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A horrific three-horse fall during the first attempt of the Lee’s Orchard Pace marred the eight-race card in Launceston on Sunday night. Canbe Doc driven by Conor Crook galloped soon after the start and fell with Rockandhardplace driven by John Walters and Major Davvin who was driven by Adrian Duggan, all falling and losing their drivers. The race was called off straight after the incident. Drivers Conor Crook and Adrian Duggan laid on the track and were attended to by Medical Edge and Tasmanian Ambulance staff before being taken to the Launceston General Hospital. Adrian Duggan was unconscious for several minutes and he underwent surgery last night on a compound fracture to his ankle and is awaiting further scans. Duggan was a late call up to drive the pacer after regular driver and the pacers trainer Steve Davis was attending to another horse on his property. Conor Crook, who was also unconscious for several minutes, remains in hospital for observation and is in good spirits. Driver John Walters was originally passed clear to fulfil his four remaining driving commitments. In the early hours of Monday morning however, he admitted himself into the Launceston General Hospital and has since been discharged with ligament damage. Both Canbe Doc and Rockandahardplace escaped serious injury. While Major Davvin was transported to the Longford Equine Clinic and operated on, trainer Steven Davis said that the pacer is expected to make a full recovery and he was very appreciative of the work conducted by the vets involved. Canbe Doc has been stood down from racing for 28 days and will have to complete four consecutive satisfactory trials before being eligible to race again. The race was rerun 70-minutes later with the three horses involved in the fall declared late scratchings with the Michael Laugher-trained Emjays Black Chip registering his first win in 13-months. It was a night for short price favourites with three horses winning at red figures. Agouda Ruler was a strong winner of the two-year-old event scoring at $1.90. It was the Betterthancheddar geldings fourth career win at start six. Kosimo was sent out the $1.22 favourite in the Longford Equine Clinic Pace, and the Mark Jones-trained pacer didn’t let favourite punters down scoring by 4.1 metres. The last short price favourite to score was Cool Water Paddy who bounced back to the winners list at odds of $1.75.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Star pacer Ryley Major was back on track Sunday afternoon when he scored a soft trial win in Launceston. This season's Tasmania Cup winner was privately clocked running his last half mile in 55.4s. Trainer Kent Rattray and driver John Walters dominated last weekend's action in Hobart on Friday and Launceston on Sunday. The same venues race in the same time slots again this week. The Stars Kent Rattray and John Walters– teamed up for an enjoyable weekend, the duo landed a double in Launceston with Stormy Sanz and Colby Sanz. They also partnered for a winner in Hobart on Friday with Karalta Moondance. Walters drove a double on the Hobart card scoring aboard Wandary Muscat, who is trained by Rattray’s stable foreman Wes Targett. Star Chamber– the free-for-all in Launceston on Sunday was always going to be a tactical affair when a field of five faced the starter. Veteran pacer Star Chamber was able to register his 24th career win, and the win was courtesy of a handy drive early by the in-form Taylor Ford who got the pacer away quickly to race on the back of the leader before making her move at the 400-metre mark. Tisu Spirit– after a handy third in Hobart when first-up from a spell was able to win second-up in Launceston on Sunday, the Tim Maine-trained pacer was back in the winner's circle when he scored his eighth career win. And what a tough victory it was with the American Ideal gelding forced to race three-wide for the final 1100-metres. Sam Clotworthy– the New Zealander landed his first winner in the sulky with an all the way win on Nancys Baby in Hobart. Clotworthy started his interest in racing working for Auckland trainer Brent Mangos before crossing the Tasman to work for some of the country's best thoroughbred trainers. Tim Yole– the hard-working stable foreman for the Ben Yole stable doesn’t drive much these days, but he drove his first winner for almost two years when he out drove his brother Mark on My Celebrity in Hobart. Multiple Winners Hobart – Friday evening Ben Yole - training treble; Nancys Baby, My Celebrity and Tarleton Riley. Taylor Ford - driving double; Big Bang Raj, Sea Double Ugrant. John Walters - driving double; Karalta Moondance and Wandary Muscat. Launceston – Sunday evening Kent Rattray- driving double; Stormy Sanz and Colby Sanz. John Walters- driving double; Stormy Sanz and Colby Sanz. Conor Crook- driving double; Frostyflyer and North Star Lad. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Hobart – Friday evening Due to a sectional timing error at the 800 metres, races one, two and six have been excluded. Sea Double Ugrant 57.02s, Lockaway Kacie 57.39s, Tarleton Riley 57.58s, Metro Digby 57.71s and My Celebrity 57.77s. Launceston – Sunday evening Kardesler 56.79s, Star Chamber 56.90s, Illegal Immigrant 56.92s, Krafty Boy 56.92s and Giftofjoy 57.24s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart – Friday evening Hits: My Celebrity $12 into $10, Tarleton Riley $11 into $7.50, Stormont Star $2.90 into $2.60, Karalta Moondance $8.00 into $6.50, Wandary Muscut $7.50 into $7.00, Defied The Drift: Nancys Baby $31 out to $41, Big Bang Raj $5.00 out to $5.50, Missed: Castor Troy $9.00 out to $6.00, Black Ops $20 into $10, Stylish Trend $4.40 into $3.80, Brian Who $19 into $9.00, Lockaway Kacie $4.20 into $3.70, Debt Till We Part $4.80 into $3.80 and Burningupthefloor $10 into $7.50. Launceston – Sunday evening Hits: Stormy Sanz $12 into $7.50, North Star Lad $4.80 into $3.50, Defied The Drift:Capitallee $2.00 out to $3.20, Colby Sanz $5.00 out to $8.00, Tisu Spirit $3.30 out to $3.90 and Raymonds Judge $2.70 out to $3.00. Missed:De Marco Beach $5.00 into $3.80, Incongnito $101 into $26, Gordievsky Leis $31 into $17, Class Tells $10 into $4.60, Salvator Mundi $2.50 into $2.10, Spoilt Sport $4.60 into $3.60, Brian Who $5.50 into $4.80, Stylish Trend $9.00 into $7.50 and Mostly Spirit $3.20 into $2.70. Trial File Launceston - Sunday afternoon As mentioned