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It has been one extreme to another on the country harness racing circuit this year. The St Marys meeting on New Year’s Day was run with a watch and act bushfire some 20km from the track, the next country meeting was at Scottsdale last Friday where the meeting went ahead despite some significant rainfall in the lead-up and during the meeting, which no doubt would have been well received by locals in the rural community. The weekend was dominated by the Yole family with Ben training seven winners and his brother Mark driving six winners, including Oneofthelads) who won at both meetings. The Stars Mark Yole – after six winners for the weekend, the leading driver from last season has risen to the top of this season state’s drivers title after a slow start. Yole has driven 24 winners in the state this season with his highlight last week being the 2020 Good Sports North Eastern Pacing Cup at Scottsdale on Friday aboard Ideal World for South Australian trainer Aaron Bain. Ryley Major – flexed his muscle with another dominant win in Hobart on Sunday, The gelded son of Art Major raced outside the leader from around the mile mark. The Rohan Hillier-trained pacer was driven for the first time by Conor Crook who guided Ryley to his 24th career win at start 34. Crook was able to secure the drive after beating Hillier, who is also his boss in a game of golf the week prior. Adrian Duggan – continued his great run as a trainer of the past month when he chalked up his 300th career win as a trainer when Wattabout Spangher saluted the judge first by a narrow margin in Hobart. The gelded son of Stonebridge Regal enjoyed a lovely three-wide cart into the race over the final lap to win his third race at start 23. Derwent Valley double – Roger Whitmore was the first New Norfolk based trainer to find the winners circle when Resurgent Storm led all the way to score in a rating 54 to 57 event with Zeke Slater aboard, before the Thomas Jackson-trained Finn Mac Kee came with a well-timed run by driver Matthew Cooper later in the night. Ben Yole – is donating $50 to the Red Cross Bushfire appeal for every winner he trains this month and $350 jumps into the kitty after he prepared seven winners across the weekend, two of those wins came on the weekend with Oneofthelads who won at both Scottsdale and Hobart. Another smart winner from the Yole camp was Jakes A Joy who scored back-to-back wins in Hobart after scoring in Launceston last week. Multiple Winners Scottsdale – Friday afternoon Ben Yole – training treble; Punchinello, Oneofthelads and Stylish Trend, Mark Yole – driving treble; Oneofthelads, Stylish Trend and Ideal World. King Island – Saturday afternoon Graeme Keeley – training double; Yodellin Cowgirl and Ruffalo, Adrian Collins – driving double; Yodellin Cowgirl and Ruffalo. Hobart – Sunday evening Ben Yole – training quartet; Oneofthelads, Jakes A Joy, Mystery Writer and Somedan, Mark Yole – driving treble; Oneofthelads, Stylish Trend and Ideal World, Rohan Hillier – double; drove Justtentrumps and trained Ryley Major. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Scottsdale – Friday afternoon Unavailable. Hobart – Sunday evening Somedan and Chasing Cheetahs 56.36s, Ryley Major 56.44s, Remember Joe 57.08s and Taurisi 57.14s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Scottsdale – Friday afternoon Hit: Punchinello $5.00 into $4.40. Defied The Drift: Kens Chips $1.95 out to $4.40, Stylish Trend $7.50 into $8.00 and Ideal World $2.20 out to $2.60. Missed: Karalta News $8.00 into $5.00, Sea Sky $9.00 into $5.50 and Northview Dave $26.00 into $11.00. *Race 7 has been excluded due to two late scratchings in the final minutes of betting. Hobart – Sunday evening Hit’s: Oneofthelads $11.00 into $8.00, Jakes A Joy $14.00 into $5.50, Finn Mac Kee $4.60 into $3.80 and Mystery Writer $5.50 into $4.40. Defied The Drift: Resurgent Storm $1.45 out to $1.70 and Wattabout Spangher $3.20 out to $3.80. Missed: Beau Garcon $3.20 into $2.80, Vouvray Beach $6.50 into $4.80, Beyond A Shadow $5.00 into $5.50, Im Full Tilt $31.00 into $17.00 and Monarkmac $6.00 into $4.60. Trial File Hobart – Monday evening Seven-year-old gelding Dasher Houli recorded the quickest winning mile rate of the Hobart session of 2m 3.9s when winning a 61 to 90 rated standing start trial. The class runner of the field surprisingly started off the same mark as his three other rivals in the 2090 metre event. Driven by Paul Hill, Dasher Houli scored by one metre over Still Hungover with Real Diamond a further half a metre away third with the final two quarters recorded in 29.7s and 30.7s. Other trial winners were; Stepping Stones (2m 15.9s) and Spoilt Sport (2m 5.0s). Devonport – Monday evening Three trials were held on the state’s north-west coast with Shady Story the quickest winner of the night in a mile rate of 2m 4.4s. The gelded son of Shadyshark Hanover was driven to a 10-metre victory over Dusty Martini and Idealagain. The last two quarters were unavailable. Im Barney Rubble (2m 8.2s) was too good for his rivals off a 20-metre handicap in trial one while Rocknroll Curly won a rating 40 to 50 trial in a mile rate of 2m 5.1s. Week Ahead Launceston is the venue for Friday night harness racing where we see the two-year-old’s step out for the first time this season in the Keith Stanley Debutante Stakes. The $15,000 event sees five recent trial winners including; 1. Rocknovertime, won on 23/12/19 in Hobart by one metre in a mile rate of 2m 8.6s, 3. Rocknroll Nitro, most recent win on 6/01/20 in Hobart by two metres in a mile rate of 2m 6.6s, 7. Who Said You Said, won on 23/12/19 at Carrick Park by 12 metres in a mile rate of 2m 3.0s, 8. Impulsive George, won on 9/12/19 at Carrick Park by five metres in a mile rate of 2m 5.6s, 9. Yeah Mate, won on 23/12/19 at Carrick Park by 10 metres in a mile rate of 2m 3.8s. The event will be over 1680 metres and is scheduled to start at 18:15. Race one commences at 17:14 with the meeting to be televised on Sky Racing 2. Devonport race on Sunday night with an eight-race card. The $12,000 Ladbrokes Mares Incentive is the feature race on the program. The Rodney Ashwood trained Vouvray Beach has drawn the pole position with the Ben Yole trained Machitelli drawn beside her in barrier two. Both horses possess good gate speed which will make an interesting battle for the lead in the early stages. The two highest-rated horses in the race, Karpenkova Leis and Volkova Leis both have drawn wide on the second row. All races in Devonport are scheduled to be on Sky Racing 1 with the first race set down for 17:59. Interstate at metropolitan venues some of our Tasmanian representatives include; Melton – Friday night Race 3 Horse 7 Offthetopofmyhead, Race 8 Horse 4 Call Me Hector.