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It was a massive week on the Tasmanian harness racing scene with last week's meetings being held in primetime twilight slots on Friday and Saturday. In Hobart on Friday, the 2014 Tasmania Cup winner Star Chamber bounced back into the winner's circle for the first time since May 2016 with a dominant win in the Metropolitan Cup. The action then headed to the country place of pace at Carrick Park where Call Her Julie was too strong for her rivals winning the 2018 Carrick Park Pacing Cup for Oatlands trainer-driver Matthew Cooper. Meanwhile, Semowillrev (pictured) outstayed his rivals in the Tasmanian Country Championship for the three-year-olds as he continues his path to the Tasmanian Derby on April 8. Hannah Van Dongen registered the states first win in Tasmania for Team Teal when partnering Cemento Rapido to victory. The Team Teal promotion runs through until March 11 when the inaugural Australian Female Drivers Championship will be held in Launceston. The action this week kicks off in Hobart on Friday evening while the Devonport Harness Racing Club will stage four $12,000 feature races on their nine-race programme on Sunday evening. The Stars Matthew Cooper - enjoyed his biggest win in the industry when he trained and drove Call Her Julie to victory in the Carrick Park Pacing Cup. The Lombo Pocket Watch mare sat outside the leader to record her sixteenth win and her seventh since being in Coopers Oatlands based stable. Semowillrev - Commenced his Tasmanian Derby preparation with one of his toughest wins in the Tasmanian Country Championship when he was out three wide for the final 1200-metres to win untroubled by 12 metres. Bianca Heenan - prepared Star Chamber for his first win since May 2016 when her stable star defeated a class field in the Metropolitan Cup in Hobart. Blackjackhanover - the Campbell Watt trained pacer enjoyed dropping back in class with a tough win in a C5 to C7 Pace in Hobart. Troy Hillier - recorded his 100th win in the sulky when he partnered Illegal Immigrant to victory in Hobart. Multiple Winners Hobart - Friday Kent Rattray - training Double; Karalta Moondance and Triple Aitch Fella. John Walters - driving Double; Karalta Moondance and Triple Aitch Fella. Ben Yole - training double; Arrived In Time and Jeans Mattjesty. Carrick Park - Saturday Gareth Rattray - driving double; Cardinal Art and Semowillrev. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Hobart on Friday. Chilla Breeze 56.96, All Style Sammy 56.98, Sheer Strength 57.21, Isaac 57.22 and Star Chamber 57.23. View all sectional data from the meeting here. And from Carrick Park on Saturday. Midair Meltdown 59.21, Semowillrev 59.35, Vinnie Toretto 59.41, Cardinal Art 59.70, Mary Jill and To The Rescue 59.72. View all sectional data from the meeting here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart Hit: Triple Aitch Fella $7 into $6. Defied The Drift: Lockaway Kacie $11 out to $13, Arrived In Time $8 out to $12, Bettabrown Tiger $1.55 to $1.75, Jeans Mattjesty $21 to $26. Missed: Optimus Bart $6 into $5, Riverboat Jasper $6.50 to $5.50. Black Booker Bobby Direct Was having his first start since joining the Kent Rattray stable after two unplaced runs in regional Victoria. From barrier one the Mach Three gelding settled behind the leader before weaving into the clear around the home corner before working home to finish third. There is no doubt Bobby Direct still has a little bit more to learn as he did race greenly in stages, he is a horse I believe we can keep an eye on in upcoming non-winner's races. Watch the replay here. Trial File Devonport on Monday The Melissa Maine trained Tisu Spirit recorded the quickest mile rate of the five trials ran in 2:05.8. The American Ideal gelding recorded back to back wins in August, was having his second trial back this preparation. Tisu Spirit worked to the lead early and scored in Monday's trial by 15-metre over Miss Superbia. Winners of the other four trials held were; Jaminas Joy (2:07.0), Reactor Mac (2:12.9), Heavenly Rock (2:06.1) and Border Cross (2:06.8). Week Ahead American Ideal filly Ideal Bliss will be looking to register her fifth win at start seven when she lines up in the opening race in Hobart on Friday at 16:50. The Paul Hill trained pacer will be having her first start in 75-days and hasn’t been sighted since her win on December 10 when she was too strong defeating Vouvray Beach by 5.8 metres. Despite drawing barrier five on the second row over the 1609 metre journey for Friday’s assignment, Ideal Bliss does look a class above her rivals. There is plenty of feature racing in Devonport on Sunday evening including the final of the Allen Williams Memorial where Smithton owner-breeders Trevor and Marjorie Leis will be hoping for success in the race with one of their two runners in the race Volkova Leis and Karpenkova Leis. Volkova Leis won the opening heat in Devonport on February 2, trained by Shelley Barnes the Bettors Delight mare will be driven by Gareth Rattray in Sunday’s $12,000 final. The other runner in the race for Trevor and Marjorie is the Todd Rattray trained and driven pacer Karpenkova Leis who broke her maiden status when winning a heat of this race in Launceston on February 11, the Somebeachsomewhere filly has a horror draw to overcome starting from outside the second row. The first of nine races on Sunday gets underway at 17:34. Duncan Dornauf