earlier star pacer Ryley Major handled his rating 64 to 120 trial with ease when he scored by three metres over Art Frenzy and Tuxedo Max in 1m 57.5s. The Ben Yole-trained Machitelli led all the way to win her rating 43 to 59 trial in 1m 59.5s, the only other trial at the session to break two minutes. Other winners included Jimmy Mischief (No time taken due to timing system error) and Shady Story (2m 1.0s). Trial Replays You can view two of the four trials from Sunday by clicking here. Week Ahead Hobart once again is the venue for Friday night racing. The action kicks off with a standing start race for the trotters where Armchair Drive will be out to remain undefeated in three Tasmanian starts, the most recent victory was on 19 June. The gelding is one of two runners in the race-prepared by Marc Butler who also puts the polish on One Yankee Ginga. The meeting will be televised on Sky Racing 2 and TasracingTV with the first race set down for 17:49. We then head up the Midlands Highway for Sunday night racing in Launceston. There are many races to look forward to on the Launceston card including a competitive Discretionary handicap which is race five on the night. Devonport Cup winner Illegal Immigrant faces the 20-metre back mark, while the only other two handicap runners being in-form runners Blackbird Power and Sea Double Ugrant who both share the 10-metre row. The meeting will be shown on Sky Racing 1 and TasracingTV with the first race starting at 17:04 and concludes with Cool Water Paddy going around in the final race of the night at 20:50. Some Tasmanian pacers doing battle over the next few days at metropolitan venues include: Melton - Saturday night Race 1 Horse 11 - Blingittothemax. Race 2 Horse 2 - Bootleg Bert. Race 6 Horse 5 - Streitkid. Menangle - Saturday night Race 7 Horse 5 - No Apachemee.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Trainer Kent Rattray, driver John Walters and owner-breeders Nathan and Sandra Bennett, and broodmare Soho Summer had a night out in Launceston on Sunday when they teamed up for a double on the nine-race card. It was one of the coldest race nights held in the state for some time with the mercury ranging between -1 °C and 2 °C during the entire race meeting. Stormy Sanz was their first winner of the night when the gelded son of Betterthancheddar broke his maiden status in the Bevan Lee’s Butchery Two Year Old over 1680 metres. Reinsman John Walters settled the pacer one-out and one-back before flying home over the final 100 metres to score over Lancelot by 1.5 metres with Written In Silk some 12.8 metres away third. At his most recent start, Stormy Sanz looked like he was going to be in the finish on 21 June before being checked on the home corner. “John (Walters) told me last week that he would have run second in that race,” said trainer Kent Rattray after the win, but there were also some gear changes made after that effort. “We whipped his front shoes off and put the spreaders on, I had tried to steer clear of them, but I ended up having to go with them, explained Rattray who also believes there is more improvement to come with the gelding who recorded a 1m 59.8s mile rate with last night’s victory. “I think he will improve in leaps and bounds when he gains more confidence.” Rattray will try to pick up another win with the gelding before aiming at some of the features later in the year. “We will try and pick another two-year-old up and then aim him at the classics,” he said. Due to COVID-19 restriction placed on various states in recent months, Harness Racing Australia recently announced that the current racing season had been extended until 31 December. As a result, this will likely see Stormy Sanz contest the Dandy Patch in Hobart which will now be held in the October/November period. “He is in a lucky season where we have some time before the Sires Stakes, and if it were to be held now we wouldn’t be ready,” said the winning trainer who did acknowledge the quality of two-year-old’s in the state this season. Rattray and Walters teamed up later in the night to score with three-year-old gelding Colby Sanz who led all the way to win race six. Walters was keen to find the lead on the Tasmanian Guineas winner which resulted in the race favourite Giftofjoy being positioned on his back from the pole draw. The favourite did get out late and ran Colby Sanz down to a half neck margin in 2m 0.5s. Colby Sanz did win last season’s Dandy Patch Final in Hobart and will be aimed at the Globe Derby stakes later in the season. The last horse to achieve the Dandy Patch – Globe Derby double was Colsta in 2003 and 2004. Both Stormy Sanz and Colby Sanz are out of the Western Ideal mare Soho Summer, who is also the dam of Sunny Sanz. Soho Summer was purchased by Nathan and Sandra Bennett at an interstate auction with the view of strengthening their breeding lines. Before last night’s race meeting Ryley Major went around in a rating 64 to 120 trial over 1680 metres where he won with ease. The gelded son of Art Major came from last of the four-horse field to win in a mile rate of 1m 57.5s with the pacer privately clocked running his last half mile in 55.4s. Trainer-driver Rohan Hillier indicated after the trial that this seasons Tasmania Cup winner would take a lot of benefit out of the hit out.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

New Zealand born driver Sam Clotworthy had a night that he will never forget in Hobart on Friday when the 24-year-old New Zealand reinsman landed his first win as a driver. Clotworthy partnered the Ben Yole trained Nancys Baby to victory in the Nutrein Ag Supplies Pace. “It was definitely exciting, I don’t get too carried away or anything, but I have already had a few drives and Ben has given me some great opportunities, and it certainly was a massive thrill,” said Clotworthy. “It was bound to come with the opportunities Ben and his owners have been giving me,” added the driver. Nancys Baby was sent out as a $41 chance, Clotworthy was able to angle the three-year-old Pet Rock filly behind the leader before easing to the outside at the top of the home straight where she sprinted away to score by 7.2 metres. The time for the mile trip was 1m 58.9s, a handy run for the rating 30 to 49 event. “She just travelled on the leader’s helmet all the way and never felt like dropping the bit, she did it easily when I pulled her out,’ said the reinsman who had been in the sulky for the filly’s