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PROMISING two-year-old pacer One Mans Pass is likely to be a travelling companion for his high-profiled stablemate Barynya when she embarks on a trip to Victoria this week to prepare for her 3YO fillies' Breeders Crown assignment. Barynya is one of the favourites to win her division of the Breeders Crown and not surprising given she won the Tasmanian and Victorian Oaks and was favourite in the recent Group 1 Vicbred Super Series final in which she was devoid of luck. One Mans Pass, prepared at Karoola by Dick Eaves, earned his trip away when he scored an effortless win in a 2YO Pace at Devonport on Monday night. With Rohan Hillier in the cart, One Mans Pass faced the breeze throughout but when he was asked to extend at the business end of the race he forged clear and went on to score comfortably from Karalta Jazzman and Be Good Franklin. "This is a very nice horse - he's got wheel and he's very strong," Eaves said. "If he is spot on, I'll take him with Barynya and run him in a repechage of the 2YO Breeders Crown." "He won't be out of his depth because I reckon he can handle that class." One Mans Class was third behind Boasson Hagen in the Tasmanian Breeders Crown heat in Launceston last Sunday week prior to winning on Monday night. "He went a bit roughly on the home turn in the Breeders Crown heat and they ran home (the last 400m) in 27 seconds so it was a good effort," he said. At his only other outing (on debut at Ballarat in Victoria) he broke just after the start and that was the end of his chances. "He trialed really well before his debut run but then we had him shod and I think it might have left him a bit foot sore," Eaves said. One Mans Pass is owned and raced by Lloyd and Judy Whish-Wilson who also own Barynya. By Peter Staples  

THE Tasmanian Pacing Club has always looked for unique ways to lure sponsors into the industry with its latest project likely to result in a package that could be a boon for the club on its biggest race day. TPC chief executive officer John Devereux and his committee were looking for ways to get people back to the races and at the same time find potential race sponsors. The result is a package offered to businesses that costs a minimum of $400 for which the club offers 100 tickets to a TPC meeting and race names for that company at the sponsor's discretion. None of the sponsorship money goes to the club but instead it all is channeled into prizes that will be won at a major prize draw that is expected to grow to a value beyond $10,000 by the time the draw takes place at the club's Tasmania Cup meeting on December 21. Deveraux said seven businesses have already committed to the project comprising Red Shed restoration Barn, Office national, The Crown Inn Hotel Pontville, and Hotel Lachlan at Ouse, Brighton Football Club, Cripps Waratah Netball Club, Elderslie Horse Care and Noel Salter. Each business is committed to providing a prize valued at $400 in goods or cash except for the prize offered by Sue Street (Elderslie Horse Care) and Noel Salter who have combined their resources to provide an incredible prize that could net the winner thousands. Street stands standardbred stallion Sutter Hanover at her property and Salter owns successful broodmare Cloudy Road and they have offered to mate the two with the offspring to be offered as the major prize. The resultant foal, which should be born between September and November 2015, will be weaned, broken to lead and tie up and be capable of being loaded into a float before the winner takes possession. Cloudy Road produced Cloudy Delight (x Bettors Delight) that was Tasmania's best two-year-old filly of her time and accrued just over $75,000 in prize money before injury forced her into early retirement. Tickets into the prize draw will be via an entry that will appear in the race book at the Tasmania Cup meeting on December 21 and members of the TPC and Light Harness Tasmania also will be entitled to a ticket simply by being members of those registered bodies. The TPC and Light Harness Tasmania will provide $2000 ($1000 each) that will serve as one of the two major prizes. "The owner of the first entry drawn will be offered the choice of either the $2000 cash or the foal," Devereux said. "This is a whole new approach to sponsorship," Deveraux said. "The package is designed to bring people back to the races again as well as introducing new people to harness racing as well as providing great value to sponsors." "The club takes nothing from the sponsorship money as it all goes into the major prize draw," he said. Each sponsor receives 100 tickets to a race meeting and at that meeting the sponsor is provided with an area in the main grandstand in which it can entertain its guests and the package also includes free rides in the mobile barrier for up to five of the sponsor's guests as well as race names allocated to the sponsor on the night. "Also 10 of the sponsor's guests get the ultimate racing experience of visiting the race caller and the judge in an area of the course that is traditionally barred from the public," Devereux said. The Tasmania Cup meeting on December 21 also will include a lunchtime concert featuring internationally acclaimed Tasmanian country band The Wolfe Brothers with the concert to start at 11 am. By Peter Staples

