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It was a North Eastern Pacing Cup with a difference being held at Carrick Park on Friday, but just like last year, it was harness racing driver Mark Yole putting his name on the honour roll once again when Tisu Spirit led all the way to score in the 2650-metre standing start event. “I’m absolutely stoked,” said Yole after his third driving win in the race, and his first as a trainer. After stepping away cleanly, Yole had to fight standing start specialist Goggo Gee Gee for the lead in the run into the first turn. Once finding the lead Yole set a handy tempo on Tisu Spirit and the American Ideal gelding dug deep when challenged hard by the $2.80 favourite Kardesler and Be Major Threat over the concluding stages. “We had to do a little bit of work to find the front running into the first corner, but once we got there, I wanted to keep him rolling a little bit as he tends to wait for them late, but he seemed to do it alright and kept fighting late when the others got to him,” explained Yole about the one-metre win. The mile rate was recorded in 2m 3.1s, which was only 0.6s outside of the track record. It was the sixth outing for the pacer in Yole’s care since being purchased by clients of the Yole stable. “I chased him a couple of times, it was before I purchased Salvator Mundi that I had a few owners that put a syndicate together, but he wasn’t for sale,” explained Yole. “We ended up buying Salvator Mundi and the same group of owners were keen for a country cup horse, so I put in another offer which was accepted,” added the winning trainer-driver. There are plenty of options for Yole with the gelded son of American Ideal going forward. “I will see how he pulls up as it was a tough run tonight, so I will wait and see if we go to the Devonport Pacing Cup next week or wait and go to the Burnie Cup at the end of the week,” said the Carrick based trainer. Tisu Spirit’s win was the last leg of a driving double for Yole who scored on the Geoff Smith trained Devil Of Tyne earlier in the night. For complete results of the nights racing click here. Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Leading driver Ricky Duggan proved once again why he is in the Tasmanian harness racing Hall of Fame when he took out Sunday’s Maxfield Drilling Meander Valley Cup at Carrick Park, aboard the Juanita McKenzie-trained Kardesler. The $3.30 favourite began well off his 10-metre handicap to find the lead soon after the start, and from there the six-year-old American Ideal entire was never in doubt going on to score by 7.5 metres over Believe In Forever and Feel The Burn. The mile rate was recorded in 2m 03.5s, which is just one second outside the track record. “He pinged away pretty good, and I didn’t think Feel the Burn would want to get into a hustle and bustle with us so once I pushed on to the front, he was able to jog around them,” said reinsman Ricky Duggan after the win. Kardesler has now won 11 of his 42 starts this season, with the pacer arriving in the Juanita McKenzie stable in June. “Juanita (McKenzie) has done a good job with him, and the horse has done a great job to back up week in week out at his last few starts, where he has always been around the placings earning a cheque,” explained Duggan. Connections will now press on to many country cup races going forward, and they have many options in January, with the Devonport Pacing Cup the top of the winning trainers list. The Juanita McKenzie – Ricky Duggan combination kicked off the day on a winning note with Helikaon who sled all the way in the Shane McHenry Memorial. Helikaon, a two-year-old gelding by Rock N Roll Heaven used the pole draw to full advantage to lead all the way and score by nine-metres at odds of $1.30. They also tasted success in the Pfeiffer Cranes Pace when Sharmey came from back in the field to score a very easy win, which was the pacers fourth victory in a row. The Rock N Roll Gelding was sent out as the $1.40 favourite despite his outside of the front-row draw. McKenzie indicated both horses would be aimed at the Tasmanian Derby in March, with Sharmey likely to have a preparation in Victoria before that. Trainer-driver Todd Rattray went home with a double after Lalasa, a two-year-old daughter of Bettors Delight scored on debut, while stable mate Kadar took out the Cressy Transport Tasmanian Country Championship after he enjoyed a lovely three-wide cart into the race. The 1670-metre track record was broken in race two when Pink Ponder scored in a mile rate of 1m 57.8s, taking half a second off the previous record held by Peaceful Thomas. Rohan Hillier joined Conor Crook at the top of the state’s drivers title when he took out the Bramich Bulldozing Trainers Incentive Pace on the Kate MacLeod trained Machbev.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

It was a great night of racing in Launceston on Saturday night, headlined by the Group 3 Faithful Park Stud Tassie Golden Apple, won brilliantly by The Shallows. The race saw the five fastest individual last half miles recorded on Tasracing’s Calculated Sectionals since they were recorded in December 2015. Lip Reader at 55.02s held the previous quickest individual last half mile on 20 September. There is also some Tasmanian interest in many semi-finals during the week, with many proceeding into Group 1 finals in Victoria on New Year’s Eve. We will touch on them in next week’s edition. This week there is plenty to keep an eye on with King Island on Saturday afternoon, Carrick Park on Sunday twilight and Devonport on Tuesday evening. The Stars The Shallows – gave his trainer-driver Heath Woods his most significant success in the industry when he scored an impressive win in the Group 3 Faithful Park Stud Tassie Golden Apple. The Shallows is the first horse Woods has trained since returning to the harness game after spending a few seasons away from the sport. He purchased the four-year-old as an unbroken two-year-old, and now they will head to next month’s