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Leading trainer Ben Yole rewrote the record books when he broke the record for the most number of wins in a season by a Tasmanian trainer in Launceston on Friday evening. That wasn’t the only record broken last weekend with the age record for three-year-old’s in Hobart on Sunday was also rewritten. This week the $12,000 Golden Mile in Launceston is the feature race of the weekend and is a part of an 8-race card on Sunday at the TAB Racing Centre Mowbray in Launceston, while the Tasmanian Trotting Club will stage a 6-race program on Friday evening. The Stars Ben Yole – the state’s leading trainer prepared seven winners last week to take his season total to 128 wins and 281 placings from a staggering 1857 starters. Yole has prepared 124 winners the past two seasons which has been the most number of wins by a trainer in the state until he smashed that record with three and half months remaining for the current season in Launceston on Friday night with Jeans Mattjesty being the successful horse to rewrite the record books. Spoilt Sport - it’s hard to believe this filly hadn’t won a race this season from her four starts prior to her win in Hobart on Sunday. But she was able to race up to her brilliant form that she had shown prior when she was a runaway winner on Sunday by 16.8 metres, Spoilt Sport recorded a time of 1m 56.6s for the 1609-metre journey which broke the previous age record in Hobart for that distance which was held by Scooterwillrev when he won at the venue on August 6, 2017. The Rodney Ashwood-trained filly is the $2.90 second favourite for next month's Group 2 Bandbox Stakes in Launceston. Redason - another runner from the in-form Rodney Ashwood stable who continued his good record this season when he made it back-to-back wins in Hobart. The gelded son of Majestic Son has won four of his 12 starts this season with a further seven placings to his credit. I Wanna Rock - continues to re-pay his trainer, driver, owner and breeder Sam Rawnsley for his perseverance with the injury-plagued six-year-old gelding who won his fifth race on Sunday at only his eighth race start. Izaha – remains on track for the Group 2 Raider Stakes in Devonport in mid-June when he recorded his fifth win of the season in the Pace Financial Services Discretionary Handicap on Sunday night. Multiple Winners Launceston – Friday evening  Ben Yole - training quartet; Mister Resister, Our Quinn, Perfect Mach and Jeans Mattjesty. Rohan Hillier - driving double; Boss Major and Perfect Mach. Troy McDonald - Our Quinn and Jeans Mattjesty Hobart – Sunday evening Ben Yole - training treble; Artiflash, Im Full Tilt and Monarkmac. Rodney Ashwood - training double; Spoilt Sport and Redason. Gareth Rattray - driving double; Redason and Resurgent Storm. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Launceston – Friday evening Remember Joe 56.47s, Im Barney Rubble 56.60 and Jeans Mattjesty 56.63s. Outside of race eight; Perfect Mach 57.03s and Poker Storm 57.18s. Hobart – Sunday evening  Izaha 57.16s, Drifting Away 57.53s, Give Me The Night 57.57s, Touchwood Levista 57.63s and Spoilt Sport 57.70s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Launceston – Friday evening Hits: Perfect Mach $17 into $10, Our Quinn $8.50 into $6.00 and Boss Major $2.90 into $2.50. Defied The Drift: Jeans Mattjesty $4.00 out to $5.50, Drillittobits $4.40 out to $5.00 and Mister Resister $6.50 out to $7.00. Missed: Monarkmac $10 into $5.00, Lutetia Midfrew $12 into $8.50, Hez The One $6.50 into $3.40 and Spot Eight $3.40 into $2.80. Hobart – Sunday evening Hits: Spoilt Sport $3.30 into $2.90, Izaha $1.90 into $1.50 and I Wanna Rock $2.30 into $2.00. Defied The Drift: Monarkmac $41 out to $51, Im Full Tilt $21 out to $31 and Artiflash $7.50 out to $10. Missed: Our Quinn $31 into $16, Jeans Mattjesty $31 into $16, Tiwanaku $26 into $19 and Pockets Of Courage $15 into $9.50. Trial File Devonport - Monday evening  Three trials were held on a rain-affected track on Monday evening. The quickest winning mile rate of 2m 5.0s was recorded by unraced three-year-old Muchison in a 3C0 and better trial. The John Castles-trained pacer scored by a half metre with his nephew Charlie taking the reins on the three-year-old gelding who is by Blissfull Hall and is out of the Thorate mare Gypsy Byrd. Recording a time of 2m 26.9s for the 1930-metre trip, Muchison defeated open class pacer Exciteusinthecity and trotter Ten Caisses. Remaining trials were won by Goggo Gee Gee (2m 10.2s) and Pushkin (2m 14.9s) Week Ahead The state’s junior driver ranks have been bolstered with two concession drivers to call Tasmania home. Victorian reinswoman Olivia Weidenbach has been a regular fly-in driver in recent weeks and has now relocated to the state to take up a position with the Ben Yole stable, while Ben Woodsford will arrive in the state today (Thursday). Woodsford has been doing his recent driving in Queensland and has won 34 races, including two metropolitan wins from 139 drives since his first race drive in May 2016. The Queenslander has taken up a position with trainer Gavin Kelly who is currently expanding his team after gaining on track stables at the Brighton Training Centre. Both drivers will have their talents on show at the 6-race card in Hobart on Friday night that kicks off at 16:56. In Launceston on Sunday evening talented six-year-old Ryley Major will be looking to make it a double in the Launceston Pacing Club’s two premier sprint races. The Rohan Hillier-trained and driven pacer won the Launceston Mile four starts ago where he showed brilliant gate speed to lead from barrier seven and recorded a mile rate of 1m 56.7s for the 1680-metre journey on a rain-effected track. The other premier sprint race in Launceston is this Sunday’s $12,000 Bevan Lee’s Butchery Golden Mile. The gelded son of Art Major has a best winning mile rate of 1m 54.6s which he recorded at Melton five starts ago, and he bounced back into the winner's circle in the Degree C Quality last start which is the premier sprint race at the Devonport Showgrounds. He looks extremely well placed on Sunday night to record his fifth win of the season. The last horse to win the Launceston Mile - Golden Mile double was Greysteel in 2013, this year’s Golden Mile is race six on the card and is set down for 19:39 with the opening race scheduled to start at 17:04. Interstate this weekend we see; Menangle - Saturday night Race 7 Horse 7 Rykov Leis - Tasbred and owned. Melton - Saturday night Race 2 Horse 9 No Apachemee - Tasmanian owned, Race 3 Horse 9 War Dan Delight - part-owned by Tasmanian interest and Race 5 Horse 11 Isaac - Tasmanian owned.