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Next months Devonport Pacing Cup is on the radar for Ideal World after he scored a six-metre win in the Good Sports North Eastern Pacing Cup at Scottsdale yesterday. Trained in South Australia by Aaron Bain, the seven-year-old gelded son of American Ideal has called Tasmania home for the past month, and was well driven by Mark Yole in last nights $12,000 feature. Sent out as the $2.70 second elect in the market, Yole was able to settle close to the speed in the 2692 metre event. “He lobbed handy early, El Jays Mystery was looking for a bit of cover so I worked around her and got it easy during the middle stages,” said winning driver Mark Yole who was happy to race outside the leader on the rain-affected track. “I think that was key, it looked really hard to make ground all day,” added the driver. The heavy track was also reflected in the mile rate of 2m 10.7s, the slowest mile rate recorded in the race since Tyne Playboy scored in 2m 11.6s in 2000. Ideal World was sent to the state to contest last months Tassie Golden Apple series where he finished second in the final behind Ryley Major before running down the track in the Meander Valley Cup at Carrick Park on 29 December, and the plain is for the pacer to tackle another Tasmanian feature race. “Talking with Aaron (Bain) after the race he plans to race him in Devonport next Sunday and then press on to the Devonport Cup next month and he will assess things from there,” said Yole. The $30,000 Devonport Pacing Cup will be held on 2 February. Yole was the standout driver on the card with a driving treble. He scored in the Enzed Pace with Oneofthelads who is trained by his brother Ben. “He was very well placed, I was really happy with his run in Launceston last week and he was able to just miss all the carnage early in the race,” said Mark who also scored on Stylish Trend in the Lords Hotel Pace. “The key to him was his good standing start manners on the tight track, his trial last Monday suggested he was starting to find some of his better form,” explained the driver. Some much-needed rain fell throughout the meeting with Yole full of praise for the officials to get through the entire seven-race card. “It was a credit to all to get through the meeting with the heavy rain that fell in the region,” he said.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

There was no bluff about evergreen veteran pacer Poker Storm when he played a winning hand to get the cash at a recent Launceston harness racing meeting. The 12-year-old paid three figure odds across most betting outlets with a stake-high $220 for a single win unit on the NSW TAB. But the victory didn't come as a surprise to his trainer Adrian Duggan, or the passionate owners. "I don't bet, but his owners always have a couple of dollars on him, so that's great for them," Duggan said. While the NSW TAB was the standout, those players who put their chips on the pacer to trump his rivals, collected $187 (SuperTAB), $106 (UniTAB), and $100 in his home state. "It's definitely not every day that you have that happen - but he also didn't deserve to be those odds, either. He's been racing really well," he said. Poker Storm hadn't won since March - but has been enjoying Tasmania's Discretionary Standing Start racing and had weighed in at all but one of his previous five starts, hence the quiet confidence in the Duggan camp. Annette and Chris Rockliff, Jacob Duggan and Nathan Rockliff were all smiles after their old warrior scored a memorable long-shot win  "He's an out-of-the-draw horse in the stands, but if he's off the second row he usually goes away all right," Duggan said. Poker Storm (Trump Casino-Cameo Mist (Lucky Cam) and Duggan have been a racing combination for almost as long as is possible in harness racing. The ownership group is based at Devonport, on the north coast, but, after he was broken in, they elected to send their two-year-old to the southern area of the Apple Isle, to Duggan at Brighton. And while others have come and gone, Poker Storm has been there ever since - for 10 years, nearly 200 starts, 23 wins and $170,000 in stakes. Duggan admits unashamedly, Poker Storm's the favorite. "He's just a lovely horse to have around. Hardly a lame day in his life and he's just one of those horses - he's not very big, but he's a warrior," he said. "He's very straightforward, very athletic and he just loves what he does. He's like most horses I suppose - if you keep him happy, he is very easy to get on with." Poker Storm crosses the line to win at start number 199 Duggan trains a team of 11 or 12 with the help of his stepfather Phillip Young, his wife Amanda and their 14-year-old son Jacob, who's just recently become licenced. "Poker Storm's been around nearly as long as Jacob has!" Duggan laughed. "He doesn't actually remember a time when we didn't have the horse - and he's doing quite a lot of the work with him now, too, so the win was a big thrill for Jacob as well. "Nathan (Rockliff) and Peter (Webb) are just the sort of owners you love to have. They are very loyal to me and have three horses here at the moment. "They love the sport and old Poker Storm has done a great job for them, but the minute I think it's time to pull the pin they'll be okay with that. "At the moment though, we're just enjoying racing him and while they keep programming the discretionary races and he gets handicapped fairly, we'll keep him going round," he said. Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

The heats of the McKillop Insurance Brokers Tassie Golden Apple and the last two heats of the 6ty° Youngbloods Challenge make up four of the seven races in Launceston tonight. The Tassie Golden Apple heats have attracted a rare mix of free-for-all pacers, horses that are just in the next group down, claimers and horses that appear to be destined to head to the country cup carnival over the summer. The mix is seen in heat two where Illegal Immigrant will start race favourite from his 30-metre handicap. One pacer in the race who’s performance will help their trainer determine on what path they go down over the summer months is the Mark Reggett trained Dasher Houli in heat two. The gelded son of Stonebridge Regal is first up since contesting a heat of the Tasmania Cup in early March where he finished in the back half of the field, and the trainer is happy with the pacers recent trial performances. “His first trial he had a decent blow, he needed the hit out but I was really happy with his last trial where he went to the line really good,” said Reggett about the 25 November trial in Hobart. “He will take some benefit from the run but he is ready to run a good race first-up,” added the trainer. Reggett was concerned about where the pacer was going to be when harness racing in Australia moved to a new national rating system on 1 July but he is happy with where the pacer is rated at with the conversion. “I wasn’t sure about the rating system but he is at the lower end of the free-for-all class which is good with the number of standing starts coming up,” explained Reggett.  Illegal Immigrant winning in Hobart earlier this year.   