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It was another great week of harness racing with two brilliant meetings in Hobart and Launceston. Cool Water Paddy was the star in Hobart, but it was the next generation of drivers stealing the show last weekend. This weekend the $12,000 Launceston Mile is the feature race on Sunday where Easter Cup winner Scotterwillrev clashes with Cool Water Paddy in the small but select field. Harness racing will also be held in Hobart on Friday night, with a strong Tasmanian presence at both Melton and Menangle on Saturday night. The Stars Cool Water Paddy – demonstrated his class with a dominant win in the fast class race on Sunday evening in Hobart when scoring a five-metre win. The Juanita McKenzie-trained pacer will be chasing a hat-trick of wins when he contests Sunday’s Launceston Mile, a race he won last year. Starofremembrance – broke through for an overdue win in Hobart on Sunday night. The Paul Medhurst-trained mare had 16 starts in the state for five placings before breaking through for her first Tasmanian win. Claiming Novice Drivers – the new Claiming Novice Drivers policy in the state is seeing new names in the winner’s circle, including Kayleb Williams and Bronte Miller, who drove doubles in Launceston and Hannah Van Dongen and Jordan Chibnall with winners in Hobart. Tammy Langley – extended her lead on the female trainer’s premiership with a weekend treble. All three winners were driven by Dylan Ford, including Pawnbrokers Lad and Jackson Neptune in Hobart. Conor Crook – moved into second spot on the state trainer’s premiership after a weekend double, including consistent mare Gone And Forgotten and Iden Miss Lucy, who broke her maiden on Sunday. Multiple Winners Launceston – Friday evening Ben Yole – training treble; Aha Reaction, Heza Rummage and Got The Goods, Bronte Millier – driving double; Aha Reaction and Heza Rummage, Rohan Hillier – driving double Wandary Muscat and Gone And Forgotten., Kayleb Williams – driving double; Jocund and Karalta Kruise. Hobart – Sunday evening Ben Yole – training quartet; Kiavino Stride, Deadly Assassin, Denstown and Keep Playing. Tammy Langley – training double; Pawnbrokers Lad and Jackson Neptune, Conor Crook – driving treble; Iden Miss Lucy, Denstown and Keep Playing, Dylan Ford – driving double; Pawnbrokers Lad and Jackson Neptune. Tasracing Calculated Sectionals Launceston – Friday evening Aha Reaction 56.80s, Tarleton Riley 57.37s, Stormont Star 57.62s, Perfect Mach and Wandary Muscat both 58.03s. Hobart – Sunday evening Isaac 56.94s, Cool Water Paddy 57.00s, Murry 57.04s, Jeans Mattjesty 57.30s and Somedan 57.40s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Launceston – Friday evening Hit’s: Aha Reaction $10 into $6.50, Wandary Muscat $4.80 into $4.40, and Got The Goods $2.50 into $2.10. Defied The Drift: Say A Prayer $2.30 out to $3.30, Jocund $4.80 out to $6.50, Heza Rummage $10 out to $13, Gone And Forgotten $3.20 out to $3.40 and Karalta Kruise $6.00 out to $7.50. Missed: Boulder City $21 into $10, Deadly Assassin $3.60 into $2.90, Roosevelt $5.00 into $4.00, La Toison Dor $10 into $6.50, Major Seascape $8.50 into $6.50 and Pink Ponder $5.50 into $3.20. Hobart – Sunday evening Hit’s: Pawnbrokers Lad $4.40 into $3.00, Iden Miss Lucy $2.40 into $2.25, Kiavino Stride $91 into $21, Deadly Assassin $10 into $8.50, Denstown $12 into $9.00, Cool Water Paddy $2.20 into $2.00, Jackson Neptune $13 into $11 and Keep Playing $5.50 into $3.80. Defied The Drift: Starofremembrance $6.00 out to $7.00. Missed: Fury Dan $3.10 into $2.40, Radiant Red $2.40 into $2.25, Denwen Dancer $2.70 into $1.70, Bonacci $17 into $9.00, Most Perfect Major $11 into $8.00 and Rocknroll Nitro $2.60 into $2.25. Trial File Hobart – Monday evening The first trial was for the two-year-olds over 1609 metres was taken out by the Rodney Ashwood-trained and driven Hivoltage Glenwood, who led all the way and was untroubled to score by 15.7 metres in 2m 6.62s. Yourockanna is a six-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven mare who has won 10 races in her career stepped out in the state for the first time of her career in the final trial. Trainer-driver Rodney Ashwood settled the mare last of the four-horse field before leading up the one-wide line over the final 1200 metres, with the mare racing away from her rivals at the top of the home straight to score an 11.8-metre victory in a mile rate of 2m 4.86s. Week Ahead Friday: Hobart is the venue for Friday night racing with an eight-race card commencing at 18:30. Saturday: Trials will be held at Carrick Park from 9:00. Plenty of Tasmanian interest at Menangle in Sydney, with Ignatius contesting a Group 3 event, Zhukov Leis contesting a no higher than 95 event and Jigamaroo engaged in the seventh race of the night. All three horses are prepared by James Rattray, who will drive Ignatius and Zhukov Leis, while former Tasmanian Charlie Castles will drive Jigamaroo. At Melton, the Rodney Ashwood-trained Still Hungover will contest a $20,000 mares event restricted to horses rated between 70 to 89, with Rodney’s son Alex booked for the drive. Tasmanian owned Max Delight will compete in the free-for-all event at the same meeting. Sunday: The Launceston Pacing Club stages a nine-race card featuring the $12,000 Launceston Mile. The meeting gets underway at 17:07.   By Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