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Easter Cup heat night once again had plenty of action on and off the track in Launceston on Friday. A power issue off track caused a lengthy delay with credit to the Office of Racing Integrity stewards and participants for ensuring the meeting was able to proceed after a 90-minute delay. On the track, it was a great night of racing with Gavin Lang dominating the night in the sulky with a treble, including a heat of the Easter Cup with Franco Tristan. The other heat of the cup was won by Illegal Immigrant who came home well to win courtesy of a well-timed drive by Troy Hillier. Ben Yole extended his lead on the state’s trainers’ premierships with a treble in Devonport on Sunday. This week we see the first ever harness race meeting in Australia on Good Friday when the Tasmanian Trotting Club plays host to the tier two meeting of the week before the Launceston Pacing Club conduct their premier night of racing on Saturday, featuring the Group 2 Dakin Refrigeration Easter Cup. The Stars Gavin Lang - produced three excellent drives to put on the tape to be played at the junior driver's school when he won the first three races on the Launceston card. The main purpose of Lang’s Launceston mission was to qualify Franco Tristan for Saturday night’s Group 2 Easter Cup, and the six-year-old gelding was the first horse to qualify for the final with an effortless win in the opening heat when he scored by four-metres over Scooterwillrev and The Aussie. Lang also trained and drove Castle Retreat to victory as well as driving Art Frenzy to his third win of the season. Illegal Immigrant - caused a minor upset when he stormed home late to defeat Ryley Major by 1.9 metres in Heat Two of the Easter Cup. Trainer-driver Troy Hillier settled the American Ideal gelding three-back along with the marker pegs and was able to be driven conservatively off a solid tempo that saw the last three quarters all run in under 30 seconds, Illegal Immigrant had too much speed late to record his fifth win of the season. Kohanah - “I think he’s pretty good,” was the quote from his trainer-driver Todd Rattray after the son of Sweet Lou took out the Launceston Pacing Club Golden Slipper. Kohanah flew home in the final 100 metres to pick up the short-priced favourite Topzavski to record his second win at only his third race start. The colt is the first foal out of the Bettors Delight mare Benediction. War Dan Delight - Victorian-trained pacer who looked a class above his rivals on paper in the C0 Pace and he won accordingly. Driver Greg Sugars was forced to do a little bit of work when finding the spot outside the leader in the middle stages of the race, the Dean Braun-trained colt wasn’t out of second gear when winning by 9.8 metres. Black Ops - after finishing in the second spot of five consecutive occasions the Ben Yole-trained pacer is now finding the winning post first winning three of his last four outings, including wins in Launceston on Friday evening and again in Devonport on Sunday night. Multiple Winners Launceston – Friday evening Gavin Lang - driving treble; Art Frenzy, Franco Tristan and Castle Retreat, Gavin Lang - training double; Franco Tristan and Castle Retreat. Devonport – Sunday evening  Ben Yole - training treble; Black Ops, Ready To Fire and Blacklist. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Launceston – Friday evening Harjeet 55.49s, The Aussie 55.73s and All Style Sammy 55.79s. Outside of the Easter Cup heats; Castle Retreat 56.40s, Reign Of Pain 56.52s and El Jays Mystery 56.54s. Devonport – Sunday evening  Mostly Spirit 59.34s, Karalta Moondance 59.40s, Lille 59.45s, Navua Pixie 59.55 and My Girl Pearl 59.56s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Launceston – Friday evening  Hits: Nil Defied The Drift: Art Frenzy $3.70 out to $4.00, Franco Tristan $2.70 out to $3.60, Castle Retreat $2.40 out to $3.40, Illegal Immigrant $12 out to $21, Kohanah $3.70 out to $4.80 and Redason $3.70 out to $3.90. Missed: Maybe Jack $9.00 into $7.50, Mister Magic Man $3.70 into $3.30, War Dan $3.20 into $2.40 and Beam Me Up Chopper $3.20 into $2.35. Devonport – Sunday evening  Hits: Karalta Moondance $3.80 into $2.80, Ready To Fire $9.00 into $4.40, Blacklist $26 into $14 and Flashy Ruler $12 into $6.50. Defied The Drift: Black Ops $3.20 out to $3.60. Missed: Lille $4.60 into $3.60, The Lemondrop Kid $3.80 into $2.90, El Jays Monet $31 into $15, Jetcract $15 into $11 and The Diamond King $15 into $7.50. Trial File Carrick Park - Saturday morning The Melissa Maine trained two-year-old Better Amour recorded the quickest winning mile rate of the four trials conducted when she recorded 2m 7.0s for the 1670-metre distance. Driver Gareth Rattray positioned the daughter of Betterthancheddar behind the leader at the bell before defeating He Got Rocked by one metre with the early leader Badrick a further metre away in third position. Other winners at the trial session included; Its All Bliss (2m 21.1s), Sermac (2m 9.6s) and Levi Jimmy (2m 13.2s). Hobart - Monday evening Tasmanian Derby runner up, Resurgent Storm recorded the fastest winning mile rate of the session in Hobart when the Betterthancheddar colt ran a mile rate of 2m 1.6s. From barrier two driver Zeke Slater had the Roger Whitmore-trained pacer behind the leader at the bell and was able to hold off handy three-year-old filly Still Hungover by one metre, with the third place getter Dee Bee Bobby 99 metres away in third placing. The last two quarters were recorded in 30.8s and 28.5s. Remaining trials were won by; Finn Mac Kee (2m 3.9s), Sweetimnot (2m 3.6s), Brystabella (2m 6.2s) and Dasher Houli (2m 6.7s). Week Ahead Star Tasmanian Pacer Ignatius is back at the track on Thursday night when he lines up in the Group 2 Renshaw Cup at Penrith. The James Rattray-trained and driven pacer is first up since mid-February and was an impressive trial winner at Menangle on April 9 when recording a time of 1m 53.8s for 1609 metres. Ignatius will start from inside the second row over the 2525 metres event that is scheduled to start at 20:03. Friday afternoon the Tasmanian Trotting Club will stage the first-ever harness race meeting in Australia on Good Friday. The meeting will be telecast on Sky Racing 1 and Tasracing.com.au’s Live Stream. The Launceston Pacing Club will stage their premier night of racing on Saturday night, with the $75,000 Group 2 Dakin Refrigeration Easter Cup the main event of the 10-race card. You can make a strong case for almost half the field in the Cup including Victorian-trained runners Franco Tristan and War Dan who will take on Tasmania’s best headlined by Ryley Major, Harjeet, Scooterwillrev, The Aussie and Illegal Immigrant. The Cup is set down to commence at 20:10. Other highlights on Saturday night include the Kevin Gillies Memorial, where Izaha looks the one to beat, and the Elders Insurance Launceston Easter Plate, where the Gavin Lang trained and driven Castle Retreat will be chasing back to back wins on the Launceston track. The first of ten races in Launceston is scheduled for 18:17 and you can catch all the action on Tasracing’s Live Stream Service and Sky Racing who will televise races one and two on Sky Racing 2, with the remainder of the meeting on Sky Racing 1.   Duncan Dornauf