last two starts. “Her first two runs back had been good, she should have run fourth in Hobart first-up, but I ran into a few dead ends in what was a hot three-year-old field, and then in Launceston last week I just had no luck again drawn out in seven,” said the New Zealander. Clotworthy’s interest in racing stems from trips to the gallops with his grandfather in New Zealand’s north island. “I was at school and wasn’t doing that flash, and I wanted to find something to do, we went to the trots one night and met a few blokes. I got offered a job with Brent Mangos and within 12 months I was driving in trials over there,” Clotworthy reminisced. Clotworthy ended up switching countries and codes where he worked for some of thoroughbred racing’s well know trainers. “I ended up moving to Melbourne, and I got a job working with Clinton McDonald before I got opportunities working for Gai Waterhouse and Anthony Cummings,” said Clotworthy who worked with horses of the highest level. “I kind of reached a limit with that, you could be helping them win group and listed races, and you only get a thank you and your wages at the end of the day,” explained the reinsman. Clotworthy did head back across the ditch and spent about six months at home before deciding to get back into the harness racing game. After chatting with a few mates, he decided to head to Tasmania and join the Ben Yole stable, but it wasn’t the start in Tasmania Clotworthy had planned. “I just made it when COVID-19 hit, I had to do two-weeks isolation at the Legana Holiday Park, and then after that, it was all guns blazing and I managed to get a lot of trial drives up,” Clotworthy said. The win of Nancys Baby was the first leg of a training treble for the Ben Yole stable. Tim Yole made a rare appearance in the sulky and showed his brother how it is done when he scored on My Celebrity while Troy McDonald partnered Tarelton Riley to victory later in the night to complete the treble. Taylor Ford continued her excellent run with a driving double, scoring with Big Bang Raj and Sea Double Ugrant. Conor Crook is another reinsman enjoying a good run of late and that continued with Stormont Star, who was the only favourite to win on the eight-race card. John Walters travelled down the Midland Highway for two drives and returned home with a double, winning the final two races on Karalta Moondance and Wandary Muscat.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Punters in recent weeks have been lining up trial form, first-up form, and this weekend they have another variable to consider for Friday’s Hobart harness card. Some southern-based trainers have reported that anywhere between 40mm to 150mm of rain has fallen on their properties during the week, which has forced them to adjust their training regimes. Friday night Pontville trainer Wayne Rainbird will take his stable of two to the track including three-year-old Nobeer Nomore who lines up in the final race of the night. The gelded son of Auckland Reactor has been placed in one of his five starts to date. That placing was in Hobart on 27 March when defeated 9.8 metres by the smart Victorian Dyslexic. At his most recent start on 14 June Nobeer Nomore chased home some of the best three-year-old’s in the state when fourth behind Watchmylips, Kohanah and Colby Sanz. On Friday night, Nobeer Nomore lines up in the final race of the night, a national rating 30 to 49 event for horses with lifetime earnings of less than $25,000, a significant drop in class on his recent efforts. After going around at $101 and $61 his last two starts, bookmakers are keeping the pacer safe Friday, opening him up as the $5.00 second favourite behind Sermac and trainer Wayne Rainbird is going into the race with confidence. “I think he will go very close,” said Rainbird Nobeer Nomore hasn’t been driven to lead in his five starts to date, but the trainer believes the pacer has the early speed to lead. “I think if Smiley gave him a flick with the stick, he would be able to lead them out,” the trainer said. Rainbird was full of praise for Hill’s brother Kerry who has spent a bit of time working on the pacer. “Kerry Hill re-educated him for me, and he does help me fast work them at New Norfolk, and he said to me that he was surprised how quick he is,” explained Rainbird. Whatever Nobeer Nomore does this season the trainer expects him to improve on. “Next season when he is a bit older and a bit stronger, he will probably go a long way I hope,” said the trainer. Hyde Park in the opening race is the other runner from the Rainbird stable to compete Friday, and the trainer had his doubt’s early on in the pacer’s career if he would make it to the track. “Kent Rattray broke him in, and when I got him, we didn’t think he was going to make the grade at all early on,” Rainbird said. The four-year-old gelding has only had two starts and he ran an improved race last start on 19 June when fifth behind Betterthanfetta. Hyde Park looked gone at the 600-metre mark, but the pacer battled on well to only be defeated 6.7-metres. “I was very pleased with him. He showed me what I thought he had,” added the trainer. Friday night’s meeting commences at 17:28 and will be shown on Sky Racing 2 and TasracingTV.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Trainer David Hayes has entered a new chapter of his harness racing career after joining forces with leading owner Mick Maxfield at his East Devonport stables. Hayes took over the Maxfield team about a month ago and has 12 horses in work "at various stages of their preparations". Two of them, Krafty Boy and Shaun To The Max, will run at Mowbray on Sunday night. Krafty Boy had his first start for Hayes at the same track last week and the trainer thought he was a little unlucky. "He was up there early but got shuffled back then didn't really get a run at them," Hayes said. "But he's drawn bad in a pretty tough race this week." Two-year-old Shaun To The Max had three unplaced runs for Maxfield's former trainer Paul Ashwood earlier in the year. "We haven't been able to trial him but he's had those previous starts so we decided to put him in," Hayes said. "All the horses have been well educated by Paul - I've just had to work out my own way of working them. "They were kept jogging during the shutdown and they all seem to be ticking along pretty well." Hayes said he was looking forward to the challenge of training for one of the state's biggest-ever owners. "It's another chapter for me - I'm working on a beautiful property with great facilities," he said. "And, Mick is a great supporter of harness racing - he has bought and bred a lot of nice horses." Greg Mansfield Reprinted with permission of The Examiner

