Day At The Track
Ross Olivieri,Harness racing

The Dali Express is ready to fire

Eight-time Western Australian premier trainer Ross Olivieri declares that stable newcomer The Dali Express has the ability to make a successful Gloucester Park debut by winning the $25,000 Garrards Horse And Hound BOTRA Cup on Friday night. “He does jump up in class, but I have set him for this race and I think he is a very good chance,” said Olivieri, whose only success in the BOTRA Cup was in March 1991 when Speedy Cheval, driven by Peter Schrader and starting off the 30m mark, defeated Terres Chips and My Current Account. The Dali Express, a New Zealand-bred five-year-old raced by the Merv Butterworth syndicate, had raced exclusively in mobiles at his 33 starts before arriving in WA. But Olivieri says that the black gelding is a natural standing-start pacer. “We qualified him in a Byford trial to contest standing-start races and then we gave him his first start for the stable in a 2631m stand at Pinjarra three Mondays ago when he started off 30m and won in good style, coming home in 27.7sec. and 28.2sec.,” Olivieri said. “He needed the run and is sure to have improved. This week, we’d like him to jump to the front from the No. 1 barrier. He’s the sort of horse who rolls along, which should make it a little more difficult for horses off handicaps.” Olivieri said it was time he ended a 28-year drought by winning the BOTRA Cup for the second time. “Speedy Cheval was a very good horse who won the 1991 Fremantle Cup and was successful in the final event at Richmond Raceway in April 1991.” The Dali Express will be driven by Chris Lewis, who has been successful in the BOTRA Cup four times, scoring with Village Kid (1985), Elteei (1986), Mach Ruler (2009) and Tartary Gladiator (2011). Lewis drove the Butterworth-owned and Olivieri-trained Motu Premier when the gelding started off 40m and was favourite at 2/1 in last year’s BOTRA Cup. Motu Premier finished strongly from eighth at the bell to finish third behind the 50m backmarker The Bucket List and Always Arjay. The Dali Express, by American stallion Dali, raced ten times in New Zealand for one win and one second placing before having 23 starts in South Australia for 11 wins, seven seconds, three thirds and two fourths. Most of The Dali Express’s rivals in this weeks Cup are experienced standing-start performers, including frontmarker Jus Livintghedream, a nine-year-old and veteran of 160 starts. He will be driven by Michael Grantham for his uncle, Blythewood trainer Michael Brennan. The Brennan-Grantham combination won last year’s BOTRA Cup when eight-year-old The Bucket List was tenth at the bell before storming home, five wide from the rear at the 400m to hit the front 110m from the post. Brennan also won the 2016 BOTRA Cup, with Gary Hall jun. making the most of the running with 5/1 chance Naughty Maravu, who beat Our Sky Major and Im Master Charlie (also trained by Brennan)  Shannon Suvaljko, who has been placed three times in the BOTRA Cup, is upbeat about the prospects of The Midas Touch, a smart five-year-old trained by Robert Flannery. The Midas Touch will be having his 62nd start in a race and his first in a stand. He qualified for a start in a stand with a brilliant performance in a Byford trial three Sundays ago when he revealed dazzling speed from barrier five off the front. “He was really quick out and we ran the first 400m in 27sec. before I eased him out of the trial,” Suvaljko said. “Before that, we jumped him out successfully in a stand on the track.” Then, two Sundays ago, The Midas Touch began speedily in a mobile trial at Byford, set the pace and won in impressive fashion. He resumed racing after a two-month absence at Gloucester Park last Saturday night when he started from the outside of the back line, raced three back on the pegs and finished a sound fifth behind Our Corelli. The Dali Express and The Midas Touch are sure to be fully tested by four-year-old Fizzing, the youngest runner in the race and the solitary backmarker off 30m. Fizzing, who finished third behind stablemates Ana Malak and Mighty Conqueror in the group 1 Gold Nugget last December, has been given a specialised program leading up to the BOTRA Cup. His past six starts have been in stands at Pinjarra and he has impressed greatly in recording four wins and two seconds off back marks. He gave a splendid performance on Monday this week when he started off 50m and was seventh at the bell before sprinting strongly with final quarters of 28.6sec. and 28.2sec. to beat Bettor Party by three lengths at a 1.57.4 rate over 2631m.   Ken Casellas

Our Uncle Sam,Harness racing

Sam can tame the Tiger

TRAINER Chris Frisby sick of chasing Tiger Tara with his stable star Our Uncle Sam. In four meetings, Our Uncle Sam is yet to beat Tiger Tara home, but everything favours Frisby’s pacer to turn the tables in Saturday night’s $250,000 Group 1 Blacks A Fake at Albion Park. “This is our chance the way the barriers have fallen and how well we’ve got ‘Sam’ going into the race,” Frisby said. “If we can find the lead, and I think there’s a great chance we can, we won’t be handing-up to Tiger if he comes attacking. We’ll make him do all the work.” Our Uncle Sam has run second to Tiger Tara at their past three meetings, including in the Inter Dominion final and Hunter Cup. “But the difference this time is Tiger is drawn the back row and we’ve drawn so well (gate two),” Frisby said. “I also really believe we’ve got ‘Sam’ as good as we can have him. “We were really confident heading into the Sunshine Sprint last week, but Alta Orlando wiped us out at the start and that was the end of that. “We were due for some luck and we’ve got it with the draws this week. And the 2680m suits him better than sprint racing as well.” Aussie TAB punters agree with Frisby’s confidence, having quickly backed Our Uncle Sam from $3.60 into $2.80 since Tuesday morning’s barrier draw. He could challenge for favouritism with Tiger Tara already easing from $2.40 to $2.60. Tiger Tara’s trainer Kevin Pizzuto remains confident despite the barrier draw blow. All of Tiger Tara’s three Group 1 Aussie wins have come from front row draws. “The draw makes it harder, but I’ve got the horse where I want him. That (Menangle) win the other night was easy and it topped him off nicely,” he said. “Everything tells me he’s at least as good, if not better, than last time in work.” Queensland’s pin-up horse Colt Thirty One is the other major player as a $4.80 shot from the back row (gate 11). He was beaten after burning to hold the front last week, but it again showed he’s at his most lethal coming from off the speed.   Adam Hamilton

