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A trip to the 2013 Soho Standardbreds Clearance sale in Victoria is paying dividends for Ringarooma owner-breeders Nathan and Sandra Bennett who were celebrating another Sires’ Stakes victory on Sunday when Colby Sanz took out the Group 2 Tasracing Dandy Patch Final at TAB Park Elwick. Driver John Walters was keen to hold the lead on the second elect in the market, with the race favourite Kohanah forced to race outside the leader in the 2090-metre event. After a 64.9s first half of the final mile, the two runners cleared out from their rivals at the 600-metre mark, but over the concluding stages Colby Sanz was able to pull clear over Kohanah to score by 6.8 metres with Rockandahardplace a further 5.8 metres away third. The mile rate for the 2090-metre distance was 2m 4.7s on the rain-affected track. Winning trainer Kent Rattray, like many, was concerned with Kohanah missing the prelude of the race nine-days prior. “There was always some doubt over Kohanah as if he was a 100% he would have been here in the prelude last week, he did do a good job to run second,” Rattray said post-race on Tasracing’s live stream coverage. Rattray who had three horses in the final said: “they have done a super job this year” and will now give the horses a break. “All of my three will go to the paddock now, it’s a bit of a head-scratcher this new handicapping system so we will have to be a bit careful what we do with them going forward,” the Lietinna-based trainer said. But Rattray is wasting no time on his plot to win next year's event and is about to commence the preparation of his next generation of youngsters. “Next week it will be full scale into the yearlings and getting them ready for next season,” the winning trainer said. That crop includes a full brother to Colby Sanz, who is already named Stormy Sanz another owned and bred by the Bennett family. Bennett’s decision to enhance their breeding stock and purchase two mares at the Soho Standardbreds Clearance sale including Soho Summer for $3,000 is proving to be a good business decision. Soho Sumer has produced two Tasmanian Sires’ Stakes winners this season with Sunny Sanz (Globe Derby Stakes) and his half brother Colby Sanz in last night's colts and geldings feature, they are the only two horses of racing age out of the mare. “They have been with me for 10 to 15 years and have been friends of mine since we were kids, their parents raced horses with my parents so it's a family tradition and we are lucky Nathan went to the mainland and purchased those quality mares and they are now producing quality horses,” Rattray explained. This year's Tasmanian Sires’ Stakes series saw all six races elevated to $50,000 in prize-money which meant the six finals were run at Group 2 level for the first time. BOTRA Tasmania will recognise all winning breeders at the BOTRA race night in Launceston this Sunday evening.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

