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Scooterwillrev gained redemption after a second placing in the 2019 Easter Cup to take out the 2021 edition of the Launceston Pacing Club’s feature at the Ladbrokes Racing Centre on Saturday night. Sent out as a $17 chance, the Craig Hayes-trained pacer pinged the tapes to find the lead in the 2698-metre event. Connections said post-race that they intended to hand up to the $2.00 favourite Willie Go West, but he galloped away from the tapes, with driver Gareth Rattray electing to hold the lead then. Rattray then bowled along in a lead time of 85.1s, into quarters of 30.6s, 30.4s, 28.1s and 27.9s. They proved too good for Ryley Major ($5.50), who put up a brave fight after racing outside the leader for the final mile to be defeated a half-head while Isaac ($101) sat on the winners’ back third, in a Tasmanian-trained trifecta. It was a brilliant training performance by Craig Hayes as Scooterwillrev was only second-up from a 25-week break in the Group 2 feature, which was the gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere’s sixth start in almost 17 months after returning from a New South Wales campaign. Connections had the pacer ready to go for the 2020 Easter Cup, however, Tasmanian racing was suspended due to COVID-19 four days before the heats. “We got him back (from New South Wales), and he just wasn’t himself then, so we gave him a break then and we got up and he was the best as I had him, and then COVID came, so he had some time off and then after that we got him back, but he wasn’t the same horse, so we tipped him back out and tried again, and this is the result,” said a very happy Hayes after the race. “He had done all the work he needed to going into the heat, and he pulled up well from that, and it was a great run and excellent drive by Gareth only dong what he had to in the heat,” explained the Stowport-based trainer, who said the win was his biggest thrill in the sport. “This is the one I wanted to win with him, just the issues he has had. I thought he deserved to win a big race,” added Hayes. The win was the first in the race for Hall of Fame reinsman Gareth Rattray. “It has sort of eluded me. I have won a lot of other feature races, so to finally do it in this race is a good feeling,” said Rattray post-race. “I was able to dictate in front, and I just kept on rolling and full credit to Ryley Major, he has come off 20-metres and just got beat, but Scooter has good manners, and we were able to capitalise on that,” explained Rattray. Connections will discuss the future plans of Scooterwillrev in the coming days.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Dean Braun and Anthony Butt teamed up to dominate Easter Cup heat night in Launceston on Sunday with Willie Go West (pictured) and Our Princess Tiffany, recording dominant victories. The Group 2 Ladbrokes Easter Cup Final headlines Saturday night’s 10-race card in Launceston, but first, we have Good Friday harness racing in Hobart. It has been a big week not only in Tasmania but further aboard, with Ignatius winning a Group 3 race at Menangle, Max Delight scoring a heat of a Group 1 race at Wagga on Tuesday and Jack Laugher had a night out at Mildura on Tuesday driving five winners on the card. The Stars Our Princess Tiffany – was simply outstanding when scoring in her heat of the Easter Cup in Launceston. Her last half mile on Tasracing’s Calculated Sectionals was recorded in 55.33s, the fastest by a mare in Tasmania since they have been recorded in December 2015. Her mile rate was only 0.7s outside the 2698-metre track record. Willie Go West – stamped himself as a strong contender for the Easter Cup with a dominant win in the opening heat. The pacer began safely from his second-row draw in the standing start event before working to the lead with two laps to go. Anthony Butt didn’t move on the pacer late, who dashed away to score an effortless win. Ignatius – became the fastest Tasbred pacer on Australian soil when scoring in the Group 3 J. E. Binskin FFA at Menangle Park in Sydney, where he ran a slick 1m 49.4s. Ricky Duggan – had a night out in Launceston with a driving treble on horses at different places in the market with Sharmey ($2.30 fav), Princely Reign ($13) and El Jays Blu ($19). Kayleb Williams – the King Island driver was having his first night driving on mainland Tasmania and was fortunate enough to drive his first winner on the TAB circuit with a last stride win with Live For Peace. Multiple Winners Devonport – Friday evening Rohan Hillier – driving double; Top Hanover and Gone And Forgotten. Todd Rattray – driving double; Island Bliss and Danger Of Tyne. Launceston – Sunday evening Ricky Duggan – driving treble; Sharmey, Princely Reign and El Jays Blu. Anthony Butt – driving double; Willie Go West and Our Princess Tiffany, Dean Braun – driving double; Willie Go West and Our Princess Tiffany. Tasracing Calculated Sectionals Devonport – Friday evening Murry 57.75s, Monarkmac 58.24s, The Black Assassin 58.77s, Artiflash 59.01s and Pink Ponder 59.20s. Launceston – Sunday evening Our Princess Tiffany 55.33s, Ryley Major 56.02s, Willie Go West 56.40s, Lip Reader 56.49s and Scooterwillrev 56.61s. Outside of the Easter Cup Heats: Lightning Jash 57.30s, Always A Stride 57.65s, Lavaughn 57.67s, Mucho Mover 57.73s and Hes Apples 57.80s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Devonport – Friday evening Hit’s: Ideal Fella $26 into $19, Murry $17 into $10 and Danger Of Tyne $5.00 into $3.40. Defied The Drift: Gone And Forgotten $3.50 out to $4.40, Island Bliss $2.25 out to $3.00 and Chris Be Quick $3.40 out to $3.70. Missed: Iden Black Prince $2.00 into $1.75, Itsadanceoff $9.00 into $6.50, Arakbell $13 into $6.50, Rockinfeelgood $4.20 into $3.20, Postal Run $15 into $8.50 and Pur Dan $10 into $7.50. Launceston – Sunday evening Hit’s: Willie Go West $2.20 into $2.00, Princely Reign $17 into $13 and Live For Peace $26 into $12. Defied The Drift: Lavaughn $3.00 out to $4.20, Sharmey $2.10 out to $2.30, Our Princess Tiffany $1.85 out to $3.30, El Jays Blu $15 out to $19 and Offthetopomyhead $9.00 out to $20. Missed: Kennys Killer $18 into $4.20, Take In The Gold $3.50 into $3.00, Rockinfeelgood $10 into $4.00, The Red Moon Rising $41 into $10, Always A Stride $4.40 into $2.90, Jaffa Josh $9.50 into $6.50, Ryley Major $2.90 into $2.20, Emjays Black Chip $3.30 into $2.80, Juniper $19 into $8.50, Somedan $18 into $11 and Brian Who $10 into $7.50. Trial File Hobart – Monday evening The quickest winning mile rate of the session was the standing start trial which the Thomas Jackson-trained Finn Mac Kee won. The now nine-year-old gelding stepped best of the three-horse field to lead and was allowed to bowl along in front in quarters of 31.1s, 29.6s, 30.0s and 29.0s to score by 21.6-metres over Be Major Threat and Truscott Hall. Other winners included; Tellall Glenwood (2m 7.6s), A Good Red (2m 7.7s), Rocknovertime (2m 3.6s) and Christian Major (2m 2.9s). Week Ahead Friday: Only two harness meetings will be held across the nation, one of which will be in Hobart, with the fields to be released on Wednesday afternoon. There will also be thoroughbred racing in Launceston and greyhound racing in Devonport. Saturday: It is Launceston’s premier race night, with the Group 2 Ladbrokes Easter Cup the highlight on a massive 10-race card. There is a $5,000 First 4 jackpot with UTAB on the $75,000 feature. The meeting commences at 17:28 and will be shown on Sky Racing 2, with the remainder of the card on Sky Racing 1. Duncan Dornauf will host the TasracingTV and Sky Racing coverage of the meeting. Sunday: It is a Group 1 race day at Wagga where the Tasmanian-owned Max Delight will contest the Riverina Four and Five Year Old Championship. Monday: Trials will be held in Devonport from 17:30.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

It was a big night for trainer Dean Braun and driver Anthony Butt in Launceston on Sunday night, with the duo combining to take out both heats of the Group 2 Ladbrokes Easter Cup. Our Princess Tiffany ($1.85 out to $3.30) was without a doubt the most impressive heat winner when coming from last in a fast half to score. Butt positioned the daughter of Art Major at the tail end of the field after a slow, but safe get away from her 30-metre handicap. The mare raced one-out, and three-back over the final mile before the five-year-old mare was allowed to improve out three and four wide over the final 700 metres, in a slick last half mile which was ran in quarters of 28.4s and 28.1s. Local hope Ryley Major ($2.90 into $2.20 fav) swept to the lead at the top of the home straight after having a lovely run with a one-out and one-back trail for a large portion of the race but was no match for the Kiwi-bred mare late with a neck between them. The mile rate for the 2698-metre trip was 1m 59.8s, only 0.7s outside the track record, which is held by Harjeet when winning the 2018 Cup. Lightly raced four-year-old Willie Go West ($2.20 into $2.00 fav) won the series opening heat, justifying his short quote. The gelded son of Auckland Reactor stepped away cleanly from his second-row draw and was able to find the lead with just over 2000 metres to travel. Butt never moved a muscle over the concluding stages, with the Dean Braun-trained pacer scoring by 7.2 metres over Scooterwillrev ($13), who had the gun run on the back of the leader. While Willie Go West dashed home in 29.1s and 27.3s, the mile rate was significantly slower than the other heat in 2m 2.8s. Sectional comparison Heat 1: Lead Time: 86.0s, Quarters: 32.6s, 30.9s, 29.1s and 27.3s, Time: 3m 25.9s. Heat 2: Lead Time: 86.4s, Quarters: 30.7s, 29.5s, 28.4s and 28.1s, Time: 3m 23.1s. The first seven placegetters qualified for the Group 2 Easter Cup Final which will be held this Saturday night in Launceston, with the barrier draw to be released on Tuesday afternoon.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

It had taken 31 starts, but Ideal Fella rewarded his connections for their perseverance when he broke his maiden in the final heat of the Allen Williams Memorial in Devonport on Friday night. Sent out as the $13 outsider, driver Natalee Emery kept out of the early speed battle, and she was able to enjoy a frantic tempo up front which saw a 51.7s lead time and a 30.8s first quarter. From there, the speed decreased with quarters of 31.5s, 31.5s and 33.0s for a mile rate of 2m 5.1s, with Emery giving the pacer every chance after settling three-back the pegs before timing her run well to score. The Artistic Fella gelding started his racing career in the Todd Rattray stable before joining the Jan Richardson stable in April 2019. The Allen Williams Memorial Final will be held in Launceston on Easter Cup night. Danger Of Tyne was another to break his maiden on the Devonport card, at the pacers 20th attempt. Trained by comeback trainer Leigh Rand, reinsman Todd Rattray was able to get things all his own way in front to go on and score by 7.6 metres. The win was the final leg of a driving double for Todd, who took out the N.W.T.L.H.A Mares Feature aboard Island Bliss (pictured winning at St.Marys), who he also trains. Starting off a 10-metre handicap, the mare flew away to find the lead and score by 4.2 metres in a mile rate of 2m 5.2s. It was a big night for the Rattray clan, with Ignatius winning the free-for-all at Menangle in Sydney. The Roll With Joe gelding worked forward to find the lead, passing the 1200-metre point and went on to win in a slick 1m 49.4s, a record for a Tasmanian bred pacer on Australian soil, with trainer James Rattray taking the drive. Former trainer of the pacer, Todd Rattray, said on Tasracing’s From The Stables that “America is an option” for the pacer going forward.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