Hobart Pacing Cup. Sharmey – had to be seen to be believed when winning his rating 30 to 49 event on Saturday, he settled four-back the pegs, driver Rodney Ashwood found clear racing room out five and six wide on the final turn to storm home and win. The pacer will head to Victoria to chase his Vicbred bonus before returning to the state to contest the Tasmanian Derby in March. Conor Crook – had a weekend out finding the winners stall on six occasions with four wins as a driver and two as a trainer. Crook has a one-win lead in the state driver’s premiership but will be missing from the sulky for the final two meetings. Laid Back Kenny – the Geoff Smith-trained pacer returned from a Victorian campaign when recording a half neck victory in Launceston when coming from a midfield spot for driver Todd Rattray. Premiership Watch– As mentioned, Conor Crook has a one win lead on the state drivers title. However, as he is missing from the season’s final two meetings, it is still anyone’s race with Rohan Hillier and Gareth Rattray equal second on the table, and it was great to watch all three drivers demonstrate their talent last weekend. Multiple Winners Burnie – Friday evening Rohan Hillier – driving double; Artyboy Glenwood and Gone and Forgotten. Conor Crook; trained Gone and Forgotten and drove Tisu Spirit. Launceston – Saturday evening Conor Crook – driving treble Somehowsomeway, Racketeers Boy and Southern Gnp, he also trained Loch Ness Franco. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Burnie – Friday evening Unavailable. Launceston – Saturday evening From the Tassie Golden Apple; Ignatius 54.39s, Ryley Major 54.67s, Lip Reader 54.83s, The Shallows 54.89s and Sea Double Ugrant 54.91s. From the remaining races, Believe In Forever 56.28s, Hez The One 56.43s, Proficient 56.71s, Sharmey 56.83s and Giftofjoy 57.02s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Burnie – Friday evening Hit’s: Kabibi $1.70 into $1.28, Gone and Forgotten $3.30 into $2.90 and Heza Rummage $12 into $9.50, Defied The Drift: Artyboy Glenwood $3.70 out to $4.20 Missed: Ozzie Major $5.00 into $3.20, Nikks Pick $14 into $8.50, The Deal $3.10 into $2.80 and Karalta Dazzler $13 into $7.00 Launceston – Saturday evening Hit’s: Loch Ness Franco $2.70 into $2.35, Laid Back Kenny $9.50 into $8.00, The Shallows $6.00 into $4.80, Racketeers Boy $2.50 into $2.10, Southern Gnp $31 into $18 and Rocket Blaster $15 into $9.50. Missed: Lucky Pats Son $26 into $10, Oneofthelads $11 into $7.00, Pur Dan $14 into $7.50, Pink Ponder $7.00 into $4.00, Postal Run $10 into $4.40, Got the Goods $14 into $4.80 and Star Rocker $3.80 into $2.10. Trial File Hobart – Monday evening Monday night saw five trials held in Hobart where Ryan Backhouse and Mitch Ford had their first trial drives and another bunch that have progressed from the mini-trots. Island Rocknroll and Star Chamber both recorded the quickest winning mile rate of the session in 2m 2.3s. Island Rocknroll, a four-year-old mare by A Rocknroll Dance, settled behind the leader before driver Dylan Ford utilised the sprint lane to pick up the leader Eye See Double in the home straight to score by two-metres. The Bianca Heenan-trained Star Chamber only had one other rival in his trial, Finn Mac Kee, where driver Mitch Ford settled on the back of the leader before peeling out at the 300 to go on and score by 6.7 metres. Other winners included Be Major Threat (2m 9.4s). Helikaon (2m 5.4s) and Starofremembrance (2m 2.7s). Devonport – Monday evening Three trials were staged on Monday evening where the Ben Yole-trained Our Quinn recorded the quickest winning mile rate of 2m 3.4s for the 1930-metre trip. Driver Gareth Rattray found the lead at the mile mark and dashed home in quarters of 28.8s and 29.4s to record an 8.2-metre victory over Flushed and Blissful tom. The other two trials were won by Jimmy Smalls (2m 8.3s) and Im Quite American (2m 7.0s) who both led all the way to win their respective trials. You can view the trials held on mainland Tasmania by clicking here. FORMPLUS Black Book My Ultimate Romeo After catching the eye hitting the line nicely in the home straight in Hobart on 11 December, this pacer then went to Launceston on Saturday night. He settled one-out and two-back, and when the three-wide line commenced at 900-metre mark driver Troy McDonald elected to drive for luck through the field and he simply got none and went to the line hard held. He is currently rated at 46 and should be picking up a lowly rated race in the coming weeks. Week Ahead It is a new look Boxing Day for Tasmanian harness racing this weekend. The last double-header race meeting was held in the state on Boxing Day in 2003 when there was racing at the Royal Showgrounds in Hobart and harness racing that night in Devonport. It was a regular slot on the Tasmanian harness calendar to have those two meetings along with a combined meeting on the turf gallops track at Spreyton Park to make three meetings on the one day in the state, and four meetings when you add King Island into the mix. There was no harness racing on Boxing Day in 1993, as racing on Sunday’s hadn’t commenced then. This year the only Boxing Day meeting in the state is the non-Tab fixture on King Island where the John Rhodes-trained Karalta Kruise will be aiming for a hat-trick of wins. The pacer will be driven by Wade Rattray who will be looking for a unique feat at Carrick Park on Sunday when he drives Rockandahardplace in the Cressy Transport Country Championship. It will be the second time in this extended season where the C.P.P.C’s feature three-year-old race will be held. Rockandahardplace finished second to Soho Senna in last years’ version. This year, he has drawn wide where he takes on kiwi import Kuyomi for trainer Conor Crook and recent Launceston winner Star Rocker. The meeting also features the Maxfield Drilling Meander Valley Cup and the Bramich Bulldozing Trainers Incentive Final. Race one on Sunday is currently set down for 15:25 with the first four races on Sky Racing 2 and the final five races on Sky Racing 1, all races will be shown on Sky Racing 2. Tuesday evening, we head to Devonport for an eight-race card on Sky Racing 1 and TasracingTV. The Kevin Redpath North West Plate Final is the feature race on the card with Artyboy Glenwood and Gone and Forgotten winning the heats in Burnie last week. The race sees all runners starting of the front mark, and as a result, Good Feelings will start from the third row off the front mark. Tuesday’s meeting commences at 18:27. This is our last Harness Highlight’s before Christmas, and I would like to take this opportunity to wish all readers all the best for the festive season.