, hopefully on the back of Streetside Classic,” said a thoughtful Duggan. “I drove Streetside Classic last time out when he ran fourth to Mister Magic Man in Launceston and he has a lot of ability so I won't be underestimating him and Gareth will more than likely try and find the top with Lead Singer so I’m excepting a very competitive race.” “I wouldn’t be swapping my bloke for anything, he’s a talented colt with plenty of courage, he trialled well earlier in the week and Paul always has him ready to race, he’s only missed a place once in 13 starts and that was when he finished in a different suburb after being knocked out of the race, there are not many pacers with a record like that,” said Ricky with a touch of confidence. Tonight's seven-event Tasmanian Pacing Club card, commencing at 18.08, can be viewed via the live service at   Shane Yates  

Victorian trainer Emma Stewart continued her dominance on the stated feature races this season when Maraetai was an easy winner of the Group 3 Sky Racing Tasmanian Derby at the Elwick Racing Complex in Hobart on Sunday evening, one of many highlights on the Tasmanian harness racing scene in the past seven days. With the upcoming sires' stakes race series just around the corner, we are seeing many of the states best-bred pacers warming up for there respective $50,000 Group 2 Finals that will be staged in coming months. This week there will be two meetings held across the state with the Tasmanian Pacing Club staging seven races on Friday night before the action heads North up the Midlands Highway where the Launceston Pacing Club conducts an eight-race card. The Stars Maraetai - brilliant winner of the Tasmanian Derby to win untroubled by 33.9-metres in a mile rate of 1:58.8 which was only 1.2 seconds outside of the track record held by Blacks A Fake and Flashing Red during the 2006 Inter Dominion series. Ricky Duggan - proved once again why he is in the hall of fame with a driving treble on Sunday night. Paul Hill - the “King of the Kids” produced another smart youngster in Enterprising Milly to win on debut. Rohan Hadley - moved into fifth position onto the states driver’s premiership table after his treble in Devonport on Friday night. Multiple Winners Devonport- Friday Rohan Hadley- driving treble; Sophias Angel, Midair Meltdown and Jeans Mattjesty. John Walters - driving double; Mi Ju Dan and Berty Mack. Todd Rattray - driving double; Campaign Drive and Bettor Pay Me. Ben Yole - training double; Midair Meltdown and Jeans Mattjesty Hobart - Sunday Ricky Duggan - driving treble; Enterprising Milly, Resurgent Dream, Vouvray Beach. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Devonport on Friday. Ektoras 58.35, Regal Idea 58.50, Lord Stark 58.53, Dayraid 59.02 and Blisstar 59.03. View the sectionals across the ten-races here. And from Tasmanian Derby night in Hobart on Sunday. Maraetai 56.80, Followthewind 57.15, Rockin An Runnin 57.28, Enterprising Milly 57.58 and Blackjackhanover 57.65. Click here to view to view sectionals from every starter at the meeting. Tasracing Official Price Devonport Defied The Drift: Sophias Angel $3.40 out to $4.20, Regal Idea $5.00 out to $6.00 and Bettor Pay Me $3.20 out to $4.40. Missed: Albayzin $1.90 into $1.75 and Sheer Strength $7.50 into $5.00. Hobart Defied The Drift: Origin Cronk $2.15 out to $2.70 and Resurgent Dream $3.70 out to $4.20. Missed: Manganello $2.60 into $2.25. Black Booker Still Hungover Put up a terrific display on debut in the two-year-old in Hobart on Sunday. The Rodney Ashwood trained pacer showed terrific gate speed to lead in a 28.7 seconds opening quarter before driver Alex Ashwood backed off the tempo. The short price favourite Enterprising Milly worked around the field before the half mile and sat outside Still Hungover. The Tasracing Calculated Sectionals recorded Still Hungover’s last two quarters in 28.49 and 29.40 and didn’t go down without a fight to be defeated only 1.3-metres with 10-metres back to Juniper who was a winner at her start prior. Watch the replay here. Trial File Carrick Park - Saturday The Craig Hayes trained and driven Scooterwillrev continued his preparation when he recorded the quickest winning mile rate of the morning of 2:03.4 for the 2150 metre trip. Racing outside the leader Scooterwillrev recorded at 12-metre victory over the leader Dodgermemate. Other winners on Saturday morning included smart two-year-old