Trainer David Hayes has entered a new chapter of his harness racing career after joining forces with leading owner Mick Maxfield at his East Devonport stables. Hayes took over the Maxfield team about a month ago and has 12 horses in work "at various stages of their preparations". Two of them, Krafty Boy and Shaun To The Max, will run at Mowbray on Sunday night. Krafty Boy had his first start for Hayes at the same track last week and the trainer thought he was a little unlucky. "He was up there early but got shuffled back then didn't really get a run at them," Hayes said. "But he's drawn bad in a pretty tough race this week." Two-year-old Shaun To The Max had three unplaced runs for Maxfield's former trainer Paul Ashwood earlier in the year. "We haven't been able to trial him but he's had those previous starts so we decided to put him in," Hayes said. "All the horses have been well educated by Paul - I've just had to work out my own way of working them. "They were kept jogging during the shutdown and they all seem to be ticking along pretty well." Hayes said he was looking forward to the challenge of training for one of the state's biggest-ever owners. "It's another chapter for me - I'm working on a beautiful property with great facilities," he said. "And, Mick is a great supporter of harness racing - he has bought and bred a lot of nice horses." Greg Mansfield Reprinted with permission of The Examiner

Four-year-old pacer Mister Gently (pictured) stamped himself as a strong contender for the Raider Stakes in Devonport later in the year after a tough win in Launceston on Sunday night. Driver Gareth Rattray positioned the pacer one-out and two-back before he attempted to improve his position around the field with roughly 1700 metres to travel. The move wasn’t successful, and the pacer was forced to race three-wide for the remainder of the race, but if there was any upside, he was able to gain a three-wide trail for the final 800 metres. Mister Gently was able to prove too tough for his rivals late to score by a neck over the fast-finishing Kardesler with Chris Be Quick 3.9-metres away third in a mile rate of 2m 0.6s for the 2200-metre trip. It was the fifth career win at start eight for the gelded son of Live Or Die and his trainer Craig Hayes is now being rewarded with his patience earlier on in the pacer’s career. “He just didn’t pace well, he showed me enough at home he would dash up and go good, but his hopples would rub him and just a few little things, he wasn’t quite ready, so we decided to bite the bullet and leave him, and now it looks like it’s the best decision I have made,” said Hayes. The Raider Stakes will now be held in Devonport later in the season. No date has been set, but Tasracing did release early this month that the race will be held in October or November. “The 2645 metres (the distance of the Raider Stakes) will suit him as his biggest asset is his staying ability, he can stay all day, he might lack a yard of high speed, but he is very strong,” said Hayes. Win 250 for Rattray Longford trainer Todd Rattray registered a double on last night’s card with the win of Feel the Burn delivering him a milestone win. It was Todd Rattray’s 250th training win after having his first start as a trainer on 1 February 2015. Feel the Burn was previously trained in New South Wales by Todd’s brother James and the Somebeachsomewhere mare put the writing on the wall with a handy second in Hobart last week. Rattray, who also took the drive, was keen to take bad luck out of the equation after finding the spot outside the leader early in the race. “She had to do it a bit hard tonight, but she is pretty strong and ran through the line alright,” said Rattray. Jigamaroo gave the Rattray stable a training double when the four-year-old gelding led all the way for concession driver Lachlan Dakin. “He had been working good, I thought to race him fresh and that he might surprise us,” said Rattray with the gelded son of Bettors Delight not having a trial in recent weeks. Blackbird Power was another horse to win last night after putting the writing on the wall in Hobart last week. The seven-year-old gelding worked forward mid-race to find the spot outside the leader to score by 4.3 metres in a mile rate of 2m 0.3s.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Auckland Reactor two-year-old filly Bridwood Bella raced right up to her good trial form with an impressive debut win in Launceston on Sunday night. The Rohan Hadley trained pacer went into Sunday’s two-year-old maiden event winning both her trials including a win on 6 June in 1m 59.4s where she dashed home in a 57.2s last half mile. Sunday night the filly impressed again on the stopwatch recording a slick mile rate 1m 57.4 for the 1680-metre trip, just 0.7s outside the two-year-old age record on the Launceston track which is held by Offthetopofmyhead who recorded 1m 56.7s in July 2016. Sent out as the $1.60 favourite, driver Conor Crook took the pacer straight to the lead, and they were untroubled late to score by 17.5 metres over Longfellow with Indianna Sanz a further 5.3-metres away third. Bridwood Bella was passed in for $8,000 at last year’s APG Sydney Yearling sale where after some negotiations she was purchased by Claire Hall, wife of greyhound racing identity Richard Hall. “Richard came to me keen to buy one, and we went through all the photos of course, and we managed to spot that one, I think he was able to do some negotiating with the owners and he purchased her,” explained Bridport trainer Rohan Hadley after the win. Even Hadley was a little surprised at the ease of last night’s victory. “I don’t do a lot with her at home, I know she has the ability because she just feels good, but the time (last night) did surprise me, I have got to admit that, the trial where she broke two-minutes put the writing on the wall,” Hadley said. Where to now for the pacer is the next question that Hadley and the connections will have to discuss in coming days, but the New South Wales Breeders Challenge could be an option. “I will have to discuss that with the owner after tonight now, given the time she ran tonight does he have to look at the New South Wales