It was another great week of Tasmanian harness racing in the past seven days. Black Centurian broke through for a well-deserved win in the $12,000 Launceston Discretionary on Sunday, while Sea Double Ugrant was too strong for his rivals in the $12,000 Harry Holgate Memorial. Two heats of the Allen Williams Memorial were also staged with Stuckfast successful in the heat in Burnie on Friday while Karpenkova Leis was successful in an action-packed heat in Launceston. This week we see no racing in Tasmania on Sunday with racing being staged in Hobart this evening where the Metropolitan Cup is the main race on the nine-race programme that commences at 17:10. Saturday's Carrick Park Pacing Cup and Tasmanian Three-year-old Country Championship race meeting will, unfortunately, have no off-track betting but there is a quality eight event card for patrons that make there way trackside. Both meetings will be telecast on Tasracing's live stream service at tasracing.com.au. The Stars Paul Ashwood - produced a copybook drive aboard Offthetopofmyhead, whom he also trains to win the $10,000 Chartley Estate Pace. It was the four-year-old entires eight career win at start 24. Dylan Ford - only has eight horses in his care but was able to snare a weekend double with Stuckfast at Burnie and Padabing Stride in Launceston. Mark Yole - continued his good association with four-year-old gelding Sea Double Ugrant who took out the $12,000 Harry Holgate Memorial in Launceston. Steven Davis - the Spreyton trainer was rewarded with a win in the $12,000 Launceston Discretionary on Sunday with Black Centurian who has been racing well in a number of feature races without winning. Laughyaheadoff - continued her liking for the Burnie track when she brought up her sixth win at the venue which was her ninth win overall. The Allister Woods trained and driven mare has finished in the top three placings on 16 occasions with only one of those efforts coming under mobile start conditions. Multiple Winners Burnie - Friday Gareth Rattray - driving double; Stuckfast and As Himself. Launceston - Sunday Todd Rattray - driving treble; Harjeet, Dasher Houli and Karpenkova Leis. Training double with; Harjeet and Karpenkova Leis. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Launceston on Sunday. Washmepockets 55.71, Jaccka Len 55.84, Chilla Breeze 55.86, Call Her Julie and Isaac 56.10. View all sectional data from the meeting here. Tasracing Official Price Burnie Defied The Drift: Jeanette Barry $3.20 out to $3.90, Stuckfast $6 out to $7, Laughyaheadoff $3.20 out to $4.20. Missed: Sketch $11 into $9.50 Launceston Hit: Albayzin $2.20 into $2.00 Defied The Drift: Dasher Houli $17 out to $21, Karpenkova Leis $4.80 out to $5.50 Missed: Metro Digby $18 into $16, Followthewind $2.20 into $2.05 Black Booker Karalta Moondance Drawing outside the front row after being placed ODM at her only start this Kent Rattray trained filly was restrained to the tail of the field and was driven for luck along the fence till halfway along the back straight where she was eased three wide and she showed a nice turn of foot to make up good ground to narrowly just miss out on second place. That was her first race start where she has completed the course so no doubt she will take not only some natural improvement out of the run but some confidence as well after her first start misdemeanour. Watch the replay here. Trial File Hobart on Monday The quickest mile rate of the five trials staged was by The Majority who recorded a mile rate of 2:01.8 when winning a 2090 metre standing start trial. The gelded son of Art Major was driven by Christian Salter who guided the Matthew Dwyer trained pacer to a 15-metre win over Seenohearnospeakno. Other winners included; Rollon Jack (2:06.3), Parumpapumpum (2:08.2), Delightful Julie (2:04.6) and The Aussie (2:03.9). Carrick Park on Monday Former New Zealand pacer I'm Compliant recorded the quickest mile rate at the Carrick Park session of 2:04.4. The Rohan Hillier trained and driven pacer settled last in the six-horse field before working into the trial over the final circuit. The five year old Live Or Die gelding who won five races across the Tasman raced under the name of Compliant. The remaining trials were won by; No Apachemee (2:08.9), Jakes A Joy (2:07.7), Pezzamystic (2:12.7), All Style Sammy (2:08.8) and Semowillrev (2:08.4). Week Ahead The tier one meeting of the week will be run in Hobart on Friday evening where the Metropolitan Cup is the feature event on the programme where the Matthew Dwyer trained The Majority and Queens Advocate have drawn barriers one and two. Inform driver Jack Laugher who drove a winner at Bendigo in central Victoria on Wednesday night will take the reins on The Majority who comes off a trial win on the track on Monday evening when he rated 2:01.8 after starting off a 40-metre handicap. Gareth Rattray will take the reins on Queens Advocate who has won two out of her past four starts including her last start effort in the Toreace Flying Mile on February 4. The meeting gets underway at 17:10, with the first race to be shown on Sky Racing 1 while the remaining races will be shown on Sky Racing 2. tasracing.com.au's live stream coverage will also telecast the meeting. The Carrick Park Pacing Club will stage there cup meeting on Saturday with the first race commencing at 15:25. The Cup looks like another open race on paper with numerous county cup winners from this season including the St Marys Cup dead heaters in Solid As A Rock and Full Speed Ahead who also has the Scottsdale Cup on his CV, Burnie Cup winner Hez The One and last start New Norfolk Cup winner Poker Storm. Unlike previous years there will be no off-track betting on the programme with Ubet. There will be no radio coverage of the meeting and the only telecast of the eight-race card will be via live stream at tasracing.com.au. There will be no harness racing in Tasmania on Sunday. Duncan Dornauf

The strength of Tasmanian Harness Racing was on display at the Mowbray Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday evening. Australasia’s fastest two-year-old from last season, Ignatius, remains undefeated in Tasmania when winning the opening race on the programme which was his last start in the state before continuing his New South Wales Derby preparation in Sydney. Last season’s Tasmanian Derby runner-up Harjeet was another dominant winner from the Todd Rattray stable showing that he will be a major player in the upcoming four-year-old classics during the season. Call Her Julie appreciated a drop in class after contesting the Hobart and Devonport Pacing Cups and was a tough win in the C4-C5 Pace. While Isaac (pictured) and Gotta Go Henry proved they are horses to keep an eye on in upcoming races with dominant wins. Heats of the Harry Holgate Memorial were also staged at the Launceston meeting with Super Max, El Jays Mystery and Sea Double Ugrant all recording dominant wins ensuring the final will be a race not to be missed on Sunday week. This week Harness Racing kicks off at the Devonport Showgrounds on Friday evening with a combined meeting with the North West Greyhound Racing Club. In Hobart on Sunday the $12,000 New Norfolk Pacing Cup headlines the seven-event program. The Stars Hillier Brothers – Rohan and Troy Hillier drove three of the nine winners between them at Launceston on Sunday evening. Troy was the first Hillier to get a win on the board when he trained and drove Gotta Go Henry to victory. Rohan then chimed in with a double aboard El Jays Mystery and Washmepockets who was having his first start in his care. Matthew Cooper – does an excellent job with his small team and was rewarded with a dominant win by his honest mare Call Her Julie. Juanita McKenzie and Rodney Ashwood – combined with Isaac who was first up from a spell to again continue their good form in recent months. Tony Petersen – very rarely heads down the Midland Highway to his Mangalore base without going home empty-handed. On Sunday he went home with a heat of the Harry Holgate Memorial after the win of Super Max who was only having his second start since joining his stable. King Island Racing Club – the curtain came down on another successful season for the KIRC. Graeme Keeleywas the leading trainer for the 2017/18 Season while Wayne Hamer was crowned the leading driver for the season.   Multiple Winners King Island – Saturday Graeme Keeley – training double; Princess Of Troy and Regmondo. Launceston – Sunday Todd Rattray – training and driving double; Ignatius and Harjeet. Rohan Hillier – driving double; El Jays Mystery and Washmepockets.   Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Launceston on Sunday.
 Sea Double Ugrant 55.63, Ignatius 56.41, Streetside Classic 56.47, Isaac 56.49 and Modern Ruler 56.57. View all Tasmanian sectional data here.   Tasracing Official Price Launceston Hit: El Jays Mystery $4.00 into $3.20 Defied The Drift: Call Her Julie $5.50 out to $7.50 Missed: Major Callum $10 into $8.50   Trial File Hobart on Monday Recent free-for-all winner Remember Joe recorded the quickest mile rate of the night of 2:00.6 when winning a C2 and better class trial by 6-metres over Jaccka Art. Other winners included recent winner Reason To Grin (2:09.1), Mister Lennox (2:03.9), Jackson Neptune (2:07.2), Ruby Mays Shadow (2:06.6) and Inner Light (2:08.3). Devonport on Monday Two trials were staged in Devonport with the winners being Flashy Ruler (2:10.7) and War Dan Star (2:06.8). Week Ahead It will be a feast for punters at the Devonport Showgrounds on Friday evening with 17-winners to be found. The North West Greyhound Club will stage an 8-event programme while the Devonport Harness Racing Club will stage a 9-race card. There will be plenty of interest in the first heat of the time honoured Allen Williams Memorial final with five of the eleven acceptors finishing in second placing in there last two starts. Heats of the Allen Williams Memorial will be held across the state with $12,000 Final to be staged in Devonport on February 25. In Hobart on Sunday the New Norfolk Pacing Cup headlines an excellent night of pacing where a number of past country cup winners will do battle in the $12,000 feature including; Full Speed Ahead who dead-heated for first in the St Marys Cup before winning the Scottsdale Cup, Hez The One who won the Burnie Cup two starts back, Fortino the winner of three country cups last season including the New Norfolk Cup. Also contesting the race is last season’s Ulverstone Cup winner Poker Storm and 2016 Meander Valley Cup winner Modern Ruler. Duncan Dornauf

