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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

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

The Leigh Rand trained mare, Aussie Rock continued her good form when she won her fourth race in a row in Launceston on Friday night. Sent out as the $2.50 favourite, driver Rohan Hadley was forced to work the Pet Rock mare to hold the lead in a 27.8s opening quarter. They then ran quarters of 30.5s, 29.6s and 28.9s to record a slick mile rate over the 1680- metre trip of 1m 56.9s, shaving 0.5s off her previous best time which she recorded in Launceston the week prior. It was a big night for Hadley who drove a double on the card including the feature race, the Launceston Discretionary with Sea Double Ugrant. The Four Starzzz Shark gelding was able to grab the one-out one-back position in the early stages from his 10-metre handicap before recording a 2.4-metre win over Izaha with the race favourite Lip Reader a half-neck away third in a race that has been a horror story for punters in recent years. Reinsman Conor Crook returned to the sulky for a driving suspension, and it didn’t take him long to bounce back into winning form with a driving treble on the card winning with Ozzie Major, Lord Stark and Denwen Dancer, who made it back-to-back victories with a dominant 5.9-metre victory, Ben Yole remains at the top of the national trainer’s title with 28 winners after a treble at the meeting. He prepared the quinella in the first race with Ozzie Major defeating Oneofthelads, while Postal Run scored two. His other winner came in the claiming race with Tarleton Riley, who was driven by Troy McDonald who leads the states drivers title, five wins clear over Rohan Hillier. Harness racing in Launceston takes many weeks off with the next meeting not until 21 March which features heats of the Australian Female Drivers Championship.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

36 days into the 2021 season, two Tasmanians sit at the top of the national trainers and drivers premierships. Westbury born reinsman Jack Laugher has been based in Victoria for the past few seasons and has notched up 24 wins while trainer Ben Yole leads the trainer’s premiership with 25 victories to lead their respective titles. Yole has numerous winning chances on Launceston’s 10-race card on Friday night, including the first race of the night which sees four equal favourites, all of which are prepared by Yole. Oneofthelads has drawn the pole and has Gareth Rattray’s services, with the five-year-old gelding going into Friday off a last start sixth when five metres behind Kadar in the Harry Holgate Final last week and drops back into a rating 30 to 50 event here. Keep Playing has been placed in two of her last four outings including his most recent effort in Burnie where he had a lovely run behind the leader. Itsadanceoff has drawn inside of the second row and has a poor record in Launceston but maps to get a good run while Ozzie Major has been racing consistently being placed in three of his last four efforts. Signorina Jujon is another of Yole’s racing consistently and is in engaged in the second race of the night. The Mr Feelgood mare has been placed in her last four outings, the most recent was behind Aussie Rock in Launceston last week. While now based in Victoria, Jack Laugher is represented in the Launceston meeting as an owner, with Christian Jaz who also lines up in the second race. But Laughers main interest for the weekend will be at Melton on Saturday night where he drives $81 chance Bettor Be the Bomb in Victoria’s premier race, the $500,000 A. G. Hunter Cup. There is plenty of Tasmanian interest in the Group 3 Pure Steel at Melton on Saturday night with Max Delight the $2.15 favourite taking on the Rohan Hillier-trained and driven Ryley Major who is currently a $15 chance. Ryley Major’s stablemate Lip Reader is favourite for Friday night’s feature race in Launceston, the Sunrise Bakery Launceston Discretionary where he faces a tough ask off a 30-metre handicap with 10-metre handicap runners Sea Double Ugrant and James Dean appearing as his main dangers.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Carrick trainer-driver Hannah Van Dongen landed her first training win in Launceston on Friday night when Art Frenzy led all the way to score in the Nutrien Ag Solutions Pace. From barrier five Van Dongen pushed forward on the gelded son of Major In Art to find the lead in the 1680-metre event, and after being headed by Black Ops half-way down the straight, the pacer was able to hold off that challenge to score by a half-neck over Black Ops and Earl Jujon. The mile rate was 1m 57.7s. It was only Van Dongen’s fourth starter as a trainer, who prepares a small team in the afternoon after riding trackwork for Spreyton based trainer Leanne Gaffney during the morning. Trainer Adrian Duggan and driver Mark Yole teamed up for a double on the seven-race card. Five-year-old Sportswriter mare Lutetia Midfrew scored a 4.8-metre win in a rating 30 to 49 event. From barrier two Yole positioned the pacer one-out and one-back before sweeping to the lead leaving the back straight and the mare was always holding her rivals over the concluding stages. The Duggan-Yole combination ended their double with the win of Illawong Achilles who broke his maiden status at start 54. Although it had taken a while to break the maiden status, the Western Terror gelding had been placed in 19 starts prior. From barrier four Yole settled the six-year-old in a one-out one-back position before improving into the race from the 700-metre point to go on and score by three-metres over Danger Of Tyne and Ideal Jo. It was a great tonic for Duggan who is still recovering from injuries sustained in a race fall in July. Favourite punters were on the ball early with Heza Sport scoring his second career win for trainer-driver Rohan Hillier. Hillier was alert in the early stages and secured the spot behind Say A Prayer who had plenty of room to take an inside run and obtain the lead around the first corner. From there Hillier drove a patient race before gaining clear racing room at the top of the home straight to go on and record a 4.1-metre win. Heza Sport will be chasing his second win of the weekend when he lines up in the third race on Sunday night in Devonport from barrier three.