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Major Callum came of age at Luxbet Park Hobart last night when the modestly-performed harness racing six-year-old delivered a career-best effort to win the Shadforths Financial Group Pace over 2579 metres. The Juanita McKenzie-trained gelding stepped well from the standing start but was forced to work hard to eventually find the lead while the odds-on favourite Resurgent Spirit also had to work three-wide for 500 metres before eventually finding a spot at the leader's wheel. Major Callum ($16) looked to be struggling 500 metres out when Resurgent Spirit applied the pressure but the gelded son of Art Major refused to wilt and fought back to edge out the favourite on the line with Macho Comacho ($35) working home well to grab third. It was Major Callum's 11th but clearly his best and McKenzie said the gelding had always had above average ability but too often had been the victim of bad luck in his races. "This horse tries so hard every time he goes around and had it not been for rotten luck in a lot of his races he would be a much higher rated horse," McKenzie said. "He is very good from a standing start so this type of racing suits him but at the end of the day he is my favourite horse and has been ever since he was a two-year-old. Duggan had not been a fan of Major Callum but he said after this win his opinion might change. "Let's say I'm starting to warm to the horse," Duggan said. "He is such hard work because you've got to be at him the whole time but tonight I wanted to make sure we had something outside of him because he tries so hard and goes best when he's tested. "He's done a good job to beat the favourite so I reckon he's going to be very competitive in these type of races looking forward." The connections of Resurgent Spirit ($1.60) weren't fazed by the loss. "My horse had to do a lot of work too so he's stuck to his guns well and I have no doubt he will be competitive in whatever he tackles next," said driver James Austin. Peter Staples

Harness racing trainer Kent Rattray produced an incredible training feat to produce last season's Easter Cup winner Riverboat Jasper fit enough to take out the Doug Martin Danbury Park Cup over 2698 metres at the Luxbet Racing Centre in Launceston last night. Riverboat Jasper ($15) started off a handicap of 20 metres and settled near the rear of the field as did the back marker and race favourite Resurgent Spirit that started off 40 metres. When James Austin sent Resurgent Spirit ($4) around the field at the bell, Riverboat Jasper's driver John Walters latched onto the second favourite's his back for a ride home. But just when it looked as if Resurgent Spirit would forge clear, Walters called on the son of Riverboat King for the big effort and the seven-year-old gelding responded magnificently and powered clear. Riverboat Jasper went on to defeat Victorian invader Im Barney Rubble ($5) that flashed home from well back in the field with Resurgent Spirit hanging on for a game third. All three placegetters are likely to contest the $40,000 Tasmania Cup to be run at Luxbet Park Hobart on December 18. Peter Staples

Office Of Racing Integrity Stewards have conducted an Inquiry into the results of analysis on urine samples taken from GLAMOUR ART, following its second placing in Race 11- “ The Luxbet For Those That Know Racing Pace” at the Launceston Pacing Club race meeting on 28 August 2016. Analysis of the samples indicated the presence of the Prohibited Substance DEXAMETHASONE.  Evidence was heard from representatives of Racing Analytical Services Limited and The Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory, Consultant Veterinarian Dr. Peter Horridge and from trainer Dylan Ford as well as veterinary evidence on behalf of Mr Ford. Mr Ford pleaded guilty to three charges as follows.  1. AHRR 190B(1) – A Trainer shall at all times keep and maintain a log book recording all details of treatment administered to any horse in his or her care. 2. AHRR 190(1) – A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances. 3. AHRR 196A(1)- A person shall not administer or cause to be administered to a horse any prohibited substance (ii) which is detected in any sample taken from such horse prior to or following the running of any race. After hearing submissions on penalty and taking into account all relevant factors the following penalties were imposed.  Charge 1. A fine of $200 Charge 2. A disqualification for five months. Charge 3. A disqualification for five months. Stewards ordered that the two periods of disqualification be served concurrently, commencing immediately and expiring at midnight on 22 April 2017. Mr Ford was given until 5 p.m. on 25 November to remove from his training property any horses in his care. In accordance with AHRR 195 GLAMOUR ART was disqualified from its second placing with the race results to be amended accordingly. Mr Ford was advised of his rights of Appeal.  Adrian Crowther Chairman of Stewards (Harness) (03) 6777 1900