Many chapters have already been written about harness racing’s modern day “Iron Man” Destreos. And the fan favourite already holds a special place in harness racing history. The 14-year-old gelding has endeared himself to fans around the globe owing to his relentless appetite for competition and never say die attitude. He has defied most things including the biggest challenger to all mankind - Father Time. Within his plain bay frame is a massive heart with an amazing ejection fraction, not so unlike the legendary Phar Lap. He also possesses pins of steel with his battle scarred legs that pump like pistons which have carried him to glory on so many occasions. To be more accurate, the number is 99. After 445 starts, the Ken Rattray and Sally Stingel prepared pacer and much loved family member is set to join another exclusive list. His next victory will register his century of triumphs, therefore, joining the household name of Paleface Adios and central Queensland 1980’s star Cane Smoke as the only pacers in the Southern Hemisphere to win more than 100 races. Cane Smoke holds the official record with 120 victories while Paleface Adios won 108 races. Truly remarkable. In North America, the list of centurions is a little longer with 15 already in the record books and set to be extended when the world’s richest pacer of all time Foiled Again ($7.54 million plus) raises the bat with his century in the coming weeks. And just like Foiled Again, Destreos has never sidestepped a fight. He has raced during an era of absolute superstars which includes Blacks A Fake, Im Themightyquinn, Smoken Up, Mr Feelgood, Be Good Johnny, Washakie, Flashing Red and Slipnslide among many others. And amazingly, many of the above mentioned equine freaks were based in his backyard of Brisbane. As it stands, the horse commonly known as “Dexter” holds the record for most wins (73) at Albion Park - the metropolitan venue for harness racing in the Sunshine State. It’s a record that will never be beaten. Even more amazingly, the bulk of those victories have come via the hardest level of competition, free-for-all racing. No short cuts and no places to hide in that often brutal arena. Destreos has raced at Albion Park, Gold Coast, Redcliffe, Menangle, Bathurst, Dubbo and Newcastle plus Alexandra Park and Cambridge in New Zealand. But his efforts and records are well documented at Albion Park; he graced the track on 321 occasions which resulted in 73 wins and 100 minor placings. A number of drivers have partnered “Dex” including Kelli Dawson, Scott Kunde, Darrel Graham, Bruce Birch, Ray Law, Ricky Thurlow, Mathew Neilson, Shane Graham, Luke McCarthy, Hayden Barnes, Simon Jones, Gareth Rattray, Ricky Duggan and Rattray himself. And Dawson is a clear leader with victories. The lightweight driver has posted 57 victories behind the marvel, 54 of those coming at Albion Park. His biggest victory at Albion Park came via the 2012 Gr.3 $30,000 Be Good Johnny Sprint. Destreos ‘s accomplishments and feats in Queensland were recongnised last year when he was inducted into the state’s Hall Of Fame while still competing. And the announcement was met with harmonious applause. Now based in the aptly named Flowery Gully in Tasmania, Destreos picked up win no.99 at Launceston on January 12 and shoots for the century this weekend, again at Launceston, where he starts in the Carlton Draught Open Pace over 2200m with Kelli Dawson booked to drive and will start from gate 6 in the field of six. Since being based in Tasmania, the Astreos gelding has raced at Launceston, Hobart and Carrick. But the move south to the Apple Isle has only grown his fan base, in an era of social media technology, ‘Dex’ has fans everywhere and those loyal followers will be tuned in as he closes in on that elusive milestone. “It’s going to be an exciting day,” Trainer Rattray said about the possible momentous occasion. “To win 100 races with the same horse, that’s some type of effort because it takes a heck of lot of durability, determination and desire among other things to reach that mark. “We get fan mail and meet well wishes all the time and that’s been the way for some time now and Sally and I can’t believe the impact he’s had on so many different people, it’s just so humbling. “I’m sure that’s why people have shown affection to him, he’s overachieved when competing against the very best and he just keeps turning up week after week, rolling up the sleeves and having a solid crack because that’s what people want to see from their heroes.” We all have the ‘hero’ inside us and Destreos is a prime example. A worthy member of the centurions club! Chris Barsby

