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IF three-year-old filly Kyleasha can live up to the efforts of her half-brother Hexus then she should go on to win better races than the Kohnke Own Products Pace she contested in Launceston last night. Hexus (Classic Garry-Magi Lune) won a heat of the 2006 Inter Dominion series in Tasmania when in the care of Max Hadley and he ended his racing career with stake earnings in excess of $500,000. Kyleasha (Bettors Delight-Magi Lune) was having he first start this preparation and showed all of her half-brother’s fighting spirit to win. The filly led from gate three and travelled comfortably with her trainer Barrie Rattray in the cart while the well backed Gottalovefridays (Michael Castles) worked around the field early to face the breeze. In the home straight Gottalovefridays drew about a half-length clear of Kyleasha but Rattray’s filly refused to wilt and fought back to go on and score by a head from Gottalovefridays with outsider Rainbow Phoenix flashing home from well back to grab third. Rattray was delighted with the first-up win as he admitted she was rushed into the assignment. “This filly was underdone for this race but it came up and it was very suitable so we pushed forward and got the desired result,” Rattray said. “I’ve always had a bit of time for this filly and I was very happy with how she did during her spell after her two-year-old campaign.” Kyleasha had four starts last season for a debut second at Burnie before winning at Devonport prior to tackling the Big Park Stud Sweepstakes series in Hobart. The filly finished second in her Sweepstakes heat behind Jokers Wild Card, beaten a head, before ending her campaign with a fifth to her stablemate Fawzia in the Sweepstakes final at the end of May. “She was good last season but not quite forward enough to win a feature,” Rattray said. “She spelled well but she never came to hand as quickly as we would have liked.” Rattray says the filly has a tendency to brush her knee and that might determine how far she progresses. “That she hits her knee is a bit of a problem but we are working on ways of removing that glitch and if we can, then I believe she can go to the next level,” Rattray said. Kyleasha, owned by log time stable client Barry Stewart, is likely to have her next start in Launceston in a fortnight. PETER STAPLES

Ricky Duggan needs no introduction in Tasmanian harness racing circles having been one of the state’s best reinsmen for the past two decades. Last season he was again dominant in the sulky, and while he finished second to Gareth Rattray in the drivers’ premiership, his term was capped by two honours that were bestowed upon him at the recent annual awards dinner. Duggan, 45, won the Halwes Medal which is awarded to an industry participant for his or her achievements throughout the season. But what really pleased Duggan was his induction into the Tasmanian Harness Racing Hall of Fame…being included in the inaugural intake of the HOF was the icing on the cake for the popular reinsmen. Duggan has long been considered one of the finest Tasmanians to sit in a sulky, with his list of feature race wins clearly justifies his induction. Duggan’s achievements include: 1310 wins; Leading Driver four times - 1997/98 (68), 2002/03 (54), 2003/04 (59) and 2004/05 (78), seven Dandy Patch Finals, five Devonport Cups, four Raider Stakes, three Easter Cups, three Globe Derby, Granny Smith and Bandbos Finals, two Evicus Finals, Danbury Park Cups and Two-Year-Old Sweepstakes and a Metropolitan Cup. PETER STAPLES

TALENTED Tasmanian harness racing trainer Rodney Ashwood stated he got a “real buzz” out of preparing the winner of the David Medhurst Memorial Pace at Tattersall’s Park in Hobart last Sunday night. Ashwood was close friends with Medhurst, who sadly lost his life at a young age in a car accident last year at a time when he was making an impact as a trainer-driver. Ashwood’s mare Belliciouslips led throughout when rated perfectly by promising novice driver Wade Rattray, son of veteran trainer Kent Rattray. “Wade is a very good young driver and he did a great job rating the mare superbly,” Ashwood said. “I try and give the young drivers as many opportunities as I can because they are our future and I think we need to look closely at doing what we can to keep them in the game.” Belliciouslips showed good gate speed to lead from the front line, and when seriously challenged along the home straight, the daughter of Sutter Hanover responded like a good horse to draw clear for comfortable victory. It was only the mare’s 14th start, but it was her sixth win and Ashwood is confident she can add to her tally as the season progresses. Belliciouslips won twice at two, while last season she beat Australian and Tasmanian Three-Year-Old Filly of the Year, Barynya, in a $10,000 fillies’ event at Hobart. PETER STAPLES