The Brighton based trainer rates the 30-metre backmarker Illegal Immigrant as the hardest to beat. “Illegal Immigrant is the hardest to beat so we need to capitalise on the front row draw,” Reggett said. Dasher Houli is yet to win a standing start race in four tries but the trainer was pleased with his manners in a recent trial. “Taylor (Ford) hunted him away in his last standing start trial and he got away real good,” said the trainer who has given Ford the drive tonight. Tonight’s assignment will help the trainer work out where he goes next with the seven-year-old gelding. “If he performs well in the series we will aim at some of the better races this season, if not we will just look for races that will be suitable for him.” Heat one of the Golden Apple is race three on the card where Ryley Major will start a short-priced favourite. Ryley Major is arguable the best pacer racing in the state at present and despite a 30-metre handicap, the race does appear to be a drop-in class for the talented pacer who has won 21 of his 31 starts. His trainer, Rohan Hillier will take the reins once again in tonight’s event. The first six horses past the post qualify for the $30,000 final that will be held in Launceston on Saturday night 21 December. The Launceston card tonight also sees the final two heats of the 6ty° Youngbloods Challenge. The series for the states best young up and coming drivers have seen heats staged in Devonport and Hobart in recent weeks and it is a tightly contested leader board. Andrew Freeman heads the points table on 40 points with Ben Woodsford and Taylor Ford on 39 with Charlie Castles heading the rest on 22. Races two and five are the final two heats of the six-race series.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

The McKillop Insurance Brokers Tassie Golden Apple Heats in Launceston Friday night highlights a great weekend of Harness Racing in Tasmania. But first, we take a look back at the action in Hobart last Sunday where there was plenty of highlights across the nine races staged. The Stars Ben Yole – prepared five winners on the Hobart card Sunday night. It was the fourth time in his career that the leading trainer has achieved the feat. Yole without a doubt prepares the state’s largest stable. He is eight winners behind where he was at the same stage last season where he ended up with 182 winners in the state. Willybe wins the opening race in Hobart on Sunday. Andrew Freeman – hadn’t driven in a race since June until round one of the 6ty° Youngbloods challenge. A few reasons for his absence were that his father had no horses racing and with the new claiming novice drivers system that was introduced with the new national ratings meant a lot of experienced drivers got their claim back which forced people like Freeman to sit on the sidelines. The 21-year-old has certainly made his presence felt in the series with two winners including The Shallows in heat four in Hobart. Taylor Ford – is only one-point off Freeman in the 6ty° Youngbloods Challenge and she certainly continued her good run of recent weeks with a driving double on Sunday night. Ryley Major – warmed up for Friday night’s Tassie Golden Apple heats with an effortless win in the free-for-all in Hobart which was his fifth win in a row. One Yankee Ginga – is a talented Marc Butler trained trotter who won his sixth race in the state in the last race of the Hobart card. Multiple Winners Hobart – Sunday evening Ben Yole – training quintet; Willybe, Quick Changeover, Mach Charm, Give Me The Night and Jeans Mattjesty. Taylor Ford – driving double: Quick Changeover and Jeans Mattjesty. Ben Woodsford – driving double; Mach Charm and Streitkid. Gareth Rattray – driving double; Give Me The Night and One Yankee Ginga. Streitkid wins in Hobart for driver Ben Woodsford on Sunday. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Hobart – Sunday evening Chasing Cheetahs 57.04s, Blackbird Power 57.37s, Jeans Mattjesty 57.52s, Bounty Eyre 57.58s and Ryley Major 57.88s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart – Sunday evening Hit’s: The Shallows $2.15 into $2.10, Jeans Mattjesty $9.00 into $8.50 and One Yankee Ginga $1.80 into $1.50. Defied The Drift: Willybe $2.70 out to $3.00, Quick Changeover $8.00 out to $9.00 and Mach Charm $3.60 out to $3.80. Missed: Really Ellen $21.00 into $12.00, Finn Mac Kee $21.00 into $13.00 and Macray Muchacho $3.20 into $2.80. Trial File Hobart – Monday evening Last season’s two-year-old filly of the year Blame It On Me was back at the trials and was in winning form, scoring in a mile rate of 2m 2.6s. Doug Nettlefold gave the driving responsibilities to Taylor Ford who took the filly to the lead from barrier two and recorded a lead time of 37.2s before running quarters of 31.7s, 31.8s, 28.5s and 30.1s. Blame It On Me scored by 25-metres over Sign Of Oro. Other winners included; Stylish Trend 2m 3.7s and Jaccka Len 2m 9.3s. Carrick Park – Monday evening Goggo Gee Gee flew around the Carrick circuit in a mile rate of 2m 0.1s when winning a 59 to 76 rated trial over 2150 metres. The Rachel Williams trained pacer was driven in the trial by Ben Parker who was able to lead all the way to defeat Bettabrown Tiger by two-metres with Flashy Ruler a further 18 metres away third. Other winners included; Sunny Sanz 2m 5.8s, Jakes A Joy 2m 5.4s, Auckland Ruby 2m 16.9s, Impulsive George 2m 5.5s, Thatswatilike 2m 4.8s, He Got Rocked 2m 6.5s, Mister Last 2m 7.2s and A Spanish Dance 2m 8.0s. Week Ahead Beauty Point brothers Rohan and Troy Hillier will play a strong hand in the heats of the McKillop Insurance Brokers Tassie Golden Apple on Friday night in Launceston. Rohan trains and drives Ryley Major who will be chasing his sixth win in a row in heat one. Ryley Major wins again in Hobart Sunday night. Illegal Immigrant who is trained and driven by Troy looks to be the main fancy in heat two. The Launceston card also features the final two heats of the 6ty° Youngbloods Challenge. Hobart is the venue for Harness racing on Sunday afternoon with the first of eight races set down for 13:15. The last race of the day is a rating 71 to 79 event which has attracted a quality field including Usain Jolt who was fourth to Ryley Major last week, Chasing Cheetahs who recorded the quickest last half on last Sunday’s card and the inform Sreitkid who has won two of his past three starts. Interstate and overseas this week at metropolitan venues some of our Tasmanian representatives include; AYDC – Tasmania represented by Conor Crook Alexandra Park – Friday twilight Race 2 Horse 6 Pekeson. Black Friday Bash – Tasmania represented by Mark Yole Wayville (Adelaide) – Friday night Race 1 Horse 4 Buriton Bailey, Race 2 Horse 1 Majestic Lustre, Race 3 Horse 7 The Deal, Race 5 Horse 4 Artegra, Race 6 Horse 3 Scrawl, Race 7 Horse 3 Springfield Desire. Inter Dominion Grand Final Alexandra Park, Auckland – Saturday twilight Race 9 Horse 11 Cruz Bromac. Menangle – Saturday night Race 5 Horse 1 No Apachemee and Horse 3 Ignatius, Race 7 Horse 2 Zhukov Leis.