In 2015 Rohan Hillier and Dean Braun teamed up to win the Easter Cup with Rule Like A King. In this year series, the duo will be rivals in Northern Tasmania’s premier race, which kicks off with two heats in Launceston on Sunday night. The Dean Braun-trained Our Princess Tiffany has been allocated a 30-metre handicap when she lines up in heat two, after toying with her rivals in the George Johnson in Hobart last time out. She takes on Ryley Major, who has a 20-metre handicap in the heat, with the first seven placegetters qualifying for Saturday night’s Group 2 Final. The gelded son of Art Major won the Devonport Cup in mid-January before chasing home Ignatius on 25 January in Hobart, which was his last start in the island state. Connections of Ryley Major elected to send the pacer to Victoria where he had a five-start campaign, and although he didn’t find the winners circle, trainer-driver Rohan Hillier was pleased with the pacers efforts. “He was very luckless. He kept drawing where he had to, which was the second-row, his only bad run I thought was the Ararat Cup. The rest of his runs, his sectionals were very good,” said Hillier about his stable star. The 2019-2020 Tasmanian Horse Of The year has arrived back in Hillier’s barn, and he is happy with the pacer heading into Sunday’s heat. “He has been back almost two-weeks, and he has been working good, and I am expecting a forward showing,” said the trainer-driver. “He begins like a rocket, and he will make his 20-metre handicap 10-metres with his manners,” added Hillier. If successful in Saturday’s final, the pacer will become the first horse ever to win the states three premier races after winning the 2019 Tasmania Cup and the Devonport Cup this year. Hillier also plays a strong hand in the Easter Cup’s opening heat with Tasmanian Cup placegetter Lip Reader, who will be driven by Hillier’s stable foreman, Conor Crook. “He was probably handicapped out of the Tasmania Cup, and for a horse that hasn’t won a race over $12,000, he was probably a bit stiff to get 10-metres here, but he is going good,” said Hillier. “He will acquit himself well, and I’m sure he will make the final,” added the Beauty Point-based trainer. His rivals in the opening heat include the Dean Braun-trained Willie Go West, who started favourite in the Tasmania Cup but ruined his chances when he galloped away, and The Shallows, who was defeated 4.6-metres by Bullys Delight in the Tasmania Cup Final. The first heat of the Easter Cup is race four at 19:30, with the second heat set down as race six at 20:42. Race one is scheduled for 18:07 and will be shown on Sky Racing 2, with the remainder of the card on Sky Racing 1, all races will be streamed on TasracingTV.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

The third running of the Australian Female Drivers Championship took place in Launceston on Sunday night, where Queensland’s Dannielle Veivers took out the title in the six-race series. Veivers followed in the footsteps of her sister Narissa McMullen who won the series at Brisbane’s Albion Park in 2019 and was happy with the win. “I just thought going into the series that I could win one or two races from the drives I had,” said Veivers on TasracingTV after the series win. The series marks the end of the Team Teal Promotion for 2021. “Obviously it is a really good cause being for ovarian cancer raising awareness and money for that,” added the winning driver. Here is how the night unfolded. Heat One Series winner Dannielle Veivers secured maximum points in the opening race when guiding $15 chance Oneofthelads to a 3.9-metre win. The gelded son of Caribbean Blaster enjoyed a lovely run one-out and two back, with the lowest national rating race recording the quickest lead time of the night in 41.0s. The Ben Yole-trained pacer gained a three-wide cart up passing the 800-metre point to score. “It worked pretty good for me, he didn’t have much speed out of the gate. I was hoping he would begin a little bit faster, but I just grabbed up and got the one-one before the favourite came round, and it didn’t do a whole lot, so I jumped on the three-wide line and just got the perfect track into it,” said Veivers post-race. Heat Two It was Queensland and Ben Yole again when Veivers’ sister Narissa McMullen drove Rockinfeelgood to score over her sister, who drove second place getter Aussie Rock. Settling one-out and six-back, McMullen found clear room out three and four-wide from the 700-metres to score by 2.8 metres in 1m 58.6s. “There has been plenty of speed. I think maybe the way to go is set back and try finish over the top,” said the winning driver post-race. Heat Three South Australia’s Danielle Hill drove six-winners last time she was in Launceston, and she secured maximum points in heat three. She was listed to drive the short price favourite Annerie, who was scratched before the race, which saw Hill pick up the drive on the first emergency, Coveffe Hustler, who gave Yole an early training treble on the card. Coveffe Hustler, who was a Hobart winner on Friday night, settled one-out and four back before Hill gained a three-wide cart into the race from the 800 metres, with the $9.00 chance finishing off best out wide to score. “She was pretty keen to get going, particularly near the 900, at the top of the turn, she