Day At The Track

Tasmanian Harness Highlights – 18 March

06:58 PM 18 Mar 2021 NZDT
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Bullys Delight, Harness racing Photo

It was a big night of feature racing in Hobart on Saturday night with the meeting headlined by the Group 2 Ladbrokes Tasmania Cup.

The race was won by the John Nicholson-trained Bullys Delight, who survived a double protest for the win after connections of the second placegetter The Shallows, and the third placegetter Lip Reader, exercised their rights to protest after reviewing the steward patrol films on several grounds, with stewards dismissing both protest.

Those trackside also saw one of the best mares in Australasia in Our Princess Tiffany take out the George Johnson in front of a packed house at Ladbrokes Park Elwick.

Hobart race again on Friday night before the big Australian Female Drivers Championship in Launceston on Sunday evening.

The Stars

John Nicholson – has been a regular at Tasmanian harness racing carnivals over many years and he tasted success in the states premier race with Bullys Delight and the Tasmanian Derby with the well-bred Alby Two Chains, who he also drove. Nicholson has invested in the Tasmanian product many times by purchasing horses out of the state, including Mi Coconut, the dam of Bullys Delight.

Dean Braun – is another that has been a regular at the state’s carnivals, and although things didn’t go to script with Willie Go West in the Tasmania Cup, he was able to leave the meeting with a treble. One of the best mares in this part of the world Our Princess Tiffany showed her class with an easy win in the George Johnson, while Annerie won at her first start since arriving in the country from New Zealand in the Group 3 Tasmanian Oaks. Braun also prepared Jaffa Josh to victory in the Eric Reece Memorial Final. Anthony Butt superbly drove all three winners.

Juanita McKenzie – produced a brilliant training performance with seven-year-old entire The Aussie who won the Henry Pullen Memorial. Driven by Ricky Duggan, The Aussie was first-up since June 2019, and the trainer had the pacer spot on for 2.6-metre victory.

Jordan Chibnall – notched up another win for the Team Teal Promotion when Deadly Assassin scored in the Des And Kay Logan Memorial. Chibnall has relocated to the state to take up a position with leading trainer Ben Yole, with Saturday’s win her first since relocating to the state.

Tasmanian Trotting Club – should be congratulated on the outstanding job they did on Saturday night, which saw one of the largest crowds in recent years attend the states premier race night, with the move to mid-March proving to be a successful one.

Multiple Winners

Hobart – Saturday evening
Dean Braun – training treble; Our Princess Tiffany, Jaffa Josh and Annerie,
Anthony Butt – driving treble; Our Princess Tiffany, Jaffa Josh and Annerie,
John Nicholson – training double; Bullys Delight and Alby Two Chains,
Ben Yole – training double; Artiflash and Deadly Assassin,
Rohan Hillier – driving double; Christian Jaz and Raining On Ringo,

Tasracing Calculated Sectionals

Hobart – Saturday evening
Annerie 56.32s, No Spring Secrets 56.74s, The Aussie 56.87s, Our Princess Tiffany 57.10s and Rocknovertime 57.21s.

View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here.

Tasracing Official Price

Hobart – Saturday evening
Hit’s: Christian Jaz $6.50 into $5.50, Artiflash $4.00 into $3.10 and Alby Two Chains $4.00 into $2.45.

Defied The Drift: The Aussie $4.00 out to $9.00 and Annerie $3.80 out to $9.00.

Missed: Ozzie Major $5.50 into $4.00, Blackbird Power $5.50 into $3.80, Blame It On Me $15 into $9.50, Tarleton Riley $11 into $7.50 and Momentslikethese $1.40 into $1.20.

Trial File

Hobart – Monday evening
The Paul Hill-trained Rocknroll Turbo is back in the state and was a trial winner in Hobart on Monday night.

The Rock N Roll Heaven gelding started his career in the Paul Hill stable before being transferred to the Rohan Hillier stable. From there, the pacer has been well-travelled racing in Victoria and Queensland, where he last raced in July 2020.

The winner of 10 races from 24 starts won his trial on Monday in 2m 6.5s, with the last two sections in 31.5s and 29.1s, when coming from last of the three-horse field at the 500-metre point.

Other trial winners included; Christian Major (2m 4.7s), Aunty Bessy (2m 7.4s), Iden Miss Lucy (2m 4.3s), Rocknroll Nitro (2m 5.0s) and Big Bang Raj (2m 7.8s).

Week Ahead

Friday: Hobart stage a six-race card that commences at 18:08, the meeting will be shown on Sky Racing 2 and TasracingTV.

Saturday: The Group 2 Melton Plate sees Tasmanian-owned Max Delight go around where he has had no luck with the barrier draw, drawing outside of the front row. Another horse who has had no luck with the barrier draws is Ignatius who will contest the Group 3 J. E. Binskin Free For All at Menangle.

Sunday: The best female drivers from around the nation will be in Launceston for the 2021 Australian Female Drivers Championship to celebrate the end of another successful Team Teal promotion. Matt Reid and Jacob Bevis will head up hosted TasracingTV coverage, while Brittany Graham will host the action on Sky Racing as well as an extended coverage on the Sky Racing Active app.

Race one will be shown on Sky Racing 2, with the remainder of the card on Sky Racing 1. The meeting commences at 17:21.

Monday: Trials will be held in Devonport from 17:30.


Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

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