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The Country Cup’s Carnival rolls on today at Scottsdale with the running of the Bridport Hotel North Eastern Pacing Cup over 2692 metres. Reigning champion Full Speed Ahead (pictured), trained by Todd Rattray, will defend his title against last season’s Steve Davis prepared runner-up and this year’s St Marys Cup winner Black Centurian. “Black Centurian could almost drive himself to Scottsdale, he’s been there so many times and run off some stiff handicaps and been beaten narrow margins to some smart horses,” said Steve. “The track is only small but he just loves it, he can’t go a yard at Burnie but grows a leg when he spots the Scottsdale sign post.” The Ben Yole-prepared Perfect Mach is in search of its second Cup success in the space of a week after streaking away with the 7BU Burnie Cup for Hannah van Dongen last Friday to record its first Tasmanian victory. “We bought him as a Country Cups circuit horse but he hadn’t shown us a lot until last week, but on the strength of that run he has to be a chance today,” said Ben. The 2016 North Eastern Cup winner Major Callum is back for another tilt at the feature, the eight-year-old Art Major gelding was in the care of Juanita McKenzie when defeating Black Centurian by a head but is now trained by Brooke Hammond and will gain the services of Rod Ashwood for today’s assignment. The Todd Rattray-trained Meander Valley Cup winner Goggo Gee Gee has drawn the pole while Buster William, for Wayne Campbell, will be out to keep its North Eastern Cup Day record intact having won in 2017 as a three-year-old and again last year by 17 metres. Today’s Bridport Hotel North Eastern Cup programme, will be streamed live from Scottsdale at tasracing.com.au with a preview of the meeting with host Duncan Dornauf before the first, set down for decision at 16.37.   Shane Yates  

Star Tasmanian pacer Ignatius is an early scratching from Friday night's Launceston Pacing Club meeting. Trainer Todd Rattray made the decision tonight after he examined the results of blood tests showing the young champion had not fully recovered from a slight infection. "He's not far off being ready to start him but we wouldn't knowingly start any horse that wasn't 100% right so there will be no risks taken," said a disappointed trainer. "We were looking forward to seeing him race here in Tasmania in preparation for another mainland campaign but time is against now for that to happen." Ignatius (pictured), the reigning Tasmanian Horse of the Year and New South Wales Three-Year-Old of the Year, is being set for next month's $200,000 Chariots Of Fire at Menangle Park in Sydney. "Tonight's issue is a set back for sure, not a major one but a set back all the same, when you are coming up against the best horses in Australia everything needs to be going well, not mishaps here and there along the way," said Todd. "We are planning on a direct trip to Sydney with him and that just doesn't happen by clicking your fingers, we were hoping to give him one run here at home but that may be tricky now, he'll have to have a run prior to the heats of the Chariots so we will just have to play it by ear and see how it pans out."   Shane Yates

Black Centurian grabbed its second St Marys Cup in the space of four years for Spreyton trainer Steve Davis. The nine-year-old tuned back the clock to 2015, teaming up again with champion reinsman  Garerth Rattray to record a sensational victory over Dasher Houli for Spreyton trainer Steve Davis. “He’s been a great old warrior for us he deserved to win another feature Cup, he’s gone so close so many times,” said Steve. “Black Centurian’s victory in 2015 was exciting but to see him come out and repeat the dose four years later off 20-metres was a great thrill.” Black Centurian showed his usual speed off the mark to settle three back the pegs for champion reinsman Gareth Rattray sitting on the back of Dasher Houli which was camped behind early leader Alta Surreal who led from outside the front line. “As they turned for home Dasher Houli hit the front but Black Centurian was the widest runner and coming hard,” said Steve. “The pair came away from the rest of the field to fight out the finish with Gareth lifting him over the line in the last few strides to win.” The nine-year-old Jr Mint – Mon Poppy Mary gelding will now follow the same path as recent years on the Country Cup circuit. “We will head to Scottsdale again next week, he loves the track and been runner-up in the North Eastern Cup for the last three years,” said the dual code trainer. “Gareth will be sticking with him at Scottsdale and then he will contest the Devonport Cup, he ran fourth last year to Riverboat Jasper and in 2017 he finished second to Pachacuti so we know he’s up to it.” The win sparked a successful back half of the six race card for Gareth Rattray piloting home the last three winners Mavis Merle ($1.80), Black Centurian ($7.70) and Give Me The Night ($2.30).   Shane Yates  