was like lets roll, so I pulled her blinds and off she went,” said Hill. Heat Four Victorian trainer Dean Braun has been in the state for many weeks during the Tasmanian Autumn carnival. He teamed up with Emily Suvaljko from Western Australia to score with Jaffa Josh. Sent out the $1.22 favourite, the gelded son of Auckland Reactor kept his unbeaten record in Australia intact. From outside of the second-row, Suvaljko settled the pacer at the tail of the field over the sprint trip before improving into the race out three and four-wide over the final lap to score an 8.4-metre win in the quickest mile rate of the night in 1m 56.6s. “He just did it so easily,” said Suvaljko post-race. Heat Five It was a rough result for those playing the quaddie, but a good result for the locals as Tasmania’s Samantha Gangell drove the Michael Laugher-trained Emjays Black Chip to a 3.4-metre win in a slick 1m 57.5s after being given the run of the race one-one. It was an excellent result for Gangell who had an interesting encounter in the heat prior where her rein detached from the bit when driving Wave The Hat. “It is a nice change of luck after the last race, I was never confident at any stage of the race, but he just kept finding,” Gangell said. Heat Six Ben Yole prepared his fourth winner of the series when Earl Jujon dropped back from the Tasmania Cup to a rating 66 to 74 event and did the right thing by punters as he started the $3.50 favourite, and he also did the right thing by Dannielle Veivers securing the Queenslander with the victory. Settling one-out and three-back before getting a lovely run in the race from the 600 metre mark. “I definitely had a lot of luck there, going into the race, I was pretty confident, but it depended on the run he got, and he got the run he needed,” said the winning driver. The race was marred by a fall on the home corner with South Australia’s Lisa Ryan being dislodged from her sulky. She walked back to the driver’s room after the race. Final Points Total Dannielle Veivers (QLD) 71, Narissa McMullen (QLD) 56, Emily Suvajiko (WA) 50, Danielle Hill (SA) 49, Kate Gath (VIC) 42, Samantha Gangell (TAS) 42, Lisa Ryan (SA) 40, Kerryn Manning (VIC) 39, Ashley Hart (NSW) 39, Hannah Van dongen (TAS) 36, Jocelyn Young (WA) 34, Stephanie Lippiatt (NSW) 29.   by Duncan Dornauf

Tasmanian drivers Hannah Van Dongen and Samantha Gangell are ready to take on the nations best female drivers in the Australian Female Drivers Championship in Launceston. Van dongen has two of the past three leading Tasmanian Female drivers titles. Once again, she was the states number one contributor during the Team Teal promotion, and she is looking forward to pulling on the colours of the state once again. “It is a huge honour to represent your state, regardless of what sport it is, and hopefully, I can do the state proud tonight,” said Van dongen. Taking on Van dongen and Gangell are; Kate Gath (VIC), Kerryn Manning (VIC), Jocelyn Young (WA), Emily Suvaljko (WA), Lisa Ryan (SA), Danielle Hill (SA), Narissa McMullen (QLD), Dannielle Veivers (QLD), Ashley Hart (NSW) and Stephanie Lippiatt (NSW). Van dongen admits that you need a lot of luck on your side in the drivers invitation races, but she will be hoping to get some valuable points in the early heats, with the driver rating Joogle in heat two as the best of her drives. “I think Joogle is my best drive. She has had one run back from a break and has drawn very well. There are few nice horses in the race, but we should get a nice run in the event, and it would be nice to get a win for the Rattray family, who was a big help early on in my career,” said the Carrick-based driver. Van dongen will also hope to get valuable points in the opening race with the Ben Yole-trained Got The Goods and in the third heat with Starofrembrance. “Both have drawn inside of the second-row, and there is a bit of speed off the front line in both heats. I reckon we may end up three back on the pegs on both horses, but with the early speed, there should be a few gaps late, and they should get his chance if good enough,” added the driver. It has been a big six months for Van dongen. She has obtained her trainer’s license and trains a small team around her duties as a stable hand and track work rider for Devonport trainer Leanne Gaffney where she gets to work with a number of the states best thoroughbreds, including horses such as Newhart and Deroche. The points table for tonight sees heats 1-4 and 6 below; 1st – 19 points, 2nd – 14 points, 3rd – 11 points, 4th – 9 points, 5th – 8 points, 6th – 7 points, 7th – 6 points, 8th – 5 points, 9th – 4 points, 10th – 3 points, 11th – 2 points and 12th – 1 point. With a late scratching in heat five, all placings are reduced by one point, with Lisa Ryan, who misses out on a drive receiving five points as per HRA policy. Sunday night’s card in Launceston can’t be missed, and if you can’t make it trackside, there are plenty of options to catch the meeting with Matt Reid and Jacob Bevis hosting on TasracingTV, while Brittany Graham and Duncan Dornauf will be on the Sky Racing Active coverage.