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

It was a great night of racing in Launceston on Saturday night, headlined by the Group 3 Faithful Park Stud Tassie Golden Apple, won brilliantly by The Shallows. The race saw the five fastest individual last half miles recorded on Tasracing’s Calculated Sectionals since they were recorded in December 2015. Lip Reader at 55.02s held the previous quickest individual last half mile on 20 September. There is also some Tasmanian interest in many semi-finals during the week, with many proceeding into Group 1 finals in Victoria on New Year’s Eve. We will touch on them in next week’s edition. This week there is plenty to keep an eye on with King Island on Saturday afternoon, Carrick Park on Sunday twilight and Devonport on Tuesday evening. The Stars The Shallows – gave his trainer-driver Heath Woods his most significant success in the industry when he scored an impressive win in the Group 3 Faithful Park Stud Tassie Golden Apple. The Shallows is the first horse Woods has trained since returning to the harness game after spending a few seasons away from the sport. He purchased the four-year-old as an unbroken two-year-old, and now they will head to next month’s Hobart Pacing Cup. Sharmey – had to be seen to be believed when winning his rating 30 to 49 event on Saturday, he settled four-back the pegs, driver Rodney Ashwood found clear racing room out five and six wide on the final turn to storm home and win. The pacer will head to Victoria to chase his Vicbred bonus before returning to the state to contest the Tasmanian Derby in March. Conor Crook – had a weekend out finding the winners stall on six occasions with four wins as a driver and two as a trainer. Crook has a one-win lead in the state driver’s premiership but will be missing from the sulky for the final two meetings. Laid Back Kenny – the Geoff Smith-trained pacer returned from a Victorian campaign when recording a half neck victory in Launceston when coming from a midfield spot for driver Todd Rattray. Premiership Watch– As mentioned, Conor Crook has a one win lead on the state drivers title. However, as he is missing from the season’s final two meetings, it is still anyone’s race with Rohan Hillier and Gareth Rattray equal second on the table, and it was great to watch all three drivers demonstrate their talent last weekend. Multiple Winners Burnie – Friday evening Rohan Hillier – driving double; Artyboy Glenwood and Gone and Forgotten. Conor Crook; trained Gone and Forgotten and drove Tisu Spirit. Launceston – Saturday evening Conor Crook – driving treble Somehowsomeway, Racketeers Boy and Southern Gnp, he also trained Loch Ness Franco. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Burnie – Friday evening Unavailable. Launceston – Saturday evening From the Tassie Golden Apple; Ignatius 54.39s, Ryley Major 54.67s, Lip Reader 54.83s, The Shallows 54.89s and Sea Double Ugrant 54.91s. From the remaining races, Believe In Forever 56.28s, Hez The One 56.43s, Proficient 56.71s, Sharmey 56.83s and Giftofjoy 57.02s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Burnie – Friday evening Hit’s: Kabibi $1.70 into $1.28, Gone and Forgotten $3.30 into $2.90 and Heza Rummage $12 into $9.50, Defied The Drift: Artyboy Glenwood $3.70 out to $4.20 Missed: Ozzie Major $5.00 into $3.20, Nikks Pick $14 into $8.50, The Deal $3.10 into $2.80 and Karalta Dazzler $13 into $7.00 Launceston – Saturday evening Hit’s: Loch Ness Franco $2.70 into $2.35, Laid Back Kenny $9.50 into $8.00, The Shallows $6.00 into $4.80, Racketeers Boy $2.50 into $2.10, Southern Gnp $31 into $18 and Rocket Blaster $15 into $9.50. Missed: Lucky Pats Son $26 into $10, Oneofthelads $11 into $7.00, Pur Dan $14 into $7.50, Pink Ponder $7.00 into $4.00, Postal Run $10 into $4.40, Got the Goods $14 into $4.80 and Star Rocker $3.80 into $2.10. Trial File Hobart – Monday evening Monday night saw five trials held in Hobart where Ryan Backhouse and Mitch Ford had their first trial drives and another bunch that have progressed from the mini-trots. Island Rocknroll and Star Chamber both recorded the quickest winning mile rate of the session in 2m 2.3s. Island Rocknroll, a four-year-old mare by A Rocknroll Dance, settled behind the leader before driver Dylan Ford utilised the sprint lane to pick up the leader Eye See Double in the home straight to score by two-metres. The Bianca Heenan-trained Star Chamber only had one other rival in his trial, Finn Mac Kee, where driver Mitch Ford settled on the back of the leader before peeling out at the 300 to go on and score by 6.7 metres. Other winners included Be Major Threat (2m 9.4s). Helikaon (2m 5.4s) and Starofremembrance (2m 2.7s). Devonport – Monday evening Three trials were staged on Monday evening where the Ben Yole-trained