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Last season’s Tasmanian two-year-old colt and gelding of the year, Colby Sanz recorded his first feature race win as a three-year-old last night when he took out the $12,000 Tasmanian Guineas at Ladbrokes Park in Hobart. The Kent Rattray-trained pacer worked forward to find the lead quite cheaply at the 1700 metre mark and from there he was able to enjoy some soft sectionals including a 64.1s first half of the final mile which was good to see after the gelded son of Betterthancheddar was inclined to over race outside the leader in his start prior in Devonport. “Once he pops in front, he will run whatever you like,” explained trainer Kent Rattray after the win. “We got to the front and got a couple of good quarters and he just keeps boxing on,” added Rattray. The Tasmanian Derby on 14 March is the pacers next assignment and the longer distance of 2579 metres isn’t concerning his trainer. “We have said all along that a mile and a quarter, mile and a half will be his caper and he proved that tonight,” said the Litennia based trainer. The Derby in the past has seen a number of nice horse’s head across for the three-year-old feature and Rattray is hopeful the gelding can measure up. “We hope he can (measure up), we will have to wait and see, there was a couple of very nice horses there tonight that have had a crack at him but couldn’t get him … we would love a nice draw in the Derby and pop on top again,” said Rattray whose father Wayne trained 1997 Tasmanian Derby winner Admiral Karalta. Driver Gareth Rattray was happy with how the pacer responded over the concluding stages. “He ran his first half in 64.1 (seconds), he dropped the bit and relaxed in front but once another horse got beside him, he got going and I pulled the earplugs and he responded well,” said the master reinsman. “He was just fighting them off, he is more a tough customer than a speed horse,” added Gareth. Soho Senna ran a brave race to only be defeated a head with the race favourite Kohanah 4.7 metres away third. Smiley Lad was the last horse to complete the Tasmanian Guineas-Derby double in 1983. The $30,000 Group 3 Tasmanian Derby will be held on Tasmania Cup night on 14 March.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Victorian trained pacer Im Sir Blake proved too good for his rivals when he took out the first heat of the Group 2 Ladbrokes Tasmania Cup at Ladbrokes Park Hobart last night. Trained at Armstrong (near Ararat) by father-son training duo Danny and Leroy O’Brien, Im Sir Blake ($5.50) was forced to do it the hard way leading up the three-wide line over the final 1150 metres of the race to record his 11th career win at his 27th racetrack appearance. Co-trainer Leroy O’Brien who was trackside last night was happy to give the drive to Christian Salter, who has a good association with three-year-old Soho Senna who was formerly trained by the O’Briens before she found his way to Tasmania. “He is a local, he knows the track and he knows the horses plus he is driving well,” said Leroy. One query many had is that it was the first standing start race for the gelded son of Alta Christiano who stepped away cleanly from his 10-metre handicap before finding trouble in the 2579 metre event. “He went away fine but then there was a little bit of a concern when Finn Mac Kee galloped in front of him and when I pulled him down the track I may have oversteered him too much and got out of his gear and conceded a bit of ground,” explained winning driver Christian Salter after the race. “I thought to myself at the 600 (metres) that Goggo Gee Gee and no disrespect to the horse cause he is going super, that he might have come back to us a bit, well he didn’t come back to us but this horse has run 57.1 (seconds) his last half,” added Salter. Leroy was equally impressed with the win. “He was super, it was a 57.1 last half and he was out three-wide, credit to Christian (Salter) he got him travelling down the back, I said to him not to go for him too early as he is a funny horse as he doesn’t feel to be travelling that quick but he kept him underneath him and waited till the top of the straight to let him go,” said the co-trainer. “Full credit to the horse, he was super tonight to fight on as he did,” added Leroy. The co-trainer said that Im Sir Blake won’t contest next week’s heat, instead, the pacer will remain in the state to contest the $75,000 Final on 14 March. “His last hopple work was on Tuesday and he had nothing until today, 100% credit to Bianca and her team they do such a wonderful job. He won’t go around next week (in the heat), we will get him ready for the final, he will benefit from that being here” explained Leroy. Devonport Cup runner up and recent Burnie Cup winner Goggo Gee Gee ($26.00) finished 1.5 metres away in second spot after leading all the way, with the race favourite Ryley Major ($1.45) a further five metres away third in a mile rate of 2m 2.3s. The second heat will be staged on Sunday where more Victorian trained pacers are expected to contest the heat. Holy Basil, King Soloman, Its Back in the Day, Manganello and Perspective have all recently contested standing start trials in the past two weeks across Victoria. Nominations for the second heat close at 9:30 am on Tuesday with the field to be released that afternoon.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

The well supported Goggo Gee Gee ended a run of minor placings when he proved too good for his rivals in yesterday’s $12,000 7BU Burnie Cup in front of a large crowd at the Wivenhoe Showgrounds in Burnie. Backed in from $4.00 to start the $3.70 favourite with Ladbrokes, driver Ben Parker was able to get the gelded son of Bettors Delight away well in the standing start event to find the early lead. But after coping plenty of pressure from $41.00 chance Northview Dave in the first 400 metres of the event Parker elected to hand up to that pacer before deciding to race outside the leader at the 2100 metre mark before finding the lead with 1300 metres left to travel. From there the Latrobe based driver drove a confident race before asking the pacer for the full effort at the 200-metre mark and Goggo Gee Gee responded when he pulled away to score by 6.5 metres over Northview Dave with Boss Major 5.5 metres away in third in a mile rate of 2m 4.7s just 0.3s outside the 2789 metre standing start track record. “He was travelling pretty well on the home corner, so I went for home and hoped for the best,” said winning driver Ben Parker about his biggest win in his 10-year-driving career. “He tries really hard and he is pretty easy to drive too, he has been around a few times now and he knows what to do,” added Parker about the pacer who is trained at Frankford by Rachel Williams who also owns the gelding in partnership with Lori Jarvis. “Rachel and Lori have done a good job with their horses, they treat them like they are