Phoebe Betts drove her first winner,Harness racing

Betts bags her first win

SHE has only been driving in races for three weeks and young reinswoman Phoebe Betts secured her first winner at Bathurst on Wednesday night aboard pacer Sophie Brown. After settling her drive three back on the pegs, the 16-year-old was able to work her way into the clear rounding the home bend before running away to score victory of more than eight metres. Not only did Betts win her first race but also won bragging rights over older brother Jed (Betts) and father Graham (Betts) who also drove in the race. “It was such a good feeling winning my first race, especially at my home track and beating the boys made it even better,” Betts said. Betts has grown up surrounded by harness racing with her family being a big part of the industry for many years. Although in high school, Betts always has time for the horses having worked for Steve and Nathan Turnbull previously as well as working horses for her mother Monica (Betts) along with her mini trot involvement. And it is rare for Betts to miss a race meeting at Bathurst or surrounding tracks. “I’m still at school but the horses are my passion,” Betts said. “I’d love to keep driving some winners and aim to train my own team one day.” Highly regarded by many in Bathurst, Betts appears to be on her way to a successful career in the industry.   by AMY REES   HRNSW MEDIA CONTACT: AMANDA RANDO MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Tasmanian harness highlights,Harness racing

Tasmanian Harness Highlights

The last leg of the Tasmanian Sires’ Stakes series was held in Hobart on Sunday with Blame It On Me and Colby Sanz winning their respective Group 2 finals. Former Railton girl Kristy Elson prepared her first Group 1 winner on Saturday night at Gloucester Park in Perth on Saturday night when Jaspervellabeach took out the Golden Slipper. This week harness racing heads to Hobart on Friday evening before the Launceston Pacing Club stages the BOTRA Claiming Novice Drivers series on Sunday night. The Stars Blame It On Me- capped off a big debut season when the Doug Nettlefold-trained pacer captured the Group 2 Tasracing Evicus Final in Hobart on Sunday. The daughter of Big Jim was three-wide for the final circuit and was well handled by driver Natalee Emery. Colby Sanz - provided trainer Kent Rattray, driver John Walters and owner-breeders Nathan and Sandra Bennett their second Sires’ Stakes victory for the season when the gelded son of Betterthancheddar led all the way to win the Group 2 Tasracing Dandy Patch Final. Ryley Major - once again proved too good for his rivals for the sixth time this season in the Tasmanian Veterinary Services Pace. Adrian Duggan - prepared seven-year-old gelding Witch Master to his first win of the season at his 22nd attempt on Sunday. The Cardmaster Hanover gelding was well driven by Ricky Duggan. Mark Yole - remains on top of the state drivers title after a driving double in Launceston on Friday. Yole didn’t attend the Hobart meeting on Sunday after the birth of his second child, Amelia Jade Yole. Multiple Winners Launceston  – Friday evening Ben Yole - training treble; Diamond Grace, Popnduke and Max Richter, Todd Rattray - driving double; Jigamaroo and Reign Of Pain. Hobart  – Sunday evening  Ben Yole - training double; Im Full Tilt and Fortino. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Launceston  – Friday evening Aitutaki 58.59s, Boss Major 58.68s, Vapar Glenn 58.79s, Animi Sub Ignis and Popnduke 58.97s. Hobart  – Sunday evening  Ryley Major 57.23s, All Style Sammy 58.05s, Inner Light 58.23s. Outside of race six; Vonns Angel 58.80s and Flashy Ruler 58.90s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Launceston  – Friday evening  Hits: Jaminas Joy $14 into $8.50, Max Richter $26 into $13 and Justtentrumps $2.50 into $2.25. Defied The Drift: Jigamaroo $6.50 out to $8.00 and Diamond Grace $7.50 out to $9.00. Missed: Princely Reign $41 into $26, Cardinal Art $31 into $19 and Karalta Kruise $6.50 into $4.60. Hobart  – Sunday evening  Hit: Colby Sanz $4.00 into $3.30. Defied The Drift: Witch Master $7.00 out to $7.50, Karpenkova Leis $3.70 out to $4.20, Im Full Tilt $9.00 out to $9.50 and Fortino $5.50 out to $8.50. Missed: Volkova Leis $6.00 into $5.50, Chasing Cheetahs $3.20 into $2.80, Jimi Sanz $18 into $11 and Lake Eyre $13 into $8.00. Trial File Hobart - Monday Evening Whos Watching Now, a half brother to Granny Smith winner Ideal Bliss, took out the opening trial in Hobart for two-year-olds. The Paul Hill-trained and driven pacer scored by three meters in the five-horse trial. There was no time recorded for the 1609-metre event. Enterprising Milly, also from the Paul Hill stable took out the second trial for horses rated 45-55 over 2090 metres. The daughter of Big Jim defeated Iden Duchess by two metres with Sacramento Sun a distant third in the field of six starters. The mile rate for 2090 metres was 2m 7.9s. Devonport - Monday Evening The Ben Yole-trained My Ultimate Fella recorded the quickest winning mile rate of 2m 3.3s. My Ultimate Fella, a gelded son of Changeover scored by three metres in the NR 65-86 trial over Courageous Leo with Lord Stark a further three metres away third. The opening trial of the night was over 1930 metres for horses with a National Rating of 39-50 which was won by Huiffier (2m 8.4s), while Bettabrown Tiger returned to the state after a New South Wales campaign with a win in an NR 52-61 trial in a mile rate of 2m 9.2s. Week Ahead Harness racing returns to Hobart on Friday evening for a seven-event program. The opening race on the card is the Rexel North Hobart pace for three-year-olds with a national rating of 30 to 54, where the Rohan Hillier-trained and driven Boss Major will line up as a short-price favourite after finishing second out his last two outings. Boss Major, a gelded son of top sire Art Major, was a good winner in Launceston three starts ago when breaking his maiden status, when sent out as the $2.30 favourite. Hillier will have a second row draw to overcome in the 1609-metre event which is scheduled to start at 16:48 The Hobart card will be televised on Sky Racing 2 you can also catch the action at Tasracing’s Live Stream. The action then heads up the Midlands Highway to Launceston on Sunday evening for an eight race card, featuring four heats of the BOTRA Claiming Novice Drivers Series. Races two, three, four and six make up the series. The first heat looks to be a battle of the girls with Hannah Van Dongen (Karpenkova Leis), Kimberley Grant (Bremusa) and Georgia Hayward (Popnduke) all getting the opportunity to drive last-start winners. A competitive two-year-old race for horses with a national rating of 30 - 49 rounds out the night's action where the Mark Jones-trained Kosimo will be looking to end his run of second placings, his most recent was behind Colby Sanz in the Dandy Patch Prelude. The Launceston card commences at 17:13 and will be shown on Sky Racing 1 and via Live Stream at tasracing.com.au At metropolitan venues interstate this weekend we see; Melton - Saturday night Race 5 Horse 10 War Dan - part-owned by Tasmanian interest, Race 10 Horse 6 No Apachemee - part-owned by Tasmanian interest. Menangle - Saturday night Race 3 Horse 4 Pachacuti - Tasmanian owned and bred, Race 6 (Group 3) Horse 8 Rykov Leis - Tasmanian owned and bred, Race 8 Horse 3 Im Jaks Teller - Tasmanian owned, Albion Park - Saturday night Race 4 Horse 8 Ideal Bliss - Tasmanian owned and bred.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

