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Talented three-year-old pacer Semowillrev produced another brilliant performance in Launceston on Sunday night to easily keep his unbeaten harness racing record intact. It was the Craig Hayes-trained gelding's fourth win from as many starts and arguably his best. Krafty Boy set up a big lead early while Hayes had to extricate his charge from the pack in order to avoid interference soon after the start. But when clear and in the three-wide line Semowillrev scorched around the field and rushed past the leader as if he was treading water. Once in front the Sportswriter gelding was allowed to bowl along at his own leisure and when Hayes released the reins at the top of the straight he powered clear and went on to defeat Krafty Boy by almost 11 metres with Volkova Leis 14 metres away third. Semowillrev clocked a mile rate for the 1680-metre trip of 1.57 which was a personal best and the winning margin was just a shade below his average of 10.25 metres. "I'm very happy with how the horse has come back as a three-year-old," Hayes said. "I'll give him one more run then tip him out for a two or three-week let-up. "He has shown me enough to suggest he will be up to tackling the feature three-year-old races here in Tasmania this season." Peter Staples

Hobby harness racing owner Richard Hall celebrated his first winner with when his recent purchase Im Barney Rubble produced a powerful finish for a last-stride win in the Doug Martin Danbury Park Cup over 2698 metres at Launceston last night. Im Barney Rubble, trained and driven by Rohan Hadley, settled near last while The Majority set a solid pace in front with the well-tried Dapper Dana locked away on the rails and shuffled back to last turning for home. Dapper Dana galloped fiercely soon after the start and lost at least 60 metres but tacked onto the pack soon after. When Black Centurian gave up the one-out-one-back spot to make his move 500 metres from home, he found the lead in the home straight, shot clear and looked the likely winner. But Im Barney Rubble unleashed a powerful finishing burst and hit the line hard to score by a nose over Black Centurian with Dapper Dana a close-up third. While it was a great win by the Life Sign gelding the effort of Dapper Dana was enormous and he was clearly the run of the race outside of the winner. Hall purchased Im Barney Rubble through the claiming races process. "I was going to buy him one night when the asking price as only $6500 but I didn't fully understand how the claiming system worked," Hall said. "His price later went up to $10,000 but I still thought he was worth it." Peter Staples

A member of a prominent Tasmanian harness racing family who punched a horse in the head just before a race at Launceston has been stood down by TasRacing. The incident, involving harness racing driver Wade Rattray, was captured on a mobile phone camera while the attendant was handling the Angela Brakey-trained Century Arrow prior to the first race of Wednesday's Newmarket Handicap meeting, with the footage posted to Twitter. Mr Rattray was working as a barrier attendant at the race. He has been described in racing circles as a member of the Rattray "harness racing dynasty". In a statement on Thursday afternoon, TasRacing said Office of Racing Integrity (ORI) stewards had "concluded an inquiry into an incident that occurred at the barrier prior to Race 1 involving barrier attendant Mr Wade Rattray and Century Arrow" at the meeting, finding he had "struck that horse with a clenched fist in the vicinity of the head". "After taking initial evidence at the race meeting, Mr Rattray was stood down from his duties for the remainder of the meeting by the Stewards acting under the provisions of AR 8(r)," TasRacing said. Mr Rattray, who represented Tasmania at the 2016 Australasian Young Drivers' Championship in Perth, was found guilty of "conduct prejudicial to the image of racing". TasRacing said stewards took into account the nature of the offence, the detrimental effects to the image of racing, deterrent factor as well as "Mr Rattray's clean record" and his "personal circumstances". Mr Rattray was fined $1,500. A TasRacing spokesperson said Mr Rattray had been "stood down pending an internal review" which is expected next week and that Mr Rattray "won't be handling horses for TasRacing in the meantime". PHOTO: Wade Rattray's future as an employee with TasRacing is unclear. (Facebook: Wade Rattray) Racing officials 'don't condone cruelty' TasRacing said the ORI would "submit a report relation to this matter" and "work with TasRacing in developing appropriate standards and conduct for barrier staff". Earlier on Thursday, TasRacing CEO Vaughn Lynch said his organisation did not condone animal cruelty. "Animal welfare is a strong focus for TasRacing, and we do not condone what appears to have occurred in the incident in question in any way," he said. Mr Lynch said "training requirements are regularly reviewed and will be considered further following the conclusion of the stewards investigation". With Jason Maskiell aboard Century Arrow, the four-year-old gelding entered the race as favourite, but went on to finish second behind the Mick Burles-trained Clean Acheeva. Mr Rattray has been contacted for comment. Elio Celotto, from the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses, said the $1,500 penalty was "totally inadequate". "What happened in Tasmania is animal abuse, it's a breach of the prevention of cruelty to animals act and they need to be punished accordingly, perhaps a jail sentence." Mr Celotto said the incident was "just another example of the racing industry abusing their horses and forcing them to compete". Reprinted with permission of ABC News

