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Tasmanian Harness Highlights

12:52 PM 25 Jul 2019 NZST
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There were plenty of highlights across the state last weekend which featured the BOTRA Claiming Novice Drivers series in Launceston on Sunday night.

The Tasmanian Trotting Club also staged a competitive card on Friday where there were a number of highlights.

We only have one meeting in the state this weekend in Hobart, with a nine-race card that features the clash of Harjeet and Ryley Major in the Tasmanian Veterinary Services Free For All.

The Stars

Matthew Cooper - continued his terrific season in the sulky in Launceston on Sunday night when he claimed the BOTRA Claiming Novice Drivers series. A win on Fortino and two third placings in the four-race series was enough for Cooper to win the series by two points. Cooper’s big weekend in the sulky commenced in Hobart on Friday night when Call Her Julie returned to the winner's list, the mare is also trained by Cooper.

Im Compliant -returned to the winner's list for the third time this season when he scored in the Sandra Bennett - Sunny Sanz Discretionary on Sunday. The gelded son of Live Or Die led all the way to win the 2698-meter event and was able to hold off a late charge by the race favourite Inner Light.

Charlie Castles - partnered the Kate MacLeod trained Jacks Command to win the final heat of the BOTRA Claiming Novice Drivers series. It was a well-judged drive in front by Castles on the gelded son of Royal Mattjesty. It was the first win for Jacks Command since November 2018.

Ben Woodsford - the New Zealand born reinsman recorded his first Tasmanian win in Hobart on Friday night when he scored on Animi Sub Ignis. Woodsford had driven winners in New South Wales and Queensland before taking up a job opportunity with trainer Gavin Kelly.

Bradley Walters - prepared a long shot double in Hobart on Friday with Animi Sub Ignis winning at odds of $21 and Mavis Merle who also started at $21.

Multiple Winners

Hobart  – Friday evening

Gareth Rattray - driving double; Chasing Cheetahs and Tisu Spirit,

Bradley Walters - training double; Animi Sub Ignis and Mavis Merle.

Launceston  – Sunday evening 

Ben Yole - training treble; Quick Changeover, Fortino and Machitelli.

Rohan Hillier - driving double; Im Compliant and Artyboy Glenwood.

Calculated Sectional Standouts

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

Hobart  – Friday evening

Popnduke 57.82s, Boss Major 57.98s, Paint The Wind 58.10s, Caciocavallo 58.17s and I Am Camelot 58.24s.

Launceston  – Sunday evening 

Our Quinn 58.40s, Tiwanaku 58.42s, Monarkmac 58.45s, Blacklist 58.56s and Flashy Ruler 58.62s.

View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here.

Tasracing Official Price

Hobart  – Friday evening 

Hits: Boss Major $2.00 into $1.80, Call Her Julie $2.60 into $2.30, Mavis Merle $26 into $21 and Tisu Spirit $1.80 into $1.70.

Defied The Drift: Popnduke $4.20 out to $4.40.

Missed: Gaggle Coordinator $12 into $9.00, Roosevelt $4.00 into $3.50 and Somedan $26 into $12

Launceston  – Sunday evening 

Hits: Fortino $3.20 into $2.20 and Machitelli $2.25 into $1.90,

Defied The Drift: Quick Changeover $5.50 out to $7.50,Karpenkova Leis $3.20 out to $4.60, Rowley $9.00 out to $13 and Artyboy Glenwood $4.00 out to $6.50.

Missed: Punchinello $17 into $10, Gaggle Coordinator $21 into $17, Altana Blue $51 into $26, Somedan $31 into $17, Gems $12 into $9.00, Princely Reign $17 into $8.50,

Trial File

Carrick Park - Saturday morning

It was the Kent Rattray show on Saturday morning when the Lietinna based trainer prepared all three winners.

His first winner was Ideal Karalta in a national rating 50 to 115 trial over 2150 meters. Driver John Walters worked forward on the gelded son of American Ideal and he proved too good for Destreos, who finished 20 meters away in second position with Thirlstane Queen a further 15 meters away third. The mile rate was the quickest of the morning of 2m 3.9s.

The other two winners from the Rattray stable were Ark Fury in a mile rate of 2m 8.2s and It Is A Glacier who recorded a winning mile rate of 2m 8.4s.

Week Ahead

As mentioned earlier the clash of Harjeet and Ryley Major headline the nine-event card in Hobart on Sunday night.

The two open class pacers have drawn wide on the track in the Tasmanian Veterinary Services Free For All which will be run over the 1609 meter trip.

Harjeet is first-up since finishing 10th in the Easter Cup on 20 April and hasn’t been seen in public since that effort. Harjeet’s best winning mile rate is 1m 55.5s which he recorded when winning the Toreace Flying Mile on 13 January.

Ryley Major goes into the race-winning three of his past four starts, the most recent start was a 2.5-metre victory in Hobart on 14 July. His win in Hobart three starts ago was over the mile trip in a time of 1m 54.5s which equalled the state record.

The Tasmanian Veterinary Services Free For All is race six on the card and is scheduled to start at 20:12 with the first race set to start at 17:27.

All races will be televised on Sky Racing 1 and TasracingTV’s Live Stream.

Interstate this week at metropolitan venues some of our Tasmanian representatives include;

Melton - Saturday night

Race 8 Horse 3 - Manganello - Tasbred.

Menangle - Saturday night

Race 2 Horse 7 - Im Jaks Teller - Tasmanian owned.

Race 4 Horse 8 - Scooterwillrev - Tasmanian owned.


Duncan Dornauf

for Tasracing

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