He's trained more than a few handy trotters over the journey and now harness racing's Keith Semmens is convinced he has another in Downunder Barkers. Forty-seven starts into his career and with an impressive win at Tabcorp Park Melton last Saturday night under his belt, Semmens believes the five-year-old gelding is only now starting to realise his full potential. If anyone would know it is Semmens, who has scored a bunch of feature race victories throughout his more than 50-year career, including a pair of Bendigo Trotters Cups wins with horses he bred, Cons Poem (1991) and Poets Corner (1999). "He's taken a while to wake up to what he's supposed to be doing, but he is really going well at present," the said. "He does have a lot of ability, but he's taken his time finding out how to put it all together. "Saturday night was pretty impressive. We were concerned whether he would measure up to horses of metropolitan standard, but he it looks as though he has." Semmens, who is based at Campbells Creek, rates Poets Corner, a winner of 21 starts, as one of the best horses he has trained and was optimistic Downunder Barkers could eventually reach the same level. "He (Downunder Barkers) is getting towards that level now," he said. "It's hard to compare them because things have improved so much with tracks and with sulkys and shoeing and feeding. Horses that could go 2:04 one time are going 1:59 now." Downunder Barkers, who stretched his career record to sevens wins (two at Melton) and seven placings from 47 starts, is one of three horses currently being raced by Semmens, in conjunction with his sons Jon and David. The other two - Adelle and Shield Maiden - are currently being trained by Gavin Lang and Glenn Conroy respectively are racing in good form. That is especially the case with the three-year-old trotting filly Adelle, who has won all three starts (twice at Ballarat and once at Bendigo) for the Semmens family since being purchased from New Zealand a few months ago. Her trainer Lang was in the sulky for Downunder Barkers' win on Saturday and was equally as upbeat as Semmens about the five-year-old's potential. "He's got a great finishing burst when he is in form and at the moment he's a very happy horse and racing accordingly," the champion trainer-driver said. "He has always showed he has the scope to race at metro level, the way he is hitting the line at the moment he would not be out of place in metro level races." Semmens expects Downunder Barkers to have his next start at the showcase Redwood All Trotting Carnival at Maryborough on August 4. Victoria's most unique harness racing meeting, highlighted by the running of the $50,000 Redwood Classic for two-year-olds and $75,000 Victoria Trotters Derby, both Group 1 events, it's an event Semmens is keen to involved in. "It's a great meeting - you probably need to be a trotting freak to realise it, but it has come on from one two-year-old race to a huge attraction," he said. "We will head there hopeful. Things can always go wrong but he's definitely up to that standard and we hope we can win." By Kieran Iles Reprinted with permission of The Bendigo Advertiser

The $1Million Pace at Tabcorp Park Menangle next May is the culmination of the innovative Harness Racing New South Wales race series which is inclusive of all regions in the State and very much NSW orientated as announced today. The HRNSW Board finalised the conditions of the lucrative event that consists of preliminary heats at Broken Hill plus heats at various tracks in each region, leading into quarter finals, again in the regions, before the ultimate $1Million Pace final. Carrying prizemoney nearer to $1.5 million with the inclusion of heat and quarter final stakes, the series will be for Australian-bred, NSW-trained pacers that are four or older with National Rating points of up to 70. This series is designed to allow all NSW trainers and their owners with the right horse a chance to share in what will be all 'new money' according to HRNSW Chief Executive John Dumesny. "As the funding is created in NSW the Board decision was to give our trainers the exclusive opportunity to compete for the massive prizemoney to be offered," Dumesny said. "All 25 races of the series are additional to the established calendar as is the funding. "The series will be completed at 14 tracks which is basically half of NSW but these tracks are in each of the regions as well as Broken Hill. "Furthermore, as NSW already has the $1million Miracle Mile for the upper echelon horses this new series is directed at the mainstay group of the racing population. "NSW now has two $1million events but never before has this level of prizemoney been offered for these type of horses." Sponsored from negotiated arrangements between the racing industry and Tabcorp with the introduction of a new bet type Odds and Evens, the $1Million Pace will begin with preliminary $5,000 heats at Broken Hill on May 3, for horses trained in that region. Further $10,000 heats will be held at various tracks across the state that then lead to $15,000 quarter finals and $10,000 heat consolations at the major tracks in each region. The $1Million Pace final will be held at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday May 31, along with two consolations worth $50,000 and $20,000 respectively. All races within the series will be held over the middle distance of each respective venue. See the list of meetings and dates below: $5,000 Preliminary Heats Broken Hill - May 3   $10,000 Heats Hunter and North West - Maitland May 4, Tamworth May 14, Newcastle May 15 Western Districts - Parkes May 6, Dubbo May 10, Bathurst May 13 Riverina and South West - Leeton May 8, Young May 12, Wagga May 15 Metropolitan - Bankstown May 8, Goulburn May 11, Penrith May 14   $15,000 Quarter Finals and $10,000 hEAT CONSOLATIONS Bathurst - May 20 Newcastle - May 23 Menangle - May 23 Wagga - May 24   $1million Pace final plus $50,000 Consolation A and $25,000 Consolation B Menangle - May 31   *All dates are to be confirmed as minor changes may be necessary to the established calendar. For full race conditions of the NSW $1Million Pace please click here.   AMANDA RANDO MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER HARNESS RACING NEW SOUTH WALES

HAVING bounced back from her shock Vicbred Super Series exit, talented filly Treasure is ready to add another feature to her collection. Among the favourites in the state-wide futurity, Treasure finished an unceremonious ninth in her semi-final as the $2.50 equal favourite. The Emma Stewart-trained youngster quickly reacquainted herself with the winners’ circle by securing the Vicbred Silver Series Pace at Tabcorp Park Melton at her following start. Pleased with the two-year-old’s condition, Stewart is confident Treasure can also capture the Australian Pacing Gold Championship at the same venue on Saturday night. To be driven by premier reinsman Chris Alford, the daughter of Art Major has drawn to lead throughout from barrier four. As such, TAB Fixed Odds have Treasure listed as a prohibitive $1.65 favourite. Treasure’s stablemate – Amelia Rose – is the only other runner under double figures at $4.20 from gate seven. Stewart will also be represented by Jo Dina, which is on the third line of betting at $13 from her outside of the back row draw. “All three are working well and ready to run a good race,” Stewart said. “Treasure has drawn best and is the one to beat.” Stewart also has Mirragon in the colts’ and geldings’ division, with the son of Art Major drawn barrier seven. Runner-up behind APG purchase Yejele Hammer in the Group One Vicbred Final, Mirragon is a $1.50 TAB Fixed Odds favourite. “Mirragon is also working a treat and will be very hard to beat,” Stewart said. APG Media