Our Quinn recorded the quickest winning mile rate of 2m 3.4s for the 1930-metre trip. Driver Gareth Rattray found the lead at the mile mark and dashed home in quarters of 28.8s and 29.4s to record an 8.2-metre victory over Flushed and Blissful tom. The other two trials were won by Jimmy Smalls (2m 8.3s) and Im Quite American (2m 7.0s) who both led all the way to win their respective trials. You can view the trials held on mainland Tasmania by clicking here. FORMPLUS Black Book My Ultimate Romeo After catching the eye hitting the line nicely in the home straight in Hobart on 11 December, this pacer then went to Launceston on Saturday night. He settled one-out and two-back, and when the three-wide line commenced at 900-metre mark driver Troy McDonald elected to drive for luck through the field and he simply got none and went to the line hard held. He is currently rated at 46 and should be picking up a lowly rated race in the coming weeks. Week Ahead It is a new look Boxing Day for Tasmanian harness racing this weekend. The last double-header race meeting was held in the state on Boxing Day in 2003 when there was racing at the Royal Showgrounds in Hobart and harness racing that night in Devonport. It was a regular slot on the Tasmanian harness calendar to have those two meetings along with a combined meeting on the turf gallops track at Spreyton Park to make three meetings on the one day in the state, and four meetings when you add King Island into the mix. There was no harness racing on Boxing Day in 1993, as racing on Sunday’s hadn’t commenced then. This year the only Boxing Day meeting in the state is the non-Tab fixture on King Island where the John Rhodes-trained Karalta Kruise will be aiming for a hat-trick of wins. The pacer will be driven by Wade Rattray who will be looking for a unique feat at Carrick Park on Sunday when he drives Rockandahardplace in the Cressy Transport Country Championship. It will be the second time in this extended season where the C.P.P.C’s feature three-year-old race will be held. Rockandahardplace finished second to Soho Senna in last years’ version. This year, he has drawn wide where he takes on kiwi import Kuyomi for trainer Conor Crook and recent Launceston winner Star Rocker. The meeting also features the Maxfield Drilling Meander Valley Cup and the Bramich Bulldozing Trainers Incentive Final. Race one on Sunday is currently set down for 15:25 with the first four races on Sky Racing 2 and the final five races on Sky Racing 1, all races will be shown on Sky Racing 2. Tuesday evening, we head to Devonport for an eight-race card on Sky Racing 1 and TasracingTV. The Kevin Redpath North West Plate Final is the feature race on the card with Artyboy Glenwood and Gone and Forgotten winning the heats in Burnie last week. The race sees all runners starting of the front mark, and as a result, Good Feelings will start from the third row off the front mark. Tuesday’s meeting commences at 18:27. This is our last Harness Highlight’s before Christmas, and I would like to take this opportunity to wish all readers all the best for the festive season.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

The Group 3 Faithful Park Stud Tassie Golden Apple headlines a nine-race card in Launceston on Saturday night, where the state’s best pacers do battle headlined by Ignatius and Ryley Major. Ignatius has had seven starts back on Tasmanian soil since a New South Wales campaign, including three wins in a row, before running second in last weeks heat. He ruined his chances by galloping away in the 2200-metre event from his 30-metre handicap, and trainer-driver Todd Rattray said he only had one person to blame, himself. “It was probably more my fault, I probably rushed him a little bit, and turned in a bit late to get up there, said Rattray. The gelded son of Roll With Joe recorded the quickest individual last half mile of any runner at last week’s meeting in 55.55s, and did that out three-wide. “He was pretty good in his heat I thought, they ran a quick half and he was out there doing it,” explained Rattray. Rattray said the pacer had come through his heat run “alright” but did admit the pacer will have to be on his game given the 2200-metre event where he starts off a 30-metre handicap. Rattray indicated that he and the pacers owner, his wife Lyrae, will discuss the future plans with Ignatius after Saturday’s event, with a trip back across Bass Strait on the cards. Last year’s winner Ryley Major will also start off a 30-metre handicap. Since that win, the pacer has won the Group 2 Tasmania Cup and he looks a certainty to be crowned the Tasmanian Horse of the Year in this extended season. However, after three runs back from a spell trainer-driver Hillier believes the pacer isn’t near where he was 12-months ago. “I think 12 months ago Ryley was going a lot better than he is at the moment, so take that into account and also take into account it is a lot stronger field off the front line and the 10 metres (compared to last year), so he is going to find it extremely hard,” said Hillier. “One thing in his favour he is a brilliant beginner and loves to win,” added the trainer. Ryley Major chased home Ignatius in his first two runs back from a spell in Hobart on 22 November and again on 6 December before winning last week’s heat in 1m 58.5s off his 30-metre handicap. “His first run back I thought he was ok, the second run he was dreadful, and his third run he was a little better, I couldn’t really pin point why he went bad in Hobart, but last week he was ok and this week on the track has been