It was another great weekend of harness racing in Tasmania, we just had trouble seeing it. Thick fog descended on both the Hobart and Launceston meetings after race two leaving spectators and viewers on both Tasracing’s Live Stream and Sky Racing with limited vision. It was a credit to all officials and participants to get through both race meetings. Last week we touched on the success of Ignatius winning a Group 1 race at Menangle but the Tasbred flag has also been flying overseas. Shezallapples, bred by the late Rick Hinds and his wife Naomi, was sold to the United States earlier this year where she has won three of her seven starts since crossing the Pacific Ocean, including a win on Tuesday at Yonkers in New York where she raced outside the leader over the final lap to win in a time of 1m 54.1s. Closer to home this week we have the Group 2 Evicus and Dandy Patch Finals in Hobart while Launceston will stage a seven-race card on Friday evening. The Stars Semowillrev - was first up for 13 months after being sidelined due to a contraction tendon injury, the Craig Hayes-trained and driven pacer didn’t let the favourite punters down when he led all the way to win his eighth race on Sunday night. Rock The Casbolt - was another winner on the Launceston card who has recently returned to the track after being sidelined for a year. The Deborah Williams-trained gelding was operated on last year, undergoing colic surgery, and he rewarded his owners and trainer for their perseverance with a narrow victory. Rock The Casbolt after a life-saving operation conducted by the Longford Equine Clinic last year Cardinal Ringo - continued his good recent form when he won his third race in his last four outings in Launceston on Sunday. He was last of the field at the bell and emerged out of the fog at the hundred-metre mark in front of his rivals. Heath Woods - claimed his first winner since returning to the industry after taking an extended break when The Shallows recorded his first career win in Hobart on Friday. Colby Sanz and Blame It On Me - both brilliant winners of their respective Sires’ Stakes preludes in Hobart on Friday. Multiple Winners Hobart  – Friday evening No trainer or driver recorded multiple wins at the meeting Launceston  – Sunday evening  Ricky Duggan - driving double; Inner Light and Rock The Casbolt. Ben Yole - training double; Jeans Mattjesty and Shestryingtactics. Calculated Sectional Standouts Hobart  – Friday evening  Hits: Colby Sanz $2.70 into $2.30, Paint The Wind $9.00 into $7.50 and Popnduke $2.90 into $2.45. Defied The Drift: Swap Me $.290 out to $.40 and Blame It On Me $1.40 out to $1.70. Missed: Artarama $41 into $19, Wasonie Snake $11 into $6.00 and Brookwillrock $4.80 into $3.60. Launceston  – Sunday evening  Hits: Inner Light $3.00 into $2.60, Cardinal Ringo $4.00 into $3.20 and Shestryingtactics $41 into $17. Defied The Drift: Courageous Katee $3.80 out to $5.50 and Jeans Mattjesty $2.80 out to $4.60. Missed: Karalta Dazzler $15 into $8.00, Guys Bettor Bet $31 into $8.00, Lake Eyre $15 into $9.50 and The Lemondrop Kid $10 into $5.00. Trial File Carrick Park - Saturday morning. It was a foggy morning at Carrick Park for the three trials held on Saturday. Two-year-old Estelle recorded the quickest winning mile rate of the morning in 2m 8.1s. The daughter of Courage Under Fire is trained by John Castles and was driven in the trial by his nephew Charlie, who positioned her behind the leader and she proved too quick for the leader Williamlee when they appeared out of the fog at the hundred metre mark to win the trial by a head margin with Art Edition four metres away third in the trial for horses with a national rating of 40 to 54. Smilin Geoff began well to find the lead within the first lap to win an NR 50 - 94 standing start trial in a mile rate of 2m 11.0s while the remaining trial,  was won by Ten Crystals who defeated Hezbuyindiamonds in a mile rate of 2m 10.1s for those with a national rating of 59 -83. Week Ahead Launceston is the venue for Friday night harness racing with a seven-event card. Race five, a National Rating of 60 or better handicap is the fast class race of the night where Swap Me will be looking to make it back to back wins in the 2200 metre event. The last start Hobart winner will start off the ten-metre row courtesy of the five-point concession claim form driver Taylor Ford. The Launceston card will be live streamed at tasracing.com.au and races one to four will be televised on Sky Racing 1 with the remainder of the action on Sky Racing 2. Sunday night in Hobart the finals of the Evicus and Dandy Patch will be held. Tab.com.au released their market yesterday afternoon with prelude winner Blame It On Me as the $1.60 favourite in the Group 2 Evicus over Vonns Angel who firmed from $5.00 into $3.60 in the first few hours of betting. Other runners in single figures are; Brookwillrock at $4.60 and Tilly Max at $7.50. In the Dandy Patch the Todd Rattray trained Kohanah opened the $1.15 favourite with prelude winner Colby Sanz being the only other runner in single figures who was supported in the first few hours of betting from $6.00 into $4.80. The Hobart card features a hosted Live Stream service and will also be televised on Sky Racing 1. Interstate this week at metropolitan venues we see Scooterwillrev step out in New South Wales for the first time while the Granny Smith winner Ideal Bliss lines up in a listed race in Brisbane. Menangle - Saturday night Race 1 Horse 1 Scooterwillrev - Tasmanian owned. Melton - Saturday night Race 5 Horse 11 Manganello - Tasbred. Albion Park - Saturday night Race 4 (Listed Race) Horse 9 Ideal Bliss - Tasbred and owned.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

For the second meeting in a row, Tasmanian harness racing has gone ahead in heavy fog that left Sky Channel viewers virtually in the dark for many of the races. Sky commentator Colin McNiff described the visibility in Hobart on Friday night as the worst he had experienced in 40 years of race calling. And, Shane Yates resorted to giving a news update to fill in the gaps during one of his calls at Mowbray on Sunday night as horses continually disappeared from his view. However stewards and drivers were satisfied that visibility on the track itself was sufficient for racing to proceed safely. And, the fog didn't slow the horses down with Courageous Katee rating a smart 1:58.7 while easily winning the McKillop Insurance Stakes. It was her 10th career win and the fastest time she's recorded over the 2200m trip. Driver Adrian Collins took Courageous Katee to the lead at the bell and defied the opposition to catch him. They couldn't and the Dick Eaves-trained mare scored by 8m. Punters were on the ball in the Impress Print Pace when the well-backed Inner Light led all the way to beat Call Her Julie and Im Compliant. The winner firmed from $3.40 to $2.60 to displace Im Compliant ($3 to $4.20) as favourite. Scooterwillrev returned from a 13-month layoff to lead all the way in the TAB Racing Centre Pace. Trainer-driver Craig Hayes said the talented four-year-old had been sidelined by a tendon injury. Understandably, he got tired late but snuck home in a three-way photo. By Greg Mansfield Reprinted with permission of The Examiner