Some of the most famous colours in Australian trotting will come out of the closet when Pink Galahs contests tomorrow's The Maori Legend at Stawell. Trainer-driver Matt Craven will don the green and gold worn by champion Maori's Idol - the horse the race is named after - when he chases glory in the $14,000 feature. Pink Galahs' co-owner Caleb Lewis is married to Laura (nee Healy), who is the daughter of Bryan and granddaughter of Ric. The Healy family bred Maori Miss, the mare who instigated arguably Australia's most famous trotting breeding line which includes the famed Maori's Idol but also Maori Mia, the great-great granddam of Pink Galahs. Lewis said Craven will wear the actual jacket carried by Sumthingaboutmaori throughout her triple Group 1-winning career. Sumthingaboutmaori, another descendant of Maori Miss, won 31 of 75 starts including races at the elite level in 2003 and 2004. "I was with the father-in-law (Bryan) the other day and he asked me if the two-year-old was running in the race. And then he said 'it would be good if you wore the colours'," Lewis recalled. "He gave me the Maori's Idol colours to wear. I have got the original ones but they might blow apart in the wind. These are actually Sumthingaboutmaori's colours." Lewis said it would be a "massive thrill" to win the race that meant so much to the family. "Just for the breeding and trotting industry - the Maori breed has done so much for it," he said. Pink Galahs looks one of the main players in Thursday's feature, having won a heat of the Alderbaran Park Vicbred Super Series (two-year-old fillies) before running third in the Group 1 final behind Jaxnme. Lewis said the daughter of Skyvalley was in good order ahead of Thursday's assignment. "She made a mistake in the (Vicbred) final just after the start, happened to get herself back down and made up a massive amount of ground to run third," he said. "She just needs to get a bit of luck. She's drawn inside the second row. If she gets a bit of luck early, well hopefully she can get through a bit of traffic and be thereabouts. "It is two-year-old trotting so you've got to bite your tongue and hope everything goes right." If successful on Thursday, expect one of John Williamson's classics Galleries of pink galahs - the inspiration behind the horse's name - to be playing at Lewis' hotel in Portland. "I'd be happy to play it - no worries," he said. "My grandfather, who got me into trotting, when I was a really young kid we used to go around in his ute and he'd always have John Williamson going on the radio. "Most of my horses are named after songs - that year of two-year-olds I named after John Williamson songs." Pink Galahs is likely to run second favourite behind Peter Manning-trained Dublin Chubb, which has drawn outside her on the second row. Dublin Chubb was second favourite in a heat of the Alderbaran Park Vicbred Super Series (two-year-old colts and geldings), but galloped on numerous occasions and finished last. The Maori Legend is race six on a 10-event card at Stawell and will start at 2.15pm.   Tim O'Connor HRV Trots Media

Haras des Trotteurs are delighted to announce that Swedish Group 1-winning stallion Volstead, who went 1.51.5 on a 1000m track, will stand the coming harness racing season at Cardigan (Ballarat) and will be available to both New Zealand and Australian breeders. This will make the beautifully American-bred stallion the first son of Cantab Hall to be available as a chilled semen option in the Southern Hemisphere. Cantab Hall has become an outstanding sire of sires with with his sons Father Patrick, Explosive Matter and Uncle Peter all in the top 10 of 3YOs US sires this season An outstanding competitor in Sweden’s elite gold division Volstead raced out of the top Swedish barn of Stefan Melander and won 5.87M SEK from 23 of his 72 race starts including the Group 1 King’s Cup and the prestigious Sweden Cup, or Little Elitlopp, in 2015. Volstead Sweden Cup He qualified for the Elitloppet the following year where he just missed out on the final (won by his stablemate Nuncio) and was also an unlucky second to Nuncio in the Group 1 Swedish Sprint Masters, after sitting parked the whole race, getting to the front in the shadows of the post only for his stablemate to come off his back and nab him on the line. Volstead and Johnny Takter “Volstead was very fast from the beginning when we started training him and was a very very strong horse.” said his Swedish owner-trainer Stefan Melander. “Volstead could race on the outside the whole race. If it was a distance race or a mile race, it didn't matter and he could still win racing outside the entire race. Melander bought Volstead as a yearling because of his great conformation and excellent pedigree (by Cantab Hall from a Yankee Glide mare) with a tremendous number of stakes winners and race horses he said. ‘I have retained breedings to breed my own mares in USA as I can see Volstead within the next five years becoming highly successful and one of the top trotting Stallions in the world,” said Melander. Volstead will stand for $A5500 (gst inclusive) and $NZ5000 + gst  at Haras des Trotteurs in Cardigan, Victoria, alongside successful group winning French stallion Used To Me. Both stallions will be available in chilled semen form in Australia and New Zealand. Multi-mare discounts are available, with a special single mare discount available for Volstead for VSTA  and NZSBA members.   In Australia contact; Karen Starr karen@harasdestrotteurs.com.au M: +61 459 342 525 ​ In New Zealand contact; Dave Sanders dave@harasdestrotteurs.com.au M: +64 212 452 584  