Rohan Hillier pulled off a successful hit and run mission at Carrick Park on Sunday steering home three winners including two of his stable runners. Beachboy Butch (pictured) started Rohan’s winning run with a spectacular victory in the Rebecca White MP Pace. The Somebeachsomewhere-Lifeline four-year-old gelding had galloped in the score up at it’s two Tasmanian start so Rohan decided to take no chances. “I elected to keep him back 15 metres at the start and it worked out well he tends to as he fires-up in the field, he was a distinct last for the first half of the race but once we made our move at the bell I was feeling confident he had them covered,” said Rohan. “He sprinted up well under a good hold out four and five wide and went to the front on straightening, he dashed clear at the top of the stretch, I may have got to the front a little early because he switched right off but he was very impressive.” The Marc Butler prepared Adele Said provided Rohan with the middle pin of his driving treble with a sensational run from well back in the field. “Adele Said scored a dynamic victory, Marc (Butler) has her going really well that’s her third win for the season and she was unlucky not to win last time at Carrick when second to Alta Surreal,” said the Beauty Point reinsman. “They went hard down the back and that improved her chances and when I pulled her out wide on the track she hit top gear and it was all over.” Rohan’s second win as a trainer came with Im Compliant overcoming early troubles to swap them late for a spectacular victory. “Im Compliant had all sorts of issues early avoiding a few problems and I ended up the only place I didn’t want to be three back on the pegs,” said Rohan shaking his head. “When we finally got out at the 350-metre mark I thought we were racing for second place but he let down magnificently and sprinted home over the top of them like a very good horse, he may be a better sprinter than I originally thought.” War Dan Star got punters off on the right leg in the opener with Gareth Rattray piloting the Chris Aylett trained four-year-old Western Terror – Molly’s Lucky Star gelding to his first win of the season. The $1.50 favourite led all the way over the 2150-metre journey, skipping clear on the home turn to win by an ever-increasing margin of fourteen metres. Todd Rattray guided his Bettors Delight – Ashkalini six-year-old gelding to an exciting victory in the Maxfield Drilling Meander Valley Cup. Goggo Gee Gee had been given the run of the race before fighting off Iam Aw Sam and Ima Ginger Rogers to win by three metres, returning a mile rate for the 2650 metre staying trip of 2:04:3. Ricky Duggan surged Mi Ju Dan ($11.10) to the post to nail Pockets Of Courage in the very last stride to win by a short half head for Westbury trainer Rod Plunkett while Gareth Rattray completed a winning double when he lifted the Michael Smith trained All Style Sammy($13.30) over the line to defeat the favourite Illegal Immigrant ($1.20) by a head. Punters put their faith in the Rohan Hadley trained and driven Believe In Forever and they were rewarded with victory first-up from a six-month spell but just as they were thinking how easy this punting game is along came the Geoff Madden trained and driven Master Paige delivered a knock-out in the last at odds off $91.80, scoring by a lip over fellow outsiders Our Boy Johnny ($44) and Only A Myth ($35).   Shane Yates

Leading Female trainer Bianca Heenan and premier reinsman Ricky Duggan celebrated the new era of the Tasmanian Trotting Club in Hobart on Friday with winning trebles. Bianca’s successes commenced with the in-form Twenty Two Karat saluting after being backed into $2.90 favouritism in the Tasmanian Equine Veterinary Pace. Hannah van Dongen drove the Always A Virgin – Goldleaf four-year-old mare confidently finding the breeze early before scooting to the front and dashing clear at the 400-metre mark to notch up her fifth win of the season. Star Chamber ($2.40) showed he’s ready for the state’s feature races over the Christmas – New Year break with a powerful performance off the back mark in the Col Saunders Memorial Brighton Cup. “Star Chamber stepped away quickly from the 30-metre handicap and settled just worse than midfield, Rod (Ashwood) took The Aussie to the early lead and I had the co-backmarker Isaac on our back,” said Mark. “Approaching the bell I knew Ricky (Duggan) was getting itchy fingers with Isaac and looking to flush me out to give him cover but I was happy to make our move because I was confident he was travelling strongly.” Star Chamber, having its run back in the state from a mainland campaign, took over from The Aussie at the turn off the back but the ten-year-old Our Sir Vancelot – Courtney Breeze gelding still had Isaac stalking him. “The pressure was on and I was a sitting duck really, but that’s when his quality, courage and will to win to kicked in” said the premiership leading reinsman. “We turned for home a sulky’s length in clear and held Isacc all the way down the stretch.” Christian Salter handed Bianca her third winner for the night when Trumps Golden Boy ($5.00) trotted to back-to-back victories in the Alderbaran Park Trotters Mile. Ricky Duggan’s Christmas came early piloting home Streitkid ($2.70 fav) for Paul Hill, the Christian Salter prepared Madaboutthechase ($7.00) and the Rod Ashwood trained Still Hungover ($1.80 fav). Shane Yates

Classy six-year-old Taurisi proved he’s one of the best pacers in the state with his outstanding win in heat one of the Tassie Golden Applie Series  in Launceston on Sunday night. Punters who had backed the Todd Rattray trained and driven pacer into $1.70 had their hearts in their mouths until Todd extricated the Always’s A Virgin – Exclusif gelding away from the peg line at the 800-metre mark. With runs coming on his outside Todd sat quietly and although shuffled back to third last down the back the popular pick was now seeing daylight. Todd eased Taurisi (pictured) to the outside inside the 400-metre pole and he powered home down the stretch out five wide to gain the day in the last few strides over Mister Lennox, Offthetopofmyhead and Another Swinger. “Getting him away from the stand is always tricky, we didn’t lose a lot of ground at the start and we got a soft run which is what he needs in his races and I knew once we got into the clear he could run them down,” said Todd. Taurisi recorded a mile rate of 2.02.7 with the last half of 57.7 sec, but it wasn’t a race that was won on times, it was won by a cool-headed driver and a horse that showed his courage and tenacity to be never beaten. With the first heat run and won attention quickly turned to heat two and the eagerly awaited clash of Scooterwillrev and reigning Easter Cup winner Harjeet. The rock hard race fitness of the Craig Hayes prepared Scooterwillrev, the winner of five of his last six starts, up against Harjeet first up from a six-month spell. “Scooterwillrev was very impressive, finding the lead at the mile and running sensational sectionals coming home the last half in 55.6 seconds, but I was very happy with Harjeet’s effort to sit outside the leader and stick on so gamely in the stretch to finish third running those times,” said Todd. “He appears to have pulled up well, we don’t work him hard at home as he gets his fitness from racing so with the run under his belt he will strip much fitter for Friday night’s Gold Apple Final Todd was also aboard Harjeet’s half-brother Izaha in the second race of the night, the Roll With Joe – Our Zellweger four-year-old made it seven wins from a 12 start career with a herculean effort to defeat Secluded Beach by a head. “He was first up since May, started from outside the front line and to then race in the death and run the time they did of 1:56.1 for the mile was a super performance,” said a delighted trainer-driver. “Given he begins well from the tapes I might run him in the Country Cups but his main mission is the Raider Stakes at Devonport in May.”   Shane Yates

