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Brady Woods, fresh from success in the 6ty° Youngbloods Challenge, is attempting to become the first driver to capture the Youngbloods and Claiming Novice Drivers Title in the one season. Brady also has the added pressure of being the defending champion of the BOTRA Claiming Novice Drivers’ title and if successful be the first driver to go back-to-back in the Series, first staged in 2012. Brady led this year’s Youngblood Series going into the final night of Heats and his decision to return home from his Australian Kelpie Muster holiday in Victoria paid dividends, clinching the title in a nail-biting finish that went right down to the wire. The BOTRA Claiming Novice Drivers Series commences with two Heats in Devonport tonight, moves to Hobart on Sunday and concludes in Launceston next Friday night. BOTRA President Barrie Rattray is delighted to be supporting the Series again this year. “A key focus of BOTRA is to welcome and encourage the development of new participants in the industry, breeders, owners, trainers and of course drivers and find ways to support them,” said Barrie. “The Claiming Novice Drivers Series is a perfect example of how we can do this and we appreciate the owners and trainers nominating their horses to enable the drivers to gain further experience, we’ve had some close finishes since the Series commenced in 2012 including a couple of dual winners so we are looking forward to another competitive Series starting tonight.” The equal winner of the 2014 Series Samantha Freeman has a great opportunity to draw first blood, steering the favourite Flying Wingard in Heat one. The Badlands Hanover-Truffieres four-year-old is now in the care of John Castles and is ideally drawn in two for tonight’s assignment of adding to its two career victories. Brady Woods should also be hard to hold out with Jasmina’s Joy, the four-year-old mare was held up at a vital stage in the home stretch in Launceston last week behind Ready To Fire and should have finished closer. Samantha Gangell, currently equal third on the Leading Female Drivers Premiership for the season, will partner Shadow Control from the pole position and on the strength of its last start fourth to Pushkin on Sunday night is a leading contender for maximum points. Samantha has the luxury of following up with last start winner El Jays Monet in Heat two. The Ken Rattray prepared Major In Art-El Jays Belle gelding scored impressively by 7.2 metres in Launceston on Sunday night and has come up with gate five on the front line. Allister Woods will drive the popular pick Ima Ginger Rogers from the pole, the Steven Davis-trained mare has been placed at her last two outings and is primed for a forward showing on her home track. Tonight’s compact six-event Devonport Harness Racing Club card commences at 17.00 and may be viewed via the live stream service at Shane Yates

Brady Woods decision to interrupt his Australian Kelpie Muster holiday in Victoria paid dividends when he sealed the 6ty° Youngbloods Challenge in Launceston on Sunday night. Brady led the six-heat Series by eight points over Samantha Gangell going into the final night of heats but it didn’t take long for the Series to take a major twist. Samantha Gangell stormed into contention lifting outsider Streetside Classic into second place behind the Shelley Barnes-trained Lead Singer, driven by Wade Rattray in Heat five to close the gap in the Series to just a solitary point as Brady laboured into sixth place on Keep Playing. With the pressure well and truly on the two combatants lined up aboard two of the top fancies, Usain Jolt (Brady) and Zhukov Leis (Samantha) in heat six. Hannah Van dongen, went into the final Heat with a sneaky chance of pulling off the Youngbloods Title and duly fired the Christian Salter-trained pacer Metro Star to the lead. Brady settled Usain Jolt back third last with his main danger Samantha behind him at the tail with Zhukov Leis, the Series leader made his move on the $2.20 favourite in the run to the bell and was up chasing the leader at the 800-metre pole, Gangell surged Zhukov Leis forward but it was painfully obvious turning into the back straight she faced a forlorn task of outpointing Woods in the final lap. Metro Star always looked to have enough up its sleeve in the run to the post to hold Usain Jolt with Zhukov Leis left lamenting back in fifth place. Hannah’s win not only lifted her into third place in the final standing’s of the Youngbloods Challenge but also catapulted the youngster to the top of the Leading Female Drivers Premiership with nine wins for the season. 6ty° Youngbloods Challenge Final points: 58 pts – Brady Woods 51 pts – Samantha Gangell 48 pts – Hannah Van dongen “I’m rapt to have won the Youngbloods Challenge, even though I had planned my trip to the Muster a long time ago I would never pass up the opportunity to win such a prestigious Series as the Youngbloods, I’ve had a few cracks at it and this was my last chance so I’m very happy to finally get the job done,” said Brady. “It’s a great Series and gives all up and coming drivers the opportunity to experience the pressure of a Series, a big thanks must go to all the trainers who support the Challenge every year and 6ty° for their sponsorship every year.” Shane Yates