pets, you see that with Red Shed Robbie who raced at Carrick last Saturday and then he was winning ribbons at the show the next day,” explained Parker. Their partnership stemmed back from one night at the Devonport trials when Williams needed a driver. “She needed someone one night to drive one at the trials and she asked if I could drive it and I did and from there we became friends and she has continued to stick by me,” said Parker. Parker’s interest in harness racing started many years ago with Jim Pearce a former participant in the industry after his role as a starter that he held for many years. “My great uncle is Jim Pearce who used to be the starter many years ago, and we used to go up to his place and help out with a few horses on school holidays,” said Parker. He was then bitten by the bug and was able to gain some more experience after striking up a conversation after footy training for the Wesley Vale Kangaroos one night with former VFL player Brett Jaffray. “One night after footy training I asked Jaffa (Brett Jaffray) if I could go up and learn a bit about the horses and he said I could go up there whenever I wanted, so I started going up there giving him a hand and after 13 years I haven’t left,” laughed the winning driver who is also a volunteer firefighter. The other feature race on last night’s Burnie card was the $10,000 Somerset Hotel Thorate Incentive which was taken out by short price favourite Brookwillrock ($1.85 fav) for local trainer-driver Craig Hayes.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

The Ryley Major story started back in 2007 when Rohan Hiller went to the Melbourne Yearling Sales with a few mates for a boy’s weekend. As can often be the case after a few drinks, an impulse decision was made, and the rest is history. A yearling from a mare called Rosary entered the sales ring which Hillier recalled racing in Tasmania a few years earlier, showing some ability. When she only went to $5,000 Hillier decided to put his hand up and purchase the filly out of the stallion Totally Western which wasn’t that well known at the time. Hillier not only took a gamble on the purchase but also in making the call to his wife Katrina who wondered where the money for the horse was going to come from! The filly went onto be named Shez Ryleymak and was named after Hillier’s children Ryley and Makenna. When she made her racetrack debut there was a lot of excitement for the whole family. “When she debuted (20 January 2008) you could say there was a bit of excitement with all involved as she had shown plenty of ability at home and as time went on the wrap I had on her was vindicated,” recalled Hillier. She went on to win eight out her 10 two-year-old starts but by far and away the biggest win of the season came in the $100,000 Vicbred two-year-old fillies final at Melton. ‘Group One’ Gavin Lang was in the sulky and she proved too classy for her rivals. “It’s a night we will never forget as it was a life changing experience for the family,” said Hillier. She continued to race for a few more seasons before her career came to an end. The final tally $270,000 in career prize money and 23 wins from 50 starts. The next chapter for Shez Ryleymak was a breeding career. “We made the decision to get her in foal and decided on top stallion Art Major,” explained Hillier, On 23 October 2012 she produced a beautiful colt which turned out to be Ryley Major. “We put him in the Tasmanian Yearling Sales with a reserve on him of $25,000 but failed to get a buyer, so we decided to take him back home and break him in and get him ready for the upcoming two-year-old season,” Hillier said on the initial sale attempt. In 2015 he showed more than enough ability as a youngster to tell Hillier that the bar needed to be aimed reasonably high. “I set him for the yearling sales classic race first-up which he won but I realised he still had plenty to learn and would definitely be better with age,” Hillier said. Ryley had another five runs as a freshman which resulted in four third placings with three of them behind the state’s best juvenile of that season Hillview Jake, and the other coming behind another top youngster at the time Origin Cronk. After a good break Hillier felt that Ryley had matured and was in for a big season, a prediction that would quickly prove to be accurate. He was first-up in Devonport when winning impressively and that was the start of a three-year winning streak of eight in a row including the Tasmanian Derby where he beat a quality field featuring El Major and Code Black. “It was a huge thrill for me to win my first Derby and I thought this is the horse I’ve been waiting all my life for,” said the trainer on that Derby win which was just the tip of the iceberg. Two months later Ryley was a dominant winner of the Globe Derby Sire Stakes beating his archrival Hillview Jake. After his dominant local performances, he was set for the three-year-old Breeders Crown Series at the end of the season at Melton, a race for which he was well in the market at around $6.00. Unfortunately, two weeks before the semi-final Hillier noticed some heat in Ryley’s tendon so that trip never came to fruition and it was the end of his season. He was given 6 months out in preparation for another campaign before another setback occurred. “I couldn’t believe it, I noticed heat in his other tendon so went back to have another scan and he had injured his good tendon. “To say I was devastated when leaving the clinic was an understatement and I just didn’t know what to do so we decided on another 12 months in the paddock,” Hillier said on the character-building experience that showed how fickle the racing game can be. Another year down the track and Ryley Major was ready to go again, preparing to trial but Hillier suspected that something wasn’t quite right with his star pacer, so it was back to the vet for another precautionary scan. “This time the clinic scanning machine wasn’t working and the vet suggested we inject his tendon to see if that would help in any way. “The initial thoughts weren’t positive as his leg blew up like a balloon and got infected. I was told by someone that he would never race again and in fact he could be fighting for his life,” Hillier said on one of the hardest times of his training career. But as time went by, thanks to plenty of time at the beach and some adoration from Hillier’s daughter Makenna, he could see that Ryley was feeling much better in himself and the swelling was beginning to pass. After being kept in cotton wool it was time to see if Ryley would stand up to getting back to the races so Hillier started putting the work into him and Ryley would pass his tests with flying colours. After over 900 days away from the racetrack Ryley returned to test whether he could produce the goods on race day and on 17 March 2019 he made his long awaited comeback showing he had lost none of his ability by proving