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Taylor Ford will take a one-point lead into Sunday week’s second round of heats of the 6ty° Youngbloods Challenge in Hobart after a first and seventh placing in the opening round of heats at the Devonport Showgrounds last night. Ford was able to win heat two on the Ben Yole trained Machitelli who pushed forward from barrier five to find the lead about 450 metres after the start. Machitelli, a daughter of Mach Three was inclined to over race throughout the 2297 metre event with driver Taylor Ford admitting that her arms were “a bit sore” when speaking with tasracing.com.au on her way home to Brighton from the meeting last night. “She came out of the gate strong and when she found the lead she dropped the bit, so I put my hands back into a more commutable grip which wasn’t a good idea,” explained Ford. After running a lead time of 51.0s Ford was able to steady Machitelli enough to record quarters of 31.1s, 31.3s, 31.3s and 31.0s over the final mile. “We did run along a little bit, the rest of the field stayed back a few metres off her which meant they had to do a bit of extra work to catch her,” said the winning driver. “She started to tire the last 50 (metres) but they had her chance to beat her,” added Ford. Although Ford was first past the post she had another battle on her hands when the driver of Shes Gifted, Ben Woodfords fired in a protest against the winner who shifted out noticeable over the final 300 metres of the race. Stewards dismissed the protest and Ford said she was fined $100 for allowing the horse to shift out under pressure. It was the case of déjà vu for Ford and Yole who teamed up to win a Youngblood's Challenge heat in Devonport last season. “I drove Ready To Fire to win a heat in Devonport for Ben (Yole) last year,” said Ford. “It’s great that Ben (Yole) and many other trainers have supported the series to ensure we can all get a drive in each heat,” added the series leader. The Yole stable provided the first heat winner of the series when Andrew Freeman partnered Mach Charm to a 1.5-metre win. Mach Charm, a six-year-old mare also by Mach Three was able to sit back off a frantic temp over the first circuit and was too good late in a slow 32.3s final quarter. Points after the first two heats are; Taylor Ford 20, Andrew Freeman 19, Ben Woodsford and Hannah Van Dongen 18, Matthew Howlett 13, Justin Howlett and Charlie Castles 9, Lachlan Dakin, Georgia Hayward and Samantha Freeman all on 8. It was a big night for the Yole stable with Pink Ponder, another that sat back off a solid lead time being able to score while Ol Titch pulled off a big move from $101 into $16 when winning the last race. The move was made in one hit on the Tasracing Official Price, could indicate that a corporate bookmaker may have gone up the wrong price. The main race on the card was the NWTLHA Cup where Izaha was able to overcome a 30-metre handicap to score in the 2645 metre event. Izaha, a half-brother open class pacer to Harjeet, enjoyed a lovely cart up out three-wide over the final 1100 metres and was too good for Blackbird Power and Illegal Immigrant. Although being defeated a half-head in the feature race with Blackbird Power trainer-driver Gavin Kelly was in the winner's circle earlier in the night with Murry who put up a tough performance to score in race three, it was the second win this season for the gelded son of Jeremes Jet. It was a bitter-sweet night for concession driver Hannah Van Dongen. She drove the first race winner Shady Story, who she also owns to an all the way win on debut for her father Craig in the first heat of the Allan Williams Memorial, before copping a three-race date suspension in the next race.   Duncan Dornauf

Tasracing has today announced the drivers for the 2019 6ty° Youngbloods Challenge with ten upcoming drivers having been selected for the series. The six-race series will be held in Devonport on 29 November, Hobart 8 December and Launceston on 13 December, with two heats to be staged at each venue. In an added bonus for owners and trainers to support the series, all race are penalty-free meaning that all winners will not receive a national rating penalty. It will be the 20th running that 6ty° (previously known as Bullock Consulting) has been the naming rights sponsor of the states premier junior drivers series. Drivers competing in this year's series are: Hannah Van dongen - finished in tenth position on the states drivers premiership last season with 24 wins and 38 placings and the Carrick based driver has already started the 2019-2020 season well recording six wins and nine placings. Van dongen’s biggest win to date has been the 2019 Burnie Cup aboard the Ben Yole trained Perfect Mach. Taylor Ford - will be out to follow in the footsteps of her father Phillip who is a past winner of the series. Ford registered 18 wins last season with a further 25 placings to her credit to finish in third position on the states female drivers title. Lachlan Dakin - had his first race drive in March 2018 before driving his first winner in August that year aboard Goggo Gee Gee.  Dakin, who works for trainer Todd Rattray has shown continued improvement in the sulky which seen him drive six winners last season, with a further two wins added to his tally this season. Ben Woodsford - hails from New Zealand and had been gathering experience in Australia from several leading stables before finding his way to Tasmania earlier this year. Woodsford had his first race drive at Menangle in May 2016 aboard Big Bang Penny who gave him his first winner at Newcastle in August 2016. He has driven a total of 37-wins through his career including two victories this season on Rocket Blaster. Charlie Castles - is continuing a strong family tradition into the industry and is the sole north-west coast based competitor in this year's series. Castles drove four winners last season but found himself amongst the placegetters on 25 occasions. Georgia Hayward - is still chasing her first winner in the sulky but she has shown in recent drives that her first win isn’t too far away. The Scottsdale reinswoman has gained valuable experience through trainer Kent Rattray and she has also spent many months in the past working for dual Inter Dominion winning trainer James Rattray at his New South Wales stables. Andrew Freeman - is a relative newcomer to the sport only having his first race drive this year aboard Mighty Spark in Burnie. His first winning drive was on the Ben Yole trained Hez The One in Hobart in April. Matthew Howlett - is the most experienced driver in the series with 68-wins and 169 placings to his credit since his first race drive in November 2012. Howlett set a Youngbloods Challenge record when he became the youngest driver to win the series at 16 years and seven months winning the series in 2013 while also claiming the title in 2016. Samantha Freeman - recorded her first win in July 2013 and has found the winners stall first on a further 27 occasions. She dead-heated for first in the BOTRA Claiming Novice Drivers series in 2014. Justin Howlett - drove his first winner at his very first race drive on Rock And Run in Hobart in June 2008. A talented concession driver in his time Howlett has elected to take a back seat and allows his brothers Matthew and Braden do most of the driving for their father Chris. Wade Rattray (First Emergency) - started his driving career in June 2014 and registered his first win a month later in Hobart on Divas Delight for his uncle Barrie. Rattray won the series in 2015. Previous winners of the Youngbloods series: 1986 Richard Housego and Leigh Dornauf, 1987 Scott Ford, 1988 Leanne Barker and Nathan Postlethwaite, 1989 Darren Jacobson, 1990 Darren Withers, 1991 Tammy Mollross, 1992 Tammy Mollross and Tamra Fawdry, 1993 Tammy Mollross, 1994 Darrin Denny, 1995 Phillip Ford, 1996 Matthew Dwyer, 1997 Phillip Ford, 1998 Heath Szczypka, 1999 Nathan Garwood, 2000 Nathan Garwood, 2001 Nathan Garwood, 2002 Andrew Rawlings, 2003 James Rattray, 2004 James Rattray, 2005 Brendan Gebel, 2006 James Austin, 2007 Mark Yole, 2008 David Medhurst, 2009 Todd Rattray, 2010 Amy Crossland, 2011 Todd Rattray, 2012 Jaimie-Lee King, 2013 Matthew Howlett, 2014 Alex Ashwood, 2015 Wade Rattray, 2016 Matthew Howlett, 2017 Jack Laugher, 2018 (June) Brady Woods, 2018 (Nov) Conor Crook.