Sunny Sanz 2:11.1, Harshali 2:09.2, Ideal Karalta 2:03.6, North Star Lad 2:06.7, Sea Sky 2:16.7 and Smilin Geoff 2:07.2. Hobart - Monday Former Hobart Pacing Cup winner Remember Joe recorded the quickest mile rate of the night of 2:04.1 in the opening trial which was understanding start conditions. The Juanita McKenzie trained gelding defeated his stablemate Isaac by a neck in the three-horse field. All runners in the trial started off the front mark and not the 40-metre handicap as listed in the official results which subsequently effects the official mile rate listed on the trial. Other winners on the night included; Resurgent Storm (2:04.2), Feelin Dusty (2:07.3), Falcon Harry (2:05.8) and Witch Master (2:06.2). Week Ahead Harness racing in Tasmania this weekend kicks off with a seven-event fixture in Hobart on Friday evening. In the third event of the night the Paul Hill trained, Feelin Dusty will be chasing his seventh career win when he lines up in race three. The winner of over $50,000 in prize money has not missed a place in nine starts on the Hobart track where he has recorded five wins and four placings. The tier one meeting of the week will be at Launceston Sunday, where the Kate MacLeod trained and driven pacer Beam Me Up Chopper will be looking for back-to-back wins after producing a terrific performance to win at his most recent start on Easter Cup night. Warhorse Destreos will have another chance to register his 100th career win when he lines up in the third race of the night. Duncan Dornauf

Night One of the harness racing Easter Cup Carnival was run in extremely wet conditions in Launceston on Sunday where Isaac and Harjeet were easy winners of the heats of Tasmania’s richest race of the season. It’s is important to consider the heavy track conditions when assessing the form out of the meeting which included Im Compliant and Dasher Houli continuing their good form of late. It was also a strong day’s racing in Hobart last Friday afternoon where there was a couple of well-supported runners greeting the judge first. This Saturday night sees an outstanding 10-race program for the Launceston Pacing Club’s premier night which has been well supported by trainers and owners with full fields across the night. The Stars Mark Reggett – is having a month to remember with his small team and was rewarded with a weekend double with Do It For Dave in Hobart on Friday and Dasher Houli in Launceston on Sunday. Ricky Duggan – produced two copybook drives on Sunday evening including Isaac in the opening heat of the Easter Cup. Rohan Hillier – out of his last 43 starters as a trainer on the Launceston track alone in the last 12-months, only ten of his stable runners have missed a top-three finish. Hillier didn’t let his strike rate down with a training and driving double last Sunday. Todd Rattray – took driving honours on Sunday with a driving treble. In Launceston for the past 12-months Rattray drives a winner in every 3.9 drives. Multiple Winners Hobart – Friday Rohan Hadley– driving double; Shadow Ross and Sophias Angel Launceston – Sunday Todd Rattray– training and driving double with; Juniper and Harjeet. Driving treble with Dasher Houli. Ricky Duggan – driving double; Isaac and Jakes A Joy. Rohan Hillier – training and driving double; Im Compliant and Dufrense. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Hobart on Friday. Washies Chance 57.83, Fortino 58.35, Paint The Wind 58.40, Karalta Demon 58.87, Shadow Ross and The Dip 58.61 View the sectionals across the eight-race program here. And in Launceston on Sunday. Im Compliant 58.34, Juniper 58.37, Usain Jolt 58.52, Isaac 58.74 and Followthewind 58.90. Click here to view all the sectionals from the meeting and when doing so consider the extremely heavy track conditions from the rain in the lead up to the meeting. Tasracing Official Price Hobart Hit: Do It For Dave $3.30 into $2.50 and Washies Chance $2.90 into $2.50 Defied The Drift: Shadow Ross $4.60 out to $6.00, Reason To Grin $3.30 out to $3.90 and Fortino $4.40 out to $5.00. Missed: Striker Jim (5th) $10 into $7.50 Launceston Hit: Jakes A Joy $8.00 into $6.50. Defied The Drift: Johns Legacy $71 out to $81, Isaac $8.50 out to $10 and Dasher Houli $3.90 out to $4.40. Missed: Queens Advocate $5.50 into $4.60 and El Jays Monza $17 into $13 Black Booker Buster William It was a tough night to assess the form going forward due to the