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In-form three-year-old pacer Little Bit of Big delivered another stellar harness racing performance to score an impressive all-the-way win at the Luxbet Racing Centre over 1680 metres in Launceston on Sunday night. Little Bit of Big made it three wins for the season when she made the most of the pole position to lead throughout in a 3C0-C0 race that boasted a quality line-up. With Rohan Hadley in the sulky, the Shelley Barnes-trained filly by Mister Big from Vanstand stepped well from the mobile and despite being attacked early she withstood the challenge to lead comfortably and then had to call on her courage to fend off rivals in the home straight. Little Bit of Big joined Barnes' stable recently and she is hoping the owners will allow her to retain the filly beyond the winter months. Listen to what trainer Shelley Barnes had to say about Little Bit of Big's latest win. Peter Staples

After producing a driving treble in Hobart last Friday experienced harness racing reinsman John Walters continued his good form in Launceston last night with another outstanding drive to secure a last-stride win aboard Karalta Boomer in the Crown Lager Pace over 2200 metres. Walters, 53, had the Kent Rattray-trained three-year-old perfectly positioned in the one-out-one-back position after travelling 400 metres with the well-backed Dasher Hiouli setting a solid pace in front. Dasher Houli (Rohan Hillier) looked to be travelling like the winner when he slipped clear turning for home but when Walters allowed his charge more rein the gelded son of Major In Art ran to the leader and they settled down to a two-horse war all the way up the home straight with Walters able to get everything from his charge to win by a half-head. It was Karalta Boomer's seventh win of the season and coupled with his six minor placings he has career earnings of almost $30,000. Karalta Boomer was bred by his owners Lyndon and Gail Menagon who own and operate Big Park Stud that is one of the largest standardbred breeding operations in the state. Peter Staples

Lightly raced four-year-old pacer Demonstrative (Rod Ashwood) broke his maiden status at Luxbet Park Hobart yesterday with a game harness racing win in the Gerald Glover Pace over 2090 metres. Despite having to face the breeze in bleak conditions the Eric Jacobson-trained gelding forged to the lead in the home straight and went on to score by over a metre from the favourite Major Jamane ($2.10) with Never Unachievable ($8) a close-up third and just in advance of Bertils Bliss. Demonstrative (Western Ideal-Luvi Duvi Lombo) was having his third run back from a spell and he was well-backed to win the race. "The horse has been working well and we thought he could lead, in fact our confidence was based on him leading but when he was left facing the breeze I had some doubts he would stick it out," Jacobson said. "But to his credit he was strong over the final 200 metres when he was probably entitled to fade a bit, so all in all it was a very pleasing run." It was an overdue win for the stable but Jacobson, who in his heyday was vying for trainer's premierships, said the wins these days are just a bonus. "I'm pretty much retired these days with only four horses to work and that suits me. "Demonstrative is no world beater but he's improved to the point where he can probably win another couple but all four of the horses I have in the stable are in the same boat and all are pretty much paying their way." Demonstrative is owned and raced by Shane Hildebrand and Mick Jones who are two of his most loyal stable clients. Peter Staples  

Experienced Tasmanian reinsman John Walters celebrated a double at Luxbet Park Hobart last Sunday night to take his harness racing season tally to 34 which is the highest he has been on the premiership table in over a decade. He partnered outsider Rockbank Dancer ($22) to an all-the-way win in the Eddie Hook Pace for C1-C2 pacers over 2090 metres and Walters capped the night when he guided the $2.60 favourite Another Derek to an all-the-way win in the CUB Pace (2090m) after taking advantage of the pole position. While Walters has always been considered a quality reinsman he hasn't always been able to get behind the better quality horses but this season he has excelled and it probably has a bit to do with him winning the $40,000 Group 3 Easter Cup aboard Riverboat Jasper. Walters's father Harry won an Easter Cup aboard Andy Cast in 1976 so when John matched that feat it boosted his confidence to an all-time high. "There's no doubt winning the Easter up to accomplish something that my Dad did was a special moment for me and the records say we are only the second father and son to have won an Easter Cup so that's quite special," Walters said. "There's probably a few reasons why I am getting more drives these days and one is that there aren't as many senior experienced drivers around like there was a few years ago. "I am enjoying my driving more than ever and it would be fair to say that driving winners makes you keener and this is probably the most winners I have ever driven in a season," he said. Walters, 53, is a great judge of pace and when aboard a horse with stamina he is hard to beat if able to lead, although his drive to emulate his late father's feat in this year's Easter Cup was arguably his best in years. With 10 meetings remaining this season Walters is in sixth place on the premiership table courtesy of him having driven 34 winners but he also has finished second 29 times and snared 37 third placings for stake earnings of $226,728. Peter Staples  