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Jordan Chibnall has been a recent addition to the harness racing form guides, and the concession driver notched up her first win since arriving in the state in Hobart last week. The concession driver scored on Deadly Assassin last week to knock many people out of last weeks quaddie and returns to the Hobart venue again on Friday night for four drives. It was Chibnall’s third career driving win, and her best drives appear to be early on Friday’s card. Mach Charm will contest the opening race, who has drawn barrier two on the second row in the 30 to 49 rating event. The seven-year-old mare finished midfield last start after working forward in the early stages to take up a forward position but draws to get a cheap run in the early stages from the second-row draw. My Ultimate Romeo lines up in race two and had little luck over the mile last start where he was restrained to the tail where he struggled to get into the race, but was only defeated three-metres when sixth behind Oneofthelads in Hobart two starts back. Chibnall hails from Kilmore in country Victoria, and has grown up in racing with her parents currently involved in the thoroughbred industry, and she is enjoying her time in Tasmania, where she has taken up employment with the Ben Yole stable. “I’ll stay for as long as I can, I’m looking at a couple of years at least,” she said on TasracingTV’s Live Stream coverage after Saturday’s win. “I thought working for Ben would give me better opportunities and so far everything has worked out good,” she added. Friday night’s six-race card commences at 18:08 and can be seen on TasracingTV and Sky Racing 2.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

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

It was a mixed night at the office for trainer Dean Braun and driver Anthony Butt on Saturday night in Hobart. Braun put the polish on Willie Go West, who galloped out in the Group 2 Tasmania Cup, the Victorian trainer still had plenty to celebrate with a training treble on the states premier race night. One of the best mares in the nation Our Princess Tiffany justified her $1.09 quote when recording an effortless win in the states premier mares race, the George Johnson. Driver Anthony Butt settled the mare one-out and three-back from her second-row draw in the 2579-metre event before working around the field at the 1500-metre mark to find the lead. From there, it was race over, with the daughter of Art Major not even out of second gear on her way to a 17.7-metre win over Still Hungover, with Indiana Dreaming a further 28.4 metres away third. Naturally, trainer Dean Braun was pleased with her effort. “She was really good, she is a millionaire, with no disrespect to the others, you would think she would probably be able to do that against those horses,” said Braun on TasracingTV. “She will go to the Easter Cup in Launceston now,” said the trainer about the mare, who will be joined by Willie Go West in the heats on 28 March before the Group 2 Final on 3 April. Annerie had her first start in the Group 3 Tasmanian Oaks, where she ran down the leader and race favourite Momentslikethese over the concluding stages. The daughter of The Gold Ace was on New Zealand’s west coast two weeks ago, and given she hadn’t been in the Braun stable that long the win was a pleasant surprise. “She really surprised me, I thought she was only going to run top three in the straight, but she really knuckled down well in the lane,” said Braun. “I didn’t think she would do that, I thought she would need another fortnight, but I am thrilled with the way she has gone, and hopefully she has come through it well, and I hope she may be a Queensland Oaks filly come winter,” added the winning trainer. Jaffa Josh was the middle pin of Braun and Butt’s treble when scoring in the Eric Reece Memorial Final. The Auckland Reactor gelding settled one-out and four-back before improving into the race out three-wide from the 1100-metre point before being too strong for his rivals late. “He has got a good future ahead of him. He is very very fast and has got a bit of bottom to him as well. He is just not sure what he is doing yet, but when the penny drops, he is going to be a pretty nice horse,” said Braun. Harness racing continues in Hobart on Friday night before the Australian Female Drivers Championship in Launceston on Sunday.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

John and Rhys Nicholson are no strangers to winning feature races in the Apple Isle, and the father and son duo claimed the states premier race, the Group 2 Tasmania Cup in Hobart on Saturday night with the Bettors Delight gelding Bullys Delight. From the pole draw, the pacer galloped out before settling one-out and one-back in the early stages before being shuffled back one position when Triple Eight found the spot outside the leader at the 1400 metres. Rhys went for home down the back straight the final time, and the pacer was able to hold off challenges from The Shallows and Lip Reader over the concluding stages. “Down the back, I thought I would get them off the bit, and might as well have a crack,” said Rhys after the win. “The way he finished off last week I thought I could outstay them, and when I turned into the back I thought let’s go,” added the winning driver. There was much drama with the win, with Bullys Delight having to survive a double protest, after the drivers of the second and third place getters lodged a protest after reviewing the stewards patrol film. Both protests were subsequently dismissed after a lengthy hearing, with Rhys copping a total of 16 race dates suspension and $4,000 in fines from his drives in the Tasmania Cup and Derby. Race favourite Willie Go West was checked soon after the start and galloped himself out of contention, while the second elect Triple Eight was forced to do plenty of work to find the spot outside the leader near the 1400-metre point. John Nicolson trained and drove Alby Two Chains to victory in the Group 3 Tasmanian Derby. “He is so relaxed, and next year he will be a real horse,” said John after his third Tasmanian Derby win as a trainer. “I want to look after him, I would rather race him as a four-year-old,” added the trainer when asked about the future plans of the half-brother to Jilliby Kung Fu. The three-year-old colt was able to find the lead and record a very slow lead time of 79.8s before a 67.4s first half of the final mile before running home in 30.5s and 27.1s. View the full results click here!   