CLASSY Tasmanian three-year-old pacer Resurgent Spirit returned to winning form in Hobart this week with an all-the-way victory in a Breeders Crown heat over 2090 metres at Tattersall's Park in Hobart. It was his first run since failing in the $30,000 Globe Derby final in Launceston at the end of last month but he did it with consummate ease. Resurgent Spirit was having his fourth start this time in and made every post a winner with an ell-the-way win over Animi Sub Ignis and Le Premiere. The Roger Whitmore-trained three-year-old equaled Halwes' record of the most number of consecutive wins (13) in Tasmania when he won a C1 in Hobart in March but his winning run came to an end when he resumed from a spell with a third to Estevao in a heat of the Globe Derby. With only that run under his belt he went into the Globe Derby final underdone and that showed when he was forced to work three-wide before being sent up to face the breeze for the last 1400 metres. The gelding understandably weakened to finish sixth but still only 4.1 metres from the winner Chopstix Boris that rattled home from last to win in the last few strides. "Had it not been a $30,000 race I probably wouldn't have contested the race (Globe Derby) but we did and the horse did an exceptional job under the circumstances. "We had a couple of little problems to iron out when he came back into work but the most pressing was him hitting his knee and it took us a while to finally sort it out." "The shoring was changed and when I changed his showed last week they were both worn down evenly on the front so that was pleasing." "He loafed a bit in front at this latest run but he worked home his last half in good time, in fact his last 1200 metres equated to a mile rate of 1.57.7 so I am happy with that effort," he said. Whitmore said a decision on whether or not he takes his stable star to Melbourne co contest the Breeders Crown 3YO colts and geldings semi-final will depend on how he gets through his assignment in a C3-4 in Hobart on Sunday night. By Peter Staples

CLASSY Tasmanian three-year-old pacer Resurgent Spirit returned to winning form in Hobart this week with an all-the-way victory in a Breeders Crown heat over 2090 metres at Tattersall's Park in Hobart. It was his first run since failing in the $30,000 Globe Derby final in Launceston at the end of last month but he did it with consummate ease. Resurgent Spirit was having his fourth start this time in and made every post a winner with an ell-the-way win over Animi Sub Ignis and Le Premiere. The Roger Whitmore-trained three-year-old equaled Halwes' record of the most number of consecutive wins (13) in Tasmania when he won a C1 in Hobart in March but his winning run came to an end when he resumed from a spell with a third to Estevao in a heat of the Globe Derby. With only that run under his belt he went into the Globe Derby final underdone and that showed when he was forced to work three-wide before being sent up to face the breeze for the last 1400 metres. The gelding understandably weakened to finish sixth but still only 4.1 metres from the winner Chopstix Boris that rattled home from last to win in the last few strides. "Had it not been a $30,000 race I probably wouldn't have contested the race (Globe Derby) but we did and the horse did an exceptional job under the circumstances. "We had a couple of little problems to iron out when he came back into work but the most pressing was him hitting his knee and it took us a while to finally sort it out." "The shoring was changed and when I changed his showed last week they were both worn down evenly on the front so that was pleasing." "He loafed a bit in front at this latest run but he worked home his last half in good time, in fact his last 1200 metres equated to a mile rate of 1.57.7 so I am happy with that effort," he said. Whitmore said a decision on whether or not he takes his stable star to Melbourne co contest the Breeders Crown 3YO colts and geldings semi-final will depend on how he gets through his assignment in a C3-4 in Hobart on Sunday night. By Peter Staples