Faithful Garby spent almost a year out of the harness racing winner's circle but at Luxbet Park Hobart on Sunday night she bounced back with a vengeance. She scored an effortless win in the Mark Geeves Pace over 2579 metres scoring by almost 17 metres from Remember Joe with Sapphire Swayze a close-up third. The mare spent almost a year campaigning in Victoria and New South Wales producing a few minor placings before returning to Tasmania at the end of April. She spent just over four months in the care of James Rattray who campaigned the five-year-old at Menangle where she two minor placings and a couple of fourths from eight outings. Now back with Melissa Maine at Latrobe, Faithful Gabby has had four starts with two seconds leading up to this latest win suggesting she is on track to keep winning back in her home state. Faithful Gabby has won 10 and been placed as many times from only 30 starts for just over $90,000 in stakes with her biggest win the $30,000 Group 3 Granny Smith final in Devonport last year. Peter Staples

Harness racing owner Mick Maxfield has owned some handy two-year-olds over the years but the latest youngster to sport his colours could be his best. With Gareth Rattray in the sulky, Offthetopofmyhead scored an emphatic win in a 2C0-2C1 event over 1680 metres in Launceston on Sunday defeating recent Dandy patch Stakes winner Usain Jolt by a comfortable margin. But the most impressive part of the win was that he broke the state two-year-old mile rate record. The Paul Ashwood-trained colt rated 1:56.67 for to eclipse the previous best of 1:56.9 recorded by Williamtell earlier in the year. "He's the best horse I've trained for a while but the penny hasn't dropped yet," Ashwood said. "He still does a few things wrong like running up the track a bit but he is at least starting to think about what's going on." Offthetopofmyhead had an interstate trip to Melbourne in April but he failed to flatter. "He wasn't really ready for the trip or the opposition but I have no doubt he will get another chance. "The son of Western Ideal will run in a $10,000 race in Hobart next Sunday then in a heat of the Breeders Crown before going back to Victoria for the Breeders semi-finals." Stablemate Lynniemach, who ran third in Sunday's race, will follow a similar path. Ashwood also won with smart three-year-old El Major who isn't paid up for the coming feature races. Peter Staples

Harness racing driver Adrian Collins left it until the last minute to win his first BOTRA Novice Drivers Challenge series at the Luxbet Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday. It was Collins' last chance to win a novice drivers series as he is only one win away from losing his claim. Collins, 39, won the fourth of the five-heat series aboard Little Bit Of Big and despite finishing last in the fifth and final heat he had done enough to score a one-point win over Matthew Howlett. "I'd like to thank all the trainers for giving me the opportunity to drive their horses," Collins said. "I've come close to winning a couple of novice driver series but fell short by a couple of points." It was a drama-packed series finale with the first of Sunday's two heats was marred by a nasty fall approaching the home turn. Series leader heading into the last two heats was Kristy Grant but she suffered facial lacerations and bruising when her charge Kamili raced roughly before crashing to the track and Heavenly Rock with Samantha Gangell aboard, was unable to avoid the fallen horse and crashed into the flaying sulky of the fallen horse. Gangell had a very heavy fall and was knocked unconscious. She lay motionless on the track for a long time before being taken to hospital with concussion and remained in hospital for x-rays on her shoulder. Grant was lucky to escape with only cuts and abrasions but she was more concerned about not winning the series because she was adamant her charge would have won the race. "I really thought my horse was going to win but I just couldn't steer her," Grant said. Two replacements were required for the fifth and final heat but only one claiming driver, Ken Hall, was on course and, after a ballot, it was determined that he would drive Olivers Mate while Christian Jaz had to be withdrawn.. Jack Laugher won the final heat on Frankie Falzoni who came from last at the bell to beat Fortino and Sign No More. The top six points scorers for the series were: 43 Adrian Collins, 42 Matthew Howlett, 38 Adam Woods, 33 Nicholas Brockman, 29 Kristy Grant, 28 Wade Rattray. Peter Staples