Breeders Challenge, I guess that could be an option, but I don’t even know when they are on, I will leave that up to them” explained the winning trainer. Hadley gave the reins to Beaconsfield based driver Conor Crook. “I have another two-year-old that my wife owns so to keep it all separate I promised Conor the drive,” said Hadley who was full of praise for the winning drive. Crook was the standout driver of the Launceston card winning another three races. A peg hugging drive saw $21 chance Our Percius score by a narrow margin, it was the Deborah Williams-trained pacers 11th career victory. Laid Back Kenny was the third winner for Crook on the card. The pacer enjoyed a lovely run one-out and one-back to pull away late and score by 17.1 metres, the win continued the good run for Northdown trainer Geoff Smith. Crook’s last win came in the final race of the night where Perfect Mach enjoyed a nice run off the speed to score at odds of $11. Crook has now driven 38 winners for the season and sits in equal third spot on the state’s drivers title with Gareth Rattray. Rohan Hillier heads the table with 40 wins over Mark Yole on 39.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing  

Brighton based driver Taylor Ford had a night out in Hobart Friday where she drove a treble on the seven-race card, but one of those winners stood out more than any other in her driving career. Ford was great friends with the late David Medhurst who lost his life in 2013. One of the horses David had in his care at the time was the Time Stands Still mare Chloes Princess. His family decided to breed out of the mare with the first horse being Do It For Dave (seven wins) and after a lot of bad luck getting the mare in foal, the second horse was Just For Dave who won in good fashion on debut last night and Ford was pleased with the result. “I have always dreamed of winning on a horse named after Dave, I had a few drives on Do It For Dave, but I couldn’t get the job done, but to win on Just For Dave tonight was one of the best feelings,” said the winning driver. Just For Dave is trained by Zane Medhurst who officiated at last night’s meeting as the clerk of the course. He also bred the horse with Sally Medhurst and Kelly Reggett, with Reggett now being the sole owner of the three-year-old son of Stonebridge Regal. The pacer had three trials in December and hadn’t been seen in public in recent months until Friday’s debut effort. “Zane has done a really good job with the horse, he had to have an operation on a hind leg early in his career, so he had to nurse him through that, and he has done a top job getting him spot-on for last night,” said Ford. From barrier four Ford took the pacer straight to the lead over the mile trip before ending up behind the leader at the 1250 metre mark. She then used the sprint lane over the concluding stages on the pacer to score by 6.4 metres in a time of 2m 1.4s for the mile trip at odds of $31. “The way he finished off and raced away from them, I think he has a few more wins left in him that’s for sure. He is still a bit green, so there is still some improvement to come with him with more race experience,” said the winning driver. The next two winners for Ford occurred with horses that she also trains. Statement Please was sent out as a $15 chance and was able to record her fifth win of her racing career when she recorded a half-head victory over the well supported favourite Capitallee. “I thought I was in a bit of trouble when I lobbed in the death early, so I was glad to see Mark (Yole, driver of Capitallee) come around and give me cover for the last lap and a bit,” said Ford. “She loomed up like she was going to run straight past them, but they were all walking to the line, and she was the lucky one to have her head in front at the winning post,” explained the trainer-driver with the final quarter being the slowest of the race in 31.3s. The Betterthancheddar mare is owned by Taylor’s sister Chloe. Belligerence was the last winner of the night for Ford. The five-year-old mare was having the first start for her stable and was sent around in last night’s race at odds of $19, but the win was of no surprise to her trainer-driver. “I actually thought she was my best chance of the night, she had been working well at home and had improved in every trial I had given her,” the winning trainer-driver said. “Last night I put the pull-down dollys on her, and she was really sharp to the line, I think there are a few more wins left in her if I can place her in the right races,” explained Ford. It was the second time in Ford’s driving career that she had registered a driving treble, but it was the first time she had notched up a training double.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Tasmania's leading harness racing trainer Ben Yole is going to be extra busy over the next three days-but he couldn't be happier! Yole, based at Sidmouth, near Launceston, will compete with a massive 70 horses at two meetings. He kicks off with a team of 13 at Hobart tonight, and then his representatives swell to a mind-boggling 57 at Launceston on Sunday. But keeping it in perspective, big numbers are nothing new for the Yole stable. On average they could have anywhere between 75 and 85 horses on their books, and take around 40 to the races. "We have plenty of staff on hand at the race meetings-everyone knows their role so it's pretty good. All of our horses have their own set of harness and we get to the meetings with probably three hours to spare," Yole said. "I guess preparations for the night meetings always start around lunch-time. We have plenty of transport options in four trucks and a heap of floats to get them to the track." Tasmania conducted its first meeting last Sunday at Hobart since harness racing ground to a halt on the Apple Isle at the end of March due to COVID-19 restrictions. Yole took 34 to the Hobart twilight fixture last weekend and returned home with a winning double. Eight-year-old brown mare Pink Ponder (Ponder-Raiderofthelostark (Courage Under Fire) was successful for Mark Yole, while evergreen gelding Altana Blue (Stonebridge Regal-Amarillo Blue (Million To One) was an easy winner for Troy McDonald. Yole told TasRacing leading up to the comeback meeting, it had been tough to plan anything too far ahead with the horses. "There was a bit of stop-start stuff. They were all set to go at one stage, then we were told the return to racing had been