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Gary Hall Jnr claimed Western Australia’s first Triple M Australian Drivers Championship win in Hobart last night. Hall Jnr was able to record a driving double and two placings across the seven-race series to score a 14-point victory over Tasmania’s Mark Yole with Darby Mcguigan a further three points away in third. Here is how the night unfolded.         Heat 1 Western Australia’s Ryan Warwick was able to pick up maximum points in the first heat when he scored on the Todd Rattray trained Wandary Muscat, from inside of the second row Warwick ended up four-back along the marker pegs before weaving his way through the field to use the sprint lane over the concluding stages to record a 1.5-metre win. “It just worked out well, obviously the moving line slowing down the back (straight) was a good thing and was able to get a good trip,” said Warwick post-race on Tasracing’s Live Stream. Heat 2 Darby McGuigan was able to do the right thing by favourite punters aboard Cool Water Paddy who started the shortest-priced favourite of the night at $1.65. The Juanita McKenzie trained pacer worked forward early to find the lead at the 1500-mark and was too good late to record his fifth win in a row by 5.2-metres over the second elect Sheza Bettormak with Thomas Burns a clear third. “He seems like a nice horse and from his replays I watched he looks a nice horse, he was a beautiful horse to drive, he just settled so easy and when I asked him to go he went which is the sign of a good horse,” McGuigan said. “He seems like a versatile horse and he reeled off some good sectionals there and I think he will be able to mix it with the metropolitan horses at Melton,” added the winning driver. Heat 3 This was an action-packed heat with short price favourite Awayandrideyouself looming up looking a chance in the home straight but unfortunately for favourite punters and Queensland’s Pete McMullen the sulky seat became detached causing McMullen to be dislodged from the sulky, McMullen was cleared by the Medical Edge Staff for his remaining drives, and no harm was caused to Awayandrideyourself who was quickly caught by the clerk of the course Zane Medhurst. The heat was won by Tasmania’s Mark Yole aboard the Paul Hill trained gelding Streitkid, pushing through from the second row Streitkid was able to sit one-out and two-back before peeling three-wide with 350-meters to travel and was too good in the straight to defeat Hafter by 3.4-metres with Rowley back in third spot. “He has done a good job this horse, the quick tempo and a nice sit certainly told up the straight … I have got to give credit to trainer Paul Hill, he said to follow through on the back of Rowley and see if you can get some cover and as it turned out it gave us a beautiful sit and things worked out from there,” explained Mark Yole. Heat 4 Was the first win for Gary Hall Jnr when he drove the Chris Howlett trained Iden Forest to a half neck victory. Regular Tasmanian harness racing followers will know that Iden Forest has the ability but his manners early and his poor manners has let him down on several occasions in the past. Hall Jnr pushed forward to race outside the leader and after being headed by Hear The Call in the home straight, Iden Forest was able to rally back for his second win of the season over Hear The Call and Betterthanfetta. “We did a lot more than I wanted early but he could have had it easy on himself to get to the front but I had trouble getting the best out of him, to his credit he kept rolling the same speed all the way … he has done a really good job to hold the swoopers late, its a good thing he has a bit of size about him,” said Hall Jnr after the win. Heat 5 Koolaz Elvis was an unlucky second in Launceston last week yet slipped under the guard of punters starting as an $11 chance in a competitive rating 70 to 84 event. Gary Hall Jnr, driver of Koolaz Elvis worked forward to find the lead and allowed the gelded son of Courage Under Fire to stride along in front in quarters of 29.5s, 30.1s, 28.7s and 28.4s for the quickest mile rate of the night of 1m 57.3s. “The boys said I could take a sit if I wanted and were happy to leave it up to me if the right one came around, and he (Yatsenyuk Leis) probably was the right one but he wanted to take charge a little bit and I was happy to let him do what he wanted in front and to his credit he boxed on real well late,” said Hall Jnr after his second win of the series. Heat 6 The Ray Pullen stable has been going well in recent weeks and that continued with six-year-old mare Gipsy Treasure who recorded back-to-back wins in heat six. Driver Todd McCarthy took the race favourite straight to the early lead and gave nothing else a chance to defeat El Jays Blu by 1.9-metres with Blue Eyed Creation some 11.8-metres away third. “She was terrific, we had to do a little bit to get around and then we were lucky enough to get a few cheap quarters and she fought them off well in the finish,” said McCarthy after the event. Heat 7 South Australian Ken Rogers was able to test success in the final heat of the championship aboard the Heath Woods trained pacer The Shallows. Rogers got straight off the inside to sit one-out and three-back before leading up the three wide line from the 1000-metre mark, before putting the foot to the floor at the 600-metre mark to record a 4.7-metre win over Vouvray Beach with Our Percius back in third spot. The win completed a hattrick of wins for the lightly raced gelded son of Shadyshark Hanover who looks to have a bright future ahead. Final point score Gary Hall Jnr (WA) 77, Mark Yole (TAS) 63, Darby McGuigan (VIC) 60, Ryan Warwick (WA) 58, Todd McCarthy (NSW) 53, Danielle Hill (SA) and Kerryann Morris (NSW) 51, Ken Rogers (SA) 49. Pete McMullen (QLD) and Kerryn Manning (VIC) 47, Narissa McMullen (QLD) 42 and Ricky Duggan (TAS) 28.   Duncan Dornauf for tasracing.com.au