TALENTED harness racing trainer Zeke Slater has built a reputation for rekindling the careers of horses which have lost form and at Hobart last Sunday night he was at it again. Mister Pinjarra made his debut for Slater in a C2 Pace over 2090 metres and delivered the goods with a powerful last 400 metres to score from Spot Nine and Maybe Doc. Mister Pinjarra was driven patiently by Nathan Ford, who waited until entering the back straight before calling on the son of P Forty Seven for the supreme effort. Slater purchased the five-year-old on the internet for $2500. “I had a few blokes from Victoria who were keen to get a horse and I found this one and we got him at the right price,” Slater said. “When he arrived at my stables he had lost form, but he had won seven and been placed 15 times from just over 40 starts in New South Wales, so I was quietly confident we would pick up a race or two with him here in Tassie. “He also had a recurrence of a minor tendon injury, but working on the beach has been good for him and he is a very happy horse at the moment and he raced accordingly on Sunday.” Slater doesn’t believe Mister Pinjarra will reach any great heights in Tasmania but says he will be very disappointed if he didn’t win more races. It was good night for Slater who landed a double after his former smart free-for-aller Greysteel scored an impressive win in the Wolfe Brothers Pace over 2090 metres. The 10-year-old powered home to score from Spot Nine and Maybe Doc to give Slater plenty of reasons to smile. “We all know that Greysteel was a very classy open class horse when at the top of his game, but he’s had plenty of problems since he was winning feature races during the Christmas Carnivals here in Tassie.” “He had an operation and that has helped overcome some issues, and if we can keep him sound, I’m sure he will be competitive in the better races later in the year.” PETER STAPLES

Star Tasmanian reinsman Ricky Duggan ended the 2013/14 harness racing season on a high when he drove five winners at the last meeting of the term in Hobart last Sunday night. It was a personal best for Duggan who has driven a quartet on numerous occasions, including three times last June. The haul took Duggan’s season’s tally to 83 wins, while not enough to overhaul Gareth Rattray (95) in the race for premiership honours, it should have earned him a bunch of points in the Halwes Medal count for which he is a top contender. At the end of June dual Halwes Medallist Rattray held a slender three-point lead over Duggan in the race for the 2014 medal. Rattray was sitting on 58 votes, with Todd Rattray third with 45 points when votes went ‘in camera’. Rounding off the top 10 were Barrie Rattray (34), Nathan Ford (32), Rohan Hillier (27), Juanita McKenzie (23), Dylan Ford (21), Craig Hayes (21) and Zeke Slater (21). Votes from the last two months of the term will be revealed at the annual awards night. With Rattray sidelined through illness during the past six weeks, the voting for the Halwes Medal promises to be very intriguing. Duggan’s winners were Cardinal Spec, Our Chain Of Command, Oscar Blakedon, Giuliani and Something Eyre, with the son of Ohoka Arizona completing a hat-trick in the process. Todd landed a double with Freyde and Tizsyalator as did top trainer Juanita McKenzie, who scored with Something Eyre and Our Chain of Command. - PETER STAPLES