Well-bred harness racing gelding Roll West delivered a knockout blow to punters in the opening event in Hobart when he led throughout at big odds ($25) to win the CUB Pace over 2090 metres. Roll West had only two starts as a two-year-old for a minor placing before being spelled for seven months. He resumed with a game second in Hobart then blotted his copybook with a near-last effort in Launceston last week but once he found the lead last night he settled well and proved too strong for his rivals. Roll West (Roll With Joe-Western Cheater) was bred by Noel and Marlene Salter at their Brighton property and is trained by their son Christian Salter. He had to work hard early to find the lea from his near-outside front-row draw (6) but once he achieved the feat he settled well for his trainer who rated the gelding superbly. The favourite Buster Bruv ($1.60) was allowed to settle last but he looked good when his driver Dylan Ford let him slide around the field at the bell but when he looked likely to cross to face the breeze nearing the top turn the last time he went from cruising to being under pressure quickly. Goggo Gee Gee loomed to run down the eventual winner but he was unable to make an impression at the business end of the race but stayed strong to hold second spot ahead of the well-backed Shesastandout ($5.30). Peter Staples

An inspection of the harness racing track in Launceston in Tasmania will be made at noon today (AEST) to determine whether or not the 10-race twilight harness meeting scheduled at the Luxbet Racing Centre can proceed as planned. A similar amount of rain to that which has covered the Hobart track in the south of the state that forced the postponement of that meeting, has fallen on the Launceston circuit in the past 12 hours. Leading harness trainer Ben Yole expects to take a team of 35 horses to the Launceston meeting which is a modern day record for any one trainer. Yole's team will be transported in four trucks and two double horse floats. "We will start preparing for the meeting around noon and it will take a full team of seven people to make it all work," Yole said. "This is the most we've taken to the races so we are hoping everything goes smoothly." Yole has multiple runners in each of the 10 races and in a couple of races he has more than half the field. Yole says Ebonyallstarzzz looms as one of his best bets on the program as she has drawn the pole in race four and he also has a high regard for Regmondo (11) that will start from the second line in race seven. Peter Staples

Talented pacer Buster Bruv again showed why he will be heading to some of the state's feature harness racing three-year-old events with an impressive win in the CUB Pace over 2090 metres at Luxbet Park Hobart on Sunday. The Dylan Ford-trained gelding showed good early speed to lead from a wide front-row gate (6) and while his trainer-driver slowed the tempo for a pedestrian first quarter of 34 seconds it was the way he toyed with his rivals at the business end that impressed most. When Ford allowed the gelded son of Santastics Pan more rein in the home straight he burst clear and went on to score by almost 17 metres from Roll West that faced the breeze for the last lap with Really Frank third but eight metres astern. Buster Bruv ($1.20 fav) covered the journey in 2.41.1 for a mile rate of 2.04 but ran home his last half (800m) in 57.5 but his last 400m was covered in 27.9 and without being fully extended. "I've had this horse since he was a yearling and while he didn't show me a lot early on he has grown into a very nice horse and he keeps improving which is a good sign," Ford said. Buster Bruv has had only six starts for three wins and two minor placings. Peter Staples

Talented harness racing trainer Kate MacLeod landed one of the bargain buys of the year when she secured former NSW pacer Rattlenhum for a modest sum earlier this year. The gelded son of Riverboat King had won only one race from 50 starts for Broken Hill owner-trainer Tony Camilleri when he was advertised the gelding for sale on the Internet for $1500. In Launceston on Sunday Rattlenhum made it two wins from only three starts for MacLeod, leading throughout with ace reinsman Troy Hillier in the sulky. In blustery conditions Rattlenhum ($2.80) forged to the lead soon after the start and when seriously challenged in the home straight the last time he refused to wilt and forged clear close to home to score from Olivers Mate ($5) with the favourite Regmondo ($2.60) third. "I was looking to buy a horse for my Mum (Ruth) to race and came across Rattlenhum on the Internet," MacLeod said. "I spoke to the owner Tony Camilleri for a while and he explained the horse had just gone a bit sour but for $1500 I thought he was worth a punt. "He had a win and a third at Broken Hill before I bought him in April and he won at his first start for me in Launceston a month later. "I tipped him out for a spell and he was a bit unlucky when fourth first-up two weeks ago. "But today once he got the front I knew he'd be very hard to run down. "He can be a bit moody and is a bit of a pig at times but overall he's doing a good job and Mum's happy." Peter Staples

