Well bred harness racing mare Romantic Moment (Time Stands Still-Perhaps Love) is proving to be a handy addition to Heath Szczypka’s stables. Romantic Moment landed in Szczypka’s care about five months ago after one of his long time stable clients, Brendon Morrison, purchased her for $2500. Morrison called on a few family members and friends to become shareholders and the mare gave them a great start by winning at her first try for her new owners at New Norfolk in March. “She’s missed a cheque only twice since I’ve had her so she’s done a good job so far,” Szczypka said. On Sunday night in Hobart the four-year-old mare produced a barnstorming finish to win a C0-C1 over 2090 metres with claiming driver Adrian Collins aboard. Sing And Dance led and set a leisurely tempo and she looked to be travelling well heading down the back stretch the last time. But when she capitulated on the home turn a wall of horses emerged for the charge to the line with Romantic Moment the widest runner. Under strong driving from Collins, Romantic Moment stuck her head out right on the line to score by a half-neck from Our Gypsy Rose with Mon Soie a metre away third. Collins said the mare was courageous over the concluding stages. “When I made my move in the back straight she was three-wide with cover on the back of Mon Soie but when that mare found the death my mare was exposed a bit early,” Collins said. “But to her credit she found enough to keep in touch and let down like a good horse over the concluding stages,” he said. Romantic Moment showed a lot of promise as a two-year-old when in the care of Paul Belcher who is now trying his hand at politics with the hope of success at the upcoming state election. Romantic Moment won at her second race start and went on to finish second to the state’s top juvenile filly at the time, Cloudy Delight, in the $25,000 Betfair Sweepstakes final. However she couldn’t recapture that form as a three-year-old last season. Szczypka says the four-year-old mare is capable of winning again. Romantic Moment is owned and raced by Brendon Morison with Paul Turner, Cheryl Scott, Keith Morrison, June Morrison, Kevin Morrison, Daniel Morrison, Steven Morrison, Warren and Leanne Viney. Peter Staples
Prominent Tasmanian harness racing breeders Fred and Pauline Barker have made moves to wind their enterprise down with a dispersal sale last weekend resulting in all of their breeding stock changing hands.
The Raider Stakes final at the Devonport Showground on Sunday night (April 29) was billed as a harness racing showdown between archrivals Beautide and Quastor Centurion and the two four-year-olds didn't let the public down.
One of the most popular harness racing stallions to stand in Tasmania in the past two decades, Time Stands Still, has returned to Tasmania for two seasons.
Former star juvenile pacer Quastor Centurion returned to the harness racing winner's circle last Sunday night (April 1) with an effortless front-running display in the Kohnke Own Products Pace over 2200 metres. It was Quastor Centurion's first win this season and first triumph since he scored in Launceston back in June last year.
Forth harness trainer Geoff Smith landed a double ion his home track at Devonport on Monday night (May 9). Inthenickoftime scored an all-the-way win in the The Professionals C1 Pace over 2297 metres while Truly Blissfull rattled home from well back to outgun the hot favourite in the Easy pace over 1930m with talented young driver James Johnson aboard.
Last season's star two-year-old pacer Quastor Centurion is back on track for a tilt at more feature three-year-old races evidenced by his effortless harness racing victory in a C0 Pace in Launceston last Sunday night (April 10). The three-year-old gelding had no trouble in leading from the pole position and once in front he was rated superbly by driver Erin Hollaway who has partnered Quastor centurion throughout his racing career.
A terrific Cobram Cup day harness racing fixture was held at the popular Victorian venue on the border of NSW on Wednesday December 29, featuring the $25,000 Jim Phillips Memorial Cobram Pacing Cup for M0 or better class horses over 2678 metres and the $15,000 George Mance Cobram Trotters Cup for TMO or better (D-H) over the same distance, both attracting quality fields.
Rising Tasmanian harness racing star Gedlee could start a warm favourite in Sunday night's (december 26) Group 1 $100,000 Wrest Point Tasmania Cup after drawing favourably in gate two for the state's richest pacing event.
With the Tasmanian Yearling sale only a month away on January 8th in Launceston it's time to start flick through the upcoming catalogue and look at some of the lots that will go under the hammer in Australia's first harness racing yearling sale.
Tasmania has unearthed a potential superstar in four-year-old Gedlee that produced a remarkable harness racing win in Hobart on Monday night (November 29). Gedlee was having his third start for the season in C2 or better standing start handicap over 2090 metres at Tattersall's Park.
It's hard to believe Dodgermemate has taken so long to win a decent feature race. But in Launceston on Sunday night (November 28) the Geoff Smith-trained five-year-old scored an impressive harness racing win in the $10,000 Doug Martin Danbury Park Cup over 2698 metres.
Tasmanian harness racing fans will be flocking to Tattersall's Park in Hobart tomorrow night (Wednesday November 17) for the return to racing of last season's boom three-year-old Gedlee.
Underrated five-year-old pacer Denvers Boy notched his second harness racing win for the month when he led all the way to take out the David Sale Pace over 2090 metres at Tattersall's Park in Hobart on Sunday night (August 28)
Star Tasmanian two-year-old pacer Quastor Centurion earned a chance to tackle the Breeders Crown series in Victoria following his demolition of a first class harness racing field in the Dandy Patch sires stakes final over 2090 metres at Tattersall's Park in Hobart on Sunday night (July 18).
A seven-year-old which had not raced for almost two years made a successful harness racing comeback to the fray at Bendigo last Monday (June 28). Starting the public elect at $2.30, he was expertly handled by Brian Gath.