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Carrick Park harness racing trainer-driver Mark Yole caused somewhat off an upset win with eight-year-old gelding Blackbird Power in the $12,000 C.U.B Quality in Devonport on Sunday night. The gelded son of Mach Three got out to $61 in the early stages of the commencement of the Tasracing Official Price before firming into $17 when betting closed. From gate three in the 1930 metre event, Yole drove a confident race in the early stages to race outside the leader, and the gelding proved too tough late for the race favourite Scooterwillrev, who had clear racing room over the final 300 metres after settling three-back the marker pegs. The mile rate was recorded in 1:58.9, a handy run on the Devonport track considering the rain-affected conditions. “I was really happy with his run, I thought he would run a nice race and he did,” said Yole after the race. “He was dropping back from the stands where he has been losing a lot of ground easy and finishing with them so the change in the conditions and a drop in distance was a big help,” added the winning trainer-driver The win was Blackbird Power’s first victory in Devonport at his fifth start at the coastal venue and the pacers first win since early July, and ironically it was a narrow victory over Scooterwillrev. “He has had a bad quarter crack that has taken a few months to get on top off, so he has had a few issues along the way,” explained Yole The trainer-driver will discuss future plans of the pacer with his connections with a couple of short term options on the cards. “I am a little undecided, there is a race in Launceston next week that I may look at, and there is the Launceston Mile the following week so I will see how he pulls up and discuss the options with his owners,” added the trainer after his weekend double. Yole drove a double on the card scoring with Rambleon later in the night. The Ladbrokes Sheffield Cup had it all, with a false start declared after Proficient reared and fell to the track as the tapes released at the first attempt. Then, the race was resulted in the steward's room after a protest second vs first was upheld for interference over the concluding stages. Perfect Mach driven by Tim Yole was first past the post, shifted out noticeably over the concluding stages when Gone And Forgotten (Rohan Hillier) was easing out into clear racing room, having the mares run impeded by the leader, with a half-metre between the duo. It was the eleventh career win for Gone And Forgotten, six of those wins being in standing starts. The mare is prepared by young Beauty Point trainer Conor Crook who made it a race-to-race double when Kuyomi registered her first win since arriving in Australia. The win was the last leg of a driving treble for Rohan Hillier, who scored in the night's opening race on two-year-old filly Gueneveres Madonna, who made a winning start to her racing career when scoring in the $12,000 D.H.R.C Devonport Belmont. Hillier was able to lead from the pole draw on the daughter of Allamerican Ingot, but the filly raced very greenly in the lead, her ability was enough to get her home in a slow mile rate of 2m 7.0s by 2.5 metres over Watch The Attitude with a big gap to the other two remaining runners. “She seems a nice filly but has a lot to learn, but she got the job done, and that’s all that matters,” said Hillier after the win of the Wes Targett trained pacer. The middle leg of Hillier’s treble was in the Lucas Hotel Latrobe Cup on the Ben Woodsford trained Metro Star. From barrier two on the second-row, Hillier elected to make a mid-race move to find the spot outside the leader near the 1500 metre point where he was able to outstay his rivals in the rating 55 to 64 event. “It is a good race for those mid-class horses to win that bit of extra money, he has been racing super of late, and I told Rohan (Hillier) to put him into the race and to drive him confident, and he did that,” said trainer Ben Woodsford after the race. The other $12,000 feature race was the Tasracing Leigh Plunkett which the Paul Calson-trained mare Better Amour was able to score a narrow win for driver John Walters over Island Bliss and Belle Of Brooklyn. Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Twenty-four-year-old Broadmarsh trainer Matthew Howlett became the third generation of the Howlett family to prepare a winner when Iden Rector ($2.90 fav) led all the way to score in the final race of Friday night’s Devonport card. It was only the second start as a trainer for Howlett, who also took the drive and held the lead from barrier one on the daughter of Auckland Reactor. After copping some pressure during the slow sections of the early and middle stages of the race, the three-year-old filly appeared to have a bit in reserve, dashing away from her rivals to record her maiden win by 9.9 metres over Aunty Bessy and Auntie Connie. “It looked her race on paper, and she had been working good enough, though it was a great effort taking on older horses, copping some pressure and still finishing off nicely,” said the quietly spoken Howlett after the victory. “It is always nice to drive a winner, but definitely more rewarding as a trainer as well,” added the trainer-driver. Howlett indicated that training will just be a hobby for him now but was grateful for the support of his father, Chris, and prominent southern-based owner-breeder, Elliott Booth. “I’m lucky that my father (Chris) and myself have had great support from Elliott Booth the last few years, he is sending me a couple more young horses to train going forward, but it’s a team effort with quite long hours required outside of our full-time jobs and help from the rest of family, but we love it,” explained Matt. Team Teal got a much-needed top-up by it’s Tasmanian counterparts, with three of the seven winners being driven by female drivers. Hannah Van dongen, who is one of the state representatives at next month’s Australian Female Drivers Championship in Launceston, drove a double on the card with Metro Star and Laid Back Kenny, who was one of the most impressive winners on the night. Another claiming novice driver, Bronte Miller, registered the third win of the night for Team Teal when driving War Chest to victory, making amends for favourite punters after ruining his chances when galloping in Hobart the start prior.   Duncan Dornauf