Reigning premier harness racing trainer Ben Yole will travel another big team to the races in Launceston today with multiple runners in all but two on the nine-event program. In the eighth race, a claiming event over 2200 metres, he will hitch up half the field of 10, although it will be the Craig Hayes-trained Mister Sumna that is likely to start favourite. Yole has two runners in race two that should battle it out for favouritism in the lightly raced Regmondo (7) and Roxburgh Way (6) who were both winners in Launceston two starts back on October 16. Roxburgh Way emerged triumphant in a C1 over 1680 metres defeating Su You Too and Aitutaki with James Austin in the cart, although today Austin was committed to Safari Sunshine so Yole has booked 10-time premiership winning driver Gareth Rattray. The Artistic Fella gelding enjoyed the one-out-two-back trail that night but today he must contend with an outside front-row draw in a small field of seven, but if Rattray can find a spot with cover the six-year-old could win again. Regmondo won on debut two weeks ago in Launceston at the same meeting Roxburgh Way emerged triumphant, also over 1680 metres. Regmondo has drawn the outside of the front line but he has good early speed so his driver Mark Yole could opt to use him up early to try and find the front and if that eventuates he could be very hard to run down. Safari Sunshine has been placed at his past four starts and gets his chance to break through from a good barrier (2) while Rattlenhum won two of his last three starts before being sent for a spell and his first-up effort in Launceston two weeks ago was full of merit. The best race on the card is clearly race five, the Get Well Greg Mansfield Stakes over 2200m for C5-C9 performers. Last-start winners Mavis Merle and Chopstix Boris are the in-form runners with Chopstix Boris likely to start favourite on the strength of his last-start win and given Mavis Merle has no early speed and from the pole position she might end up behind the leader or three-back the fence. The Bettormack (3) has the chance to prove he could be up to tackling the better races over the Christmas-New Year period and Macho Comancho could go well fresh as he will be first-up since winning a C5-C9 in Hobart at the end of June. Peter Staples

Star Tasmania harness racing pacer Resurgent Spirit delivered a sensational performance to win an open discretionary handicap over 2090 metres at Luxbet Park Hobart on Sunday. The Roger Whitmore-trained gelding started off the sole back mark of 30 metres and while he settled last and was still in that spot when the field entered the home straight the last time he somehow found a way to win. When driver James Austin called on Resurgent Spirit for the supreme effort in the home straight the six-year-old gelding laid his ears back and charged home to win narrowly from dead-heaters Major Callum and Chief Destroyer. "The way he had been working at home on the training track I knew he'd be able to deliver that sort of performance," Whitmore said. Resurgent Spirit (American Ideal-Resurgent Star) will be aimed at the $40,000 Tasmania Cup to be run in Hobart in late December. Peter Staples

Tasmanian harness racing trainer-driver Dylan Ford was content to put Buster Bruv in the spelling paddock after only four starts as a two-year-old last season and it looks like the move will pay big dividends. The colt by Santastics Pan won on debut and after two minor placings from his next three starts he was sent for a spell. In Hobart last night the colt delivered a warning that he could be a serious competitor in some of the better quality three-year-old events this season. Buster Bruv showed good gate speed to lead but having spent plenty of energy to obtain the front Ford opted to ease and take a trail when James Austin pushed for the lead aboard Safari Sunshine. But in the back straight the last time the leader shifted up the track and Ford pounced on the opportunity to drive Buster Bruv up along the rail to regain the lead and once balanced at the top of the home straight the colt forged clear. Buster Bruv ($2.40 fav) went on to score by over 14 metres from Jimmy Da Panda ($12) with Safari Sunshine ($5.50) hanging on for third ahead of Hilargi. Listen to what trainer-driver Dylan Ford had to say about Buster Bruv's first-up win. Peter Staples

