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Smart pacer My Mickey Blue Eyes made a welcome return to the winner's circle in Tasmania with an emphatic all-the-way win in the Examiner Stakes (C5-C6) over 1680 metres at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston tonight. My Mickey Blue Eyes began brilliantly from gate two to find the lead while the even money favourite Riverboat jasper was urged forward by his driver Rohan Hadley to face the breeze. When Hadley called on the favourite for the supreme effort in the home straight the last time the gelding was unable to make up the leeway and My Mickey Blue Eyes forged clear to score comfortably. The Wayne Campbell-trained Riverboat Jasper, that was first-up from a spell, held on for second ahead of Melpark Maestro that trailed the leader to the home turn where driver Grant Hodges eased off heels and ran on three-wide to just miss securing the quinella spot. My Mickey Blue Eyes is prepared by Juanita McKenzie who has a great team forming at her Magra stables. My Mickey Blue Eyes spent three months racing in Victoria during the winter where he had minor placings at Terang and Melton from his five outings. By Peter Staples

PROMISING harness racing driver Kristy Grant delivered one of her best performances in the sulky to score aboard Arts Bliss in the BOTRA Stakes over 2200 metres in Launceston on Sunday night. It was a masterful piece of horsemanship by Grant to secure the one-out-two back-spot in the run while race favourite Spitfire Rose led and set an honest tempo. When the driver of the leader, Rohan Hadley, lifted the tempo 600 metres from home Arts Bliss was left a bit flat-footed but Grant didn’t panic and carefully eased her charge into the three-wide line. The five-year-old mare responded to her strong driving and set sail after the favourite. Arts Bliss (Blissfull Hall-Arts Darling) powered home to score by almost two metres from Spitfire Rose with Why Take Time a close-up third. Arts Bliss ($4.10) was well backed to beat the favourite and those who secured the $5 early in betting would have been lining up to collect a long way before she hit the line. The mare is prepared bat Karoola by Dick Eaves who is Grant’s grandfather. Grant has come a long way since her maiden winning drive aboard Glory Is Illusive at Carrick in March this year. She has gone to the next level in the sulky despite limited opportunities. Arts Bliss has taken her time to mature but this was her seventh win from 29 starts and she also has placed nine times for career earnings of just over $46,000. Peter Staples  

Victorian harness racing trainer Brent Lilley continued his successful raid on Tasmanian harness racing with a winning double at Mowbray last week. His promising two-year-old Hand Of The King led all the way for an easy win in the opening race and later in the night his three-year-old gelding Under Cover Bettor made it two wins from two starts in the state. The trainer’s success wasn’t restricted to Launceston, as five minutes after Hand Of The King won, he picked up another race at Cranbourne. Hand Of The King ran second at his first start in Tasmania seven days earlier but there was never any doubt he was going to make amends after Rohan Hadley took him straight to the front from the pole. He comfortably held out The Pix and Smart Fraulein. Hadley described it as a very soft win and told Lilley that the gelding felt a lot sharper than he did the previous week. “The driver didn’t have to pull the blinds or the plugs so the horse had a bit in reserve,” Lilley said. Lilley’s good run continued in Hobart last Sunday night where his seven-year-old Hostile Grins (Go For Grins- Hostile Waters) scored an impressive win in a C5-6 over 2090 metres at Tattersall’s Park. Hostile Grins was taken off the gate by driver Ricky Duggan but he had the gelding in the coveted one-out-one-back position after raveling 500 metres. Hostile Grins was eased three-wide leaving the back straight the last time and had the leaders covered at the to of the home straight. When Duggan called on his charge for the big effort he quickly put the end result beyond doubt and went on to score by nine metres from Jilliby Rio with Cesta La Vie five metres astern. by Peter Staples    

Consistent three-year-old harness racing pacer Riverboat Jasper will only need to hold his present form to be a major contender in this season's Globe Derby to be run in Launceston at the end of next month.

Two of Tasmania's most seasoned participants Rohan Hadley and Andrew Rawlings combined to dominate at the Burnie Harness Racing Club's first meeting of the season on the North-Wes Coast last Friday night (December 14). Rawlings trained three of the seven winners and Hadley drove them all and the driver also capped the night by scoring aboard the Kevin Denny-trained Odins Constantine.

Veteran harness racing trainer Rod Burgess has been involved in the game for over five decades so when he says he has a horse that should make it to open company it should be just about taken as a given that the horse will achieve the goal.

Well bred filly Carly Seelster produced the ruin of the night to score a last-stride win in the $30,000 K & D Evicus Stakes over 1609 metres at Tattersall's Park in Hobart on Sunday night (July 15). With ace harness racing driver Rohan Hadley in the cart, Carly Seelster gave race favourite Delightful Lilly a 15-metre start turning for home but ran her down in the very last stride.

The harness racing connections of 2-year-old filly Carly Seelster are eyeing off some feature races following her impressive win in the Motors Devonport Belmont Stakes over 1680 metres at Launceston on Sunday night (May 27).

A piece of Tasmanian harness racing history was written in Devonport yesterday (Sunday February 26) when two horses of the same name but of different codes won on the same day. Pacer Packedtotherafters powered his way to success at the Devonport Showground and a few hours earlier in the Packedtotherafters thoroughbred scored impressively at Tapeta Park Devonport.

Harness racing trainer-driver Craig Hayes celebrated a memorable night in Launceston on Sunday (February 12) by snaring a double. But punters were far from impressed with one of his winners, Mister Tehaych, given he was sent out one of the rank outsiders at 66-1, while his other winner Matesforever was well supported at $3.10 as the second favourite.

Six-year-old pacer Aapennon continued his love affair with the Hobart track with another impressive harness racing victory on Tuesday night (December 27). Four of Aapennon's past five wins have been on the Tattersall's Park circuit and while the wins have been well spaced the gelding has an unquestionable liking for the southern circuit.

Victorian harness racing mare Mossdale Gabby continued on her winning way in Tasmania with a narrow but game win in the $10,000 Mother Of Pearl at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston last Sunday night (December 11).

Victorian owned harness racing mare Mossdale Gabby will attempt to keep her unbeaten record in Tasmania intact at The TOTE Racing centre in Launceston tonight (Sunday December 11) where she will line up in the $10,000 Mother Of Pearl over 2200m.

Victorian harness racing mare Mossdale Gabby could be a contender in some of Tasmania's feature mares' races in the coming weeks given the way she went about winning a C5-C7 event over 2200 metres at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston last Sunday.

Well bred harness racing mare Hilda Su finally broke her maiden status when she powered home to win the The TOTE Stakes in Launceston tonight (Sunday).

A change in training regime for out of form harness racing gelding Aapennon led to a convincing win in a C4-C6 race over 2090 metres at Tattersall's Park in Hobart on Sunday night.

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