something like his best so touch wood he can produce his best on Saturday night,” said Hillier who has done an outstanding job to get the pacer back to the track from an injury after his three-year-old season. Hillier also prepares Lip Reader in the race who finished third in his heat behind Ryley Major after racing outside the leader over the final mile and the trainer is happy with how the horse has come through the run. “He came through the run well, it was his first run at that sort of level, and I’m sure he is not a breeze horse that can do the work and win the race,” said Hillier. “Conor (Crook) will drive him quiet in the final, and he will need a lot of luck to go his way, he has proven in the past if he gets the luck, he is a genuine chance,” added the trainer. Another main chance in the heat is progressive talent The Shallows for trainer-driver Heath Woods. The heat winner is yet to miss a top-two finish in five starts on the Launceston track including a win in the Show Cup over this distance four starts ago, and last week’s heat over Ignatius where he scored by 1.3 metres. He only has a 10-metre handicap to contend with which is a huge asset over the 2200-metre trip. The Tassie Golden Apple is race six on the card and is scheduled to start at 20:50, with the first of nine races to commence at 17:55. Sky Racing 2 will televise race one, with Sky Racing 1 showing the last eight races. TasracingTV will be live-hosted from the track and can be viewed at tasracing.com.au   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

New Zealand born driver Sam Clotworthy was an easy winner of the Youngbloods Challenge with the six-race series coming to a close in Launceston on Sunday night. Clotworthy won two of the three heats held on Sunday night which kicked off in the opening event aboard Mach Charm (pictured) for his boss Ben Yole in heat four of the series. The six-year-old mare was sent out as a $13 chance and was able to slot in one-out and one-back before Clotworthy made his move down the back straight on the final occasion. “It was a very good win, she stuck on very well late,” said Clotworthy. “I had to go at about the 600 (metres), and I just cruised around, and she gave a good kick when I pulled the blinds,” added the winning driver. Clotworthy also drove the Ben Yole-trained Star Rocker to victory in heat five with the three-year-old gelded son of A Rocknroll Dance registering his second career win at his fourth race track appearance. “He was very good tonight, he is very young and is still very raw, he got a soft lead after I found the front and he did it very easy,” said the driver about the $2.30 favourite. Clotworthy had an unbeatable lead going into the final heat where he managed a fourth placing on Hez Razor Sharp. The race was won by the Sam Gangell driven Velocity Stride. “I am very happy to win the series, I’m just thankful for the good horses I got to drive and the good draws, they can be a bit of luck these series by drawing the right horses and barriers,” explained Clotworthy. It was a big weekend for Clotworthy who made 111 runs with the bat for the Beaconsfield Cricket Club on Saturday before being run out. Final Youngbloods Challenge Point score: 72 Sam Clotworthy, 52 Sam Gangell and Ben Woodsford, 41 Matthew Howlett, 39 Georgia Hayward, 35 Bronte Miller 32 Charlie Castles, 28 Malcom Jones, 22 Andrew Freeman and Lachlan Dakin. Two heats of the Tassie Golden Apple were also held late on the nine-race program. The Shallows enjoyed a lovely run one-out and one-back to win his heat, defeating short price favourite Ignatius. “Off the 10 (metres) he had to chase a little bit to get on to the back of the leaders and then they kept running,” said trainer-driver Heath Woods about the win. “Everything worked out well for me, but the horse went good,” added Woods. Woods pushed Ignatius four-wide at the 400-metre mark and was always holding the pacer late. “Around the bend, he got a bit of a gap on Ignatius, and then Ignatius was getting close to me on the line, but he just wasn’t getting there quickly enough,” said Woods. The trainer-driver is now looking forward to next week’s final. “I am pretty happy with him, you always need a bit of luck at the start, but with more horses off the front-row, you are probably not having to chase hard early to tack on. Ryley Major won the other heat, Rohan Hillier had the $1.60 favourite settled one-out and two-back at the 1200-metre mark before the pacer flew home out four-wide over the final 200 metres to score a comfortable victory over Perfect Mach and Lip Reader. Ryley Major recorded a mile rate off his 30-metre handicap in 1m 58s for the 2200-metre event. The $30,000 final will be held on Saturday night and there will be no Tasmanian harness racing next Sunday.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