Bianca Heenan, Hannah van Dongen, Ben Yole , Mark Yole and Rod Ashwood all enjoyed successful evenings in Hobart on Friday picking up winning doubles. Bianca Heenan extended her lead in the Female Trainers Premiership with the first two winners on the card both steered home by rising star Hannah van Dongen. “Big Bang Raj ran right up to his last outing to win strongly from a tricky draw outside the front line, he began well but couldn’t get across without using too much petrol so Hannah just allowed him to settle midfield and waited for the early speed to come out of the race before making her move,” said Bianca. “Big Bang Raj got a breather in the middle stages and when the pressure came on at the 400 metre mark he was ready to go and he took over turning for home and burst clear to win easily, I was also happy with the run of stablemate Swap Me which ran on strongly to run the quinella at double figure odds.” Bianca and Hannah team up again in race two with Alta Surreal making it back-to back victories after scoring in style at Carrick on Sunday. “Alta Surreal (pictured) is in a rich vein of form he won powerfully last week and once he found the front I was feeling confident, ” said the Brighton trainer. “He was attacked and headed by Jake’s A Joy at the bell but Hannah didn’t panic, she was rating Alta Surreal well and at the 400 metre pole she lifted the tempo and he strolled away for five  metre win.” Ben and Mark Yole combined with seven-year-old mare I’m Paige coming from the one – one and Diamond Grace overpowering The Lemon Drop Kid after sitting in the breeze while Rod Ashwood was successful with the Juanita McKenzie prepared Isacc toppling stablemate Laredo Torpedo before saluting in the last for Ken Shorter with odds-on favourite Betterthanfetta.   Shane Yates

Punters following the runaway Bianca Heenan train will look to get the cash early on this evening’s Tasmanian Pacing Club card in Hobart. The Brighton trainer sits second on the State Trainers Premiership table behind Ben Yole and clearly heads the Leading Female Premiership with 14 wins, three months into the new season. Bianca joins forces with rising star Hannah van Dongen in the opening two races on the programme with Big Bang Raj ($5.50) and Alta Surreal ($3.00). Big Bang Raj (pictured), started off the second line and was fourth last at the bell before powering home to run second to Rocknroll Dancer in wet and wild conditions a fortnight ago and has drawn outside the front line for his latest assignment over the flying mile in the opener the Cascade Draught Pace. “Big Bang Raj has had no luck with the draws of late, he can mix his form a little but he has been going well this season, he was a winner in Hobart five starts back over 2090 metres and his last run in Launceston he was only beaten a little over three metres running fourth to Goggo Gee Gee,” said Bianca. “Hannah (van Dongen) has had a great start to the season and is driving with her tail up so while its a tricky draw I’m confident she will give him every chance.” Alta Surreal will line up in race two the Rexel North Hobart Pace over 1609 metres and has fared much better with the draw starting from three on the front row. “I was really happy with his effort at Carrick on Sunday, he’s been beaten a few times in close finishes so it was his turn to get the judges nod,” said Bianca “It was a tough run sitting outside the leader but he kept on finding in the stretch to hold off Adele Said to win by a head, I think he is going to be in the finish again.” This evening’s Tasmanian Pacing Club card, commencing at 17.40, may be viewed via the live stream service at tasracing.com.au. The meeting is the first leg of a huge doubleheader this weekend with the Launceston Pacing Club gearing up for the heats of the inaugural Tassie Golden Apple on Sunday with star pacers Harjeet, Scooterwillrev and Taurisi headlining the eight-event programme. Shane Yates

Champion reinsman Ricky Duggan was at his brilliant best at Carrick on Sunday steering home four winners on the seven-event twilight card. The first of Ricky’s quartet was enough to floor punters in the opener, charging home out in the centre of the track on the Adrian Duggan trained five-year-old mare Forever Ours ($17.90). “She’s a good little sit-sprinter, they went hard down the back which took care of most of them and she has a zippy 300 metre dash up her sleeve so when we were close enough on the home turn I was thinking we were going to be in the finish.” The Hall Of Fame reinsman provided punters with the smelling salts to lift them off the canvas in race two when he piloted the Rodney Ashwood prepared Sutter Hanover – Crystal Still three-year-old filly Still Hungover ($1.50) to the post five-metres clear of second favourite Our Wonder Woman. “Rod (Ashwood) had her primed for a first up tilt, he’s worked hard on her giving her four trials in the lead-up to Carrick so he deserved to reap the rewards” said Ricky. “It’s the first time I’ve driven her and she gave me a good feel, that’s her second win now from five starts and I’d say there are more wins ahead for connections.” Duggan made it three-straight to start the day with Ima Ginger Rogers ($4.80) saluting in race three over 2150-metres. “Ima Ginger Rogers did a great job to come off the 20 metre handicap and win like she did, it was a drop in class for her but she had to pull out something special to win,” said Ricky. “They dropped us off coming off the back but she rallied to the cause when she needed to and she hit the line strongly, it was her first win for season but I’d say she will pinch another one or two on that run.” Trainer Rod Ashwood completed a winning double in the last on the card with the consistent Miss Superbia ($10.20) leading all the way for victory. “She’s not a star but she is consistent, she hasn’t missed a place in eight starts this season and now she has put two together on the trot,” said Duggan. “We got away with an easy first three quarters of a lap and she had enough in hand to hold off the in-form Twenty Two Karat which finished powerfully.”   Shane Yates