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Broadmarsh trainer-driver Heath Woods celebrated his biggest win in the harness racing industry when talented four-year-old The Shallows claimed Saturday night’s Group 3 Faithful Park Stud Tassie Golden Apple in Launceston. The gelded son of Shadyshark Hanover flew away from his 10-metre handicap to settle one out and three-back in the 2200-metre event before leading up the three-wide line over the final lap. After being headed by Lip Reader at the top of the home straight, the pacer dug deep late to score by 3.8 metres over Lip Reader and Sea Double Ugrant. It was the 14th career win for The Shallows at the pacers 30th racetrack appearance. “He went really good, nothing sort of came (mid-race) and they hadn’t run along real quick, so I thought I had to get going, and I always thought I had those inside horses covered and I was just a bit worried about Lip Reader on my back, but this bloke found a bit the last 50 (metres),” said Woods on TasracingTV after the win. Woods left the industry in 2007 and The Shallows is the first horse he purchased since he decided to get back involved. “I had a few other things on the go, and I had a few horses that just fell by the wayside, so I didn’t have another one to go on with,” said Woods. “I always planned to get back into it but it never really happened and then my son Aaron indicated he would like to get one, so it probably took three or four months to find one, and this bloke was advertised as an unbroken two-year-old, and he had a lot of good breeding on his dams side so we took the punt,” explained the winning trainer-driver who also acknowledged the work around the stables of his son Aaron doing most of the “dirty work”. The next feature race as part of the Ladbrokes Tasmanian Summer of Racing is the $25,000 Hobart Pacing Cup on 3 January where the majority of the Tassie Golden Apple field will head including the winner, pending how he comes through Saturday’s run. “I will just see how he pulls up, we just take one week at a time, but if he pulls up good, we will head to the Hobart Cup,” said Woods. Race favourite Ignatius finished fourth, and Ryley Major, who’s tyre came off the rim in the home straight, finished fifth with both horses losing no admirers after being forced to race very wide over the final 600 metres in a solid last half-mile from a 30-metre handicap over the 2200-metre trip. All going well Ryley Major will head to the Hobart Pacing Cup, while connections of Ignatius will decide if the pacer heads to the Hobart feature or embark on a New South Wales campaign in the coming days. The race started in sensational fashion when the driver of Call Me Hector was dislodged from the sulky after being checked by Blackbird Power who galloped away in the standing start event. Call Me Hector was collected by the clerk of the course and avoided injury as did his driver Troy McDonald.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Three meetings remain for the extended 2019-2020 season and the state’s drivers title is going straight down to the line with Rohan Hillier and Gareth Rattray locked at the top of the table after the meeting in Burnie on Friday night. Hillier drove a double on the six-race card, with Gareth Rattray also finding the winners stall. The reinsman showed why he is one of the best standing start drivers in the state when he got Artyboy Glenwood to fly away and lead in the Dowling McCarthy Tyres North West Plate Heat One. Ozzie Major who settled on the back of Artyboy Glenwood looked the one to beat down the back, and Hillier managed to hold that pacer in a pocket and hold off a late charge by Arakbell who rattled home over the concluding stages. It was the third win of the season at start 15 for the Brian Mackrill-trained pacer who won the start prior in Devonport when well supported. Hillier again gave his peers a standing start lesson when he got the Conor Crook trained Gone And Forgotten to fly away and lead from outside of the front-row in the Ladbrokes North West Plate Heat Two. The Well Said mare landed the best part of 15 metres in front in the early stages before Hillier went for home at the 450-metre mark to score by 23.5 metres in the quickest mile rate of the two heats in 2m 5.0s. The $12,000 North West Plate Final will be held on Tuesday night 28 December in Devonport. Rattray scored on the John Castles trained La Toison Dor in the Frank Crawford Memorial. From barrier two on the second-row in the mobile start event, Rattray was able to position the A Rock And Roll Dance mare one-out and two-back before leading up the three wide line over the final 1000 metres, going on to register her second win of the season by 1.5 metres. Conor Crook remains in contention and is only one win off the lead after scoring in the last race on the Mark Yole-trained Tisu Spirit, however, Crook has a trip booked to go back to see his family (pending any potential border closures) over the Christmas period and will miss the last two meetings of the season almost putting an end to his chances. The top two drivers on the state premiership gain automatic selection to next seasons Australian Drivers Championship as per Tasracing’s policy. The State Driver Premiership after the Burnie meeting looks this way; Name Races 1sts 2nds 3rds 4ths Stakes Gareth Rattray 574 69 79 59 54 $588,328 Rohan Hillier 362 69 63 40 40 $576,226 Conor Crook 489 68 52 58 50 $489,141 Ricky Duggan 450 65 51 67 41 $510,037 Mark Yole 547 64 73 58 54 $485,856 Troy McDonald 553 62 63 60 53 $469,746 Todd Rattray 445 56 57 56 65 $497,259 Hannah Van dongen 268 33 25 35 18 $218,409 Taylor Ford 263 31 22 27 32 $213,901 Samantha Gangell 419 26 35 38 41 $213,260 Early on the card Kabibi followed in the steps of her full brother and duel Inter Dominion winner Beautide by breaking her maiden on the Burnie track. The Bettors Delight filly led all the way in the mobile start race to score by seven-metres at odds of $1.35. Hannah Van Dongen now has the Female Drivers Premiership all sown up after scoring on the Ben Yole-trained Heza Rummage in race-five. Her nearest rival Taylor Ford is two wins behind but is currently serving a suspension till the end of the season.