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Tasmanian Harness Highlights

09:00 AM 12 Oct 2018 NZDT
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The Trotters will again rewrite the history books in Hobart on Friday night when the Tasmanian Pacing Club stage the first ever Mobile Start trotting race in the state.

It will be the sixth race on the Hobart card which will see a field of six horses face the starter.

The meeting in Hobart on Friday is the first of two Tasmanian Harness Racing fixtures with the Devonport Harness Racing Club staging a competitive eight-race card on Sunday evening.

Saturday night is also another big night on the Tasmanian Harness Racing scene when the award winners from the 2017-2018 season will be crowned at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Launceston.


The Stars

Bianca Heenan and Taylor Ford – teamed up for a long-priced double on Friday night in Hobart with Jacks Command and Bounty Eyre.

Ben and Mark Yole – also teamed up for a training and driving double with Iam Aw Sam causing an upset win before the team come up with three-year-old filly Mornings who remains unbeaten since joining Ben’s stable.

Couta Rocks – seven-year-old Art Major gelding bounced back into the winner’s circle with an easy 22.8-metre victory. It was the injury plagued pacers first win since December 2016.

Laredo Torpedo and Ten Cassies – both horses continued their recent good form of late and were back in the winner’s circle on Friday night.


Multiple Winners

Hobart Friday

Ben Yole – training double; Iam Aw Sam and Mornings,

Bianca Heenan – training double; Jacks Command and Bounty Eyre,

Mark Yole – driving double; Iam Aw Sam and Mornings,

Ricky Duggan – driving double; To The Rescue and Laredo Torpedo,

Taylor Ford – Jacks Command and Bounty Eyre.


Calculated Sectional Standouts

Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action.

Hobart - Friday

Full Speed Ahead 57.66, The Aussie 57.69, Rocknrollhighlight 57.71, Jaccka Len 57.90 and Jacks Command 57.98.

You can view sectionals from every runner from the meeting and more Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here.


Tasracing Official Price

Hobart - Friday

Hit's: To The Rescue $6.00 into $4.00, Laredo Torpedo $2.20 into $1.70 and Couta Rocks $4.00 into $3.80.

Defied The Drift: Ten Caisses $2.50 into $2.20, Jacks Command $21 out to $41 and Bounty Eyre $17 out to $21.

Missed: Ready To Fire (2nd) $14 into $8.00, Albayzin (2nd) $2.80 into $2.50 and Major Callum (2nd) $21 into $15.


Trial File

Carrick Park on Monday evening.

Five trials were staged at Carrick Park on Monday evening, with the Carrick Park Pacing Club reverting back to Monday night trials during the daylight savings period.

The quickest time of the trial session was recorded by Timely Sovereign in Trial 4. The Kent Rattray trained gelding worked to the lead in the first 400-metres of the trial and was able to dictate the tempo of the trial. Driven by Hannah Van Dongen, Timely Sovereign was able to pull away over the concluding stages to win the trial by 10-meters over Vinnie Torretto, with Western Karamea six-meters away third. The mile rate for the 2150-metre trial was 2:03.4 and was just the quickest trial of the night.

The remaining trials were won by; Miss Atomic Betty (2:.9), Invest (2:08.8), Keep Playing (2:03.8) and Statement Please (2:10.2)


Week Ahead

We are back to two meetings on the one weekend for the first time this season and the team at Ubet have come to the party with a $5,893 Quinella Jackpot on the opening race in Hobart on Friday night.

The Deborah Williams trained Our Percius gets into the race well with the concession claim for driver Conor Crook, who guided the horse to a brilliant win in Launceston two starts back. The Live Or Die gelding followed that performance with a third placing behind To The Rescue in Hobart on October 5 when only defeated a half neck after starting from the second row over the 1609-metre trip.

Ubet also have a $1,000 Quaddie Jackpot on the Hobart card with the first leg kicking off with Race Two which is set down to start at 17:59.

Sunday Night racing returns to Devonport for an eight-race card.

The opening race, that gets underway at 18:07, looks to be a good battle between three north-west trained pacers.

Recent Carrick Park trial winner, Keep Playing has drawn in barrier two for driver Gareth Rattray. The Shadow Play gelding has drawn nicely in barrier two and ended last preparation in good form with one win and three second placings in his last four starts.

He faces strong opposition including the Paul Ashwood trained duo Miracle Marcus and Krafty Boy.

Miracle Marcus hasn’t been seen since winning in Hobart on July 27 which was his third start back since rejoining the Paul Ashwood stable after an interstate campaign while Krafty Boy is also first up from a spell and hasn’t been seen since finishing third to Island Bliss in a 1680-metre standing start race in Launceston in mid-June.

Both Tasmanian harness race meetings will be telecast on Tasracing TV at With the meeting in Hobart to be shown on Sky Racing 2 with Devonport card to be televised on Sky Racing 1.

Interstate this week at Metropolitan venues across Australia we see;

Melton – Saturday night

Race 1 - Horse 11 Star Chamber,

Race 5 – Horse 1 Resurgent Spirit.

Menangle – Saturday night

Race 3 - Horse 2 Rykov Leis and Horse 10 Pachacuti.

Don't forget you can get all the form for this week's meetings on Tasracing's new form service, FORMPLUS, by clicking on the form guide tab on

Duncan Dornauf

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