There was plenty of action on the track in Tasmania last week at the meetings in Hobart and Devonport. There was some sad news off the race track with the passing of Sinbad Bay on Saturday at age 34. The winner of 22-races from 50-starts was bred by Maurice Keating and owned by Dick Hicks, who won six races in Tasmania when trained by Henry Green before he was sent to Victoria where he was trained by Bob Knight and Stephen Dove.  Some of his feature wins included the 1989 Victoria Cup, 1991 Group 1 Benson & Hedges Cup, 1991 and the 1996 Ballarat Cup. He was also one of the inaugural inductees into the Tasmanian Harness Racing Hall Of Fame. This week we have two Tier Two meetings with Burnie racing tonight and Carrick Park on Sunday afternoon. The Stars Rodney Ashwood – showed his ability as both a trainer and driver in Hobart on Friday. He produced a copy book drive to win on War Chest for trainer Eric Jacobson in race two, and was rewarded for his perseverance with Miss Superbia who broke her maiden status in race one. Ashwood rounded out the night with Redason in the Trotters event. Juanita McKenzie – not only was she a part owner of the first race winner Miss Superbia she also trained the quinella in the fast class race of the night. It was Remember Joe leading all the way to win by a head over Isaac. “Old Joe” was first up since mid-July and had no trial leading into the race. Paul Medhurst – it was great to see Paul Medhurst and Wendy Whelan in the winner’s circle with Rocknroll Dancer who had been racing well prior to his win on Friday. He was superbly driven by Ricky Duggan to win at odds of $41. Samantha Gangell and Mark Yole – both drivers recorded doubles on the six-race card in Devonport on Sunday. Multiple Winners Hobart – Friday evening Rodney Ashwood – three winners; driving double with War Chest and Redason and training double with Miss Superbia and Redason. Ricky Duggan – driving double; Miss Superbia and Rocknroll Dancer. Conor Crook – driving double; Jaccka Len and Ready To Fire. Devonport – Friday evening Ben Yole – training treble; Jakes A Joy, Pushkin and Karalta Dazzler. Samantha Gangell – driving double; Regal Major and Origin Billy. Mark Yole – driving double; Pushkin and Karalta Dazzler. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Hobart – Friday evening Taurisi 58.11s, Isaac 58.20s, Max Richter 58.23s, Mister Lennox 58.87s and Remember Joe 59.00s. Devonport – Sunday evening Iam Aw Sam 58.15s, Im Full Tilt 58.29s, Northview Dave 58.49s, Regal Major 58.53s and Busted 58.61s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart – Friday evening Hit’s: Jaccka Len $15 into $10 and Hashtag Finally $5.50 into $4.60. Defied The Drift: Miss Superbia $10 out to $12, Remember Joe $13 out to $16 and Ready To Fire $2.00 out to $2.40. Missed: Spot Eight $13 into $6.50, Frankie Falzoni $26 into $11, Grinable $51 into $31, Mister Lennox $3.40 into $3.00, Miss Atomic Betty $21 into $17 and Gaggle Coordinator $21 into $12. Devonport – Sunday evening Hit’s: Regal Major $26 into $9.00 and Pushkin $18 into $15. Defied The Drift: Jakes A Joy $6.00 out to $7.00 and Origin Billy $1.90 out to $2.20. Missed: Artarama $26 into $16, Ima Ginger Rogers $5.00 into $2.90 and Countdown $41 into $13. Trial File Hobart – Monday evening Five trials were held at the Elwick Racing Complex where the Steve Lukac-trained six-year-old Riley Coyote recorded the quickest winning mile rate of the night of 2m 2.7s. The gelded son of Art Colony was taken to the lead by driver James Austin and recorded the last mile in quarters of 33.5s, 29.2s, 30.8s and 30.2s to win by 45-metres. Other winners at the session included; Trumps Golden Boy (2m 14.2s), Albayzin (2m 5.7s), Still Hungover (2m 7.9s) and Blackjackhanover (2m 5.1s). Carrick Park – Monday evening Heza Rummage was the quickest winner at the Carrick Park trials when he recorded 2m 6.2s when winning a C1 and better class trial. After settling in third position, driver Mark Yole eased the pacer to the spot outside the leader from the six hundred metre mark, and was able to sustain that run to win by one-metre over Our Boy Johnny. They were twenty metres clear of the third place getter. Harjeet and Izaha both stepped away cleanly in a C3 and better standing start trial. Izaha lead till the top of the home straight till he was headed by Harjeet at the five hundred metre mark, who went on to win the trial by two metres in a mile rate of 2m 7.3s with the last quarter ran in 27.4s. The remaining winners were; Zhukov Leis (2m 5.1s), Our Wonder Woman (2m 8.1s) and Olivers Mate (2m 10.1s). Week Ahead Trainer Ben Yole will play a strong hand at the meeting in Burnie tonight where he will have a staggering 37-starters. Todd Rattray and Ricky Duggan in the driving silks they have worn this month. In early markets Yole trains three of the seven race favourites on the card including Sheer Strength (Race 3), Im Full Tilt and Iam Aw Sam (equal favourites in Race 4) and Karalta Dazzler (Race 6). Ubet have a $1,000 Quaddie Jackpot which commences on race two. The Burnie card will be the last meeting Todd Rattray will carry the Prostate Cancer Foundation colours that he has worn with fellow leading driver Ricky Duggan during the month of Movember. The first race will start at 17:19. Carrick Park will feature a hosted live stream service on Sunday afternoon for there seven-race card. The Shaw Property Development Pace has attached a strong field for the 2650-metre event. Laredo Torpedo will be looking to bounce back in to the winners list after galloping after the start and virtually taking no part in the race. Also engaged in the race is Riverboat Jasper who did a power of work out three wide over the final circuit when second in the Danbury Park Cup behind Scooterwillrev in Launceston last start. The first of seven races on Sunday is scheduled to start at 15:49. One scratching stands between Resurgent Spirit gaining a start in the 2018 Inter Dominion series, with the first round of heats to be held at Melton on Saturday night. The Tasmanian owned and bred pacer will be driven by Tasmanian born Alex Ashwood if he gains a start and will take the barrier position of the scratched runner, similar to a greyhound race. The gelded son of American Ideal is trained by Ashwood’s partner Kate Hargreaves. Last week it was great to see Devendra bounce back into the winners circle at Gloucester Park. Some of our runner this week include; Melton – Inter Dominion Heat Night (Round 1) on Saturday  Race 5, 6 and 7 Horse 14 Resurgent Spirit (emergency) Bunbury Cup – Saturday Race 6 Horse 11 Devendra Stawell Cup – Sunday  Race 7 Horse 6 Star Chamber Duncan Dornauf