Kotare Madhi made it back-to-back wins when he led throughout to take out the Luxbet Club Extra Stakes over 2200 metres at the Luxbet Harness Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday night. Kotare Madhi notched his first win for Brighton trainer Dylan Ford in Hobart last week with his sister Taylor Ford in the cart and she again teamed up with the five-year-old gelding to repeat the dose. The Christian Cullen gelding has taken a while to come to terms with racing in his adopted state but after he won last week his trainer predicted the gelding could string a few wins together. Kotare Madhi ($5.40) showed brilliant gate speed to lead from barrier four and once in front he was rated superbly by his talented young driver who made the winning move when she released the deafeners 400 metres from home. Thirlstane King ($3.30 fav) trailed the leader and Glenenise ($9.90) had the coveted one-out-one-back position but they were left flat-footed when Ford called on the leader to sprint. Kotare Madhi won by over 12 metres with a half-metre separating Thirlstane King and Glenenise while Cheshire Cat ($10.20) rattled home from near last turning for home to finish fourth and only two metres behind the minor placegetters. Peter Staples  

The Tasmanian Harness Racing Hall Of Fame boasts the cream of the state’s Standardbred industry. One such legend is D.J. Alexander who took coastal harness racing by storm in the 70s before going on to become a national superstar of the sport he loved. Darrell Alexander was a perfectionist, receiving the highest accolades while never lose his common touch for people or sacrificing the love for his family and friends. This made him a much admired and popular figure, in the harness racing industry and the communities in which he lived. Darrell was born in 1939, growing up on the family farm in Wynyard, before heading to Victoria as a sixteen-year-old, working at Massey Harris in Melbourne, Euroa sheep station and Cobram dairy farm. With his father gravely ill Darrell worked the farm for a brief period before starting work at the Table Cape Butter Factory. He received a two-year scholarship to study Dairy Technology at Werribee and on his return to Tasmania set up the Table Cape Cheese Factory. Darrell’s foray into harness racing commenced in 1969 and he drove his first winner, Dalrys, at Ulverstone in 1971. In 1973, Darrell was appointed private trainer for North West Coast harness identity Bill McDonald and the winners started flowing. Darrell’s work ethic was enormous. Leaving home at 4.15am to work a dozen horses at McDonald’s, he drove to the Cheese Factory by 7am, worked until 5.30pm then headed to the family’s supermarket and worked through until around 9pm, all without missing a beat. Darrell’s life almost ended in Hobart on Anzac Day 1978 when a race accident rendered him clinically dead before being revived by ambulance attendants. The serious injuries sustained sidelined him for six months, but undeterred Darrell went on to capture five state driving and training titles and was selected to represent Australia in the World Driving Championships in Europe. A holiday in Queensland resulted in Darrell being offered the role of private trainer for then Racing Minister Russ Hinze. After a successful three-and-a-half year stint with the racing magnate Darrell branched out on his own, again representing Australia in 1985, winning training and driving premierships including a record of 124 winners in 2002. Darrell was a fitness fanatic throughout his life but he was diagnosed with a brain tumour in late 2004 and sadly passed away in March 2005. When the curtain came down on Darrell’s career he had driven 1315 winners and notched up 590 victories as a trainer. Darrell is survived by his loving wife of 39 years Helen, four adoring daughters and 12 grandchildren. By Shane Yates Reprinted with permission of The Advocate  

The Tasmanian Harness Racing Hall Of Fame boasts the cream of the state’s Standardbred industry. One such legend is D.J. Alexander who took coastal harness racing by storm in the 70s before going on to become a national superstar of the sport he loved. Darrell Alexander was a perfectionist, receiving the highest accolades while never lose his common touch for people or sacrificing the love for his family and friends. This made him a much admired and popular figure, in the harness racing industry and the communities in which he lived. Darrell was born in 1939, growing up on the family farm in Wynyard, before heading to Victoria as a sixteen-year-old, working at Massey Harris in Melbourne, Euroa sheep station and Cobram dairy farm. With his father gravely ill Darrell worked the farm for a brief period before starting work at the Table Cape Butter Factory. He received a two-year scholarship to study Dairy Technology at Werribee and on his return to Tasmania set up the Table Cape Cheese Factory. Darrell’s foray into harness racing commenced in 1969 and he drove his first winner, Dalrys, at Ulverstone in 1971. In 1973, Darrell was appointed private trainer for North West Coast harness identity Bill McDonald and the winners started flowing. Darrell’s work ethic was enormous. Leaving home at 4.15am to work a dozen horses at McDonald’s, he drove to the Cheese Factory by 7am, worked until 5.30pm then headed to the family’s supermarket and worked through until around 9pm, all without missing a beat. Darrell’s life almost ended in Hobart on Anzac Day 1978 when a race accident rendered him clinically dead before being revived by ambulance attendants. The serious injuries sustained sidelined him for six months, but undeterred Darrell went on to capture five state driving and training titles and was selected to represent Australia in the World Driving Championships in Europe. A holiday in Queensland resulted in Darrell being offered the role of private trainer for then Racing Minister Russ Hinze. After a successful three-and-a-half year stint with the racing magnate Darrell branched out on his own, again representing Australia in 1985, winning training and driving premierships including a record of 124 winners in 2002. Darrell was a fitness fanatic throughout his life but he was diagnosed with a brain tumour in late 2004 and sadly passed away in March 2005. When the curtain came down on Darrell’s career he had driven 1315 winners and notched up 590 victories as a trainer. Darrell is survived by his loving wife of 39 years Helen, four adoring daughters and 12 grandchildren. By Shane Yates Reprinted with permission of The Advocate  