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Victorian trainer Dean Braun will be hoping for a big night in Hobart on Saturday night. The popular trainer prepares the favourites in the Group 2 Tasmania Cup, George Johnson and Eric Reece Memorial, and the second elect in the Tasmania Oaks. Willie Go West will start favourite in the Group 2 Tasmania Cup, and the pacer handled his rivals with ease when scoring in his Tasmania Cup heat on 28 February, which was the four-year-old’s fifth career win at his 10th racetrack appearance. “We have thrown him in the deep end. Under the old system, he would only be a C3,” said Braun when speaking on RSN radio on Friday. Last Sunday’s heat winner, Triple Eight, is the only other runner in single figures in early markets and has a 30-metre handicap to overcome, which Bruan will hope plays into his favour in the 2579-metre event. “Triple Eight has been there and done it (at the top level) and is definitely the measuring stick, but I am pretty happy with my horse, he has had a really good week, and I would expect if he began good and jumped on the lure, it would make it hard for those out the back that have to do a bit of chasing and get around the field as well,” explained the trainer. One of the best mares in the country at present is Our Princess Tiffany, and she will start a short-priced favourite in the states premier mares race, the George Johnson. The multiple Group 1 winner became the 91st southern hemisphere-bred standardbred pacer to break $1,000,000 in prizemoney when scoring in the Group 1 Ladyship Cup at Melton two starts ago. “I am sure she is the best horse in the race. She wouldn’t need any bad luck or anything like that,” said Braun. The Art Major mare had a solo trial in Hobart on Sunday night. “She has had an awesome week, I took her into Hobart on Sunday night and gave her a look at the track, and she ran a mile in 1m 58.3s and a half in 55.5s, and she only jogged it,” said the trainer. Annerie will have her first start in the country when the former Kiwi lines up in the Group 3 Tasmanian Oaks. “I have only had her 10-days, two weeks ago she was on the west coast of New Zealand, and she has had a trip to Christchurch, then to Auckland, then to Melbourne and then on to Tassie,” Braun explained. “She poked around quietly in a trial on Sunday, and I was happy with what she did, but really I would love to have had another fortnight with her,” added the trainer who admitted it would be tough to beat last weeks Three Year Old Fillies Championship winner Momentslikethese. Brauns other runner is Jaffa Josh in the Eric Reece Memorial Final, with the pacer scoring an effortless 19-metre win in his heat on 28 February at the pacers first start in Australia. Chris Alford was booked to take the reins to drive all of the runners from the Braun stable but has been replaced by Anthony Butt. Alford has undergone surgery for an infected knee during the week in a Melboune Hospital. Tasracing’s Duncan Dornauf sent a text out to several drivers that have multiple drives on the card asking who their best chance was on the card. Their replies are below; Alex Ashwood – Race 11 Elita, Conor Crook – Race 2 Guys Bettor Bet. Ricky Duggan – Race 9 Helikaon, Dylan Ford – Race 3 Guptas Cullen, Rohan Hadley – Best place chance Race 4 My Ultimate Romeo, Rohan Hillier – Race 6 Kosimo, Troy McDonald – Race 1 Ozzie Major, Todd Rattray – Best place chance Race 6 Kennys Killer, Greg Sugars – Race 8 Momentslikethese, Mark Yole – Race 3 Blackbird Power. Sky Racing 2 will cover the first three races with the remainder of the card on Sky Racing 1, with Duncan Dornauf providing a late mail service for all races, as well as hosting TasracingTV’s live stream. The local tote will have a $5,000 First Four Jackpot on the Tasmania Cup and the first race commences at 17:44. View the full fields click here!   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

It was a big weekend in the Tasmanian harness world with great racing in Burnie and Hobart last weekend. Last weekend we also crowned Ryley Major as the 2019-2020 Tasmanian Horse Of The Year at the annual awards night held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor on Saturday. This week we have the states premier race night in Hobart on Saturday evening with the Group 2 Tasmania Cup, Group 3 Tasmanian Derby, Group 3 Tasmanian Oaks and the George Johnson headlining a brilliant 11-race card. The Stars Phillip Young – was rewarded for over six decades of service to the states harness racing industry when he was crowned the Edgar Tatlow medalist for the 2019-2020 season at the Tasmanian Harness Racing Awards night in Launceston on Saturday. Greg Sugars and Jess Tubbs – the husband and wife team had a night out in Hobart on Sunday with Triple Eight proving too good off his 30-metre handicap in the second heat of the Tasmania Cup, while Momentslikethese warmed up for Saturday’s Tasmanian Oaks with a dominant win in the Three Year Old Fillies Championship. John Nicholson– loves a Tasmanian mission and started his Autumn Carnival pursuit with a training quinella in the Tasmanian Guineas with Alby Two Chains defeating Seas Choice. Blame It On Me – will fly the Tasmanian flag in Saturday’s George Johnson and was in the winners list on Sunday with an all the way win over the 2579-metre trip, admiringly she had a soft run in the early and middle stages before dashing home to score a 15-metre win. Chris Aylett – had a night out at