Call Me Hector is headed for a potential showdown with Izaha in the 4YO Championship in Launceston on Sunday night after another sensational victory in Hobart on Sunday night. The Matthew Cooper-trained and driven Art Major - Lady Jillett Lombo gelding (pictured) decimated his rivals in the Hobart Signwriters Pace, hitting the line 9.5-metres clear, running a mile rate of 1:58.5. "He just keeps on impressing me with his performances, he's won five out of seven since arriving in the stable in April and his two placings were great efforts when second to Ryley Major and third to Monarkmac when he had no luck and was only beaten a metre," said Matthew. "He showed good gate speed tonight from three to lead comfortably at the first turn and from there he travelled beautifully, there was some pressure on early but he relaxed nicely which is going to be vital in the bigger races going forward." In testing conditions Call Me Hector recorded a lead time of 34.4 seconds and early quarters of 28.5 and 30.1 seconds but Cooper still had a lap full of horse at his disposal. "He was cruising at the half-mile and he rolled away from them going into the backstretch under his own steam before racing home to win by just on 10 metres with plenty in reserve," a delighted Cooper said. "I think his best is still to come so we will give him one more run before a good spell and then bring him back for the bigger races next season." The one more run Matthew has in mind before a spell is the 4YO Championship in Launceston on Sunday. "It's going to be a tough assignment as I'm sure Todd (Rattray) will have Izaha going around, he's proven himself the best four-year-old in the state capping his season off with an effortless win in the Raider Stakes," said Matthew. "I'm confident Call Me Hector will keep him honest and you never know if he gets the breaks he may cause an upset."   Shane Yates

