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Talented harness racing mare El Jays Magic is likely to head interstate for a campaign that would include a series of races for MO mares at Melton following her impressive win in a free-for-all over 1609 metres at UBET Park Hobart on Sunday night. El Jays Magic sizzled around the Hobart circuit to clock a time of 1m.55.4 seconds to just miss equalling Richie Walton's track record (1.55.3) which was set in May 2008. It was the fastest mile run by a mare on the Hobart circuit since Queen Carey clocked 1.56.3 in a free-for-all on the opening day of the new complex at UBET Park in October 2005. El Jays Magic (JR Mint-Jays Belle) is owned by Lyndon and Gail Menegon who bred the mare at their Big Park Stud. "It was a tremendous effort to win let along run that time," Lyndon Menegon said. "She has always possessed great speed but to cross that field from the outside of the front row as easily as she did was quite brilliant." "Then to almost eclipse Richie Walton's track record also was testament to her ability," he said. The Dip tried to lead from the pole position and he was challenged by Dodgermemate that left El Jays Magic to race three-wide in her attempt to cross down to the pegs. The early battle for the lead didn't seem to affect the mare because she was quite strong at the business end of the race. El Jays Magic sizzled home her last half (800m) in 57.3 to score by over three metres from her stablemate Clamorous with The Tip a further two metres away third. "Grant has been talking about taking El Jays Magic, Clamorous to Melbourne and after this latest win by the mare he's sure to go," Menegon said. Hodges confirmed today that El Jay's Magic and five-year-old Clamorous and possibly two Victorian-bred youngsters will head to Melbourne next week. "I've had a look at the Victorian calendar and there are a few nice race options for El Jays Magic in the coming weeks and there are plenty of suitable races for Clamorous and they both deserve the chance to go over there and win an M0," Hodges said. "I'm looking at taking a couple of other younger horses as well to make it a more financially viable exercise because it costs about v$4000 to take the truck so if I can put more on the truck it is less taxing on the owners. "But I've got a float over there (Melbourne) so if it ends up only being the mare and Clamorous I'll put them on the transport service truck and pick them up over there and float them to where they will be stabled," he said. El Jays Magic is a five-year-old that only began racing in July 2013 and in just under two years she has raced 30 times for 13 wins and a dozen minor placings for about $77,000 in stakes while Clamorous has won 10 and been placed 15 times from 32 starts for $63,000 in prizemoney. Peter Staples

Scottsdale harness racing trainer Wayne Campbell will make a decision on whether to enter his two-year-old gelding Ken Two Stars for next Sunday night's Dandy Patch sires stakes final tomorrow morning following the gelding's impressive win in the Single Again Pace over 1609 metres on Sunday night. Ken Two Stars (Courage Under Fire-Sharevonah) outgunned a small field of four at what was only his second start but it was his tremendous turn of foot that excited driver Grant Hodges to suggest he could measure up against the state's best. Campbell was delighted with the win and even though it was only a small field he was impressed with the way his two-year-old produced two sharp sprints in the run. "We bred this horse and I've always had an opinion of him and on what he did tonight I'm inclined to let him have a crack at the Dandy Patch next week," said owner-trainer-breeder Wayne Campbell. Driver Grant Hodges also was impressed with the speed Ken Two Stars showed during the race. "His first two runs were good and tonight he was well placed to get a win and he never let us down," Hodges said. "He's got a real good turn of foot and to be able to use that twice in the race suggests to me that he could measure up against some of the better ones," he said. Ken Two Stars settled last in the field of four but when the leader Striker Jim (Guy Allen) slowed the tempo Hodges sent his charge around the field to take control. The Barrie Rattray-trained first-starter Kvitova Leis settled third but was the first off the fence to face the breeze and she moved alongside the leader halfway down the back straight the last time. But just when Kvitova Leis looked likely to throw down the gauntlet to the leader Ken Two Stars slipped into another gear and rattled off a last quarter in 27.7 that gave nothing else a chance of overhauling him. Ken Two Stars hit the line 3.3 metres clear of Kvitova Leis with Striker Jim 6-1/2 metres away third while Beena Regal finished last and about 34 metres from the winner after galloping twice in the run. Peter Staples