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

The Group 3 Faithful Park Stud Tassie Golden Apple headlines a nine-race card in Launceston on Saturday night, where the state’s best pacers do battle headlined by Ignatius and Ryley Major. Ignatius has had seven starts back on Tasmanian soil since a New South Wales campaign, including three wins in a row, before running second in last weeks heat. He ruined his chances by galloping away in the 2200-metre event from his 30-metre handicap, and trainer-driver Todd Rattray said he only had one person to blame, himself. “It was probably more my fault, I probably rushed him a little bit, and turned in a bit late to get up there, said Rattray. The gelded son of Roll With Joe recorded the quickest individual last half mile of any runner at last week’s meeting in 55.55s, and did that out three-wide. “He was pretty good in his heat I thought, they ran a quick half and he was out there doing it,” explained Rattray. Rattray said the pacer had come through his heat run “alright” but did admit the pacer will have to be on his game given the 2200-metre event where he starts off a 30-metre handicap. Rattray indicated that he and the pacers owner, his wife Lyrae, will discuss the future plans with Ignatius after Saturday’s event, with a trip back across Bass Strait on the cards. Last year’s winner Ryley Major will also start off a 30-metre handicap. Since that win, the pacer has won the Group 2 Tasmania Cup and he looks a certainty to be crowned the Tasmanian Horse of the Year in this extended season. However, after three runs back from a spell trainer-driver Hillier believes the pacer isn’t near where he was 12-months ago. “I think 12 months ago Ryley was going a lot better than he is at the moment, so take that into account and also take into account it is a lot stronger field off the front line and the 10 metres (compared to last year), so he is going to find it extremely hard,” said Hillier. “One thing in his favour he is a brilliant beginner and loves to win,” added the trainer. Ryley Major chased home Ignatius in his first two runs back from a spell in Hobart on 22 November and again on 6 December before winning last week’s heat in 1m 58.5s off his 30-metre handicap. “His first run back I thought he was ok, the second run he was dreadful, and his third run he was a little better, I couldn’t really pin point why he went bad in Hobart, but last week he was ok and this week on the track has been something like his best so touch wood he can produce his best on Saturday night,” said Hillier who has done an outstanding job to get the pacer back to the track from an injury after his three-year-old season. Hillier also prepares Lip Reader in the race who finished third in his heat behind Ryley Major after racing outside the leader over the final mile and the trainer is happy with how the horse has come through the run. “He came through the run well, it was his first run at that sort of level, and I’m sure he is not a breeze horse that can do the work and win the race,” said Hillier. “Conor (Crook) will drive him quiet in the final, and he will need a lot of luck to go his way, he has proven in the past if he gets the luck, he is a genuine chance,” added the trainer. Another main chance in the heat is progressive talent The Shallows for trainer-driver Heath Woods. The heat winner is yet to miss a top-two finish in five starts on the Launceston track including a win in the Show Cup over this distance four starts ago, and last week’s heat over Ignatius where he scored by 1.3 metres. He only has a 10-metre handicap to contend with which is a huge asset over the 2200-metre trip. The Tassie Golden Apple is race six on the card and is scheduled to start at 20:50, with the first of nine races to commence at 17:55. Sky Racing 2 will televise race one, with Sky Racing 1 showing the last eight races. TasracingTV will be live-hosted from the track and can be viewed at tasracing.com.au   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

New Zealand born driver Sam Clotworthy was an easy winner of the Youngbloods Challenge with the six-race series coming to a close in Launceston on Sunday night. Clotworthy won two of the three heats held on Sunday night which kicked off in the opening event aboard Mach Charm (pictured) for his boss Ben Yole in heat four of the series. The six-year-old mare was sent out as a $13 chance and was able to slot in one-out and one-back before Clotworthy made his move down the back straight on the final occasion. “It was a very good win, she stuck on very well late,” said Clotworthy. “I had to go at about the 600 (metres), and I just cruised around, and she gave a good kick when I pulled the blinds,” added the winning driver. Clotworthy also drove the Ben Yole-trained Star Rocker to victory in heat five with the three-year-old gelded son of A Rocknroll Dance registering his second career win at his fourth race track appearance. “He was very good tonight, he is very young and is still very raw, he got a soft lead after I found the front and he did it very easy,” said the driver about the $2.30 favourite. Clotworthy had