too good for a handy field in Launceston. “The feeling for myself and all involved was one of joy and satisfaction as it had been a long gut wrenching and agonising 33 months away from the track,” Hillier said looking back on a day of relief for the family. Understanding the previous setbacks Ryley had, Hillier was keen to strike while the iron was hot and a week later took him across to Melton, a race where he would win with ease. Upon returning to Tasmania the Launceston Mile was the next target which would see Ryley pitted against against a quality field including the state’s two best pacers at that stage in Harjeet and Scooterwillrev. It was built up as a great contest which eventually saw Ryley hold on to beat Harjeet in a slick time of 1:56 which told Hillier that he was back and could continue to race on. Ryley then went through the Easter Cup series where he ran second in his heat and you could argue he was a bit unlucky in the final when he flashed home late for third. He has now been up for nearly twelve months with a few little freshens along the way. He has had 22 starts for 17 wins and five placings amassing more than $130,000 in prize money, winning many of the state’s feature races including the Tassie Golden Apple and the Group 3 Triple M Hobart Pacing Cup. In coming months Ryley has the state’s two biggest races the Tasmania Cup and the Easter Cup on his radar where he is sure to be a leading contender despite being handicapped to the very best of his ability. Looking back on Ryley’s journey, Hillier credits the team effort it has taken to get the Dally’s Farm operation to where it is today. “My brother Troy has been a crucial cog in the wheel. He’s always there to give a helping hand despite running his own business (the local bakery),” Hillier said. Troy decided to follow the family tradition and take out his concession driver’s license at age 35, following in the footsteps of the successful Craig Hayes in getting his concession drivers licence at an older age compared to most others. Troy is an accomplished horseman in his own right and in recent years has taken out his own trainers’ licence where he has enjoyed plenty of success, including with his first horse Robyn Scherbotsky winning nine races. Rohan Hillier has taken great pride in seeing the work his daughter Makenna has done with Ryley Major and she may continue the family name in Tasmanian harness racing. “She could of been a young driver but has decided to apply for her trainers’ licence and has just recently leased former quality open class horse Dapper Dana who is also returning from a tendon injury,” explained the proud father on his daughter’s budding training career. Hillier’s wife Katrina has always supported him with everything he’s wanted to do, especially when he decided to become a full-time trainer. “That’s something no amount of money can buy,” said the trainer on the support from his wife. In recent times Conor Crook has joined the stables and the impact has been noteworthy. Crook has shown that he has a future in the industry as he’s prepared to work hard and most importantly willing to listen and learn as much as possible. “His driving has improved so much that I’m happy to put him on and sit on the sidelines,” said Hillier on Crook who has also recently taken out his trainer’s licence and won the St. Mary’s Cup with Koolaz Elvis. Rohan’s brother Troy joked about Conor getting a rare chance to drive the stable star Ryley Major. “Talking to the boys around the stables they did mention that Ryley is untouchable so when Conor was able to drive in a race a few weeks ago it was a chance of lifetime,” laughed Troy Hillier. Both Hillier’s reserve their greatest thanks to their parents for the guidance they’ve received. “The biggest thanks of all goes to my late father Brian and my beautiful mother Geraldine as without their guidance I wouldn’t be the man I am today and along with my brother Jerome and Troy it has held us in good stead later in life. “It was Dad’s passion that got me into the harness racing game as he loved the industry and competitive nature and that’s something I will cherish forever,” said Rohan Hillier. Personally, I have not seen a story like the Ryley Major one in my time in the industry. To have a star three-year-old breakdown at the peak of his powers and to return after three tendon injuries in three years would be an achievement in itself. To then have the record of 22 starts for 17 wins and five placings is a testament to his ability and now 11 wins in succession is something I haven’t seen in my time in the game.   Jamie Cockshutt for Tasracing

The results of recent racing in Tasmania has provided a fillip for the Tasmanian Harness Sale, to be held at Carrick Park on Saturday. There’s been a swag of winners with close relatives in the sale including Frankie Falzonie, a winner at Devonport and Elwick, and his half-brother Ark Fury (Launceston). The pair are half-brothers to the Granny Smith winner Ark Breeze, the dam of Lot 1, a Racing Hill colt. Kohanah, one of the State’s most outstanding three-year-olds and a double winner at Elwick recently, and Fowsands, a winner at Kilmore, are both closely related to Lot 13, a Well Said gelding out of Itz Gemmas Delight. Kohanah has won six of his nine starts to date including the Tasmanian Sweepstakes and Golden Slipper. The smart mare Bremusa, who won at Launceston and Elwick recently, features in the second remove of the pedigree of Lot 19, a Rock N Roll Heaven filly out of Vishpala. Rock N Roll Heaven, who is in fifth position on the sires’ list, is the sire of the Ballarat Cup winner A G’s White Socks and the Blacks A Fake victor Let It Ride (1:49.4). He is represented by three lots in the sale. Sweet Lou, the sire of Group 1 winning fillies Double Expresso (WA) and Sweet On Me (NZ), has a single entry in Lot 14, while Modern Art, the sire of the Victorian 4YO Bonanza winner Lochinvar Art (1:48.6), is represented by Lot 15. The ill-fated Hurrikane Kingcole, the sire of the VHRC 3YO Classic winner and Victoria Derby fourth placegetter Youaremy Sunshine, has Lot 16 in the catalogue. Sunshine Beach, one of this season’s leading three-year-old sires, has two fillies in the sale – Lots 8 and 21. The on-line catalogue, with photos of the yearlings, can be viewed here.   By Peter Wharton for Tasracing.com.au

