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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

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

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

Only six races will be staged in Hobart on Friday evening, the first of two small cards for the weekend’s harness action. Friday night’s feature event is the prelude of the Light Harness Tasmania Cup, which is arguably the race of the weekend. Earl Jujon and Still Hungover jointly share the 30-metre handicap with No Apachemee in the 2579-metre standing start event. Earl Jujon finished fourth in the Group 2 Tasmania Cup last month and has won two races since, the most recent in the Patrons Marathon in Devonport on Friday, where he was extremely slow but safely away from the tapes. Still Hungover also has some form in feature races this preparation, including a brave second to Our Princess Tiffany in the Listed George Johnson two starts ago, before being placed off a 10-metre handicap in the Kevin Gillies Memorial at her last outing. Ricky Duggan has driven the five-year-old mare in many of her recent starts, but he will drive talented three-year-old Sharmey, who will start from the front row in Friday’s race. Trained by Juanita McKenzie, the gelded son of Rocknroll Heaven will be having his first standing start try after qualifying in a trial on Monday night where he was slow but safely away from the tapes. The winner of seven races from only 16 starts will be out to complete a winning hat-trick after recent wins in Hobart and Launceston. Last seasons Group 2 Bandbox winner Blame It On Me faces a 20-metre handicap, while the interesting runner in the race is the Bianca Heenan-trained Coolhand Easton. The pacer has won nine of his 61 starts, including a win at his only standing start try at Gore (New Zealand) in December 2018 in a race restricted to junior drivers. A gelded son of Washington V C, Coolhand Easton arrived in the strong Riverina area of New South Wales in October, where he has impressed, winning six races since arriving. By just completing the course, all 14 runners in the prelude will be first selected for the $12,000 Final, which will be held in Hobart on 25 April. Friday night’s meeting can be seen on Sky Racing 2 and TasracingTV from 17:26   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

Gareth Rattray moved close to a milestone victory after winning the feature race on Friday’s Devonport card. Rattray partnered Earl Jujon to victory in the Patrons Marathon, which took his Australian total to 1399 Australian driving wins. The 11-time Tasmanian premiership reinsman has also driven winners in New Zealand and Norway. Earl Jujon was sent out as the $1.95 favourite in the 2645-metre standing start event, and those that took the short odds no doubt had their head in their mouth when the gelded son of Rock N Roll Heaven was very slowly away from the tapes. “That’s him, if he is not moving forward, he seems to wait and step back, he was slow away, but he paced away, and once he tacked on, he would be right,” said Rattray about the win. Ending up one-out and two-back from the 2300-metre point, Rattray drove a patient race before racing three-wide at the 1000-metre point before the master reinsman released the ribbons entering the back straight on the final occasion. “Against those sort of horses, he sort of had to win it, he ran a good half, and he still felt strong on the line, which was good,” Rattray said. Earl Jujon scored by eight metres over Taurisi ($14) and Hez The One ($6.50), a further 6.4 metres away third in a mile rate of 2m 4.6s. The win was one of five of the night for trainer Ben Yole who also prepared Wave The Hat ($3.30 fav), My Celebrity ($9.30), Oneofthelads ($3.50) and Yellow Taxi ($13), who won after a protest against the original winner Aitutaki was upheld. Hannah Van Dongen drove the other two winners. She scored on the Geoff Smith-trained Chris Be Quick ($4.30) who was a tough winner before she drove the last race winner Ol Titch to victory for Bianca Heenan at odd of $27, the longest priced winner of the night.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