Ten-time leading Tasmanian reinsman Gareth Rattray has had a slower start to the season than he is accustomed to. Gareth currently sits eighth on the 2018/19 Premiership table on seven wins, 10 off the lead set by Mark Yole, but that could all change at tonight’s Devonport Harness Racing Club meeting. Gareth has a drive in all six races on the card including leading hopes Tisu Bombbelle, North Star Lad,  Elect to Go and Safari Oakey. The Tim Maine trained Tisu Bombbelle will start from gate two on front line with the scratching of the emergency in race one, the Maxfield Drilling Pace over the sprint trip of 1930 metres. “She’s got a good draw tonight but it’s still going to be hard to cross Swap Me, I’d say James (Austin) will be keen to hold the top and if he does he’ s going to be hard to get over the top of,” said Gareth. “Tisu Bombbelle ran a solid third to Rattlenhum at her last run on the track when Try McDonald drove her in the Youngbloods Series and I will be planning on taking a forward position.” North Star Lad, trained at Northdown by Geoff Smith, has returned from a four length spell in top condition winning the first two races of his five-year-old season. “Geoff”s brought him back bigger and stronger, his two wins have been impressive both by convincing margins, he won at Devonport over Our Wonder Woman by seven metres which then went on and won in Launceston in good style, ” said the master reinsman. “North Star Lad showed the win wasn’t a flash in the pan by running down Laconic Jamane in Launceston last week, I’ll be looking to get a cart into the race at some stage and he will be hard to hold out.” Juanita McKenzie fresh from preparing Remember Joe for victory in Hobart on Friday night has Elect To Go in the third race the Collins Homes Pace. “Elect To Go is a six-year-old mare, she’s had 58 runs in her career and this will be her first start from the stand and her first look at the Devonport track so there are a few unknowns, on the plus side she ran a nice second to Kvitova Leis in the Mother Of Pearl last week in Launceston when she went around at huge odds ($76) after sitting outside the leader and battled on courageously.” said Gareth. “Kare MacLeod’s Safari Oakey (pictured) in race five is my other top chance, she’s come with the pole over the 1930 metres so this could be her best chance to break the ice, she was midfield first up so she will have derived improvement from the outing.” Tonight’s compact DHRC meeting, commencing at 17.57pm, may be viewed via the live stream service at tasracing.com.au Shane Yates

It was a bleak night for punters at the Tasmanian Pacing Club meeting on Friday in Hobart. The first five winners on the eight-event card all starting at double figure-odds with Ricky Duggan and Rod Ashwood both playing leading roles. The Sportswriter-Spice On Ice four-year-old mare Miss Superbia ($12) (pictured) was rewarded for her consistency in the opener, the Cascade Draught Pace, after running six straight placings this season for trainer Rod Ashwood she was finally first to greet the judge. “She’s been knocking on the door since August, she hasn’t missed a place since then and even though she is no star she is very honest and Rick (Duggan) handled her a treat,” said trainer Rod Ashwood. “Miss Superbia ran the gate from a wide draw over the 1609 -metre trip, spearing to the lead on settling and although she was pressured all the way by the favourite Mister Last was still travelling at the 400-metre mark before Ricky lifted the tempo and she kicked clear for a three-metre win.” Rod was in the winner’s circle again in race two the Rexel North Hobart Pace this time in the cart behind the Eric Jacobson prepared War Chest ($20). “War Chest has been a little off his best of late but he won three straight last year so I knew he had the ability to be in the finish and when they slackened off up front at the 1200 pole we whipped around the field to take our chances from the death seat,” said Rod. “We’d had plenty of rain late in the weak and the track was fairly heavy so up near the led was the place to be and he had a great battle all the way with the leader Pockets Of Courage and after a slugging go had enough in hand to hold off the fast-finishing favourite Sea Ugrant.” Duggan followed up in the third the Tasmanian Equine Veterinary Pace with the Paul Medhurst prepared Rocknroll Highlight producing the goods at $41, defeating fellow outsiders Big Bang Raj ($17) and Im Full Tilt ($16). Ashwood finished off the night on a more popular note with punters guiding home his Raceatrotter Syndicate trained trotter Redason ($1.85). “He’s been working well, the key was trotting all the way, he’s a good type and when he puts it all together he’s always going to be hard to hold out,” said Ashwood. “We had a charmed run on the tail of the 40-metre backmarker Ten Cassies and when Nat (Emery) ran to the front off the back we just tracked them into the straight before getting home over the top for a powerful win.”   Shane Yates