A 10-year-old ex-claimer chestnut gelding in Tasmania has earnt himself a "home for life" after combining with bubbly teenage harness racing driver Georgia Hayward for her first race win at the weekend. Hayward, 17, with just 11 drives behind her, showed all the poise in the world to land the money with 100/1 shot It Is A Glacier (It Is I-Glacier Girl (Chill Factor) in the Launceston fast class race at Mowbray. "We've been racing him mostly in the claimers, but he won't be ever going back into those. I can pretty much guarantee that at the end of his racing he has a home here forever," a thrilled Hayward, based at Scottsdale, 60kms north-east of Launceston, said. "We didn't think he was good enough to go around in discretionary races, so he's probably gone around in the claimers for eight out of the 12 starts he's had for us and with a $5000 price," she said. Hayward said she was hopeful It Is A Glacier's good stand-start speed would allow her to find a good position. And from the outside front row draw, she found the back of old-timer Destreos soon after the start. "I thought we may have been going a bit quick early. I can't remember ever thinking I might be the winner. Even when the horse on my outside Ideal World dropped off and I got into the clear, I was still pretty relaxed," she said. "Then when I hit the front near the finish line there was a lot of tears. I realized I was going to win. I couldn't believe it and couldn't stop crying. I was just so happy because most of my family was there watching. "It was a day that I'll remember for a long time that's for sure. My mum Louise and 'Pop' John haven't missed any of my races, and dad David is there most of the time, depending on his work." Happy smiles: from left trainer Kent Rattray with It Is A Glacier. Winning driver Georgia is with her parents David and Louise, while “pop” John, Georgia’s brother James, and “nan” Julie join the celebrations. (Stacey Lear Photography) The pacer is known around the stables as "Meggs" (because "he's a 'ranga' and they're all known as Ginger Meggs") and Hayward said he was already a family favorite, even before his weekend win. "My brother James is listed as the owner, but Meggs is definitely family owned - most of them have some ownership, and I hope some of them put a few dollars on because he paid $157 on the TAB," she laughed. "We didn't go out or anything to celebrate-I think I just grabbed some KFC on the way home. I would really love to win another race soon because I could then buy my own ute and give dad his car back." Hayward said it was planned to give "Meggs" an easy time before aiming him at the heats of the Easter Cup. "I'm still on cloud nine, so I'll keep enjoying it for a bit yet." Hayward said while her family had been in the sport for a long time, she became interested only a few years ago. "My great grandparents Lawrence Hayward and his wife Lennie where involved along with my pop John Hayward, racing horses like Swishinover and Swishinon," she said. "We moved to Scottsdale from Ringarooma. "It was a lovely town where we used to live, but it's becoming smaller by the day. We shifted because of work and schooling. "I'd been involved with pony club for years and Wayne and Kent Rattray came knocking on the door to see if I wanted to help out at their stables," she said. So that's where it started, and Kent now trains our horse. "We've had Meggs since early last year and got him off Peter Romero who is at Chiltern, near Wangaratta in Victoria." Hayward last year spent five months working with James Rattray at his stables in Exeter, nearly two hours from Sydney. "I learnt a great deal and would love to go back and spend more time there."   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Veteran reinsman Peter Dornauf is still counting his blessings after escaping serious injury in a spectacular harness racing incident. In an action-packed Launceston Discretionary Stakes on Sunday night, Dornauf got his horse away like a bullet from a 10 metre handicap, only to be confronted with another runner rearing high in the air and in his pathway. "It's strange when you are in a dangerous situation, just what goes on in your head. I remember thinking that this could be the end for me. I was very, very lucky. I really was," Dornauf said. "I could see what was unfolding. But I couldn't dodge too much and try and avoid it. I was worried my horse was going to cop the brunt of it-then I would have been in big trouble with my wife Karen!" he said, tongue-in-cheek. The drama unfolded after take two of the $12,000 standing start feature event, conducted at the picturesque Mowbray Racing Centre by the Launceston Club. When the tapes were released, Jaccka Len in barrier two, dwelt briefly before rearing up high in a full stretch despite the efforts of reinsman Ricky Duggan. Starting from the inside of the 10m handicap, Dornauf had Sea Double Ugrant out of the blocks like a shot out of a gun. Jaccka Len then twisted toward the inside and come down just when Sea Double Ugrant was darting through the inside. "For a split second I thought the horse was going to come crashing down on mine," Dornauf said. "But he got me instead. I didn't get hit as bad as it appeared on the race reply. It could have been way worse as he could have come down a lot harder," he said. "I got knocked out of the sulky pretty smartly and landed in under the running rail. I initially thought I'd broken my arm, but my biggest worry was my horse. "He gets really cranky when he's stirred up. Thankfully the sulky stayed upright when he took off. The clerk of the course Richard Housego did a great job and was able to grab him before any harm was done." Watch the race replay here (make sure you watch the head-on vision!): Check out on-course photographer @Stacey Lear's brilliant series of shots here: Dornauf said he ended up with a sore wrist and some back pain. The sensational series of photographs captured by Stacey Lear "There's a few other aches. I've been lucky because I've been driving for nearly 50 years and haven't had too many falls. But now Karen and my 12-year-old grandson Dylan reckon I'm too old and want to sack me!" he said. "I actually only took the drive because Mark Yole was unavailable because he had a horse of his own in the race. Our horse won a few starts back and we have the Easter Cup at Launceston in mind for him-but I won't be driving him!" The Dornauf family are well-known through the deeds of former super mare of the late 1980s and early '90s -Jane Ellen (Torado Hanover-Ima Goldie (Golden Alley). She was a winner of 29 races from 42 starts for an impressive $375,000 bankroll. Jane Ellen, bred by Karen, won at her fourth start in a 2yo event at Launceston when trained and driven by Peter. She won again later at Carrick before entering the all-powerful stable of the time, Bob and Vin Knight, who strung together nine consecutive victories with the pacer. Jane Ellen went onto win many group one and other top races in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Hobart. These included the Victorian Oaks Preview and $60k final, Ladyship Cup final of $30k at Moonee Valley, 4yo and 5yo Championship at Harold Park, 1990 Mildura Pacing Cup heat and $30k final, and the George Johnson Stakes of $30k in Hobart.