The Autumn Harness Racing Carnival came to a close in Launceston on Saturday night with the Group 2 Ladbrokes Easter Cup, which saw Scooterwillrev lead home a locally trained trifecta. There has been plenty of harness racing in Launceston over the past three weeks, and it continues again this week with racing on Sunday night anda. program also being held in Devonport on Friday night. The Stars Scooterwillrev – was brilliant in the 2021 Easter Cup after stepping straight to the lead in the 2698-metre event. He was well rated in front by Gareth Rattray, who claimed his first Easter Cup. It was also the first win in the race for trainer Craig Hayes who did an outstanding job to get the pacer to peak second-up in the Group 2 race. Lightning Jash – Victorian trainer Kate Hargraves has a handy strike rate when she brings horses to the Apple Isle, and this Autumn Carnival mission was no different when she claimed the first feature two-year-old race in the state for the year, the Keith Stanley Debutante Stakes with Lightning Jash. Driver Alex Ashwood said the pacer would have a spell before tackling some features later in the season. Wave The Hat – claimed the time-honoured Allen Williams Memorial Final for the maiden pacers. The pacer enjoyed a solid early tempo before proving too good in a race that was a survival of the fittest late. Be Major Threat – showed brilliant standing start manners to settle in a forward position to take out the Kevin Gillies Memorial, ending up behind the leader, reinsman Ben Woodford drove a patient race working into clear racing room at the top of the home straight to go on a score a narrow win. Moonlite Bay – was undoubtedly one of the more impressive winners of the Launceston card when 1.1s outside Scooterwillrev’s 2200-metre track record. After working forward in a handy lead time, the pacer was then forced to hold the lead with the first three-quarters of the final mile all recorded under 30.0s and was still able to prove too strong late. Multiple Winners Hobart – Friday afternoon Ben Yole – training quartet; Yellow Taxi, Southern Gnp, Lives A Jungle and War Chest. Conor Crook – driving double; Beau Garcon and Southern Gnp. Launceston – Saturday evening Alex Ashwood – driving double; Lightning Jasha and Moonlite Bay. Tasracing Calculated Sectionals Hobart – Friday afternoon My Ultimate Romeo 56.84s, Ol Titch 57.19s, Live For Peace 57.22, Ifbutzandmaybes 57.30s and Black Ops 57.32s. Launceston – Saturday evening Easter Cup: Izaha 55.68s, Yorkshire 55.71s, Ryley Major 55.75s, Our Princess Tiffany 55.90s and Our Princess Tiffany 55.90s. Remaining races: Be Major Threat 55.99s, Gone And Forgotten 56.02s, Sea Double Ugrant 56.06s, Still Hungover 56.14s and The Red Moon Rising 56.38s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart – Friday afternoon Hit’s: Ifbutzandmaybes $6.00 into $5.50, Southern Gnp $41 into $12 and War Chest $6.00 into $3.90. Defied The Drift: Beau Garcon $2.05 out to $2.30, Yellow Taxi $17 out to $21, Life A Jungle $10 out to $14 and Top Hanover $3.40 out to $4.60. Missed: Magic Owens $3.40 into $2.50, My Ultimate Major $3.30 into $2.40, Keep Playing $9.00 into $6.00, Mach Charm $9.00 into $5.50, Eye See Double $3.70 into $2.90, Heza Rummage $8.00 into $5.50, Black Ops $3.70 into $2.90 and Guys Bettor Bet $4.40 into $3.20. Launceston – Saturday evening Hit’s: Lightning Jash $1.26 into $1.20, Wave The Hat $10 into $9.50 and Jaffa Josh $1.40 into $1.14. Defied The Drift: Debt Till We Part $14 out to $16, Barooga Rock $2.40 out to $3.00, Micton Aroha $5.50 out to $6.50, Scooterwillrev $9.00 out to $17, Be Major Threat $10 out to $18, Moonlite Bay $5.00 out to $7.00 and Racketeers Boy $1.90 out to $2.25. Missed: Always A Stride $5.50 into $4.00, Origin Tara $11 into $8.00, Kennys Killer $3.30 into $2.90, Tommys Denial $2.90 into $2.50, Willie Go West $2.50 onto $2.00, The Red Moon Rising $2.25 into $1.70, Deadly Assassin $5.00 into $4.40, Stormont Star $7.50 into $6.00 and Some Dan $26 into $15. Trial File Devonport – Monday evening Four trials were held on Monday where Liam Older had his first night of driving at the trials and he walked away with a winner when the Ben Yole-trained Aha Reaction recorded the quickest mile rate of the night in 2m 1.9s for the 1930-metre trip. Racing outside the leader, the gelded son of Auckland Reactor proved too tough over the concluding stages for the leader, Maybe Jack, with a half-head separating the duo. Other winners included: Booker Bay (2m 9.3s), Family Feelgood (2m 9.0s) and Christian Jaz (2m 4.1s) Week Ahead Friday: Devonport host Friday night racing where the $12,000 Patrons Marathon is the feature race for horses with a national rating of 70 or better over the 2645-metre trip. Saturday: Carrick Park trials revert to the Saturday morning time slot, with the first trial scheduled for 9:00. There is plenty of Tasmanian interest at Menangle, with Ignatius contesting a Group 3 event, plus his stablemates Zhukov Leis and Jigamaroo going around. Jigamaroo will be driven by Charlie Castles, who will be having his first metropolitan drive outside of Tasmania. Sunday: Launceston race once again with a Tier One meeting in the twilight zone. Monday: Trials will be held in Hobart from 17:30.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

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

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

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