CLASSY Tasmanian three-year-old pacer Resurgent Spirit returned to winning form in Hobart this week with an all-the-way victory in a Breeders Crown heat over 2090 metres at Tattersall's Park in Hobart. It was his first run since failing in the $30,000 Globe Derby final in Launceston at the end of last month but he did it with consummate ease. Resurgent Spirit was having his fourth start this time in and made every post a winner with an ell-the-way win over Animi Sub Ignis and Le Premiere. The Roger Whitmore-trained three-year-old equaled Halwes' record of the most number of consecutive wins (13) in Tasmania when he won a C1 in Hobart in March but his winning run came to an end when he resumed from a spell with a third to Estevao in a heat of the Globe Derby. With only that run under his belt he went into the Globe Derby final underdone and that showed when he was forced to work three-wide before being sent up to face the breeze for the last 1400 metres. The gelding understandably weakened to finish sixth but still only 4.1 metres from the winner Chopstix Boris that rattled home from last to win in the last few strides. "Had it not been a $30,000 race I probably wouldn't have contested the race (Globe Derby) but we did and the horse did an exceptional job under the circumstances. "We had a couple of little problems to iron out when he came back into work but the most pressing was him hitting his knee and it took us a while to finally sort it out." "The shoring was changed and when I changed his showed last week they were both worn down evenly on the front so that was pleasing." "He loafed a bit in front at this latest run but he worked home his last half in good time, in fact his last 1200 metres equated to a mile rate of 1.57.7 so I am happy with that effort," he said. Whitmore said a decision on whether or not he takes his stable star to Melbourne co contest the Breeders Crown 3YO colts and geldings semi-final will depend on how he gets through his assignment in a C3-4 in Hobart on Sunday night. By Peter Staples

Let’s take a walk down memory lane. The feature event this weekend at Albion Park is the Gr.1 $100,000 TattsBet Blacks A Fake, a race named in honour of the greatest Queensland pacer of all time. And arguably, the best this country has ever produced. Born and raised on the lush soils on the Darling Downs at Egmont Park Stud at Toowoomba in Queensland, the rise to prominence for the horse affectionately known as ‘Blackie’ was meteoric and just like his tenacity to win, simply spectacular. Blacks A Fake was raced by Cheryl Rasmussen, the mother of the young trainer/driver plus Helen Pointer, the wife of Ron Pointer who shared in the ownership of Egmont Park Stud and Trevor Titcomb, a fish ‘n’ chip shop owner at Boonah, west of Brisbane. Partnered throughout his entire life with a talented young horseperson in Natalie Rasmussen, the pair combined to attract fans world wild as they dominated some of the biggest pacing events in the southern hemisphere and at times, on more than one occasion, and in a sport which is largely male dominated. But that never stopped the runaway success train of Blackie and Natalie Rasmussen as they plundered features throughout Australia year after year and in doing so, continued to re-write the record books. When the dynamic duo combined to win the first of their four record breaking Inter Dominion Pacing Championship Grand Finals in Tasmania back in 2006, they became the first Queenslander and first female to win the prestigious event. The record books clearly show that Blacks A Fake and Natalie Rasmussen are Inter Dominion legends, they combined to win four titles starting with their initial success in Hobart back in 2006 followed by their victory in Adelaide in 2007 while completing the hat-trick in 2008 in front of a massive Moonee Valley crowd in Melbourne. In 2009, on his home soil on the Gold Coast, Blacks A Fake was run down late by former North American pacer Mr Feelgood to deny him an historic moment after he was savaged in front by a tear away Auckland Reactor. Sharing the record with Our Sir Vancelot as triple Inter Dominion winners lasted only another twelve months because in 2010 at TABCORP Park, Menangle, Blacks A Fake and Natalie Rasmussen created their piece of history as four time Inter Dominion champions after fighting off fierce rivals Monkey King and Smoken Up in an epic battle. The record of four Inter Dominion titles has never been broken but Im Themightyquinn is still a legitimate chance of equaling it if he remains sounds over the next twelve months but, as it stands, Blackie is the complete Inter Dominion king. A crown thoroughly and richly deserved. Fittingly, both Blacks A Fake and Natalie Rasmussen have been recognized in the Inter Dominion Hall of Fame. The record of Blackie in his home state of Queensland is also worthy of special mention. In Queensland, or more importantly Albion Park, Blacks A Fake and Natalie constantly thrilled the local fans winning many a race on the famed Breakfast Creek site. Blacks A Fake started 56 times at Albion Park (technically 52 but four races were staged at the Gold Coast in lieu of Albion Park including the Inter Dominion and 2009 QPC among other events) and won on 42 occasions while also managing 12 minor placings. He amassed more than $1 million in prizemoney at Albion Park. In other key stats with Blacks A Fake and Albion Park, his arch rival and dual Miracle Mile champion Be Good Johnny finished second to Blackie 6 times. His shortest winning margin was a half head victory over Slipnslide in the 3yo QBRED Triad Final. The biggest winning margin was 19.8m over Loud N Clear in a C9+ event in 2009. He never started in a ‘SS’ event at Albion Park, only 6 in his career. His most starts in a season at Albion Park came in his last with 14 runs while he never started during the 2004/05 season. Blacks A Fake won the Winter Cup three times, the race that now carries his name. Ironically, the favourite the for the 2014 Blacks A Fake is Im Themightyquinn, the wonder from the west who is rapidly closing in on his Inter Dominion record while looking certain to eclipse the Australian prizemoney record held by Blackie at $4, 575, 438. Im Themightyquinn requires another $67, 982 to pass the record. Fittingly, these two champion pacers, the two greatest of the modern era will come face to face on Saturday night as Blacks A Fake will lead out his race. Blacks A Fake – a living legend! By Chris Barsby (Harness Racing Australia)