Rohan Hadley showed his expertise in the sulky in Launceston on Friday night landing a winning treble. Hadley, long regarded as one of the best in the business, plotted a perfect course on 30-metre backmarker Scooterwillrev (pictured) enabling the Craig Hayes prepared Somebeachsomewhere-Karamea Toastime five-year-old gelding to sprint clear of Riverboat Jasper at the top of the stretch to score a runaway victory in the Doug Martin Danbury Park Cup. “Scooterwillrev is a top line professional racehorse, Craig (Hayes) has him flying at the moment, we got away well off the 30 and were aided by the fact the front line was slowly away and there were no 20-metre runners,” said Rohan. “We hoped to get a cart into the race from Riverboat Jasper as he is as strong as they come and that’s the way it panned out, Scooter was cruising on the home corner and he has such a paralysing sprint so when I called upon him at the turn it was all over in the twinkling of the eye and he went on to score by a dozen metres (11.8 metres). Rohan had already lifted his five-year gelding Secluded Beach to its second win in just three Tasmanian starts in a stirring finish over Hez The One. “I’ve got a big opinion of him, he was formerly trained by John Tapp in New South Wales and Tappy believed he had more than his share of ability as well,” said Rohan. “I’m confident we can race him through his classes, he has a lot to learn but I believe he has the potential to be right up there with the top free-for-allers in the state.” Our Wonder Woman was the third winner for Rohan as a driver and the second leg of his training double. “She has now won two of her six starts and while she didn’t hit the line the way quite I expected I will continue to get more miles in her legs, she will race at Devonport next week and then press on with her campaign, she is almost certain to race at Scottsdale mid-January.” Conor Crook defied late challenges from Hannah van Dongen and Samantha Gangell to claim the  2018 6ty° Youngbloods Challenge. Conor all but sealed his rivals fate by finishing second on odds-on favourite Couta Rocks in Heat 5 before clinching the title by finishing fourth with Tisu Bombbelle in the sixth and final Heat. Hannah van Dongen closed the gap in the opening heat piloting Goggo Gee Gee to victory while Matthew Howlett gained maximum points in the final Heat of the series with the Bianca Heenan prepared $2.20 favourite Twenty Two Karat.   Shane Yates

CONOR CROOK managed to hold onto a slender lead in the Youngbloods Challenge series for novice drivers after snaring a minor placing from the two heats run at Elwick yesterday. Crook accrued 22 points from the first round of heats (x2) in Devonport last Sunday to take a three-point lead into yesterday’s two rounds. Crook partnered Witch Master to fourth place in heat three and his third aboard Frankie Falzoni for nine points was enough to keep him on top of the points table with 38. Crook leads by a point from Troy McDonald with Lachlan Dakin six points astern. Dakin stayed in the hunt for the title by partnering Twenty Two Karat to an all-the-way win in the first heat at Elwick yesterday. The Bianca Heenan-trained mare stepped straight to the front from gate two and Dakin rates the four-year-old superbly. Twenty Two Karat led comfortably to the home  turn where Dakin allowed her more rein and she slipped well clear and went on to score by almost eight metres from Streetside Classic (Georgia Hayward) with Rocknroll Dancer (Wade Rattray) a similar margin away third. McDonald powered his way into second place overall courtesy of a clever drive aboard race favourite Couta Rocks in the fourth heat. Couta Rocks began well from gate four but was unable to cross so McDonald eased out of the action and eventually allowed his charge to creep into the race. Once balanced in the home straight Couta Rocks forged clear and went on to defeat Goggo Gee Gee (Samantha Gangell) and Frankie Falzoni (Crook). McDonald earned six points for finishing fifth aboard Krafty Boy in heat three. The final two rounds of the series will be held in Launceston next Friday. The winner is determined on a point-score basis with 16 points allocated for first, 12 for second, nine for third, seven for fourth and six for fifth, reducing by one through to last place. Watch the race replay of Twenty Two Karat leading throughout to win the third Youngbloods Challenge heat with Lachlan Dakin aboard. Point standings after four rounds. 38 –  Conor Crook.. 37 – Troy McDonald. 31 – Lachlan Dakin. 28 – Samantha Gangell. 26 – Hannah Vandongen. 23 – Georgia Hayward, Taylor Ford. 17 – Matthew Howlett. 11 – Wade Rattray, Brady Woods.   Peter Staples