The four-year-old Tasmanian Sires’ Stakes series rolled on into Devonport last Sunday with Izaha and Ideal Bliss being too strong for their rivals in their respective finals. Both horses broke $100,000 in prize money with their wins. Hobart staged the $20,000 Sweepstakes finals on Friday where the favourites were successful in each final. This week harness racing heads to Launceston on Friday evening and Hobart on Sunday night, the last two meetings under the current handicapping system before the new National Rating system commences across Australia on Monday. The Stars Ideal Bliss - the Paul Hill-trained mare Ideal Bliss made amends for her disappointing performance as a beaten favourite in the Granny Smith prelude on June 14 when the daughter of American Ideal captured the four-year-old mare's leg of the Tasmanian Sires’ Stakes series the Group 2 Collins Homes Granny Smith final on Sunday night at the Devonport Showgrounds. Izaha - made it back-to-back Tasmanian Sires’ Stakes victories the son of Roll With Joe took out the $50,000 Maxfield Drilling Raider Stakes, the first ever Group 2 race held on the Devonport Showgrounds. Trainer-driver Todd Rattray took the $1.10 favourite straight to the early lead from barrier three in the 2665-metre event and from that point Izaha was never in doubt to win in a mile rate of 2m 1.3s. Blame It On Me - continued on her winning way in Hobart on Friday night when the daughter of Big Jim added the $20,000 Elderslie Horse Care Sweepstakes (Fillies division) to her resume. Driver Natalee Emery took the Doug Nettlefold-trained pacer to the lead over the mile trip, and the $1.75 favourite proved too good. Kohanah - the Sweet Lou colt followed in the steps of his mother Benediction when he claimed the colts and geldings division of the Sweepstakes Final. The Todd Rattray-trained and driven pacer led all the way in the $20,000 event to record his fourth win at his fifth race start. Honourable mentions; Call Me Hector - just outside the Hobart track record with another brilliant win, Olivia Weidenbach - drove her first double in Devonport and Ben Yole - training treble on Sunday evening including the first seven placings past the post in race five. Multiple Winners Hobart  – Friday evening No trainer or driver recorded multiple wins Devonport  – Sunday evening  Ricky Duggan - driving treble; Similan Beach, Ideal Bliss and Wattabout Spanger. Olivia Weidenbach - driving double; Monarkmac and Im Full Tilt. Ben Yole - training treble: Monarkmac, Jeans Mattjesty and Im Full Tilt. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Hobart  – Friday evening Chasing Cheetahs 57.60s, Here The Call 57.65s, Abs Boy 57.66s, Origin Billy 57.71s and Miracle Marcus 58.08s. Devonport  – Sunday evening  Similan Beach 58.10s, Monarkmac 58.41s, Izaha 58.70s, Heza Rummage 58.72s and Peaceful Thomas 58.91s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart  – Friday evening  Hits: Macray Muchacho $5.00 into $3.80 and Chasing Cheetahs $2.40 into $1.70. Defied The Drift: Blame It On Me $1.60 out to $1.75 and Touchwood Levista $3.30 out to $4.20. Missed: Diamond Grace $11 into $8.00, Freds Under Fire $21 into $16 and Shadow Affair $21 into $10. Devonport  – Sunday evening  Hits: Similan Beach $1.65 into $1.20, Im Full Tilt $21 into $12 and Rowley $13 into $9.50. Defied The Drift: Jeans Mattjesty $12 out to $15, Karalta Moondance $5.50 out to $6.50 and Wattabout Spanger $8.50 out to $19. Missed: El Jays Mystery $4.80 into $4.00, Spot Eight $.90 into $1.55, Jigamaroo $9.00 into $4.80 and Good Feelings $17 into $10. Trial File Carrick Park - Saturday morning Four trials were staged on a very cold morning where the Mon Poppy Polly recorded the quickest winning mile rate of 2m 3.7s. The five-year-old Sportswriter mare joined the Ben Yole stable after her performance at the trials the week prior and on Saturday she proved too good for All Style Sammy by two metres with Long Ago a further two-metre away third. Kosimo, a two-year-old gelded son of Major Bronski, won his second consecutive trial in a mile rate of 2m 8.6s, it was an action-packed trial where a lot of horses were checked on the home corner which saw the Mark Jones-trained and driven pacer cruise home to a 40-metre win. Other winners included: Machitelli (2m 5.1s) and Stuey D (2m 5.8s) Hobart - Monday evening The Bradley Walters-trained Animi Sub Ignis recorded the quickest time of the three trials in 2m 1.8s. The eight-year-old has had one start in a year and a half, that being in Hobart on 7 June. Driven by Ben Woodsford in the trial, Animi Sub Ignis defeated Vouvray Beach by three metres with Witch Master a further five metres away third. The final two quarters were recorded in 20.0s and 29.9s. The other two trials were won by Fin Mac Kee (2m 3.5s) and Rocket Blaster (2m 11.4s). Week Ahead Harness Racing heads to Launceston on Friday evening for a 7-race card. There is a thoroughbred theme to race five on the card, the Find Us On Facebook Pace. Successful thoroughbred trainer Steve Lockhart is the latest participant to hold a dual code license and is represented in the race by Rocket Blaster, a Hobart trial winner on Monday evening in slow time. The Caribbean Blaster gelding was previously trained by Melissa Maine where he was placed on one occasion from nine starts. Lockhart has trained five winners in his last 15 starters as a thoroughbred trainer including the Tasmanian Oaks this year with Shady Hustle. The other thoroughbred connection in the race is with the ownership of the Zane Medhurst-trained Ifbutzandmaybes, who is part-owned by leading jockeys Siggy Car and Troy Baker who sit second and third on the state's riders premiership respectively. Since the new ownership group have given the gelded son of Lombo Pocket Watch seven starts which have resulted in five placings. The fifth race in Launceston is scheduled to start at 19:22 with the first race set down for 17:12. Race one will be televised on Sky Racing 1 with the remainder of the card on Sky Racing 2. Hobart is the venue for the main meeting of the week on Sunday evening with seven races set down for decision. The fast class race is race six, the Hobart Signwriters Pace, where all eyes will be on the clock after fast times have been recorded at the southern venue the past two meetings. Call Me Hector was just 0.3 of a second outside of the track record on the track last Friday when he led over the 2090-metre trip. Trainer-driver Matthew Cooper allowed the gelded son of Art Major to bowl along in front with the last three quarters all being run under 30 seconds. On Sunday Call Me Hector has another front line draw in barrier three against similar opposition. The race is set down for 20:54. All races in Hobart will be shown on Sky Racing 1 and both the Launceston and Hobart card can be seen on Tasracing’s Live Stream. Interstate this week at metropolitan venues; Melton Saturday night Race 4 Horse 2 Nostra Beach - Tasbred. Menangle Sunday afternoon Race 7 (Group 1 NSW Breeders Challenge 3YO C&G) Horse 9 Max Delight - Tasmanian owned, Race 9 (Group 1 NSW Breeders Challenge 4YO E&G) Horse 12 Ignatius - Tasbred and Tasmanian owned, And Horse 8 War Dan - part one by Tasmanian interest.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