A group of Tasmania's harness racing driver-trainers have banded together to raise money for the awareness of men's health as well as research into prostate cancer. Rohan Hillier and his brother Troy along with Barrie, Gareth and Todd Rattray, Ricky Duggan, Adrian Collins, Christian Salter and Rodney Ashwood have offered to grow moustaches or beards as part of the Movember campaign. Movember is a national campaign aimed at raising funds for men's health and growing a Mo or a beard from being clean-shaven at the start of the month and come the end of November participants can either shave off the growth or leave it. The project has proven to be a great way to raise funds through individual sponsorship and it gives much-needed funding to promote awareness of men's health and in particular prostate cancer. "It's a great way to raise not only awareness of prostate cancer but we are able to contribute towards racing money to make people aware of men's health. It's a very worthwhile cause," Hillier said. BOTRA, Tasmania's breeders, owners, trainers, and reinspersons association has offered to donate $20 to the cause for each win produced by the participating drivers and Tasracing, the state's governing body will match it. "We hope to drive 40 winners between us and if we do that's $1600 we will donate to the cause plus whatever personal sponsorships we can arrange," Hillier said. Ricky Duggan snared a double on Sunday while Gareth Rattray guided Destreos to a stirring victory in the feature race the Cannonball Charge. Peter Staples

The connections of star four-year-old Tasmanian pacer Jaks Teller will resist the temptation to rush the harness racing Washington VC entire into top company by instead allowing him to gradually make his way through the grades. Jaks Teller took his career win tally to seven from only eight starts when he led almost throughout to score comfortably in a C3-C4 event over 2090 metres at Luxbet Park Hobart last night. With Ricky Duggan in the sulky, the four-year-0oold settled midfield from his front-row draw but as soon as Our Classic Mach settled in the lead Duggan sent his charge around the field to take charge. From there on it was little more than a procession as Jaks Teller gave his rivals the slip turning for home and he went on to defeat Our Classic Mach by 7.2 metres with Kvitova Leis almost two metres away third. "We have the Easter Cup in mind for this horse but he is going to have to improve his overall racing manners to get to that goal," said part-owner-0breeder Jamie Cockshutt." He still does a lot wrong so there is no use rushing him into races against the best with him still learning his craft. "There's no need to rush him and if we take our time and let him mature gradually he'll have a much better chance of getting to top company." Jaks Teller again ran about in the home straight but his lead was so great the end result was never in doubt. Cockshutt said Jaks Teller would tackle a C4 in a week or so and when and if he reaches C7-8 class he will be given a spell and then return for a crack at the 2018 Easter Cup in Launceston at the end of March. Peter Staples