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Ryley Major continued his dominance of the Tasmanian harness racing scene when he scored an effortless win in the Group 3 Triple M Hobart Pacing Cup at Ladbrokes Park last night. Sent out the shortest price favourite in the history of the race at $1.06, Hillier allowed the gelded son of Art Major to stroll to the lead at the 1700 metre mark in the 2090 metre mobile start event. “I thought there might have been a bit more speed early, but as it turned out the speedsters went back and made it for him a little bit,” said trainer-driver Rohan Hillier after the race. “I think Todd (Rattray) was a little bit dirty on himself that he didn’t hand up last week so once he had done that work early, I thought we would find the top,” added the Beauty Point-based horseman. From there the race was a procession with the pacer dashing home in a 56.77s last half mile to score by 8.6 metres over Izaha with 2015 winner Star Chamber a short half-head away third. The mile rate for the event was 1m 57.77s. Ryley Major had 982 days away from the track following a tendon injury after racing at Melton in July 2016. He returned to the track in March this year where he has won 16 races. “I have got to give all credit to the people at the stable, Troy (Hillier), Conor (Crook) and Makenna (Hillier) … he gets looked after pretty well this horse, if he is not at the beach, he is in the pool or we are doing something with his legs so I can’t thank them enough,” said Hillier who explained there was a stage where he didn’t think he would get the pacer back to the track. “He came back after 12 months and wasn’t going to make it so we gave him another 18 months off and this time he has stayed sound so touch wood he can,” said Hillier with the win being his third in the race after winning with Im Barney Rubble in 2017 and Waiona in 2011. The win was the tenth in a row for Ryley Major, the record for the greatest number of wins on Tasmanian soil in succession is held by Halwes at 13, with Resurgent Storm and Happy Prospect recording 12 wins on end. Ryley Major will be chasing his eleventh win in a row in Hobart on 16 February. “We have got the Metropolitan Cup next week and I think we will go there, and then head towards the Tasmania Cup,” Hillier said. The $75,000 Group 2 Tasmania Pacing Cup will be held on 14 March with heats to be held on 1 and 8 March.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

The Group 3 Hardings Hotmix Devonport Pacing Cup headlined a great night’s action in Devonport on Sunday night where we saw a deserved winner in Illegal Immigrant who raced wide for the final 1200 metres in the Group 3 event. This Friday night in Hobart we see the feature races continue with the $25,000 Triple M Hobart Pacing Cup before we head to Launceston for the Final of the Harry Holgate Memorial and the Launceston Discretionary. The Stars Illegal Immigrant – deserved a feature race win and he finally got that when he scored in the Group 3 Hardings Hotmix Devonport Pacing Cup. The American Ideal gelding is trained and driven by Troy Hillier who part-owns the pacer along with his wife Michelle. Illegal Immigrant was purchased out of New Zealand in November of 2017 and in his time in the Hillier stable the gelding has won 15 races and $125,000 in prizemoney. Gotta Good Reason – led all the way to score at his first start since arriving in the state in the Tas Freight Dash For Cash. The recent Mark Yole stable addition was able to hold the lead over the 1930 metre trip from the pole draw. After holding the lead concession driver Troy McDonald was able to get a 63.9s first half mile before recording quarters of 29.5s and 29.5s to record his thirteenth career win. Melnrowley – from the Craig Hayes stables she was able to break her maiden status on debut in the $12,000 Carlton and United Breweries Belmont for the two-year-old fillies. The daughter of Heston Blue Chip was also driven by Hayes, raced outside the leader in a 67.4s first half mile before being too tough late in a 61.0s last half. Ben Yole – trained a treble on the Devonport card including two trifectas and one quinella. That quinella was in the $12,000 Jeremy Rockliff Coastal Pacing Thousand where $35.00 chance Hezatoff stormed home to win after enjoying a soft run on the pegs. Gareth Rattray – Drove a treble on the card including Hezatoff along with Devil Of Tyne who scored a narrow victory earlier in the night. The master driver’s last win came with Colby Sanz in the final race on the card where he proved too tough for his rivals after racing outside the leader for a large portion of the race. Multiple Winners Launceston – Friday evening Conor Crook – driving treble; Lip Reader, Monarkmac and Laid Back Kenny, Rohan Hillier – training double; Lip Reader and Monarkmac. Devonport – Sunday evening Ben Yole – training treble; Tarleton Riley, Shestryingtactics and Hezatoff, Gareth Rattray – driving treble; Devil Of Tyne and Hezatoff and Colby Sanz, Troy McDonald – driving double; Tarleton Riley and Gotta Good Reason. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Launceston – Friday evening Lip Reader 57.05s, Juniper 57.61s, Arctic 57.62s, Chris Be Quick 57.71s and Tizyalator 57.79s. Devonport – Sunday evening Illegal Immigrant 58.83s, Chasing Cheetahs 58.87s, Gotta Good Reason 59.00s, Just Say Go 59.07s and Smart Little Shard 59.13s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Launceston – Friday evening Hit’s: Resurgent Storm $3.50 into $2.90 and Sunoflindenny $2.60 into $2.15. Defied The Drift: Resolute Ruler $4.80 out to $5.00, Monarkmac $3.80 out to $4.80 and Laid Back Kenny $6.50 out to $7.00. Missed: Witch Master $10.00 into $5.00, Border Cross $14.00 into $6.00, Heza Rummage $16.00 into $9.00, Sweet Luck $21.00 into $10.00 and Lake Eye $21.00 into $12.00. Devonport – Sunday evening Hit’s: Tarleton Riley $11.00 into $7.50 and Melnrowley $2.10 into $1.90. Defied The Drift: Devil Of Tyne $6.50 out to $10.00, Shestryingtactics $8.50 out to $17.00 and Gotta Good Reason $9.00 out to $15.00. Missed: Amendment Thirteen $6.00 into $3.50, Flight Officer $19.00 into $8.00, Chasing Cheetahs $3.60 into $3.00, Smart Little Shard $5.50 into $4.20, Dasher Houli $9.00 into $6.50 and Jimmy Smalls $3.00 into $2.50. Trial File Hobart – Monday evening Four trials were staged in Hobart on Monday evening where the Bianca Heenan-trained Betterbsweet recorded the quickest winning mile rate of the session in 2m 5.5s in a rating 54 to 59 trial. The daughter of Betterthancheddar was able to lead in the trial to score a four-metre trial with Christian Salter in the sulky. Other winners included The Shallows who scored in a standing start trial in 2m 6.3s after starting from a 20-metre handicap with Iden Reactor (2m 6.1s) and Royal Reactor (2m 7.4s) scoring in the other trials. Carrick Park – Monday evening Six-year-old gelding Artiflash was the quickest trial winner of the seven trials held at Carrick Park. The Ben Yole-trained gelding scored by five-metres over Ready To Fire. Rohan Hadley took the reins in the rating 64 or better trial