Brady Woods flies back into Tasmania this morning in a bid to clinch the 6ty° Youngbloods Challenge tonight in Launceston. Woods currently sits comfortably atop the Youngbloods Leaderboard eight points clear of Samantha Gangell and 11 in front of Hannah Van dongen. “I’ve been at the Australian Kelpie Muster here in Casterton in Victoria since Thursday, so I’m catching a flight early Sunday morning and coming back Monday morning to grab the ute, it’s a holiday I’ve had planned for a long time so I didn’t want to miss it but as it’s turned out I couldn’t miss the chance of winning the Youngbloods either, that’s an opportunity I might never have again,” acknowledged Brady. Woods stormed to the lead in the prestigious Tasmanian Junior Drivers Challenge after steering the Tony Peterson-trained Usain Jolt to victory in Heat four on Sunday night in Hobart. “It was great to be able to win for Tony as he used to drive horses for my grandfather back in the day so helping to get Usain Jolt over the line was like my way of paying him back for all his great drives for our family and I hope to do it again for him tonight,” said Brady. As fate would have it Brady has drawn to partner Usain Jolt in the Final Heat of the Youngbloods Challenge Heat 6 and just as in Heat 4 the four-year-old will start from inside the second row. “We come out behind No Apachemee which is one of the top fancies in the race so we are likely to have a few options open to us, Usain Jolt is the class runner of the field and finished off really strongly when I let him go on the home corner in Hobart so I’m looking forward to his effort tonight,” said Brady enthusiastically. “I also have a good drive in Heat 5 with the John Castles runner Keep Playing drawing the pole, there are couple of smart ones in it like Streitkid who has the speed to cross and Semowillrev, but my bloke is very consistent and he will give a great sight I’m sure.” 6ty° Youngbloods Challenge Points Table after Heat 4: 41 pts – Brady Woods 33 pts – Samantha Gangell 30 pts – Hannah Van dongen 29 pts – Braden Howlett 28 pts – Dylan Ford 25 pts Taylor Ford 24 pts – Charlie Castles 23 pts – Germain Boisrame 20 pts – Samantha Freeman  7 pts – Wade Rattray 5 pts – Matthew Howlett Tonight’s seven-event meeting featuring the final round of Heats in the 6ty° Youngbloods Challenge commences17.18 and can be viewed via the live stream service at   Shane Yates