21 weeks ago a spectacular three-horse fall took place in Launceston and two of the horses involved have found the winners circle nine days apart. On Sunday Major Davvin (pictured) scored his first win since the accident when he led all the way at Carrick Park. Major Davvin was rushed to the Longford Equine Clinic straight after the fall on 5 July. “He knocked an artery up between his back legs, the vet on course couldn’t stem the bleeding, so he was rushed off course to the Longford Equine Clinic to be operated on,” said the pacers trainer Steven Davis. “He had 26 stitches up there to sew him back up and he had another six stitches in a wound down his hamstring, and he also had an open puncture wound on his flank that was probably a couple of inches deep where one of the broken sulkies dug into him” explained the trainer who also took the reins in Sunday’s win. “His first run back from the fall they got a bit tight on him near the 400 metres, and he wanted to get back out of it. At Burnie his next start he was a bit better so the run at Carrick, even though he was out on his own it will add to his confidence, said Davis. Driver Adrian Duggan was replacing Steven Davis in the sulky on the night of the fall in Launceston, as Davis had to care for another horse on his property. Duggan is still recovering from the fall and can now commence “shadow walking” with his crutches. “I saw the surgeon on Monday and he said that I can start putting a little bit of weight on it (fractured ankle) over the next fortnight and start to build up the pressure gradually,” said Duggan. Duggan made the trip to Hobart on Monday evening to watch his 15-year-old son Jacob have his first trial drive. Rockandahardplace who was also involved in the fall bounced back into the winner’s list in Burnie on 20 November. “It was probably a good four weeks after the fall until he was right to go again,” said Rockandahardplace’s trainer Kent Rattray. “He took a chunk out of his shoulder about the size of a tennis ball, and we just had to keep that clean. “More than anything it rattled him about and John Walters said when he drove him his first few starts back that he could feel him a little bit nervy with the horses around him and that he was looking at everything, it has taken a good three months from him to be back near where he was,” explained the trainer. Rockandahardplace was driven to his Burnie victory by Kent son’s Wade, with connections taking home the second half of their $10,000 Tasbred Bonus. The fall on 5 July occurred after Canbe Doc broke stride and fell soon after the start. Connections retired Canbe Doc from racing after the incident and the former pacer found a new home through Tasracing’s Off the Track Program.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

A teenage Tasmanian schoolgirl who just four weeks ago landed her first harness racing winner in the sulky, has gone within a whisker of landing a double. Bronte Miller scored her second career win when Arctic (Artesian-Atlantique (Walton Hanover) won the $5500 Carlton Draught Stakes on Sunday night, then in the very next race went down narowly, finishing runner-up with Jakes A Joy. "I really thought I might have got there right on the line-and the guys in the judges tower said later there was only a very, very small margin in it," Bronte said. "But to drive another winner and then finish second was still so exciting," she said. Arctic put up a huge performance to the delight of some excited Miller stable owners and family members who were on track. Ecstatic owners John Stevenson and his partner June Walker, with trainer Clayton Miller and his wife Claire    --Stacy Lear photo After being snagged back at the start to settle near last at least six lengths off the lead, Bronte waited for a trail and that came at the bell when Hannah Von dongen made a three wide move with The Cobblers Piece. "Arctic's trained by my dad (Clayton) and it was a huge surprise to get the money because no-one gave us much hope. We drew barrier 13 and he started as a bit of an outsider at $17," Bronte said. "He felt great in the run and I didn't worry when I had to pull him out four and five wide on the home corner. He just got up by a short half head and when I was still on the track I could hear mum and dad and the owners all cheering. "Some of them hadn't been to the track before to see the horse run so they were over the moon-and still are! It's the first share they've ever had in a racehorse. "My brother Blake was away camping, but he watched the race on his phone and he was the first one to call and congratulate me." Only a pixel in it – (top) Bronte Miller gets the photo decision on Arctic, ahead of Emjays Black Chip. But (bottom) in the very next race, when she drove Jakes A Joy the decision went the other way in favor of Resolute Ruler.  Bronte is on the outside in both photographs But unfortunately, sometimes, what comes around, goes around! And Jakes A Joy (Mister Big-Joy To Behold (Fake Left) was runner-up for Bronte by the narrowest of margins. The gelding still has a special place in Bronte's heart, though, having provided her with her maiden victory at Hobart back on September 27 at her tenth drive. "He's a lovely horse and since that win, I've had three more drives on him for two second placings," Bronte said. The 16-year-old said she was "horse mad" from an early age and had been involved in the pony club since she was three or four. "I've always loved horses and after pony club I went on to equestrian and then did the pony trots. I enjoyed the pony trots and driving at Carrick and Launceston," she said. "Dad's a hobby trainer and I first started doing trackwork for him. We get a bit competitive and I've found that I can get a bit aggressive when I'm driving!" Proud dad Clayton, PetBarn manager at Launceston, said he worked out pretty quickly that the horses would run for his daughter. "I think she was 14 and had a stable hand licence when we started working horses together. Bronte beat me one morning, so the next week I swapped horses-but that didn't quite work because she beat me again!" Clayton said. Bronte, a Year 10 student at Star Of The Sea Catholic College in George Town, says she's "at the pointy end of school with exams about to start soon". "I hope to be a teacher and definitely want to still do harness racing if I can work it. I sometimes get anxious before a race, but later it just feels so comfortable. I'm really enjoying it," she said. "I've been lucky to learn firstly from dad and I've now probably been part-time with the Ben Yole team for 12 months. He's 25 minutes away, but I'm out there on school holidays, weekends and even public holidays. "Ben's drivers have been fantastic in giving me advice. I'm really lucky getting support from guys like Mark Yole, Gareth and Todd Rattray, Rohan Hadley and others."   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

