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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STAR Tasmanian reinsman Ricky Dugan is having on of his best seasons with his efforts at the past two Hobart harness racing meetings netting him six winners and multiple minor placings. Last Sunday night he partnered Angela De Marco and Giuliani to victory and both drivers were superb. He rated Angela De Marco to perfection in front and he made a midrace dash aboard Giuliani to find the front and that proved to be the winning move. He was quite upbeat about both hoses. "I thought Angela De Marco's win was full of merit because she stargazed a bit when she slipped clear in e straight but when she caught a glimpse of on coming she lifted," Dugan said. "I have no doubt that the filly will be even better after a spell so the owners should expect her to do some good things as a four-year-old," he said. Giuliani sowed courage in the home straight when at one stage it appeared that he might be swamped by the challengers. "Giuliani has developed into a very strong type and he has good high speed," Dugan said. Angela De Marco is owned by Barry Cooper and Jamie Cockshutt while Merv and Meg Butterworth pay up or Giuliani hat is prepared by Zeke Slater. Peter Staples

Well bred harness racing three-year-old pacer Karalta Dazzler showed why he is Kent Rattray's stable star when he outgunned a handy field in a C2 or better handicap over 2090 metres at Tattersall's Park in Hobart last night. It was the gelding's fourth win in succession but clearly his most impressive this season. Driver John Walters was content to allow Karalta Dazzler to race outside of the leader Paddys Ace but when he called on his charge for the big effort in the home straight he forged to the front and easily staved of challenges from runner-up Melolyn and Red Buster that gained a rails run to edge out Lickyalips for the minor prize. "I am really pleased with how this horse has come on this time in," Rattray said. "A bit was expected of him when he first went to the races but he had a few issues and that held him back." "He curbed a hock early this year and had to be spelled again but since he's been back he has kept on improving," he said. Karalta Dazzler (Stonebridge Regal-Karalta Crown) was bred by the trainer's parents Wayne and Gaye Rattray. The dam Karalta Crown was placed third in a Breeders Crown final as a two-year-old as well as winning an Evicus Stakes on home soil. She ended her racing career two seasons later with 12 wins and 18 minor placings from 35 starts for $120,000 in stakes. "The mare was very competitive on the racetrack and it looks like she is going to pass that on to her progeny because this horse (Karalta Dazzzler) is starting to deliver what he promised as a young horse," Wayne Rattray said. The trainer said Karalta Dazzler would continue to race while he is in good form. "If the fruit's ripe - pick it," Kent Rattray said. "So we will continue to target suitable races for the horse and he'll let us know when he's had enough," he said. Peter Staples

ONE of the most impressive winners on the 10-event harness racing program at Tattersall's Park in Hobart on Sunday night was the Tony Petersen-trained three-year-old filly Angela De Marco that led throughout to win a C1-C2 over 2090 metres. With ace reinsman Ricky Dugan in the cart Angela De Marco showed good early speed to find the front and was only tested for a short while in the home straight to easily account for Family Guy and Gavrail. Angela De Marco has won four from nine starts and she also has notched three minor placings for career earnings of about $22,000. She is owned by prominent harness enthusiasts Barry Cooper and Jamie Cockshutt who have invested heavily in standardbreds for the past four years and they have tasted more than their share of success. Duggan said she was never out of third gear yet the filly clocked a mile rate of 2.01.4 and ran home her last half (800m) in 58.76. The trainer said she has the potential to develop into a top class mare next season. Listen to what trainer Tony Petersen had to say about Angela De Marco's latest win. Peter staples

Tasmanian pacers have had mixed luck at the barriers for this weekend's semi-finals of the Australasian Breeders Crown series at Ballarat and Melton. On Saturday night at Ballarat, Resurgent Spirit (race 8) drew the outside of the front row (7) in the 3YO colts and geldings division while 2YO Boasson Hagen (race 4) will start from the same gate in his semi. Star three-year-old filly Barynya will have to cope with a second-row draw in barrier 11 in race 5. However it was a better result at Melton on Sunday for Tasmania's four-year-olds with Pachacuti to start from gate 1 in a 4YO colts and geldings heat (race 7) and the same draw will enhance Spitfire Rose's chances in the 4YO mares' division (race 6), while Tasmania's other candidate in that age division Delightful Christian will start from inside the second row in race five. The finals in all divisions will be run at Melton on Sunday week (August30th) Barynya is quoted at $4.60 to win her semi-final while Boasson Hagen and Resurgent Spirit are outsiders at $61 in their respective semi-finals. Markets have yet to be framed for Sunday's meeting at Melton. Peter Staples