In-form Lietinna based trainer Wesley Targett will be hoping last start Launceston winner Wandary Muscat can reproduce her brilliant from last week again in Hobart on Friday night. The six-year-old mare will contest the Nutrient Sprint Lane Pace, the second event on the eight-race card. The daughter of American Ideal notched up her eighth career win in Launceston last week after being given the run of the race one-out and two-back by driver Rohan Hillier. The mare produced a lethal sprint late to pick up the leaders by 1.8 metres in a 58.8s last half mile. “I was a bit worried that she drew too well that night, but it was a really good drive by Rohan to settle her where he did and there wasn’t much room when he slipped her out on the home corner,” said Wesley. On Friday night driver John Walters jumps back into the sulky where they have drawn outside the second-row in the rating 45 to 52 event. Wandary Muscat gets into the race on the maximum rating where she has opened as the $4.20 second elect behind seven start maiden De Marco Beach who has drawn the pole at $3.60. The 2021 season could be the last we see Wandary Muscat on the racetrack. “I am still scratching my head whether she will become a broodmare this breeding season. I like the American Ideal bloodline, so I am likely to head that way,” explained Wesley. Wesley prepares his team out of Kent Rattray’s stables, which means Wandary Muscat will share a float ride to Hobart with in-form pacer Karalta Kruise who will be chasing a hat-trick of wins in the Tasmanian Veterinary Services Pace, a rating 55 or better standing start event. This season’s King Island Cup winner won his 18th race in Launceston last Friday when leading all the way. The win saw the gelded son of Mcardle break the $100,000 prizemoney barrier. Friday’s eight-race card commences at 18:30 and will be shown on TasracingTV and Sky Racing 2.   By Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Lightly raced Stonebridge Regal filly Iden Miss Lucy opened her winning account when registering an all the way win in the Cascade Draught Pace at harness racing's Hobart track on Sunday night. Trainer-driver Conor Crook was able to find the lead on the $2.25 favourite. After a soft lead time and first quarter, the three-year-old filly was forced to do it hard for the final 1200 metres when challenged by another runner, but Iden Miss Lucy dug deep late to score in 2m 4.5s for the 2090-metre trip. “She did a good job. She got it her own way but was kept honest by Iden Black Prince for the last 1200 metres and did a good job to fight them all off,” said Crook after the race. Crook indicated that the filly is still learning what the racing game is about. “She is still learning and improving. Her Devonport start prior was better than it looked. She was off the bit and just couldn’t keep her in her position, so I put a hood on her last night, and she didn’t steer that good in it but did travel better,” he said. The trainer-driver did acknowledge the previous work done by Christian Salter, who had ironed a few issues out of the filly before she was transferred to the Crook stable. “She did have a few runs as a two-year-old, and she did a bit wrong in those races, so she didn’t learn how to race. When I picked her up off Christian, he did say that she worked well enough to win a few races,” said the Beauty Point-based trainer. Iden Miss Lucy is raced by Bagdad owner-breeder Elliott Booth, who collected his large Tasbred bonus with the win. Booth also part-owns and bred the second placegetter Iden Black Prince. Crook ended the nine-race card with a driving treble with wins aboard Denstown and Keep Playing, who was a part of a training quartet for Ben Yole, who also prepared Kiavino Stride (Hannah Van Dongen) and Deadly Assassin (Jordan Chibnall) to victory. Mother and son duo Tammy Langley and Dylan Ford continued their good form with a double, including two-year-old Pet Rock colt Pawnbrokers Lad and recent stable edition Jackson Neptune. Starofremembrance broke through for an overdue win after several placings since the Betterthancheddar mare joined the Paul Medhurst stable. The fast class race of the night was once again won by the Juanita McKenzie trained Cool Water Paddy.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Tasmania’s harness racing's novice driver ranks are about to gain a much-needed boost with three drivers ready to hit the track, including Tiarna Ford, who will have her first book of drives at Launceston on Friday night. Tiarna, 26, is the daughter of former premiership-winning trainer Philip Ford, and has been developing her skills by completing her mandatory number of trials across the state. Her first drive is aboard Christian Major in race two, who is prepared by her mother Tammy Langley. Christian Major, a gelded son of Art Major has been placed in two of his past four outings and goes into the race off a trial win when driven by Tiarna, on 30 April in Hobart. It appears to be a very even race on paper with Jocund, who is searching for his first win of the season drawing well in gate one, Murray, a Devonport winner from four starts ago, drawing to get a soft peg run and Deadly Assassin also has a nice training draw. Recent Launceston winner Christan Jaz is also amongst the winning chances, which will be driven by Tiarna’s brother Dylan. Tiarna has two other drives on the card, including Ideal Jo in race six, who has a rough each-way chance and Pink Ponder, who is one of the leading contenders in the final race of the night. The Glenorchy Magpies star footballer is one of many drivers embarking on their racing journeys. Other drivers about to complete their amount of allocated trials on their way to obtaining their race day licences in the state are Ryan Backhouse and Jacob Duggan, while Liam Older has recently competed in his first few trial drives. Friday’s Launceston card commences at 17:21 and can be seen on Sky Racing 2 and TasracingTV. Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