an unbeatable lead going into the final heat where he managed a fourth placing on Hez Razor Sharp. The race was won by the Sam Gangell driven Velocity Stride. “I am very happy to win the series, I’m just thankful for the good horses I got to drive and the good draws, they can be a bit of luck these series by drawing the right horses and barriers,” explained Clotworthy. It was a big weekend for Clotworthy who made 111 runs with the bat for the Beaconsfield Cricket Club on Saturday before being run out. Final Youngbloods Challenge Point score: 72 Sam Clotworthy, 52 Sam Gangell and Ben Woodsford, 41 Matthew Howlett, 39 Georgia Hayward, 35 Bronte Miller 32 Charlie Castles, 28 Malcom Jones, 22 Andrew Freeman and Lachlan Dakin. Two heats of the Tassie Golden Apple were also held late on the nine-race program. The Shallows enjoyed a lovely run one-out and one-back to win his heat, defeating short price favourite Ignatius. “Off the 10 (metres) he had to chase a little bit to get on to the back of the leaders and then they kept running,” said trainer-driver Heath Woods about the win. “Everything worked out well for me, but the horse went good,” added Woods. Woods pushed Ignatius four-wide at the 400-metre mark and was always holding the pacer late. “Around the bend, he got a bit of a gap on Ignatius, and then Ignatius was getting close to me on the line, but he just wasn’t getting there quickly enough,” said Woods. The trainer-driver is now looking forward to next week’s final. “I am pretty happy with him, you always need a bit of luck at the start, but with more horses off the front-row, you are probably not having to chase hard early to tack on. Ryley Major won the other heat, Rohan Hillier had the $1.60 favourite settled one-out and two-back at the 1200-metre mark before the pacer flew home out four-wide over the final 200 metres to score a comfortable victory over Perfect Mach and Lip Reader. Ryley Major recorded a mile rate off his 30-metre handicap in 1m 58s for the 2200-metre event. The $30,000 final will be held on Saturday night and there will be no Tasmanian harness racing next Sunday.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Rising harness racing star The Shallows upset Ignatius in the opening heat of the $30,000 Tassie Golden Apple at Mowbray on Sunday night but the backmarker lost no admirers with a game effort after beginning slowly from his 30m handicap. Trainer-driver Heath Woods was able to give The Shallows a perfect run one-out, one back before issuing his challenge three wide rounding the home turn. Ignatius closed late to get within 1.2m with Kardesler 5.2m away third. The mile rate for the 2200m was 1:58.9, which was 1.3 seconds outside Ryley Major's standing-start track record, and the last 800m was run in a slick 56.68 seconds. Defending champion Ryley Major ran a similar time (1:58.54) to easily win the second heat after beginning quickly from his 30m mark. His Rohan Hillier-trained stablemate Lip Reader dashed clear nearing the home turn but Ryley Major rounded him up with ease and went on to score by 5.5m from Perfect Mach with Lip Reader weakening to be a further 5m away third. Final-round heat wins on Mach Charm and Star Rocker gave former New Zealand driver Sam Clotworthy a runaway win in the Youngbloods Challenge series. The 24-year-old, who works for leading trainer Ben Yole, also won a heat in Hobart last week on $71 outsider Guys Bettor Bet and finished the six-race series with 72 points. Samantha Gangell won Sunday night's other heat on Velocity Stride to finish with 52 points, equal second overall with Ben Woodsford. Reprinted with permission of The Examiner

Six meetings remain on mainland Tasmania, and many premierships are going down to the line with the battles continuing in Hobart on Friday night. Kardesler will be out to extend the lead of trainer Juanita McKenzie for the states female trainers title in race four. The American Ideal gelding is building up an impressive record on the Hobart track, winning four of his 11 starts and has been placed on a further four occasions. His most recent effort was on Sunday where he chased home Hez The One after racing three-wide over the final 1100 metres, and he finished off well out wide for second to record the quickest individual last half mile of the race in 57.01s. Kardesler will be driven by Hannah Van Dongen who is locked in a battle for the female driver’s title. Ford is suspended from driving until 27 December. McKenzie has a one-win lead over Taylor Ford on the female trainer’s title, and she has some chances to add to her title in Hobart. Ford prepares Say A Prayer who is having her first start in the state after winning one of 16 Victorian starts and Big Bang Raj who was a Hobart winner three starts ago and draws the second row in Friday’s race. The Drivers title is also a tightly contested affair. Gareth Rattray leads with 68 wins from Rohan Hillier and Conor Crook on 66. Ricky Duggan sits in fourth place on 64 wins with Mark Yole rounding out the top five on 62. Ben Yole has the trainers title in the bag with 176 wins while Taylor Ford leads the Junior Drivers premiership on 31 wins. Friday night’s Hobart card commences at 18:28 and will be shown on Sky Racing 2 and TasracingTV.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