The future stars were out in force at the Devonport Showgrounds on Sunday afternoon when the first two heats of the 6ty Youngbloods took place, the six-race series continues in Hobart on Friday afternoon and again in Launceston the following week. It was a big week for the states leading trainer Ben Yole who trained five winners across the 14-races held last weekend. The only meeting of the week will be in Hobart on Friday afternoon for a six-race card that features a healthy Quinella Jackpot on the final race of the day. The Stars Riverboat Jasper – won his third consecutive NWTLHA Cup on Sunday in Devonport, the former Easter Cup and this years Devonport Cup winner was a tough winner being three-wide over the final circuit and was able to survive a protest to win the race. Conor Crook – found the winners circle on four occasions over the weekend, including his driving treble in Devonport on Sunday afternoon, last seasons leading junior driver currently holds a two-point lead in the 6ty Youngbloods Series. Lake Eyre and No Apachemee – these two Ben Yole trained pacers won four of the 14-races held in the state last weekend between them. After winning in Launceston on Friday night both horses were back in the winners’ circle in Devonport on Sunday. North Star Lad – it was great to see Shane Boon back in the winners stall as an owner of the first race winner on Sunday, Boon was sidelined from the sulky after a bad fall in Devonport on December 26, 2016. Multiple Winners Launceston - Friday Ben Yole - training double; Lake Eyre, No Apachemee, Rocknrollhighlight and My Jackofdiamonds. Rohan Hadley – driving double; Cardinal Art and Rocknrollhighlight. Troy McDonald – driving double; No Apachemee and My Jackofdiamonds. Devonport – Sunday Ben Yole – training treble – Lake Eyre, No Apachemee and Ready To Fire. Conor Crook – driving treble – Lake Eyre, No Apachemee and Rattlenhum. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Launceston - Friday No Apachemee 58.02s, Kvitova Leis 58.38s, Lake Eyre 58.87s, Im Full Tilt 58.92s and Iam Aw Sam 59.30s. Devonport - Sunday Perfect Mach 58.54s, No Apachemee 58.70s, Riverboat Jasper 58.71s, Im Compliant 58.78s and Goggo Gee Gee 58.98s. You can view sectionals from every runner from the meeting and more Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Launceston - Friday Hit's: General Jamane $9.00 into $3.20 (Price affected by late scratching of race favourite), Defied The Drift: Cardinal Art $7.00 out to $10 and No Apachemee $9.00 out to $12, Missed: Rainbow Phoenix $20 into $14, Goggo Gee Gee $8.00 into $6.00 and Ready To Fire $7.00 into $3.70, Devonport - Sunday Hit's: No Apachemee $4.20 into $3.10, Riverboat Jasper $8.00 into $7.00 and Ideal Karalta $7.50 into $3.60. Defied The Drift: Lake Eyre $3.20 out to $4.40 and Ready To Fire $7.00 out to $8.00. Missed: Good Feelings $16 into $11, Im Full Tilt $15 into $9.00 and Laconic Jamane $12 into $5.00 Trial File Hobart - Monday Laredo Torpedo looks set to continue on his winning way in Hobart on Friday afternoon and the Juanita McKenzie trained pacer warmed up for Fridays assignment with a trial victory on Monday night. It was a standing start trial over 2090-metres which was run in good time for a standing start trial. The mile rate was 2m 1.8s with the last three quarters all ran in under 30-seconds. The gelded son of Bettors Delight settled last in the field of three and was able to defeat Grinable by five metres with Isaac a further metre away in third spot. The remaining trials were won by Betterthanfetta (2:09.8) and Castor Troy (2:03.2). Carrick Park - Monday The husband and wife team of Adam and Natalee Emery combined to win the opening trial with seven-year-old gelding Devil Of Tyne, who recorded the quickest winning mile rate of the session of 2m 5.1s when he won a C0-C1 trial over 2150-metres. It was the first time Devil Of Tyne has been seen at the track since May 20. He won the trial by 15-metres over Laid Back Kenny. Remaining winners included; Safari Oakey (2:09.6), Buster William (2:11.0), Gypsys Crown (2:09.6) and Kilburnie North View (2:07.0). Week Ahead The 6ty Youngbloods continues in Hobart on Friday afternoon with the third and fourth heat of the six-race series taking place. Heat Three is race two on the card where the inform Mornings takes on her toughest field since arriving in the state. Samantha Gangell has been drawn to drive the Ben Yole trained pacer who is undefeated in five Tasmanian starts and has drawn wide on the track in barrier six. Race Six sees the fourth heat of the series where Troy Mcdonald has been allocated the drive on the expected race favourite Couta Rocks. The Marc Butler trained pacer won by over 22m here two starts ago and did a lot of work in the run last start in Launceston when finishing third. Punters have a few reminders for the Hobart meeting. The first is the early start of 13:57, Ubet have a $1,000 Quaddie Jackpot which commences on race five. Ubet also have a healthy $6,992 Quinella Jackpot on race eight, judging on previous jackpots of this nature the pool is expected to be in excess of $35,000. Friday’s meeting will be the first meeting of the season to have a hosted Live Stream coverage commencing with a preview at 13:30. A number of former pacers that had raced in Tasmania have been performing well in the past week including the former Troy Hillier trained Gotta Go Henry who recorded a time of 1m 53.3 at Menangle on Saturday night, of those that still have a Tasmanian connection racing interstate this week we see: Gloucester Park - Friday Race 5 Horse 7 – Devendra. Menangle - Saturday Race 1 Horse 10 – Pachacuti, Race 4 Horse 2 – Shesallapples, Race 5 Horse – 7 Rykov Leis, Redcliffe - Saturday Race 6 Horse 6 – Vande Velde.