At the end of June dual Halwes Medalist Gareth Rattray held a slender three point lead over Ricky Duggan in the race for the 2014 Halwes Medal. At the end of June, Rattray had 58 votes from Duggan on 55 with Todd Rattray in third place on 45. The top ten also includes Barrie Rattray (34), Nathan Ford (32), Rohan Hillier (27), Juanita McKenzie (23), Dylan Ford (21), Craig Hayes (21) and Zeke Slater (21). As Gareth Rattray has been sidelined for the past six weeks owing to a necessity to have major surgery, the voting for the Halwes Medal promises to be very interesting up to the final meeting of the season last Sunday night. The Halwes Medal is sponsored by BOTRA Tasmania and Jamie Cockshutt. The award recognises excellence in horsemanship and operates under the following format: A panel of nine members is rostered to vote throughout the harness season (September 2013 to August 2014). Panel members are Jamie Cockshutt, Peter Cooley, Greg Mansfield, Kevin Neilson, Matt Robertson, David Sales, Damien Seaton, Peter Staples and Shane Yates. A panel member votes on each meeting and has 10 votes to allocate. The 10 votes can be allocated at the panel member's discretion with a maximum of five votes for any trainer or driver. Only Tasmanian registered licensed persons are eligible to receive votes.   Halwes Medal votes for the last 13 meetings (July and August) will be announced at the Tasracing Harness Awards Dinner at Country Club Tasmania, Launceston on Saturday 13 September.   The BOTRA Young Achiever Award is run in conjunction with the Halwes Medal and is restricted to licensed persons aged 24 or under as at 1 September 2013. Dylan Ford leads with 21 votes followed by Nick Brockman (19), Duncan Dornauf (11), Lyarna Graham (11), Matthew Howlett (9), Tim Yole (6) and Brady Woods (5).   Halwes Medal votes to 1 July 2014 are: 58 Gareth Rattray 55 Ricky Duggan 45 Todd Rattray 34 Barrie Rattray 32 Nathan Ford 27 Rohan Hillier 23 Juanita McKenzie 21 Dylan Ford 21 Craig Hayes 21 Zeke Slater 19 Nick Brockman 16 Adrian Duggan, Dick Eaves, Grant Hodges 15 Troy Hillier 13 Steve Davis, Andrew Rawlings 11 Duncan Dornauf, Lyarna Graham 10 Paul Ashwood, John Walters, 9 Matthew Howlett 8 Kate Macleod 7 Justin Campbell, Erin Hollaway, Heath Szczypka, 6 Adrian Collins, Rohan Hadley, Brooke Hammond, Tim Maine, Zane Medhurst, Tim Yole 5 Chris Howlett, David Mace, Kent Rattray, Christian Salter, Andrew Thornton, Brady Woods, Ben Yole, Mark Yole 4 Rod Ashwood, Kevin Denny, Matthew Dwyer, Natalee Emery, Sam Freeman, Brian Mackrill, Paul Medhurst, Ben Rossendell, Wayne Watson, Roger Whitmore, Paul Williams 3 Shelley Barnes, Eric Blomquist, Mark Butler, Taylor Ford, Paul Hill, Braden Howlett, James Johnson, Geoff Smith, Keith Toulmin, Campbell Watt, Scott Woods 2 James Austin, Daryl Bates, Roger Brown, Rod Burgess, John Castles, Mike Castles, Michael Dornauf, Kevin Gillies, Kristy Grant, Eric Jacobson, Steve Lukac, Melissa Maine, Brent Parish, Greg Scott, Damien Spring, Chris Viney, Bradley Walters, Allister Woods, Clinton Woods, Robert Woods 1 Jim Allen, Andrew Arnott, Chris Aylett, Phillip Aylett, Barry Close, Bill Dornauf, Leigh Dornauf, David Dwyer, Robert Gillie, Max Hadley, Cleone Hill, Justin Howlett, Max Jacobson, Brett Jaffray, Geoff Madden, Clayton Miller, Ben Parker, Nick Perotti, Phil Rawnsley, Brian Stanley, Ian Swain, Lindsay Tatnell. Peter Staples