New Zealand born driver Sam Clotworthy leads the six-race Youngbloods Challenge after the first three heats were held in Hobart on Sunday night. Clotworthy secured maximum points in heat two when scoring on the Ben Yole-trained Guys Bettor Bet at odds of $71. “He won really well tonight, I knew he would run a big race if he could find a spot close enough and I ended up following the favourite in the one-one,” said Clotworthy after the race. “He got me into the straight where I was able to get a split, and he was just super to the line from there, I like the horse, that’s my second win on him,” added the winning driver. Many expected Clotworthy to win the opening heat on the favourite Jakes A Joy, but they could only manage third placing behind the Matthew Howlett driven Metro Star, who also delivered a rough result at odds of $31. The seven-year-old gelding is trained by another former Kiwi, Ben Woodsford, with the win being his first as a trainer. Settling one-out and five-back, Howlett was able to lead up the three wide line from the 1100-metre mark and the gelded son of Metropolitan proved too tough late. Keeping with the theme of long price winners, it was a tough result in the last heat of the series with Ozzie Major scoring at odds of $31. Scottsdale based driver, Georgia Hayward, was able to quickly find the position three back the marker pegs from barrier six on the gelding. They were held up coming to the home corner before the five-year-old gelding found clear racing room at the 175-metre point to fly home and win in a slow last half mile. Youngbloods Point Table 33 Sam Clotworthy, 26 Georgia Hayward, 22 Matthew Howlett, Ben Woodsford and Samantha Gangell 21 Charlie Castles, 18 Malcom Jones, 14 Bronte Miller, 11 Lachlan Dakin and 9 Andrew Freeman. Clotworthy will be hoping for more luck in the final three heats in Launceston on Sunday night. “Hopefully next week I can draw a couple of nice horses and barriers to scoop up a couple more points,” said the driver. The open class race was won by Ignatius who had a soft run over the first lap, which played into his hands over the concluding stages to score by 14 metres over Ryley Major. Juanita McKenzie prepared a double on the card with two two-year-olds, Sharmey and Helikaon, with leading trainer Ben Yole preparing a training quartet.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

The first of seven meetings for the King Island Racing Club will be held this Saturday afternoon from 12:45. Five thoroughbred races and two harness events make up the seven-race card on Ladies And Tradies Race day after a successful trial session last week. Several leading jockeys from mainland Tasmania are making the trip across on Saturday including David Pires, Ismail Toker, Kyle Maskiell and Mehmet Ulucinar. While Jessie Philpot, Randy Tan and Juana Andreou will make will also attend from Victoria for the first meeting. Club President Audrey Hamer explained the first meeting had been pushed back to allow seven days between the opening of borders between Tasmania and Victoria. “We couldn’t get enough Jockeys from Tasmania, as they wouldn’t commit,” said Audrey. The two harness events have attracted a high number of entries with 18 horses contesting two races, and with over 20 pacers on the Island a few will miss out on runs in coming weeks. “Last year we only ended up with about 10 pacers, and I think there are about 23 horses here this season, we can only have 10 in a standing start race and nine in mobile, said Audrey. Driver Adrian Collins has won the past two King Island Pacing Cups and he will be joined on the track by Dylan Ford, Tim Yole and Wade Rattray on Saturday, to take on local drivers Peter and James Jakowenko, Wayne Hamer, Shane Keeler, Paul Williams and his son Kayleb, who will have his first drive on Saturday. With the borders back open, a number of tourists have been travelling to the Island and they are expected to attend many of the race days across the summer months as they have in the past. “In the past, we got a lot of people from Victoria come down for a few days and play the golf courses and stay on for the races,” explained the club president, with those that have attended a race day giving a raving review on the local hospitality. The remaining six race dates for the King Island Race Club are; •12/12/20 King Island Beef Day, •26/12/20 Boxing Day, •2/01/20 Cup Day, •9/01/20 King Island Recreational Day, •23/01/20 Maritime Day, •30/01/20 Vortex Fly-In Day. The club has taken a hit with several sponsors pulling out this season as a result of the impacts to their business through Covid-19. For those that are considering sponsoring the club they are happy to tailor a package to suit their needs and are encouraged to contact the club. Racing on King Island commenced on 1 January 1882 with harness racing starting in 1896. For more information on the K.I.R.C, and details on how to get to the Island, check out the club’s website at www.kingislandracingclub.com. The meetings are unfortunately unable to be live streamed on TasracingTV however replays of all races are available on the Tasracing website   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

What she lacks in size and experience, little Kenzie Rattray makes up for in determination - and if she's any example, the future of harness racing in Tasmania will be in good hands! At "five years and one day" Kenzie is the newest recruit to a rejuvenated mini-trots scene in Tasmania - and although she just had her first race drives at the weekend, Kenzie's already built something of a cult following. And not without reason. The pint-sized reinswoman and her much more experienced pony Kitty Whiteface missed out at Kenzie's first drive at Devonport on Friday night, but then put together a string of three wins - at her second appearance at Devonport, then a double at Carrick on Sunday. "She's a world beater!" laughed Tas Racing Coordinator and Mini Trots enthusiast Wayne Yole. "In her first drive she was just finding her way, but she came back and told me she'd 'beaten five home'," he said. Kenzie was all smiles making her racing debut at five years and one day "Three weeks ago, before she had her approval to drive, she brought Kitty to the races and showed me how she could harness her up, all by herself. She definitely doesn't want anyone helping!" Kenzie is third-generation harness racing, the daughter of trainer-driver Gareth Rattray and trainer Melissa Maine. She's been driving ponies at home since she was three and has now followed older siblings Jackson Burke (13) and Lauren Rattray (7) into the mini trots. The Rattray kids are following in their dad's footsteps, and among an emerging second-generation of harness