Former New South Wales driver Conor Crook extended his lead on the Tasmanian Drivers premiership for the extended 2019/20 season with a treble in Launceston on Sunday night. Former New Zealand pacer Loch Ness Franco put Crook on the winner’s list early with an all the way win in the McKillop Insurance Brokers Pace. The daughter of Changeover was able to hold the lead from barrier one and enjoyed some comfortable easy sections before dashing home to score by 3.2 metres in a mile rate of 2m 1.7s for the 2200- metre journey. “She put a bit of a gap on them down the back and then just jogged around,” said Crook after the victory. “She is above average, and she is pretty strong,” added the winning trainer-driver. The mare is still progressing through the national rating system, but Crook is predicting a bright future for the winner of two races from six starts. “When she gets to those standing start mares features, she will be right in them for sure,” said Crook with the mare proving herself behind the tapes with two placings in standing start races before arriving in Australia. The Steve Lukac-trained Donny In Paris is on track for next month’s Raider Stakes when scoring second-up from a break last night. Backed in from $8.00 into $3.80, the Rug Rat Donny gelding settled in a midfield position before finding the spot outside the leader in the middle stages. Proving too tough for his rivals, Donny In Paris scored by 5.2 metres in 1m 59.8s. “Steve (Lukac) said he would be better from the run last week and he certainly was,” said Crook. “He is going to the Raider Stakes, and he is not out of it after that run, Crook said about the pacer who has now won three of 11 starts. The last leg of Crook’s treble came in the final race of the night when he partnered the unbeaten Rohan Hadley-trained two-year-old filly Bridwood Bella to her third win. The daughter of Auckland Reactor retained the lead from her pole draw to score by 10.9 metres and was eased down late in a mile rate of 1m 59.2s. “She was a bit more fired up than she was last start, but she is a very very nice horse,” explained Crook.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Tasmanian record holder Call Me Hector on Sunday night added the Launceston track record to his resume when he led all the way to score in the Impress Print Free For All. Call Me Hector stopped the clock in 1m 59.37s which represented a mile rate of 1m 54.34s for the 1680-metre trip to claim the record, the gelded son of Art Major also holds the Hobart record of 1m 54.3s. From barrier four trainer-driver Matthew Cooper took the $4.40 elect straight to the lead and after a lead time of 5.22s before quarters of 29.56s, 29.22s, 28.02s, 27.35s. “It is a huge thrill to claim another track record,” said Cooper post-race. “I thought if I could ease off for just one quarter that I would just let him go, and when I pulled the plugs at the 400 I knew nothing would beat him,” added the Oatlands based trainer-driver. Punters sent out Ignatius as the $1.45 favourite, but the pacer who was the sole runner on the second row settled three-back along the marker pegs before working into the clear around the home corner to finish 8.6 metres away fourth. “I read an article on the Tasracing website that Todd (Rattray, trainer-driver of Ignatius) thought he was a bit fat and needed the run, so I thought if I was going to beat Ignatius then tonight was the night,” explained Cooper. Cooper also made some gear changes by removing the lugging pole and block blinds. “When he beat Ryley Major (last start) he wanted to hang up the track, so I decided to leave the pole off him at home and he was alright and I took him to the trials and he went absolutely super, so I thought maybe this is the go,” said Cooper. “There is no more miles for him this year, I don’t understand their programming. “Anyway, we will go to the Show Cup in two weeks,” added the trainer-driver The Show Cup is a standing start event and Call Me Hector’s standing start manners have let him down significantly in the past. It was a slick time to start the card with Bridwood Bella keeping her unbeaten record intact after two starts. The Rohan Hadley-trained pacer claimed the state record for a two-year-old filly of 1m 57.0s when winning on debut and was just outside of that time last night when running 1m 57.7s where she raced outside the leader from her second-row draw to score by 18 metres. The filly was driven by Conor Crook who drove a treble on the card with Lake Eyre and Pockets Of Courage. One of the biggest winning margins in the state for some time was recorded in the final race of the night when Devil Of Tyne scored by 42.9 metres in a rating 51 to 55 event.   by Duncan Dornauf