Jeremes Jet gelding Hez The One was certainly that when he took out the $12,000 Burnie Harness Racing Club Cup on Sunday. Settling about 30 metres from the leader after half a lap, trainer-driver Mark Yole positioned Hez The One one-out and four-back when the field bunched up after the first circuit was completed in the 2789-metre event which is just on four and a half laps of the Wivenhoe Showgrounds. Yole commenced a three-wide move with a lap and a half to travel but had to restrain when he was forced four-wide momentarily before Yole was able to quickly gain a threewide trail. Destreos has only one win to go to become only the third pacer in Australian Harness Racing history to bring up a century of wins, after the 14-year-old registered his 99th win in Launceston on Friday evening. Driver Gareth Rattray took the gelded son of Astreos straight to the lead in the 2200-metre event from barrier six, and was able to hold off a late charge from Remember Joe to win the $8,100 race by a head. Also in Launceston on Friday evening we saw the running of the $15,000 Keith Stanley Debutante Stakes. The action-packed race was won by the Kent Rattray-trained and John Walters-driven Sunny Sanz. This week Harness Racing in Tasmania heads to the Devonport Showgrounds on Sunday evening for the running of the 2018 Hardings Hotmix Devonport Pacing Cup, the action will then head to Hobart on Wednesday afternoon. The Stars Mark Yole - added the 2018 Burnie Harness Racing Club Cup to his resume after he prepared and drove Hez The One to victory in the $12,000 feature on Sunday night. It was the Jeremes Jet gelding's third start in the state after Yole picked the pacer out of a claiming race in South Australia early last month for his stable clients. Destreos - the Ken Rattray-trained warhorse now only has one win to go to crack the ton after an all the way win in Launceston on Friday. The 14-year-old gelding who has now been racing in Tasmania for five months. Gareth Rattray - not only did he partner Destreos to his 99th win on Friday, Rattray was able to drive four winners across the weekend, the multiple state drivers premiership winner is now only four wins off the lead in this season's title. Sunny Sanz (pictured) - the gelded son of Sportswriter couldn't have been more impressive when winning Australia's first two-year-old race for the 2017/2018 season the Keith Stanley Debutante Stakes on Friday. Sunny Sanz defeated the heavenly backed Cool Water Paddy by 35-metres. Multiple winners Launceston - Friday Gareth Rattray - driving double; Ready To Fire and Destreos. John Walters -driving double; Sunny Sanz and Padabing Stride. Todd Rattray - training double; Taurisi and Hayleys Comet. Barrie Rattray - driving double; Taurisi and Hayleys Comet. Burnie - Sunday Gareth Rattray - driving double; Hot Shot Bonnie and Artarama. Ben Yole - training double; Long Ago and Artarama. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Launceston on Friday. Remember Joe 56.45, Illegal Immigrant 56.70, Washies Chance 57.19, Fernco Bobby G 57.21 and Modern Ruler 57.30. View all starters sectional data from the meeting here. Tasracing Official Price Launceston Hit: Frankie Falzoni $11 into $9 Defied The Drift: Sunny Sanz $1.55 out to $2.35 Missed: Jeans Mattjesty $5.50 into $4.20 Burnie Hit:Sign Of A Tyne $4 into $2.80 Defied The Drift: Jeanette Barry $3 out to $3.20 Missed: Karalta Delux $12 into $8.50 Black Booker Resurgent Dream This American Ideal mare drew outside of the front row over the 1680-metre journey in Launceston on Friday evening. Driver Natalee Emery restrained the filly looking for a position to slot into soon after the start of the race, unfortunately there was no room to slot into but when Emery got the pacer to near last position she was then able to gain a trail in the three-wide line over the final 1000 metres of the race to only finish 11.6 metres from the winner. The Tasracing Calculated Sectionals recorded her last half mile in 58.38 seconds which was the quickest last half mile outside of the winner in the race. Watch the replay here. Trial File Hobart on Monday Six trials were staged at in Hobart where The Aussie recorded the quickest mile rate of the night when winning a C2 and better standing start trial over 2090 metres. The American Ideal gelding won his trial by 25 metres over his only other rival, Hit The Lights who was the early leader. The Aussie is trained by Juanita McKenzie and was driven in the trial by Rodney Ashwood. Other winners on the night included; Isaac (2:03.5), Still Hungover (2:08.1), Rock The Casbolt (2:05.4), Vouvray Beach (2:06.7), The Aussie (2:05.4) and Usain Jolt (2:04.7). Devonport on Monday The Brett Jaffray-trained and driven Pliskova Leis continued on her winning way at the trials after winning in Burnie the week prior. The daughter of Lis Mara recorded a mile rate of 2:11.0 when winning her 1930-metre trial by a half neck over Maybe Leilani and Pure Love. The other two trials on the night were won by Guesstamate (2:03.7) and Tinas Time (2:10.7). Week Ahead The Hardings Hotmix Devonport Pacing Cup headlines the harness racing scene in Tasmania this weekend. An even field has been assembled for the $30,000 feature that will be ran over the marathon 3020-metre journey. Only three north-west trained pacers will contest the race including the Shelley Barnes trained Chief Destroyer who comes in the race off a last start fifth placing in the Burnie Cup. The other north-west coast trainer in the race is Steve Davis who will train last year's runner-up Black Centurian and Modern Ruler who is one of four horses that will share the 10-metre handicap row. Davis is one of four trainers in the race to have two horses accepted in the race with Matthew Dwyer being represented by Queens Advocate and The Majority, Rohan Hillier has Solid As A Rock and Dapper Dana while Juanita McKenzie prepares Remember Joe and the second emergency for the race Isaac. Other feature races on the night include the $12,000 Derrida Cycles Mares Incentive, $12,000 Kevin Redpath North West Plate Final, $12,000 Jeremy Rockliff MP Costal Pacing Thousand and the $8,100 Tasfreight Dash For Cash. The Devonport Pacing Cup meeting will feature a hosted live stream coverage on tasracing.com.au with an in-depth coverage on each race commencing approximately 15-minutes prior to scheduled start time. Harness Racing will then head to Hobart on Wednesday afternoon for "Sprint Day" where all races are to be run over 1140-metres or 1609-metres. Fields for the meeting will be released on Friday afternoon. Duncan Dornauf