There is a Harry Potter spell for just about anything...and isn't it fun to imagine how these charms would improve our lives? It's been nearly two decades since J.K Rowling's famed wizarding series hit the big screen in the form of 2001's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (or Sorcerer's Stone, if you're in the USA!). And a little bit of magic happened that same year for Ballarat harness racing trainer-driver Stephen Clarke. Clarke paid $3500 for a filly - the namesake of a witch at Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Fleur Delacour (Nicholas Branach-Agincourt (Pure Steel) was to be the lucky charm for the Ballarat-based trainer - and he's made full use of the fortunate Harry Potter moniker in the 20 years since. Clarke's stroke of luck arose from his friendship with well-known trots couple Ross and Mary Conway, of St Arnaud. "On one of my trips to their place, Ross told me they were wanting to cut down and had planned a clearance sale," Clarke said. "So I turned up and bought two horses - a young one, which never raced because it injured itself in a paddock, and Fleur Delacour who had previously won at Charlton," he said. Fleur Delacour turned out to be a fantastic money spinner and posted a Hamilton win along with Bendigo and Cranbourne placings in her first five starts. And the success didn't stop there. She finished with 11 wins (including a Melton triumph with Brian Gath in the gig) and 18 placings for over $50,000. "She has also been a success as a broodmare with two of her four foals being winners," Clarke said. Her first foal by Die Laughing, Isabelle Delacour (yes, Fleur Isabelle Weasley nee Delacour was the full name of the Harry Potter character) finished her racing career with 10 wins and 17 placings for $70,000. "Isabelle Delacour was mated with Village Jolt and produced a colt, now racing as Monsieur Delacour, who has had four placings from 11 starts as a 2yo," Clarke said. "He's certainly shown enough to suggest that he has some future. He's been a bit stiff in a few of his races," he said. But the star of the stable is Fleur Delacour's most recent foal, Miss McGonagall (named after the stern Hogwarts professor, Miss Minerva McGonagall). Sired by Modern Art, Miss McGonagall was a recent winner at Melton in the $12,000 Vincent Vicbred Super Series (3yo fillies) Bronze Pace. To watch the replay of this race click on this link Miss McGonagall – winner of her past two at Bendigo (John Caldow) and Melton (Jason Lee) Clarke said Miss McGonagall got off to a slow start early in her career. "She got sick and then missed a lot of the nice sires' races. We later changed her training routine and she has been great this season with four wins. If she stays healthy, she will only improve," he said. Clarke is somewhat unusual in the sport, being a breeder, owner, trainer and driver, and following his father into harness racing. His father Jim raced horses successfully for many years including the top-class Key Everest (22 wins), Move on Sparky (nine) and others. "I'm currently only working two and I'm happy with that because we're pretty much knee deep in mud with all the rain at the moment. Dad has two trotters to bring back too, once the weather improves," he said. While Clarke enjoys the driving side of the sport, he's preparing to take a back seat with 16-year-old son Connor keenly working towards becoming a reinsman after coming through the pony trots. And youngest daughter Reagan is following along in their footsteps, recently inheriting Connor's speedy pony. Yes, we're all mere Muggles in this sport, relying on our own attributes to improve - but a little bit of Harry Potter magic does occasionally prevail. If not, what's wrong with a bit of imagination?! Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura               P 0498 490 672   E hello@newsalertpr.com.au   W www.newsalertpr.com.au      

With the Grand Circuit title safely in his keeping, Sydney trainer Kevin Pizzuto wants to put an exclamation point against the 2018/19 harness racing season. Millionaire pacer Tiger Tara has dominated the Australian Pacing Gold Grand Circuit season with victories coming via the Inter Dominion Pacing Championship Grand Final, Hunter and Victoria Cups plus an agonisingly close second in the New Zealand Cup. The Bettors Delight entire has been ruthless, methodical and downright scary good. And now, he’s chasing the final leg of the eight race series with the Gr.1 $250,000 TAB Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship at Albion Park this Saturday night. Following a freshen-up after being unplaced in the Miracle Mile at Tabcorp Park, Menangle back on March 2, Tiger Tara scored a clinical victory last weekend under the orders of regular reinsman Todd McCarthy. In his only start at Albion Park back in 2017; Tiger Tara was the beaten favourite when third behind Hectorjayjay and My Field Marshal in the Blacks A Fake, the biggest event staged in the Sunshine State, run over the staying distance of 2680m. Last year, the Tim Butt trained and Dexter Dunn driven Let It Ride scored a decisive victory but will not return to defend his title. Tiger Tara has amassed 370 points to date while his nearest rivals include Thefixer (164) while Our Uncle Sam and Spankem (both 120) sit nearby on the leaderboard. Only Our Uncle Sam will contest the Brisbane event this weekend while the All Stars duo of Thefixer and Spankem have bypassed the feature. The recently retired Lazarus claimed back to back Grand Circuit Champion titles during the past two seasons while Tiger Tara will become the first Australian trained Grand Circuit champion since Lennytheshark shared spoils with Smolda during the 2016 term. Tiger Tara will start from a second-line draw after landing gate 12 but will start the punters elect given his domination of feature staying events this season. The Bathurst trained Our Uncle Sam has seen plenty of Tiger Tara this term with placings in both the Inter Dominion Grand Final and the Hunter Cup but seeks his own moment of glory and gains a perfect opportunity after landing gate two. Prepared by father/son partnership of Chris and Anthony Frisby, Our Uncle Sam will command plenty of respect. Local hero Colt Thirty One, fresh from his shock loss last weekend in the Sunshine Sprint will require some luck after copping a second-line draw. The multiple feature race winner led out in a brutal opening quarter burn before being outsprinted by his stablemate Ohoka Punter over the concluding stages, the Mach Three four-year-old will start from gate 11 this weekend. Colt Thirty One, prepared by the country’s leading trainer Grant Dixon, is one of his four runners lining up in his home state feature alongside Ohoka Punter (gate 7), Eleniark (gate 1) and Alleluia (gate 10). Interestingly, Ohoka Punter is chasing his second victory in the Blacks A Fake following his triumph back in 2016 when under the care of outstanding young horseman Nathan Purdon. Sydney trainer Craig Cross is duly represented with former New Zealand pacers Cash N Flow (gate 3) and Alta Orlando (gate 13) both backing-up following their unplaced efforts last week in the Sunshine Sprint. The Blake Fitzpatrick prepared Letspendanitetogetha (gate 9) is also backing-up this weekend from the Sunshine Sprint and draws directly behind Our Uncle Sam. A recent winner of the Golden Mile at Menangle, the New Zealand owned gelding rates as a knockout chance. Another former New Zealand pacer chasing his biggest prize to date is the Chantal Turpin trained Watch Pulp Fiction (gate 4) after finishing third behind Ohoka Punter and Colt Thirty One last weekend in the Sunshine Sprint. Turpin is the only female trainer represented in the Blacks A Fake this year. And while Luke and Todd McCarthy are pitted against each other, another pair of brothers also go head to head with Brendan and Hayden Barnes vying for the major prize. Brendan takes the drive on the Jack Butler trained Rock With Sam (gate 6) while Hayden drives Northview Hustler (gate 8) for his father Alistair. The emergency for the event is Holy Camp Clive (gate 5). In total, the field has won 281 races while amassing more than $6,723,477 in stakes. The track record was set last year by Let It Ride at 1:54.8. The Gr.1$250,000 TAB Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship is race 8 on the program and scheduled to start at 9.00pm local time. 8 9:00pm 2019 TAB BLACKS A FAKE QUEENSLAND CHAMPIONSHIP (G1) 2680M $250,660 No NR. RBD. Mobile  FIRST 4     Form Horse Trainer Other Eng. Driver   Class  Hcp   1 15813 ELENIARK  Grant Dixon   Mark Purdon   NR108 B1  FR1   2 1s72r OUR UNCLE SAM  Chris Frisby   Anthony Frisby   NR100 B3  FR2   3 11200 CASH N FLOW NZ  Craig Cross   Luke McCarthy   NR120 B1  FR3   4 09703 WATCH PULP FICTION NZ  Chantal Turpin   Pete McMullen   NR93 B1  FR4   5 32119 HOLY CAMP CLIVE (Em 1)  Chris Frisby   Dean Cernovskis   NR98 B3  FR-   6 61338 ROCK WITH SAM  Jack Butler   Brendan Barnes   NR100 B2  FR5   7 32271 OHOKA PUNTER NZ  Grant Dixon   Paul Diebert   NR120 B1  FR6    ------------------------------ Second Row ------------------------------  8 04554 NORTHVIEW HUSTLER NZ  Alistair Barnes   Hayden Barnes   NR108 B2  SR1   9 26167 LETSPENDANITETOGETHA NZ  Blake Fitzpatrick   Blake Fitzpatrick   NR105 B2  SR2   10 77940 ALLELUIA NZ  Grant Dixon   Adam Sanderson   NR97 B1  SR3   11 11112 COLT THIRTY ONE  Grant Dixon   Grant Dixon   NR120 B1  SR4   12 125s1 TIGER TARA NZ  Kevin Pizzuto   Todd McCarthy   NR120 B1  SR5   13 24226 ALTA ORLANDO NZ  Craig Cross   Luke McCarthy   NR98 B4  SR6