At the end of June dual Halwes Medalist Gareth Rattray held a slender three point lead over Ricky Duggan in the race for the 2014 Halwes Medal. At the end of June, Rattray had 58 votes from Duggan on 55 with Todd Rattray in third place on 45. The top ten also includes Barrie Rattray (34), Nathan Ford (32), Rohan Hillier (27), Juanita McKenzie (23), Dylan Ford (21), Craig Hayes (21) and Zeke Slater (21). As Gareth Rattray has been sidelined for the past six weeks owing to a necessity to have major surgery, the voting for the Halwes Medal promises to be very interesting up to the final meeting of the season last Sunday night. The Halwes Medal is sponsored by BOTRA Tasmania and Jamie Cockshutt. The award recognises excellence in horsemanship and operates under the following format: A panel of nine members is rostered to vote throughout the harness season (September 2013 to August 2014). Panel members are Jamie Cockshutt, Peter Cooley, Greg Mansfield, Kevin Neilson, Matt Robertson, David Sales, Damien Seaton, Peter Staples and Shane Yates. A panel member votes on each meeting and has 10 votes to allocate. The 10 votes can be allocated at the panel member's discretion with a maximum of five votes for any trainer or driver. Only Tasmanian registered licensed persons are eligible to receive votes.   Halwes Medal votes for the last 13 meetings (July and August) will be announced at the Tasracing Harness Awards Dinner at Country Club Tasmania, Launceston on Saturday 13 September.   The BOTRA Young Achiever Award is run in conjunction with the Halwes Medal and is restricted to licensed persons aged 24 or under as at 1 September 2013. Dylan Ford leads with 21 votes followed by Nick Brockman (19), Duncan Dornauf (11), Lyarna Graham (11), Matthew Howlett (9), Tim Yole (6) and Brady Woods (5).   Halwes Medal votes to 1 July 2014 are: 58 Gareth Rattray 55 Ricky Duggan 45 Todd Rattray 34 Barrie Rattray 32 Nathan Ford 27 Rohan Hillier 23 Juanita McKenzie 21 Dylan Ford 21 Craig Hayes 21 Zeke Slater 19 Nick Brockman 16 Adrian Duggan, Dick Eaves, Grant Hodges 15 Troy Hillier 13 Steve Davis, Andrew Rawlings 11 Duncan Dornauf, Lyarna Graham 10 Paul Ashwood, John Walters, 9 Matthew Howlett 8 Kate Macleod 7 Justin Campbell, Erin Hollaway, Heath Szczypka, 6 Adrian Collins, Rohan Hadley, Brooke Hammond, Tim Maine, Zane Medhurst, Tim Yole 5 Chris Howlett, David Mace, Kent Rattray, Christian Salter, Andrew Thornton, Brady Woods, Ben Yole, Mark Yole 4 Rod Ashwood, Kevin Denny, Matthew Dwyer, Natalee Emery, Sam Freeman, Brian Mackrill, Paul Medhurst, Ben Rossendell, Wayne Watson, Roger Whitmore, Paul Williams 3 Shelley Barnes, Eric Blomquist, Mark Butler, Taylor Ford, Paul Hill, Braden Howlett, James Johnson, Geoff Smith, Keith Toulmin, Campbell Watt, Scott Woods 2 James Austin, Daryl Bates, Roger Brown, Rod Burgess, John Castles, Mike Castles, Michael Dornauf, Kevin Gillies, Kristy Grant, Eric Jacobson, Steve Lukac, Melissa Maine, Brent Parish, Greg Scott, Damien Spring, Chris Viney, Bradley Walters, Allister Woods, Clinton Woods, Robert Woods 1 Jim Allen, Andrew Arnott, Chris Aylett, Phillip Aylett, Barry Close, Bill Dornauf, Leigh Dornauf, David Dwyer, Robert Gillie, Max Hadley, Cleone Hill, Justin Howlett, Max Jacobson, Brett Jaffray, Geoff Madden, Clayton Miller, Ben Parker, Nick Perotti, Phil Rawnsley, Brian Stanley, Ian Swain, Lindsay Tatnell. Peter Staples