When lightly raced harness racing three-year-old pacer Streitkid debuted with an all-the-way victory in Hobart two weeks ago his owners Barry Cooper and Jamie Cockshutt were elated. The gelding had to be bottle fed at birth after the mother rejected him and there were other issues so just to see him make it to the races and win first-up was all they could have asked. But last Saturday night at the same venue and in a heat of the Australian Driving Championship, Streitkid did a whole lot more than just mirror his debut performance. He was again able to make full use of the pole position and lead but it was the way he toughed it out when seriously challenged by the highly promising Flying Wingard that had the hairs on the neck of his owners standing to attention. Streitkid enjoyed a comfortable lead but he had Flying Wingard for company over the final 600 metres and when the going got tough 150m from home Streitkid dug deep to stave off the determined challenge. South Australian driver Wayne Hill piloted the gelding to victory and after the race he described the gelded son of American Ideal as "gutsy". "That was one tough effort for horse only having his second start. He was in for the fight and refused to lay down." Streitkid is from the mare Ima Blissfull Hall that was owned and raced by Cooper and Cockshutt. The mare showed a lot as a young horse but injury prevented her from realising her potential. Cockshutt said the Streitkid, prepared by Paul Hill, will be aimed at the 3YO Globe Derby Stakes in May. Peter Staples

The nation’s harness racing spotlight will be fixed firmly on Tasmania on Saturday night as the leading drivers in the land descend on Hobart for the Yabby Dam Racing Australian Drivers Championship. Two drivers from each state will contest the series with points allocated across the six nominated races. The host state will rely on the famous Rattray brothers, Gareth and Todd, to fly the flag for Tasmania and repel the mainland invasion that includes Victorian stars Greg Sugars and Chris Alford along with Queenslanders Shane Graham and Mathew Neilson. Leading female drivers have taken a foothold in the sport with Ellen Rixon selected to represent New South Wales and Danielle Hill suiting up for South Australia. Leading the West Australian assault is the legendary Chris Lewis, one of the star attractions of the championship. Lewis seemed destined for fame in the racing game from birth, born in North Adelaide on the horse’s birthday August 1, 1955. Chris drove his first winner at Kapunda as a 16-year-old in January 1972. A month later he steered home his first city winner at Globe Derby behind Carclew in the South Australian Guineas. It was Chris’s first feature race win, and little did the youngster know that four years later Carclew, trained by his father Allen would give him his first Inter-Dominion Championship, defeating the iron horse and people’s hero Pure Steel at Globe Derby. At 20, Chris became the youngest driver to win Australia and New Zealand’s greatest race and followed up eight years later with The Village Kid at Albion Park. Chris decided a move to Western Australia would allow him to pursue a professional career in the gig, and the rest, as they say, is history. Lewis topped the West Australian Drivers Premiership table again last season, making it ten driving premierships, winning a staggering 214 races, 38 clear of his closest rival Ryan Warwick, who will also represent WA in the championship.  LEGEND: Chris Lewis as won ten West Australian Drivers Premierships and driven more than 50 Group One winners. Lewis got 2017 off to a flying start, with four winners at Bunbury on New Year’s Eve placing him in an exclusive club with Gavin Lang and Chris Alford, reinsmen who have driven more than 5000 winners in Australia.   Chris first drove at Gloucester Park in June 1976 when he took part in the inaugural Australian Young Drivers Championship. He represented Australia in the 2011 World Drivers Championship in the USA and has also driven winners in Moscow. Chris has driven over 50 Group One winners in his career including the Australian Pacing Championship, WA Pacing Cup, Fremantle Cup, WA Derby & Oaks, and WA Golden Slipper Stakes. The West Australian Racing Industry inducted Chris into the Hall of Fame in 2010. By Shane Yates Reprinted with permission of The Advocate