It was a massive night of harness racing in Devonport on Sunday with a host of feature races on the nine-race card, including the C.U.B Quality for the open class pacers won by Blackbird Power and trainer Mark Yole continued his excellent record in the race. This week we race in Launceston on Friday night and again in Hobart on Sunday evening, but for those fortunate enough to secure a ticket to Agfest, make sure you visit the Tasracing display at site 404 on Fourth Avenue. The Stars Mark Yole – the Carrick Park-based trainer-driver only has a small team in work, but he was fortunate enough to secure a weekend double including the $12,000 C.U.B Quality in Devonport on Sunday night with eight-year-old gelding Blackbird Power who was a tough win in the 1930-metre event and was the first leg of a driving double for the reinsman on the program. Yole’s other winner as a trainer was with consistent pacer Black Ops. Rohan Hillier – was the standout driver on the Devonport card with a feature race treble. The Wesley Targett-trained Guenevers Madonna kicked off Hillier’s night when the filly lead all the way to win the Devonport Belmont. Hillier then produced a confident drive to win the Latrobe Cup on the Ben Woodsford-trained Metro Star before rounding out his night with Gone And Forgotten from the Conor Crook stable, who won the Sheffield Cup after a second against first protest was upheld. Better Amour – is a four-year-old mare from the Paul Carlson stable, who won her second race of the season in the Leigh Plunkett for the national rating 55 to 69 mares. The daughter of Betterthancheddar raced three-wide for the final circuit to register a last stride win with John Walters in the sulky. Conor Crook – as mentioned earlier, he prepared Gone And Forgotten to victory in the Sheffield Cup, but he also drove a double on the Devonport card. His first win in the sulky was with Kuyomi, who recorded her first Australian win by 19.3 metres before the Troy Hillier prepared Racketeers Boy did the right thing by favourite punters in the final race of the night. Ben Yole – was the standout trainer of the six-race card in Hobart on Friday night, putting the polish on four winners before Guys Bettor Bet gave him his fifth-weekend winner on Sunday in Devonport. Yole is only 18 winners away from recording his sixth consecutive century of wins in a season. Multiple Winners Hobart – Friday evening Ben Yole – training quartet; Keep Playing, Heza Rummage, Coveffe Hustler and Border Cross, Troy McDonald – driving double; Coveffe Hustler and Border Cross. Devonport – Sunday evening Rohan Hillier – driving treble; Guenevers Madonna, Metro Star and Gone And Forgotten, Mark Yole – driving double; Blackbird Power and Rambleon, Conor Crook – driving double; Kuyomi and Racketeers Boy. Tasracing Calculated Sectionals Hobart – Friday evening Big Bang Raj 57.78s, Origin Tara 58.04s, Somehowsomeway 58.15s, Blackjackhanover 58.18s and Yellow Taki 58.22s. Devonport – Sunday evening Scoterwillrev 57.96s, Blackbird Power 58.25s, Deadly Assassin 58.75s, Be Major Threat 58.84s and Offthetopofmyhead 58.92s. Outside of race four: Rambleon 58.94s, Rockandahardplace 59.39s, Moonlite Bay 59.80s and Belle Of Brooklyn 59.95s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart – Friday evening Hit’s: Keep Playing $10 into $7.00, Black Ops $3.80 into $3.20, Coveffe Hustler $4.80 into $4.00 and Border Cross $3.00 into $2.40. Defied The Drift: Big Bang Raj $3.30 out to $5.50 and Heza Rummage $4.80 out to $8.00. Missed: Brighton Prince $3.30 into $2.70, Blackjackhanover $3.10 into $2.70, Yellow Tazi $5.50 into $4.80, Got The Goods $3.90 into $3.20, Stylish Trend $9.50 into $5.00, War Chest $6.00 into $4.60, Tracer Bullet $8.00 into $5.50, Abs Boy $4.80 into $4.00 and Jakes A Joy $5.50 into $4.20. Devonport – Sunday evening Hit’s: Guenevers Madonna $1.50 into $1.20, Guys Bettor Bet $10 into $5.50, Blackbird Power $61 into $17, Metro Star $8.00 into $6.00, Kuyomi $2.40 into $1.80 and Rambleon $3.90 into $3.40. Defied The Drift: Better Amour $9.00 out to $15, Gone And Forgotten $3.00 out to $4.00 and Racketeers Boy $2.10 out to $2.30. Missed: Watch The Attitude $8.50 into $3.80, Resolute Ruler $31 into $11, Indiana Dreaming $21 into $7.00, Belle Of Brooklyn $4.60 into $3.80, Be Major Threat $12 into $4.80, Kiavino Stride $21 into $10, Danger Of Tyne $21 into $9.00, Fury Dan $4.40 into $3.00, Rockandahardplace $3.80 into $3.40 and Aha Reaction $26 into $9.00. Trial File Hobart – Friday evening Two qualifying trials were held before the Hobart meeting. Im Jaks Teller worked forward to find the lead near the 1150-metre point in the 1609-metre trial and wasn’t knocked about late by Driver Dylan Ford to score by a half head over Major Seascape in 2m 5.0s. Christian Major won the remaining trial, which was a standing start event. Driver Tiarna Ford positioned the pacer behind the leader before utilising the sprint lane to score by a half-head over the early leader Roosevelt in 2m 4.5s. Carrick Park – Saturday morning It was a foggy start to the Carrick Park trials, with visibility substantially better for those that ventured to track rather than watching the Tasracing replays. What we did see was the Brett Jaffray-trained and driven Family Feelgood score in the opening trial under a hold by five metres in 2m 5.0s, the last half mile was ran in 61.9s. Trial two saw Cardinal Ringo score, having the class edge over his rivals in the rating 54 to 72 event when coming from last at the 900-metre point to win the trial by a neck over Nine Diamonds in a mile rate of 2m 5.0s for 2150 metres. The final trial of the morning was a standing start trial which was won by the Ben Yole-trained Oneofthelads who led all the way for driver Ryan Backhouse in 2m 9.2s. Week Ahead Wednesday until Saturday: If you were lucky enough to secure a ticket to Agfest than make sure you visit the Tasracing display located at site 404 on Fourth Avenue. Friday: The weekend starts with a Friday night program in Launceston which will be shown on Sky Racing 2 and TasracingTV. Sunday: Nine races are set down for decision on Sunday in Hobart with the first race scheduled for 17:17. Trials will also be held before the race meeting. All races will be shown on Sky Racing 1 and TasracingTV.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

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