When well-bred harness racing pacer Boltnmach debuted with a very disappointing performance two years ago to finish over 30 metres from the winner his trainer Justin Campbell was in two minds about continuing with the son of Mach Three. But two years on the gelding has more than paid his way and at UBET Park Hobart last night he notched his sixth win to take his career earnings to almost $50,000. Boltnmach was dropping back sharply in grade having been delivering honest performances in C3-C4 events so Campbell was expecting him to improve dropping back to a C1 event courtesy of a claim for novice driver Adrian Collins. The well-backed Bobby Jo ($4.50) led from gate three and while Boltnmach ($4 into $2.30) was forced to race three-wide for the first 600 metres Collins eventually urged his charge forward to face the breeze. The leader set only a modest tempo so Boltnmach wasn't forced to expend too much energy in the run. When Collins called on his charge to extend near the home turn he sped clear and had enough in hand to stave off a late challenge from Tango Terrific ($10) that failed by a short half-head with Thatswhatshesaid ($5) a closing third. "I was fairly confident he would win tonight because he was dropping back considerably in class and his form going into the race was very good," Campbell said. "He isn't a difficult horse to train but sometimes he can be a bit of a pig on the training track and that was the case this week but usually when he's in that sort of mood at home he races really well so I told a few people to have something on him tonight." "Adrian (Collins) did a good job by letting him roll to the death and I thought the horse toughed it out well when the runner-up came at him," he said. Peter Staples

Star Tasmanian pacer Mister Lennox proved he has lost none of the magic that secured him the Tasmanian Derby earlier this year with an emphatic first-up win in the Ardstraw Pace over 2090 metres at the harness racing meeting at UBET Park Hobart last night. Mister Lennox was having his first start since winning the Derby in March and while he started at the prohibitive odds of $1.30 he endured a tough run to emerge triumphant. With Ricky Duggan aboard, Mister Lennox was taken back to last from his outside front-row draw but when the leader La Ebony Kita (Gareth Rattray) slowed the tempo with a lap to go Duggan sent his charge burning around the field to face the breeze. Duggan was content to allow his charge to race outside of the leader for as long as required but when Belliciouslips (Rodney Ashwood) unleashed a powerful sprint from near last at the 5000-metre peg to join the leaders turning for home. Mister Lennox was in for a battle and Duggan knew it and the pair drew clear of the field to engage in a two-horse war. Mister Lennox was likely to be vulnerable first-up but the Juanita McKenzie-trained three-year-old was up to the challenge and drew clear over the concluding stages to go on and score comfortably from Belliciouslips with outsider Jodila rattling home to grab third. Mister Lennox has won seven of eight starts this season and is the favourite to take out the three-year-old of the year title. Peter Staples

Last season's Devonport Cup and Raider Stakes winner Devendra should be ready to bounce back into the harness racing winner's circle tonight when he fronts up in the Melfield Tyros Free-For-All (race seven) over 1609 metres at UBET Park Hobart. The Barrie Rattray-trained gelding has recently returned from a campaign in New South Wales where he won four at Menangle in the care of James Rattray with his last effort in that state a convincing win in the Group 2 Smoken Up Championship final. He resumed from a spell with a game third in Hobart last Sunday week behind Ardlussa Express and Motu Crusader but that run should have him tuned up for tonight's assignment. The only query is him coming off the outside of the second line but he has early speed and driver Todd Rattray might opt to use that edge to get into the race early. The in-form All I Can Be represents the main danger but he is drawn more awkwardly on the inside of the second row but could end up on the back of the leader if The Dip can lead from the pole position. El Jays Magic is a classy mare that has won her past three impressively but she too has drawn awkwardly on the outside of the front row (gate seven). It promises to be an interesting race with driving tactics likely to play a major hand in the outcome. Former star juvenile Palmisano gets his chance to notch another win when he tackles the Pure Steel Pace in a small field of six. Palmisano's recent form has been far from impressive but should he be able to recapture the a glimmer of the form that he showed as a young horse then he will be the testing material for his rivals. The first of eight races is scheduled to start at 5.52 (AEST) with the last at 9.32. Peter Staples