CLASSY Tasmanian harness racing three-year-old filly Barynya qualified to contest a semi-final of the Breeders Crown series in Victoria next month with a win in a heat in Launceston on Sunday night. However, there was no competition for the filly as she was the sole runner in the race. Conditions allow for a horse to contest a race solo if it is a lead-up to an interstate series such as the Breeders Crown and trainer Dick Eaves took full advantage of the conditions. Barynya was driven by Rohan Hillier who ensured the effort was nothing more than a casual workout with the filly producing a mile rate of 2,10.1 over the 2200 metre trip. Barynya will head to Melbourne within a fortnight to prepare for her semi-final in which she will probably start favourite. The filly won the Tasmanian and Victorian Oaks before tackling the Vicbred Super Series in which she won a semi-final and started favourite in the final only to meet interference and finish out of a place. By Peter Staples

CLASSY Tasmanian harness racing three-year-old filly Barynya qualified to contest a semi-final of the Breeders Crown series in Victoria next month with a win in a heat in Launceston on Sunday night. However, there was no competition for the filly as she was the sole runner in the race. Conditions allow for a horse to contest a race solo if it is a lead-up to an interstate series such as the Breeders Crown and trainer Dick Eaves took full advantage of the conditions. Barynya was driven by Rohan Hillier who ensured the effort was nothing more than a casual workout with the filly producing a mile rate of 2,10.1 over the 2200 metre trip. Barynya will head to Melbourne within a fortnight to prepare for her semi-final in which she will probably start favourite. The filly won the Tasmanian and Victorian Oaks before tackling the Vicbred Super Series in which she won a semi-final and started favourite in the final only to meet interference and finish out of a place. By Peter Staples

TASMANIA'S multiple premiership-winning reinsman Barrie Rattray doesn't spend a lot of time driving in races these days but he proved he has lost none of his prowess in Hobart last Monday night. Rattray partnered his three-year-old Ercole to victory in the degree C Pace over 2090 metres for what was the gelding's second career win but it made it two in succession for the gelded son of Grinfromeartoear. Ercole settled at the rear of the field off a steady tempo but Rattray always had him travelling in his comfort zone. When Rattray made his move heading into the back straight the last time he latched his charge onto the back of Ems Choice for a trail and then eased Ercole four-wide to stake his claim. Rocket Seal (Nathan Ford) led and looked to travelling comfortably nearing the home turn but he was swamped in the home straight. Ebabe collared the leader 200m out then she was quickly collared by Ems Choice but that four-year-old was unable to repel the powerful finish of Ercole that went on to win by over three metres. The winner clocked a mile rate of 2m.01.7 with an overall time of 2:38.13. It made it back-to-back wins for Ercole and while he has been one of the lesser lights from the Rattray stable this season he has paid his way and is likely to continue to do so as he progresses through his grades. By Peter Staples

TASMANIA'S multiple premiership-winning reinsman Barrie Rattray doesn't spend a lot of time driving in races these days but he proved he has lost none of his prowess in Hobart last Monday night. Rattray partnered his three-year-old Ercole to victory in the degree C Pace over 2090 metres for what was the gelding's second career win but it made it two in succession for the gelded son of Grinfromeartoear. Ercole settled at the rear of the field off a steady tempo but Rattray always had him travelling in his comfort zone. When Rattray made his move heading into the back straight the last time he latched his charge onto the back of Ems Choice for a trail and then eased Ercole four-wide to stake his claim. Rocket Seal (Nathan Ford) led and looked to travelling comfortably nearing the home turn but he was swamped in the home straight. Ebabe collared the leader 200m out then she was quickly collared by Ems Choice but that four-year-old was unable to repel the powerful finish of Ercole that went on to win by over three metres. The winner clocked a mile rate of 2m.01.7 with an overall time of 2:38.13. It made it back-to-back wins for Ercole and while he has been one of the lesser lights from the Rattray stable this season he has paid his way and is likely to continue to do so as he progresses through his grades. By Peter Staples