Major In Art entire Black Ops ($3.20 fav) continued his excellent form in Hobart's harness racing track on Friday night when the pacer recorded his 18th career victory in a rating 55 to 64 event. Trained and driven by Mark Yole, the nine-year-old settled one-out and six-back before gaining a three-wide cart up over the final 1100 metres of the race. Yole asked the pacer for the supreme effort at the 350-metre point, and the entire responded with a fast-finishing burst to record a narrow victory over the early leader Kiavino Stride in a mile rate of 2m 2.2s for the 2090 metre distance. The win put Yole into third spot on the states drivers title with 19 wins for the 2021 season. Mark’s brother Ben extended his lead on the state trainers title with a training quartet on the six-race card. Keep Playing ($7.00) kicked off Ben’s winning night, when Conor Crook drove the gelding to a 1.8-metre victory in a rating 30 to 44 event where Ben prepared the first four placegetters. Ben was always going to train the winner of race three as he prepared all nine runners in the rating 40 or better standing start event. It was the Sands A Flyin gelding Heza Rummage defying a betting drift ($4.80 out to $8.00) to score eased down by 11.2 metres after putting the race beyond doubt at the 400-metre point. The win sees Bronte Miller take a one-win lead on the states Junior Drivers Premiership with seven wins for the season with Samantha Gangell (six wins) in second spot. Five-year-old mare Coveffe Hustler ($4.80 into $4.00) registered her third win of the season utilising the sprint lane to score in a time of 1m 58.9s for the mile trip, while the Bettors Delight gelding Border Cross ($4.00) ended a run of outs to score in the last race on the programme. Troy McDonald drove both Coveffe Hustler and Border Cross. The driving double took his season total to 38 wins, 11 clear of his nearest rival on the states drivers title. The leading female trainer in the state is Brighton based trainer Tammy Langley who now sits two wins clear after Big Bang Raj ($3.30 out to $5.50) registered an overdue win in the nights opening race. Dylan Ford drove a patient race behind the leader before utilising the sprint lane for the victory. Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

It was a great night of harness racing in Hobart on Sunday, with the Brighton Cup and Sires Produce heading last week's meeting. This week we race in Hobart on Friday night before a big night in Devonport with a nine-race card that features many $12,000 feature races. On Saturday, we see former Tasmanian Horse of the Year Ignatius line up at Menangle and Max Delight, also a former Tasmanian Horse of the Year, line up at Melton. The Stars Geoff Smith – had a weekend to remember, kicking it off with a winning treble in Devonport on Friday night before Rambleon scored in Hobart on Sunday night. So far this season, the North-West Coast trainer has had 11 winners and 20 placings from 76 starters. Cool Water Paddy – was made to earn his victory in Sunday night’s Col Saunders Memorial Brighton Cup. Driver Ricky Duggan moved the pacer to the spot outside the leader from the 1500-metre point and it took until the shadows of the post for the Juanita McKenzie-trained gelding to put his head in front to defeat a game Rocknroll Turbo. Lancelot – resumed from a spell to score in the Tasmanian Veterinary Services Sires Produce, leading all the way to justify his short quote in the $12,000 event. Tammy Langley – recorded her first training double in Hobart on Sunday with two-year-old Hes Apples and Say a Prayer. Her two winners were driven by two of her children, Dylan and Taylor Ford. Eye See Double – continued his dominance in the lower-rated races when scoring his third win of the season for trainer Ivan Belbin. The win was courtesy of another brilliant drive by Rohan Hillier. Multiple Winners Devonport – Friday evening Geoff Smith – training treble; Aitutaki, Chris Be Quick and Livinontheedge, Mark Yole – driving treble; Aitutaki, Livinontheedge and Full Speed Ahead. Hobart – Sunday evening Tammy Langley – training double; Hes Apples and Say A Prayer, Ricky Duggan – driving double; Still Hungover and Cool Water Paddy, Conor Crook – driving double; Stormont Star and Denstown. Tasracing Calculated Sectionals Devonport – Friday evening Karalta Kruise 57.70s, Belle Of Brooklyn 58.05s, Island Bliss 58.07s, Christian Major 58.43s and Smilin Geoff 58.57s. Hobart – Sunday evening Be Major Threat 56.67s, Cool Water Paddy 56.79s, Still Hungover 56.84s, Reign Of Pain 56.92s and Somedan 56.98s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Devonport – Friday evening Hit’s: Belle Of Brooklyn $5.50 into $5.00, La Toison For $8.50 into $7.00 and Full Speed Ahead $2.80 into $1.90. Defied The Drift: Karalta Kruise $3.00 out to $3.60, Aitutaki $4.60 out to $5.50, Chris Be Quick $2.60 out to $3.20 and Livinontheedge $10 out to $14. Missed: Arakbell $13 into $7.50, Karalta Courage $7.50 into $4.80, No Apachemee $18 into $9.00, Devil Of Tyne $7.50 into $5.50, Hear The Call $7.00 into $4.80, Machivelli $51 into $19 and Iden Miss Lucy $2.90 into $2.40. Hobart – Sunday evening Hit’s: Lancelot $1.65 into $1.50, Stormont Star $7.00 into $4.40 and Rambleon $5.50 into $5.00. Defied The Drift: Hes Apples $3.60 out to $4.40, Still Hungover $4.20 out to $5.50, Say A Prayer $12 out to $31, Cool Water Paddy $2.50 out to $3.40 and Denstown $17 out to $21. Missed: Dolly Miss Molly $4.80 into $3.80, Ranieri $10 into $6.00, Kuyomi $1.60 into $1.45, Vonns Angel $10 into $7.00, Rocknroll Turno $21 into $13, Be Major Threat $7.00 into $5.50, Montana Lad $14 into $6.50, Punchinello $12 into $5.50, Stone Cracker $2.70 into $2.15 and Big Band Raj $12 into $6.00. Trial File Hobart – Monday evening Three trials were staged on Monday evening, which got away with a standing start event over the mile trip. Wattabout Spangher for Jacob Duggan, who is seeking his race day drivers license, was able to step safely and find the lead before taking cover at the 1100 metres and utilising the sprint lane in the home straight to win the trial in 3.6 metres in a time of 2m 11.8s. The second trial was a rating 40 to 50 affair taken out by five-year-old gelding Jackson Neptune. Driven by another seeking their race day license in Tiarna Ford, Jackson Neptune worked forward to find the lead and recorded an early win in the 2090-metre trial by eight metres in 2m 6.4s. War Chest won the night’s final trial in a mile rate of 2m 4.3s for 2090 metres. The Ben Yole-trained pacer sheered straight to the lead for owner-driver Tim Yole and was untroubled to score by 2,7 metres over Island Rocknroll and Amazing Daisy. Week Ahead Friday: Six races are set down for decision in Hobart from 17:30 on Sky Racing 2 and TasracingTV. Saturday: Tasmanians will head to the polls, but there will be interest on the track locally with trials at Carrick Park from 9:30, and nationally with Ignatius contesting the $20,400 Free For All at Menangle in Sydney, where he has drawn barrier seven in an eight-horse field over 2300 metres. Meanwhile, down at Melton in Melbourne, Max Delight lines up in the Golden Reign Free For All, where he has a second-row draw to overcome in a 2240-metre event. Sunday: Devonport hosts a great night racing with many $12,000 features on a nine-race card, including the C.U.B Quality, Ladbrokes Sheffield Cup, Lucas Hotel Latrobe Cup, Tasracing Leigh Plunkett and the D.H.R.C Belmont for the two-year-old fillies, which kicks off the nights racing with a four-horse field at 17:13. Sky Racing 2 will televise race one with the remainder of the card on Sky Racing 1. All races will be streamed on TasracingTV. *Take note race seven has been redrawn since the original release of the fields.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Talented Tasmanian pacer Cool Water Paddy notched up his first win of the season in Sunday’s Col Saunders Memorial Brighton Cup at Ladbrokes Park Elwick in Hobart. The five-year-old gelded son of Ohoka Arizona stepped away safely from his 10-metre handicap in the 2090-metre standing start event to settle just off the speed before driver Ricky Duggan moved around the field to race outside the leader from the 1500-metre point. The $3.40 favourite looked to be in a bit of trouble around the home turn, but Duggan got enough out of the Juanita McKenzie-trained pacer in the home straight to score by a half-head over Rocknroll Turbo, who ran a brave race in front with Be Major Threat a further 2.3 metres away third. It was the fifth start this season for Cool Water Paddy, who has been tackling some of the best races in the state. “It was a race that we thought he would come back and be competitive in after racing in the Tasmania Cup and Easter Cup,” said part-owner David Kamaric in his acceptance speech. The winner of over $86,000 in prizemoney is likely to have a couple of more starts this preparation. “It was his fifth run in, and as you can see, he has tightened up a bit, and he has probably got two or three runs in him this prep,” said Kamaric. Some options could include Sunday’s Devonport City Of Quality and the Launceston and Golden Mile’s in the back half of May. The win was the second leg of a driving double for Duggan, who scored on Still Hungover earlier in the night. Three-year-old gelding Lancelot won the night’s other feature race, the Tasmanian Veterinary Services Sires Produce. Sent out as a $1.50 chance, Longford trainer-driver Todd Rattray took the gelded son of Roll With Joe straight to the lead before booting away from his rivals at the 400-metre point to score by 4.7 metres in a mile rate of 1m 59.9s for the 2090-metre distance. Brighton trainer Tammy Langley prepared her first training double, scoring with two-year-old Hes Apples before Say A Prayer clung on for a narrow win. The only other participant to record a double was Connor Crook, who trained and drove Stormont Star before getting a late call up to drive Denstown, who won the final race on the card, and was the sole weekend winner for leading trainer Ben Yole   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Trainer Geoff Smith continued his excellent record on his home track in Devonport on Friday night, where he prepared a treble on the seven-race card. Aitutaki ($3.30 fav) got the ball rolling for Smith when he won the second race of the night, the Reg Johnson Memorial. Positioned one-out and four-back from a second-row draw, driver Mark Yole was able to enjoy a three-wide cart up over the final 600-metres before launching out wide around the final bend to score by a half-neck over Karalta Courage in a mile rate of 2m 3.1s “He went good last start and should never have lost that race. I think he was five-wide turning for home and Mark (Yole) said he didn’t think he was going to get there, but he has a long neck, so it was a good result,” said Smith about the win. Chris Be Quick ($3.90) lived up to his name when scoring in the Rod and Margaret Burgess Life Member Pace. Driven by concession driver Hannah Van Dongen, she made the most of a good draw over the 1930-metre trip to lead all the way in the quickest mile rate of the night in 2m 0.5s. “I said to the team before the fields came out that if he drew one or two, he would be hard to beat, he seems to find another leg when he finds the front for some reason, other horses seem to come up beside him and he seems to go a bit quicker,” said the winning trainer. The win was the gelded son of Art Major’s 10th career win, the seventh with Van Dongen in the sulky. Smith has been enjoying a great run with former South Australian based pacers, and that continued with ($10) rounding out Smith’s treble in the Jos Ray Memorial. “He was a good horse in his early days, and they said they gave him a spell and just couldn’t quite get him back to his best, so I said to Eddie (Murdoch) do you want to buy another horse, so we got a hold of him,” Smith recalled. “He went alright his first start at Devonport, but he was hitting his knees, so we got him re-shod and put a set of go straights on him Friday night, and he came up with the goods,” explained the trainer. “I was concerned when he was three the fence. I thought he won’t get out of there, but the gaps opened, and he won well in the end,” said Smith about the Mark Yole driven pacer who won in a mile rate of 2m 4.2s. Mark Yole ended up driving a treble on the card scoring with Full Speed Ahead in the final race of the night. Yole also prepared the 10-year-old gelding, but he won’t any more after he was claimed along with Northview Dave, with both horses to do their future racing with the Ben Yole stable. The next meeting in Devonport is a Tier One meeting on Sunday 2 May, which features a host of $12,000 features, including the Devonport Belmont, Latrobe Cup, Leigh Plunkett Mares Incentive and the Sheffield Cup, while the open class pacers will battle it out in the Devonport City Of Quality over the sprint trip in Devonport of 1930 metres. Smith indicated he would have close to double-figure nominations at the meeting. This season the Northdown based trainer has had 73 starters for 10-winners and 19-placings and sits third on the states trainers premiership behind Ben Yole (76 wins from 1005 starters) and Rohan Hillier (12 wins from 39 starters).   