with the mile rate for the 2150 metre trip recorded in 2m 3.3s with the last half mile covered in 61.2s. Other winners included: Machbev (2m 8.8s), The New Man (2m 5.6s), Peaceful Thomas (2m 6.2s), Shady Story (2m 11.1s), Mozasu (2m 15.9s) and Jeans Mattjesty (2m 10.2s). Week Ahead It’s Hobart Cup weekend and it kicks off with the $25,000 Triple M Hobart Pacing Cup on Friday night at Ladbrokes Park Hobart. The final field will be released later this afternoon, but it is expected that star pacer Ryley Major will headline the race with Izaha and Call Me Hector expected to be some of the names in the final field. Sunday night in Launceston we see the running of the $12,000 Harry Holgate Memorial Final. Heats of the race were staged on Friday night where Lip Reader and Resurgent Storm were the two heat winners. The $12,000 Launceston Discretionary is another feature on the card over 2200 metre trip where Sea Double Ugrant, Somedan, Ideal Wold and Poker Storm all share the 10-metre back mark. Some horses with a Tasmanian connection this weekend include; Melton – Saturday night Race 2 Horse 8 Blingittothemax. Menangle – Saturday night  Race 6 Horse 2 Ignatius, Race 7 (Group 2) Horse 12 Max Delight.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

After a frustrating run of finishing just behind the placings in several feature races, seven-year-old gelding Illegal Immigrant finally broke through for a feature race win when he took out Sunday nights Group 3 Hardings Hotmix Devonport Pacing Cup. From the ten-metre back mark, trainer-driver Troy Hillier got the pacer away safely to settle one-out and six-back in the $30,000 event. The race changed complexion at the 1200 metre mark when the race leader Ideal World got his offside hind leg caught up in a hopple shortener cord which saw him gallop back through the field before being retired from the race. At the same point of the race Hillier commenced his move three-wide on the back of 2017 winner Pachacuti, Hillier then had to make another move four-wide at the 550-metre mark. “When I got on to Pachacuti’s back I thought he would take me into the race but he didn't take me that far in the end,” explained Troy Hillier after the race. The move four-wide at that stage of the race was probably a fraction earlier than Hillier would have liked as Illegal Immigrant only has one dimension. “He is just a sprint sprinter and that’s all he can do,” said the trainer-driver. Illegal Immigrant had a fight on his hands late when $41 outsider Goggo Gee Gee put up a brave fight over the concluding stages to just miss by a neck with Full Speed Ahead who raced outside the leader before taking up the lead mid-race finishing a further 3.9-metres away third in a mile rate of 2m 5.2s for the 3020 metre trip. The wining trainer-driver said that he wasn’t disappointed with the effort of the pacer the start prior when fourth on 19 January in Devonport. “He had missed a fair bit of work in the lead up to that race … I gave him a good hopple last weekend and he had a good gallop during the week,” he said. Hillier indicated after the race that he will miss Friday’s Hobart Pacing Cup with the gelding who he part-owns along with his wife Michelle. “I’ll freshen him up now, I will let Rohan (Hillier) win with Ryley Major next week,” he laughed. The main target for the gelding will be the features during the Tasmanian Harness Racing Autumn Carnival including the $75,000 Tasmania Cup in Hobart in March and then onto the Easter Cup in Launceston in April. Illegal Immigrant arrived in the Hillier stable after winning three of his first 13 starts in the south island of New Zealand in November of 2017. “He was a cheap one from New Zealand but he has certainly paid his way and a lot more,” said the Beaconsfield baker about the pacer who has won 15 races and just under $125,000 in prize-money since joining his stable.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Spreyton trainer Chris “Slim” Aylett will be hoping five-year-old gelding War Dan Star can put an end to several hard-luck stories when he lines up in the Elders Insurance Launceston Pace tonight at the combined harness and greyhound race meeting in Launceston. War Dan Star hasn’t won since 30 December 2018 when he led all the way to win by 14 metres at Carrick Park. The gelded son of Western Terror has been placed in five of his 11 starts this season including being defeated a head in a heat of the North West Plate in Burnie on 20 December before being defeated a half-head in the $12,000 final in Devonport on Boxing Night three starts ago. “I have been happy with the way he has been finishing off his races his last four starts,” said trainer Chris Aylett ahead of tonight’s race. “We had a couple of good draws in a couple of standing start races but it is a nice change to get an inside draw in a mobile start race that’s for sure,” said Aylett about the pacer that has drawn inside barrier five in a mobile start race on two occasions in his last 15 mobile start races. War Dan Star arrived in the Aylett stable as a two-year-old who had been placed in one of his four starts and is part-owned by a close family friend of the Aylett’s, Warren Viney. “Warren has been a close friend of the family for a long time, he pretty much grew up next to Mum,” explained Aylett who juggles training around running his excavations business. Aylett was keen to point out the pacers best form is when he is able to lead. “He has led in two of his four wins,” he said. “When he last won at Carrick, he went super so he can do it that way if driver Gareth (Rattray) desires,” added the trainer. “I don’t tell Gareth what to do that’s for sure,” said the Spreyton based trainer. War Dan Star opened the $3.20 favourite this morning on the Tasracing Offical Price over Ima Birubi Boy at $4.40 with last start winner Iden Forest on the third line of betting at $5.00. The first of 15 races on the dual code meeting commences at 16:07 with the first harness event scheduled to jump at 17:48. Race one of the greyhound card will be on Sky Racing 1 with all remaining races on Sky Racing 2 like always all races will be shown on TasracingTV’s Live Stream.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