racing mini-trots participants. Gareth (who's had up to 100 wins in a season as a driver) also began his career in the pony trots at age 6. "She was ready to go a while ago, but she had to wait until she was old enough to get her licence," her dad Gareth said. "Her birthday was on Thursday and she drove her first race on Friday - and I definitely think she was more excited about driving!" he said. "She just loves it. She goes to school three days a week, and on the days she's not at school she trains Kitty every day - even through the winter," he said. "Both the girls are horse mad - we bought them a cubby house a couple of years back, thinking we were doing a great thing. But they run straight past the cubby to get to the stables." Yole said the Mini Trots in Tasmania was undergoing a welcome resurgence. "We've got at least eight ponies at every meeting in the North, and a fantastic bunch of kids are coming through. Especially in the past 12 months, we've had a real surge in interest and we have another three or four kids who are all just about to turn five and get their licence," he said. "We do make sure there is a bit of a preparation and training process involved - and at the end, they get their official plastic card to drive at the races, just like the senior drivers, which they love," Yole said the mini trots had been a great training ground for emerging drivers in Tasmania. "Bronte Miller has just started driving in the past few months, and she went through mini trots. Adrian Duggan's son Jacob has just got his licence. The oldest of our current mini trots drivers, Brodie Davis is certainly going to be a driver, and Makenna Hillier won't be far behind. "The pathway for these kids is just so important to the future of our sport," he said. "But really more important than that is that the kids and their families just get so much out of it. The skills they learn, the life skills they develop, and the fun of doing something together that they all love - it's what makes our sport great and it just gives me a great buzz to watch that." Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

21 weeks ago a spectacular three-horse fall took place in Launceston and two of the horses involved have found the winners circle nine days apart. On Sunday Major Davvin (pictured) scored his first win since the accident when he led all the way at Carrick Park. Major Davvin was rushed to the Longford Equine Clinic straight after the fall on 5 July. “He knocked an artery up between his back legs, the vet on course couldn’t stem the bleeding, so he was rushed off course to the Longford Equine Clinic to be operated on,” said the pacers trainer Steven Davis. “He had 26 stitches up there to sew him back up and he had another six stitches in a wound down his hamstring, and he also had an open puncture wound on his flank that was probably a couple of inches deep where one of the broken sulkies dug into him” explained the trainer who also took the reins in Sunday’s win. “His first run back from the fall they got a bit tight on him near the 400 metres, and he wanted to get back out of it. At Burnie his next start he was a bit better so the run at Carrick, even though he was out on his own it will add to his confidence, said Davis. Driver Adrian Duggan was replacing Steven Davis in the sulky on the night of the fall in Launceston, as Davis had to care for another horse on his property. Duggan is still recovering from the fall and can now commence “shadow walking” with his crutches. “I saw the surgeon on Monday and he said that I can start putting a little bit of weight on it (fractured ankle) over the next fortnight and start to build up the pressure gradually,” said Duggan. Duggan made the trip to Hobart on Monday evening to watch his 15-year-old son Jacob have his first trial drive. Rockandahardplace who was also involved in the fall bounced back into the winner’s list in Burnie on 20 November. “It was probably a good four weeks after the fall until he was right to go again,” said Rockandahardplace’s trainer Kent Rattray. “He took a chunk out of his shoulder about the size of a tennis ball, and we just had to keep that clean. “More than anything it rattled him about and John Walters said when he drove him his first few starts back that he could feel him a little bit nervy with the horses around him and that he was looking at everything, it has taken a good three months from him to be back near where he was,” explained the trainer. Rockandahardplace was driven to his Burnie victory by Kent son’s Wade, with connections taking home the second half of their $10,000 Tasbred Bonus. The fall on 5 July occurred after Canbe Doc broke stride and fell soon after the start. Connections retired Canbe Doc from racing after the incident and the former pacer found a new home through Tasracing’s Off the Track Program.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Harness racing heads to Carrick Park on Sunday afternoon for the first of three meetings over the summer months at the popular country venue with nine races on the card and there is plenty to look forward to. Race four is the first of two heats of the Bramich Bulldozing Trainers Incentive, where Bridport based trainers Kate MacLeod and Rohan Hadley play a firm hand. Bandbox heat winner Machbev (Pictured) represents MacLeod in the race for horses with less than $25,000 in prizemoney earnings that are trained by trainers who have won 10 or fewer races this season. The daughter of Mach Three has won two of her starts and should appreciate a drop back in class after running sixth in the Group 2 Bandbox Final at her last outing. Hadley trains and drives Auntie Connie who has drawn barrier three and is another dropping back from the Bandbox series where she was only 15.3 metres behind Blame It On Me in the $50,000 final, this is her third start for her current preparation. Conor Crook will take the reins on the other Hadley trained runner in the race, Heza Sport, who still hasn’t got out from last start where