The Devonport Harness Racing Club hosts its richest meeting of the season on Sunday night with prizemoney totalling almost $150,000. For the second year in a row, trainer-driver Todd Rattray will have a short-priced favourite for the $50,000 Raider Stakes. However the $50,000 Granny Smith will be more open after last week's prelude produced an upset winner in Brystabella. The 2018 Raider Stakes saw the Rattray-trained Harjeet justify his $1.10 price when he led throughout to score by 26m. His stablemate Izaha was almost as dominant winning his heat last Friday night by 16m as 1.30 favourite. The Kate MacLeod-trained Shadow Ross was brave running down Tisu Spirit to win the other heat but his time was slower and, despite having won three of his past four starts, he won't be challenging Izaha for favouritism in the final. Brystabella won the Granny Smith prelude as a $29 outsider after a very aggressive drive by her trainer Ray Pullen and, on face value, she would seem to have the other prelude runners covered if the brings the same form to the final. Greg Mansfield Reprinted with permission of The Advocate  

Star pacer Ryley Major obliterated an 11-year-old track record in Hobart on Sunday when he spreadeagled his rivals over 1609 metres. The Rohan Hillier-trained and driven six-year-old (pictured) recorded a scintillating mile rate 0f 1:54.5, carving almost a full second off the record set by Richie Walton in May of 2008. Not only did Ryley Major smash the Hobart track record he matched the state record set in Launceston by Mister Lennox in the Golden Mile in 2017. Ryley Major speared across the face of the field from gate seven to find the front in the run to the first turn and from there it was a mere procession for the Art Major - Shez Ryleymak powerhouse on a lightning-fast surface. "He was very sharp tonight, he showed his normal high gate speed from seven and crossed them easily, Matty (Cooper) kept the pressure on in the middle stages with Call Me Hector which was good but 'Ryley' just rolled away at the top of the stretch for a convincing win," said Rohan. "Breaking such a long-standing record was a highlight, the scary part is he could have gone quicker but he is a real racehorse and when he clears out like last night he doesn't bother to overexert himself." Hillier is now looking to the mainland for Ryley Major's next mission. "We will race him at Melton on Saturday night and then bring him home and then I'd like to look at giving him a run at Menangle I think the track would suit him perfectly and he deserves his opportunity there." Todd Rattray's Sweet Lou - Benediction colt Kohanah was given a leisurely work out in the Two-Year-Olds Colts &  Geldings Division of the Sweepstakesaccounting for his only rival Bitoscotty by 15.8 metres, recording a last-half of 58.7 seconds. Doug Nettlefold's blazing run with his Big Jim - Shake Me Up two-year-old filly Blame It On Me continued when she strode home to her third victory from four starts in the second heat of the Fillies Division of the Sweepstakes. Blame It On Me sneaked under the radar in her two previous wins scoring at odds of $16.10 and $10.00, but punters clambered on the bandwagon this time around backing her into favouritism and with Natalee Emery in the gig she didn't disappoint. "She's a very nice filly, she still has a lot to learn but she has done a wonderful job in her four starts, Doug (Nettlefold) rang me right back at the start and said he thought he had something special and would I like to drive her at the trials and although she was soundly beaten in both she showed me there was something there," said Natalee. "I was quietly confident when she won the Launceston Belmont on debut and then she won impressively in Hobart so going into last night the confidence level was high and again she produced the goods with something in hand, she has speed and she's tough as well so I wouldn't be swapping her for anything else in the final on Friday."   Shane Yates