At the end of June dual Halwes Medalist Gareth Rattray held a slender three point lead over Ricky Duggan in the race for the 2014 Halwes Medal. At the end of June, Rattray had 58 votes from Duggan on 55 with Todd Rattray in third place on 45. The top ten also includes Barrie Rattray (34), Nathan Ford (32), Rohan Hillier (27), Juanita McKenzie (23), Dylan Ford (21), Craig Hayes (21) and Zeke Slater (21). As Gareth Rattray has been sidelined for the past six weeks owing to a necessity to have major surgery, the voting for the Halwes Medal promises to be very interesting up to the final meeting of the season last Sunday night. The Halwes Medal is sponsored by BOTRA Tasmania and Jamie Cockshutt. The award recognises excellence in horsemanship and operates under the following format: A panel of nine members is rostered to vote throughout the harness season (September 2013 to August 2014). Panel members are Jamie Cockshutt, Peter Cooley, Greg Mansfield, Kevin Neilson, Matt Robertson, David Sales, Damien Seaton, Peter Staples and Shane Yates. A panel member votes on each meeting and has 10 votes to allocate. The 10 votes can be allocated at the panel member's discretion with a maximum of five votes for any trainer or driver. Only Tasmanian registered licensed persons are eligible to receive votes.   Halwes Medal votes for the last 13 meetings (July and August) will be announced at the Tasracing Harness Awards Dinner at Country Club Tasmania, Launceston on Saturday 13 September.   The BOTRA Young Achiever Award is run in conjunction with the Halwes Medal and is restricted to licensed persons aged 24 or under as at 1 September 2013. Dylan Ford leads with 21 votes followed by Nick Brockman (19), Duncan Dornauf (11), Lyarna Graham (11), Matthew Howlett (9), Tim Yole (6) and Brady Woods (5).   Halwes Medal votes to 1 July 2014 are: 58 Gareth Rattray 55 Ricky Duggan 45 Todd Rattray 34 Barrie Rattray 32 Nathan Ford 27 Rohan Hillier 23 Juanita McKenzie 21 Dylan Ford 21 Craig Hayes 21 Zeke Slater 19 Nick Brockman 16 Adrian Duggan, Dick Eaves, Grant Hodges 15 Troy Hillier 13 Steve Davis, Andrew Rawlings 11 Duncan Dornauf, Lyarna Graham 10 Paul Ashwood, John Walters, 9 Matthew Howlett 8 Kate Macleod 7 Justin Campbell, Erin Hollaway, Heath Szczypka, 6 Adrian Collins, Rohan Hadley, Brooke Hammond, Tim Maine, Zane Medhurst, Tim Yole 5 Chris Howlett, David Mace, Kent Rattray, Christian Salter, Andrew Thornton, Brady Woods, Ben Yole, Mark Yole 4 Rod Ashwood, Kevin Denny, Matthew Dwyer, Natalee Emery, Sam Freeman, Brian Mackrill, Paul Medhurst, Ben Rossendell, Wayne Watson, Roger Whitmore, Paul Williams 3 Shelley Barnes, Eric Blomquist, Mark Butler, Taylor Ford, Paul Hill, Braden Howlett, James Johnson, Geoff Smith, Keith Toulmin, Campbell Watt, Scott Woods 2 James Austin, Daryl Bates, Roger Brown, Rod Burgess, John Castles, Mike Castles, Michael Dornauf, Kevin Gillies, Kristy Grant, Eric Jacobson, Steve Lukac, Melissa Maine, Brent Parish, Greg Scott, Damien Spring, Chris Viney, Bradley Walters, Allister Woods, Clinton Woods, Robert Woods 1 Jim Allen, Andrew Arnott, Chris Aylett, Phillip Aylett, Barry Close, Bill Dornauf, Leigh Dornauf, David Dwyer, Robert Gillie, Max Hadley, Cleone Hill, Justin Howlett, Max Jacobson, Brett Jaffray, Geoff Madden, Clayton Miller, Ben Parker, Nick Perotti, Phil Rawnsley, Brian Stanley, Ian Swain, Lindsay Tatnell. Peter Staples