When trainer Matt Cooper received a phone call back in April last year, he never expected what would unfold over the next eight months. In 2003 Cooper made the decision to buy a property in the middle of Tasmania at Oatlands as he always had the passion to one day become involved in harness racing. At that time Cooper was employed by TOTE Tasmania working in the race day control offices, a job which he enjoyed because of the involvement in racing. “It was a job I loved as it was about horse racing,” said Cooper. “When the government made the decision to sell the Tote to Tatts about 10 years ago my job was made redundant, so I became a sub-contractor for Greg Worlsey transport as a courier driver, and it’s the job I still do today along with my life partner Chantal,” recalled Cooper looking back on what initially took him away from racing. It was a good friend of Coopers in driver Justin Campbell that brought him back into the racing game and started down the path he is on today. “A good mate of mine Justin Campbell asked me to go and give him a hand in the early days and without his guidance I wouldn’t be where I am today. “That led to me purchasing my first horse which was Just Say. He was only a battler but that’s when the racing bug really kicked in,” Cooper said looking back on his first purchase that never recorded a career win from 26 starts. Cooper’s next couple of purchases didn’t bring much more success, but his passion for the sport never waned. “Then along came the well named Inthedoghouse who ran a few placings which was good to get a few cheques along with Mes Elsu. Those three pacers taught me so much about the harness racing game and I knew then it wouldn’t be easy, but I was passionate and that’s all that mattered.” In 2016 persistence finally paid off for Cooper with his first winner delivered by Onemorelaugh. “I saw Onemorelaugh for sale for $4,000 and I made the decision to purchase him and on the 8 January all my dreams came true as he became my first winner as a driver and a trainer which is something that I will never forget,” said Cooper with pride. That win got the ball rolling as the prizemoney was used to fuel additional purchases as it so often does. “With the prizemoney from that win I decided to buy a horse called Call her Julie from Ben Yole who had her for sale for $2,000”. That purchase price would prove to be a bargain, with the mare going on to win 12 races with the crowning glory coming in 2018 when she was named Tasmanian Mare of the Year. “She was able to win first-up which was a huge thrill and she continued to go through her classes, reaching open company, winning 12 races and close to $100,000,” Cooper said looking back on the first star of his stable. Call Her Julie put the name Matt Cooper on the map which led to him receiving a phone call about Julie’s brother, Call Me Hector. “I received a phone call in April last year from David Jack who formerly trained Julie, he had her full brother in Call Me Hector who had shown ability in his two and three-year-old days. “David asked me if I was interested in leasing Hector as he was going in for some knee operations and he would be out of action for a while. Before he finished asking, I said yes, I’ll arrange the transport as soon as possible. I got off the phone and I couldn’t believe my luck,” recalled Cooper reflecting on a conversation he had with his partner Chantal at the time. Call Her Julie’s career came to an end as she went off to foal to star stallion Betting Line but with her full brother to look after, Cooper couldn’t have been happier. Call Me Hector had his first start for Cooper on 9 May over 1609 metres in Hobart. “I was confident he would run a good race but when he sat parked and rated 1:57 and beat some handy types I thought how lucky I am to get another very nice horse,” said Cooper about the son of Art Major who was sent out $3.50 at his first Tasmanian start. Call Me Hector went on to win four out of his next six starts with the Golden Mile his biggest win. He now has eight wins in Tasmania with numerous placings behind the state’s best pacer Ryley Major. Cooper then looked interstate at options for his pacer and set Hector for the Mercury80 series at Melton over the short trip of 1200 metres due to his quickness. “He is quick, and I thought it would suit him and it would give me the opportunity to not be racing Ryley. “I rang Justin (Campbell) who had relocated to Victoria over 12 months prior to see if I could send Hector over to him, and of course he said send him over,” said Cooper on the Victorian campaign. With Cooper being a concession driver, Campbell had to take over the driving duties for his first Victorian start where he was sent out a big price over 2678 metres at Cobram. “He was a bit out of his depth first-up in the Cobram Cup but still ran a big race as he was wide the last lap. “He then started in a heat of the Mercury80 where he was three wide the trip and only got run down late which qualified him for the final,” advised Cooper. It was last week that Cooper found a more suitable race over the 1720 metre trip which was right up Call Me Hector’s alley. Hector drew barrier four which was ideal as he would bully his way to the lead and with his normal racing pattern run them a long at a solid clip. He was always in control and when Justin Campbell went for him at the top of the straight, he looked home but over the concluding stages he had to call on all his fighting qualities to hold off a couple that flashed home from back in the field. That win in Victorian metropolitan company was a triumph for Cooper and Campbell that they rarely thought may have happened, particularly in the early days. “It’s amazing to think that a hobby trainer from Oatlands who has been self-taught could win a metro race at Melton and give us both career highlights as it was both of our first metro winners,” said Cooper on a journey that doesn’t look like ending anytime soon. Call Me Hector lines up on Saturday night in the final of the Group 2 $50,000 Mercury80 over the 1200m trip which is no doubt his toughest test to date. He has drawn wide (8) and has three Emma Stewart-trained runners drawn to his inside, so he will need plenty of luck to come his way, but one thing is for sure he will be there giving a 110%. The wild man from Oatlands as Matty Cooper is affectionally known as will be there cheering on his star who he calls Hector the Cheque Collector. It could be the biggest cheque of all if he happens to salute the judge first. Matty is greatly appreciative of everybody who sent him well wishes last week after Hector’s win. He loves the industry and will be involved for as long as he can put a bridle on a horse. Let’s Go Hector!   Jamie Cockshutt for Tasracing