Champion Tasmanian reinsman Gareth Rattray  is expected to return to race driving next month following major surgery. Rattray has been sidelined for almost a month after having an operation to relieve recurring headaches. He was heading for a record season in the sulky notching 95 wins up until July 20 so he had his record of 115 wins that he recorded in 2009-10 well and truly in his sights. Rattray's other 100-plus season was in 2007-08 when he drove 113 winners. He left hospital last week and is taking it easy at home with partner Melissa Maine who said he was "getting better but still not doing a lot". "He might start driving trackwork again in a week or so and is aiming to be back driving at the first race meeting of the new season (September 7)," Maine said. Rattray will still win the driver's premiership which will give him his ninth title in succession. Peter Staples

Consistent harness racing pacer Clamorous will head to the spelling paddock this week on the back of his sixth win for the season. Clamorous produced the goods to outgun his rivals over 2200 metres in the Tenirama Pace at The Tote Racing Centre in Launceston last Sunday night. The four-year-old gelding was having his 17th start for the season with this latest win is third from his past four starts. Clamorous enjoyed the run of the race in the one-out line and when Hodges called n him for the big effort turning for home he rounded up the leaders and went on to score comfortably from Melolyn and Divas Delight. The gelding's trainer-driver Grant Hodges described the gelded son of JR Mint as "one of the most consistent horses in his stable". "This horse has done a wonderful job for his owners this time in but he deserves a spell so he'll be off to the paddock after this win," Hodges said. "He's missed a cheque once in 17 starts this time in and that speaks volumes for the horse's ability." "I believe he still has improvement in him and hopefully that will eventuate next prep," he said. The gelding has impressive career stats of 20 starts for eight wins and nine minor lacings for almost $47,000 in stakes. Clamorous is owned and raced by the Arthur Wilson Memorial syndicate that have had Great Success in the past decade with Insobriety one of their best that started 67 times for 18 wins and 22 minor placings and finished his racing career in Queensland. Peter Staples

VETERAN Tasmanian harness racing trainer Brian Stanley knows a good two-year-old when he gets his hands on one and the latest to show promise in his care is his well bred filly Days Like This. Days Like This (Artistic Fella-Lucyna) notched her second win when she triumphed at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday night in the Cliff Robins Memorial (2C0-2C1) over 1680 metres. The filly was well handled by experienced reinsman Rohan Hadley who allowed her to circumnavigate the field early in the race to roll to the front which negated her outside second-row draw. Once in front she travelled sweetly and then found when challenged seriously in the home straight to go on and score by 1-1/2 metres from Fundamentalist that trailed the winner with Tiz A Jamane over two metres away third ahead of Isthatyoujimmy that was doing his best work at the business end of the race. Stanley explained that he had to take his time with the filly owing to her being quite wayward when she first came into work. "She is a half-sister to Palmisano that was a very good two-year-old a couple of seasons back but she was not as switched on as him at this age," Stanley said. "I have no doubts that in time she will be a very nice horse," he said. Hadley also gave the filly a glowing report. "She does a few things wrong but she definitely has a bright future," Hadley said. Days Like This has started five times for two wins and as many minor placings, failing only on debut when fifth of six behind Blackjackhanover, beaten about 11 metres. Stanley's broodmare Lucyna has only produced the two foals to race with her first, by Art Major, failing to get to the track while her third foal by Artistic Fella died. She has a rising yearling full brother to Palmisano and Stanley is hoping he can emulate the feats of his now four-year-old brother. Peter Staples

Veteran harness racing trainer Neil Cameron was rewarded for his patience when Liberty Niadh scored a courageous win on debut a The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday night. With experienced reinsman Rohan Hillier in the sulky, the well bred juvenile proved too strong for race favourite House Haunter ($2.70) and his stablemate Feral Tracy in the Launceston Belmont (1680m), which was the feature race on the mammoth 11-race card. It was a game win as the filly faced the breeze for the last 600 metres but had the stamina and will to eventually forge to the lead and defeat the favourite by eight metres with Feral Tracy 1.8 metres away third and just in advance of her stablemate Freyde hat lost valuable ground when she galloped for a few strides nearing the home turn. Cameron had the filly ready to race early in the season but had to abort the campaign due to illness. "She was probably the first two-year-old to trial back in October last year but she developed a respiratory infection so I couldn't go on with her," Cameron said. Liberty Niadh trialed brilliantly a week prior to her first race assignment and that gave connections and punters cause to back her in from $4.50 to start the $3.20 second favourite "We just had to be patient and we have been rewarded." Cameron explained that Liberty Niadh is the result of a purchase he made about five years ago. "I bought this filly's mother Maggie Adreaming down from Queensland with the intention of racing her," he said. "But she'd had E I (Equine Influenza) and, when I got her stated, I could pick something was wrong." "So I had her checked out and discovered she had a problem with her heart that had been cause by the E I." "So I opted to breed wit her and Liberty Niadh is her first foal," he said. Cameron is unsure about her immediate future. "I've got nothing special planned for her but we might take her to Hobart next Sunday night." "I'll wait and see how she comes through this race and make a decision later in the week," he said. Peter Staples

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