track conditions but there was a lot to like about the run of Buster William. From barrier two on the second-row driver, Mark Yole kept driving forward to settle in the one-out one-back trail until the horse that was racing in front of him worked to the lead resulting in him racing outside the leader for the final mile. Working to the lead at the 700-metre mark Yole attempted to outsprint his rivals over the final 250 metres and was still in front till the final 10-metres when talented five-year-old Im Compliant put the nose in front to defeat Buster William for the second start in a row. I acknowledge Buster William is already the winner of six races from 24-starts but there is a win in him very shortly. Watch the replay of Sunday’s race here. Trial File Devonport on Monday Three trials were staged at the Devonport Showgrounds on Monday where the Shelley Barnes trained Mister Last recorded the quickest winning mile rate of the night in 2:03.7 when winning a combined two and three-year-old trial. Mister Last is a gelded son of Washington Vc and was driven by Paul Ashwood who scored by half a metre over Maybe Jack with 29.5-metres back to the third placegetter, Kaycee. The other two trials were won by Selling The Dream (2:08.3) and Chirac (2:06.0). Week Ahead The $75,000 Group 2 Easter Cup is the richest harness race in Tasmania for the 2017/18 season, and like always the cup has brought together an open and competitive field. Harjeet has opened up the short price favourite at $1.65 over the other heat winner Isaac at $5.50 with Star Chamber and Lets Elope on the next line in betting at $10. Stagger Lee, Mister Lennox and Queens Advocate round out those that are under the $20 quote. The 10-race program gets underway way at 18:22 on Saturday with Tasracing’s hosted live stream coverage  commencing at 17:55. Duncan Dornauf

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

It was a massive week on the Tasmanian harness racing scene with last week's meetings being held in primetime twilight slots on Friday and Saturday. In Hobart on Friday, the 2014 Tasmania Cup winner Star Chamber bounced back into the winner's circle for the first time since May 2016 with a dominant win in the Metropolitan Cup. The action then headed to the country place of pace at Carrick Park where Call Her Julie was too strong for her rivals winning the 2018 Carrick Park Pacing Cup for Oatlands trainer-driver Matthew Cooper. Meanwhile, Semowillrev (pictured) outstayed his rivals in the Tasmanian Country Championship for the three-year-olds as he continues his path to the Tasmanian Derby on April 8. Hannah Van Dongen registered the states first win in Tasmania for Team Teal when partnering Cemento Rapido to victory. The Team Teal promotion runs through until March 11 when the inaugural Australian Female Drivers Championship will be held in Launceston. The action this week kicks off in Hobart on Friday evening while the Devonport Harness Racing Club will stage four $12,000 feature races on their nine-race programme on Sunday evening. The Stars Matthew Cooper - enjoyed his biggest win in the industry when he trained and drove Call Her Julie to victory in the Carrick Park Pacing Cup. The Lombo Pocket Watch mare sat outside the leader to record her sixteenth win and her seventh since being in Coopers Oatlands based stable. Semowillrev - Commenced his Tasmanian Derby preparation with one of his toughest wins in the Tasmanian Country Championship when he was out three wide for the final 1200-metres to win untroubled by 12 metres. Bianca Heenan - prepared Star Chamber for his first win since May 2016 when her stable star defeated a class field in the Metropolitan Cup in Hobart. Blackjackhanover - the Campbell Watt trained pacer enjoyed dropping back in class with a tough win in a C5 to C7 Pace in Hobart. Troy Hillier - recorded his 100th win in the sulky when he partnered Illegal Immigrant to victory in Hobart. Multiple Winners Hobart - Friday Kent Rattray - training Double; Karalta Moondance and Triple Aitch Fella. John Walters - driving Double; Karalta Moondance and Triple Aitch Fella. Ben Yole - training double; Arrived In Time and Jeans Mattjesty. Carrick Park - Saturday Gareth Rattray - driving double; Cardinal Art and Semowillrev. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Hobart on Friday. Chilla Breeze 56.96, All Style Sammy 56.98, Sheer Strength 57.21, Isaac 57.22 and Star Chamber 57.23. View all sectional data from the meeting here. And from Carrick Park on Saturday. Midair Meltdown 59.21, Semowillrev 59.35, Vinnie Toretto 59.41, Cardinal Art 59.70, Mary Jill and To The Rescue 59.72. View all sectional data from the meeting here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart Hit: Triple Aitch Fella $7 into $6. Defied The Drift: Lockaway Kacie $11 out to $13, Arrived In Time $8 out to $12, Bettabrown Tiger $1.55 to $1.75, Jeans Mattjesty $21 to $26. Missed: Optimus Bart $6 into $5, Riverboat Jasper $6.50 to $5.50. Black Booker Bobby Direct Was having his first start since joining the Kent Rattray stable after two unplaced runs in regional Victoria. From barrier one the Mach Three gelding settled behind the leader before weaving into the clear around the home corner before working home to finish third. There is no doubt Bobby Direct still has a little bit more to learn as he did race greenly in stages, he is a horse I believe we can keep an eye on in upcoming non-winner's races. Watch the replay here. Trial File Devonport on Monday The Melissa Maine trained Tisu Spirit recorded the quickest mile rate of the five trials ran in 2:05.8. The American Ideal gelding recorded back to back wins in August, was having his second trial back this preparation. Tisu Spirit worked to the lead early and scored in Monday's trial by 15-metre over Miss Superbia. Winners of the other four trials held were; Jaminas Joy (2:07.0), Reactor Mac (2:12.9), Heavenly Rock (2:06.1) and Border Cross (2:06.8). Week Ahead American Ideal filly Ideal Bliss will be looking to register her fifth win at start seven when she lines up in the opening race in Hobart on Friday at 16:50. The Paul Hill trained pacer will be having her first start in 75-days and hasn’t been sighted since her win on December 10 when she was too strong defeating Vouvray Beach by 5.8 metres. Despite drawing barrier five on the second row over the 1609 metre journey for Friday’s assignment, Ideal Bliss does look a class above her rivals. There is plenty of feature racing in Devonport on Sunday evening including the final of the Allen Williams Memorial where Smithton owner-breeders Trevor and Marjorie Leis will be hoping for success in the race with one of their two runners in the race Volkova Leis and Karpenkova Leis. Volkova Leis won the opening heat in Devonport on February 2, trained by Shelley Barnes the Bettors Delight mare will be driven by Gareth Rattray in Sunday’s $12,000 final. The other runner in the race for Trevor and Marjorie is the Todd Rattray trained and driven pacer Karpenkova Leis who broke her maiden status when winning a heat of this race in Launceston on February 11, the Somebeachsomewhere filly has a horror draw to overcome starting from outside the second row. The first of nine races on Sunday gets underway at 17:34. Duncan Dornauf

It was another great week of Tasmanian harness racing in the past seven days. Black Centurian broke through for a well-deserved win in the $12,000 Launceston Discretionary on Sunday, while Sea Double Ugrant was too strong for his rivals in the $12,000 Harry Holgate Memorial. Two heats of the Allen Williams Memorial were also staged with Stuckfast successful in the heat in Burnie on Friday while Karpenkova Leis was successful in an action-packed heat in Launceston. This week we see no racing in Tasmania on Sunday with racing being staged in Hobart this evening where the Metropolitan Cup is the main race on the nine-race programme that commences at 17:10. Saturday's Carrick Park Pacing Cup and Tasmanian Three-year-old Country Championship race meeting will, unfortunately, have no off-track betting but there is a quality eight event card for patrons that make there way trackside. Both meetings will be telecast on Tasracing's live stream service at The Stars Paul Ashwood - produced a copybook drive aboard Offthetopofmyhead, whom he also trains to win the $10,000 Chartley Estate Pace. It was the four-year-old entires eight career win at start 24. Dylan Ford - only has eight horses in his care but was able to snare a weekend double with Stuckfast at Burnie and Padabing Stride in Launceston. Mark Yole - continued his good association with four-year-old gelding Sea Double Ugrant who took out the $12,000 Harry Holgate Memorial in Launceston. Steven Davis - the Spreyton trainer was rewarded with a win in the $12,000 Launceston Discretionary on Sunday with Black Centurian who has been racing well in a number of feature races without winning. Laughyaheadoff - continued her liking for the Burnie track when she brought up her sixth win at the venue which was her ninth win overall. The Allister Woods trained and driven mare has finished in the top three placings on 16 occasions with only one of those efforts coming under mobile start conditions. Multiple Winners Burnie - Friday Gareth Rattray - driving double; Stuckfast and As Himself. Launceston - Sunday Todd Rattray - driving treble; Harjeet, Dasher Houli and Karpenkova Leis. Training double with; Harjeet and Karpenkova Leis. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Launceston on Sunday. Washmepockets 55.71, Jaccka Len 55.84, Chilla Breeze 55.86, Call Her Julie and Isaac 56.10. View all sectional data from the meeting here. Tasracing Official Price Burnie Defied The Drift: Jeanette Barry $3.20 out to $3.90, Stuckfast $6 out to $7, Laughyaheadoff $3.20 out to $4.20. Missed: Sketch $11 into $9.50 Launceston Hit: Albayzin $2.20 into $2.00 Defied The Drift: Dasher Houli $17 out to $21, Karpenkova Leis $4.80 out to $5.50 Missed: Metro Digby $18 into $16, Followthewind $2.20 into $2.05 Black Booker Karalta Moondance Drawing outside the front row after being placed ODM at her only start this Kent Rattray trained filly was restrained to the tail of the field and was driven for luck along the fence till halfway along the back straight where she was eased three wide and she showed a nice turn of foot to make up good ground to narrowly just miss out on second place. That was her first race start where she has completed the course so no doubt she will take not only some natural improvement out of the run but some confidence as well after her first start misdemeanour. Watch the replay here. Trial File Hobart on Monday The quickest mile rate of the five trials staged was by The Majority who recorded a mile rate of 2:01.8 when winning a 2090 metre standing start trial. The gelded son of Art Major was driven by Christian Salter who guided the Matthew Dwyer trained pacer to a 15-metre win over Seenohearnospeakno. Other winners included; Rollon Jack (2:06.3), Parumpapumpum (2:08.2), Delightful Julie (2:04.6) and The Aussie (2:03.9). Carrick Park on Monday Former New Zealand pacer I'm Compliant recorded the quickest mile rate at the Carrick Park session of 2:04.4. The Rohan Hillier trained and driven pacer settled last in the six-horse field before working into the trial over the final circuit. The five year old Live Or Die gelding who won five races across the Tasman raced under the name of Compliant. The remaining trials were won by; No Apachemee (2:08.9), Jakes A Joy (2:07.7), Pezzamystic (2:12.7), All Style Sammy (2:08.8) and Semowillrev (2:08.4). Week Ahead The tier one meeting of the week will be run in Hobart on Friday evening where the Metropolitan Cup is the feature event on the programme where the Matthew Dwyer trained The Majority and Queens Advocate have drawn barriers one and two. Inform driver Jack Laugher who drove a winner at Bendigo in central Victoria on Wednesday night will take the reins on The Majority who comes off a trial win on the track on Monday evening when he rated 2:01.8 after starting off a 40-metre handicap. Gareth Rattray will take the reins on Queens Advocate who has won two out of her past four starts including her last start effort in the Toreace Flying Mile on February 4. The meeting gets underway at 17:10, with the first race to be shown on Sky Racing 1 while the remaining races will be shown on Sky Racing 2.'s live stream coverage will also telecast the meeting. The Carrick Park Pacing Club will stage there cup meeting on Saturday with the first race commencing at 15:25. The Cup looks like another open race on paper with numerous county cup winners from this season including the St Marys Cup dead heaters in Solid As A Rock and Full Speed Ahead who also has the Scottsdale Cup on his CV, Burnie Cup winner Hez The One and last start New Norfolk Cup winner Poker Storm. Unlike previous years there will be no off-track betting on the programme with Ubet. There will be no radio coverage of the meeting and the only telecast of the eight-race card will be via live stream at There will be no harness racing in Tasmania on Sunday. Duncan Dornauf

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