A PERFECT barrier draw should see buzz Kiwi pacer Self Assured maintain his unbeaten status and win his first Group 1 race at Albion Park on Saturday night. Fresh from a breathtaking last-stride win over Lochinvar Art in last week’s Group 3 South-East Derby, Self Assured has drawn much better against the largely the same rivals in Saturday night’s $100,000 Group 1 Queensland Derby. Self Assured has gate four with Mark Purdon returning to drive, while major rivals Lochinvar Art (six) and superstar filly Our Princess Tiffany (10) drawn much worse. Only stablemate Jesse Duke, who Luke McCarthy will drive, drew better in gate two. It looks certain Self Assured will push forward and find the front, in contrast to having to sit parked and win last week. The Aussie TAB opened him $1.40 and punters have already stepped-in and he’s now $1.35. Jesse Duke is $5 second elect, while Our Princess Tiffany ($6.50) and Lochinvar Art ($9) are next. In the other feature, the $250,000 Group 1 Blacks A Fake, a back row draw to Inter Dominion winner Tiger Tara has breathed plenty of life into the race. Tiger Tara has gate 12 and already eased from $2.40 to $2.60. Our Uncle Sam, who ran second to Tiger Tara in that Inter Dominion final, has been crunched from $3.60 into $2.60 and could challenge for favouritism from gate two. The Chris and Anthony Frisby-trained pacer was poleaxed at the start of last week’s Group 1 Sunshine Sprint and basically took no part. Local hero Colt Thirty One also drew the back row (gate 11), but it could suit his preferred sit-and-swoop racing style. He’s a $4.60 shot. Last week’s upset Sunshine Sprint winner Ohoka Punter goes from the pole to outside front (gate seven) and is a $51 shot to complete the double.   Adam Hamilton

TORNADO Valley won’t defend his Inter Dominion crown in Auckland. It’s not because trainer Andy Gath doesn’t want to, it’s simply because the star trotter is such a notoriously awful traveller. “It’s a real issue for us,” Gath said. “We’ve had to cancel other travel plans with him before. It’s not just getting to Auckland, it’s the travel from wherever we stay to Alexandra Park on those busy Auckland road. He just wouldn’t cope at all.” Tornado Valley returns from a spell at Melton on Saturday night. Although he will be staying at home, Gath still has his sights set on an Auckland raid with his other top trotter McLovin. “He’s gone out for a break now so we can time him preparation around an NZ trip, starting with the Dominion during the Cup Carnival and then onto to Auckland if he’s racing as well as we expect,” Gath said. “I don’t think there’s too much between he an Tornado Valley, but McLovin is a good traveller so he’ll be our horse for NZ and Tornado can stay home. “McLovin has just kept getting better and better. I think if he had the run Tornado Valley did in that Inter Dominion final last year, I’d have expected him to win as well. “Tornado Valley would be the better of them in sprint races, but the longer the they go, the more it would suit McLovin. We really like him.” Tornado Valley sharpened up for his return with an all-the-way Melton trial win against the pacers on Monday night. “It was a good trial. He ran home in 27.9sec and hit the line strongly. He’s ready to go,” Gath said. Tornado Valley will need to be at his best from a wide draw (gate six) in a small but select Touch Merchant Trotters’ free-for-all (2240m) on Saturday night. His major rivals include: Big Jack Hammer (gate three), Save Our Pennys (four) and Kyvalley Blur (five). “He’s had a strong build-up and his work at home as been good. He seems to have come back well,” Gath said. “We timed his return with McLovin going out for a spell so they didn’t have to race each other. McLovin will be back in early October for a couple of runs here before he heads to NZ.”   Adam Hamilton

Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Stewards have issued a charge against licensed trainer Ellen Tormey under Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHRR) 190(1), which reads as follows: A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances It is alleged that the horse ‘Fremarksgonzo’ was presented to race at Mildura on 13 April 2019 by Ms Tormey, whilst not free of alkalinising agents, a prohibited substance when evidenced by a total carbon dioxide (TCO2) concentration in excess of 36 millimoles per litre in plasma. The charge against Ms Tormey will be heard by the HRV Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on a date to be fixed.   Harness Racing Victoria

Kilmore harness trainer Bill Milner took out the biggest race of his career when his four-year-old gelding Dellsun took out the Aldebaran Park Vicbred Super Series 4YO Silver Trot at Tabcorp Park in Melton on Friday, July 5. Mr Milner has been breeding and training horses for harness racing for 20 years while working as a farrier for Racing Victoria and the Kilmore Racing Club for 45 years. Mr Milner said the $25,000 race was the biggest win of his career but they nearly didn’t race. “I was talking to my mate five minutes before acceptance and he said I should go in it so I rang up and they let me in,” he said. “I thought he’d win because he went well the week before. Chris Alford drove him and he goes good for Chris. He normally goes forward on him but this time he took a sit and went back and flew down the outside and we won.” Mr Milner started out showing horses for top trainers like Frank Shinn, Kevin Murrary and Vin Knight. “I worked for Vinny Knight for 25 years shoeing his horses when he was the leading trainer in Australia. You learn a little bit from everyone and it helped me with my training,” Mr Milner said. Mr Milner is with his horses every step of the way, from the time they’re foaled and all through their racing career, training them at his property in the shadows of Kilmore racecourse with a 400m track around his house. “It makes it a bit more special because you’re beating people who have money and are paying big dollars for horses and these are all homebred horses,” Mr Milner said. “I’ve had my share of winners, I don’t win a lot of races but I’m just a country trainer. I don’t train for people, I tried that but it’s too hard. I just do it to give me something to do. It’s a good hobby.” Reprinted with permission of The North Central Review  