ONE of last season's better performed three-year-old pacers Riverboat Jasper showed he could be back on track when he resumed from a lengthy spell with a solid win in a C5-C8 over 2200 metres in Launceston on Tuesday. Riverboat Jasper was struck with a mystery illness after he returned to Tasmania from an interstate campaign in Victoria earlier this year. The Wayne Campbell-trained four-year-old had not been to the races since late April but delivered a stellar performance to score comfortably from Divas Delight and Melolyn in what was a hot field of C5 or better pacers. "The horse got crook after returning from Victoria so we had to give him a decent break," Campbell said. "We gave him a couple of months off and he has been back in work about 11 weeks." "This was a good first-up effort but I haven' got any fixed plans for him." "I'm a bit like a football coach - I'm taking it one game at a time," he said. Riverboat Jasper was great last season winning eight and placing four times from 13 starts. This latest win was his second this season but he also has notched five minor placings from his nine starts. Peter Staples

TALENTED harness racing trainer-driver Justin Campbell prepared his first treble on the Launceston circuit in 12 years when he dominated at yesterday's rescheduled Launceston Pacing Club meeting. Campbell won aboard John Snow and Damitsam that he also trains and he opened his account for the day aboard the Steve Lucak-trained Stoner Rainbow. It was almost 12 years to the day that Campbell prepared his first treble in Launceston with Really Mal, Itsalongwalkhome and General Kiev. However that trio gave Campbell a record that might never be equaled. The same three horses won at three consecutive meetings in Tasmania in August 2002. "Itsalongwalkhome, Really Mal and General Kiev won at two consecutive meetings at the old Hobart Showground and again at Mowbray so it was a fairly unique effort,' Campbell said. Campbell's treble on Tuesday also had an omen-like tint to it as one of the races he won 12 years ago was the Gareth Rattray Stakes and yesterday Damitsam won the Get Well Gareth Rattray Stakes. "Had we had the information before the meeting started we might have had a little something all-up especially on the Gareth Rattray Stakes won by Damitsam," Campbell said. Campbell said the circumstances surrounding yesterday's meeting - originally scheduled for last Sunday but postponed because of the state of the track caused by heavy rain, meant his horses hadn't been hoppled for eight days. "A lot can be said for not hoppling the horses for eight days because they all ran really well," he said. Campbell was full of praise for his two-year-old John Snow, named after a character from the pay TV show Game of Thrones, but he was particularly impressed with the win of Damitsam. "I just love this horse (Damitsam) because he tries his guts out every time he comes to the races," he said. Peter Staples

Well bred three-year-old pacer Stonor Rainbow delivered a solid performance to score a narrow but decisive win in the Impress Print Pace at the harness racing meeting at the Tote Racing Centre in Launceston today. With Justin Campbell in the cart, Stonor Rainbow showed his customary early speed to easily cross to the front from gate four and proceeded to set a solid tempo with Vincent Can Go on his outside and the well-backed Cardinal Spec settled well back in the field from his wide second-row draw. When the back markers started their moves Campbell lifted the tempo to ensure his followers would have to work to make ground and the tactic worked perfectly. The Steve Lukac-trained gelding powered home and had enough in hand to score narrowly from Cardinal Spec that was the widest runner in the home straight with Vincent Can Go hanging on for third. The winner clocked a mile rate of 2m.02.25 with an overall time of 2m.47.12s. Peter Staples

Nicholas Brockman might have been concentrating on honing his skills as a farrier this past year but he proved in Launceston today that he has lost none of his prowess in the sulky. Brockman partnered the heavily backed Bravo Charlie to a decisive victory in the McKillop Insurance Brokers Pace over 2200 metres and it was one of the drives of the day. Brockman had Bravo Charlie settled one-out-two back and while it wasn't the position he had hoped for it was good enough for him to give the gelding the run of the race. When Brockman eased hi charge three-wide to challenge the gelding quickly forged to the lead and went on to score comfortably by almost three metres from Me Mate Les with Gottalovefridays just over two metres away third. The Wayne Watson-trained three-year-old recorded a mile rate of 2.01.23 and ran home his last half (800m) in a handy 58.93. The gelding began his career in Queensland and only landed in Watson's stables in October last year. Peter Staples