Star Tasmanian pacer Harjeet makes his debut at Menangle on Saturday night. The gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover out of the broodmare gem Our Zellweger has had 30 starts in Tasmania for 17 wins and nine placings and amassed just over $200,000 in prizemoney for his breeders and owners, The Rattray Family Trust and Wayne McLaughlin. He has won many of Tasmania’s feature racing including a stellar 2018 year where he won The Easter Cup, Raider Stakes and the Tassie Golden Apple. The next few months will be used as a stepping stone to see if he can advance to grand circuit level in the coming year. Connections have looked after Harjeet and brought him along patiently. In the back of their minds, they have had the opinion he could measure up to Grand Circuit level in the future and that was evident as he was nominated for the upcoming Inter Dominion series in Auckland next month. Scooterwillrev, driven by Rohan Hadley, takes out the 2018 Danbury Cup It is fair to say he goes up to NSW with a very good record intact and he will be hoping to make an impression. It won’t be easy as he goes up with a national rating of 105 so he is not far off the top grade, but he has seemed to have found a very winnable race and will resume his battle with another former Tasmanian star pacer in Scooterwillrev which will be interesting as the pair had some great battles back at home on the Apple Isle. In recent years the Rattray name has had great success in NSW with the legend Beautide winning two Interdominion Finals and a Miracle Mile. When speaking with Rattray about Harjeet, he informed me that the horse trailed last week and he was happy with the performance. A decision was made to make a gear change,  with a sharper bur on his outside and change a bit of headgear as he has a bit of tendency become a bit lazy at times and it was something he wanted to avoid at Menangle in this grade of race. “He has found the right to make his debut and I expect him to be right in the finish, but it’s his first step so as long as races well that’s all we want to see” said Rattray. “I’m very confident that the big spacious track of Menangle will suit him down to the ground.” Rattray has had great recent success with Ignatius, who won the 2yo, 3yo and 4yo NSW Breeders Challenge Series Finals, who he trained in his early career before being transferred to his brother James who has done an outstanding job with him. Iggy is raced by Todd’s wife Lyrae and is close to a racetrack return. When asked how Ignatius was coming along, Rattray said James was very happy with him. “He had a soft trial last week but will be asked to do a bit more this week at the trials with a possible racetrack return in three weeks. His main target is the Miracle Mile in February where he will try to join another family superstar in Beautide winner of the prestigious Miracle Mile in 2013.   Jamie Cockshutt for Tasracing

Tasracing, Harness Racing Australia and the Tasmanian Trotting Club are delighted to be hosting the sixth running of the Triple M Australian Drivers Championship at Ladbrokes Park Elwick in Hobart on 9 November. It will be the third time that the series will be held in Tasmania. Two drivers are selected from each state’s controlling body that will contest a minimum of six heats on the night. Tasracing has been able to secure Sky Racing 1 Coverage of the meeting that will be staged in the premium Saturday night time slot. Sky Racing 1 will also feature an on-course hosting with Brittany Graham live trackside. The meeting will have extended coverage on TasracingTV’s Live Stream. Past winners of the Australian Drivers Championship include 2018 Todd McCarthy (NSW), 2017 Chris Alford (VIC), 2016 Wayne Hill (SA), 2015 Grant Dixon (Qld) and 2014 Peter McMullen. McCarthy, Dixon and McMullen will all take part in this year's series. The drivers selected for this year's championship are: Tasmania Mark Yole Ricky Duggan Victoria Kerryn Manning Greg Sugars New South Wales Todd McCarthy Lauren Tritton Queensland Grant Dixon Peter McMullen South Australia Dani Hill Ken Rogers Western Australia Gary Hall Jnr Ryan Warwick Tasracing and the Tasmanian Trotting Club have organised a host of on course activities for the spectacular night of racing with more information, including dining packages being able to be found on the Go Racing Tasmania website. Tasmania will also be in the national spotlight the day prior with Harness Racing Australia hosting their Annual General Meeting in Hobart. Full rules on the championship are available here.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

AUSTRALIAN Pacing Gold purchase Max Delight has been crowned Tasmania Horse of the Year. As an addition to the top gong, Max Delight also captured the Three-Year-Old Colt/Gelding of the Year Award. The prestigious title was announced during the Tasmanian Harness Racing Awards and Hall of Fame dinner during the weekend. Owned by Michael Maxfield, Max Delight’s stellar season including victories in the Tasmania and New South Wales Derbys and the Breeders Crown Final in Melton. Prepared by David Aiken, the colt won nine of his 16 starts for the term, with three placings and $299,310 also to his credit. Last month Max Delight was also named Australian Three-Year-Old Colt/Gelding of the Year.   APG Media

Iden Forest has caused many headaches for many people in his 31-start racing career, and last night in Hobart the gelded son of Major In Art showed what he is capable of when he registered his third career victory in the Triple M Hobart Pace, but the win wasn’t all smooth sailing as trainer Chris Howlett reflected after the win “He had a gear failure tonight, the lugging pole got attached to the bit, he locked up on the outside which didn’t give Mathew (Howlett, driver) any control, he is bad enough as it is so we didn’t need that happening,” said Howlett Iden Forest ($7.50) was out of position by approximately half a length when the starter released the field to settle one-out and four-back before working to the spot outside the leader from the 1200-metre mark The gelding was inclined to lay in significantly around the corners but when he balanced up in the home straight he put the field away to score a 5.8-metre victory in a mile rate of 2m 3.1s It was only the second time in 16-starts that Iden Forest has been placed on the Hobart track “He has been frustrating for everybody, not only for me but the trainer’s before,” said the trainer who also acknowledged the work of Paul Williams before Iden Forest arrived in his care Iden Forest has been out of the draw for his past three starts and unfortunately for connections the horse has to be drawn out the back again for a few more starts “He races best when he is up on the speed and tonight he would have been back in the draw if it wasn’t for the gear malfunction early, unfortunately, we will have to put up with being out of the draw for a few more starts,” Howlett said after last night’s win The five-year-old has shown ability in his racing career but if he continues to deliver going forward the trainer has one concern “He just lacks some high speed which may hurt him when he gets up in grade,” the trainer explained The pacer was bred and part-owned by Elliot Booth, who has had interest from interstate to purchase the pacer “There has been some interest for him on the mainland but I will leave that decision in the owner’s hands,” said Howlett Punters were cashed up after the second event on the card when Koolaz Elvis was backed in from $8.00 to start the $3.20 favourite. The gelded son of Courage Under Fire put the writing on the wall at his start prior in Launceston where he settled in the back half of the field and was doing his best work late to finish fourth to Similan Beach in a fast last half. Since that effort, Koolaz Elvis joined the stables of Conor Crook who also took the drive in last night’s event where he was able to settle on the back of the leader, before working into the clear at the top of the home straight to score by a half head Talented four-year-old Cool Water Paddy continued on his winning way when he led all the way to score first-up from a spell in a slick mile of 1m 56.7s Another horse to continue on their winning way was One Yankee Ginga in the trotters event while Ryley Major was too quick late for Call Me Hector in the free-for-all.   Duncan Dornauf