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Eight-time Western Australian premier trainer Ross Olivieri declares that stable newcomer The Dali Express has the ability to make a successful Gloucester Park debut by winning the $25,000 Garrards Horse And Hound BOTRA Cup on Friday night. “He does jump up in class, but I have set him for this race and I think he is a very good chance,” said Olivieri, whose only success in the BOTRA Cup was in March 1991 when Speedy Cheval, driven by Peter Schrader and starting off the 30m mark, defeated Terres Chips and My Current Account. The Dali Express, a New Zealand-bred five-year-old raced by the Merv Butterworth syndicate, had raced exclusively in mobiles at his 33 starts before arriving in WA. But Olivieri says that the black gelding is a natural standing-start pacer. “We qualified him in a Byford trial to contest standing-start races and then we gave him his first start for the stable in a 2631m stand at Pinjarra three Mondays ago when he started off 30m and won in good style, coming home in 27.7sec. and 28.2sec.,” Olivieri said. “He needed the run and is sure to have improved. This week, we’d like him to jump to the front from the No. 1 barrier. He’s the sort of horse who rolls along, which should make it a little more difficult for horses off handicaps.” Olivieri said it was time he ended a 28-year drought by winning the BOTRA Cup for the second time. “Speedy Cheval was a very good horse who won the 1991 Fremantle Cup and was successful in the final event at Richmond Raceway in April 1991.” The Dali Express will be driven by Chris Lewis, who has been successful in the BOTRA Cup four times, scoring with Village Kid (1985), Elteei (1986), Mach Ruler (2009) and Tartary Gladiator (2011). Lewis drove the Butterworth-owned and Olivieri-trained Motu Premier when the gelding started off 40m and was favourite at 2/1 in last year’s BOTRA Cup. Motu Premier finished strongly from eighth at the bell to finish third behind the 50m backmarker The Bucket List and Always Arjay. The Dali Express, by American stallion Dali, raced ten times in New Zealand for one win and one second placing before having 23 starts in South Australia for 11 wins, seven seconds, three thirds and two fourths. Most of The Dali Express’s rivals in this weeks Cup are experienced standing-start performers, including frontmarker Jus Livintghedream, a nine-year-old and veteran of 160 starts. He will be driven by Michael Grantham for his uncle, Blythewood trainer Michael Brennan. The Brennan-Grantham combination won last year’s BOTRA Cup when eight-year-old The Bucket List was tenth at the bell before storming home, five wide from the rear at the 400m to hit the front 110m from the post. Brennan also won the 2016 BOTRA Cup, with Gary Hall jun. making the most of the running with 5/1 chance Naughty Maravu, who beat Our Sky Major and Im Master Charlie (also trained by Brennan)  Shannon Suvaljko, who has been placed three times in the BOTRA Cup, is upbeat about the prospects of The Midas Touch, a smart five-year-old trained by Robert Flannery. The Midas Touch will be having his 62nd start in a race and his first in a stand. He qualified for a start in a stand with a brilliant performance in a Byford trial three Sundays ago when he revealed dazzling speed from barrier five off the front. “He was really quick out and we ran the first 400m in 27sec. before I eased him out of the trial,” Suvaljko said. “Before that, we jumped him out successfully in a stand on the track.” Then, two Sundays ago, The Midas Touch began speedily in a mobile trial at Byford, set the pace and won in impressive fashion. He resumed racing after a two-month absence at Gloucester Park last Saturday night when he started from the outside of the back line, raced three back on the pegs and finished a sound fifth behind Our Corelli. The Dali Express and The Midas Touch are sure to be fully tested by four-year-old Fizzing, the youngest runner in the race and the solitary backmarker off 30m. Fizzing, who finished third behind stablemates Ana Malak and Mighty Conqueror in the group 1 Gold Nugget last December, has been given a specialised program leading up to the BOTRA Cup. His past six starts have been in stands at Pinjarra and he has impressed greatly in recording four wins and two seconds off back marks. He gave a splendid performance on Monday this week when he started off 50m and was seventh at the bell before sprinting strongly with final quarters of 28.6sec. and 28.2sec. to beat Bettor Party by three lengths at a 1.57.4 rate over 2631m.   Ken Casellas
TRAINER Chris Frisby sick of chasing Tiger Tara with his stable star Our Uncle Sam. In four meetings, Our Uncle Sam is yet to beat Tiger Tara home, but everything favours Frisby’s pacer to turn the tables in Saturday night’s $250,000 Group 1 Blacks A Fake at Albion Park. “This is our chance the way the barriers have fallen and how well we’ve got ‘Sam’ going into the race,” Frisby said. “If we can find the lead, and I think there’s a great chance we can, we won’t be handing-up to Tiger if he comes attacking. We’ll make him do all the work.” Our Uncle Sam has run second to Tiger Tara at their past three meetings, including in the Inter Dominion final and Hunter Cup. “But the difference this time is Tiger is drawn the back row and we’ve drawn so well (gate two),” Frisby said. “I also really believe we’ve got ‘Sam’ as good as we can have him. “We were really confident heading into the Sunshine Sprint last week, but Alta Orlando wiped us out at the start and that was the end of that. “We were due for some luck and we’ve got it with the draws this week. And the 2680m suits him better than sprint racing as well.” Aussie TAB punters agree with Frisby’s confidence, having quickly backed Our Uncle Sam from $3.60 into $2.80 since Tuesday morning’s barrier draw. He could challenge for favouritism with Tiger Tara already easing from $2.40 to $2.60. Tiger Tara’s trainer Kevin Pizzuto remains confident despite the barrier draw blow. All of Tiger Tara’s three Group 1 Aussie wins have come from front row draws. “The draw makes it harder, but I’ve got the horse where I want him. That (Menangle) win the other night was easy and it topped him off nicely,” he said. “Everything tells me he’s at least as good, if not better, than last time in work.” Queensland’s pin-up horse Colt Thirty One is the other major player as a $4.80 shot from the back row (gate 11). He was beaten after burning to hold the front last week, but it again showed he’s at his most lethal coming from off the speed.   Adam Hamilton