Tasmanian harness racing trainer Ben Yole edged closer to achieving a personal milestone that would also land him in elite company. No harness trainer in Tasmania has reached the milestone of training 100 winners for 20 years but Yole has it well within his sights. In Devonport yesterday victories to Lake Eyre, Philtra Phella and Sutter Man took his season tally to 87 so with 12 meetings to the end of the season he looms set to have his name etched into the record books alongside Hall of Famers Neville Webberley and Barrie Rattray. Lake Eyre was driven by Sam Gangell when he led all the way in the second heat of the BOTRA novice drivers' series and she shares the top of the points table with Matthew Howlett who also led throughout on first heat winner Art Of My Art. Yole said that Lake Eyre, runner-up in the 2014 Tasmanian Derby when trained in Victoria, was now back in the state to stay. "He has a few problem and he's a lot of hard work," Yole said. "But he's a strong horse and he can win more races but we've got to keep him sound." Yole's second winner, Philtra Phella, was claimed for $6000 by Barrie Rattray stable client Viv Clark. Although Yole will be sorry to see the six-year-old leave his stable he wasn't complaining. "We bought Philtra Phella as a C3 horse for $1500 in Victoria and this is his 11th win for us," Yole said. "I reckon he's earned close to $50,000 since we've had him." The stable treble was completed when Sutter Man led most of the way to make it a hat-trick of wins in the Collins Homes Pace. Peter Staples

Matthew Hoiwlett and Sam Gangell each drove a winner in their respective opening heats of the harness racing BOTRA Claiming Novice Driver Challenge at Devonport in Tasmania yesterday. Howlett partnered Art of my Art to an all-the-way win in the opening heat while Gangell adopted the same tactics aboard Lake Eyre. Art Of My Art was the second leg of a double for Wesley Vale trainer John Castles who also prepared Spot Eight to win the opening race on the six-event card. Castles was delighted with the win of Art of my Art as he has been cleverly placed having won three races without incurring any penalty as it was result of contesting novice driver series' events. The gelding was bred by his owner, former Devonport City Council boss David Sales, and is the only one of six foals produced by his mother to make it to the races. The BOTRA series continues with one heat in Hobart on Sunday and the last two heats in Launceston next Sunday night. BOTRA Novice Driver Challenge Points table 22 S Gangell, M Howlett; 19 A Collins; 17 A Woods; 13 N Brockman, K Grant; 8 W Rattray; 7 B Howlett; 5 T Ford; 4 S Freeman. Peter Staples

Prominent Tasmanian standardbred breeders Fred and Pauline Barker celebrated another harness racing feature race win when a filly they bred, Shezallapples, scored an impressive victory in the Group 1 Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge 2YO Fillies final over 1609 metres at Menangle last Sunday. Shezallapples started as one of the rank outsiders ($91.30) but she proved too good for her rivals scoring by almost three metres from Rocknroll Emma ($6.60) with Im with Lexy a close-up third and well ahead of the $1.50 favourite Don't Think Twice. The win gave driver Jim Douglass his first Group 1 success in his home state and the win also delighted the filly's trainer David Thorn who rated the daughter of Sportswriter-Apple Sorbet a top winning chance going into the race. Shezallapples clocked a mile rate of 1.53.3 to suggest she has a bright future. The Barkers have slowly but surely eased out of standardbred breeding with Apple Sorbet now residing with Ricky Hinds who put the mare to Modern Art which resulted in a filly foal born on Christmas Eve last year. Peter Staples