A disagreement between two organisations delayed Burnie’s premier harness racing event on Sunday. The Burnie Agricultural and Pastoral Society (BAPS) had locked a gate at the bottom end of the showgrounds.  The Burnie Harness Racing Club uses the gate to access an area where horse floats and trucks can park off the street. Club president Mark Summers said the society locked the gates as a form of “payback.”  “On the Burnie Show Friday we opened our bar at 3pm because that is what we do every Friday afternoon, and we have done it on other show days in the past,” Mr Summers said. “They asked us to close the bar, and this is payback for not doing that.”  BAPS vice president Peter Broadfield said he asked them to close the bar because the show aimed to be a family-friendly event. “We are just tired of their lack of common courtesy, opening the bar on the show is just an example, the last time they used our property for the racing they left it damaged,” Mr Broadfield said.  “Our board had a meeting, and we decided to change the locks because they had keys to the gate. “We have a right not to allow access through the gate as it is our private property.” We have a right not to allow access through the gate as it is our private property Peter Broadfield Mr Summers said he would have appreciated being informed of the BAPS intentions to lock the gate at an earlier date so he could have made other arrangements. “Putting the sign on there a day or two before the day we would like to normally gain access is a little unreasonable,” Mr Summers said.  Mr Broadfield said he felt the racing club should have asked for permission to use the gate and their private property.  “The way I look at it is, would you tell your neighbours that you were locking your gate up and they wouldn’t be able to get into your property or should your neighbours ask you permission to enter your property,” Mr Broadfield said.  Mr Summers said he discussed with BAPS representatives, where they voiced their concerns on public liability issues.  “They then requested we pay a fee of $500 to open up the gates,” Mr Summers said.   “We needed to get the trucks and floats and horses and everybody off the public streets as quickly as we possibly could, so I accepted the offer.” By Rebecca Morris Reprinted with permission of The Advocate

Northern Tasmania will host a harness racing double-header this weekend with Sunday’s $12,000 Burnie Cup the feature event. The Todd Rattray-trained Full Speed Ahead will be trying to make it a hat-trick of country feature wins after taking out the cups at St Marys and Scottsdale. Rattray landed a similar treble this time last year when Fortino won the Scottsdale, Burnie and New Norfolk cups. Full Speed Ahead faces a tougher task this week off a 20-metre handicap but has 2789m to make up the leeway. His main danger looks to be up-and-coming Smilin Geoff who, despite being six years of age, has had only 17 starts for six wins. Smilin Geoff was unplaced at his only previous run in a stand but was severely checked on that occasion. Standing start specialist Laughyaheadoff, a winner of five races at Burnie, should also be hard to beat if she can step to the front from barrier two. Meanwhile, remarkable 14-year-old Destreos looks well placed to win his 99th race at Mowbray on Friday night. He will have only five rivals in the Free For All and should edge a step closer to his elusive century. The Ken Rattray-trained gelding was a beaten favourite at Carrick 12 days ago but had to come off 30 metres and wasn’t helped by very windy conditions. His last run in a free-for-all was in Hobart three starts ago when he beat Mister Lennox who enhanced the form when he won last Sunday’s $25,000 Hobart Pacing Cup. Destreos is opposed to recent winners Queens Advocate and Remember Joe while Fernco Bobby G has been freshened since his last run and should be very competitive.  Greg Mansfield Reprinted with permission of The Advocate

It has been a big 2018 in Tasmanian Harness Racing, none more so for the Todd Rattray-trained and driven pacer Full Speed Ahead. The gelded son of Art Major dead-heated for first in the St Marys Pacing Cup on New Years Day, he was then sold to new connections last Wednesday week, and on Friday, Full Speed Ahead capped off a busy week by winning the $12,000 North Eastern Pacing Cup at Scottsdale's annual race meeting. At Hobart on Sunday, Hall of fame reinsman Ricky Duggan added one race that was missing off his resume when the master reinsman was able to taste his first success in the Hobart Pacing Cup aboard Mister Lennox. This week the Launceston Pacing Club will stage Australia's first two-year-old race for the season with the $15,000 Keith Stanley Debutante Stakes, while the Cup theme continues on the north-west coast with the running of the $12,000 Burnie Harness Racing Cup. The Stars Juanita Mckenzie - added another Hobart Pacing Cup to her resume when she prepared Mister Lennox to victory in Sunday's 3060-metre event. It was the first win in five starts this season for the Changeover gelding. Mckenzie's previous win in the race was in 2006 when she trained Remember Joe to victory. Matthew Dwyer - has his small team going well of late and was rewarded with another win when smart mare Queens Advocate recorded her first win since February 2016. Three-year-old crop of pacers - it was great to watch two nice three-year-olds in Feelin Dusty and Bettabrown Tiger put up a great display in the Talbot Hotel Pace on Sunday with Feelin Dusty doing enough to score. Izaha and Invest also recorded nice wins across the two meetings. Michael Alexander, Wayne Campbell, Rohan Hadley - all ensured the locals had something to cheer about at Scottsdale on Friday with the North-eastern based participants being involved in four of the seven winners. Multiple winners Scottsdale - Friday Rohan Hadley - Driving double; Diddley Bow and Jeans Mattjesty. Todd Rattray - Training and driving double; Invest and Full Speed Ahead. Hobart - Sunday Ben Yole - Training double; Chilla Breeze and Long Ago. Gareth Rattray - Driving double; Queens Advocate and Levi Jimmy. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Hobart on Sunday.Queens Advocate 56.98, Lockaway Kacie 57.28, Padabing Stride 57.80, Inner Light 57.98 and Resurgent Dream 58.01. View all Tasmanian sectional data here. Tasracing Official Price Scottsdale Hit: Full Speed Ahead $2.60 into $2.20 Defied The Drift: Mon Poppy Polly $15 out to $17 Missed: Rocknrollhighlight $26 into $16 Hobart Hit: Izaha $1.95 into $1.75 Defied The Drift: Lynniemach $3.50 out to $4.60 Missed: Resurgent Dream $7.00 into $5.50 Black Booker Yodellin Cowgirl This Marc Butler trained mare had her first start in the state at Scottsdale on Friday. Driver Kristy Grant got Yodellin Cowgirl away slowly but safely at the pacers first standing start race. Setting in the back half of the field, Grant eased the mare three wide down the back straight where she started to make up ground but when entering the home straight Yodellin Cowgirl hit the line better than any other runner in the race to only be defeated a head on the line. Watch the replay here. Trial File Carrick Park on Saturday Last season's star two-year-old Ignatius showed he is close to a race track return when he won his second trial back this preparation. Starting off the second line Ignatius was able to win his trial by 20 metres in a mile rate of 2:07.4 with the final quarter being recorded in 28.6. Other winners at the session were; Fernco Bobby G (2:06.4), Berty Mack (2:10.5), Cardinal Ringo (2:06.5), Safari Rose (2:09.3) and Karpenkova Leis (2:07.1). Hobart on Monday Six trials were staged at the Elwick Racing Complex where the Doug Nettlefold trained Sardonic Grin recorded the quickest mile rate of the night of 2:05.6 when winning a two and three-year-old trial over the 1609 metre journey. Other winners on the night included; Isaac (2:04.2), Falcon Harry (2:07.6), Rock The Casbolt (2:07.7), Finn Mac Kee (2:07.5) and Usain Jolt (2:08.2). Burnie on Monday Three trials were staged on Monday evening with the winners being Devil Of Tyne (2:04.4), Pliskova Leis (No Time Taken) and Jeanette Barry (2:09.1) Week Ahead The $15,000 Keith Stanley Debutante Stakes is not only the first race in Launceston on Friday afternoon, it is also the first two-year-old race in Australia for the 2017/18 season. The Rohan Hillier-trained and driven Dusty Martini, who was a $32,500 APG Yearling Sale purchase from last year's Melbourne sale, has drawn outside the front row and has had two trials in preparation for his first racetrack appearance. He won by a half head defeating Sunny Sanz and Karalta Moondance on December 11 at Carrick Park before being defeated by Sunny Sanz on December 23. On that occasion, Jardee and Karalta Moondance finished over 40-metres behind the winner. The only horse to not trial in the state is Cool Water Paddy who qualified at Rangiora (New Zealand) in late November when running last in a four-horse trial which has already produced one winner. Watch the trial here. The action then swings to Burnie on Sunday for the $12,000 Burnie Harness Racing Club Cup. The 30-metre backmarker in the 2789 metre feature is the Shelley Barnes trained Chief Destroyer. The It Is I gelding finished 3rd in last year's cup when he also started off a 30-metre handicap behind Fortino and was defeated 3-metres when running fourth in the 2016 edition of the race The Burnie Cup will feature a hosted live stream coverage on tasracing.com.au with an in-depth coverage of each race commencing 15-minutes prior to scheduled start time. Duncan Dornauf