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Northdown trainer Geoff Smith has a tremendous strike rate on his local track in Devonport, and he will no doubt be hoping that continues on Friday’s seven-race card. Smith has prepared 10 winners, and 14 placings from 58 starters on the coastal track over the past 12-months He will take four runners to the track on Friday, with Aitutaki the first of his runners, stepping out in the second race of the night. The gelded son of Ponder has been placed in three of his last four outings, the most recent was a second placing behind Yellow Taxi on the track two weeks ago, where he enjoyed a lovely run one-out and two-back before finding the spot outside the leader at the bell. After fighting on well in the home straight to be first past the post, the gelding was stripped of the victory after a protest from the second placegetter against the winner was upheld for interference in the home straight. Aitutaki started off the second-row on that occasion and will start there again in the 2297-metre event on Friday. Smith has a two-prong attack in race three with Chris Be Quick and Laid Back Kenny. Chris Be Quick, a gelded son of Art Major, has won two of his last three starts, with both victories being on the Devonport track. He raced outside the leader last start over the 2297-metre trip before finding himself three-wide from the 300-metre point where he proved too strong late. He was driven that night by Hannah Van Dongen, who retains the drive again on Friday. She has driven the pacer in five of his nine wins to date. Smith’s other runner in the race is Laid Back Kenny, who’s chances have taken a hit drawing outside of the front line. The fourth contender from Smith’s stable is Devil Of Tyne in race four, with the pacer drawing two on the second-row as he chases his first win since winning at Carrick Park earlier in the year. Friday’s meeting can be seen on TasracingTV and Sky Racing 2 from 17:34.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Three-year-old gelding Lets Go Bill broke his maiden status in Launceston last night when leading all the way to score in the Bevan Lee’s Butchery Maiden. Backed from $6.00 into being the $3.70 race favourite, the gelded son of Stonebridge Regal was able to spear straight to the early lead where reinsman Dylan Ford had little to worry about with the pacer recording a 4.6-metre victory over Fury Dan ($21 into $9.50) and Iden Miss Lucy ($6.00). The pacer was first-up with no trial, but that wasn’t a concern for trainer Mark Reggett who was more concerned by the wide draw. “I thought he would go good, my main concern was the draw as I thought he might have ended up in the death, but when he got to the front easy, I knew he would have been hard to beat from there,” said Reggett post-race. It was the pacers eighth career start, after being placed in two of his previous six-starts last season as a two-year-old. “He raced the best down here last season, but I think that has got him in good stead going forward,” explained the trainer and part-owner. Reggett indicated that a $12,000 open three-year-old in Hobart this week is an option for the pacer. “I will see how he pulls up. If he pulls up well, we will have a look at the Sires’ Produce in Hobart on Sunday, but that will depend on the next 24-hours. Other than that, I will just keep ticking along with him,” said Reggett. The win was the first leg of a driving double for Ford, who scored on the Michael Laugher trained Christian Jaz ($13) later in the night. Concession driver Bronte Miller registered her first driving double in her career with Aha Reaction ($7.00) and Ranieri ($7.00). Both horses are trained by Ben Yole, who ended up with four winners on the seven-race card. Yole’s other winners were Good Feelings and Dolly Miss Molly, who were driven by the states’ leading driver, Troy McDonald. Bridport trainer Brooke Hammond completed a cross-code double with a galloper she part-owns, Travelling Gigolo winning in Hobart before Moonlite Bay justified his $1.24 quote in the opening race. The gelded son of Sportswriter was taken straight to the lead by Gareth Rattray and held off a late charge by Rockandahardplace. Hammond will be chasing a tri-code trifecta at the greyhounds in Launceston on Monday. She is a part of the Pacing to Chasing Syndicate that race Man Over Board who lines up as a $7.50 chance in race five.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Harness racing trainer Brooke Hammond will be chasing a cross-code double on Sunday. Hammond is a part-owner of Travelling Gigolo who lines up in the fourth race in Hobart on Sunday. Prepared by leading thoroughbred trainer Scott Brunton, the three-year-old gelding has been kept safe in early markets after catching the eye with a handy fifth at his most recent start. Hammond will have to watch the race on TasracingTV’s Live Stream coverage while getting her two pacers ready for the seven-race card in Launceston. Moonlite Bay will carry Hammond’s purple and gold colours, with the pacer setting tongues wagging with an impressive win at his most recent effort on 3 April when just 1.1s outside the 2200-metre track record. The Sportswriter – Cam River gelding was confidently driven by Victorian-based Alex Ashwood on that occasion, who drove a positive race to push forward in the 2200-metre event to take up the lead after the first 400 metres. After recording a slick 42.4s lead time, the pacer was challenged in a 59.2s first half-mile. Ashwood allowed the pacer to bowl down the back in 28.9s before outstaying his rivals in a 30.4s last split. “He was at myself and Kate’s place around 12-months ago, and we really liked him, but he went a miss so he came back home to Brooke and he has always shown ability,” said Ashwood after the 3 April