Last Sunday was an eventful night with the Stan Leedham Memorial Launceston Mile producing a great battle between Ryley Major and Harjeet over the concluding stages, with Ryley Major doing enough to win the $12,000 feature. In Hobart last Friday there were a couple of first wins with Pipers River-based driver Andrew Freeman registering his first win in the sulky, while Bitoscotty recorded the first winner for sire Bitobliss. Two heats of Northern Tasmania’s premier race, the Dakin Refrigeration Easter Cup, will be staged in Launceston on Friday night, along with the Golden Slipper for the two-year-olds. The Stars Rohan Hillier - prepared a training double in Launceston on Sunday evening including Ryley Major, whom he drove to victory in the $12,000 Stan Leedham Memorial Launceston Mile. The gelded son of Art Major recorded a mile rate of 1m 56.6s which was a brilliant time given the strong winds and rain-affected track. Hillier also prepared the first race winner Awayandrideyourself. 18 of Hillier’s last 30 starters on the Launceston track have been able to take home the first prize money cheque and no doubt the Beauty Point trainer will be hoping that strike rate can continue on the eve of the Easter Cup. Izaha - continued on his path to the Raider Stakes in June at the Devonport Showgrounds when he won his third race of the season. The Roll With Joe entire was well handled by concession reinsman Lachlan Dakin who worked forward to find the lead after the first 600 metres of the race and dictate the race from that point to win by 12.5 metres. Tisu Spirit - is another Tasbred four-year-old gelding that will be set for the Raider Stakes after he chalked up his first win of the season. The Melissa Maine-trained pacer was stepping out for only the third time this season with her fiancé Gareth Rattray in the sulky. Miss Condoleezza - recorded a weekend double after she won in Hobart on Friday evening and again in Launceston on Sunday. On both occasions she was able to lead all the way to score with Samantha Gangell driving her to victory on Friday and her life partner Troy McDonald was in the sulky for Sunday’s win. Miss Condoleezza has now had 25 starts this season for four wins and three placings. Andrew Freeman - it has taken a while but the 20-year-old concession driver was able to notch up his first win on the Ben Yole-trained Hez The One in Hobart on Friday. It was the 33rd race drive for Freeman who had to put his race day ambitions on hold just prior to gaining his license to drive in trials after a track work accident caused him to have 12 months off the scene when he ruptured his ankle and opened up his knee. Andrew is the son of trainer Gary Freeman. Bitoscotty - caused a minor upset when he won the last race in Hobart which was for the two-year-olds. Driver Paul Hill was keen to hold the lead which proved to be the winning move as the gelding was able to hold off the short-price favourite Watchmylips by a neck. Bitoscotty is the first horse to race by multiple Group 2 winner Bitobliss. There is no doubt trainer Campbell Watt and his wife Pam would have celebrated back at their Mt Seymour base. Multiple Winners Hobart – Friday evening Bianca Heenan - training double; Statement Please and Drifting Away. Ben Yole - training quartet; Hez The One, Im Full Tilt, Miss Condoleezza and Black Ops. Samantha Gangell - driving double; Im Full Tilt and Miss Condoleezza Launceston – Sunday evening Rohan Hillier - training double; Awayandrideyourself and Ryley Major. Ben Yole - training treble; Miss Condoleezza, Tarleton Riley and Karalta Dazzler. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Hobart – Friday evening Good Feelings 57.27s, North Star Lad 57.45, Black Ops 57.80s, Ifbutzandmaybes 57.81s and Hez The One 57.81s. Launceston – Sunday evening Awayandrideyourself 56.43s, Resurgent Storm 56.93s, Cool Water Paddy 57.07s, Northview Dave 57.22s and Dusty Martini 57.25s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart – Friday evening Hits: La Toiso Dor $17 into $12, Statement Please $2.50 into $1.95 and Miss Condoleezza $3.00 into $2.30. Defied The Drift: Hez The One $4.40 out to $5.50, Drifting Away $3.00 out to $3.60, Black Ops $2.10 out to $2.45 and Bitoscotty $8.50 out to $13. Missed: Navua Pixie $13 into $9.00, Ready To Fire $13 into $7.00, Chasing Cheetahs $8.00 into $5.50, Give Me The Night $12 into $5.50 and Good Feelings $5.00 into $3.80. Launceston– Sunday evening Hits: Western Glory $2.50 into $1.85, Izaha $2.50 into $1.85 and Tarleton Riley $26 into $15. Defied The Drift: Awayandrideyourself $3.50 out to $4.20, Miss Condoleezza $26 out to $51, Tisu Spirit $2.70 out to $3.50 and Karalta Dazzler $6.00 out to $6.50. Missed: Resurgent Storm $4.00 into $3.30, Highview Starzzz $26 into $17, Give Me The Night $20 into $14, Dufrense $2.70 into $1.90, Our Quinn $18 into $11, No Spring Secrets $81 into $41, Mister Lennox $61 into $26, Sheza Bettormak $3.00 into $2.00, El Jays Monday $26 into $12 and Smilin Geoff $2.10 into $1.70. Trial File Carrick Park - Saturday morning Five-year-old Live Or Die mare El Jays Mystery recorded the quickest winning mile rate of the session when she recorded 2m 7.3s for 2150m. From barrier three driver John Walters took the Dick Eaves-trained pacer to the lead in the C4 and better class trial and she proved too good for All Style Sammy by one metre. The final second quarter of the trial was run in 29.3s and 28.6s. Two two-year-old trials were staged with Kadar, who is a half-sister to Bettor Bet Black and Taurisi defeating Kens Chips by one-metre. The mile rate for the 1670-metre trip was 2m 9.6s. The second two-year-old trial was won by Artyboy Glenwood who won his second trial in a row when he defeated She Will Rocknroll by one metre in a mile rate of 2m 13.5s. Other winners included Mi Ju Dan who defeated Art Edition by three metres in a mile rate of 2m 10.8s, Sea Sky was a 15-metre winner of a 3C0 to C0 trial in a mile rate of 2m 9.9s. Menangle (NSW) - Tuesday afternoon Tasmanian star Ignatius returned to the trial track for the first time since mid February when he led all the way to win a C0 or better trial over 1609m. Trainer-driver James Rattray allowed the gelded son of Roll With Joe to burn out of the mobile from barrier six and recorded quarters of 28.6s, 29.9s, 28.8s and 26.5s with the time for the mile recorded in 1m 53.8s. To view a replay of the