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Scottsdale harness racing trainer Ken Hall has big plans for his well bred two-year-old Dirty Diesel which is why he will dispatch him to the paddock this week after he scored an impressive win on debut at the Tote Racing Centre in Launceston last night (Sunday July 17).

Last season astute harness racing trainer Bill Dornauf said Klebnikova Leis was potentially the best horse he has ever trained but the filly was unable to realise what the trainer saw in her while she learning the tricks of the trade.

Some of the state's best two-year-old fillies stepped out in a prelude of the Betfair Sweepstakes over 1609 metres at Tattersall's Park in Hobart last night (Wednesday) with a rank outsider emerging as a genuine harness racing contender for next week's final.

Julias Song would have to be one of the most improved pacers in Australia given her record since joining the harness racing stable of Victorian trainer Adam Kelly. The former New Zealand mare began her campaign in Tasmania at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston last Sunday night (August 22) where she scored an effortless all-the-way win over stable mates Balencia and Alma Grant in the Will Stakes over 2200 metres.

Quality three-year-old pacer Maggie Kennedy treated her rivals to a harness racing lesson at Tattersall's Park in Hobart last Sunday night. The Wayne Campbell-trained filly drew the inside of the second row in the $120,000 Betfair Princess of Pace but despite the tough draw she still managed to blitz a quality field and score by almost nine metres from Safina Leis and No Time To Dream.

One of Tasmania's most underrated pacers Jonzaak gave his trainer Dallas Krushka a welcome tonic when he powered his way to an impressive harness racing win in the Coastal Pacing Thousand over 2297 metres at Devonport last night (Sunday).

Underrated mare Helvik returned to winning form with a narrow but impressive win at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston last night (Monday, Nov 23). With Rohan Hadley in the sulky, Helvik enjoyed the coveted one-one sit for most of the race until Hadley eased three-wide 650m out to stake their claim.

Talented reinsman Rohan Hadley produced a personal best performance at the harness racing meeting in Launceston on Sunday where he drove five winners on the 10-race card. To add more credence to the milestone, three of the winners were trained by his father Max Hadley who prepares a small team at Scottsdale in the far North-east of the state.

Impeccably bred pacer Matesforever made an impressive debut in Hobart last night with a demolition of a handy field in a 3A0-3A1 over 2090 metres. With Rohan Hadley in the cart, the Christian Cullen colt unleashed a powerful finish to breeze past his rivals in thew home straight and go on and score by six metres from Southern Playmate with McKenzie Madness a metre away third.

If awards for the swap of the year were being haded down in Tasmania then Scottsdale owner-trainer Wayne Campbell would probably win hands down. A few years ago Campbell did a deal with harness trainer Lindsay Rattray that consisted of a straight swap of a cow and a calf for a standardbred mare named Speedy Cherie.

Much underrated three year old Dodgermemate emerged as a serious contender for next Sunday night's Tasmanian Derby following an impressive win over archrival Babyitsu in C2-C2 event over 1680 metres in Launceston last night (Sunday March 29).

A LACK of suitable races is likely to prevent talented mare Spring Hill from making any great impact on the Tasmanian scene in the coming months. With ace reinsman Rohan Hadley aboard, Spring Hill gave a classy field of free-for-allers a towelling in Launceston last Sunday night, defeating the in-form Walton Shaw and Arras in the Chester Bullock DA over 2200 metres.

Victorian gelding Steve McQueen kept his unbeaten record in Australia intact when he accounted for a top class field in the $20,000 V74 Gold Label Pace over 2297 metres at Devonport on Sunday night (December 14).

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