Burnie when he trained, drove, owned and bred Hurrikane Kiwi to his maiden win in the second heat of the Allen Williams Memorial. Multiple Winners Burnie – Friday evening Ben Yole – training double; My Ultimate Major and Hez The One. Hobart – Sunday evening Greg Sugars – driving double; Momentslikethese and Triple Eight, Jess Tubbs – training double; Momentslikethese and Triple Eight, Ben Yole – training double; Brian Who and Signorina Jujon. Tasracing Calculated Sectionals Burnie – Friday evening Unavailable. Hobart – Sunday evening Helikaon 57.16s, Blame It On Me 57.40s, Somedan 57.43s, Bullys Delight 57.64s and Earl Jujon 57.78s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Burnie – Friday evening Hit’s: My Ultimate Major $5.00 into $3.70, Im Rock Solid $5.00 into $3.80 and Hez The One $3.60 into $2.80. Defied The Drift: Hurrikane Kiwi $4.40 out to $11. Missed: Keep Playing $3.40 into $2.20, Kiavino Stride $11 into $5.50, Aunty Bessy $4.60 into $3.00 and Northview Dave $2.80 into $2.50. Hobart – Sunday evening Hit’s: Momentslikethese $1.60 into $1.20 and Brian Who $4.60 into $2.80, Defied The Drift: Mays Place $5.50 out to $8.00, Elita $3.50 out to $4.40, Blame It On Me $3.10 out to $3.70, Alby Two Chains $4.20 out to $7.00 and Signorina Jujon $6.00 out to $7.50. Missed: Pawnbrokers Lad $4.00 into $3.20, Tarleton Riley $12 into $4.80, Kardesler $8.50 into $5.50, James Dean $5.50 into $3.90, Helikaon $4.20 into $2.90 and Good Feelings $14 into $5.50. Trial File Hobart – Sunday afternoon George Johnson favourite Our Princess Tiffany had a solo trial before Sunday’s race meeting where she ran her first half in 62.5s before quarters of 28.5s and 27.3s for a mile of 1m 58.3s. Annerie sits on the second line of betting for Saturday night’s Tasmanian Oaks and won her trial with ease in 2m 2.3s. After settling four back the pegs, The Gold Ace filly led up the running line from the 800-metres to score by 11.3 metres, with the last two quarters leader to winner ran in 31.1s and 28.6s. Carrick Park – Monday evening Only two runners contested the first trial with Weerrook Harry for Harrison Ross who led all the way to score in the quickest mile rate of the session of 2m 3.2s. Mucho Mover (2m 8.2s) and The Lemondrop Kid (2m 6.5s) both led to win there respective trials. Week Ahead Friday: The Tasmanian Trotting Club will host the Downton Property Charity Golf Day, raising funds for the Team Teal Foundation. For further details, contact the Tasmanian Trotting Club. Saturday: It is Super Saturday in Hobart with a host of feature races on a massive 11-race card, and early markets are out on some of the features. Tasmania Cup: $1.85 Willie Go West, $2.30 Triple Eight, $10 Bullys Delight, $19 Cool Water Paddy, $23 The Shallows, $26 Lip Reader, $34 Form Analyst, $51 Sea Double Ugrant, $71 Izaha, $81 Earl Jujon, Isaac, $101 Star Chamber, Offthetopofmyhead, $151 Full Speed Ahead and James Dean. Tasmanian Oaks: $1.65 Momentslikethese, $3.20 Annerie, $8.00 Deadly Error, $9.00 Heavenly Gipsy, $16 Stepping Stones, $18 Melnrowley, $81 Iden Reactor, $101 Most Perfect Major and $126 Written In Silk. Tasmanian Derby: $3.00 Alby Two Chains and Danceforme, $3.40 Helikaon, $5.50 Rocknovertime, $9.00 Sebs Choice and $23 Sharmey. Other highlights on the card include the states premier mares race, the George Johnson, the Henry Pullen Memorial and the Eric Reece Memorial Final. The meeting will be televised on Sky Racing, with the first three races on Sky Racing 2, and the last eight races on Sky Racing 1. TasracingTV will have a live trackside hosting of the meeting. For those heading trackside and are seeking further information, then head over to Go Racing Tasmania. Sunday: Ryley Major will contest Sunday’s Group 3 Charlton Cup, last seasons Tasmanian Horse Of The Year has drawn outside of the second row in the feature event that will be run at 16:19. Monday: Trials will be held in Hobart from 17:30.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Trainer Doug Nettlefold is looking forward to Saturday nights George Johnson in Hobart with his stable star Blame It On Me. The trainer said it would be a race to a guide at where his mare sits when she takes on a quality field in the state's premier mares race, which is headlined by the Dean Braun trained Our Princess Tiffany. “It is going to be good to see where we actually sit. We have always contemplated taking her to the mainland, so it will be a good guide to where we are and help decide if we do or don’t in the near future,” said Nettlefold. Blame It On Me was the star of her age group as a two and three-year-old, with her biggest win being in last season Group 2 Bandbox, which is apart of the Tasmanian Sires’ Stakes Series. The Big Jim mare recorded her first win as a four-year-old when scoring in a rating 70 to 79 event over the 2579 metre trip in Hobart on Sunday. It was Blame It On Me’s 10th career win at start 14, and if it weren’t for her breaking her broken pastern in February 2020, the winning tally would have been a lot more. Driver Natalee Emery held the lead from the pole daw, and after enjoying a soft run in the early and middle stages, the mare dashed away late to score a 15-metre win over Somedan and James Dean. “I am more than happy with that effort going into the George Johnson,” Nettlefold. “Given it was her first try at the trip, and to finish it off the way she did in 57.4s was nice,” added the trainer. Our Princess Tiffany strode around in a solo trial before Sunday’s meeting over the mile trip. The mare was driven by Alex Ashwood and jogged around in a 62.5 first half mile before running home in 28.5s and 27.3s for a mile of 1m 58.3s. The five-year-old Art Major mare has won 23 