Ryley Major added the Group 3 Hardings Hotmix Devonport Pacing Cup to his glowing resume in Devonport on Sunday night, where last season’s Tasmania Cup winner easily overcome his 30 metre back mark in the 3020-metre event. Beginning brilliantly as he always does, Ryley Major quickly made up his handicap before trainer-driver Rohan Hillier got the gelded son of Art Major around the field to take up the lead with 1900 metres to travel with ease. Hillier was then able to set a moderate tempo for the top-level pacers running the first quarter of the final mile in 32.2s, and he then recorded sectionals of 32.2s, 31.3s, 29.4s and 29.8s on his way to a 5.5-metre win. “He has done a super job tonight, to come off 30 (metres) and make a mid-race move and he still felt really strong on the line,” said Hillier post-race to Matt Reid on TasracingTV’s Live Stream coverage. “I went out with no plans, to come off 30 metres in a full field it is hard to make plans, I decided to go, and I was happy to get to the breeze, but they slackened the pace, so I decided to have a go for the front, and once we got there we were always going to be hard to beat,” explained Hillier. With a host of options interstate, Hillier is happy to keep the pacer in Tasmania. There is a host of options including the Tasmania and Easter Cups in March and April. “We will just keep poking around every second week here in Tassie, he isn’t getting any faster, he is probably getting slower, but he is doing a super job for what he is,” said the trainer-driver about the eight-year-old. The mile rate off the 30 metres was 2m 4.3s, with Ryley Major joining Pachacuti (2017), Star Chamber (2015), Gold Label (1995) and Good Town (1993) as the only horses to win the Cup off a handicap further than 30 metres. A protest lodged by Mark Yole on the fourth placegetter, Tisu Spirit, against the driver of the second placegetter, Be Major Threat (Dylan Ford), for interference near the 2700 metre mark was upheld, which resulted in the third placegetter Lip Reader being promoted to second to give Hillier the training quinella. “To cop a 20-metre handicap with him was pretty tough on him, but over the next three or four months we could see him winning a race like the Easter Cup,” said Hillier. There were two $12,000 features on the card including the Ladbrokes Mares Incentive which was taken out by nine-year-old mare Pink Ponder who was one of six winners on the card for Ben Yole. Pink Ponder driven by Mark Yole sat back in the field off a solid tempo and was too good late in what was the survival of the fittest late with the last quarter ran in 32.7s in the 2297 metre event where the mile rate was 2m 2.1s. The Yole stable also claimed the Jeremy Rockliff MP Coastal Pacing Thousand with the Conor Crook driven Proficient. It was a tough effort by the eight-year-old gelding who settled one-out and three-back before gaining a three-wide cart up over the final 100 meters of the event.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

A strong crowd was in attendance to celebrate Devonport Show Day at the combined harness racing and greyhound race meeting in Devonport, where two of the pacing winners will head to in next month’s Group 3 Golden Apple in Launceston. The Rohan Hillier-trained and driven Lip Reader won a discretionary handicap over 2645 metres while Victoria Pass chalked up his fifth win in a row. Lip Reader settled one-out and two-back before finding the spot outside the leader at the bell and proved too good for the leader Black Centurian by 3.1 metres with Perfect Mach a half head away third in a mile rate of 2m 4.1s. “He had to be beating that field if he was going to be competitive in a race like the Golden Apple,” said Hillier after the race. “I had probably been a bit easy on him over the last fortnight, and this race was only a spur of the moment decision to go this week,” added the trainer. The heats of the Golden Apple are the next target for Lip Reader with the heats set to be staged in Launceston on 13 December before the $30,000 Final on 19 December. The Devonport Cup in mid-January is also on the cards. “He will miss the free-for-all in Hobart next and then go straight into the Golden Apple,” said the winning trainer-driver. Some would suspect an issue with who would drive Lip Reader in the Golden Apple given Hillier trains and drives last year’s winner Ryley Major who produced a mammoth effort to win that event off a 30-metre handicap over the 2200 metres. However, Hillier indicated the star pacer might not be there which is devastating to think that the connections of one of the best pacers in the state are happy to stay at home and miss one of the state’s significant races. “Conor (Crook) will be offered the drive if Ryley Major is in it, I just know how much the run took out of Ryley Major last year and this year looks like it is going to be a better class of horse off the front mark,” said Hillier. Later in the night on the Devonport card the Zeke Slater-trained Victoria Pass made it five wins in a row and the trainer indicated that the Golden Apple is on the raider as is the Devonport Pacing Cup. Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing  

