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Greg Bransden's patience and perseverance paid off in spades on Sunday night in Hobart when Sign of Oro scored its first win for the Glenorchy harness racing  trainer. Sign of Oro, came into Greg's care six months ago and enjoyed a long spell before trialling in March and returning to the racetrack on April 8 with a ninth to Origin Cronk followed by solid fifth to Thirlstane King a week later. Paul Hill was given the task of steering the eight-year-old Life Sign-Joan Oro gelding from outside the second line in a field of 13 over 1609 metres, a daunting task in anyone's language. When the tasracing mobile dispatched the field in the backstretch Paul set the $19 shot alight and swept around the field to take the lead in the run into the first corner. "Paul's decision to surge to the front was an inspired effort and he rated the horse to perfection from that point on, I'd have to give him 110% for the drive," said a delighted trainer. "You don't drive 500 winners like Paul has without knowing what you're doing that's for sure'". Sign Of Oro held a two-metre advantage over Twenty Two Karat at the 400-metre pole as Hill started to lift the tempo, getting serious on the Bransden-trained gelding on straightening. Delightful June-trained by Shaun Kennedy and driven by Justin Campbell, threw down the gauntlet to Sign Of Oro (pictured-inside) at the top of the stretch but the eight-year-old was up for the fight, digging deep in the run to the post to score by a half neck and record its first win in two years. "It's great to win a race, I've been around horses from an early age and obtained my trainer's licence when I was 18, I'm 56 now so I've been in the game for a fair while'" said Greg "I work 12-hour shifts in my employment, but I like to keep a horse around to stay involved in the sport, it's always a little tricky to fit in working one but it's my passion and I wouldn't change it for the world." Shane Yates  

Sally Stingel and Ken Rattray realised their dream tonight at Devonport when their grand old campaigner Destreos brought up the magical three-figures with a sensational harness racing victory in the Degree C Quality. Mark Yole will go down in history as the driver who piloted the 14-year-old equine marvel to his century with an inspired drive over 1930-metres. Yole dashed Destreos up into the death-seat in the early stages outside the second favourite Modern Ruler with the popular pick Stagger Lee camped on the leaders back in third position. With the pressure on the race went up a notch at the bell, but despite the tough run Destreos was in for the fight and drew level with Modern Ruler as they raced to the 400-metre pole. Gareth Rattray sat quietly on last week’s Free-For-All winner Stagger Lee until the gap opened for the heavily backed favourite entering the back straight and he looked set to throw down the gauntlet to the leading pair. Destreos got the better of Modern Ruler at the 200-metre mark and Yole went for home, Stagger Lee had no answer to the veteran warhorse and Destreos turned for home with the 100th win firmly in his sights. Ken Rattray with Destreos after the win Destreos surged to the line to score a memorable victory full of courage and fight, the champion qualities that we have witnessed over and over again throughout his majestic 450 start career. This race took his stake earnings over the $800,000 mark. The super pacer recorded a mile rate of 1:57.7 with a 58.7 last half. Shane Yates

North West Coast harness racing fans will have the opportunity to see the best pacer racing in the state up close and personal tonight at the Devonport Raceway. The brilliant Todd Rattray-trained Harjett, winner of this year’s Easter Cup, will be shooting for its seventh straight win in his Heat of the Maxfield Drilling Raider Stakes, the Tasmanian four-year-old Championship. The Rocknroll Hanover-Our Zellweger dual Group 3 winner has won ten of its fourteen starts for owners the Rattray Family Trust and Wayne McLaughlin and will start a raging hot favourite for tonight's Heat and Final. The Tony Peterson-trained Usain Jolt is yet to recapture its two and three-year-old form but at his best would represent a danger if the popular pick was to find trouble and will have the services of leading reinsman Ricky Duggan. Sea Double Ugrant, trained by Peter Dornauf is in line for a winning hat-trick after two slashing victories in Launceston with Mark Yole in the cart but find itself taking on the silk department tonight. The Granny Smith Prelude for the four-year-old mares will be a keenly contested affair with Resurgent Dream, El Jays Mystery and Volkova Leis three of the leading chances. Gareth Rattray will partner the Shelley Barnes prepared mare Volkova Leis and is confident of a forward showing. "It's an even field, she has won two of her last four starts, we have drawn the second line along with the top chances El Jays Mystery and Resurgent Dream, Sophias Angel is going well too with two wins in a row, so I will be looking to push up early and try to get a handy position," said the champion reinsman. Gareth also takes the reins on Stagger Lee, winner of last week's 6TYo Free-For-All in Launceston.  in race two the Degree C Quality. "He bolted in last week and drawn anywhere else but inside the second line over 1930-metres I would have thought he was close to a certainty but now we are going to need a little luck in the final circuit." Gareth also faces a stiff task with the backmarker Chief Destroyer in the Sheffield Cup coming off the 30-metre Handicap. "The Chief will be well suited by the 2645-metre journey, the further the better for him, he gives 100% everytime he steps out and that's a big advantage when your driving horses like that," said Gareth. "Major Callum is similar in race five, we are out the back on the 20-metre mark, but he's won seven from the stand for Brooke Hammond, he begins well so I will look to get away smartly and make an early move." The first of an exciting nine-event card at Devonport gets underway at 16.29 and can be viewed via the live stream service at tasracing.com.au By Shane Yates