Brady Woods has established a substantial lead in the 6ty° Youngbloods Challenge after Sunday night’s second round of heats in Hobart. The Fingal reinsman went into the meeting sitting in second place on the points table, four points behind first-round leader Braden Howlett. After finishing seventh with Sheastandout in Heat three, Woods snapped up the maximum points on offer (16 pts) guiding four-year-old gelding Usain Jolt to victory in Heat four. The Tony Peterson-trained Village Jolt-Dressed In Black gelding broke a frustrating run of six seconds from nine starts this season, much to the delight of punters who stuck-fast with the classy pacer sending it out the $2.40 favourite. “It was great to see Usain Jolt back in the winner’s list, it’s been a tough season for him, he’s loomed up a number of times to win but just hasn’t put them away like he did in his two and three-year-old seasons but he hit the line well on Sunday night” said Tony. “I think he had lost his way a little as the season has gone on but we have just persevered with him after all his overall record is great, he’s won eight races and finished second 10 times including a couple chasing Harjeet so you have to be happy with that in this game.” Tony is not only recognised as one of the state’s leading trainers but acknowledged as a former champion reinsman so his thoughts on the driving effort of Brady Woods carries enormous weight. “Brady drove Usain Jolt a treat, he positioned him well in the run on the back of Zhukov Leis, which we discussed looked the main danger, he bided his time to perfection and let the big fella loose and he ran them down in the straight,” said the delighted trainer. “I’ve been watching Brady drive now for the last 12 months and I like what I see, he drives well and makes sound decisions and handles and presents himself well, on and off the track, if he continues down the same path he will have a good future in the industry,” said Tony. “Unfortunately Brady is caught in a tricky spot as he had organised to be away on a holiday this week and if he can’t make changes to those arrangements he won’t be available to drive in Launceston on Sunday night in the last round of heats which would be a real shame considering he is currently leading the challenge.” Youngbloods Points Table Heats 3 & 4 41 pts – Brady Woods 33 pts – Samantha Gangell 30 pts – Hannah Van dongen 29 pts – Braden Howlett 28 pts – Dylan Ford 25 pts Taylor Ford 24 pts – Charlie Castles 23 pts – Germain Boisrame 20 pts – Samantha Freeman  7 pts – Wade Rattray 5 pts – Matthew Howlett   Shane Yates

Brady Woods emerged as the winner of the BOTRA Claiming Novice Drivers Series when he partnered his charges to fourth place in the final two heats of the six-race harness racing series in Launceston on Sunday night. Woods entered the final round of heats on 45 points and leading by one from Taylor Ford but after she finished third in the fifth heat she held a one-point advantage going into the final heat in which she was aboard the favourite Diddley Bow. But Diddley Bow made a mistake early in the race and couldn't recover to finish well back while Woods guided rank outsider last Guy Standing ($101) but he managed to snag fourth place and earn enough points to be declared the winner. The 21-year-old from the Fingal Valley in central Tasmania, who drove two winners from the first four heats, was thrilled with the result and said harness racing was an integral part of his life. His father Scott Woods and the young driver's grandfather Robert Woods are both quality horsemen who have been his guiding lights so it was a natural progression for Brady to follow in their footsteps. Ford also drove two winners from the first four heats of which two each were held at Devonport and Hobart. Talented teenage driver Jack Laugher won the final two heats as a result of top drives aboard Karalta Kruise for Kent Rattray and the Todd Rattray-trained God Sake. Laugher finished third behind Woods and Ford. Peter Staples

TALENTED young harness racing drivers Alex Ashwood and Dylan Ford produced only the second tie in the 28-year history of the Bullock Consulting Youngbloods Challenge series at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday night. The only other tie was shared by Tammy Mollross and Tamra Fawdry in 1998. It was a thrilling finish to the series with Ashwood holding a six-point lead going into the final heat. Ford partnered Livia Degerolstein into second place in the last heat to earn enough points to draw level with Ashwood who guided Elsudoku into fifth place. Ashwood is now domiciled in Victoria where he has driven 19 winners this season and is earning a reputation as one of the most promising young reinsmen in that state. Ford has gone from strength to strength since he acquired his driver's licence talking out the novice driver's premiership in Tasmania last season. He is on his way to achieving that feat again with 28 winners so far this season that also places him sixth on the overall drivers' premiership table. Ford also has just returned from NSW where he finished second in the 2014 Australasian Young Drivers' Series held in conjunction with the Inter Dominion. Justin Howlett ended the series by winning the final heat aboard Chopstix Boris for Beaconsfield trainer Rohan Hillier. Final points tally for the 2014 Youngbloods Challenge series: 46 - Dylan Ford, Alex Ashwood. 41 - Matthew Howlett. 39 - Duncan Dornauf. 35 - Nichols Brockman. 34 - Justin Howlett. 33 - Lyarna Graham. 32 - Samantha Freeman. 27 - Braden Howlett, Brady Woods. By Peter Staples