Four-year-old mare Karalta Moondance continued her liking to the Devonport track with an all the way win in the Collins Homes Mobile in Devonport last night. Veteran reinsman John Walters took the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven straight to the lead in the 1930 metre event to record her sixth career victory and her third win on the track. Karalta Moondance ($4.70) was able to hold off a late charge by Paint The Wind by 2.9 metres with The Lemondrop Kid 1.1 metres away third, the mile rate was 2m 3.3s. “John (Walters) was pretty confident he was going to lead, so I was happy to trust his judgement,” said trainer Kent Rattray after the win. It was the first win in almost four months for Karalta Moondance but Rattray has been happy with her recent performances. “She hasn’t been racing bad she has just been striking a few better than her … she seems to be a nice horse to race at Devonport as she can control the speed a bit,” explained Rattray. The mare will now have a week off before returning to the tack. “She will have a week off and bring her back and find a race for her,” said the winning trainer. Karalta Moondance is also standing start qualified which gives Rattray several options over the Christmas – New Year period. “She has had a couple of stands now so we might look at one of the mares standing start races over the summer,” Rattray explained. Karalta Moondance is raced by Kent’s parents Wayne and Gaye with Karalta Moondance pocketing them just under $70,000 in prize-money plus many Tasbred bonuses, Breeders Coupons and Tasbred Owners Breeders Incentive bonus in her 38-start career. The long term target for the mare will be the Group 2 Granny Smith Final in Devonport on 14 June, apart of the $300,000 Tasbred Sires’ Stakes series. Punters got off to a rough start to the meeting when the Gavin Kelly trained and driven pacer Jeans Mattjesty stormed home to score in the Ladbrokes Claimer at odds of $54.70. Shes Gifted ($11.30) raced wide during the final circuit to register her second win since arriving in Tasmania with Paul Ashwood driving the Andrew Thornton prepared runner to a half-head victory. Major Seascape ($5.90) led all the way to win the John McKenna Race Night Vet Pace by a narrow margin. The win of the four-year-old gelding was the first leg of a training double for Ben Yole who prepared Artiflash ($2.30 fav) to score later in the night. Both horses were driven by Yole’s two stable concession drivers with Troy McDonald aboard Major Seascape, while Samantha Gangell partnered Artiflash to his 1.4-metre win. Artiflash will be trying to beat the handicapper when he lines up for the pole draw in Hobart on Sunday night in the second race where once again he looks the one to beat. The Deborah Williams trained Jaccka Len ($3.60) overcome barrier 10 over 1930-metres to score in the last race of the night, courtesy of a confident drive by Hannah Van Dongen over the final lap. Duncan Dornauf

Lightly raced five-year-old mare Brystabella has caused plenty of headaches for her connections during her 14-start career but they are starting to be rewarded for their patience when the Sutter Hanover mare recorded her fourth career win in the Tasmanian Veterinary Services Pace in Hobart on Sunday night. The Paul Ashwood-driven pacer settled one-out and six-back and would have been a good 60 metres off the leader at the 1200-metre mark. Brystabella raced three-wide over the final 1100 metres and proved too good late to score by 7.1 metres in a career-best mile rate of 1m 56.6s. “She was along way back and Paul said she could have gone a little bit better so that was good to hear,” said trainer Ray Pullen after the win. The winner of over $30,000 in prize money earnings has had a history of over racing in her races and the trainer is now believing he is getting on top of that. “I changed a bit of gear on her this week and it seemed to suit, so hopefully we have her under control now,” said Pullen. “She is a good mare when she’s on song, but some days she just pulls too hard,” the trainer added. Pullen is hoping that Brystabella can continue to develop going forward but he has no major plans going forward. “I won’t back her up this week as she had a tough run in Launceston last Wednesday as well, but I will just plan her week to week and try to pick out a few mares races if we can,” he said. Pullen only has four horses in his care but is hoping to build up to six soon, a number that he will be happy with. Paul Ashwood trained the winner of the Go Racing Tasmania Pace when he and concession driver Hannah Van Dongen continued their winning combination once again with Krafty Boy. Van Dongen took the five-year-old entire straight off the inside from her second-row draw to settle one-out and five-back before gaining a three-wide trail over the final 1100 metres of the race. Krafty Boy went on to win by one metre over the fast-finishing Pink Ponder in a mile rate of 1m 59.9s. Oatlands trainer-driver Matthew Cooper was hopeful that Call Me Hector may have been able to gain another track record, and the gelded son of Art Major missed out by 1.3s when they recorded 1m 57.6s in the Hobart Signwriters Pace. Cooper took the $1.16 favourite straight to the lead and scored by 9.2 metres over Star Chamber and No Spring Secrets. Ifbutzandmaybes scored at odds of $21 in the Ladbrokes Park Elwick Pace, courtesy of a fence hugging drive by Paul Hill. Another long priced win of the Early Quaddie was the Ben Yole trained, Mark Yole driven, Black Ops in the Triple M Hobart Pace, the eight-year-old entire went around at odds of $41 from barrier seven and weaved his way through the field to cause the biggest upset of the night. In the Crown Lager Pace, the Thomas Jackson trained Finn Mac Kee led all the way to register his 10th career win. The Paul Hill driven eight-year-old will no doubt be a contender during the upcoming Country Cup Carnival. Underwood trainer Heath Szczypka travelled down the Midland Highway with only one runner on board and he didn’t go home empty-handed with Bounty Eyre finding the winner’s circle first after running placings at his last three efforts in the Rexel North Hobart Claimer. There were three claims in the race with Im Barney Rubble, Karalta Dazzler and Stylish Trend all finding new homes. The Adrian Duggan trained four-year-old gelding Sacramento Sun won his first race at his seventh race track appearance in the Robert Sprint Lane Pace courtesy of a copybook drive by Ricky Duggan.   Duncan Dornauf