delayed by another five weeks. So we probably all backed off and then had to rev them up again to get them somewhere near their peak," he said. "They've been having trials for the past four weeks. I have managed to get at least one run under the belt of most of our team at either Hobart, Launceston or Devonport so we're happy with that." Yole has been the leading trainer in Tasmania for the past four seasons and currently has 105 winners this season (and undoubtedly many more to come yet, with the season being extended from the usual end of August, to the end of December). Yole, who grew up in the Victorian country town of Hamilton, has been a powerhouse particularly over the past five or six years. In the 2015-16 season, he became the first Tasmanian trainer in 20 years to record 100 winners. The following season he broke the record with 124 victories--and equalled that in the 2017-18 season. Yole raised the bar last season with 182 winners, which set a State record for both equine codes of racing. "The 2015-16 season was our first big one. We'd finally got our own property by then and had a nice team including lots of bread and butter horses," Yole said. "Our place was an old dairy farm. There's 50 acres and we've got our own track, swimming facilities and plenty of big paddocks because we don't have stables," he said. "We rent a bush property next door and we use this when we want to give the horses an easy day. Over the years we've worked out that keeping their workload down a little is better. "There's now a lot of steadier and slower work, although there's times when we gallop them up a bit." The Yole stable is made up of a strong backbone of family support. There's Ben and Catherine; Ben's brothers Tim and Mark; as well has Mark's wife Dani; and their parents Wayne and Louise. Mark is the stable's number one driver and Tim is stable foreman and "Mr Fix-it". "In my opinion, there's not too many better drivers than Mark. He does a good job and rarely puts a foot wrong. Tim keeps the stable ticking along and without him, we wouldn't be operating. He works the horses, puts shoes on and anything else that needs doing," Ben said. "Last season we sent him across to Victoria with some horses for a while and he ended up with 20 winners. I was just so rapt for him. "I think we showed that we don't do a bad job and got some respect from trainers over there. We had pencilled in another campaign at the end of July, but we'll have to wait and see on that one." Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura               P 0498 490 672   E   W      

A total of 80 horses will contest seven races in Hobart Friday, but only two of those are last start winners including Navua Pixie in race six, the Nutrient Ag Solutions Sprint Lane Pace. The four-year-old mare’s only win was in Burnie on 20 March which was also the first training win for her trainer Samantha Gangell and she will be hoping the mare can make it back-to-back victories tonight. “She was super when she won at Burnie, and she had a trial in Hobart a few weeks ago where she went good, she has trained on well since then,” said the trainer who was in the sulky for the Burnie victory and the trial win on 8 June. “She sat midfield in that trial, and they went slow early, I hooked her out at the 600 (metre mark) and she ran home well,” said Gangell about the pacer. Gangell’s partner Troy McDonald will take the drive tonight and he will have to overcome barrier three on the second row in the 2090-metre event. Instead, Gangell will drive stable mate Nikks Pick. Gangell is a part-owner of Nikks Pick, and under the rules of harness racing she has to drive that pacer. The Betterthanchedar mare was a beaten favourite in the race won by Navua Pixie in Burnie. “She wasn’t 100 percent that night, she had a tough run five-days prior that probably took a bit out of her, “ explained Gangell. “The draw suits her if the one can hold up and get her to the sprint lane then she should be in the finish as well,” said the trainer-driver about the mare who was on her worst behaviour in a trial on 8 June. My Girl Pearl is another pacer from the Gangell stable who will contest race four on the card. The Art Major mare has had two trials during the COVID shutdown on 1 June before a victory on 8 June. “She has trained on ok after a few recent trials, she has a bad draw, but if she can get a good run into the race she should be thereabouts,” said the trainer. Gangell also puts the polish on three-year-old gelding Insulting, who is having his first start in race two. The gelded son of He’s Watching won a Hobart trial on 25 May before being placed on 1 June where the trainer was happy with the pacers progress. “His first trial he was pretty green, we changed a bit of gear on him, and he went well his next trial when he only got beat five-metres by Watchmylips and on his work since I think he is a good chance,” said Gangell who has given the drive once again to her partner Troy. With only seven races, tonight’s Quadrella commences on race four with the first race scheduled for 17:45.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Harness racing in Tasmania was back with a bang on Sunday night with a mammoth 10-race card that was conducted in strong wind and light rain conditions. This week we have two meetings with a seven-race card in Hobart on Friday night at Tier 2 level before a strong Tier 1 meeting in Launceston on Sunday night. The Stars Ricky Duggan – became the first Tasmanian driver to record 1,700 wins. There was a bit of confusion around what pacer gave him the feat, but most will claim it was Watchmylips in Hobart and the way the New Norfolk based driver was driving before the shutdown, there is no doubt he will become the first Tasmanian reinsman to reach 2,000 victories over the next few seasons. Mark Yole – leads the states driving Premiership by one win after a double in Hobart on Sunday night. One of those winners was Salvator Mundi who was having his Tasmanian debut, Mark also trains the Art Major entire. Conor Crook – is another driver in contention for the states drivers title, the Beaconsfield reinsman moved to fifth position on the table after a double on Sunday including the fast class race of the night with No Spring Secrets. Geoff Smith – started the resumption of racing with a training double. The Northdown trainer prepared Midair Meltdown to victory at odds of $17 before Chris Be Quick raced up to a good recent trial effort at odds of $15. Paul Hill – dubbed the king of the kids after a brilliant record in two-year-old races over many years reminded us all why he has that title when the well-backed Rocknovertime (pictured) blitzed his rivals to score in the opening race on the Hobart card for the two-year-old’s. Multiple Winners Hobart – Sunday evening Ben Yole – training double: Pink Ponder and Altana Blue. Mark Yole – driving double: Salvator Mundi and Pink Ponder. Rohan Hillier – training double: Lip Reader and Giftofjoy. Conor Crook – driving double; No Spring Secrets and Giftofjoy. Geoff Smith – training double; Midair Meltdown and Chris Be Quick. Todd Rattray – driving double; Midair Meltdown and Chris Be Quick. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Hobart – Sunday evening Call Me Hector 56.50s, No Spring Secrets 56.62s, Star Chamber 56.84s, Blackbird Power 56.91s and Lip Reader 57.03s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart – Sunday evening Hit’s: Rocknovertime $21.00 into $7.50, Watchmylips $2.00 into $1.55, Lip Reader $1.65 into $1.35, Salvator Mundi $3.50 into $2.60, Giftofjoy $1.55 into $1.40 and Chris Be Quick $18.00 into $15.00. Defied The Drift: No Spring Secrets $6.00 out to $10.00, Pink Ponder $9.00 out to $12.00 and Altana Blue $5.00 out to $6.50. Missed: Statement Please $5.50 into $4.40, Cool Water Paddy $1.75 into $1.24, Feel The Burn $4.40 into $3.50, Alaphilippe $2.90 into $2.60 and Juniper $3.10 into $2.80. Trial File Launceston – Saturday morning Devonport Cup winner Illegal Immigrant kicked off his preparation with an all the way win in the fast class trial of the morning. Trainer Troy Hillier drove the pacer to a 1.9-metre win over Prosecution Witness and El Jays Mystery in the three-horse trial. The mile rate was 2m 1.6s, with the last two quarters recorded in 29.1s and 27.9s Other winners included; Cedric Seymour (2m 3.1s), Rocknroll Curly (2m 7.1s), Hez The One (2m 1.1s) and Hear The Call (2m 1.1s). Hobart – Sunday afternoon One trial was staged before the first race. Spooky Girl, a three-year-old filly by Safe and Sound jogged around in front in quarters of 32.5s, 37.0s, 33.1s and 20.6s to win the trial by 2.7-metres over stablemate Sasogo, with Galaxy Dancer 2.3-metres away third. The time for the mile was 2m 13.4s. Trial Replays You can view all of the trials over the past few weeks by clicking here. Week Ahead For those that like to play the multiple bet types on the local tote, there has been a change on the races certain bet types cover. For Tasmanian harness racing, provided there are eight races, the Quadrella moves to races five through to eight, regardless of the meeting being held during the afternoon or evening. The Daily Double moves to races five and seven, the treble on races six through eight while the Extra Double has been abolished. Hobart on Friday night is the state’s first meeting of the weekend. Race seven on the card is the first race for trotters since the resumption of racing. The race will start from behind the mobile as opposed to the standing start, which we have become used to for the trotters. Marc Butler will play a strong hand in the race with two runners including Armchair Drive who won at his only start in the state on 27 March where he led all the way. The gelded son of The Warp Drive won six of his 47 starts before arriving in the state. Butler also prepares One Yankee Ginga who has won two out of his last five starts. However, the Cr Commando gelding is yet to be placed in five career starts. The first of seven races will commence at 17:45 with the meeting to be shown on Sky Racing 2 and TasracingTV. Launceston is the venue for Sunday night racing. The two-year-old crop this season looks to be strong if recent trials are anything to go by. This week’s two-year-old race features Bridwood Bella who has won two from two at the trials including a 24.5-metre win on 6 June where she recorded a mile rate of 1m 59.4s and a final section of 27.7s. De Marco Beach has drawn wide in Sunday’s race but has shown improvement in her two recent trials, the most recent was an all the way win on 6 June in 2m 3.5s. Another trial winner in the race is Stormy Sanz who won a Launceston trial on 23 May before finishing third to Cedric Seymour on 13 June. Race one commences at 16:50 and will be shown on Sky Racing 2 with the remainder on Sky Racing 1. All races will be shown on TasracingTV, which will be live hosted with the recommencement of participant interviews. Some Tasmanian pacers doing battle over the next few days include; Shepparton – Friday night Race 1 Horse 11 Bootleg Bert. Race 5 Horse 1 Streitkid. Race 7 Horse 10 Blingittothemax. Menangle – Saturday night Race 7 Horse 1 Timely Sovereign and 6 No Apachemee. Cranbourne – Sunday Race 4 Horse 10 Sutter Star.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Ricky Duggan has become the first Tasmanian driver to record 1,700 wins. However, it didn’t come via the win of Watchmylips in Hobart Sunday as many people, including this writer thought, until notified after the race. A steward’s inquiry that was completed late last week from a race held earlier in the year saw the winner disqualified. Duggan drove the second placegetter of that race which was subsequently promoted to first. So the record books will officially see last night’s victory of Watchmylips as win number 1,701 for the states most winningest driver. Either way, it is still a massive achievement for a Tasmanian driver. Watchmylips was having his first start since May 2019 and had won two of his four starts before last night’s win. From barrier five Duggan pushed forward on the gelded son of Hes Watching to take the lead before sprinting away from the field late to score by 10.9 metres in a mile rate of 2m 1.0s. “He has always been a nice enough horse, Rodney (Ashwood) has done a hell of a job with him to get him back, that was his first run in about 13 months,” said Duggan. “He has had a little bit of trouble with him, he has patched him up over a period of time, and the horse had a while off when Rodney was on the sidelines with his knee injury,” added the winning reinsman. Given the pacer has only had five career starts and last night being his first start in an extended period, you would expect there to be plenty of improvement to come. “He still does a few things wrong; he is a bit green and babyish really,” Duggan explained. Duggan was clearly