Highly promising harness racing pacer Lip Reader will take another step towards some of Tasmania's biggest races when he contests the Discretionary Handicap in Devonport on Friday night. Next month's $30,000 Golden Apple at Mowbray and the $30,000 Devonport Cup in January are both on the radar for the five-year-old if he continues his good form. Beauty Point trainer Rohan Hillier said Lip Reader was well up to running in both races. "As it stands, he'll get 10m in the Golden Apple but that's not the worst thing in the world because he's not fast away anyway," Hillier said. "But he's a definite chance for sure." Hillier said the only reason he was taking Lip Reader to this weekend's secondary meeting, where the races carry lower prizemoney, was to space his starts. "I didn't want to go to Hobart next week because that would have meant him racing three weeks in a row," the trainer said. The heats and final of the Golden Apple are on the following two weekends. Lip Reader has won nine races since joining Hillier from the James Rattray stable in Sydney and the trainer admits he's been a real surprise packet. "In New South Wales he was a really fast beginner from the mobile but he was often found wanting over the last 200m," Hillier said. "You could say he was weak. "But he's certainly got stronger." Hillier said owner Marc Panton had no high hopes when he sent the horse to his old home state. "Marc's aim was to try to win a couple with him at Devonport - that's all he was expecting," Hillier said. Lip Reader is one of five runners in the Discretionary Handicap with a former connection to the Rattray family. Full Speed Ahead, Taurisi and Yatsenyuk Leis have all spent time with Todd Rattray while Black Centurian began his career with Kent Rattray. ANOTHER HILLIER TO FORE AT CARRICK Harness racing returns to Carrick for the first time since the shutdown on Sunday when another Golden Apple hopeful will be in action. Rohan Hillier's brother Troy has former Kiwi five-year-old Racketeers Boy engaged in a strong rating 60 to 70 race. Racketeers Boy was impressive winning his first two Tasmanian starts before working hard from a bad draw when placed at Devonport 12 days ago. Hillier will get a good idea on Sunday as to whether he's worth a tilt at the Golden Apple as he meets some handy opposition. By Greg Mansfield Reprinted with permission of The Advocate

Seven-year-old gelding Proficient should appreciate a drop in class when he lines up in the Jeremy Rockliff MP Mobile in Devonport on Friday night. The seven-year-old gelding was runner up behind The Shallows on Sunday night in the $12,000 Show Cup in Launceston against open class company. In that standing start event, the winner of 15 races ended up one-out and two-back before working into clear racing room with 600 metres to travel. The gelded son of Bettors Delight hit the front at the halfway down the home straight and fought on courageously to be defeated 1.6 metres. He was driven on that occasion by Taylor Ford and trainer Ben Yole has elected to use her three-point concession claim to get the pacer into Friday’s 65 to 74 rating event. The slight concern for punters tonight is the outside of the second-row draw, but the pacers only win in the state was at the last Devonport meeting on 6 September when drawing outside of the front row. While Taylor Ford takes the reins on the favourite in the second leg of the quaddie, she puts the polish on the favourite of the third leg of the quaddie in the way of former Victorian Robs Legacy. The four-year-old Artistic Fella mare has won two of 13 starts and will go into the race with two placings out of her last three outings, the most recent at Horsham on 17 September after leading. Taylor has given the driving responsibilities to her older brother Dylan in the rating 55 to 64 event that is restricted to mares. Dylan also drives the first race favourite in the first leg of the quaddie on Betterbsweet who has drawn well in barrier one and she has a liking to the Devonport track with one win and two placings from six starts. Friday’s seven-race card will be televised on Sky Racing 2 and TasracingTV with the first race set down for 18:19.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Leading trainer Ben Yole extended his lead for the state’s trainers title in Devonport on Sunday night winning four of the seven races, three of those victories coming with reinsman Troy McDonald in the sulky. Weerrook Harry was the first winner for the combination in the Jamie Costello Appreciation Pace. The gelded son of Artesian sat one-out one-back before finding the spot outside the leader at the 1200-metre mark and proved too strong for his rivals late by 19.6 metres in 2m 3.0s to give the pacer his eighth career victory, with four of those wins coming this season. Weerrook Harry lead home a training trifecta for Yole with My Ultimate Romeo and Coveffe Hustler filling the placings. Four-year-old mare Amazing Daisy (pictured) kept her unbeaten record in standing start races intact when the daughter of Roll With Joe scoring at her second outing behind the tapes in the Hardings Hotmix Pace. Stepping away safely from outside of the front row, the mare