victory. “He is a big staying horse as opposed to a sit sprint horse, so it didn’t phase me that there was plenty of speed on at all,” added Ashwood. Ashwood was down for the big Easter Cup meeting and naturally isn’t returning for a regular Tier One race meeting. But Hammond has been able to secure a more than capable replacement in hall of fame reinsman Gareth Rattray who last week became the third Tasmanian driver to secure 1,400 domestic wins. Moonlite Bay has drawn ideally in barrier four in the race that is restricted to horses with no more than six lifetime wins, but when you look at the national rating you will see the pacer gets in well as a 67 rater taking on pacers as low as 44. Hammond also prepares lightly raced three-year-old Hez A Fake, who lines up in the second race of the night. The pacer will need the luck to go his way from an inside of a second-row draw. Sunday’s Launceston meeting only has the seven races that gets underway at 17:52 and can be seen on Sky Racing 1 and TasracingTV. The last race is scheduled for 20:52 where this writer’s best bet of the weekend Magic Joe will step out for his debut performance in the two-year-old.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Four-year-old mare Blame It On Me ($6.00) stamped herself as a strong contender for Sunday weeks Light Harness Cup Final after scoring in Friday night’s Prelude.   Driver Natalee Emery positioned the Doug Nettlefold mare one-out and five-back in the 14-horse field before gaining a three-wide cart up over the final circuit.   The mare swept to the lead at the top of the home straight and was too good late for Jocund ($26), and Earl Jujon ($4.40 fav) in a mile rate of 2m 1.7s, off the winner’s handicap of 20 metres in the 2579-metre event.   The win was the Big Jim mares 11th career victory.   The $12,000 Final of the L.H.T Cup will be held on 25 April.   Missin Rock was another four-year-old mare to score at the meeting in a 50 to 59 rated event restricted to fillies and mares over the mile trip.   Sent out as a $6.00 chance, the Eric Jacobson-trained mare settled one-out and two-back from her second-row draw and was too quick for her rivals late to score by a half-neck in 1m 59.2s, which was the first time the Sam Gangell driven pacer has broken the 2m 0.0s in her four wins.   Rohan Hillier was the in-form driver of the meeting with a double on the card.   He scored on the Ivan Belbin-trained Eye See Double, who led to win the opening race as the $2.15 favourite.   Hillier’s other winner came in the last race with Mascott ($6.00), who broke the state record for trotters when recording 2m 0.6s for the mile trip after leading all the way.   Rodney Ashwood prepares the trotter.   Ben Woodsford is currently on a stewards enforced break from the sulky, but he was in the winner’s list with his eight-year-old mare Metro Star ($4.80 fav), who was well driven by Dylan Ford, who showed incentive to make the most of a very slow early tempo to catch the leaders napping and find the lead at 1200-metre mark.   It wouldn’t be a Tasmanian harness meeting without the nations leading trainer Ben Yole chalking up a winner, and that came in the way of My Ultimate Major, who was the longest price winner of the six-race card at $10.     Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Ladbrokes Easter Cup winner Scooterwillrev was in the winner’s circle again in Launceston on Sunday. The win was the 1,400th Australian driving win for Gareth Rattray. Rattray also won the weekend’s feature race, the $12,000 Neil Cameron Patrons Marathon in Devonport aboard the Ben Yole- trained Earl Jujon. At Menangle in Sydney on Saturday night, Ignatius continued his winning way with an 11.1-metre win in 1m 50.9s for the mile trip. The pacer will race again on Saturday week before connections decide if they send the pacer to North America. Tuesday saw the Office Of Racing Integrity conduct the much-awaited Ladbrokes Tasmania Cup inquiry. Stewards on the night considered a protest from the second and third placegetters (The Shallows and Lip Reader), against the winner (Bullys Delight). The grounds of the protest were for improper driving, whip use against the rules of racing and interference, which was subsequently dismissed. Stewards informed parties involved in the protest hearing on the night that they would consider AHRR 174(1), which can only be invoked after a driver has been found guilty of an offence. Tuesday’s inquiry was headed by Ray Murrihy, who was appointed to chair the inquiry by the Acting Director Of Racing Tony Latham on 15 March. The inquiry was adjourned to allow stewards to consider their decision. Murrihy has held many senior roles in racing integrity positions, including 21-years as chairman of stewards for Racing New South Wales, and he was also chairman of stewards for Tasmanian harness racing between 1975 to 1978. This week we have harness racing in Hobart on Friday evening and in Launceston on Sunday night. The Stars Gareth Rattray – notched up his 1,400th Australian driving win when Scooterwillrev scored in the final race of the night in Launceston. Rattray was the third Tasmanian to achieve the driving feat. He has also driven winners in New Zealand and Norway, which are not included in the tally. Rocknovertime – notched up his first win of the season with a dominant win in Launceston. Trainer-driver Paul Hill took the Rock N Roll Heaven gelding straight to the lead and was untroubled to score in a 55.9s last-half mile. Connections are considering a Victorian campaign. Troy McDonald – has a 10-win lead at the top of the state drivers premiership after driving five winners over the weekend, with a double in Devonport on Friday and a treble in Launceston on Sunday night, where his drive on Brighton Prince demonstrated why he is at the top of the table. Lavaughn – is a Conor Crook-trained mare that is in-form, she recorded her third win of the season with a decisive win in a race restricted to fillies and mares with no more than three lifetime wins. Earl Jujon – claimed the weekend’s feature race, the Patrons Marathon in Devonport on Friday night, where he came from last after