THE popular Bullock Consulting Tasmanian Youngbloods Challenge continues at Devonport tonight with the second round of heats of the six-race series to be staged on the seven-race card. Dylan Ford and Duncan Dornauf share the lead on 23 points going into the third and fourth heats tonight and Ford could hand rival driver Nichols Brockman a winner as Ford trains Cooked Books that has drawn gate three in the first of tonight's two heats while Ford will drive outsider Inner City for Northdown trainer Geoff Smith. There is not a lot of solid form around the eight runners but Cooked Books was an improved second at his most recent outing and would be hard to beat of Brockman can urge him to find the front. The second heat also comprises eight starters and it would be an ironic result of Dornauf can win on the Dylan Ford-trained Stareeshar that has drawn gate four on the front line. But the favourite should be the Scott Woods-trained Jane Grant (barrier three) that has won its past two and will be driven by Victorian-based Tasmanian reinsman Alex Ashwood. The Youngbloods Challenge series is open to all Tasmanian drivers who are aged under 23 years at the start of the 2013-14 season. Tasracing has selected 10 drivers to contest the series, Alex Ashwood, Nicholas Brockman, Duncan Dornauf, Dylan Ford, Samantha Freeman, Lyarna Graham, Braden Howlett, Justin Howlett, Matthew Howlett and Brady Woods with Taylor Ford the emergency. In races where there are less than 10 starters those drivers whop do not gain a drive will be awarded six points in accordance with the rules of the series. The final two heats will be run in Launceston on Sunday night. By Peter Staples

Duncan Dornauf and Dylan Ford share the lead after the first two rounds of the Tasmanian Youngbloods Challenge that began at the Tasmanian Pacing Club meeting at Tattersall's Park in Hobart on Sunday night. The Youngbloods series is for drivers under the age of 23 at the start of the 2013-14 racing season and it has been sponsored by Bullock Consulting for the past 14 years. Dornauf won the opening heat aboard long odds-on favourite Ramplestiltskin for Beauty Point trainer Rohan Hillier with the remaining heat taken out by Ford aboard Ektoras for the Barrie Rattray stable. They both finished fourth in their other heats. Dornauf sent Ramplestiltskin straight to the lead in the opening heat and ensured a solid tempo. The daring tactics paid off with the gelding holding on to score by a narrow margin from I Am Mister Red (Alex Ashwood) with The Matthew Howlett-driver Elsudoku over six metres away third but well in advance of Ford's charge Karoola Town. But Ford made the most of partnering the odds-on favourite in the remaining heat that had only six starters. Ektoras worked hard early from his wide front row draw but eventually found the lead and from there on the end result was never in doubt. Ektoras scored by almost two metres from Helen Wheels (Nicholas Brockman) with Samantha Freeman's charge Cardinal Art only a metre astern. In the case of a race having less than 10 starters in a heat, the drivers who miss a drive will be awarded six points which is in accordance with the rules of the series. The winner is will be determined on a points-score basis with 16 points awarded for first, 12 for second, nine for third, seven for fourth and then a reduction of one point for each subsequent placegetter down to one point for tenth. The Youngbloods series comprises six heats with the next round of heats to be run at Devonport tonight (Monday) and the final two heats will be run in Launceston next Sunday night. Points tally after two heats: 23 - Duncan Dornauf and Dylan Ford. 18 - Alex Ashwood. 16 - Nicholas Brockman. 15 - Matthew Howlett and Samantha Freeman. 10 - Justin Howlett. 9 - Lyarna Graham. 8 - Braden Howlett. 7 - Brady Woods. By Peter Staples

Tenager Matthew Howlett became the youngest novice driver to win a Bullock Consulting Youngbloods Challenge when he partnered the aptly named Deliverthegoods to victory in the final heat of the popular harness racing series at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston last night.

THE depth of young talent in Tasmania's harness racing driving ranks was further evidenced at the Carrick meeting last Friday.

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