Paul Hill has enjoyed a sensational run over the years training some of the state's top harness racing juveniles. The Old Beach mentor is the man with the Midas touch, last season applying the polish to reigning two-year-old Filly of the Year, Iden Bliss, and three-year-old titleholder Playing Arkabella. Paul is equally at home in the sulky but one of his qualities as a top horseman and trainer is knowing that when one of the leading drivers in the state is available you utilise their talent get the job done. Paul's impressive three-year-old Feelin Dusty is engaged tonight in Hobart in race three, the Roberts Sprint Lane Pace, and he has called upon the services of Hall Of Fame reinsman Ricky Duggan. Duggan has driven the Mr Feelgood-Maybe Elite colt on six occasions for three victories and three placings and will need to be at his best tonight to navigate a successful path after drawing wide on the second line in 11. Last year’s Dandy Patch winner has come back strongly as a three-year-old winning three races this season including a runaway 15-metre victory in Hobart on March 18. “It’s a tricky draw so I will be looking to settle back and assess the race from there if the cards fall our way I’d like to travel into the race with a cart up at the bell, hopefully on the back of Streetside Classic,” said a thoughtful Duggan. “I drove Streetside Classic last time out when he ran fourth to Mister Magic Man in Launceston and he has a lot of ability so I won't be underestimating him and Gareth will more than likely try and find the top with Lead Singer so I’m excepting a very competitive race.” “I wouldn’t be swapping my bloke for anything, he’s a talented colt with plenty of courage, he trialled well earlier in the week and Paul always has him ready to race, he’s only missed a place once in 13 starts and that was when he finished in a different suburb after being knocked out of the race, there are not many pacers with a record like that,” said Ricky with a touch of confidence. Tonight's seven-event Tasmanian Pacing Club card, commencing at 18.08, can be viewed via the live service at tasracing.com.au.   Shane Yates  