trial, click here. Week Ahead Launceston The heats of the Dakin Refrigeration Easter Cup will be held at TAB Racing Centre in Launceston on Friday evening. Heat One is race 2 and sees three main chances with last year's winner Harjeet who has won two Group 3 events in the past year. He was forced to do a little bit of work in the early stages in the Tasmania Cup two starts ago after beginning well from his 30-metre handicap. He contested the Launceston Mile in Launceston on Sunday where he drew the second row and was out three-wide over the final 900 metres, he hit the line well but threw the race away when he shifted out noticeably in the home straight, if he went straight he may well have been able to put his head in front of Ryley Major. Sccooterwillrev galloped out hopelessly in the Tasmania Cup two starts ago when he was sent out the race favourite. He should step cleaner off the 10-metre handicap. He finished 3rd in the Launceston Mile on Sunday where he was crossed by Ryley Major early and had the gun run on his back before finishing a clear third. The other winning chance appears to be Franco Tristian, who is a six-year-old gelding from the Gavin Lang stable. He broke his M0 status at Melton four starts ago where he settled back second last in running and was still in that position at the 400-metre mark before flying home in the straight, in what was the drive of the season by Gavin Lang, to get the cash with a 1m 52.9s mile rate. He has been placed in second position his last two outings where he has performed well. Heat Two is race three on the card and it looks to be a Tasmania vs Victoria clash. In the Tasmanian corner is Ryley Major who has been awesome since returning from his injury-forced lay off winning all three of his starts this preparation. He led all the way here on Sunday to take out the Launceston Mile in 1:56.7, and that race was run on a rain-affected track and in strong winds. This is his first standing start race and can’t recall seeing him behind the tapes in any trials. We all know the hopes Rohan Hillier has on the horse who has won 13 of his 18 starts. In the Victorian corner is War Dan who was runner up to Shelby Bromac in the Tasmania Cup two starts ago, he went back to his trainer Dean Braun’s Victorian stable where he was runner up to Duke Of Wellington in the Group 2 Melton plate last time out and he is clearly the main danger here. Another feature on the Launceston card is the $12,000 Golden Slipper where the Dean Braun-trained Topzavski takes on five locally trained rivals. Punters are reminded to check their wagering service provider for the fields of races one and five as those races have been redrawn since their release on Tuesday, and punters can catch the action on Sky Racing 2 plus a hosted Live Stream coverage on tasracing.com.au. Devonport The Devonport Harness Racing Club will stage the Sunday evening meeting with only six races set down for decision. Race five, the Sky Racing Pace, is the fast class race of the night with the C5 to C7 pacers doing battle over 2297m. The Ben Yole-trained Hez The One has drawn outside of the second row as he is a RODM horse and is the winner of three races out of his last four starts. While the Roger Whitmore-trained Resurgent Dream has drawn barrier two on the second row and comes into the race off a last-start second behind Izaha in Launceston. The first of six races kick off at 17:28 and can be seen on Sky Racing 1 and also on TasracingTV's Live Stream. Interstate Interstate this week we see the Hobart and Tasmanian Trotting Cup winner Trumps Golden Boy line up in the Seelite Windows & Doors Mildura Trotters Cup tonight. The gelded son of Tennotrump is still raced by Bianca Heenan who has sent a small number of horses to the Zac Steenhuis. The Mildura Trotters Cup is set down for 20:45. Also racing at the Mildura meeting on Thursday night is King Island-owned Stevie Jolt who will contest the opening race. On Friday night at Melton, we see Tasmanian-owned No Apachemee chase back-to-back wins in the opening race. The winner of seven races this season will start from barrier one in the opening race. Saturday night at Menangle sees expat Tasmanian trainer James Rattray with a couple of Tasmanian-owned and bred pacers going around including Pachacuti in race one and Rykov Leis in race three. At Mildura on Saturday we see Tasmanian-owned and bred Resurgent Spirit go around in the Group 2 Tasco Petroleum Mildura Pacing Cup Final, the gelded son of American Ideal scraped through for the final in his heat on Tuesday night when running fifth. Another pacer who is partly owned by Bianca Heenen that is going around is Braeview Bomber who will line up in the Tenderprint Australia Cup Final, a $25,000 race for C4 to C8 assessed pacers.   Duncan Dornauf

Tasmanian harness racing’s premier night will take place at TAB Park Elwick in Hobart on Saturday night with the Group 2 Triple M Tasmania Pacing Cup, Group 3 TAB Tasmanian Derby, Group 3 TAB Tasmanian Oaks, the state's premier mares' race, the George Johnson, and the inaugural Tasmanian Trotting Cup all part of a massive 10-race card. The second heat of the Tasmania Pacing Cup was staged on Sunday evening which was taken out by Resurgent Spirit who sprinted home well to win. Alsomlast week the state's leading driver, Mark Yole, extended his lead on the top of the state's drivers' title when he achieved a season milestone at Devonport on Friday.   The Stars Resurgent Spirit- the most winningest pacer at TAB Park Elwick was back in the winners stall when he was too strong for his rivals in the second heat of the Tasmania Cup on Sunday evening. He was superbly driven by former Tasmanian Alex Ashwood, who will also take the drive in Saturday's Group 2 Final. Eric Jacobson – the Brighton based trainer continued his excellent run of recent weeks when two-year-old filly, Missin Rock won on debut on Sunday. The daughter of Petrock was able to spear straight to the early lead to win well. Arthur Elliott - Todd Rattray trained and driven four-year-old staked his claim for Saturday's Eric Reece Memorial Final with a dominant win in his heat last week. It was the second win in a row at only his third race start for the gelded son of Major In Art. Bianca Heenan - the states leading female trainer was at it again on Sunday night when she produced Twenty Two Karat to a brilliant first up win in the second heat of the Light Harness Tasmania Cup. Conor Crook - became the latest Tasmanian driver to outdrive his concession claim when he steered Jackson Neptune to victory in the fourth heat of the Allen Williams Memorial. Mark Yole - the states leading driver recorded his 50th win in Devonport on Friday night on Siedra Caleb who completed a driving double for him in the programme.   