One of Tasmania’s most popular harness racing protagonists Chester Bullock was this week honoured for his service to the industry. A long term active participant in many aspects of Tasmanian harness racing including ownership, breeding, training, and administration and sponsorship has been honoured with a Distinguished Service Award from Harness Racing Australia (HRA). Bullock was born at St Marys in 1948. His father, Keith (Cardinal), was the St Marys Trotting Club Treasurer and his mother, Doris, loved to have a small wager on horse racing. With that background, Bullock quickly developed a passion for racehorses. He spent much of his youth at St Marys at the harness stables of Linton Bullock and Eric Bean. Bullock moved to Launceston when he was 16 years of age. His first purchase was a harness yearling, Thunder Fame, which eventually won two races in 1984 when trained by Eric Bean. Bullock acquired more mares, yearlings and racehorses and in 1986 decided to buy some land at Riverside to accommodate his rapidly expanding harness operation. A 1,100 metre track was constructed on the flats adjoining the Tamar River, where Jack Stamford previously trained, and the first of many prominent trainers took up residence at the Bullock training establishment. David Angus was the initial trainer and Mark Stanley, Rohan Hadley, James Rattray, Todd Rattray, Sam Freeman and Tim Yole all had stints training from the Bullock property. Bullock acquired his training license in 1990 and has prepared many winners from the complex. They include Cardinal Nelson (10 wins) and Cardinal Tucker (7 wins). Another, Cardinal Phoenix, showed enormous potential at his only race start as a two year old defeating Prodigious (2001 Tasmanian Pacing) Championship  and Mountain Glory (Dual Tasmanian Horse Of The Year). Bullock is training approximately 15 horses at present with assistance from Duncan Dornauf, Wade Rattray and his daughter Julia Bullock and son-in-law Ryan Wilkinson. In 1998, Bullock and his daughter Julia established an AI Breeding Station at the Riverside property. Since then, Fred and Pauline Barker, Trevor Leis, Doug McKillop, Lloyd Whish-Wilson, Rick and Naomi Hinds and Dennis Mahoney have been some of the many prominent Tasmanian breeders who have used the facility. Bullock has also had a significant role in racing administration. It commenced at the Launceston Pacing Club (LPC) at Elphin in 1984. Three years later he resigned from the committee while he filled the position of Project Manager for the new Mowbray Racing Complex including the 1,000 metre harness track.  He returned to the LPC committee in 2000 until the present day and has recently been appointed President. He is also the current Patron of the LPC as well as Patron of the Carrick Park Pacing Club. He joined the Northern Tasmanian Light Harness Association in 1995 where he has served 21 years as President. In 2006, he joined a group of participants to establish the Tasmanian division of the Breeders, Owners, Trainers and Reinspersons Association (BOTRA) and he was immediately elected President and served seven years in the role. Since 2009, Bullock has represented the LPC and/or NTLHA at the quarterly Tasracing Harness Industry Forum meetings and he is also a member of the Tasracing Harness Yearling Sale Working Group. Bullock, through his company Bullock Consulting (now 6tyo), has been one of the major harness sponsors in Tasmania over the last 16 years. His sponsorship has extended to all clubs in North and North West Tasmania with some of his more prominent exposure being through the Bullock Consulting Youngbloods series (16 years), the Bullock Consulting Bandbox at Launceston (21 years), the Bullock Consulting Devonport Cup, the Bullock Consulting Burnie Cup, the Bullock Consulting Country Guineas (St Marys) and many other races and the Fashions of the Field (Scottsdale and Burnie).  Tas Racing