History was created last Sunday at Luxbet Park in Hobart when Shadow Storm and Rohan Hillier flew up the Roberts Bridgewater Sprint Lane to become the first harness racing combination to win. It was only the second meeting that the sprint lane had been in operation since being reintroduced. The previous sprint lane was removed from the Royal Hobart Showgrounds in the early 90’s. One of our newly adopted locals, Destreos was inducted into the Queensland Harness Racing Hall of Fame on Sunday evening. Known around Ken Rattray’s stables as “Dexter”, the star pacer has brought a lot of positive social media attention to the local racing scene and is only four wins away from reaching a century of wins. Like last week, a number of races in Launceston on Sunday are heats into finals for the horses that will be driven by Australia’s best drivers on Yabby Dam Racing Australian Drivers Championship night in Hobart on October 28. The Stars Ricky Duggan – drove two smart pacers to victory on Sunday in Hobart. His first win was aboard the well-supported debutante Streitkid for trainer Paul Hill. Duggan then partnered up with Juanita McKenzie to win with Jaks Teller. Mark Yole – was rewarded with a win on Fernco Bobby G, who has been racing very well of late. Ken Rattray – broke through for his first win since relocating back to Tasmania with Tuxedo Max in Devonport on Friday. Ben Yole – once again dominated the weekend with six winners across the two meetings held in the state. Black Booker Flying Wingard This Badlands Hanover entire was having his first start in the state since crossing Bass Straight to join the stables of Marc Butler. After drawing outside the front line driver Kristy Grant restrained the pacer back to the tail of the field. With a number of horses failing to improve theirposition over the final lap. Grant had to pull Flying Wingard out seven wide turning for home and the pacer let down with a fast finishing burst to finish in third position. Watch the replay here Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Devonport on Friday. Jeans Mattjesty 58.74, Im Born To Rule 59.30, Liv Lavish 59.56, Hafter 59.59, Heza Rummage 59.65. Hobart on Sunday. Devendra 56.10, The Dip 56.52, Fernco Bobby G 56.60. Outside of race six; Our Pacquiao 57.46, Flying Wingard and Full Speed Ahead 57.76. View all Tasmanian sectional data here. Trial File Hobart on Sunday Thatswhatshesaid was able to lead all the way to win the trial prior to Sunday’s race meeting. The Taylor Ford driven mare recorded a time of 2:00.0 for the 1609 metre trial. Watch the trial win here. Carrick Park on Monday Promising three-year-old Semowillrev made light work of his 3C0/C0 trial when he led all the way to win by a big margin in a mile rate of 2:01.2 for the 2150-metre event. Other trial winners from the session were Jane Grant (2:08.8) and Buster William (2:04.4). Week Ahead Without a doubt the headline race in Launceston this Sunday will be the Impress Print Stakes which features Tasmania’s best pacers at present. Destreos is still searching for his first win in Tasmania and will no doubt be more suited to the mobile start conditions as will Devendra who recorded the quickest last half mile of the meeting in Hobart last Sunday. Fernco Bobby G who won the discretionary in Hobart last Sunday has come up with barrier two, while Dapper Dana and Im Born To Rule who are both racing well without winning coming up with barriers one and three respectively. The Steve Davis trained Modern Ruler is first up since May and has not been seen at the trials this campaign. The race is set down to be run at 20:33, with the first of nine races to get underway at 17:48. Meanwhile one of the states Inter Dominion hopefuls Pachacuti will line up in a free-for-all at Menangle on Saturday Evening. Last season’s Tasmanian Horse of the Year has been transferred to the Sydney stables of James Rattray. Rattray has been enjoying a great run of success in recent weeks including a training double on Tuesday at Menangle with Tasmanian owned, Glenenise (1:53.6) and Tasmanian bred and owned, Rykov Leis (1:51.9). Also on Saturday evening Tasmanian owned and bred Resurgent Spirit will be chasing his first win in Victoria when he lines up in the $30,000 Swan Hill Cup. If the emergency fails to gain a start the winner of over $194,000 will start from the pole position. He will be driven by former Tasmanian Alex Ashwood. Duncan Dornauf