THE outcome of The Examiner Stakes for C1 class pacers in Launceston today was always going to be determined by the caliber of reinsmanship. And so it was with underrated driver Samantha Freeman guiding race favourite The Family Guy to victory in a keenly contested event over 2200 metres at The Tote Racing Centre. Robyn Scherbotsky showed god early speed to easily find the front and once settled driver Troy Hillier ensured a solid tempo while Freeman had The Family Guy settled near the rear of the field from his outside second-row draw. But it was a lightning-like move made by Freeman midrace hat saw The Family Guy rush around the field to sit at the leader's wheel. The leading pair settled down to a two-horse war in the home straight but when Freeman called on her charge for the supreme effort the gelded son of Union Guy forged clear and went on to defeat Robyn Scherbotsky by almost two metres with Lovethelifeyoulive almost six metres away third after trailing the leader throughout. The Family Guy's trainer Brent Parish confirmed it was the drive that won the race. "Sam (Freeman) told me before the race that if she drove the horse well he should win and that's pretty much how it panned out" Parish said. Freeman was having her fourth drive aboard The Family Guy and had been placed at her three previous drives on the four-year-old. The Family Guy has now won nine and been placed 18 times from his 52 starts for over $54,000 in stakes. Peter Staples

STAR Tasmanian four-year-old pacer Pachacuti was far from disgraced when he powered home to finish a close-up fifth in the 4YO Australasian Breeders Crown final over 2240 metres at Melton today. Pachacuti was forced to tail out to last from his wide second-row draw while the Shane Triton-trained Marty Monkhouser began brilliantly from gate six to lead. The favourite Bit of a Legend spent some time in the three-wide line to eventually find his way to the "death" outside of the leader. Todd Rattray sent Pachacuti off three-wide at the bell and he enjoyed cover for 500 metres but he had to move four-wide to set sail after the leaders. The Barrie Rattray-trained gelding appeared to lose concentration nearing the home turn and lost ground but he picked up the bit in the home straight and powered home to finish fifth and only 2.6 metres from the winner Marty Monkhouser that held a 1.4 metre advantage over Bit of a Legend with Majestic Mach a close-up third. Late money for Pachacuti had him start at $10 at fixed odds with Tattsbet while the winner started at $18. Barynya just misses Breeders Crown glory Tasmania’s Victorian Oaks-winning filly Barynya went within just over a metre of taking out the 3YO Fillies final of the Australasian Breeders Crown at Melton today. With Rohan Hillier in the sulky, Barynya was smothered up three-back the fence while the heavily-backed Nike Franco rolled to the front after early leader Just Carla’s driver Amanda Turnbull handed up 1400m from home. When the leaders lifted the tempo Turnbull left the rails to challenge Nike Franco and that allowed Hillier to find the passing lane in the home straight but the game Tasmanian filly ran out of ground and was unable to run Just Carla down with Quick Draft a close-up third. The Dick Eaves-trained filly that is owned and raced by Lloyd Whish-Wilson and his wife Judy has had a brilliant season winning the Tasmanian and Victorian Oaks and was placed in a Breeders Crown final and heat to take her stake earnings to beyond $200,000. Peter Staples  