Lightly raced six-year-old harness racing pacer Baldock gave his new owners plenty to cheer about when he powered his way to an impressive win in the Crown Lager Pace over 2090 metres in Hobart on Sunday night. With multiple premiership-winning driver Gareth Rattray in the sulky, Baldock faced the breeze early before Rattray pushed on to find the front but he was forced to take hold and take a trail when Safari Sunshine pressured for the lead. When the leaders moved clear turning for home Baldock lost ground but when Rattray balanced his charge for the run home the gelding ran on powerfully to score by over three metres Lockaway Kacie and Safari Sunshine. It was Baldock's first start for Marc Butler who purchased the horse after one of his close friends inquired about racing a horse. "My mate was keen to get a horse so I looked around and found Baldock that was with trainer Heath Szczypka who had him for sale," Butler said. "My mate got a few workmates involved and I'm sure they were all rapt with the horse's first start for the group. "I got him about three months ago and it's taken a bit of time to work him out but I reckon from what he showed us tonight he can win a few races. "He wobbled a bit around the corner tonight and lost ground but I should be able to straighten that out. "We can't take any notice of his time tonight because the wind was so strong they were lucky to stay on their feet." Gale force winds swept across the rack early in the night and were probably at their worst for the first three races. Baldock (Christian Cullen-The Summer Wind) had 38 starts for a win and a dozen minor placings before making his way to Butler's stables at Dysart. Peter Staples

Resurgent Spirit returned to harness racing after a five-month lay-off with a brilliant win in an open discretionary handicap over 2579 metres at Hobart on Sunday night. The Roger Whitmore-trained gelding was spelled after winning the Brighton Cup in May that followed a game victory in the Plunkett Family Ascot Gold Cup. The gelded son of American Ideal was a star juvenile who was unbeaten in nine starts as a two-year-old and he won his first four starts as a three-year-old before suffering his first defeat in the Tasmanian Derby. On Sunday night he stepped well from his 10-metre handicap and after travelling 600 metres his driver James Austin sent the gelding charging around the field to take up the running. He looked vulnerable on the home turn but when he was seriously challenged 200 metres out he dug deep and was drawing clear of his rivals on the line to score by over three metres. Resurgent Spirit has notched 26 wins and 10 minor placings from 45 starts for $182,732 in stakes. Peter Staples

Punters fared well at the harness racing meeting at the Luxbet Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday night with the exception of the Geoff Goodsall Appreciation Stakes (2200m) which was the third event on the eight-race program. Musselroe Bay started as one of the rank outsiders in the field 12 but he won like a short-priced favourite. The Andrew Rawlings-trained eight-year-old started at $81 on fixed odds with UBET but paid $136 on the NSW Tote and $132 on SuperTab. Veteran claimer Sky Tower began brilliantly from outside of the front row to lead while driver Alistair Woods was able to slot Musselroe Bay in behind the leader where he enjoyed a charmed run throughout. When Woods eased the gelding by Metropolitan out to challenge nearing the home turn he quickly assumed control and then had enough in reserve to stave off all challengers over the final 100 metres. Sky Tower ($41) stuck on gamely to finish second with Future Promises closing late to grab third ahead of the favourite Mavis Merle ($2.40) that was set a difficult task having to come from last 300 metres from home. On UBET the quinella was not won but surprisingly the exacta was won and paid $255 with the first four also jackpotting. Muselroe Bay doesn't win often with his lifetime statistics revealing only nine wins from 88 starts peppered with 19 minor placings for $51,600 in stakes. Peter Staples

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