It has been another big week in Tasmanian harness racing circles. The most successful Tasmanian driver of all time, Ricky Duggan rewrote the record books when he scored on Laredo Torpedo on Friday night. Star pacer Ignatius, who is back in the state and is in work for trainer Todd Rattray was still winning in New South Wales on Saturday picking up two awards at the annual Harness Racing New South Wales awards night. This weekend we have two meetings in the state kicking off in the twilight zone in Launceston on Friday evening before a rare Sunday afternoon meeting at the Devonport Showgrounds. The Stars Ricky Duggan - the New Norfolk based reinsman rewrote the record books on Friday night when he became the first Tasmanian driver to record 1600-wins win he steered Laredo Torpedo to victory. Duggan's resume includes a staggering 24 Tasmanian Sires Stakes Finals, five Devonport Pacing Cups and the Launceston Pacing Clubs premier race the Easter Cup on three occasions. Ignatius - In New South Wales on Saturday night the star three-year-old was crowned New South Wales three-year-old of the year and the New South Wales three-year-old Colt and Gelding of the year. Earlier this month Ignatius was crowned Tasmanian three-year-old of the year and Tasmanian Horse of the year. James Austin - returned to the sulky after an enforced lay off and certainly became the punter's pal for those who backed Long Ago in from $41 into $26 in the opening race. Brystabella - this four-year-old showed ability in her first two starts but in her third race track appearance the headaches began for trainer Sandra Hills, after three trials Brystabella was back to the race track and put her best foot forward to win her first race at only her third racetrack appearance. Taylor Ford - after recently outdriving her concession claim the Brighton reinswoman continued on her winning way with a driving double on Friday night aboard Jacks Command and Bounty Eyre for trainer Bianca Heenan. Multiple Winners Hobart - Friday Ben Yole - training double; Long Ago and Lake Eyre. Bianca Heenan - training double; Jacks Command and Bounty Eyre. Taylor Ford - driving double; Jacks Command and Bounty Eyre. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Hobart - Friday Taurisi 56.10s, Mister Lennox 56.62s, Drayton 57.04s, Max Richter 57.11s and Laredo Torpedo 57.25s. You can view sectionals from every runner from the meeting and more Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart - Friday Hit's: Long Ago $41 into $26 and Secluded Beach $3.50 into $3.30, Defied The Drift: Jacks Command $5.50 out to $8.00 and Bounty Eyre $3.70 out to $4.20. Missed: Jakes A Joy (11th) $17 into $6.00, Frankie Falconio (8th) $41 into $26, Witch Master (4th) $18 into $13, Medal Of Honour (3rd) $4.20 into $3.90 and Rusty Red Comet (8th) $51 into $31. Trial File Hobart - Monday Three trials were staged at the Elwick Racing Complex on Monday evening where. The Chris Howlett trained pacer Rockin An Runnin recorded the quickest winning mile rate of the night of 2m 5.4s. Driven by Matthew Howlett Rockin An Runnin sat behind the leader in the free horse field and was able to win by two metres over Elect To Go and Grinable. Rockin An Runnin is part-owned by successful thoroughbred owner-breeders, Paul and Elizabeth Geard, has had three trails back since his last start second in Launceston on April 15. The other two trials were won by Feelin Dusty (2m 10.4s) and Diago Rules (2m 6.1s). Devonport - Monday The Geoff Smith trained Regal Major recording the quickest winning mile rate of the night at the Devonport Showgrounds on Monday evening when he recorded 2m 2.3s in a C1 to C4 trial over 2297-metres. Driver Charlie Castles took the pacer to the lead and was able to defeat his former stablemate Moto Kenny by two meters with a further two metres back to the third placed Bettor Go Go. The remaining trials were won by; Red Shed Robbie (2:07.7), Lead Singer (2:06.5), Jaminas Joy (2:05.2) and Mister Last (2:05.1) Week Ahead The first of two meetings this week is in Launceston on Friday night where the Nichols Sound & Communications Stakes is the main race of the night. A field of 11 will face the starter under Standing Start conditions, including the Heath Szczypka trained Reign Of Pain will step out for the second time since arriving in the state. The Armbro Operative gelding was doing his best work late when finishing 3.7-metres behind Full Speed Ahead when fourth in the Show Cup in Launceston on October 19, he will start off a 10-metre handicap but comes back from a free-for-race to a C5 and better standing start. The Launceston meeting features a $1,000 Ubet Quaddie Jackpot gets underway at 17:31 with races one to three and race seven to be shown on Sky Racing 2 with races four to six to be telecast on Sky Racing 1. All races will be live streamed at Tasracing.com.au. The action then turned to Devonport on Sunday afternoon where the first two heats of the 6ty Youngbloods and the $12,000 NWTLHA Cup are the highlights on the seven-event programme. Conor Crook will be hoping to secure maximum points in heat one where he drives the Kate MacLeod trained Rattlenhum. Drawn the pole position where it is expected Conor will use the Riverboat Kings geldings gate speed like he showed last start in late September where he was able to lead from the pole position in Launceston in late September where he was grabbed late to be defeated 4.5-metres by Our Percius. The 6ty Youngbloods has moved from its traditional July time slot to give trainers and owners more options with there horses throughout the year with the six penalty-free races that clashed with the Botra Claiming Novice Drives series that was run under similar conditions in July. The fast class race of the day is the NTLHA Cup where the Shelley Barnes trained Chief Destroyer returns to the track since his second placing on at the Showgrounds on July 1. The race also sees the return of this year's Devonport Cup winner Riverboat Jasper who has a 20-metre handicap to overcome. The first race on Sunday commences at 13:28 and will be telecast on Sky Racing 1 and live streamed at Tasracing.com.au. Races four through to seven will be the legs of the Ubet Quaddie to fall into Ubet policy of having the last four races as the Quaddie legs for afternoon harness racing meetings. Ubet also have a $1,945 on the Extra Double which is held on races two and three. Interstate this week we see: Gloucester Park - Friday Race 5 Horse 4 Devendra, Melton - Saturday Race 3 Horse 5 The Bettormack. Menangle - Saturday Race 2 Horse 3 Rykov Leis and Horse 4 Pachacuti, Redcliffe - Saturday Race 2 Horse 6 Fioki and Race 6, Horse 2 Jerrys Jet.   Globe Derby - Saturday Australian Drivers Championship night, where Todd Rattray and Ricky Duggan will represent Tasmania:   Todd Rattray Ricky Duggan R1 11. TORQUE OF COURAGE 9. THE HIGH ACHIEVER R2 12. WAYNESFIRST 8. VANDANTA NZ R3 10. CLARENDEN VALOUR 8. GLIDER R4 3. BIEN HOA  5. KOTARE MAHDI  R5 2. OUR EL NINO NZ 11. HARRYS DAY OUT R6 4. I WANNA ROCKNROLL 11. MISSY MURDOCK R7 10. DRINKTOUS WROXTON 1. MAGICAL RIDE R8 3. POWER OF ATTORNEY  10. SKIPPY RASCAL    Duncan Dornauf

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