Oatlands trainer Matthew Cooper tasted metropolitan success at Melton last Friday evening when his pacer Call Me Hector led all the way to score in a $20,000 event in a slick mile rate of 1m 55.2s with former Tasmanian Justin Cambpell in the sulky. Closer to home the first two-year-old race of the season was held in Launceston on Friday which was won by Yeah Mate before we headed to Devonport on Friday where there were many highlights. This week we have a combined harness and greyhound meeting in Launceston on Friday night, the last meeting of the season on King Island Saturday before a great afternoon’s action in Hobart on Sunday. The Stars Yeah Mate – the Paul Ashwood-trained, Mick Maxfield owned and bred pacer was able to win on debut in the Keith Stanley Debutante Stakes, the first two-year-old race of the season in Launceston last Friday. Driven by Rohan Hillier, the gelded son of Western Terror was able to sit one-out and one-back before peeling three-wide at the top of the home straight to score by 5.3 metres in a mile rate of 2m 0.3s. Vouvray Beach – the Rodney Ashwood-trained pacer was able to lead all the way in Devonport on Sunday to score in the Ladbrokes Mares Incentive after burning the candle at both ends of the race. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere is starting to wind down her racing career as she is currently in foal to Betting Line. Somedan – recorded back to back victories when he led all the way in the Roberts Rural Pace, the field saw many that would be on a path to the Devonport Cup with Somedan able to defeat $91.00 outsider and stablemate Perfect Mach by a short half head with Poker Storm 7.9 metres away third. Somedan was driven by Troy McDonald and was one of five-weekend winners for trainer Ben Yole. Geoff Smith – left the Devonport card on Sunday with a training double. Laid Back Kenny scored a 20.4-metre victory in the S & M Horse Transport Pace with Conor Crook in the sulky before Chris Be Quick defeated Midair Meltdown by a short half-head in the Collins Homes Pace which was a stable quinella for Smith. Marc Butler – trained the first winner on the card at both the Launceston and Devonport meetings. Beachboy Butch recorded back to back wins in Launceston on Friday with A Spanish Dance winning first up in his care in Devonport on Sunday by 13.4 metres in a handy mile rate of 2m 0.3s, both winners were driven by Ricky Duggan. Multiple Winners Launceston – Friday evening Ben Yole – training double; Rocknroll Music and Just Say Go, Taylor Ford – double; drove Just Say Go and trained Ark Fury. King Island – Saturday afternoon Graeme Keeley – training double; Stevie Jolt and Ruffalo. Devonport – Sunday evening Ricky Duggan – driving double; A Spanish Dance and Vouvray Beach, Geoff Smith – training double; Laid Back Kenny and Chris Be Quick, Ben Yole – training treble; Frostyflyer, Someday and Coveffe Hustler. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Launceston – Friday evening Beachboy Butch 55.24s, Witch Master 56.07s, Southern Gnp 56.32s, Alaphilippe 56.46s and Jimmy De Panda 57.52s. Devonport – Sunday evening A Spanish Dance 58.00s, Ready To Fire 58.02s, Chilla Breeze 58.25s, Illegal Immigrant 58.44s and Hafter 58.50s. Tasracing Official Price Launceston – Friday evening Hit’s: Just Say Go $9.00 into $7.50 and Ark Fury $7.00 into $6.00. Defied The Drift: Beachboy Butch $3.40 out to $5.00, Iden Forest $4.20 out to $5.00, Yeah Mate $4.40 out to $4.80, Rocknroll Music $7.50 out to $10.00 and Paint The Wind $4.80 out to $5.50. Missed: Raffaello $31.00 into $18.00, Alaphilippe $14.00 into $7.00, Rainbow Phoenix $5.50 into $4.20, Rocknovertime $4.40 into $3.30, Im Full Tilt $6.50 into $5.00, Cardinal Spec $12.00 into $8.50 and Sermac $3.00 into $2.50. Devonport – Sunday evening Hit’s: A Spanish Dance $4.60 into $2.70 and Frostyflyer $4.20 into $2.70. Defied The Drift: Chris Be Quick $8.50 out to $14.00. Missed: Mostly Spirit $15.00 into $10.00, Tarleton Riley $18.00 into $10.00, The Lemondrop Kid $9.00 into $7.50, Goggo Gee Gee $15.00 into $10.00, Perfect Mach $151.00 into $81.00, Blackbird Power $41.00 into $17.00, Just Say Go $5.00 into $3.60, War Dan Star $4.80 into $4.00 and Blossom Grant $4.00 into $3.60. Trial File Carrick Park – Monday evening The Rohan Hadley-trained, Rohan Hillier driven Believe In Forever recorded the quickest winning mile rate of the night when he scored a two-metre victory in a rating 64 to 86 trial. Believe In Forever, a gelded son of Rock N Roll Heaven rated 2m 2.8s after racing behind the leader at the bell to hold off All Style Sammy and Border Cross. Hadley drove Secluded Beach, a stablemate to Believe In Forever who broke gear in the trial and finished some 40 metres behind the winner. Other winners included; Im Barney Rubble 2m 13.7s, Ima Birubi Boy 2m 12.3s, De Marco Beach 2m 17.1s, Machbev 2m 19.7s, The New Man 2m 6.8s, Jimmy Smalls 2m 6.7s and Tisu Spirit 2m 6.1s. Week Ahead The Launceston Pacing Club and Launceston Greyhound Racing Club will stage a combined race meeting on Friday night with seven pacing races to be staged on Sky Racing 2. The first harness event kicks off at 17:48. On Saturday afternoon the King Island Racing Club will stage their last meeting of the season with two harness races and five thoroughbred races making up the seven-race card. Sunday afternoon the action turns to Hobart with the Top Of The Town Bakery New Norfolk Pacing Cup, Toreace Flying Mile, E C Plunkett Memorial and the Art Meeker Memorial Matron Stakes all $12,000 features on the program that commences at 13:24. The meeting will feature a hosted live stream service on TasracingTV. Interstate at metropolitan venues some of our Tasmanian representatives include the last start Melton winner Call Me Hector who lines up in the Group 2 Mercury 80 Final over 1200 metres in Melton on Saturday night, which is the middle night of the Summer Of Glory carnival. Owned and trained by Matthew Cooper of Oatlands, Call Me Hector will start from barrier seven in the event that is due to start at 19:33. Melton – Saturday night Race 4 (Group 2) Horse 8 Call Me Hector, Race 5 (Group 1) Horse 7 Max Delight. Menangle – Saturday night  Race 3 Horse 9 No Apachemee, Race 8 (Group 3) horse 3 Harjeet and Horse 9 Ignatius.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

More than 75 percent of the dams represented in this year’s Tasmanian Harness Sale to be held on Saturday, February 15 at Carrick Park are race-winning mares or winner-producing mares.   Among the race-winning dams are the Group winners Ark Breeze (Granny Smith Stakes), Cloudy Delight (Evicus Stakes and Tas. Sweepstakes), the feature race winner Lady Elaine (Tas. Sale Classic), the Group placegetter Itz Gemmas Delight ($56,652) and the talented racemares Miss Ruthless 1:58 ($84,053), Danamite Lass 1:55.9 ($60,348), Boutique Art ($47,208) and Sheez Classical ($40,354).   The dams listed in the catalogue have left the Group and feature races winners Modern Ruler (NSW Garrard’s Pace) and Angel Or Demon (Tas. Matron and Mother Of Pearl) and the Group/Listed placegetters Tambros Milly and Class Tells.   The grand-dams of the yearlings have left a host of smart performers such as the multiple Group winner Pachacuti 1:51.7 ($394,731), Sheez Exclusive (Evicus and Bandbox), Strezlecki Lady (Shepparton Gold Cup), Glenwood Jasper (Crystal Stakes), Fortino (Burnie and New Norfolk Cups), Drifting West (Tas. Sires Produce) and Bremusa (Mother Of Pearl). Yearlings are eligible for Tasbred, Vicbred and the NSW Breeders Challenge.   The on-line catalogue, with photos of the yearlings, can be viewed at tasracingcorporate.com.au   By Peter Wharton

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

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