Talented harness racing trainer Matthew Dwyer spent a number of years in the harness racing wilderness but the lure of a good horse has seen him make an overdue return to racing in Tasmania. At the Elwick Racing Centre in Hobart on Sunday night two of his three stable tenants produced bold efforts with Queens Advocate scoring an impressive win in a C7 or better event over 2579 metres and The Majority was game when fifth in the feature race the Hobart Pacing Cup over a grueling 3060 metres. It was a gem of a drive from Gareth Rattray who settled Queens Advocate ($2.80) near last before latching onto the back of the well-backed Queens Advocate ($3 into $2.40 fav) and when they reached the home turn Rattray eased his mare four-wide to challenge and she ran home powerfully to score from Jetcraft and Jaccka Len. Queens Advocate was a well-performed mare when in the care of top trainer Juanita McKenzie before being moved on after the mare had suffered an injury that kept her out of racing for a year. Dwyer's wife Lauren leased the mare from owner Georgie Johnson (Lauren's cousin) and provided the mare stays sound the Dwyers should look forward to more success in the coming months. "I am very pleased with how Queens Advocate has come on this time in and I thought on her previous run at Carrick that she'd be very hard to beat. "The mare had a quarter crack injury at the end of her time with Juanita (McKenzie) and when Lauren (Johnson) said she was thinking about what to do with the mare we decided to try her out and she's going super." The Majority led in the Hobart Pacing Cup after stepping straight to the front from the standing start and after being taken on twice in the run the Art Major gelding battled on tenaciously over the final 300 metres to be just edged out of fourth place. "At first I was a shade disappointed with The Majority's effort but when I watched the replay of the race a couple of times I realised he did a pretty good job so we'll progress now to the Devonport Cup and if he happened to lead and put in a similar effort he'd be hard to beat." Dwyer only has a stable of three with his otter tenant an unraced two-year-old. Peter Staples

Feelin Dusty continued on his winning way in Hobart on Sunday night with a courageous harness racing win in a 3A0-3A1 over 1609 metres. The Paul Hill-trained three-year-old was forced to face the breeze outside of Bettabrown Tiger that geld the pole position after an early battle for the lead. The pair broke clear of the rest of the field in the back straight the last time with Feelin Dusty edging clear over the concluding stages to defeat Bettabrown Tiger by a half-head. It was Feelin Dusty's second win from as many outings this season and Hill was delighted with the gelding's latest effort. "The aim was to win his two three-year-old races before we look at the feature events coming up so it is mission accomplished for part one of his campaign," Hill said. "The other horse (Bettabrown Tiger) did a great job and fought on well but from 400 metres out I always felt my horse was going to win. "He copped a cold about six weeks ago and that set him back two weeks but he recovered quickly but I'll give him an easy 10 days and in the meantime work out a suitable race program for him leading up to the Tasmania Derby. "The Globe Derby (3YO sires stakes) is his main mission this season and that's in May so we've got a bit of time to sort out where he races heading towards that event." Bettabrown Tiger, prepared by Melissa Maine and driven by her partner Gareth Rattray, was courageous in defeat and he should make his presence felt in whatever he tackles in the coming months. The Todd Rattray-trained Bremusa trailed the leader throughout and stuck to his guns well and will definitely be improved from the run and Debt Till We Part finished fifth. Debt Till We Part is a well put together colt by Santastics Pan (USA) that has improved a great deal from last season and he too should win his share of races. Peter Staples

Full Speed Ahead capped off a memorable first week of harness racing in 2018 by adding Friday night’s Bridport Hotel North Eastern Pacing Cup at Scottsdale to its success in the St. Marys Cup on New Years Day. This time around there was no Solid As Rock for Full Speed Ahead (pictured) to share the spoils with. The eight-year-old began safely from the stand start and trainer-driver Todd Rattray wasted no time in manoeuvring the former Queenslander and race favourite ($2.10) into the one-out, one back position. John Walters retained the pole advantage with last year’s Raider Stakes winner Timely Sovereign for local Lietinna trainer Kent Rattray and set a strong pace out in front. The Steven Davis prepared Black Centurian, runner-up in the Cup for the past two years, quickly made ground from its 30-metre handicap to tack on to the tail of the field in the early stages. Walters kept the fast tempo up with Timely Sovereign into the final circuit as Full Speed Ahead drew level with the front-runner inside the 400 metres. Black Centurian was looming as a major threat as Barrie Rattray made his run out four-wide down the side of the track but Full Speed Ahead had other ideas on the turn drawing clear of Timely Sovereign and then holding off the fast-finishing Black Centurian to win by a head with the early leader 4.8 metres away third. Full Speed Ahead changed hands during the week with new owners Ian and Brett Collins and Peter Jones ecstatic with the Cup victory. Todd Rattray spoke with Tasracing’s Duncan Dornauf trackside after the Cup and said he will speak to the new owners on Tuesday before deciding Full Speed Ahead’s immediate future. The group has many options to discuss with the Burnie Cup on Sunday, January 14 and an array of other Cup temptations including the Devonport, New Norfolk and Carrick Cup. Todd finished the night with a training and driving double with Invest winning race one and shared the driving honours for the meeting with Rohan Hadley who drove Diddley Bo ($11) and Jeans Mattjesty ($10.50). Shane Yates