He has been out of the winner’s circle for over a year, but 2019 Tasmania Cup winner Shelby Bromac will be looking to end the drought when harness racing reruns to Launceston for a rare Wednesday night fixture. The last win for the Bettors Delight gelding was in August 2019 when the pacer flew around Melton in 1m 55.2s and has since been transferred to the Magra stables of Juanita McKenzie where he has had five starts, including two placings at his last two outings. The most recent placing was behind Full Speed ahead and Ryley Major in Hobart on 30 August. On that occasion, the pacer settled behind the leader where he used the sprint lane to be defeated 3.2 metres in what was only a dash up the straight. Two starts ago Shelby Bromac raced outside the leader when running a brave second behind Scooterwillrev in a rating 75 to 84 event. “He is racing well, he is up there with them, he is probably not as good as Ryley Major but there is not many that are as good as him,” said trainer Juanita McKenzie ahead of Wednesday’s race. “He will go super tonight. Obviously Full Speed Ahead is going well and is the horse to beat,” explained the trainer. Wednesday night the pacer faces a 10-metre handicap in the 2200-metre standing start event with the in-form Full Speed Ahead facing a tough ask from the 20-metre back mark, his last two wins have both been when he has been able to lead. Concession reinsman Charlie Castles retains the drive on Shelby Bromac after partnering the pacer in his last two outings. Castles has been driving in good form of late with one win and four placings in his last 10 drives. “Charlie is a very good kid, I’m very impressed with the way he listens and the feedback he gives,” explained the trainer who has also booked him for the drive on Kardesler in the Great Northern Super Crisp Pace. “He has got a good draw, he shouldn’t be too far away,” said McKenzie. “He hasn’t had a lot of luck since he has been here, and when he has got luck he has won,” added the Magra based trainer. The American Ideal entire will start from barrier one, following the scratching in Kiavino Stride Kardesler finished sixth in Hobart last time out where he recorded the second quickest last half mile of the race in 57.08s on the Tasracing Calculated Sectionals. The first race Wednesday will be televised on Sky Racing 2 with the remainder of the card on Sky Racing 1. All races will be shown on Sky Racing Active and TasracingTV from 17:22.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing  

Brighton reinswoman Taylor Ford secured Friday night’s BOTRA Claiming Novice Drivers series in Launceston. Ford drove two of the four winners in the series and had an unbeatable lead going into the final heat. The driver secured maximum points in the Tourello Standardbreds BOTRA Series Heat One on the Micheal Laugher-trained Christian Jaz, who raced up to his excellent recent form which included a win on the Launceston track two starts before Friday’s victory. “On paper it looked like he was going to be hard to beat as he had been racing well, but those runs were from the second-row, so I was a little concerned drawing well,” said driver Taylor Ford after the race. “We ended up in a good spot without doing any work and got out at the right time,” added the winning driver. Ford then partnered up with the John Castles-trained Estelle who was another in-form pacer who recorded her third win at her sixth race track appearance. “She is a nice little filly, she wanted to switch off a bit when we started to race away from them, but to her credit, she dug deep late,” explained Ford. “It’s always good to be in these series, and it is even better to win them, but if it weren’t for the support of the trainer and owners putting the horses in these races then there wouldn’t be a series,” added the winning driver. The remaining two heats were won by the race favourites, with Lachlan Dakin driving Lip Reader to victory in heat three, while Feel the Burn won the fourth and final heat. The final points table was; Taylor Ford 56 Troy McDonald 42 Samantha Gangell 40 Lachlan Dakin 39 Hannah Van Dongen 33 Andrew Freeman 30 Wade Rattray 27 Sam Clotworthy 22 Conor Crook 21 Georgia Hayward 19 Charlie Castles and Malcom Jones 18. Aussie Rock It was a rough start to the night for punters with $31 chance Aussie Rock scoring and for the second time in as many months, the on-course tote wasn’t able to pay out a few of the Leigh Rand stable supporters. The four-year-old mare was first-up since March 2019 after being purchased very cheaply online after five-unplaced efforts in the Riverina area of New South Wales. “She didn’t have many points and had been balloted out the last few weeks, so we have kept her rolling along trying to get a run,” said Rand post-race. Despite being first-up from a long break and with no public trial in the lead up for the daughter of Pet Rock, the stable was confident of a forward showing. “We have a 1000-metre track at home and it is fast and the times are reasonably true, so when you work them constantly and get consistent times you know you can go the races with confidence,” explained the winning trainer who trains on a property previously used by many trainers including Terry Knowles. The Spreyton based Rand was a former-trainer driver who retired from the sport in the late ‘80s before recently deciding to get back involved, with Aussie Rock being his first starter in over 30 years. “I was born in East Devonport and my father (Terry) was too, he trained horses on the beach with Max Imlach and Bruce Twibell and that’s where I learned my part out of it years ago,” explained the trainer. “Aub Wesley wrote my reference to get into harness racing and that was a long time ago,” added Rand who was the manager of the popular Devonport Night Club, City Limits. Rand has four horses in work including a two-year-old that he bred, a filly purchased from Queensland and four-year-old entire Pardoe Plugga who won a trial before last night’s meeting. He also has a yearling out of a group one producing mare Somewhere Africa, dam of 2014 Ladyship Mile winner Vansumic.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