he sat three back the pegs. In Heat Two, the Leigh Rand – Ben Parker combination will be chasing another win when they team up with four-year-old mare Aussie Rock. The pacer is second-up today after a strong second placing in Burnie last time out when coming from back in the field in a race that was suited to those up on the speed. Two starts ago the mare showed good speed to lead from the pole and no doubt Parker will try and position the mare in a forward position. Other highlights on the Carrick Park card included the Rohan Hillier trained two-year-old debutant Tommy Hillfigure in race three. The A Rocknroll Dance gelding is a half-brother to Ryley Major and has won three of his four trials to date, with two of those victories coming on the Carrick Park track. The quaddie starts in race five, a rating 60 to 70 event where Racketeers Boy will be chasing his third win in the state since arriving from New Zealand. Trained and driven by Troy Hillier, the Rocknroll Hanover gelding is on a path to next month’s Golden Apple. His dangers today include recent Hobart trial winner Watchmylips who has built up an impressive record of four wins and three placings from seven starts, while Somedan must be respected from the front row draw. The meeting commences at 15:55, and the first three races will be shown on Sky Racing 2 with the last six on Sky Racing 1. Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Highly promising harness racing pacer Lip Reader will take another step towards some of Tasmania's biggest races when he contests the Discretionary Handicap in Devonport on Friday night. Next month's $30,000 Golden Apple at Mowbray and the $30,000 Devonport Cup in January are both on the radar for the five-year-old if he continues his good form. Beauty Point trainer Rohan Hillier said Lip Reader was well up to running in both races. "As it stands, he'll get 10m in the Golden Apple but that's not the worst thing in the world because he's not fast away anyway," Hillier said. "But he's a definite chance for sure." Hillier said the only reason he was taking Lip Reader to this weekend's secondary meeting, where the races carry lower prizemoney, was to space his starts. "I didn't want to go to Hobart next week because that would have meant him racing three weeks in a row," the trainer said. The heats and final of the Golden Apple are on the following two weekends. Lip Reader has won nine races since joining Hillier from the James Rattray stable in Sydney and the trainer admits he's been a real surprise packet. "In New South Wales he was a really fast beginner from the mobile but he was often found wanting over the last 200m," Hillier said. "You could say he was weak. "But he's certainly got stronger." Hillier said owner Marc Panton had no high hopes when he sent the horse to his old home state. "Marc's aim was to try to win a couple with him at Devonport - that's all he was expecting," Hillier said. Lip Reader is one of five runners in the Discretionary Handicap with a former connection to the Rattray family. Full Speed Ahead, Taurisi and Yatsenyuk Leis have all spent time with Todd Rattray while Black Centurian began his career with Kent Rattray. ANOTHER HILLIER TO FORE AT CARRICK Harness racing returns to Carrick for the first time since the shutdown on Sunday when another Golden Apple hopeful will be in action. Rohan Hillier's brother Troy has former Kiwi five-year-old Racketeers Boy engaged in a strong rating 60 to 70 race. Racketeers Boy was impressive winning his first two Tasmanian starts before working hard from a bad draw when placed at Devonport 12 days ago. Hillier will get a good idea on Sunday as to whether he's worth a tilt at the Golden Apple as he meets some handy opposition. By Greg Mansfield Reprinted with permission of The Advocate

Ignatius continued on his winning way in Hobart on Sunday night when he took out the open class event on the nine-race card. The Roll With Joe gelding sat outside the leader and second placegetter Ryley Major to defeat him by two-metres. After a slow lead time for an open class of 35.1s and a first quarter of 32.2s the pace quickened over the final 1200 metres in quarters of 30.0s, 28.2s and 27.7s for a mile rate of 1m 58.0s. Call Me Hector, who ended up behind the leader, was a further 7.4 metres away third. Watch the replay click here Ignatius was driven by Gareth Rattray who was replacing regular driver and trainer Todd Rattray who is currently serving a driving suspension. “He went terrific racing outside Ryley Major in what was a strong last half mile, and he ran through the line well,” said Todd Rattray about the win. “He has pulled up well and hasn’t stopped running around in his paddock this morning,” added the trainer. It was a great entree to a host of feature races over the upcoming months in Tasmania including the heats and final of the $30,000 Tassie Golden Apple in December. Then in January, the state has the $25,000 Hobart Pacing Cup and the $30,000 Devonport Pacing Cup, with some Victorian trainers indicating strong interest for these races. Todd indicated he might look at a regular free for all in Hobart in two weeks, before the heats of the Golden Apple in Launceston the following week. The win of Ignatius was a part of a driving double for Gareth Rattray who scored on Bonacci earlier on in the night. He now has a two-win lead for the state’s drivers title on 67 over Rohan Hillier and Conor Crook on 65, followed by Ricky Duggan 61 and Mark Yole 60. Earlier in the night, Jakes A Joy chalked up his second win of the weekend, after scoring in Burnie on Friday, winning a rating 50 to 54 event. It was the fourth win in a row for the Mister Big gelding who had a lovely three-wide cart into the race. Another pacer to make it four wins in a row was Victoria Pass who was too strong for his rivals after working forward to race outside the leader in the middle stages of the race.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

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