It was an action packed weekend across Tasmania with three harness racing meetings held across the state. We farewelled 2017 with a bumper 10-race program at Carrick Park. The large crowd saw the rising stars of the track in action with Jack Laugher driving three winners on the program, while the states representive at last months Australasian Young Drivers Series, Matthew Howlett guided Rockin An Running to victory in the Meander Valley Cup. The Stars of the equine variety were also on show with the Paul Hill trained and driven pacer Feelin Dusty kicking off his three-year-old season with an effortless win. 2018 kicked off on the states two turf tracks with meetings staged at St Marys and King Island. At St Marys, the Cup saw its first dead heat in the races 132-year history when the judge couldn't split Full Speed Ahead and Solid As A Rock. Watch a great wrap of the event here. Izaha was a comfortable winner in the 6ty Tasmanian Country Guineas while the local trainers had to wait till the final event on the program to taste success when Fingal's Brady Woods guided Lorraine Grant (pictured) to victory for his grandfather Robert Woods. King Island staged there Cup day for 2018 as well on Monday with local trainer Graeme Keeley training the quinella in the Island's premier race. All three meetings appeared to be well attended and a massive pat on the back must go to all of the hard working committees and volunteers that ensured all three meetings were a success and a credit to the industry. The Stars Jack Laugher - finished 2017 on a high note by out driving his concession claim in Tasmania with a driving treble at Carrick Park on Sunday. Last season's leading junior driver will head across to Victoria this week to take up a position with Andy and Kate Gath. Todd Rattray - Drove three and a half winners at St Marys on Monday including the 6ty Tasmanian Country Guineas with Izaha and dead heated in the Cupwith Full Speed Ahead, both are also trained by Rattray. Rattray also drove another two winners on the program. Kevin Denny - hobby trainer who continued his good run with a training double at St Marys on Monday. Ben Yole - extended his state trainers premiership lead with a training treble across the weekend. Graeme Keeley - trained the quinella in the King Island Pacing Cup on Monday with Regmondo and Captain Mordecai. Watch the 2018 King Island Pacing Cup here. Multiple winners Carrick Park - Sunday Jack Laugher; driving treble with The Majority, Gotta Go Henry and Stylish Trend. Paul Hill; driving double with Feelin Dusty and Dodgermemate. St Marys - Monday Todd Rattray; training and driving double with Izaha and Full Speed Ahead. He also made it a driving quartet with wins aboard Preferred Lies and Dellas Command. Kevin Denny; training double with Preferred Lies and Dellas Command. Ben Yole; training double with Laid Back Kenny and Pushkin. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action at Carrick Park on Sunday. Drayton 57.16, Jeans Mattjesty 58.01, Remember Joe 58.09, War Chest 58.16 and Regal Idea 58.26. View all Tasmanian sectional data here. Tasracing Official Price Carrick Park Hit: Gotta Go Henry $2.70 into $2.40 Defied The Drift: Stylish Trend $1.80 out to $2.60 Missed: Cemento Rapido (2nd) $81 into $26 Black Booker Miss Ruthless After beginning safely from her second row draw at St Marys on Monday driver Natalee Emery positined the mare three back along the fence quickly after the start of the 1810 metre race. Emery was able to ease of the peg line at the 600-metre mark and was unable to find clear racing room over the final stages to fully test the seven-year-old mare. With her safe manners and a number of standing start races coming up over recent weeks. Watch the replay here. Trial File Scottsdale on Saturday Four trials were staged at Scottsdale in preparation for Friday's race meeting. The quickest mile rate of the morning was 2:12.2 which was recorded by Heavennroll who scored by a nose over Hamna Shida in a C0 and better class trial. Former Victorian pacer Yodellin Cowgirl recorded the second quickest mile rate of the session in 2:12.7. The Art Official mare has recently joined the stables of Marc Butler. Punters may have noted a new name in the trial results with 15-year-old Georgia Hayward having her first trial drive at the trial session. Hayward helps local trainer Kent Rattray with his team of pacers when time allows around her education. Other winners on Saturday morning were; Buster William (2:14.5) and Molly Malones (2:18.9). Full results are available here. Week Ahead The country cup circuit rolls on into Scottsdale on Friday with a competitive eight-race program beginning at 16:29. The Cup is set down as race six where Todd Rattray will be looking for back-to-back wins in the race after winning last year with Fortino. On Friday Rattray will partner Full Speed Ahead in the $12,000 feature. Trainers Kent Rattray and Rohan Hadley will be out trying to ensure the cup stays in the local region. Kent puts the polish on Timely Sovereign who is the winner of seven races and was placed in a recent Scottsdale trial while Hadley will partner Paint The Wind who he also trains. The American Ideal gelding comes off a last start win in Devonport on Boxing night. The Hobart Pacing Cup headlines the Tasmanian Pacing Club race meeting on Sunday night with the feature race being set down to commence at 19:53. The race has attracted a very strong field including last-start winner Dapper Dana who will be looking to give his trainer Rohan Hillier back-to-back wins in the race as a driver. Hillier won the race last year on I'm Barney Rubble who is also engaged in the race and is now trained by a Rohan Hadley. I'm Barney Rubble is one of two past winners contesting the race, the other is 2016 winner and last-start Carrick Park winner Remember Joe. The Majority is another last-start winner in the race and will start from barrier four in the $25,000 feature. The inform Todd Rattray stable has a two-prong attack on the race with Taurisi coming up with pole position in the 3060-metre event and the Tasmania Cup runner-up Roger Ramjet who will carry the number 13 saddlecloth after drawing barrier four on the 10-metre line. The first of eight races in Hobart gets underway at 18:18. Both meetings will feature a hosted live stream coverage commencing with a track side preview half hour prior to the first race at both meetings. Shane Yates