Gorse Bush has long been considered one of Tasmania's best broodmares and that status was confirmed when she was inducted into the Tasmanian Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Gorse Bush was Tasmanian Broodmare of the Year six times with her first being awarded in the 2006/07 season. She is the Dam of 10 foals of which nine are winners with her greatest claim to fame being the dam of Beautide, the dual Inter-Dominion Champion in 2014 and 2015. Gorse Bush won 10 races herself a had earnings of $48,413. She is by Ticket To Heaven from the Holly Sand mare Barrington Lass. Beautide was the winner of 49 races including the 2013 Miracle Mile and is the highest stake money earner in the history of Tasmanian harness racing... winning in excess of $2 million dollars. Gorse Bush's success doesn't end with the dual Australian Horse of the Year, she is also the dam of Death and Taxes, winner of 15 races including the 2006 Bandbox Final and Ashkalini the 2009 Evicus Stakes winner. Ashkalini has gone on to become the dam of three foals, all winners including Ignatius, the Australasian record holder for a 2YO, recording a mile rate of 1:51:3 when he won the Breeders Challenge final at Menangle this year. The mare is owned and was bred by Barrie and Denise Rattray. Gorse Bush will deservedly go down in history as one of the all-time greats of the states breeding industry and richly deserves her place in the Tasmanian Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Peter Staples

Shadow Storm became the first horse to win using a sprint lane that came into effect on the harness racing Hobart track two weeks ago. It was only a matter of time before it happened but it probably would have had a greater affect had the winner been one of the favourites. Hobart was the first track in Australia to introduce a sprint lane in the late 1990s when racing was held on the old Royal Showground track and it almost led to a boycott when most drivers and trainers objected to its introduction. The pressure applied by participants was so great it eventually led to the sprint lane's demise but a few years later almost every major track in Australia was installing a sprint lane or passing lane as they were then known. Shadow Storm was friendless in the betting drifting from $21 to start at $46 and one of the rank outsiders. But given a gun run on the back of the leader Johns Legacy, the gelded son of Mr. Feelgood settled well and when presented with the sprint lane at the top of the straight he stormed home to win convincingly from Johns Legacy and Miss Ruthless. Peter Staples  

Prominent harness racing owners Barry Cooper and Jamie Cockshutt have enjoyed plenty of success over the years but in Hobart on Sunday night they celebrated a win that probably meant more to them emotionally than most. Streitkid utilised the pole position draw and with ace reinsman Ricky Duggan in the sulky the gelded son of American Ideal led and gave his rivals a pacing lesson. The three-year-old's dam is Ima Blissful Belle, that was arguably one of the best pacers owned by Cockshutt and Cooper, went amiss early in her career which sent her to an early stud career. "We tried to get the mare in foal five times and failed and I was about to give up but my business partner Barry Cooper convinced me to give the mare one more try and this horse is the result," Cockshutt said. "The mare foaled down at Sue Streit's Elderslie Horse Care property (at Elderslie just north of Hobart) and it was Sue who had to bottle feed this horse when the mare rejected him so it was Sue's late night vigils that helped keep him alive. "We will be forever grateful to Sue (Streit) so we decided to try and have her surname in the colt's name. "We originally tried to secure Streitwise but that was rejected but we got Streitkid." Streitkid ($3 into $2.80) began brilliantly to lead while the favourite Kaliska Leis ($2.60) face the breeze with the other well-backed conveyance Flying Wingard ($5) was taken back to last from an outside front-row draw. Duggan ensured a reasonable tempo but with his charge able to sneak a couple of cheap quarters the gelding had plenty in reserve when called on for a sprint to the line. Streitkid gave his rivals the slip at the top of the home straight and he went on to win by over 10 metres from Hot Shot Bonnie with Flying Wingard flashing home from last to grab third. Peter Staples