of her 41 starts including the Group 1 Ladyship Cup at Melton two starts ago. Saturday night’s feature race barrier draws: Tasmania Cup: 1 Bullys Delight, 2 Willie Go West, 3 Full Speed Ahead, 4 Cool Water Paddy, 5 James Dean, 6 Earl Jujon, 7 Form Analyst, 8 Offthetopofmyhead (Emg), 9 The Shallows (10m), 10 Sea Double Ugrant (10m), 11 Isaac (10m), 12 Lip Reader (20m), 13. Triple Eight (30m), 14 Izaha (30m), 15 Star Chamber (30m). George Johnson: 1 Aussie Rock, 2 Missin Rock, 3 Coveffe Hustler, 4 Nine Diamonds, 5 Indiana Dreaming, 6 Rockinfeelgood, 7 Pink Ponder, 8 Lockaway Kacie, 9 Blame It On Me, 10 Still Hungover, 11 Our Princess Tiffany. Tasmanian Derby: 1 Helikaon, 2 Sharmey, 3 Alby Two Chains, 4 Rocknovertime, 5 Sebs Choice, 6 Danceforme. Tasmanian Oaks: 1 Stepping STones, 2 Momentslikethese, 3 Iden Reactor, 4 Deadly Error, 5 Heavenly Gipsy, 6 Annerie, 7 Most Perfect Major, 8 Written In Silk, 9 Melnrowley. Saturday’s meeting features 11-races and commences at 17:44 and concludes at 22:52.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Ryley Major capped off a massive 2019-2020 season by capturing the Tasmanian Horse of the year title. The announcement was made in front of a packed house at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Launceston on Saturday night. The Rohan Hillier trained pacer races 22 times during the 2019-2020 season for 14 wins and seven placings. His feature wins included the Group 2 Tasmania Cup, the Group 3 Tassie Golden Apple and the Listed Hobart Pacing Cup. Phillip Young was rewarded for his significant contribution to the states harness racing industry over many decades when awarded with the states highest honour, the Edgar Tatlow Medal. The full list of winners were; Edgar Tatlow Medal Phillip Young Hall Of Fame inductees Horse’s: Tassy’s Gamble, Napoleon Stone, and Speedy Ben, Trainer: Rupert Peck, Trainer and driver: Rohan Hadley. Participant awards Leading Female Driver: Hannah Van Dongen, Leading Female Trainer: Juanita McKenzie, Leading Junior Driver: Taylor Ford, Leading Driver Gareth Rattray, Leading Trainer Ben Yole, On Camera Performance Award: Ricky Duggan, Welfare Award: Brooke Hammond, Mini Trot Award: Alec MacDonald. Horse of the year awards 2YO Colt and gelding of the year: Agouda Ruler, 2YO Filly of the year: Melnrowley, 3YO Colt and gelding of the year: Kohannah, 3YO Filly of the year: A Spanish Dance, 4YO and older Horse of the year: Ryley Major, 4YO and older Mare of the year: Still Hungover, Tasmanian Horse of the year: Ryley Major, Broodmare of the year: Dead heat between Tania Maree and Shez Ryleymak. BOTRA Awards Beautide Medal: The Shallows, Halwes Medal: Rohan Hillier, Young Achiever: Lachlan Dakin, Achiever: Audrey Hamer.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

The husband and wife team of Greg Sugars and Jess Tubbs start their Tasmanian Autumn Carnival raid on Sunday with two runners from their stable in the island state. 2019 Inter Dominion finalist and multiple Group winner Triple Eight will contest the final heat of the Tasmania Cup, while Momentslikethese will contest the Three Year Old Fillies Championship ahead of Saturday’s Tasmanian Oaks. Triple Eight has won 12 of his 59 starts, with most of those efforts being across the Tasman and will be stepping out for the third time since joining the Jess Tubbs stable after contesting the Hunter and Terang Cup’s his last two outings. “He has performed at the highest level in New Zealand for most of his career. It is very exciting to have him enter our gates,” said Sugars. The gelding looks very well placed in the second and final heat of the Group 2 Tasmania Cup in Hobart tonight, where the American Ideal gelding has a 30-metre back mark to overcome. “He has done a lot of his racing over the long trips and in standing starts, so the conditions are right up his alley,” said Sugars. Triple Eight will start one of the shortest price favourites of the night, opening up at $1.40 this morning over rising local star Cool Water Paddy who is resuming from a break. The first seven horses home qualify for the $75,000 Group 2 Final on Saturday night. Sugars will also take the reins on Momentlikethese in the Three Year Old Fillies Championship, where they will be out to end the winning run of local filly Bridwood Bella who is undefeated after three starts. Momentslikethese has won two of her 14 starts and has been placed on six occasions, and has been racing at the top two-year-old level in Victoria. “She is a bit unlucky as she is in the crop of fillies that is a very strong group that we have seen for some time, last years two-year-old racing was unbelievable really, but she held her own in a lot of the races and made a lot of Group 1 finals, said Sugars. “We are very happy with what she has done, and she seems to be maturing now she has turned three, and hopefully she can bridge the gap on the better ones from last year this year,” added the driver. The filly was narrowly defeated in a Melton trial on 1 March when coming from last to be beaten a head in a solid last half mile. “She has had that one trial, and she did that comfortable, so we thought we would bring her down with Triple Eight,” said Sugars. The filly will stay in the state for Saturday’s Tasmanian Oaks. Tonight's card also sees the running of the Tasmanian Guineas, the final lead-up race ahead of next week's Tasmanian Derby. Meanwhile, Victorian trainer Dean Braun is represented by multiple Group 1 winning mare Our Princess Tiffany and former New Zealand three-year-old filly Annerie in two trials that will be held before the race meeting.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

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