East Devonport trainer David Hayes landed has first winner since taking up the role as trainer for prominent north-west coast owner-breeder Mick Maxfield, when American Mac scored in a rating 30 to 49 event on Sunday night. The lightly raced gelded son of American Ideal was able to lead from his pole draw with Rodney Ashwood in the sulky, and he was able to hold off a late charge by Black Ops to score by 1.1 metres in a mile rate of 2m 2.4s for 2200 metres. American Mac, who would have been one of the tallest horses racing in Launceston on Sunday night, was only having his third start back from a two and a half year break after being sidelined as an early three-year-old. “He went out with an injury as a three-year-old, we think it was in his front leg, but till this day we just don’t know, it was just a mystery, he is a big raw-boned horse, he was that size as a two-year-old, body-wise he has probably never matured up, but he is a horse that has a great deal of potential, and he is very green still,” said trainer David Hayes after the win. For punters who took the short odds on the pacer who started as the $2.45 favourite, they would have had their hearts in their mouth half way down the straight when the pacer who was nicely clear of his rivals commenced shortening stride, with Black Ops flying home out wide late. “It looked like he switched off, at home he can really run, he is one of the most impressive horses I have trained and to sit behind in fast work,” said Hayes. “He is a six-year-old that is probably a two-year-old given his limited experience,” added Hayes. It was the seventh start for Hayes since taking over the reins for the Maxfield Standardbreds operation, and it hasn’t been smooth sailing for the stable. “The wintertime probably wasn’t an ideal time to take over the stable with horses at different stages in there preparation and we had been caught with a virus through the stable, we are just about at the end of it now, and hopefully in the next three to four weeks we will have six or seven horses back in work,” explained the trainer. “It is a beautiful property, it has everything you want on it,” added Hayes. In other news from the Maxfield team, 2019 New South Wales and Tasmanian Derby winner Max Delight is starting to continue his road back from injury in Victoria. The winner of over $350,000 in prize money hasn’t been seen since running third in the Group 1 Chariots Of Fire at Menangle in late February, which was won by Lochinvar Art.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Despite only having three starts back from a spell, Ryley Major is about to head back to the paddock for a few weeks freshen up after his narrow but thrilling win in Launceston on Sunday night. Starting from a 30-metre handicap in the 2200 metre event, the star Tasmanian pacer settled one-out and three back, before racing three-wide for the final lap, the only problem with that was he was on the back of an $81 chance that forced him to go out four-wide with 650 metres to travel. Ryley Major was able to run down Full Speed Ahead, who took up the lead mid-race, by a half head, with Illegal Immigrant a further 1.2 metres away third. The Rohan Hillier trained and driven pacer recorded a mile rate of his handicap of 2m 0.8s. “It was hard to get into the race, but we still found a way I suppose, the second horse (Full Speed Ahead) has gone terrific,” said Hillier after the race. With a lack of mobile start feature races on the horizon, Hillier may send his stable star for a short break, despite only having his third start from a spell. “I might give him a little bit of a break because he won’t win one-off 40 (metres) and there’s not a lot of free-for-all about at the moment, so a couple of weeks off won’t hurt him as he can race on later in the year,” added the Beauty Point trainer-driver. Ryley Major will soon have a stablemate to contest the open class races as Sportswriter gelding Lip Reader continues his rise through the classes, taking out a rating 70 to 84 event. The five-year-old gelding was in Victoria just before that state went back into their regional racing model, a part of HRV’s COVID protocols, putting an end to a heat and final series he was being aimed at. Finishing seventh at his only start back from that interstate trip, the pacer returned home and finished third in Hobart last week, with Hillier admitting the defeat was at his own fault. “He was good last week, but I drove him upside down in Hobart, and he needed the run so I was quietly confident he would go close tonight,” said his trainer-driver. “He can (go to the next level in Tasmania), I thought he was a touch off at Melton, and Adam Kelly who was training him did as well,” Hillier said. Hillier left the card with a training treble after stable foreman Conor Crook scored with Art Major mare Giftofjoy, who is yet to miss a top-two finish in nine starts this season. “She has done a terrific job for what she is, but she is getting on a hard mark now and won’t find many easy ones, she will definitely head to the breeding barn this season, but if she can pinch another one or two then that will be good,” said her trainer.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

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