Victorian trainer Emma Stewart continued her dominance on the stated feature races this season when Maraetai was an easy winner of the Group 3 Sky Racing Tasmanian Derby at the Elwick Racing Complex in Hobart on Sunday evening, one of many highlights on the Tasmanian harness racing scene in the past seven days. With the upcoming sires' stakes race series just around the corner, we are seeing many of the states best-bred pacers warming up for there respective $50,000 Group 2 Finals that will be staged in coming months. This week there will be two meetings held across the state with the Tasmanian Pacing Club staging seven races on Friday night before the action heads North up the Midlands Highway where the Launceston Pacing Club conducts an eight-race card. The Stars Maraetai - brilliant winner of the Tasmanian Derby to win untroubled by 33.9-metres in a mile rate of 1:58.8 which was only 1.2 seconds outside of the track record held by Blacks A Fake and Flashing Red during the 2006 Inter Dominion series. Ricky Duggan - proved once again why he is in the hall of fame with a driving treble on Sunday night. Paul Hill - the “King of the Kids” produced another smart youngster in Enterprising Milly to win on debut. Rohan Hadley - moved into fifth position onto the states driver’s premiership table after his treble in Devonport on Friday night. Multiple Winners Devonport- Friday Rohan Hadley- driving treble; Sophias Angel, Midair Meltdown and Jeans Mattjesty. John Walters - driving double; Mi Ju Dan and Berty Mack. Todd Rattray - driving double; Campaign Drive and Bettor Pay Me. Ben Yole - training double; Midair Meltdown and Jeans Mattjesty Hobart - Sunday Ricky Duggan - driving treble; Enterprising Milly, Resurgent Dream, Vouvray Beach. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Devonport on Friday. Ektoras 58.35, Regal Idea 58.50, Lord Stark 58.53, Dayraid 59.02 and Blisstar 59.03. View the sectionals across the ten-races here. And from Tasmanian Derby night in Hobart on Sunday. Maraetai 56.80, Followthewind 57.15, Rockin An Runnin 57.28, Enterprising Milly 57.58 and Blackjackhanover 57.65. Click here to view to view sectionals from every starter at the meeting. Tasracing Official Price Devonport Defied The Drift: Sophias Angel $3.40 out to $4.20, Regal Idea $5.00 out to $6.00 and Bettor Pay Me $3.20 out to $4.40. Missed: Albayzin $1.90 into $1.75 and Sheer Strength $7.50 into $5.00. Hobart Defied The Drift: Origin Cronk $2.15 out to $2.70 and Resurgent Dream $3.70 out to $4.20. Missed: Manganello $2.60 into $2.25. Black Booker Still Hungover Put up a terrific display on debut in the two-year-old in Hobart on Sunday. The Rodney Ashwood trained pacer showed terrific gate speed to lead in a 28.7 seconds opening quarter before driver Alex Ashwood backed off the tempo. The short price favourite Enterprising Milly worked around the field before the half mile and sat outside Still Hungover. The Tasracing Calculated Sectionals recorded Still Hungover’s last two quarters in 28.49 and 29.40 and didn’t go down without a fight to be defeated only 1.3-metres with 10-metres back to Juniper who was a winner at her start prior. Watch the replay here. Trial File Carrick Park - Saturday The Craig Hayes trained and driven Scooterwillrev continued his preparation when he recorded the quickest winning mile rate of the morning of 2:03.4 for the 2150 metre trip. Racing outside the leader Scooterwillrev recorded at 12-metre victory over the leader Dodgermemate. Other winners on Saturday morning included smart two-year-old Sunny Sanz 2:11.1, Harshali 2:09.2, Ideal Karalta 2:03.6, North Star Lad 2:06.7, Sea Sky 2:16.7 and Smilin Geoff 2:07.2. Hobart - Monday Former Hobart Pacing Cup winner Remember Joe recorded the quickest mile rate of the night of 2:04.1 in the opening trial which was understanding start conditions. The Juanita McKenzie trained gelding defeated his stablemate Isaac by a neck in the three-horse field. All runners in the trial started off the front mark and not the 40-metre handicap as listed in the official results which subsequently effects the official mile rate listed on the trial. Other winners on the night included; Resurgent Storm (2:04.2), Feelin Dusty (2:07.3), Falcon Harry (2:05.8) and Witch Master (2:06.2). Week Ahead Harness racing in Tasmania this weekend kicks off with a seven-event fixture in Hobart on Friday evening. In the third event of the night the Paul Hill trained, Feelin Dusty will be chasing his seventh career win when he lines up in race three. The winner of over $50,000 in prize money has not missed a place in nine starts on the Hobart track where he has recorded five wins and four placings. The tier one meeting of the week will be at Launceston Sunday, where the Kate MacLeod trained and driven pacer Beam Me Up Chopper will be looking for back-to-back wins after producing a terrific performance to win at his most recent start on Easter Cup night. Warhorse Destreos will have another chance to register his 100th career win when he lines up in the third race of the night. Duncan Dornauf