Noel Salter has long been regarded as one of Tasmania's most successful owner-breeder-trainers and last Saturday night at the annual harness racing awards dinner at Luxbet Park he was acknowledged for his involvement in the industry that spans almost 40 years. Salter was awarded the Edgar Tatlow Medal for his service to the industry not only as a trainer-owner and breeder of standardbreds but for his devoted service as a club and code administrator for over 20 years. He was a committeeman with the Tasmanian Pacing Club in Hobart for 20 years during which time he stood 12 years as president and in 2005 he was made a life member of the club. That led to him becoming a board member with the now defunct Tasmanian Harness Racing Board of which he was president for three years and he also played a dominant role with Harness Racing Australia as a delegate for 14 years and for one year he served as vice-president. Before Salter entered harness racing he was a champion cyclist. He was Tasmanian champion numerous times and he represented Australia at the 1979 World Road Cycling Championships in Sweden. A year later he went close to national selection for the Moscow Olympics but when Olympic selection avoided him he retired from competitive cycling a year later. In 1981 he stumbled into harness racing. "My late Mum and Dad (Doris and Joe) owned and raced pacers and when my parents separated mum was left with the horses so I ended up training them. "It was a big challenge and I had to rely on a few people to help me through and there were none more helpful than Neville Webberley. "I still class Neville as the best horseman I've ever known and we remain very good friends." "I've also has some very good owners including Denis and Ruth Mahoney and Elliott Booth and they have become lifetime friends which is another wonderful part of being involved in this industry - you meet so many good people." Salter has owned and raced many good horses over the years and probably none better performed than On Parade that won 20 races and amassed almost $180,000 in stakes. Some of On Parade's wins include the 1992 Raider Stakes, 199i Tasmanian St Leger and 1992 Golden Mile before the horse was sent to Western Australia in 1994 where he won a Mount Eden Sprint and Bunbury Cup. Other good horses bred by Salter and his wife include Foxfighter (18 wins), Vinokourov that won 17 including the 2007 Raider Stakes, Galdeano (19 wins) and Chippolini that won the 1997 Dandy Patch Stakes before being sold to WA where he ended his career with 32 wins. In more recent years the Salters bred and raced Boasson Hagen that won the 2014 Dandy Patch and he also won the Breeders Crown Consolation in Victoria. Salter has retired from training and that part of the family business is in the care of his son Christian who has long been regarded as one of the state's best horsemen. When Salter was making his acceptance speech on Saturday night he said none of his achievements would have been possible had it not been for his wife Marlene, or "Tiny" as she is affectionately known in the industry. "When I was away interstate dealing with harness administration business Tiny was at home looking after our transport business as well as looking after the horses and keeping those businesses running smoothly. "She has been by my side through thick and thin so if they say I deserve this award then so does my wife because she has put in just as may hard yards as me." Peter Staples

Charles Cooley was one of the founding fathers of harness racing in Tasmania so it is just reward that he has finally made it into the Tasmanian harness Racing Hall of fame. Cooley was born in Hobart in 1870 and he was a pioneer of trotting in Tasmania and became a Foundation member of the Hobart Trotting Club. He also enjoyed success as an owner, trainer and driver-rider. His best horses included Black Bess with 8 wins, Acacia notched up seven victories with Bruno winning the Champion Mile in 1904. Cooley was the first Tasmanian trainer to win professional races in Melbourne and Sydney in the early 1900's. He imported Dolly Berlin from New Zealand, the Dam of champion racehorse and sire Berlinwood. His career as a race rider was cut short in a race fall in 1913 but he quickly bounced back turning his hand to administration, carrying out roles as judge, handicapper and starter for his beloved Hobart Trotting Club. Charles Cooley passed away in 1922 so it is almost century on that one of the founding fathers of trotting in Tasmania has finally been honoured as an inductee to the Tasmanian Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Peter Staples