Veteran Tasmanian harness racing trainer Ian Abraham celebrated his biggest win when his talented three-year-old filly Barooga Minnie scored an emphatic all-the-way win in the $30,000 bandbox final over 2200m at UBET Racing centre in Launceston on Sunday night. Barooga Minnie ($1.70) was sent around the short-price favourite and when she had no trouble leading from her front row barrier the end result was never in doubt. Abraham and his wife Vicky have been breeding standardbreds for a long time and most of their breed have carried the Barooga tag. They had minor success in a few Breeders Stakes series with Barooga Geoffrey and Barooga Jet both placed in Raider Stakes (4YO) finals while Barooga Bullet was second in a Globe Derby (3YO) final. "We've had some good ones placed in sires stakes races but this is our first winner," Abraham aid. "In fact this is our biggest win of any kind by far," he said. With Erin Hollaway in the cart, Barooga Minnie (Mister Big-Barooga Nellie) led comfortably and set a solid tempo before scooting clear of her rivals turning for home. Despite appearing to feel the pinch over the closing stages she held on to defeat the fast-finishing Ark Breeze by a head with Sheas Delight a neck away third. The narrow margin was most likely due to the filly's trait of waiting for her opposition before extending herself. "If she can't see the other horses she wants to stop and look around," Abraham said. "She's better when she can be driven with a sit and that's the way we'll look to drive her in the future," he said. Barooga Minnie will be sent to the spelling paddock this week for a two-month break.     Peter Staples    

Boom Tasmanian three-year-old pacer Jerrys Jet added another feature race win to his growing list of harness racing credits when he made a one-act affair of the $30,000 Globe Derby 3YO sires stakes final over 2200 metres at UBET Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday night. The talented gelding had no trouble to lead and when trainer-driver Rohan Hillier gave him more rein at the top of the home straight he powered well clear of a top quality field to score by almost eight metres from Four Ex Dan with Fioki coming from near last to run third about three metres astern. Jerrys Jet is owned by Charlie and Connie Beadman in partnership with prominent harness trainer Paul Hill who prepared the gelding until he turned three. In Hill's care the son of Jereme's Jet won multiple feature races including the rich 2YO Sweepstakes final that was regarded by many pundits as one of the best win by a juvenile ever seen on the Hobart circuit. But after the gelding was placed second to No Spring Secrets in a race in Hobart in February he was sent to Hillier for whom the gelding has won four times from as many starts since returning to racing in early May. Jerrys Jet's career record stands at 10 wins and two seconds from 12 starts for over $66,000 in stakes. His best mile rate is 1.57.9 which he set in winning a C1-C2 in Launceston as a lead-up to this latest outing. Because he is not paid up for the Breeders Crown series in Victoria and he also is not Vicbred there are no feature races left for him in Tasmania. The Beadmans have owned and bred some top class performers over the years including Group 1 Tasmanian Pacing Championship winner Thomas Magnum but Jerrys Jet is rapidly gaining status and could soon be regarded as the best they have raced. Beadman was non-committal in regard to where Jerrys Jet goes from here but given he is not Breeders Crown qualified he might be sent to the paddock for a spell.   Peter Staples  