It was a night of upsets at Devonport on Friday with a boilover in the Granny Smith Prelude and a heat of the Raider Stakes. Izaha, was one of only two favourites to salute the judge on the eight-event card, the Todd Rattray-trained former Globe Derby winner strolled to a 16.8 metre victory in heat two of the Raider Series coming home in an effortless last-half of 57.3 seconds. The first heat saw Streitkid, Tisu Spirit, Dufrense and Yatsenyuk Leis the well supported top four fancies but it was to be the Kate MacLeod prepared Shadow Ross (pictured) that would emerge victorious sprinting from last at the bell. “He’s been in great form winning two of his last three starts going into last night and even when he ran sixth in Hobart he was trapped out three wide when fast splits were being recorded so he may have been flying under the radar going into the heat at double figure odds,” said Kate. “He’s a very big horse and is as green as grass with a lot to learn, when other drivers have driven him they have described him as dumb but he was switched on last night and when I asked him to go at the bell he worked into it strongly out three-wide and just powered his way to second on the home turn and then gunned down Tisu Spirit in the straight.” Ray Pullen’s aggressive tactics paid off when he set Brystabella alight from fifth at the mile to run to the front at the 1200-metres, before defying her rivals over the final lap and a half at bolters odds in race one, the Collins Homes Granny Smith Prelude. Olivia Weidenbach landed the first win of her career in the sulky when she guided Another Swinger to an all-the-way victory while Samantha Gangell chimed in with a winning double courtesy of Yellow Taxi and Heza Rummage. . Ben Yole continued his record-breaking season training four winners on the eight-event card with Northdown trainer Geoff Smith landing the quinella in race three with Victoria Pass and Midair Meltdown.   Shane Yates

Bagdad harness racing trainer Paul Williams has been fined $3000 over a positive swab returned by his horse Chasing Cheetahs at Devonport three months ago. A urine sample taken from Chasing Cheetahs, who finished fourth in the C2/C3 Pace on March 8, contained arsenic levels above the allowable threshold. Williams pleaded guilty to presenting the horse to race when not free of all prohibited substances. Stewards suspended half the fine on condition the trainer does not offend again in the next 12 months. Meanwhile, an unnamed harness racing participant has been fined $1500 over an incident at the Mowbray race meeting on May 3. The participant pleaded guilty to "acting in a manner detrimental to the industry" by deliberately causing damage to another participant's vehicle. Half the fine was suspended on condition there is no further offending in the next 12 months. Stewards refused to name the person involved as they said the incident was related to a on-going court case. Harness racing returns to Devonport on Friday night with two heats of the Raider Stakes and a prelude to the Granny Smith Stakes. Greg Mansfield Reprinted with permission of The Advocate

Launceston trainer Brian Stanley landed the first blow of the Elderslie Horse Care Two-Year-Old Fillies Sweepstakes Series with A Spanish Dance (pictured) taking out the opening heat in Hobart on Friday night. A Spanish Dance’s best performance going into the Sweepstakes was a third behind Brookwillrock in the Devonport Belmont, but she broke her maiden status with an impressive all-the-way win over 1609 metres. “She has always shown me she’s had her share of ability, she’s no superstar but she’s honest and when she found the early lead my confidence level grew,” said Brian. “The favourite Radiant Red ran the gate out wide and looked a chance of leading but Rod (Ashwood) is a naturally aggressive driver and was able to slip up underneath from gate three and find the pegs first, from there he rated her perfectly grabbing a cheap second section (33.2 seconds) which gave her plenty in reserve when the final challenges came.” Brian bred the A Rocknroll Dance – Guernica filly and is looking to press on through the Sweepstakes and onto the Sires Stakes. “There is another heat of the Sweepstakes next week but at this stage she will be staying at home as she has qualified for the final, she’s eligible for the Sires so she deserves her chance and I don’t want to overexert her as the two series are very close together,” said Brian. “It appears a very even season in the fillies division, in the main whoever has been able to find the lead has gone on to win the race, A Spanish Rose capitalised on it in Hobart, hopefully luck can go her way again this season.” The Robert Gillie prepared two-year-old Canbe Doc scored a promising debut victory in the Elderslie Horse Care Colts & Geldings Sweepstakes. The Caribbean Blaster – Little Miss Doc gelding was sent out the popular pick and led comfortably from the mobile but came under enormous pressure over the concluding stages when headed down the home running by Karalta Courage. Gareth Rattray got down to work with Canbe Doc and the youngster dug deep to regain the lead and score by 2 1/2-metres.   Shane Yates

