In-Form harness reinsman Nathan Ford notched four winners on the eight-event card in Hobart tonight but he saved his best from the feature race the heat of the Hobart Pacing Cup over 2579 metres aboard Ransom Olds. Ford's other winners were Itswhatilikeaboutu for Christian Salter along with Mighty Jasper and Star Chamber that he trains. But his best winning drive was aboard Ransom Olds that started favourite in a heat of the Hobart Pacing Cup. Ransom Olds began well from his 10-metre handicap but not as well as interstate invader Amadmancomesundone that found the front easily. But Ford wasn't content with the tempo so he sent the Tony Petersen-trained gelding to the front two laps from home. A lap from home novice driver Dylan Ford eased Laterron off the fence to work to the "death" and that mare forged clear turning for home and looked set for victory when she booted 10 metres clear. But like a brave prize fighter Ransom Olds got up off the mat and came again to score in the last few strides. The $20,000 Hobart Pacing Cup will be run at Tattersall's Park in a fortnight. Peter Staples
THE Tony Petersen-trained Ransom Olds lost no admirers with a gallant fourth in the $40,000 Tasmania Cup at Tattersall's Park last Sunday so those who supported the gelding will no doubt be keen to rally for him in tonight's heat of the Hobart Pacing Cup at the same venue. Ransom Olds has started four times this preparation for two minor placings but his fourth last week was good enough to suggest he can be the testing material for his rivals in race seven tonight. The heat boasts only a small field of six with Ransom Olds, Greysteel and smart mare Laterron likely to do battle for favouritism. Greysteel has not started since mid July when third of seven in ka free-for-all over 2200 metres in Launceston. The Zeke Slater-trained nine-year-old has a terrific first-up record and from barrier five he could have enough speed to either lead or grab the one-one spot if Ransom Olds finds the front. Slater also has Laterron engaged and this talented mare comes off a game third in the George Johnson behind Delightful Christian and Arts Bliss last Sunday night. The interesting runner is the sole interstate invader Amadmancomesundone from the Craig Knowles stable at Mitchell Park. Amadmancomesundone hasn't won since March last year and the closet he has come to winning a race recently is a fifth at Swan Hill in a field of nine and seven metres from the winner. The Melissa Maine-trained Spot Nine (gate 2) and pole marker Udoit have only moderate form from recent outings and would need to improve significantly to cause an upset. Peter Staples
Talented harness racing trainer-driver Rohan Hillier almost heaved a sigh of relief when his handy six-year-old Sugastikysweetstuf was not claimed after he won the Impress Print Claimer over 2200 metres at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston last Sunday night. Sugastikysweetstuf was expected to start a short-price favourite in a four-horse field of claimers but instead the money came for former Victorian Five Oclock Affair that was having its first start in the state for the Tony Petersen stable. Five Oclock Affair was backed in to start the $1.60 favourite but it was even shorter on the Tote until some late money arrived for Hillier’s six-year-old gelding that started the second elect at $2.20. Sugastikysweetstuf settled last in the small field but when Hillier peeled out four-wide to make his charge on the home turn the Modern Art gelding quickly hauled in his rivals and went on to score by over a metre from Five Oclock Affair with Will It Matter almost 12 metres away third. Sugastikysweetstuf could have been claimed for $10,000 but there were no bids entered “He certainly looked well placed in that grade and to be honest I was almost certain he would be claimed,” Hillier said after the win. “He should just keep winning these claimers but sooner or later he is going to be claimed,” he said. Sugastikysweetstuf has won 10 from 36 starts as well as a dozen minor placings for career stake earnings of just under $60,000. The gelding is owned by Hillier’s wife Katrina and this was the gelding’s first attempt in a claiming race. At $10,000 Sugastikysweetstuf (Modern Art-Late Arrival x What’s Next) would be an ideal horse for the Queensland market and possibly be capable of winning a couple of metropolitan class races. by Peter Staples
Top Tasmanian harness racing trainer Tony Petersen erred on the side of caution when asked if there was plenty of scope about his latest stable acquisition Guvnor despite the gelding making it two wins in succession last Sunday night.
When New Zealand bred pacer Ransom Olds first arrived at Tony Petersen's stables at Mangalore about four months ago the harness racing trainer didn't quite know what to make of the then four-year-old that clocked a rate of 1m.54 on debut as a three-year-old.
Star Tasmanian harness racing pacer Our Sir Jeckyl sounded a warning to all other Easter Cup aspirants when he scored an emphatic win in the Metropolitan Cup over 2579 metres in Hobart on Sunday night.
One of Tasmania's star free-for-allers Our Sir Jeckyl delivered arguably one of his best performances to score a narrow but emphatic win in the Cannonball Charge (1609m) at Tattersall's Park in Hobart last night (Sunday March 4).
One of Tasmania's best harness racing pacers Our Sir Jeckyl returned to the winner's circle with a brilliant all-the-way win in the Governor's Cup over 2579 metres at Tattersall's Park in Hobart tonight. It was the first time Our Sir Jeckyl had drawn a front line gate in almost 18 months and the seven-year-old gelding made the most of it.