Night One of the harness racing Easter Cup Carnival was run in extremely wet conditions in Launceston on Sunday where Isaac and Harjeet were easy winners of the heats of Tasmania’s richest race of the season. It’s is important to consider the heavy track conditions when assessing the form out of the meeting which included Im Compliant and Dasher Houli continuing their good form of late. It was also a strong day’s racing in Hobart last Friday afternoon where there was a couple of well-supported runners greeting the judge first. This Saturday night sees an outstanding 10-race program for the Launceston Pacing Club’s premier night which has been well supported by trainers and owners with full fields across the night. The Stars Mark Reggett – is having a month to remember with his small team and was rewarded with a weekend double with Do It For Dave in Hobart on Friday and Dasher Houli in Launceston on Sunday. Ricky Duggan – produced two copybook drives on Sunday evening including Isaac in the opening heat of the Easter Cup. Rohan Hillier – out of his last 43 starters as a trainer on the Launceston track alone in the last 12-months, only ten of his stable runners have missed a top-three finish. Hillier didn’t let his strike rate down with a training and driving double last Sunday. Todd Rattray – took driving honours on Sunday with a driving treble. In Launceston for the past 12-months Rattray drives a winner in every 3.9 drives. Multiple Winners Hobart – Friday Rohan Hadley– driving double; Shadow Ross and Sophias Angel Launceston – Sunday Todd Rattray– training and driving double with; Juniper and Harjeet. Driving treble with Dasher Houli. Ricky Duggan – driving double; Isaac and Jakes A Joy. Rohan Hillier – training and driving double; Im Compliant and Dufrense. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Hobart on Friday. Washies Chance 57.83, Fortino 58.35, Paint The Wind 58.40, Karalta Demon 58.87, Shadow Ross and The Dip 58.61 View the sectionals across the eight-race program here. And in Launceston on Sunday. Im Compliant 58.34, Juniper 58.37, Usain Jolt 58.52, Isaac 58.74 and Followthewind 58.90. Click here to view all the sectionals from the meeting and when doing so consider the extremely heavy track conditions from the rain in the lead up to the meeting. Tasracing Official Price Hobart Hit: Do It For Dave $3.30 into $2.50 and Washies Chance $2.90 into $2.50 Defied The Drift: Shadow Ross $4.60 out to $6.00, Reason To Grin $3.30 out to $3.90 and Fortino $4.40 out to $5.00. Missed: Striker Jim (5th) $10 into $7.50 Launceston Hit: Jakes A Joy $8.00 into $6.50. Defied The Drift: Johns Legacy $71 out to $81, Isaac $8.50 out to $10 and Dasher Houli $3.90 out to $4.40. Missed: Queens Advocate $5.50 into $4.60 and El Jays Monza $17 into $13 Black Booker Buster William It was a tough night to assess the form going forward due to the track conditions but there was a lot to like about the run of Buster William. From barrier two on the second-row driver, Mark Yole kept driving forward to settle in the one-out one-back trail until the horse that was racing in front of him worked to the lead resulting in him racing outside the leader for the final mile. Working to the lead at the 700-metre mark Yole attempted to outsprint his rivals over the final 250 metres and was still in front till the final 10-metres when talented five-year-old Im Compliant put the nose in front to defeat Buster William for the second start in a row. I acknowledge Buster William is already the winner of six races from 24-starts but there is a win in him very shortly. Watch the replay of Sunday’s race here. Trial File Devonport on Monday Three trials were staged at the Devonport Showgrounds on Monday where the Shelley Barnes trained Mister Last recorded the quickest winning mile rate of the night in 2:03.7 when winning a combined two and three-year-old trial. Mister Last is a gelded son of Washington Vc and was driven by Paul Ashwood who scored by half a metre over Maybe Jack with 29.5-metres back to the third placegetter, Kaycee. The other two trials were won by Selling The Dream (2:08.3) and Chirac (2:06.0). Week Ahead The $75,000 Group 2 Easter Cup is the richest harness race in Tasmania for the 2017/18 season, and like always the cup has brought together an open and competitive field. Harjeet has opened up the short price favourite at $1.65 over the other heat winner Isaac at $5.50 with Star Chamber and Lets Elope on the next line in betting at $10. Stagger Lee, Mister Lennox and Queens Advocate round out those that are under the $20 quote. The 10-race program gets underway way at 18:22 on Saturday with Tasracing’s hosted live stream coverage  commencing at 17:55. Duncan Dornauf

It's already been a huge week for Women in Racing with the successful staging of the Inaugural Australian Female Jockey's Championship at the Sky Racing Centre on Wednesday night in Launceston and it's about to become even bigger. The Australian Female Drivers Championship will be conducted by the Launceston Pacing Club tonight with the Nation's best in action over the nine-event Series. The big guns of the sport, Kerryn Manning,  Kate Gath, Amanda Turnbull and Danielle Hill are on the way for the Championship as are the new breed of young drivers such as Queensland sisters Dannielle and Narissa McMullen and Western Australian representatives Deni Roberts and Jocelyn Young. Tasmania will rely on the experience and brilliance of Team Teal ambassador Natalee Emery (pictured) and her young compatriot Kristy Grant to stand firm against the mainland invasion. Natalee is a highly respected driver on the National scene while Kristy is giving away years of experience to the major players in the Series. Both drivers have a great chance to pick up valuable points in race two with Kristy handling the ribbons on the Wayne Campbell-trained Buster William while Nat will steer Koolaz Elvis. Buster William is in search of its fifth win of the season and the seventh of his career and has come up with a perfect draw in two. In early markets, Buster William is an equal favourite with the Rohan Hillier-trained last start winner Im Compliant, to be handled by Danielle Hill. Koolaz Elvis is a last-start Latrobe Cup winner over Buster William and Natalee will more than likely try to lead on the Todd Rattray prepared four-year-old. Kristy has another tremendous chance to be amongst the action in race four with the NWTLHA winner Dapper Dana. The Bettors Delight - Ok Deb gelding is awkwardly drawn in five on the second line, but has won 11 races in a 35 start career and is more than capable of making it 12. Natalee's hopes of claiming the title received a boost when the Lynniemach marble fell her way. The Paul Ashwood prepared four-year-old is in the top three in the market in race six over a mile. The Mach Three-Boldandbeautiful mare is in quest of her third win of the season and the 10th of her career. Kent Rattray's El Jay's Monza will provide Natalee with another top hope in race eight, the four-year-old gelding has been placed at her last three runs and has drawn the coveted pole position over 2200-metres. The eyes of the nation will be focused on Launceston with live coverage, hosted by Duncan Dornauf, commencing at 17.00 via the live stream service at tasracing.com.au Shane Yates

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

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