One of the most impressive winners on the nine-event harness racing program in Tasmania at UBET Park Hobart on Sunday night was the Tommy Jackson-trained Finn Mac Kee (Stonebridge Regal-Scarlett Finn) who led throughout to easily win a C2 event over 1609 metres. It was Finn Mac Kee’s fifth win from only 13 starts but arguably his most impressive. The four-year-old is expected to have one more start in a C-2C3 in Launceston in a couple of weeks before being sent for a spell. “I’ll most likely give him one more start and then spell him but when I bring him back I’ll get him qualified from a standing start because I’d like to aim him at a few of the country cups over the Christmas-New Year period next season,” Jackson said. Finn Mac Kee has been a model of consistency this season winning four and being placed as many times from his 11 starts this time in. “I said early on that this horse could be the best I’ve had and he’s done nothing to change that opinion. “I don’t think he’ll have any problem with qualifying for standing start races and if I’m right he will be very compeitive in a few of the country cups. I’m not saying he’s up to the best but he is improving all the time and he loves to race,” he said. ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Veteran Tasmanian harness racing trainer Paul Hill has always had a knack with producing top flight young horses and this season has been no exception with his star filly Playing Arkabella scoring an emphatic win in the $30,000 Evicus Stakes final over 1609 metres at UBET Park Hobart on Sunday night. Hill won the race last year with his filly Chica Bella and while she was impressive throughout her two-year-old season there was as much to like about how Playing Arkabella went about her business in the last major feature juvenile race of the season. With Ricky Duggan aboard, Playing Arkabella ($1.50) was forced to work hard early from her outside front-row draw but eventually she was sent around the field to face the breeze outside of Harshali with the well-tried El jays Mystery on the back of the leader. When Duggan called on his filly for the big effort in the home straight she sped clear and went on to score by over 10 metres from El Jays Mystery ($7.80) with Harshali ($7.70) a short half-head away third. It was the filly’s fourth win from eight starts this season and she filled minor placings at her other four starts with this prizemoney from this latest win taking her career earnings to almost $46,000.. Hill prepared the favourite Rocknroll Turbo in the Dandy patch final but he had to settle for second to the highly promising Usain Jolt, depriving Hill of a record of preparing the winner of the Dandy Patch and Evicus two years in succession as he trained Hillview Jake to win last season's Dandy Patch. ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ A Tasmanian harness racing star may have emerged at UBET Park Hobart last night when Usain Jolt, a well-bred two-year-old prepared by astute horseman Tony Petersen, delivered a brilliant performance to win the $30,000 Dandy Patch Stakes over 1609 metres. Usain Jolt (James Austin) went into the race having not won from four previous starts while the favourite Rocknroll Turbo was aiming to keep his unbeaten record intact having won at his only two outings, including an effortless win in the Dandy Patch Prelude two weeks earlier. But Petersen was able to iron out a couple of little problems that were impeding the gelding to race truly and it made all the difference. Harjeet showed brilliant early speed to lead but he was then taken on by the second-favourite Williamtell (Gareth Rattray) that rolled to the front and set a slid tempo while the favourite Rocknroll Turbo faced the breeze. Rocknroll Turbo hung badly throughout the race and that didn’t help his cause but when Ricky Duggan gave Usain Jolt his head racing down the back the last time he loomed as a genuine contender. But when the gelded son of Village Jolt balanced for the run home he powered past the leaders and went on to defeat Rocknroll Turbo by eight metres with a similar margin to Williamtell. “This horse has always shown us good ability but he’s just been a little bit wayward in is action but I sorted that out leading up to this race,” Petersen said. “He is very well bred and his breeding goes back to Chamfer Star and that’s really solid.” Austin was thrilled with the win and predicts a bright future for gelding. “The way this horse ravelled into the race tonight he was never going to lose. Tony has been able to straighten him out and I reckon there’s still plenty of improvement in him,” Austin said. Usain Jolt is owned by Jacinta Webb, Deb Carlton and life partners Tammy Carlton and Sam King. 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Harness racing trainer Paul Hill will be hoping history can repeat itself when his two smart youngsters Rocknroll Turbo and Playing Arkabella contest the Dandy Patch Stakes and the Evicus Stakes respectively at UBET Park Hobart tonight. Hill won the two features last season with Hillview Jake (Dandy Patch) and Chica Bella and tonight both of his two-year-olds are pre-race favourites. Rocknroll Turbo is owned and was bred by Charlie and Connie Beadman and while they have enjoyed enormous success with youngsters over the years Hill says this colt could be the best they have owned. "Charlie has bred some good ones but Rocknroll Turbo is just a freak," Hill said. "From the first day he came into work he's been a thorough professional and he does everything asked of him with so much ease it's ridiculous. "Charlie had Jerrys Jet as a two-year-old and he was very special and he was just as good at three but I think this colt is better." Rocknroll Turbo has had only two starts for as many wins. He debuted with an impressive win in the Debutante Stakes in Launceston after which Hill sent him for a spell prior to him winning his Dandy Patch Prelude. He meets the same opposition tonight and drawing gate seven on the outside of the front row should pose no problem. "Rocknroll Turbo was probably about 85 per cent right in the Dandy Patch Prelude but he will be spot on tomorrow night." Playing Arkabella also has drawn gate seven in the Evicus final but she too possesses enough early speed to overcome that if connections opt to try and lead but given his she was handled in the Evicus Prelude she will more than likely be driven cold. "Playing Arkabella has had no luck with barrier draws so this is no surprise to draw seven of seven but from there we might have a look for the front but she's probably better sat so the draw is of no great concern," Hill said. Playing Arkabella has won three of her seven starts and she was placed in the other four. The filly impressed with a tough win in the Sweepstakes final two starts back in Hobart last month and her win in the Evicus Prelude at her subsequent outing also was impressive defeating first-starter El Jays Mystery from the Dick Eaves stable. Peter Staples