Australia's best harness racing drivers will assemble in Launceston in Tasmania in November when Tasracing, Harness Racing Australia (HRA) and the Launceston Pacing Club (LPC) host the second Australian Driving Championships. Two drivers from each state (12 drivers in total) will contest six races for points to decide the winning driver. Tasracing chief executive officer Dr Eliot Forbes said Tasmania was home to some remarkable driving talent of all ages. "The Championship provides an opportunity for local drivers to compete on one of their home tracks against the best drivers from interstate," he said. "In addition, Tasmanian harness racing fans have the opportunity to watch the best driving skills live." HRA chief executive officer Andrew Kelly said he was delighted that Launceston would host the 2015 event on Sunday 15 November. "In only its second year, the Australian Driving Championship has already succeeded in filling an important industry role - bringing together the best drivers from each state to compete for the title of Australian Driving Champion," he said. "One of the things I particularly like about this concept is the opportunity for owners and trainers to meet and interact with the best drivers in Australia. "These conversations allow participants to pick up hints or even tips about how a horse might be driven in future, tinkering with gear or just a general chat." LPC president Joel Wallace said the club felt privileged to have been selected to host the series. "We are very much looking forward to showcasing our track and our facilities, and the quality and competitiveness of our horses to a wider national audience," he said. Last year Tasmania was represented by Gareth Rattray and Rick Duggan. The drivers who finish first and second in the Tasmanian driver award (season ends 31 August) will represent the state in the 2015 championships. Peter Staples  

Veteran Tasmanian harness racing trainer Paul Hill celebrated one of his best nights at the races when his talented two-year-olds Hillview Jake and Chica Bella won their respective 2YO Sweepstakes finals over 1609 metres at UBET Park Hobart last night. Hillview Jake also set a new state mile rate record when he stopped the clock at 1.57.83 which carved six-tenths of a second off the previous best set by Make A Memory in April 2008. And to make it a perfect night Hill's smart filly Chica Bella demolished her opposition to win the Sweepstakes fillies division. "This is a night I'll remember for a long time," Hill said. While Chica Bella was impressive the night belonged to Hillview Jake that settled fourth off a hot pace set by Riley Major and Pockets of Courage with that pair relentless in their pursuit of the lead, clocking a sizzling 26.4 for the first quarter (400m). When the pace slackened at the half-way mark Hillview Jake's driver Gavin Lang seized the opportunity and urged Hillview Jake ($2.70) forward to face the breeze outside of the leader Riley Major ($2.40). Origin Cronk ($14) was poised behind the leader and when Hillview Jake lobbed outside the leader it gave Pockets of Courage ($6.50) much needed cover in the one-out line. Riley Major and Hillview Jake slipped clear nearing the home turn the last time while Duggan eased Origin Cronk off the fence and appeared to have plenty to offer. But when Lang asked Hillview Jake for the supreme effort the gelded son of Cardmaster Hanover dug deep and forged clear and go on and score comfortably from Origin Cronk with Riley Major tiring to finish third ahead of outsider Rockin An Runnin. "This win means a hell of a lot to me for so many reasons," Hill said. "He is such a lovely horse to work with and whatever I ask of him he delivers. He's just a treat to train," he said. Lang said Hillview Jake was the "real deal". "This horse is quite advanced for a two-year-old and he showed me a lot more about himself tonight. He is quite a talent," he said. Chica Bella raced outside of the leader Shadow Blue that set a modest tempo and they cleared out nearing the home turn. But when her driver Ricky Duggan asked for the big effort she responded brilliantly and burst clear to go on and win by seven metres from Shadow Blue with Angelina Rainbow third ahead of Twentythreered. Chica Bella is unbeaten from four starts this preparation and is likely to dominate the remaining fillies features. "The Cardmaster Hanover filly is very smart and while not in the same league as Hillview Jake she is all class," Hill said. Peter Staples