settled one-out and one-back in the 2286-metre event before sweeping to the lead at the top of the home straight to score by a half-neck over Lake Eyre in a slow last section of 32.4s. In the John McKenna Race Night Vet Pace, eight-year-old Stonebridge Regal gelding Tarleton Riley recorded his sixth win of the season at his 50th start for the term. McDonald settled the pacer one-out and four-back from barrier three on the second row, before racing three-wide for the final 1000 metres. It was all Tarleton Riley late, running away from his rivals to score by 29.9 metres with Yole putting the polish on the first six place getters in the race. Punters would have been happy with the performance with it backed in from $9.50 into $4.80 on the Tasracing Official Price. Yole also prepared the first five placings across the line in the Jeremy Rockliff MP Mobile which was taken out Bettors Delight gelding Proficient, who won his first race at his fourth start since arriving in the state. Concession driver Taylor Ford drove the pacer to the 7.6-metre victory. The locals won the remaining three races with Geoff Smith preparing a double with Aitutaki and Laid Back Kenny, while Agouda Ruler won his fifth two-year-old race of the season, the John Castles prepared pacer should figure prominently in many aged classic races still to come in this extended season.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Greyhound racing returns to Devonport next week and the thoroughbreds will be back later in the month but harness racing enthusiasts face a much longer wait before their code resumes on the North West Coast. The Devonport Harness Racing Club's first meeting after the shutdown will not be until October. "At this stage, there's nothing programmed until then," said president Claire Macdonald. "The only way that might change is if funds became available for an extra meeting - then we would be considered. "But the money is what it is - everyone's budget is very tight and it would be irresponsible to go over-budget now. "Even if you can come up with the funding for an extra meeting, you need to have Sky Channel to make it viable." Devonport lost five meetings during the industry's COVID-19 shutdown. Its last scheduled meeting was to have been this Sunday featuring the $50,000 finals of the Raider Stakes and Granny Smith. All Sires Stake heats and finals will now be rescheduled in October or November. Tasmanian harness racing resumes in Hobart on Sunday. Five meetings are programmed for the rest of June and seven for July. LADBROKES PUTS IN EXTRA $150,000 Tasracing's official wagering partner Ladbrokes has committed an extra $150,000 to help the industry's recovery. The money will fund a cash bonus for every runner at the relaunch meetings this weekend - Mowbray gallops ($300 a starter), Hobart harness ($200) and Launceston dogs ($100). The remainder will be used to increase first prizemoney for every race from June 14 to 25, which takes in six greyhound meetings, three harness meetings and two gallops meetings. Ladbrokes CEO Dean Shannon said he was confident Tasmanian racing would quickly rebound from the shutdown which he described as "an incredibly stressful period". 10-WEEK BREAK ... TRY 21 MONTHS Racing makes its long-awaited return at Mowbray on Sunday and no-one would love to be there more than jockey Hayley McCarthy. While the 10-1/2-week shutdown probably seems like an eternity to most participants, to McCarthy, it's only a fraction of the time she has spent on the sidelines. The jockey hasn't ridden in a race for almost 21 months after breaking her foot in a trackwork accident at Longford. She made a comeback at the Spreyton trials last week and even rode a couple of winners but is no closer to knowing when, or if, she'll be fit to resume riding in races. "I broke the talus bone in my foot - probably the worst bone you can break," McCarthy explained. "The bone has now healed but I get a fair bit of arthritis in my foot which can play havoc. Everything seems OK then it will flare up. "I hope to eventually return to the races but whether I'll get there is hard to tell." By Greg Mansfield Reprinted with permission of The Advocate

Leading trainer Ben Yole notched up his 100th Australian training win of the season in Devonport on Sunday night when Shestryingtactics scored in the S & M Horse Transport Mobile. Shestryingtactics was sent out the $3.80 favourite from the pole draw, and the eight-year-old daughter of Sportswriter was well rated in front by Samantha Gangell to get the victory in a mile rate of 2m 3.5s. “I thought she was the best from my team tonight, she just had to have enough gate speed to hold the front,” said Yole. “She didn’t cop a great deal of pressure, and she had a bit of speed late, plus it was a bit weaker field than what she had been racing,” added the trainer. It was the second last night of the Team Teal promotion with the win being the states 14th. The last meeting is the Australian Female Drivers Championship meeting which is currently listed to be held in Launceston next month. It’s the fifth consecutive season that he has trained a century of wins. “It is fantastic, and all credit goes to the staff, without fantastic staff, fantastic owners and a great bunch of loyal drivers it all doesn’t happen,” said Yole. Yole ended up with training a quartet to take his total to 102 wins, with nine of those being earlier in the season when he had his Victorian satellite stable in operation. The first of Yole’s winners on the card was with Gentleman Red who scored in the opening race on the card, the