Harness racing stalwart Peter Cooley has been recognised for his lifetime service to the industry in Tasmanian in the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours list. Cooley, 79, was awarded the Order Of Australia Medal. Born in Hobart, Peter's father Ken was a leading owner and his grandfather Charles was an owner, trainer, driver, starter and handicapper. He quickly developed a knowledge and understanding of breeding and the history of trotting (harness racing) in Tasmania. He is now regarded as an expert in both areas. From 1973 - 2002, less a period of six years, he served on the various controlling bodies, which included the Tasmanian Trotting Association, Trotting Control Board, Tasmanian Harness Racing Council and Harness Racing Tasmania. During this time he was instrumental in establishing the Tasmanian Sires Stakes Series, the first in Australia, Tasbred Bonuses and mares concessions. Cooley worked diligently for many years to help establish the guidelines for the highly successful Semen Transport Scheme. His club involvement commenced with the Hobart Metropolitan Trotting Club (1960-1976) and his longest period of service has been with the New Norfolk Pacing Club (1969-1995 and 2001-2002). He was a committeeman with the Tasmanian Pacing Club in 1980 and from 1990-1992. Cooley has also had a long-term involvement in Harness Racing journalism. His first article was published in the Australian Trotting Record in 1955 and he contributed items on a weekly basis until 1977. For three years in the 1960's he wrote for the Tasmanian Trotting Review - a monthly published by the Tasmanian Trotting Association. From 1977-1985 he contributed to another monthly - the Australian Trotting Register. He supplied a column for almost every issue of the monthly Tasmanian Harness Racing Gazette from 1981 to 2004. He assisted Ken Dyer with the Stallion Index Book and his work has been published overseas in the New Zealand Trotting Calendar and the United States Harness Horse. In 1990 he published a book that contained the breeding of all horses registered for racing in Tasmania from 1906-1950. In 2008 he compiled the book 'Back To The Trots', which is a history of harness racing in Tasmania. In 2011 he finished compiling a list of all Tasmanian winners from 1900 to 1986. The complete list is available at http://www.harness.org.au/hra/feature/rc.htm Cooley won the Australian Harness Racing Council (AHRC) Coulter Award for the Best Historical Article in 1979 and 2001 and Best Book in 2008. He has also received a Meritorious Service Award and a Distinguished Service Award (2002) from the AHRC. He is a Life Member of the New Norfolk Pacing Club and the Tasmanian Pacing Club and was awarded the prestigious Edgar Tatlow Medal in 2002 for his outstanding contribution to Tasmanian harness racing. He bred and raced many horses with Regal Gail being his best. Cooley was the driving force behind the establishment of the Tasracing Harness Hall Of Fame and was an inaugural inductee in 2014. Peter Staples