Improving three-year-old pacer No Spring Secrets gave his harness racing trainer Steve Lukac sleepless nights as a two-year-old owing to the gelding's race manners and hypertensive mannerisms. But Lukac's patience and astute training methods have ironed out the creases in the horse's make-up and in Hobart last night he delivered arguably his best win. However, with few suitable races left for him in Tasmania this season, Lukac confirmed negotiations were under way to send No Spring Secrets to the James Rattray stable in NSW. "He isn't eligible for the Globe Derby (Tasmania 3YO Sires Stakes) because he is Queensland bred so I have suggested to the owners that the horse be sent to James Rattray because he would be very competitive in that state and James is a very good horseman," Lukac said. On Sunday night No Spring Secrets (Nathan Ford) began well from gate two and while unable to go straight to the front he was content to settle second. But when Ford allowed him more rein he quickly strolled to the front entering the home straight the first time. The Tell All gelding reeled off a modest first half but Ford let him rip in the home straight the last time to record a mile rate of 1.57.91 with a last half (800m) in 57.29 seconds. No Spring Secrets has won half of his 10 career starts and four of his victories have come this season. Ford said No Spring Secrets was improving with each run. "The horse is still learning but he's definitely getting stronger and he improves with every run," Ford said. "He is still a bit of a work in progress but I like the horse and I think he has a really bright future," he said. Peter Staples  

Star Tasmanian pacer Jerrys Jet delivered another brilliant performance at UBET Park Hobart on Sunday night to further tempt his harness racing owner into sending the three-year-old interstate. Jerrys Jet has won both of his starts this time in with this latest outing enough to encourage his owner Charlie Beadman to admit a trip to Sydney could be on the cards. His trainer Rohan Hillier is confident Jerrys Jet would be up to tackling three-year-old races at Menangle in NSW where he believes the Jeremes Jet gelding could run scintillating times. "We are happy with what the horse is doing but we won't be pushing him too hard at this stage," Beadman said. "I don't like to rush anything, especially my horses." "There are a few options to look at but right now we are happy to stay at home and tackle races here in Tasmania and we'll let the future look after itself," he said. Jerrys Jet is being aimed at the $30,000 Globe Derby (3YO sires stakes) next month but he will line up in a race in Launceston before tackling a Globe Derby heat on June 5. Peter Staples

Evergreen harness racing pacer Motu Crusader continued his winning streak by capturing his third win in succession in the $10,000 Plunkett Family Ascot Gold Cup over 2579 metres at UBET Park Hobart on Sunday night. Motu Crusader was the sole handicapper off 30 metres but the gallant eight-year-old made light of the task. With Gareth Rattray aboard he stepped brilliantly from the standing start and quickly made up ground to tack onto the main body of the field. When Rattray made his move down the back straight the last time he had the leaders in his sights turning for home and then powered up the home straight to score comfortably from Ardlussa Express and Outback Mach. The Zeke Slater-trained Courage Under Fire gelding won the $10,000 Elite in Hobart three starts back and followed up with an impressive win in the $10,000 Golden Mile in Launceston. "That's three feature race wins in a row for this horse so it proves he is definitely back to his best," Slater said. Motu Crusader will attempt to extend his winning sequence in the Brighton Cup in Hobart next Sunday night. Peter Staples

Evergreen pacer Motu Crusader delivered another stellar performance to win the $10,000 Golden Mile (1680m) at the harness racing meeting at the UBET Racing Centre Launceston on Sunday night.   With champion reinsman Gareth Rattray aboard, Motu Crusader enjoyed a cost run in the one-out-two back position while his main dander Something Eyre was forced to face the breeze outside of the leader Run Ripalong.   When Rattray eased Moto Crusader three-wide to start his run at the bell the eight-year-old edged his way to the leaders and when Rattray called on his horse for the big effort he stormed past Something Eyre and went on to defeat that horse comfortably.   “He was going to win the race a long way from home,” Rattray said.   “When he settled where he did and our only real danger was parked outside the leader, I couldn’t have been happier,” he said.   Moto Crusader went into the race on the back of another impressive win with this latest victory his fifth with Rattray in the sulky.   Rattray’s biggest win aboard Motu Crusader was in the 2013 Tasmania Cup in Hobart.   “At his best he’s just too good for the local horses here in Tassie.”   “And this win is what we should have expected because he is an M9 horse going around against M0 and M1s,” he said.   Motu Crusader has started 75 times for 25 wins and 21 minor placings for $344,273 in stakes.   Peter Staples