W H (Hec) Baker was regarded as one of the best Tasmanian reinsmen to sit in a sulky and in Hobart last night the former great was inducted into the Tasmanian Harness Racing Hall of Fame at a gala awards ceremony at Luxbet Park. Baker's career covered four decades from 1945 to 1976 during which time he drove 516 winners and was the state's leading driver on two occasions in 1957/8 and 1965/66. He handled the ribbons on a number of outstanding pacers none greater than champion Chamfers Star. The pair combined to capture the 1964 Easter Cup and the 1965 Tasmanian Pacing Championship. Baker won the Tasmanian Derby three times. He won aboard Raider Chimes 1956, Jimmy Maru (1960) and in 1970 he won with Atok. Pipriki was successful in the Danbury Park Cup while Raizaire proved too good in the 1957 Show Cup. Baker also enjoyed triple success in the The Metropolitan Cup with Tasara in 1958, in 1961 with Shannon Bay and again with Karaman in 1974. There were also Dual successes in the Brighton Cup with Hideaway and Prince Chamfer and the Westbury Cup partnering Fantastic and Lulu O'Neill. Baker is regarded as one of the doyens's of Tasmanian Harness Racing and is a deserving inductee to the Hall Of Fame. Peter Staples  

A brilliant victory in last season's Easter Cup in Launceston was the catalyst that earned star free-for-all pacer Pachacuti the title of Tasmania's best harness racing horse for season 2016-17. Pachacuti was crowned horse of the year at the annual gala award presentations at Luxbet Park Hobart last night. Pachacuti's Easter Cup victory in track record time gave his trainer-driver Todd Rattray his biggest win in his home state but the gallant gelding also snared the Devonport Cup, Governor's Cup and Toreace Cup as well as finishing a game second to Lets Elope in the Group 3 Tasmania Cup. The gelding amassed seven wins and three seconds from 13 starts for $73,512 in prizemoney that took his career stake earnings to well beyond $300,000. It is the gelding's second horse of the year title having won the crown as a three-year-old in 2012-13. Pachacuti spent some time in the care of Todd's older brother James Rattray in NSW where he performed well but not at the level he produced last season. Peter Staples  

Tasmanian harness racing enthusiasts were treated to a number of spectacular displays of horsemanship on Sunday night at the Tasmanian Pacing Club meeting at Luxbet Park in Hobart.  Hall Of Fame reinsman Ricky Duggan showed his vast experience to pilot the Changeover -Glenferrie Miss four-year-old, odds-on favourite, Swap Me home in the first race on the card for the fourth win of its career.  Ricky’s expertise was again on show in race two as he guided the Adrian Duggan-trained eight-year-old gelding Grinable (pictured) to a runaway 11.8-metre victory, returning a mile-rate of 1:59:6, for its second win in the space of four runs.  Reigning 6ty° Youngbloods Challenge champion Jack Laugher completed a successful hit and run mission from Victoria with the Rohan Hillier-trained All My Savings and following up with the Ben Yole prepared Ultimate Courage.  All My Savings broke a frustrating run of three consecutive seconds to come from outside the second line over the sprint trip of 1609-metres for punters, as the $2.60 favourite, to score by 1.8-metres.  The form from race three stood up in the fourth as Ultimate Courage backed up from its victory last week over All My Savings to again land the money for trainer Ben Yole.  The Courage Under Fire-Quiet Talker six year-old-gelding has now won three of his last six starts.  Ben Yole completed his double with Stylish Trend scoring its first win of the season with Robert Walters in the cart.  The Bettors Delight-Trenzetter five-year-old gelding scored in the closest finish of the night over Pushkin by a half-head at odds of $6.50.  Justin Campbell and Todd Rattray were honoured to have joined forces to win the Vale Charlie Howlett Pace with Boltnmach.  The victory brought up a winning hat-trick for the Mach Three-Fake Madam nine-year-old gelding after two wins in August to finish the 2016-17 season.  It just wouldn’t be a Tasmanian pacing meeting if Im Barney Rubble didn’t salute the judge.  The 10-year-old Life Sign – Pebbles gelding, trained and driven by Rohan Hillier, scored his fifth win in a row and his sixth from his last seven outings. Tasracing

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