21-year-old Brighton trainer-driver Taylor Ford continued a strong family tradition in Launceston on Wednesday night when she recorded her first win as a trainer in the Sunrise Bakery Stakes with the Bettors Delight gelding Bettor Than That. Ford spoke confidently about the chances of the six-year-old gelding on Tasracing’s Live Stream coverage prior to the race and she drove a confident race taking Bettor Than That to the spot outside the leader soon after the start. Bettor Than That was travelling well at the top of the home straight and when Ford asked the pacer for the supreme effort he was able to hold of Pink Ponder by 1.1 metres over the concluding stages in a mile rate of 1m 58.0s. The only hesitation Ford had going into the race was that the pacer was first-up since late May. “I was a bit worried about him being first up for a few months but the way he won there are a few wins left in him,” said Ford. The junior driver described her first training win as “one of the best feelings ever”. “It has always been a dream of mine to go out training, I can’t thank Bianca (Heenan) enough for everything she has done for me,” Ford explained. “I have plenty of other support too from Zane and Sally Medhurst, Mark and Kelly Reggett, Ben Woodsford who helps around the stables along with my partner Maggie (Ashwood),” added Ford Ford was also appreciative of her father Phillip and mother Tammy for their support into her gaining her trainer’s license. Bettor Than That is raced by Taylor and Philip along with Robert Cunningham, who has raced horses with a few trainers over the years including the Ford family. Ford has 10 horses in work, the most number she can have on a B grade trainers license. It was a big night on the track with driver Conor Crook and trainer Rohan Hillier teaming up for a double on the card with Sheza Bettormak and Awayandrideyourself. Hillier also drove Blingittothemax in race one while Crook made it a treble on the card with Moonlite Bay. Marc Butler continued his good run with Full Speed Ahead out staying short-priced favourite Ryley Major in the Free-For-All while Similan Beach notched up a winning hat-trick later in the night. Bettors Delight gelding Impassable pulled off a plunge to score at his first race start in 1270 days after being sidelined through injury. Comments from the winning drivers on Tasracing’s Live Stream Coverage; Race 1: Blingittothemax – Rohan Hillier – “He got a good run through, it all worked out well for him but in saying that it was a quick last half and I think he hit the line really well.” Race 2: Impassable – John Walters – “We worked out of the gate and got good run, he sprinted home good and got to the line good.” Race 3: Sheza Bettormak – Conor Crook – “She had two birthdays today, one was in the run with about a 65 (seconds) first half and the other is she was actually born on this day.” Race 4: Bettor Than That – Taylor Ford – “I was a bit worried about him being first up for a few months but the way he won there are a few wins left in him.” Race 5: Awayandrideyourself – Conor Crook – “He came out pretty good … it was a good job, they flushed us out at the bell which I really didn’t want to do as we did burn early but he got the job done, he is a pretty nice horse I think.” Race 6: Full Speed Ahead – Todd Rattray – “I was half going to hand up and half wasn’t so I thought I might as well hold the front as he was on the bit and it worked out.” Race 7: Moonlite Bay – Conor Crook – “He went really good, he is a big raw fella but he did a good job.” Race 8: Similan Beach – Ricky Duggan – “I think Barry (Cooper) and Jamie (Cockshutt) are toying with the idea of giving him a month or two up in Sydney, it will be just interesting to see what they do with him now.” You can watch all of last night’s pre and post-race interviews on TasracingTV On Demand here.   Duncan Dornauf

Talented pacer Ryley Major will start a short price favourite in tonight’s Find Us On Facebook Stakes in Launceston, but the Gavin Kelly trained and driven Blackbird Power will be out trying to upset the party in the 2698-metre standing start event. Blackbird Power, a gelded son of Mach Three has been out of the winner’s circle since winning a Discretionary Handicap in Hobart on 5 May before he started to race below his best form, but in recent starts, the seven-year-old gelding has been showing improvement on the track. In Hobart last week Blackbird Power enjoyed a soft run three back along the pegs when he finished third to Call Me Hector in a state record run of 1m 54.3s and Kelly is happy with the way his pacer has come through the run. “He worked better this week than he did last week, he looks a lot brighter and is improving through his coat,” said Kelly. “When they run a quick time like that you want to be on the pegs, but the horse wanted to be there and he hadn’t been feeling like that in previous starts,” added the trainer-driver. Kelly admits the pacer is starting to show improvement on the track but believes Blackbird Power is still racing below his best. “Four to six weeks ago he was just going terrible, but he is on the improve but is a long way from his best form,” Kelly explained. Ryley Major will start a short-price favourite from his 20-metre handicap. The Rohan Hillier trained and driven pacer is the winner of six races from only 10 starts last season and is first up from a spell after being narrowly defeated by Harjeet in Hobart on 28 July. Kelly believes the early manners are the key to Blackbird Power’s chances. “I think he can win if he steps but I have my doubts that he will,” he said about Blackbird Power. Another runner in the Find Us On Facebook Stakes from the Gavin Kelly stable is Karalta Dazzler who will be handled by Adrian Collins. “He is improving and he is a big chance to run a place,” said his trainer. “I have been happy with his work and if he steps I think he gets a soft lead, there’s no Matty Cooper this week so that takes the early tempo out of the race, and Rohan knows with Ryley Major that he is a class above them and he can come with one run and win,” Kelly explained. Jeans Mattjesty is the third runner from Kelly’s stable in the race, but there is no high expectations with that pacer. “He has had two woeful runs for me and if he can finish with them I will be happy,” said Kelly about the pacer who will be driven by Taylor Ford. In the Great Northern Super Crisp Stakes, Gavin Kelly trains and drives Capatarlee, a gelded son of Mach Three who is unplaced after four starts, but in his first three efforts, the pacer has done a lot wrong in the score up which has cost him valuable ground. “He is better than his form suggests, it’s a big field and he doesn’t do enough right at this stage to put him into the race, he goes around again on Sunday in Hobart where he has a better draw and the right field to perform well,” Kelly said.   Duncan Dornauf

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