Dysart harness racing trainer Marc Butler has been producing his share of winners lately from just a small team and one of his newcomers delivered an impressive all-the-way win in Devonport last night. Smilin Geoff ($3.30) was having only his second race start but made it all look easy as he flew the gates from the outside barrier (6) to find the lead and when driver Nathan Ford released the reins turning for home the well-bred three-year-old colt bounded clear of his rivals. Smilin Geoff (It Is I-Printers Gold) hit the line 18 metres clear of Baldock ($5.10) that worked home well from beyond midfield with Miss Sharapova ($20) getting up for third over seven metres astern. Smilin Geoff debuted with an encouraging third in Launceston behind Barooga Minnie and Cemento Rapido after enjoying the one-out-one-back spot. This latest effort proved the colt has a future despite his mile rate being a pedestrian 2.06.9. He has been with Butler since he was a yearling and has been given plenty of time to mature. "There's plenty of upside with this horses and I think he has the ability to win more races," Butler said. Peter Staples

After Jerrys Jet stormed home to score an unbelievable win in the 2014 2YO Sweepstakes final on the Elwick track in Hobart his owners were excited about what the future might hold for the talented pacer. His Sweepstakes win was one of the most impressive performances seen by a juvenile pacer in a feature race final as he came from last on the home turn to win in a three-way photo finish. He was in the care of Paul Hill who at that stage had prepared the gelding to win four from as many starts. Jerrys Jet went on to win a Dandy Patch Prelude before being beaten by Boasson Hagen in the Dandy Patch final. He was sent for a spell and resumed with a win in January followed by a second to No Spring Secrets in Launceston. Jerrys Jet was subsequently sent to Rohan Hillier's stable by his owner Charlie Beadman. Hillier had open class horses with which Jerry Jet could work with and that was expected to help the owner determine whether or not Jerrys Jet would be up to tackling an interstate campaign. The son of Jeremes Jet had his first start for Hillier in the Sires Produce Stakes at Ubet Park Hobart last Sunday night and it was clear he is going to be up to the challenge when he leaves the state. With Hillier in the sulky, Jerrys Jet scorched to the front from a wide gate and after a modest first half (800m) he quickened the tempo and when asked for an effort by Hillier he reeled off a sizzling last quarter (400m) in 26.7 seconds. He defeated the highly promising filly Followthewind that went into the race on the back of a brilliant win in the Premier's Blue Bonnet Stakes clocking a mile rate of 1.59.5. Hillier was ecstatic after the win. "They wanted to find out if this horse was good enough to go interstate and in my opinion he will match whatever he goes up against when he gets there," Hillier said. "It's a shame he's not paid up for the Breeders Crown because he would have given that a shake but we'll stay here for the Tasmanian Guineas in a fortnight and then go to the Globe Derby ($30,000 sires stakes race)." "The owners will probably look at sending him interstate after the Globe Derby because he is still only a C0 rated horse." "If he can reel off a 26.7 last quarter on the Hobart track he can run a quarter at least two seconds better on the Menangle track and that would make him very competitive," he said. Peter Staples

Talented harness racing freshman Hillview Jake staked his claim on the Sweepstakes Final with an impressive heat win at Tattersall’s Park Hobart last night. Hillview Jake led throughout from the pole to score by a metre-and-a-half from Pockets of Courage, with the odds-on favourite Riley Major six metres away third. It was an impressive performance from the Paul Hill-trained youngster, which covered the 1609 metres in 1:58.4 – with his time only a half-second outside of Make a Memory’s age and sex record on the Hobart circuit. Hill was delighted with the performance and believes his well-bred two-year-old only needs a front-row draw to take out the decider in a fortnight. Hillview Jake has won three of his four starts, including an impressive victory in the Golden Mile in Launceston. “I couldn’t be happier with this horse and what he is showing at this stage is only a glimpse of what he might show when he fully grasps what this caper is all about,” Hill said. “If he gets a front row draw in the Final the others will definitely know they’ve been in a race.” The remaining heat was won by the Rohan Hillier-trained Soho Shanghai, which proved too strong for Timely Sovereign and Masters Ace in 2:05.6. PETER STAPLES

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