Ladbrokes Pace for horses with a national rating between 30 and 49 over 2297 metres. The gelded son of Sportswriter was last at the 1100 metre mark before racing three-wide from that point, to score by 1.2 metres with Troy McDonald in the sulky. “That’s his sort of class, he took his turn and won, and I have a few others in that class that will do the same,” said Yole. Gentleman Red led home a stable trifecta with Hear the Call and the race favourite Mystery Writer filling the placings. Win 101 came in the Maxfield Drilling Pace where Brian Who won his second race at only his second start since going to the Yole stable. From inside of the second row the pacer sat three-back along the marker pegs and flashed home to score by a half-head over the stablemate The Lemondrop Kid. “I like him. I think he will win a few more yet, and he has a good turn of foot. It was a little bit of a concern when he ended up three-back the fence, but it was a great drive by Rohan Hadley,” said Ben. His last winner of the night came with Jakes A Joy in the C.U.B Pace where he enjoyed a lovely run behind the leader to score by a half-head in a race where Yole trained the first five placegetters. “He was well driven by Gareth (Rattray), you can’t do much wrong when you stick to the pegs around Devonport, you normally earn money,” said the states leading trainer. The next meeting on the North-West coast will be in Burnie on Friday night.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

After a frustrating run of finishing just behind the placings in several feature races, seven-year-old gelding Illegal Immigrant finally broke through for a feature race win when he took out Sunday nights Group 3 Hardings Hotmix Devonport Pacing Cup. From the ten-metre back mark, trainer-driver Troy Hillier got the pacer away safely to settle one-out and six-back in the $30,000 event. The race changed complexion at the 1200 metre mark when the race leader Ideal World got his offside hind leg caught up in a hopple shortener cord which saw him gallop back through the field before being retired from the race. At the same point of the race Hillier commenced his move three-wide on the back of 2017 winner Pachacuti, Hillier then had to make another move four-wide at the 550-metre mark. “When I got on to Pachacuti’s back I thought he would take me into the race but he didn't take me that far in the end,” explained Troy Hillier after the race. The move four-wide at that stage of the race was probably a fraction earlier than Hillier would have liked as Illegal Immigrant only has one dimension. “He is just a sprint sprinter and that’s all he can do,” said the trainer-driver. Illegal Immigrant had a fight on his hands late when $41 outsider Goggo Gee Gee put up a brave fight over the concluding stages to just miss by a neck with Full Speed Ahead who raced outside the leader before taking up the lead mid-race finishing a further 3.9-metres away third in a mile rate of 2m 5.2s for the 3020 metre trip. The wining trainer-driver said that he wasn’t disappointed with the effort of the pacer the start prior when fourth on 19 January in Devonport. “He had missed a fair bit of work in the lead up to that race … I gave him a good hopple last weekend and he had a good gallop during the week,” he said. Hillier indicated after the race that he will miss Friday’s Hobart Pacing Cup with the gelding who he part-owns along with his wife Michelle. “I’ll freshen him up now, I will let Rohan (Hillier) win with Ryley Major next week,” he laughed. The main target for the gelding will be the features during the Tasmanian Harness Racing Autumn Carnival including the $75,000 Tasmania Cup in Hobart in March and then onto the Easter Cup in Launceston in April. Illegal Immigrant arrived in the Hillier stable after winning three of his first 13 starts in the south island of New Zealand in November of 2017. “He was a cheap one from New Zealand but he has certainly paid his way and a lot more,” said the Beaconsfield baker about the pacer who has won 15 races and just under $125,000 in prize-money since joining his stable.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Taylor Ford will take a one-point lead into Sunday week’s second round of heats of the 6ty° Youngbloods Challenge in Hobart after a first and seventh placing in the opening round of heats at the Devonport Showgrounds last night. Ford was able to win heat two on the Ben Yole trained Machitelli who pushed forward from barrier five to find the lead about 450 metres after the start. Machitelli, a daughter of Mach Three was inclined to over race throughout the 2297 metre event with driver Taylor Ford admitting that her arms were “a bit sore” when speaking with tasracing.com.au on her way home to Brighton from the meeting last night. “She came out of the gate strong and when she found the lead she dropped the bit, so I put my hands back into a more commutable grip which wasn’t a good idea,” explained Ford. After running a lead time of 51.0s Ford was able to steady Machitelli enough to record quarters of 31.1s, 31.3s, 31.3s and 31.0s over the final mile. “We did run along a little bit, the rest of the field stayed back a few metres off her which meant they had to do a bit of extra work to catch her,” said the winning driver. “She started to tire the last 50 (metres) but they had her chance to beat her,” added Ford. Although Ford was first past the post she had another battle on her hands when the driver of Shes Gifted, Ben Woodfords fired in a protest against the winner who shifted out noticeable over the final 300 metres of the