TALENTED Tasmanian harness racing trainer Heath Szczypka pretty much heaved a sigh of relief when his eight-year-old gelding Rorybeebellows scored a game win in division one of the Iris Computing pace over 2090 metres at Tattersall's Park in Hobart tonight. With premier reinsman Gareth Rattray aboard, Rorybeebellows settled near the rear of the field from his inside second-row draw and had to be content to remain there until well into the back straight the last time. Blitzemgamble (Justin Campbell) led from gate two while the odds-on favourite Supa Sunshine ($1.90) was eased to take the trail from the pole position by driver Mark Yole. The driver of Billy Khan, James Austin, was caught three-wide at the back so instead of easing out he pushed forward to set his charge a task facing the breeze. Billy Khan edged clear of the leader 500 metres out but when they straightened for the run home Blitzemgamble (Partywiththebigdogs-Tuatahi Classic) regained the lead but he was unable to hold out Rorybeebellows. Listen to what trainer Heath Szczypka had to say about the win of Rorybeebellows. By Peter Staples

WELL bred Tasmanian two-year-old pacer Boasson Hagen delivered his best to score a narrow but decisive victory in the Dandy Patch (sires stakes) final over 2090 metres at Tattersall's Park in Hobart last Sunday night. Boasson Hagen (x Art Major) was having only his fourth start but had put the writing on the wall with minor placings in a heat and final of the 2YO Sweepstakes series and he was second to the then undefeated Jerrys Jet in their Dandy Patch heat leading up to this race. The Christian Salter-trained and driven colt was urged from the pole position to lead while the unbeaten Jerrys Jet raced at his wheel with Mobi Doc enjoying the run of the race on the leader's back. Salter ensured a modest tempo through the first half while Jerrys Jet's driver Ricky Duggan was content to travel comfortably in the "death" until they entered the back straight the last time where he started to apply the pressure to the leader. When Jerrys Jet drew level in the home straight most were expecting the odds-on favourite ($1.30) to forge to the lead but Boasson Hagen ($4.10) refused to wilt and under strong driving from Salter the colt hit the line a half-head clear. Mobi Doc ($23.40) ran on gamely to hold onto third and over a metre in advance of Fioki. Boasson Hagen is owned and raced by Noel and Marlene Salter who bred the colt from their well-performed mare Allsorosie that has produced six foals to race and all have won. Noel Salter names many of his colts after well-performed professional road racing cyclists and this one is named after Norwegian superstar cyclist Edvald Boasson Hagen who has been a force on the international scene since he turned professional in 2006. By Peter Staples

The 2014 Breeders Crown series heads to Cambridge and Addington this Thursday and Friday before Tasmanian tracks Launceston and Hobart take centre stage on Sunday and Monday. In the two-year-old fillies’ heat at Cambridge Dexter Dunn will drive highly rated Katy Perry, while Anthony Butt will partner with Harness Jewels placegetter Joanne’s A Delight. Cyclone Kate, which also contested the Jewels, rounds out the three-horse field. Despite just the three runners contesting the race, it promises to be an enthralling duel. Addington on Saturday will see Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen-trained duo Linda Lovegrace and superstar Follow The Stars in action in Breeders Crown heats. On Sunday the spotlight turns to Launceston in Tasmania for the running of two two-year-old heats (one for the fillies and one for colts and geldings), while Hobart will host two three-year-old pacers’ heats on Monday night. Earlier this month Controversial made it three wins from three Australian starts when he won at Albion Park in his two-year-old colts and geldings Breeders Crown heat. Controversial, driven by Lauren Panella for Shane Tritton, led and ran a 1:57.1 mile rate (after a lead time of 39secs) to score by 6.1m over Major Coup. Only two fillies contested the two-year-old fillies’ heat at Albion Park on the same day, with Grant Dixon trained-and-driven Feel The Faith 11.4m too good for Acer Animus in a mile rate of 2:03.4 after a lead time of 40.5secs. By  Cody Winnell (Harness Racing Australia)