SHE has only been driving in races for three weeks and young reinswoman Phoebe Betts secured her first winner at Bathurst on Wednesday night aboard pacer Sophie Brown. After settling her drive three back on the pegs, the 16-year-old was able to work her way into the clear rounding the home bend before running away to score victory of more than eight metres. Not only did Betts win her first race but also won bragging rights over older brother Jed (Betts) and father Graham (Betts) who also drove in the race. “It was such a good feeling winning my first race, especially at my home track and beating the boys made it even better,” Betts said. Betts has grown up surrounded by harness racing with her family being a big part of the industry for many years. Although in high school, Betts always has time for the horses having worked for Steve and Nathan Turnbull previously as well as working horses for her mother Monica (Betts) along with her mini trot involvement. And it is rare for Betts to miss a race meeting at Bathurst or surrounding tracks. “I’m still at school but the horses are my passion,” Betts said. “I’d love to keep driving some winners and aim to train my own team one day.” Highly regarded by many in Bathurst, Betts appears to be on her way to a successful career in the industry.   by AMY REES   HRNSW MEDIA CONTACT: AMANDA RANDO MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
The last leg of the Tasmanian Sires’ Stakes series was held in Hobart on Sunday with Blame It On Me and Colby Sanz winning their respective Group 2 finals. Former Railton girl Kristy Elson prepared her first Group 1 winner on Saturday night at Gloucester Park in Perth on Saturday night when Jaspervellabeach took out the Golden Slipper. This week harness racing heads to Hobart on Friday evening before the Launceston Pacing Club stages the BOTRA Claiming Novice Drivers series on Sunday night. The Stars Blame It On Me- capped off a big debut season when the Doug Nettlefold-trained pacer captured the Group 2 Tasracing Evicus Final in Hobart on Sunday. The daughter of Big Jim was three-wide for the final circuit and was well handled by driver Natalee Emery. Colby Sanz - provided trainer Kent Rattray, driver John Walters and owner-breeders Nathan and Sandra Bennett their second Sires’ Stakes victory for the season when the gelded son of Betterthancheddar led all the way to win the Group 2 Tasracing Dandy Patch Final. Ryley Major - once again proved too good for his rivals for the sixth time this season in the Tasmanian Veterinary Services Pace. Adrian Duggan - prepared seven-year-old gelding Witch Master to his first win of the season at his 22nd attempt on Sunday. The Cardmaster Hanover gelding was well driven by Ricky Duggan. Mark Yole - remains on top of the state drivers title after a driving double in Launceston on Friday. Yole didn’t attend the Hobart meeting on Sunday after the birth of his second child, Amelia Jade Yole. Multiple Winners Launceston  – Friday evening Ben Yole - training treble; Diamond Grace, Popnduke and Max Richter, Todd Rattray - driving double; Jigamaroo and Reign Of Pain. Hobart  – Sunday evening  Ben Yole - training double; Im Full Tilt and Fortino. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Launceston  – Friday evening Aitutaki 58.59s, Boss Major 58.68s, Vapar Glenn 58.79s, Animi Sub Ignis and Popnduke 58.97s. Hobart  – Sunday evening  Ryley Major 57.23s, All Style Sammy 58.05s, Inner Light 58.23s. Outside of race six; Vonns Angel 58.80s and Flashy Ruler 58.90s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Launceston  – Friday evening  Hits: Jaminas Joy $14 into $8.50, Max Richter $26 into $13 and Justtentrumps $2.50 into $2.25. Defied The Drift: Jigamaroo $6.50 out to $8.00 and Diamond Grace $7.50 out to $9.00. Missed: Princely Reign $41 into $26, Cardinal Art $31 into $19 and Karalta Kruise $6.50 into $4.60. Hobart  – Sunday evening  Hit: Colby Sanz $4.00 into $3.30. Defied The Drift: Witch Master $7.00 out to $7.50, Karpenkova Leis $3.70 out to $4.20, Im Full Tilt $9.00 out to $9.50 and Fortino $5.50 out to $8.50. Missed: Volkova Leis $6.00 into $5.50, Chasing Cheetahs $3.20 into $2.80, Jimi Sanz $18 into $11 and Lake Eyre $13 into $8.00. Trial File Hobart - Monday Evening Whos Watching Now, a half brother to Granny Smith winner Ideal Bliss, took out the opening trial in Hobart for two-year-olds. The Paul Hill-trained and driven pacer scored by three meters in the five-horse trial. There was no time recorded for the 1609-metre event. Enterprising Milly, also from the Paul Hill stable took out the second trial for horses rated 45-55 over 2090 metres. The daughter of Big Jim defeated Iden Duchess by two metres with Sacramento Sun a distant third in the field of six starters. The mile rate for 2090 metres was 2m 7.9s. Devonport - Monday Evening The Ben Yole-trained My Ultimate Fella recorded the quickest winning mile rate of 2m 3.3s. My Ultimate Fella, a gelded son of Changeover scored by three metres in the NR 65-86 trial over Courageous Leo with Lord Stark a further three metres away third. The opening trial of the night was over 1930 metres for horses with a National Rating of 39-50 which was won by Huiffier (2m 8.4s), while Bettabrown Tiger returned to the state after a New South Wales campaign with a win in an NR 52-61 trial in a mile rate of 2m 9.2s. Week Ahead Harness racing returns to Hobart on Friday evening for a seven-event program. The opening race on the card is the Rexel North Hobart pace for three-year-olds with a national rating of 30 to 54, where the Rohan Hillier-trained and driven Boss Major will line up as a short-price favourite after finishing second out his last two outings. Boss Major, a gelded son of top sire Art Major, was a good winner in Launceston three starts ago when breaking his maiden status, when sent out as the $2.30 favourite. Hillier will have a second row draw to overcome in the 1609-metre event which is scheduled to start at 16:48 The Hobart card will be televised on Sky Racing 2 you can also catch the action at Tasracing’s Live Stream. The action then heads up the Midlands Highway to Launceston on Sunday evening for an eight race card, featuring four heats of the BOTRA Claiming Novice Drivers Series. Races two, three, four and six make up the series. The first heat looks to be a battle of the girls with Hannah Van Dongen (Karpenkova Leis), Kimberley Grant (Bremusa) and Georgia Hayward (Popnduke) all getting the opportunity to drive last-start winners. A competitive two-year-old race for horses with a national rating of 30 - 49 rounds out the night's action where the Mark Jones-trained Kosimo will be looking to end his run of second placings, his most recent was behind Colby Sanz in the Dandy Patch Prelude. The Launceston card commences at 17:13 and will be shown on Sky Racing 1 and via Live Stream at tasracing.com.au At metropolitan venues interstate this weekend we see; Melton - Saturday night Race 5 Horse 10 War Dan - part-owned by Tasmanian interest, Race 10 Horse 6 No Apachemee - part-owned by Tasmanian interest. Menangle - Saturday night Race 3 Horse 4 Pachacuti - Tasmanian owned and bred, Race 6 (Group 3) Horse 8 Rykov Leis - Tasmanian owned and bred, Race 8 Horse 3 Im Jaks Teller - Tasmanian owned, Albion Park - Saturday night Race 4 Horse 8 Ideal Bliss - Tasmanian owned and bred.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing
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