Another one of Harnesslink's previews for the big day of harness racing at Melton on Sunday. First up this time it is the turn of the 4 year old mares. Breeders Crown 4 Year Old Mares Final One mare stands head and shoulders above the rest here and that of course is the outstanding racemare Frith. The winner of 28 races as well as 8 placings from just 37 starts, Frith has a major obstacle in her way to claim win number 29. Frith has drawn one on the second row and is going to need divine intervention at some point in the race if she is to add another trophy to the cabinet. The tactics here are all important but we feel Bruce Harpley may drop Frith back early to try to get away from the inside running line. If Frith can get off the inner in the first lap then she is still the horse to beat but the draw has definitely brought her right back to the field. Just as clearly second pick for us is the super consistent Im Smouldering who has only missed a placing four times in 42 starts. She has the master Gavin Lang in the bike and the draw of five is perfect for her. Im Smouldering will definitely work her way forward and has the all round game to win this race.  After those two mares it becomes a very even contest but we always like to stick with the proven class performers and that's what we have done here. Our Femme Fatale from barrier one is a major player but she will want to take a sit because if she leads she is a sitting duck for Frith. Who she hands up to is the big question but Arma Express looks the logical choice. The Western Australian Arma Express will definitely have a look for the lead from barrier three for her trainer /driver Donald Harper. Arma Express has only had two runs back from a long spell so should have derived further improvement from her gutsy run in the heat last Sunday. The other mare we like is Couageousnquick but her draw of six makes this a difficult ask for the talented mare. Chris Alford in the bike is a big plus and she is a major player here with the run to suit. SELECTIONS Even from the draw we are still drawn back to Frith. She is one hell of a racemare and with any kind of luck Frith will notch win number 29 on Sunday. The danger for us is undoubtedly Im Smouldering who looks back to her best after her tough run for second to Frith last Sunday in the heat. After that we think that Our Femme Fatale, Arma Express and Courageousnquick all have the talent to play a part in the finish. First four players should add The Baggy Green and Cenosilocophobia to the mix as cover. Breeders Crown 4 year Old Colts/Geldings Final The old saying that form is temporary and class is permanent is apt in the case of the outstanding four year old Bit Of A Legend. Sent to Perth in December last year for the Golden Nugget, the trip turned into a nightmare for  Bit Of A Legend and he returned to New Zealand with his tail between his legs. Nursed back to full fitness by Cran Dalgety, Bit Of A Legend had his first start back from the Perth disaster at Melton last Sunday in a Breeders Crown heat. Wide early and then parked there after, Bit Of A Legend just absolutely blew them away when Dexter Dunn asked him to run at the 400 meters mark. He should take a huge amount of improvement out of his first run for over nine months and even from six on the second row Bit Of A Legend is first pick for us.  The obvious danger is Chilli Palmer who has drawn at barrier five on the front line. He likes to launch off a horses back and is not renowned for doing it tough but he does have a lightning sprint if held up for that one run. Chilli Palmer will go back at the start and look for that slingshot run at them late in the piece. The Tasmanian Pachacuti has really been in the zone lately but faces his stiffest test from four on the second line. Still a major player and can rough it but the draw has hurt his winning prospects in our view.. The winner should come from those three runners we have previewed. The next two after the leading trio are Marty Monkhouser and Lettucefib who could both run in three with a run to suit. SELECTIONS  Bit Of A Legend is shooting for his third Breeders Crown title on Sunday and we think he will bag number three. A combination of a great horse, trainer and driver means Bit Of A Legend picks himself in our view. Chilli Palmer is a clear second pick as he has beaten Guaranteed and Smoken Up this season so he has all the ability in the world. The only negative is his racing style but as he has shown in the past he can overcome that. Pachacuti has won ten of his last eleven and winning can become a habit. His trainer Barrie Rattray is top class and Pachacuti will be primed to run the race of his life on Sunday. Marty Monkhouser and Lettucefib are the next two runners we like while first four players should include Flaming Flutter and Lochinver as cover. Harnesslink Media

TRAINER-DRIVER Barrie Rattray is contemplating an interstate trip with Who Is Hardeen following his impressive win at the harness racing meeting atTattersall's Park in Hobart last Sunday night. Who Is Hardeen was forced to tail out to last from his outside-front barrier (7) but Rattray was content to sit back and bide his time on the three-year-old gelding. Nobeer Nofear led from gate three and led comfortably at his first-up assignment for Gary Bishop but he started to feel the pinch turning for home and that's when the back-markers made their moves. Stoner Rainbow and Rockbank Dancer swept up to take the lead but they had no answer to Who Is Hardeen's powerful finish. Who Is Hardeen, owned by Mark Panton, has raced seven times this season for two wins and three minor placings with his overall career stats showing his consistency with five wins and seven minor prizes from 19 starts. Peter Staples    

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