The 2014 Breeders Crown series heads to Cambridge and Addington this Thursday and Friday before Tasmanian tracks Launceston and Hobart take centre stage on Sunday and Monday. In the two-year-old fillies’ heat at Cambridge Dexter Dunn will drive highly rated Katy Perry, while Anthony Butt will partner with Harness Jewels placegetter Joanne’s A Delight. Cyclone Kate, which also contested the Jewels, rounds out the three-horse field. Despite just the three runners contesting the race, it promises to be an enthralling duel. Addington on Saturday will see Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen-trained duo Linda Lovegrace and superstar Follow The Stars in action in Breeders Crown heats. On Sunday the spotlight turns to Launceston in Tasmania for the running of two two-year-old heats (one for the fillies and one for colts and geldings), while Hobart will host two three-year-old pacers’ heats on Monday night. Earlier this month Controversial made it three wins from three Australian starts when he won at Albion Park in his two-year-old colts and geldings Breeders Crown heat. Controversial, driven by Lauren Panella for Shane Tritton, led and ran a 1:57.1 mile rate (after a lead time of 39secs) to score by 6.1m over Major Coup. Only two fillies contested the two-year-old fillies’ heat at Albion Park on the same day, with Grant Dixon trained-and-driven Feel The Faith 11.4m too good for Acer Animus in a mile rate of 2:03.4 after a lead time of 40.5secs. By  Cody Winnell (Harness Racing Australia)

Harness racing driver Gavin Lang thought he had been pipped at the post by Berisari, but the photo-finish verdict went his way aboard My Bella Starr in tonight’s $110,000 Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series three-year-old fillies’ final. Lang combined with Riddells Creek trainer Adam Kelly to win the $110,000 feature, giving Lang two Group 1 triumphs in two nights after he guided Claudys Princess home in the three-year-old fillies’ trotting final last night. Everything came up My Bella Starr tonight. Pre-race favourite Mindarie Priddy was a late scratching and top-notch Tasmanian Barynya locked wheels and virtually lost all chance around the first corner. But My Bella Starr still had to show plenty of grit and determination to stick her head out and get the bob in when it mattered most. “She hasn’t had a lot of luck lately but things turned out well tonight,” Lang said. “Obviously it was very unfortunate for the connections of Mindarie Priddy that they had to scratch her tonight, which changed the complexion of the race. “Then we managed to avoid that trouble at the first corner. “This is what keeps us all in the game – hoping to get a horse that is good enough to get the job done.” The winning mile rate was 1:56.9. Quick Draft was third for the in-form David Aiken / Chris Alford combination, while Bettor Downunder ran a good race for fourth. by Cody Winnell Harness Racing Victoria

TOP class Tasmanian reinsman Rohan Hillier has been enjoying life in the fast lane of late with his association with the Dick Eaves-trained star filly Barynya that won her way onto the Group 1 Vicbred Super Series in Victoria last Friday night. Back home in Launceston two nights later he was back in the winner's circle, this time aboard his own three-year-old Chopstix Boris that caused a major upset to win the $30,000 Globe Derby Stakes. It was a hot field and one that would not be out of place in any feature three-year-old race around the country. Resurgent Spirit was sent out favourite ($3.80) but there was plenty of smart money for Estevao ($4), Rusty Red Comet ($4.60) and the in-form Vande Velde ($5.10) with Chopstix Boris getting into $11.80 after touching $16 midway through betting. Estevao (Gareth Rattray) was able to hold the lead but when Resurgent Spirit was unable to find a spot with cover from his outside front-row draw driver James Austin had no option but to go forward and park outside of the leader. Chopstix Boris settled near last in the one-out line with Vande Velde at the rear on his back. Estevao looked set to steal the race when Rattray urged him to extend turning for home but his lesser fancied stablemate Ektoras that had trailed the leader throughout, came off the fence to challenge and looked set to win. But that's when the tailenders started to swoop and so fast did Chopstix Boris finish he swamped the leaders close to home to score by almost a metre from Ektoras with Estevao a half-head away third. It was a masterful drive and a brilliant performance by the gelded son of Jeremes Jet from Flo Jo Fernandez that won the 2001 bandbox Stakes for 3YO fillies. Chopstix Boris is owned and raced by Hillier in partnership with his wife Katrina and two of the driver's mates Danny Bennett and Andrew Baxter. He was originally trained by Hillier who opted to send the gelding to Paul Ashwood to train. "He was working well for Rohan but not producing his best on race day and Rohan thought a change of environment would suit him so he sent him to me," Ashwood said. "Tonight he showed what he could do, although I wasn't that confident with the slow early pace," he said. Resurgent Spirit ($3.80) battled away in the home straight to finish sixth for what was his first time out of a place in 17 starts. By Peter Staples      

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