pleased to bring up the 1,700th win, giving a salute as he crossed the line. “It was nice to bring up the 1,700, well we will claim it was, for Rodney as our family have been great friends with his family for over 30-years. Our boys grew up together and are now teaming up for wins in Victoria,” explained Duggan. Ricky’s son Josh has driven many winners in recent weeks for Kate Hargreaves, who is the life partner of Rodney’s son Alex. Duggan has had the support of many owners along the journey and last night’s win was with one of his loyal ownership groups. “It was also good to win on a horse that was owned by Jamie Cockshutt and Barry Cooper who have been a massive support for me for a lot of years now,” said Duggan. One thing that many Tasmanian trainers and owners don’t know is Duggan’s lack of desire to travel to race meetings throughout the state, and he admitted he “could have had a few more” wins if he elected to make the trip north from his New Norfolk base on a regular basis.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Eight-year-old gelding No Spring Secrets caused a minor upset last night in Hobart when the Steve Lukac-trained pacer scored in the Ladbrokes Backs Tas Harness Drivers Pace. Although odds of $10 isn’t much of an upset result, it was in this event given the short price favourite Cool Water Paddy started the prohibitive odds of $1.24. It was the 14th career win for the gelded son of Tell All who from his second-row draw was kept out of a frantic lead time of 34.3s before driver Conor Crook made his move in the middle stages. Oatlands based trainer Steve Lukac was not only pleased with the result, but he was full of praise for the drive. “It was a good win, a lot of the credit has to go to (driver) Conor Crook, he summed up the situation spot on I thought,” said Lukac. “He sat back early when they went hard, and as soon as they dropped anchor, he went around when they were running 31 and 32 quarters,” explained the trainer. No Spring Secrets took his prizemoney earnings over $110,000 with the half-head victory where he defeated Blackbird Power and Call Me Hector, in a mile rate of 1m 59.2s for 2090 metres. “It is a hard class that he is in, and he is one of those horses that needs things to go his way. Otherwise he finds it a little bit hard to weigh in,” said the trainer about the pacer who is rated at 97. Lukac has no races planned for the pacer instead he will decide where he goes next in the coming days. “He is one of those horses that I let him tell me when he is over the run, and he dictates to me when he is ready to start again,” explained the Oatlands based trainer. Short price favourite Cool Water Paddy failed to beat a runner home, a veterinary examination after the race was unable to detect any abnormalities. The win of No Spring Secrets was the first leg of a driving double for Conor Crook who scored later in the night aboard Giftofjoy who also completed a training double on the card for Rohan Hillier, with Lip Reader scoring earlier in the night. Crook and Hillier weren’t the only ones to leave the course with multiple winners on the night. Northdown trainer Geoff Smith prepared a double with Midair Meltdown and Chris Be Quick, with Todd Rattray in the sulky for both pacers. Leading trainer Ben Yole prepared a training double with Pink Ponder and Altana Blue. Meanwhile, Mark Yole has taken a one-win lead in the state drivers title after a driving double with Salvator Mundi, who he also trains and Pink Ponder. Connections of all winners last night took home an extra $850 Ladbrokes Racing’s Back Boost with all trainers of every starter also collecting a $200 Ladbrokes Fast Start Bonus. The $850 Ladbrokes Racing’s Back Boost is also up for grabs to the winners of each race in Hobart on Friday evening and again in Launceston on Sunday night.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Sunday night in Hobart will be the first harness race meeting held in Tasmania for 78 days, and there are many pacers with progressive talent going around on the 10-race card, none more so than Cool Water Paddy, the winner of 10 races from 14-career starts. The gelded son of Ohoka Arizona has drawn barrier five, in race five, the Ladbrokes Backs Tas Harness Drivers Pace for the free-for-all pacers over 2090 metres. His trainer Juanita McKenzie, like all in the local racing industry, is looking forward to the first meeting back since the suspension of Tasmanian racing. “It’s great to be back,” said the Magra-based trainer. Cool Water Paddy’s most recent start was in the Launceston Mile on 29 March where he led all the way from the pole draw to score in a mile rate of 1m 57.3s at his first try in open class company. After that effort, the pacer was nominated to contest a race at Melton (Victoria) in early April ahead of the Easter Cup series in Launceston, but with the closure of state borders and Tasmanian racing, the campaign had to be abandoned. “It was disappointing, but at the end of the day it is what it is, and we just have to get on with things,” said McKenzie who is the state’s leading female harness trainer this season. The trainer believes that Sunday’s race is the toughest test to date for the pacer who is undefeated in seven starts this season. “He is racing seasoned free for all horses on Sunday, Call Me Hector was below his best in the Launceston Mile and Star Chamber is just an old marvel who is probably racing better than he was when he won the (2014) Tasmania Cup,” said the trainer. On Monday, Cool Water Paddy finished second in a trial behind Star Chamber in what the trainer described as a hit out that “would have done him the world of good.” As has been the case in all of Cool Water Paddy’s 14 career starts, hall of fame reinsman Ricky Duggan will be in the sulky. The master driver is only one win away from being the first Tasmanian driver to register 1,700 lifetime wins. McKenzie has one other runner engaged on the program, Iden Black Prince, in race one for the two-year-olds. The gelded son of Stonebridge Regal has drawn inside of the second-row. “He didn’t need a trial as he doesn’t take a lot of work, he has a good trailing draw, he is very honest and tries his best,” said McKenzie. The Hobart card commences at 17:13 and will be telecast on Sky Racing 1 as well as live hosted hosted on TasracingTV.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

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