Talented pacer Rockin An Runnin might have missed an entire season through injury but the harness racing gelding could yet make up for lost time given the way he powered his way to victory in the $10,000 Meander Valley Cup at Carrick Paceway on New Year's Eve. The Chris Howlett-trained five-year-old gelding was forced to face the breeze for most of the race outside of the hot favourite Hafter but he made light of the task to go on and score convincingly from Cemento Rapido that trained the leader throughout with Hafter a close-up third. It was Rockin An Runnin's fifth career win and his second from three outings this season and Howlett is very upbeat about how far Rockin An Runnin can go. "He looked like being a very good two-year-old but he strained a tendon and then he missed his entire three-year-old season and last season we were heading him to the Raider Stakes when he suffered another leg injury. "But he's fully recovered and he is a very nice horse with a bright future." Rockin An Runnin is from well-bred stock and what makes his success even more enjoyable is that he was bred by his owners. "We bred this horse from a very good mare (Run Matilda Run) but unfortunately that's the only time we were able to get her in foal," Howlett said. Run Matilda Run (x Fake Left) won six and placed nine times from 45 starts before heading to the breeding barn. She slipped her first foal to Our Sir Vancelot in 2007 but two years later she delivered a filly by Courage Under Fire named Matilda Rocks but she was unsuccessful from only six starts. The broodmare then produced Rockin An Runnin in 2011 but her foal to We Will See in 2013 died and she showed no return from her mating with Shadow Play the following season. Rockin An Runnin is owned and raced by the trainer and his wife Donna and her parents Paul ands Elizabeth Geard who are the state's most prominent thoroughbred owners and breeders. The gelding won three last season and given the way he has improved with each start the gelded son of Major in Art will be a force with which to be reckoned in some of the country cups. Rockin An Runnin has been driven by talented reinsman Mathew Howlett in all of his 21 starts and last time out was an absolute gem of a drive. He summed up the situation perfectly when Hafter's driver Todd Rattray slowed the tempo. Howlett sent Rockin An Runnin charging around the field to face the breeze from where he was able to dictate the tempo and when he called on his charge for the big effort the gelding forged clear to deliver arguably a career-best win. Matthew has recently returned from Queensland where he represented Tasmania in the Australasian Young Drivers Championship in which he produced some brilliant drives. He finished eighth of 10 on 51 points which is not a true reflection of how well he drove during the 10-heat series. Like all of these events the winner is determined on a points-score basis with drivers allocated horses based on random draws and luck in this area plays a dominant role in the overall outcome. Peter Staples

Tasmania's reigning Junior Driver Of The Year Jack Laugher showed his class at Carrick on Sunday to round out 2017 with a harness racing winning treble. Jack's winners on the bumper ten-event card were The Majority, Gotta Go Henry and Stylish Trend, with all three leading all the way. The Majority, trained by Matthew Dwyer, was the first of Jack's winning drives for the day holding off the fast-finishing Bayridge Bill to  (pictured) claim the Destreos Pace, the pair a dozen metres clear of  The Dip which finished third. The victory brought up the fifteenth career win for the Art Major - Oh Please eight-year-old gelding, scoring by a half neck and returning a mile-rate of 2:03.3. Jack was back in the winner's circle with the Troy Hillier-trained Gotta Go Henry in the Bracknell Hotel Pace. The seven-year-old Gotta Go Cullect - Jill Forsa gelding was making its Tasmanian debut and took its career winning tally to thirteen with a courageous win after being backed from $2.70 into $2.50 on the Tasracing Official Prices. "It was a strong effort by Gotta Go Henry, I think Troy is going to have some with him in the coming months, he started to bludge on me in the stretch but when he heard them coming he sparked up again and went to the line well," said the talented eighteen-year-old reinsman. Laugher completed his successful day at the office with the  Ben Yole pacer Stylish Trend capturing its third win of the season, despite drifting in the market from $1.80 out to $2.60, with a runaway 15-metre victory in the Vandenberg Transport Stakes. Laugher packs his bags for the experience of a lifetime this week as he ventures to Victoria to work in the stables of Gr1 winning trainer Andy Gath. Gath, based at Long Forest near Melton, sits entrenched among the top echelon of trainers in the country, claiming the honour of  Australian Trainer Of The Year, Victorian Trainer Of The Year and Victorian Metropolitan Trainer Of The Year – in three consecutive years from 2001-2003. "It's a wonderful opportunity to gain experience in one of the leading stables in Australia, and to see first hand Andy's horsemanship is something that I'm looking forward to immensely," said an excited Laugher. "I'm prepared to do the hard yards around the stables and pick up as much knowledge as I can, if I pick up the odd drive that will be a bonus." Watch Rockin An Runnin finish strongly for Chris and Matthew Howlett to take the Maxfield Drilling Meander Valley Cup. Shane Yates

Harness racing Punters packed St Marys Pacing Club “from the bottom to the top of the straight” for the St Marys Pacing Cup on Monday, according to club secretary Craig Woods.  The main race finished in a dead heat after Full Speed Ahead pulled up to the line even with Solid As A Rock. After a one-year hiatus in 2017, the club returned the meet to its traditional New Year’s Day timeslot to the delight of racegoers.  The harness racing meet saw people from all over the state descend on St Marys for the eight-race event. “It's been a magical day and everybody seems to be enjoying themselves,” Mr Woods said. “There are lots of familiar faces here, and so many people come back year-after-year – certainly people from the Fingal Valley area. “Everyone knows New Year’s Day is St Marys races, and that’s where they go.” However, the day wasn’t all smiles for everyone at the track on Monday. Bookmaker Steve Walters said the day was a struggle for on-track bookies.  “The punters are going really well today – I'm behind and they're in front,” he said. “It’s still a really great day out, and there's some great horses racing today,” By Stefan Boscia Reprinted with permission of The Examiner

Victorian harness racing mare Milly Perez also made a one-act affair of the $20,000 George Johnson for fillies and mares in Hobart, Tasmania on Friday night Milly Perez settled last from her outside second-row draw (9) but inside the first lap her trainer-driver Michael Stanley sent her around the field to easily roll to the front and that was the end of the penny section. The well-bred Four Starzzz Shark mare set a solid tempo and hit the line 12 metres clear of Queens Advocate with Courageous Katie a fast-finishing third. "I've only had this mare for about five weeks but as soon as she arrived in the stables I made plans to run her in this race (George Johnson)," Stanley said. "I've been coming to Tasmania for quite a few years and I knew this race was on the calendar so it's mission accomplished. "I'll be aiming her at some of the country cups because she will definitely be up to that class. "There's a bit of scope with her and if we can pick up a couple of wins in features shell pay her way." Peter Staples

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