being slowly away from the tapes to score in the 2645-metre feature. Multiple Winners Devonport – Friday evening Ben Yole – training quintuple; Wave The Hat, My Celebrity, Oneofthelads, Earl Jujon and Yellow Taxi, Troy McDonald – driving double; Wave The Hat and Oneofthelads, Hannah Van Dongen – driving double; Chris Be Quick and Ol Titch. Launceston – Sunday evening Ben Yole – training treble; Deadly Assassin, Good Feelings and Ranieri, Troy McDonald – driving treble; Brighton Prince, Good Feelings and Ranieri. Tasracing Calculated Sectionals Devonport – Friday evening Aunty Bessy 58.70s, Wave The Hat 58.80s, Earl Jujon 59.01s, Gauci 59.08s and Taurisi 59.229. Launceston – Sunday evening Christian Jaz 55.77s, Rocknovertime 55.90s, Hez Razor Sharp 56.14s, Starofrembrance 56.21s and El Jays Blu 56.44s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Devonport – Friday evening Hit’s: Wave The Hat $2.90 into $2.30, Chris Be Quick $5.00 into $3.60, Oneofthelads $5.00 into $3.20, Earl Jujon $2.25 into $1.95 and Ol Titch $41 into $21. Defied The Drift: My Celebrity $4.80 out to $6.50 and Yellow Taxi $9.00 out to $11. Missed: Rockowsroad $5.00 into $4.20, Guys Bettor Bet $6.50 into $4.00, Perfect Mach $11 into $8.50, Denstown $7.00 into $4.80, Mach Charm $5.00 into $2.50 and Got The Goods $21 into $9.00. Launceston – Sunday evening Hit’s: Lavaughn $2.20 into $1.60, Rockandahardplace $10 into $6.00, Brighton Prince $9.00 into $8.50, Rambleon $17 into $13, Good Feelings $5.50 into $4.00, Ranieri $19 into $9.00 and scoterwillrec $1.55 into $1.40. Defied The Drift: Deadly Assassin $4.20 out to $6.00. Missed: Karalta Courage $10 into $8.00, Pur Dan $6.00 into $3.80, Rowley $21 into $11, Guys Bettor Bet $7.00 into $4.20, Coveffe Hustler $10 into $4.80, Rockinfeelgood $5.00 into $4.10 and Izaha $8.00 into $6.00. Trial File Carrick Park – Saturday morning Five trials were held where four-year-old entire Kohannah was first seen in public since winning the Group 2 Globe Derby in Launceston last November when scoring in a standing start trial. The pacer stepped away safely off his 10-metre handicap to settle three back the pegs before gaining one-out one-back cover at the bell. Trainer-driver Todd Rattray made his move at the top of the home straight where he hit the line nicely to score by seven metres in the 2150-metre trial. There was no official time given for the trial. Other winners included; Gueneveres Madonna (2m 9.0s), Radiant Red (2m 4.5s), A Good Red (2m 2.3s) and Bonacci (2m 2.0s). Hobart – Monday evening Five trials were staged on Monday night where the rating 38-50 pacers recorded the fastest mile rate of the session of 2m 3.9s. Abs Boy recorded it for trainer Greg Scott and Jacob Duggan, he is one of many drivers in the state at present trying to obtain their race day license. Abs Boy settled three-back the marker pegs before working into the trial out three-wide around the home bend to go on and score by 5.4 metres over Galaxy Dancer and Mister Eagle. Other winners were; Im Jaks Teller (2m 4.4s), Hivoltage Glenwood (2m 5.5s), Spanski (2m 8.6s) and Christian Major (2m 5.4s). Week Ahead Friday: Hobart host Friday night racing where heats of the Light Harness Tasmania Cup headline the card, the $12,000 Final will be held on 25 April. Sunday: Another Tier 1 meeting will be held in Launceston with only a seven-race card to be held from 17:52. Trials are scheduled prior to Sunday’s race meeting.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Talented three-year-old Rocknovertime will be aimed for a Victorian hit and run mission after recording his fourth career win in the Stan Leedham Memorial (rating 54 to 56) in Launceston on Sunday night. Sent out as the $1.22 favourite, trainer-driver Paul Hill took the Rocknroll Heaven gelding straight to the lead in the 1680-metre event and was untroubled late to score a 11.8-metre win in a slick 56.0s last half mile with the gelding not even out of second gear late. “I was very happy with him, especially when you look at the horses he was racing against tonight,” said Hill. It was only the ninth career start for the pacer who has been placed in the Tasmanian Guineas and Tasmanian Derby at his only two other starts this season, and the trainer-driver is contemplating a trip across Bass Strait with the pacer. “We might send him to Victoria to see if he could win his Vicbred bonus as that was only his third run this time in, then we will turn him out and bring him back for the Globe Derby later in the season,” explained Hill. Northdown trainer Geoff Smith capped off a weekend double with Rambleon scoring a 1.1-metre win over My Celebrity in a rating 50 to 53 event. Driven by Mark Yole, the Blissful Hall gelding was only having his fourth outing since joining the Smith stable. “He was advertised online. He was racing up at Mildura, so I rang the bloke up and bought him,” Smith explained post-race. Despite starting at $13, the win was no surprise for the trainer. “He went good last start and had worked super at home during the week,” said Smith. “He is well-bred and should win his share of races down here,” added the winning trainer. The night’s fast class race looked to be a great race on the program, despite it being scheduled for 9:40pm. It was won by Scooterwillrev who found the lead near the 1700-metre point and dictated affairs to score by three-metres over The Crimson Prince who had the gun run on his back in a mile rate of 1m 58.3s, with the last half mile in 57.5s. Connections indicated that the pacer will have a short break. The win was the 1,400th career driving win in Australia for Gareth Rattray, becoming the third Tasmanian to register the mile stone. Rattray has also driven winners in New Zealand and Norway. Troy McDonald was the in-form driver of the meeting, scoring with the Wayne Yole-trained Brighton Prince ($8.50), and the Ben Yole-trained Good Feelings ($4.00) and Ranieri ($9.00). Ben Yole once again dominated the training ranks with Deadly Assassin ($6.00), Good Feelings ($4.00) and Ranieri ($9.00).   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

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