One of Tasmania's most popular harness racing protagonists Chester Bullock was this week honoured for his service to the industry. A long term active participant in many aspects of Tasmanian harness racing including ownership, breeding, training, and administration and sponsorship has been honoured with a Distinguished Service Award from Harness Racing Australia (HRA). Bullock was born at St Marys in 1948. His father, Keith (Cardinal), was the St Marys Trotting Club Treasurer and his mother, Doris, loved to have a small wager on horse racing. With that background, Bullock quickly developed a passion for racehorses. He spent much of his youth at St Marys at the harness stables of Linton Bullock and Eric Bean. Bullock moved to Launceston when he was 16 years of age. His first purchase was a harness yearling, Thunder Fame, which eventually won two races in 1984 when trained by Eric Bean. Bullock acquired more mares, yearlings and racehorses and in 1986 decided to buy some land at Riverside to accommodate his rapidly expanding harness operation. A 1,100 metre track was constructed on the flats adjoining the Tamar River, where Jack Stamford previously trained, and the first of many prominent trainers took up residence at the Bullock training establishment. David Angus was the initial trainer and Mark Stanley, Rohan Hadley, James Rattray, Todd Rattray, Sam Freeman and Tim Yole all had stints training from the Bullock property. Bullock acquired his training license in 1990 and has prepared many winners from the complex. They include Cardinal Nelson (10 wins) and Cardinal Tucker (7 wins). Another, Cardinal Phoenix, showed enormous potential at his only race start as a two year old defeating Prodigious (2001 Tasmanian Pacing) Championship and Mountain Glory (Dual Tasmanian Horse Of The Year). Bullock is training approximately 15 horses at present with assistance from Duncan Dornauf, Wade Rattray and his daughter Julia Bullock and son-in-law Ryan Wilkinson. In 1998, Bullock and his daughter Julia established an AI Breeding Station at the Riverside property. Since then, Fred and Pauline Barker, Trevor Leis, Doug McKillop, Lloyd Whish-Wilson, Rick and Naomi Hinds and Dennis Mahoney have been some of the many prominent Tasmanian breeders who have used the facility. Bullock has also had a significant role in racing administration. It commenced at the Launceston Pacing Club (LPC) at Elphin in 1984. Three years later he resigned from the committee while he filled the position of Project Manager for the new Mowbray Racing Complex including the 1,000 metre harness track. He returned to the LPC committee in 2000 until the present day and has recently been appointed President. He is also the current Patron of the LPC as well as Patron of the Carrick Park Pacing Club. He joined the Northern Tasmanian Light Harness Association in 1995 where he has served 21 years as President. In 2006, he joined a group of participants to establish the Tasmanian division of the Breeders, Owners, Trainers and Reinspersons Association (BOTRA) and he was immediately elected President and served seven years in the role. Since 2009, Bullock has represented the LPC and/or NTLHA at the quarterly Tasracing Harness Industry Forum meetings and he is also a member of the Tasracing Harness Yearling Sale Working Group. Bullock, through his company Bullock Consulting (now 6tyo), has been one of the major harness sponsors in Tasmania over the last 16 years. His sponsorship has extended to all clubs in North and North West Tasmania with some of his more prominent exposure being through the Bullock Consulting Youngbloods series (16 years), the Bullock Consulting Bandbox at Launceston (21 years), the Bullock Consulting Devonport Cup, the Bullock Consulting Burnie Cup, the Bullock Consulting Country Guineas (St Marys) and many other races and the Fashions of the Field (Scottsdale and Burnie). Peter Staples

Early last week talented harness racing trainer Broke Hammond was unsure whether her well-bred three-year-old filly would take her place in the $30,000 bandbox final in Launceston on Sunday night but thankfully she was able to work through some issues and deliver her on race night. While she drew the pole position it was no advantage because she has no great gate speed so she was always going to need her share of luck to emerge triumphant. With Troy Hiller in the sulky the daughter of Stonebridge Regal-Cam River settled three-back the fence on a hot speed set by Tisu Bombelle and at the top of the home straight the last time she was going to need a minor miracle to secure a run. But Hillier believed the leaders might get up the rack a bit when the pressure was applied and he was right which allowed Ordinaire Jane to motor home along the rails to emerge the winner by a narrow margin over Little Bit of Big and the well-tried Itz Gemmas Delight. "I've had so many little problems with this filly, particularly with her feet, so I must thank Michael laugher a lot for helping her out in that department and a lot of other people who have played a hand in her getting to the races this time in," Hammond said. "There was one stage there that I was convinced she might not get to the Bandbox series but she got there and after she flashed home to run second in a prelude I was quietly confident she had the ability to win the final but she was going to need a lot of luck from the pole (inside front-row draw) and that went her way. "She hasn't grown much because she still only about 14 hands high but she tries her heart out and she has this terrific turn of foot as she showed to win tonight. Hammond was also leased that Ordinaire Jane has won a race that her mother won. "You don't often win a race with a filly that was also won by the4 dam and Cam, River was a terrific mare for us and hopefully this daughter can be the same." Peter Staples

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