race. Stewards dismissed the protest and Ford said she was fined $100 for allowing the horse to shift out under pressure. It was the case of déjà vu for Ford and Yole who teamed up to win a Youngblood's Challenge heat in Devonport last season. “I drove Ready To Fire to win a heat in Devonport for Ben (Yole) last year,” said Ford. “It’s great that Ben (Yole) and many other trainers have supported the series to ensure we can all get a drive in each heat,” added the series leader. The Yole stable provided the first heat winner of the series when Andrew Freeman partnered Mach Charm to a 1.5-metre win. Mach Charm, a six-year-old mare also by Mach Three was able to sit back off a frantic temp over the first circuit and was too good late in a slow 32.3s final quarter. Points after the first two heats are; Taylor Ford 20, Andrew Freeman 19, Ben Woodsford and Hannah Van Dongen 18, Matthew Howlett 13, Justin Howlett and Charlie Castles 9, Lachlan Dakin, Georgia Hayward and Samantha Freeman all on 8. It was a big night for the Yole stable with Pink Ponder, another that sat back off a solid lead time being able to score while Ol Titch pulled off a big move from $101 into $16 when winning the last race. The move was made in one hit on the Tasracing Official Price, could indicate that a corporate bookmaker may have gone up the wrong price. The main race on the card was the NWTLHA Cup where Izaha was able to overcome a 30-metre handicap to score in the 2645 metre event. Izaha, a half-brother open class pacer to Harjeet, enjoyed a lovely cart up out three-wide over the final 1100 metres and was too good for Blackbird Power and Illegal Immigrant. Although being defeated a half-head in the feature race with Blackbird Power trainer-driver Gavin Kelly was in the winner's circle earlier in the night with Murry who put up a tough performance to score in race three, it was the second win this season for the gelded son of Jeremes Jet. It was a bitter-sweet night for concession driver Hannah Van Dongen. She drove the first race winner Shady Story, who she also owns to an all the way win on debut for her father Craig in the first heat of the Allan Williams Memorial, before copping a three-race date suspension in the next race.   Duncan Dornauf

Four-year-old mare Karalta Moondance continued her liking to the Devonport track with an all the way win in the Collins Homes Mobile in Devonport last night. Veteran reinsman John Walters took the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven straight to the lead in the 1930 metre event to record her sixth career victory and her third win on the track. Karalta Moondance ($4.70) was able to hold off a late charge by Paint The Wind by 2.9 metres with The Lemondrop Kid 1.1 metres away third, the mile rate was 2m 3.3s. “John (Walters) was pretty confident he was going to lead, so I was happy to trust his judgement,” said trainer Kent Rattray after the win. It was the first win in almost four months for Karalta Moondance but Rattray has been happy with her recent performances. “She hasn’t been racing bad she has just been striking a few better than her … she seems to be a nice horse to race at Devonport as she can control the speed a bit,” explained Rattray. The mare will now have a week off before returning to the tack. “She will have a week off and bring her back and find a race for her,” said the winning trainer. Karalta Moondance is also standing start qualified which gives Rattray several options over the Christmas – New Year period. “She has had a couple of stands now so we might look at one of the mares standing start races over the summer,” Rattray explained. Karalta Moondance is raced by Kent’s parents Wayne and Gaye with Karalta Moondance pocketing them just under $70,000 in prize-money plus many Tasbred bonuses, Breeders Coupons and Tasbred Owners Breeders Incentive bonus in her 38-start career. The long term target for the mare will be the Group 2 Granny Smith Final in Devonport on 14 June, apart of the $300,000 Tasbred Sires’ Stakes series. Punters got off to a rough start to the meeting when the Gavin Kelly trained and driven pacer Jeans Mattjesty stormed home to score in the Ladbrokes Claimer at odds of $54.70. Shes Gifted ($11.30) raced wide during the final circuit to register her second win since arriving in Tasmania with Paul Ashwood driving the Andrew Thornton prepared runner to a half-head victory. Major Seascape ($5.90) led all the way to win the John McKenna Race Night Vet Pace by a narrow margin. The win of the four-year-old gelding was the first leg of a training double for Ben Yole who prepared Artiflash ($2.30 fav) to score later in the night. Both horses were driven by Yole’s two stable concession drivers with Troy McDonald aboard Major Seascape, while Samantha Gangell partnered Artiflash to his 1.4-metre win. Artiflash will be trying to beat the handicapper when he lines up for the pole draw in Hobart on Sunday night in the second race where once again he looks the one to beat. The Deborah Williams trained Jaccka Len ($3.60) overcome barrier 10 over 1930-metres to score in the last race of the night, courtesy of a confident drive by Hannah Van Dongen over the final lap. Duncan Dornauf