The $50,000 Globe Derby Harness Racing Stakes final looks like going to the Rattray family for the fifth time in nine years at Mowbray on Sunday night. But, barring bad luck, it should be a different member of Tasmania's most successful harness racing dynasty lining up to collect the trophy. The Kent Rattray-trained Sunny Sanz will be at almost unbackable odds after his dominant win over a similar field in last week's prelude. Rattray's brother Barrie won the race in 2011 with Beautide and again in 2013 with Pachacuti while Barrie's son Todd has won the past two with Harjeet and Izaha. Todd's brothers Gareth (Beautide) and James (Pachacuti) also appear on the honour roll as winning drivers. Rattray family patriarch Wayne won the third running of the race back in 1985 with Napoleon Stone when it was open to fillies and also scored in 1991 with Karalta Jet. Sunny Sanz won his only three starts as a two-year-old before being sidelined by injury. He has won two of his three starts since returning, suffering his only defeat behind smart filly Spoilt Sport in Hobart when Rattray said he "got fired up." His prelude win was outstanding as he lost ground after locking wheels with a tiring runner in the back straight. He appears to be clearly the best horse in the final and it would be hard to begrudge him a win. "I feel like we left a lot of money on the table last season when he got injured and this is a good opportunity to make up for some of that," Rattray said. By Greg Mansfield Reprinted with permission from The Examiner

The John Castles-trained filly Resolute Ruler caused a massive upset in the 60ty° Bandbox Prelude on Sunday night in Launceston. The Betterthancheddar-High Flying Ruler three-year-old (pictured-inside) has only been placed twice in 17 career starts but pulled out the race of her life to greet the judge at odds of $144.20. "She has always shown us something on the training track however with the exception of one or two runs she hasn't been able to show it on race night, but she has tonight it was a great win in trying conditions," said John. "It was a tough run for all the fillies in the race and the week of recovery ahead is going to be all important when assessing how the $50,000 Bandbox Final will pan out." Resolute Ruler scored by the barest possible margin of a short half-head over the fast-finishing Todd Rattray-trained and driven Joogle ($46.30) with the Rohan Hadley filly Our Wonder Woman ($39.30) storming home from a mile back with Barrie Rattray's drive Juniper ($54.) making up the first four. "Rohan (Hillier) drove Resolute Ruler a treat, easing out of the early speed battle to grab the one-one trail and when the Ashwood runners made their moves at the 1200-metre mark he just held his ground and then was in a position to ease out three wide on the home corner,"  said Castles. "She worked into it strongly and when the leaders Spoilt Sport and Still Hungover started to show signs of distress Barrie (Rattray) shot clear on Juniper but she was able to wear her down and then was strong enough to just hold Joogle late, so I'm hoping she can repeat her performance in the Final next week." Sunny Sanz made light work of the Roberts Rural Supplies Globe Derby Prelude, sprinting form last at the home turn to have his rivals covered at the 200-metre mark and will go into next week final as a red hot favourite for Kent Rattray and John Walters.   Shane Yates

Call Me Hector showed he's ready to take his career further with a super run in the Bevan Lee's Butchery Golden Mile in Launceston on Sunday night. Oatland's trainer-driver Matthew Cooper took the four-year-old Art Major - Lady Jillett Lombo gelding to the front at dispatch and was never headed. "I was delighted with his run, he showed gate speed to hold out the early challenges and then had plenty in reserve for the sprint up the straight," said Matthew. "His first split was 27.8 seconds and he finished off in 28.9 seconds which gave him a 1.57 rate for the mile so that gives us a good base to work with going forward." Call Me Hector's Golden Mile success took his career record to 10 wins from 27 starts, including two of three in Tasmania. "I'm looking to take him through his grades during the winter months and have him ready for the big races, he has gate speed which is handy and high speed, he can go form cruising to flat-out in a stride or two so that acceleration is a big gun to have in your arsenal," said Cooper. "I was disappointed Ryley Major was scratched as it would have been good to see where we sit among the top-shelf pacers, my next task is to get him to the trials and work on him getting away from the stand which is going to be vital if we get to take on the topliners which I'm confident he will." With Call Me Julie seeing out her racing days in Victoria, under the care of Justin Campbell, before heading to the breeding barn at the end of the season, Matthew's focus will be a recent addition to the stable. "Training and driving Call Me Julie has just been a fantastic experience, she won a string of races for us and finished up being awarded the honour of Tasmanian Mare Of The Year, but Hector has the extra ping and I'm looking forward to seeing him over more ground in the future."   Shane Yates

