Day At The Track

Hadley on fire at Devonport

02:47 PM 07 Apr 2018 NZST
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Rohan Hadley
Rohan Hadley
Peter Staples Photo

Rohan Hadley has long been regarded as one of harness racings leading reinsmen in the state.

Rohan showed his class and expertise at Devonport on Friday night steering home a treble with Sophias Angel (pictured) in race one the Collins Homes Mobile, followed up in the third the Mitavite Mobile with Midair Meltdown and capped off his successful night with Jeans Mattjesty in the Derrico Cycles Pace.

Sophias Angel made it two wins on the trot for trainer John Castles, backing up from its Hobart win on March 23 to come from the one-out-one-back position to sprint over the top of  Additallup and Class Tells to win by four-metres from Whosashadylady and Molly Malones.

Midair Meltdown took full advantage of the odds-on favourite Albayzin galloping right on dispatch point from the inside draw and assumed control racing through the first turn.

Hadley dictated the terms to perfection on the Ben Yole-trained six-year-old gelding and ran the last half in 59.1 seconds to hold its rivals at bay in the last circuit.

Rohan’s final win of the night came in the Derrico Cycles Pace, angling Jeans Mattjesty off the leaders back at the 200-metre mark and charging down Moto Kenny before being forced to defy Im Born To Rule in the home stretch to score by 2.5-metres.

The Ben Yole-trained nine-year-old picked up its seventh win of the season with the victory, returning a slick mile-rate of 2:01.8

Mi Ju Dan broke its maiden status for a Westbury trainer Rodney Plunkett coming from well back in the field to score in the John McKenna Race Night Vet Pace.

The four-year-old gelding was having the eighth start of its career and just its second of the season when John Walters worked to the outside of the field in the final circuit.

Mi Ju Dan, specked early in betting ran right up to the confidence and mowed down the leaders turning for home, going on to win by an impressive seven-metres on the line.

Hannah Van Dongen found the top early with Regal Idea and rated the seven-year-old gelding a treat in the CUB Pace over 2297-metres.

Regal Idea hit the line strongly to record its tenth career victory and its second of the season from eight appearances.

Campaign Drive turned in a sensational performance to storm home over the top of the opposition to claim the Impress Print Pace over 2297-metres.

Todd Rattray was as cool as cucumber behind the Heath Szczypka-trained seven-year-old gelding saving Campaign Drive for one crack at them.

Scraping the outside fence Campaign Drive rounded up the leaders in the home straight to win by a metre over Rattlenhum.

Todd joined forces with Colebrook trainer Kevin Denny to land Better Pay Me a winner in the Roberts Mobile after having no luck early in the affair.

The state’s reigning premiership driver snagged the six-year-old gelding back to the tail after being trapped out three wide without cover and again bided his time before calling upon Better Pay Me which unleashed a sustained sprint from last to nail Devil Of Tyne on the line to win by a half-head.

Gareth Rattray got in on the act when he extricated the Tim Maine prepared mare Better Go Go off the pegs from behind the leader and dashed home out three wide on the track to score its first win of the season and the second of its career.

John Walters completed a winning double when he lifted the Brian Mackrill trained Berty Mack to its second victory at Devonport with a courageous effort to hold out Ideal Fella in the run to the post.

The favourite Krafty Boy galloped in the first circuit and lost 80-metres before steadily making ground to finish a gallant third.

Ken Rattray’s two-year-old colt Rowley made it two wins from three starts by winning the Hardings Hotmix Mobile in effortless fashion.

Mark Yole sat Rowley outside the early leader Danger Of Tyne but cruised him to the front at will when called upon to score by 14-metres.

Shane Yates

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