The four-year-old Tasmanian Sires’ Stakes series rolled on into Devonport last Sunday with Izaha and Ideal Bliss being too strong for their rivals in their respective finals. Both horses broke $100,000 in prize money with their wins. Hobart staged the $20,000 Sweepstakes finals on Friday where the favourites were successful in each final. This week harness racing heads to Launceston on Friday evening and Hobart on Sunday night, the last two meetings under the current handicapping system before the new National Rating system commences across Australia on Monday. The Stars Ideal Bliss - the Paul Hill-trained mare Ideal Bliss made amends for her disappointing performance as a beaten favourite in the Granny Smith prelude on June 14 when the daughter of American Ideal captured the four-year-old mare's leg of the Tasmanian Sires’ Stakes series the Group 2 Collins Homes Granny Smith final on Sunday night at the Devonport Showgrounds. Izaha - made it back-to-back Tasmanian Sires’ Stakes victories the son of Roll With Joe took out the $50,000 Maxfield Drilling Raider Stakes, the first ever Group 2 race held on the Devonport Showgrounds. Trainer-driver Todd Rattray took the $1.10 favourite straight to the early lead from barrier three in the 2665-metre event and from that point Izaha was never in doubt to win in a mile rate of 2m 1.3s. Blame It On Me - continued on her winning way in Hobart on Friday night when the daughter of Big Jim added the $20,000 Elderslie Horse Care Sweepstakes (Fillies division) to her resume. Driver Natalee Emery took the Doug Nettlefold-trained pacer to the lead over the mile trip, and the $1.75 favourite proved too good. Kohanah - the Sweet Lou colt followed in the steps of his mother Benediction when he claimed the colts and geldings division of the Sweepstakes Final. The Todd Rattray-trained and driven pacer led all the way in the $20,000 event to record his fourth win at his fifth race start. Honourable mentions; Call Me Hector - just outside the Hobart track record with another brilliant win, Olivia Weidenbach - drove her first double in Devonport and Ben Yole - training treble on Sunday evening including the first seven placings past the post in race five. Multiple Winners Hobart  – Friday evening No trainer or driver recorded multiple wins Devonport  – Sunday evening  Ricky Duggan - driving treble; Similan Beach, Ideal Bliss and Wattabout Spanger. Olivia Weidenbach - driving double; Monarkmac and Im Full Tilt. Ben Yole - training treble: Monarkmac, Jeans Mattjesty and Im Full Tilt. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Hobart  – Friday evening Chasing Cheetahs 57.60s, Here The Call 57.65s, Abs Boy 57.66s, Origin Billy 57.71s and Miracle Marcus 58.08s. Devonport  – Sunday evening  Similan Beach 58.10s, Monarkmac 58.41s, Izaha 58.70s, Heza Rummage 58.72s and Peaceful Thomas 58.91s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart  – Friday evening  Hits: Macray Muchacho $5.00 into $3.80 and Chasing Cheetahs $2.40 into $1.70. Defied The Drift: Blame It On Me $1.60 out to $1.75 and Touchwood Levista $3.30 out to $4.20. Missed: Diamond Grace $11 into $8.00, Freds Under Fire $21 into $16 and Shadow Affair $21 into $10. Devonport  – Sunday evening  Hits: Similan Beach $1.65 into $1.20, Im Full Tilt $21 into $12 and Rowley $13 into $9.50. Defied The Drift: Jeans Mattjesty $12 out to $15, Karalta Moondance $5.50 out to $6.50 and Wattabout Spanger $8.50 out to $19. Missed: El Jays Mystery $4.80 into $4.00, Spot Eight $.90 into $1.55, Jigamaroo $9.00 into $4.80 and Good Feelings $17 into $10. Trial File Carrick Park - Saturday morning Four trials were staged on a very cold morning where the Mon Poppy Polly recorded the quickest winning mile rate of 2m 3.7s. The five-year-old Sportswriter mare joined the Ben Yole stable after her performance at the trials the week prior and on Saturday she proved too good for All Style Sammy by two metres with Long Ago a further two-metre away third. Kosimo, a two-year-old gelded son of Major Bronski, won his second consecutive trial in a mile rate of 2m 8.6s, it was an action-packed trial where a lot of horses were checked on the home corner which saw the Mark Jones-trained and driven pacer cruise home to a 40-metre win. Other winners included: Machitelli (2m 5.1s) and Stuey D (2m 5.8s) Hobart - Monday evening The Bradley Walters-trained Animi Sub Ignis recorded the quickest time of the three trials in 2m 1.8s. The eight-year-old has had one start in a year and a half, that being in Hobart on 7 June. Driven by Ben Woodsford in the trial, Animi Sub Ignis defeated Vouvray Beach by three metres with Witch Master a further five metres away third. The final two quarters were recorded in 20.0s and 29.9s. The other two trials were won by Fin Mac Kee (2m 3.5s) and Rocket Blaster (2m 11.4s). Week Ahead Harness Racing heads to Launceston on Friday evening for a 7-race card. There is a thoroughbred theme to race five on the card, the Find Us On Facebook Pace. Successful thoroughbred trainer Steve Lockhart is the latest participant to hold a dual code license and is represented in the race by Rocket Blaster, a Hobart trial winner on Monday evening in slow time. The Caribbean Blaster gelding was previously trained by Melissa Maine where he was placed on one occasion from nine starts. Lockhart has trained five winners in his last 15 starters as a thoroughbred trainer including the Tasmanian Oaks this year with Shady Hustle. The other thoroughbred connection in the race is with the ownership of the Zane Medhurst-trained Ifbutzandmaybes, who is part-owned by leading jockeys Siggy Car and Troy Baker who sit second and third on the state's riders premiership respectively. Since the new ownership group have given the gelded son of Lombo Pocket Watch seven starts which have resulted in five placings. The fifth race in Launceston is scheduled to start at 19:22 with the first race set down for 17:12. Race one will be televised on Sky Racing 