Young reinswoman Olivia Weidenbach (pictured) has made the move to Tasmania for a plum gig with the Ben Yole stable. With 65 horses in work, the Yole camp offers Weidenbach an enormous opportunity for hands-on experience at the stables and the races. Ben Yole’s stable foreman, and his dad, Wayne Yole said Weidenbach, 17, would “be a magnificent asset to the stable”. “She has a claim, which is great because we have a shortage of claim drivers,” he said. “She’ll come over here and be tutored by Mark (Yole) on the driving side of things and Ben about training. She is a very good horse person for someone so young at just 17. Of course she comes from such a strong harness racing family, with her mother being a Mifsud.” Weidenbach drove her first winner in February, when she piloted Smart Little Shard to victory at her maiden drive. Ben Yole is Tasmania’s leading trainer with 121 wins from 1789 starts so far this season. Weidenbach has four drives tomorrow night at Launceston – The Lemondrop Kid in Race 2, Give Me The Knight in Race 4, Guys Bettor Bet in Race 5 and Another Swinger in Race 8. Wayne Yole, a former Hamilton Harness Racing Club President, is now the Harness Racing and Special Projects Coordinator for Racing Tasmania.   Cody Winnell for Trots media

“I could stand on the side of the track and watch him go round all day.” The words of Sunny Sanz trainer Kent Rattray. “His action is super smooth and when he gets going he is poetry in motion.” The star juvenile (pictured) will make his much-anticipated return from injury in the aptly-named Longford Equine Clinic Pace this evening in Launceston. “It will be his first run for just on a year after a suspensory injury right in behind his knee, we’ve followed the vet’s advice to the letter, he spent plenty of time in the paddocks of Ringarooma with the cows and we brought him back in January and have eased him slowly into his work,” said Kent. “There is never a good time for an injury like that but it really couldn’t have come at a worse time last year, he was flying and had won the Keith Stanley Debutante Stakes by 30 metres, cruised home in Hobart, waltzed in at Launceston by 22 metres and then with the Sweepstakes and Dandy Patch just around the corner, bang he was gone.” The Sportswriter-Soho Summer gelding had an effortless hit-out in a trial three weeks ago in Launceston scoring by 80 metres. “It was a little difficult to assess the performance of the trial, Johnny (Walters) just let him slide home the last half in 59.3 seconds, I think we were just both happy to see him handle it and pull up like he did, we are certainly looking forward to his return to racing tonight,” said Kent. “Rod (Ashwood) has Spoilt Sport going well and looks the danger after drawing the one gate while we’ve drawn four after the scratchings so I’m comfortable with that, I’m just pleased to see him back, tonight is the first step in a long journey, the Globe Derby is his mission this season if everything goes to plan. This evening’s seven-event Launceston Pacing Club card, commencing at 17.05, may be seen via the live stream service at tasracing.com.au.   Shane Yates

Over the years the mare Gallavance has developed into the matriarch of the Stowport stable of Craig Hayes. The latest of her progeny to hit the track Brookwillrock (pictured – No 1 inside) won on debut at Devonport on Friday in the CUB Devonport Belmont. “I was happy with the effort any win is a good win, she still has a lot to learn about the caper, that’s why she had six trials before last night’s debut run, she is just running along in her races at the moment she’s not racing, she’s always shown us she has the ability but she still needs to learn to race and she appears to be a slow learner,” said Craig. “We are going to give her a little break and see how she comes through the run and if all goes well and she continues to work well at home we will consider giving her a hit out in the Sweepstakes and Evicus in Hobart.” Craig has a soft spot for his broodmare Gallavance and with good cause. “She has been awesome for us over the years, she helped establish the stable and has continued to produce for us year on year,” said Hayes. “Mister Tehaych was the best-performed of her progeny he won over $100,000 in prizemoney for us while Mister Sumna had the most ability but we never got to see the best of him due to a stifle injury he incurred as a two-year-old but he still won 11 races and $72,000, she has also thrown Tania Maree and Semose Twenty and both won over $40,000.” Ryley Major showed his undoubted ability to come from last over the 1930-metre in the Degree C Quality and storm to victory over Alta Surreal and Blackbird Power, notching up his 14th career win and his fourth from six starts since returning from injury.   Shane Yates  

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