1 with the remainder of the card on Sky Racing 2. Hobart is the venue for the main meeting of the week on Sunday evening with seven races set down for decision. The fast class race is race six, the Hobart Signwriters Pace, where all eyes will be on the clock after fast times have been recorded at the southern venue the past two meetings. Call Me Hector was just 0.3 of a second outside of the track record on the track last Friday when he led over the 2090-metre trip. Trainer-driver Matthew Cooper allowed the gelded son of Art Major to bowl along in front with the last three quarters all being run under 30 seconds. On Sunday Call Me Hector has another front line draw in barrier three against similar opposition. The race is set down for 20:54. All races in Hobart will be shown on Sky Racing 1 and both the Launceston and Hobart card can be seen on Tasracing’s Live Stream. Interstate this week at metropolitan venues; Melton Saturday night Race 4 Horse 2 Nostra Beach - Tasbred. Menangle Sunday afternoon Race 7 (Group 1 NSW Breeders Challenge 3YO C&G) Horse 9 Max Delight - Tasmanian owned, Race 9 (Group 1 NSW Breeders Challenge 4YO E&G) Horse 12 Ignatius - Tasbred and Tasmanian owned, And Horse 8 War Dan - part one by Tasmanian interest.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

The Devonport Harness Racing Club hosts its richest meeting of the season on Sunday night with prizemoney totalling almost $150,000. For the second year in a row, trainer-driver Todd Rattray will have a short-priced favourite for the $50,000 Raider Stakes. However the $50,000 Granny Smith will be more open after last week's prelude produced an upset winner in Brystabella. The 2018 Raider Stakes saw the Rattray-trained Harjeet justify his $1.10 price when he led throughout to score by 26m. His stablemate Izaha was almost as dominant winning his heat last Friday night by 16m as 1.30 favourite. The Kate MacLeod-trained Shadow Ross was brave running down Tisu Spirit to win the other heat but his time was slower and, despite having won three of his past four starts, he won't be challenging Izaha for favouritism in the final. Brystabella won the Granny Smith prelude as a $29 outsider after a very aggressive drive by her trainer Ray Pullen and, on face value, she would seem to have the other prelude runners covered if the brings the same form to the final. Greg Mansfield Reprinted with permission of The Advocate  

It was a night of upsets at Devonport on Friday with a boilover in the Granny Smith Prelude and a heat of the Raider Stakes. Izaha, was one of only two favourites to salute the judge on the eight-event card, the Todd Rattray-trained former Globe Derby winner strolled to a 16.8 metre victory in heat two of the Raider Series coming home in an effortless last-half of 57.3 seconds. The first heat saw Streitkid, Tisu Spirit, Dufrense and Yatsenyuk Leis the well supported top four fancies but it was to be the Kate MacLeod prepared Shadow Ross (pictured) that would emerge victorious sprinting from last at the bell. “He’s been in great form winning two of his last three starts going into last night and even when he ran sixth in Hobart he was trapped out three wide when fast splits were being recorded so he may have been flying under the radar going into the heat at double figure odds,” said Kate. “He’s a very big horse and is as green as grass with a lot to learn, when other drivers have driven him they have described him as dumb but he was switched on last night and when I asked him to go at the bell he worked into it strongly out three-wide and just powered his way to second on the home turn and then gunned down Tisu Spirit in the straight.” Ray Pullen’s aggressive tactics paid off when he set Brystabella alight from fifth at the mile to run to the front at the 1200-metres, before defying her rivals over the final lap and a half at bolters odds in race one, the Collins Homes Granny Smith Prelude. Olivia Weidenbach landed the first win of her career in the sulky when she guided Another Swinger to an all-the-way victory while Samantha Gangell chimed in with a winning double courtesy of Yellow Taxi and Heza Rummage. . Ben Yole continued his record-breaking season training four winners on the eight-event card with Northdown trainer Geoff Smith landing the quinella in race three with Victoria Pass and Midair Meltdown.   Shane Yates

Bagdad harness racing trainer Paul Williams has been fined $3000 over a positive swab returned by his horse Chasing Cheetahs at Devonport three months ago. A urine sample taken from Chasing Cheetahs, who finished fourth in the C2/C3 Pace on March 8, contained arsenic levels above the allowable threshold. Williams pleaded guilty to presenting the horse to race when not free of all prohibited substances. Stewards suspended half the fine on condition the trainer does not offend again in the next 12 months. Meanwhile, an unnamed harness racing participant has been fined $1500 over an incident at the Mowbray race meeting on May 3. The participant pleaded guilty to "acting in a manner detrimental to the industry" by deliberately causing damage to another participant's vehicle. Half the fine was suspended on condition there is no further offending in the next 12 months. Stewards refused to name the person involved as they said the incident was related to a on-going court case. Harness racing returns to Devonport on Friday night with two heats of the Raider Stakes and a prelude to the Granny Smith Stakes. Greg Mansfield Reprinted with permission of The Advocate

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