Multiple Winners Devonport – Friday evening  Conor Crook - driving double; Buster William and Poker Storm. Mark Yole - driving double; Gems and Siedra Caleb. Ben Yole - training treble; Gems, Miss Condoleezza and Siedra Caleb. Hobart – Sunday evening  No trainer or driver recorded multiple wins.   Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Devonport– Friday evening Chirac 59.22s, Full Speed Ahead 59.25s, Aitutaki 59.33s, Fortino 59.34s and All Style Sammy 59.46s. Hobart– Sunday evening  Star Chamber 55.44s (the quickest individual last half mile recorded at Hobart since the Tasracing Calculated Sectionals commenced in December 2015), Resurgent Spirit 55.47, Sicario 55.85s, Shelby Bromac 55.91s and War Dan 56.06s. Top five outside of the Tasmania Cup Heat Two; Perfect Mach 58.28s, Max Richter 58.34s, Missin Rock 58.40s, Colby Sanz 58.41s and He Got Rocked 58.74s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here.   Tasracing Official Price Devonport– Friday evening  Hit’s: Jaminas Joy $3.30 into $2.60. Defied The Drift: Crackerjacks Judge $2.20 out to $2.90, Gems $9.00 out to $17, Poker Storm $4.40 out to $5.50, Devil Of Tyne $4.80 out to $6.50 and Siedra Caleb $21 out to $31. Missed: Laid Back Kenny $14 into $9.50, Lead Singer $3.20 into $2.50, Aitutaki $31 int $18, Hobart– Sunday evening  Hit’s: Shadow Ross $5.50 into $3.30 and Smilin Geoff $2.90 into $2.00. Defied The Drift: Missin Rock $3.60 out to $4.40, Arthur Elliott $1.45 out to $1.60, Resurgent Spirit $21 out to $41 and Give Me The Night $8.00 out to $12. Missed: He Got Rocked $3.30 into $2.90, Beachboy Butch $12 into $6.00, Believe In Forever $4.20 into $3.80 and The Shallows $3.40 into $3.00.   Trial File Carrick Park – Monday evening Ryley Major continued his come back to racing when he won again at his second trial back, the injury-plagued pacer hasn't started in a race since he contested a race at Melton July 2016 and Monday nights trial will top him off nicely for his first up mission in Launceston on Sunday night. Monday's trial over the 2150-metre trip seen Ryley Major record a mile rate of 2m 6.9s. The first half of the last mile was run at a slow tempo, which turned the trial into a sprint home of a final quarter of 27.7s. Riley Major defeated El Jays Mystery by one metre with Sea Double Ugrant a further three metres away third. Other winners on Monday night included; Manly Mach (2m 12.7s), My Jackofdiamonds (2m 10.9s), A Spanish Dance (2m 8.4s), Alaphilippe (2m 8.6s), Dufrense (2m 8.2s) and Dusty Martini (2m 11.2s).   Week Ahead Tasmania’s Premier race night will take place this Saturday night at TAB Park Elwick in Hobart. The $75,000 Triple M Tasmania Pacing Cup at Group 2 level is the states flagship race for the season and it has brought together a brilliant and even field compared to the past few years. TAB.com.au opened up Sicario as the $3.50 favourite for Saturday nights Triple M Tasmania Pacing Cup ahead of War Dan at $3.60, with Scooterwillrev on the third line of betting at $4.00. Shelby Bromac ($5.00) and Harjeet ($5.50) were the only horses under double figures in the opening market. You can read a runner by runner preview on the Tasmania Cup here. Saturday night also sees the running of the Group 3 TAB Tasmanian Derby where NSW Derby winner Max Delight will start a short price favourite. The inaugural Aldebaran Park Tasmanian Trotting Cup will also have a short price favourite with the Eric Jacobson trained Majestic Ess Jay being an impressive winner of his two Tasmanian starts, which have both been in the two heats of the $14,000 event. The two feature races for the girls are more tricky events. In the Group 3, TAB Tasmanian Oaks Victorian trained pacers Enchanted Stride, Delightful Jazz and Arabella Star will take on an even Tasmanian contingent which is headlined by Still Hungover, who was a terrific winner of the 3YO Fillies Championship. The $20,000 Yak Ales George Johnson for the open class mares sees the inform Western Debt drawn barrier one for visiting Victorian trainer Adam Kelly. The Hobart card kicks off at 6:22 pm and both Tasracing.com.au’s Live Stream Service and Sky Racing will have an on track hosting’s. Harness Racing then heads to Launceston on Sunday night. As mentioned in the Trial File Ryley Major is back at the track after having close to three years off the race track due to injury. The star two and three-year-old has won ten of his 15-starts that includes the 2016 Tasmanian Derby and the Group 3 Globe Derby Stakes that year. He has impressed in two recent trials, and many of the states racing fans are happy to see him back on the track. Ryley Major will contest race five on Sunday at 20:10 with the first race set down for 18:13. Interstate this week we see inform Plata O Plomo step out at Menangle for the first time on Friday night in a M0 event for new trainer Peter Russo. Duncan Dornauf

The state’s leading trainer Ben Yole had a big weekend which saw him prepare five winners across two states last weekend that included the win of No Apachemee at Melton on Friday night. Magra-based trainer Juanita McKenzie claimed her second Vandenberg Transport Carrick Park Pacing Cup when Inner Light was able to take out the $12,000 feature. This week we are off to TAB Park Hobart for the Metropolitan Cup and the first heat of the Aldebaran Park Tasmanian Trotters Championship on Friday and then the action turns to Devonport on Sunday night. The Stars Ben Yole – was the inform trainer of the weekend with a training treble on Friday with a double in Hobart with Gems and Stylish Trend while he also prepared No Apachemee to an impressive victory at Melton where he recorded a mile rate of 1m 52.3s. The Yole stable continued their good form with a training double with Badrick taking out the clubs premier three-year-old race, the Cressy Transport Tasmanian Championship and Nickys Logic who recorded her fourth win of the season. Ricky Duggan – Tasmania’s most successful driver of all time claimed his fifth Vandenberg Transport Carrick Park Pacing Cup when he partnered the Juanita McKenzie-trained Inner Light to victory. Duggan was the standout driver on the Carrick Park card with a driving treble. Illegal Immigrant – continued his path to next month’s Triple M Tasmania Cup with a 3.7-meter win in the Elite Free-for-all in Hobart on Friday. It was the third win at start seven for the gelded son of American Ideal. Kohanah – was a brilliant winner on debut in the last race of the night in Hobart. The Sweet Lou colt showed a good will-to-win in the home straight to score in a mile of 2m 2.2s. Really Frank – five-year-old gelding who recorded his first win at start 40 for trainer-driver Justin Campbell. Multiple Winners Hobart – Friday evening  Ben Yole – training double; Gems and Stylish Trend Carrick Park – Saturday afternoon Ricky Duggan – driving treble; Peaceful Thomas, Forever Ours and Inner Light. Mark Yole – driving double; Nickys Logic and Badrick. Ben Yole – training double; Nickys Logic and Badrick. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Hobart – Friday evening Illegal Immigrant 56.86s, Destreos 57.07 and The Aussie 57.21.Outside of race four; Monark  Mac57.83s and Usain Jolt 57.94s. Carrick Park  – Saturday afternoon Swap Me 57.20s, Give Me The Night 5734s and Karalta Kruise 57.60. Outside of race seven; Choosa Cruiser 58.42 and Peaceful Thomas 58.93s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart – Friday evening  Hit’s: Really Frank $6.50 into $3.30 and Kohanah $1.65 into $1.35. Defied The Drift: Resurgent Dream $4.20 out to $4.80 and Stylish Trend $7.00 out to $7.50. Missed: Im Full Tilt $12 into $7.50 and Ektoras $26 into $10. Carrick Park – Saturday afternoon  The Tasracing Official Price was not in operation due to the non-Tab status of the meeting. Trial File Hobart – Monday evening Three-year-old colt Resurgent Storm recorded the quickest winning mile rate of the night when he recorded 2m 4.8s for 2090-meters. It was the second trial back this preparation for the son of Betterthancheddar who was last at the bell and was able to go on and win by two-meters over the stable mate Sutter Star. The final two sections was covered in 32.6s and 31.1s. Remaining trials were won by; Moonlite Bay 2m 8.3s, Whos Watching Now 2m 10.3s, Cool Water Paddy 2m 5.7s, Caciocavallo 2m 6.8s and Streitkid 2m 6.2s. Devonport – Monday evening. Lucy Lindenny, a four-year-old mare by Changeover out of the Sokys Atom mare Helena Kilena recorded the quickest winning mile rate of 2m 3.7s for 2297-meters. She was able to lead from gate one for driver Gareth Rattray and her new trainer Donald Foley. The New Zealand bred pacer has been racing predominantly in New South Wales in her 17-start career which has seen two wins and five placings. The other three trials were won by; Perfect Mach 2m 12.3s, Maybe Jack 2m 8.7s and Rocket Blaster 2m 12s. Week Ahead The Tier 1 meeting of the week is at the Devonport Showgrounds on Sunday evening. Eight races are set down for decision including the first heat of the time honoured Allen Williams Memorial series. Karalta Demon and Navua Pixie are both coming into the race with a second placing at their most recent start. The John Castles-trained Suzy Zebra is one of two horses in the race to have won a race, and the lightly raced six-year-old mare has found the winners stall on four occasions on King Island. Suzy Zebra was defeated 10 metres at her first start on mainland Tasmania at Burnie after enjoying a soft run behind the leader. Rocket Blaster is a Melissa Maine trained debutante who has had four trial in preparation for Sunday’s assignment including a trial win at the Devonport  Showgrounds on Monday night. The first of eight races on Sunday kicks off at 18:14. Hobart on Friday is deemed to be the Tier 2 meeting of the week, although the $12,000 Metropolitan Cup and the first heat of the Aldebaran Park Tasmanian Trotters Championship will be run. Harjeet, the best horse racing in Tasmania at present will start a red hot favourite in the Metropolitan Cup as he continues his preparation to next month’s $75,000 Triple M Tasmania Cup. The last-start Hobart Pacing Cup winner is the sole second-row runner in the 2579-meter event. Interstate this week we see a massive feature card of racing at Menangle where the Michael Maxfield owned Max Delight will contest the second heat of the New South Wales Derby. The son of Bettors Delight is an $11 chance with tab.com.au and will start from barrier six, with Todd McCarthy taking the drive.   Duncan Dornauf

The $30,000 Group 3 Hardings Hotmix Devonport Cup is the feature race this weekend on a bumper night of racing at the Devonport Showgrounds on Sunday in the twilight zone. The Tasmanian Pacing Club will stage the Tier 2 meeting of the week on Saturday evening at TAB Park Elwick in Hobart, while King Island will stage a non-tab meeting during the afternoon. Last week there were two meetings with the first two-year-old race of the season being staged at the TAB Racing Center Mowbray in Launceston taken out by Rockandahardplace (pictured) as well as three heats of the Harry Holgate Memorial. The other meeting was staged on King Island where Suzy Zebra and Captain Mordecai won the two races, The KIRC will stage there a final meeting of the season on Saturday afternoon. The Stars Rohan Hadley – was clearly the star of the show with a driving treble, with the Bridport based horseman training two of his three winners with Believe In Forever completing a winning hattrick and Secluded Beach who bounced back into the winner’s list after his last start second. Hadley also won a heat of the Harry Holgate Memorial with Volkova Leis at odds of $21. This season the Hadley stable has had 16-starts for 9 wins, six-second placings and one-third placing. That’s a 100% strike rate for his stable running in the top three placings. Rockandahardplace – Kent Rattray and John Walters made it back-to-back wins in the $15,000 Keith Stanley Memorial Debutante Stakes with Rockandahardplace, a gelded son of Pet Rock, who proved too strong for his three opponents. Charlie Castles – was back in the winners circle with Spot Eight, after initially leading, Castles elected to hand up the lead near the Mile mark when the speed was on, he then elected to race in the spot outside the leader from with 1250-metres to travel and was able to control the speed of the race from that point. Art Frenzy – notched up his third win of his eight-start career when he led all the way to win the second heat of the Harry Holgate Memorial. Molly Malones – Rowella trainer Paul Carlson was rewarded for his efforts with Safari mare, Molly Malones who won her first race at start 21, courtesy of a copybook drive by Gareth Rattray. Volkova Leis – sat three wide without cover to win her heat of the Harry Holgate Memorial, the Shelley Barnes trained mare had not won since late February. Multiple Winners Launceston – Friday afternoon Rohan Hadley training and driving double: Believe In Forever and Secluded Beach. He made it a driving treble with Volkova Leis. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Launceston – Friday Give Me The Night 57.96s, Monarkmac 58.04, Stylish Trend 58.04, Lead Singer 58.05 and Art Frenzy 58.10s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Launceston – Friday afternoon Hit’s: Harshali $12 into $10, Spot Eight $3.00 into $2.80, Secluded Beach $2.45 into $2.25 and Art Frenzy $2.20 into $1.90. Defied The Drift: Believe In Forever $2.40 out to $2.70, Chilla Breeze $3.00 out to $3.40, Volkova Leis $16 out to $21, Molly Malones $6.00 out to $7.50 and Rockandahardplace $1.60 out to $1.75. Missed: Mister Last $7.50 into $4.80, Levi Jimmy $21 into $14 and Beachboy Butch $6.00 into $4.80. Trial File Hobart – Monday evening The Rodger Whitmore trained mare Resurgent Dream, is nearing a race track return and the daughter of American Ideal was back in the winners list at the trials when she won in a mile rate of 2m 2.5s, the quickest of the Hobart session. It was the third trial back this preparation for Resurgent Dream who won the C0 and better standing start trial off a 20-metre handicap, by a head, over Fin Mac Kee. Leader to winner the last two splits were recorded in 29.1s and 30.4s. The remaining four trials were won by; The Shallows (2m 5.0s), Spoilt Sport (2m 4.1s), Ductape (2m 6.3s) and Ideal Bliss (2m 2.7s).   Carrick Park – Monday evening The Michael Laugher trained, Gareth Rattray driven Karalta Felesha recorded a mile rate of 2m 5.1s when she took out a two-year-old and older trial over 1670-metres. It was the second trial back this preparation for the daughter of Mach Three, who hasn’t been seen at the races since finishing down the track in the $15,000 Golden Slipper in Launceston in late July. The final two quarters of the trial were run in 30.6s and 29.2s. Karalta Felesha has drawn barrier two in race six in Devonport on Sunday. Other winners at the session included; Tilly Max (2m 12.0s), Yellow Taxi (2m 8.1s), No Apachemee (2m 5.9s and Got The Goods (2m 8.7s). Week Ahead The Group 3 Hardings Hotmix Devonport Cup is the feature race in Tasmania this weekend when the Devonport Harness Racing Club stages one of their premier race meetings on Sunday. Four locally trained horses will contest the race including this year’s St Marys and Scottsdale Cup winner, Black Centurian who will also be joined by his Steven Davis trained stable mate Ima Ginger Rogers, a winner of two of her last five starts. Other coastal trained horses include the Shelley Barnes trained Chief Destroyer and the Melissa Maine trained Another Swinger. Barnes and Maine are two of four female trainers with runners engaged in the race with Juanita McKenzie having two runners in the race with Inner Light and Isaac, while Bianca Heenan prepares Star Chamber. Star Chamber won the Cup in 2015 he won by 10-metres off a 30-metre handicap and shares the 20-metre back mark with last year’s winner, Riverboat Jasper. Beauty Point driver has won many feature races in the state, but he will be hoping to add his first Devonport Cup to his resume when he drives last start winner Illegal Immigrant for his brother Troy. The Cup is race seven on the card and is due to start at 7:50 pm. There is plenty of other quality racing on the Devonport card including the Jeremy Rockliff MP Costal Pacing Thousand, Kevin Redpath North West Plate Final, Derrico Cycles Mares Incentive and the 7AD Pace for the three-year-olds. The Devonport card will have a hosted Live Stream coverage on tasracing.com.au and will be televised on Sky Racing 1. *Punters and participants are advised that races five and ten in Devonport have been redrawn since the original fields were released on Tuesday.   Prior to Devonport, we have two Tasmanian meetings in the state on Saturday. The Tasmanian Trotting Club will stage a six-race card on Saturday evening where Donny In Paris resumes for the first time as a three-year-old in the final race of the night. The gelded son of Tasmanian bred sire Rug Rat Donny won on debut when racing extremely greenly before finishing fourth at his next start. He has been down the track in two recent Hobart trials. It is also good to see Heath Woods return back to the industry, he is represented by debutante The Shallows who won a trial on Monday night. Woods is also in the process of gaining his race day drivers license. The Hobart card is set down to jump at 18:53 and will be shown on Tasracing’s Live Stream Coverage and at this stage on Sky Racing 2.   The third Tasmanian meeting of the weekend is the final meeting of the season at King Island. Both races are R0 and better Discretionary handicaps over 2079-metes. The first pacing race features three last start winners doing battle in Iden Baroness, Captain Mordecai and Suzy Zebra. The replays of the King Island meeting will be available for viewing on the Tasracing website after the meeting has concluded.   Interstate it is night one of the Summer Of Glory carnival at Melton and East-Devonport owner Mick Maxfield is represented in the $200,000 Victoria Derby with Max Delight. The David Aiken trained and driven pacer led all the way to win his heat at Ballarat last week. The draw hasn’t been too kind to the Bettors Delight colt who has drawn barrier seven in the 2240-metre race. In New South Wales this week we seen Ignatius step out at the Menangle trials, he finished second and was defeated by 8.8-metres by Cash N Flow in 1m 52.8s. This week the James Rattray stable has a number of runners stepping out at Menangle on Saturday and Goulburn on Monday afternoon, including Tasmanian owned and bred, Pachacuti, in the Goulburn Cup. Duncan Dornauf

There was plenty of action on the track in Tasmania last week at the meetings in Hobart and Devonport. There was some sad news off the race track with the passing of Sinbad Bay on Saturday at age 34. The winner of 22-races from 50-starts was bred by Maurice Keating and owned by Dick Hicks, who won six races in Tasmania when trained by Henry Green before he was sent to Victoria where he was trained by Bob Knight and Stephen Dove.  Some of his feature wins included the 1989 Victoria Cup, 1991 Group 1 Benson & Hedges Cup, 1991 and the 1996 Ballarat Cup. He was also one of the inaugural inductees into the Tasmanian Harness Racing Hall Of Fame. This week we have two Tier Two meetings with Burnie racing tonight and Carrick Park on Sunday afternoon. The Stars Rodney Ashwood – showed his ability as both a trainer and driver in Hobart on Friday. He produced a copy book drive to win on War Chest for trainer Eric Jacobson in race two, and was rewarded for his perseverance with Miss Superbia who broke her maiden status in race one. Ashwood rounded out the night with Redason in the Trotters event. Juanita McKenzie – not only was she a part owner of the first race winner Miss Superbia she also trained the quinella in the fast class race of the night. It was Remember Joe leading all the way to win by a head over Isaac. “Old Joe” was first up since mid-July and had no trial leading into the race. Paul Medhurst – it was great to see Paul Medhurst and Wendy Whelan in the winner’s circle with Rocknroll Dancer who had been racing well prior to his win on Friday. He was superbly driven by Ricky Duggan to win at odds of $41. Samantha Gangell and Mark Yole – both drivers recorded doubles on the six-race card in Devonport on Sunday. Multiple Winners Hobart – Friday evening Rodney Ashwood – three winners; driving double with War Chest and Redason and training double with Miss Superbia and Redason. Ricky Duggan – driving double; Miss Superbia and Rocknroll Dancer. Conor Crook – driving double; Jaccka Len and Ready To Fire. Devonport – Friday evening Ben Yole – training treble; Jakes A Joy, Pushkin and Karalta Dazzler. Samantha Gangell – driving double; Regal Major and Origin Billy. Mark Yole – driving double; Pushkin and Karalta Dazzler. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Hobart – Friday evening Taurisi 58.11s, Isaac 58.20s, Max Richter 58.23s, Mister Lennox 58.87s and Remember Joe 59.00s. Devonport – Sunday evening Iam Aw Sam 58.15s, Im Full Tilt 58.29s, Northview Dave 58.49s, Regal Major 58.53s and Busted 58.61s. View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart – Friday evening Hit’s: Jaccka Len $15 into $10 and Hashtag Finally $5.50 into $4.60. Defied The Drift: Miss Superbia $10 out to $12, Remember Joe $13 out to $16 and Ready To Fire $2.00 out to $2.40. Missed: Spot Eight $13 into $6.50, Frankie Falzoni $26 into $11, Grinable $51 into $31, Mister Lennox $3.40 into $3.00, Miss Atomic Betty $21 into $17 and Gaggle Coordinator $21 into $12. Devonport – Sunday evening Hit’s: Regal Major $26 into $9.00 and Pushkin $18 into $15. Defied The Drift: Jakes A Joy $6.00 out to $7.00 and Origin Billy $1.90 out to $2.20. Missed: Artarama $26 into $16, Ima Ginger Rogers $5.00 into $2.90 and Countdown $41 into $13. Trial File Hobart – Monday evening Five trials were held at the Elwick Racing Complex where the Steve Lukac-trained six-year-old Riley Coyote recorded the quickest winning mile rate of the night of 2m 2.7s. The gelded son of Art Colony was taken to the lead by driver James Austin and recorded the last mile in quarters of 33.5s, 29.2s, 30.8s and 30.2s to win by 45-metres. Other winners at the session included; Trumps Golden Boy (2m 14.2s), Albayzin (2m 5.7s), Still Hungover (2m 7.9s) and Blackjackhanover (2m 5.1s). Carrick Park – Monday evening Heza Rummage was the quickest winner at the Carrick Park trials when he recorded 2m 6.2s when winning a C1 and better class trial. After settling in third position, driver Mark Yole eased the pacer to the spot outside the leader from the six hundred metre mark, and was able to sustain that run to win by one-metre over Our Boy Johnny. They were twenty metres clear of the third place getter. Harjeet and Izaha both stepped away cleanly in a C3 and better standing start trial. Izaha lead till the top of the home straight till he was headed by Harjeet at the five hundred metre mark, who went on to win the trial by two metres in a mile rate of 2m 7.3s with the last quarter ran in 27.4s. The remaining winners were; Zhukov Leis (2m 5.1s), Our Wonder Woman (2m 8.1s) and Olivers Mate (2m 10.1s). Week Ahead Trainer Ben Yole will play a strong hand at the meeting in Burnie tonight where he will have a staggering 37-starters. Todd Rattray and Ricky Duggan in the driving silks they have worn this month. In early markets Yole trains three of the seven race favourites on the card including Sheer Strength (Race 3), Im Full Tilt and Iam Aw Sam (equal favourites in Race 4) and Karalta Dazzler (Race 6). Ubet have a $1,000 Quaddie Jackpot which commences on race two. The Burnie card will be the last meeting Todd Rattray will carry the Prostate Cancer Foundation colours that he has worn with fellow leading driver Ricky Duggan during the month of Movember. The first race will start at 17:19. Carrick Park will feature a hosted live stream service on Sunday afternoon for there seven-race card. The Shaw Property Development Pace has attached a strong field for the 2650-metre event. Laredo Torpedo will be looking to bounce back in to the winners list after galloping after the start and virtually taking no part in the race. Also engaged in the race is Riverboat Jasper who did a power of work out three wide over the final circuit when second in the Danbury Park Cup behind Scooterwillrev in Launceston last start. The first of seven races on Sunday is scheduled to start at 15:49. One scratching stands between Resurgent Spirit gaining a start in the 2018 Inter Dominion series, with the first round of heats to be held at Melton on Saturday night. The Tasmanian owned and bred pacer will be driven by Tasmanian born Alex Ashwood if he gains a start and will take the barrier position of the scratched runner, similar to a greyhound race. The gelded son of American Ideal is trained by Ashwood’s partner Kate Hargreaves. Last week it was great to see Devendra bounce back into the winners circle at Gloucester Park. Some of our runner this week include; Melton – Inter Dominion Heat Night (Round 1) on Saturday  Race 5, 6 and 7 Horse 14 Resurgent Spirit (emergency) Bunbury Cup – Saturday Race 6 Horse 11 Devendra Stawell Cup – Sunday  Race 7 Horse 6 Star Chamber Duncan Dornauf

The future stars were out in force at the Devonport Showgrounds on Sunday afternoon when the first two heats of the 6ty Youngbloods took place, the six-race series continues in Hobart on Friday afternoon and again in Launceston the following week. It was a big week for the states leading trainer Ben Yole who trained five winners across the 14-races held last weekend. The only meeting of the week will be in Hobart on Friday afternoon for a six-race card that features a healthy Quinella Jackpot on the final race of the day. The Stars Riverboat Jasper – won his third consecutive NWTLHA Cup on Sunday in Devonport, the former Easter Cup and this years Devonport Cup winner was a tough winner being three-wide over the final circuit and was able to survive a protest to win the race. Conor Crook – found the winners circle on four occasions over the weekend, including his driving treble in Devonport on Sunday afternoon, last seasons leading junior driver currently holds a two-point lead in the 6ty Youngbloods Series. Lake Eyre and No Apachemee – these two Ben Yole trained pacers won four of the 14-races held in the state last weekend between them. After winning in Launceston on Friday night both horses were back in the winners’ circle in Devonport on Sunday. North Star Lad – it was great to see Shane Boon back in the winners stall as an owner of the first race winner on Sunday, Boon was sidelined from the sulky after a bad fall in Devonport on December 26, 2016. Multiple Winners Launceston - Friday Ben Yole - training double; Lake Eyre, No Apachemee, Rocknrollhighlight and My Jackofdiamonds. Rohan Hadley – driving double; Cardinal Art and Rocknrollhighlight. Troy McDonald – driving double; No Apachemee and My Jackofdiamonds. Devonport – Sunday Ben Yole – training treble – Lake Eyre, No Apachemee and Ready To Fire. Conor Crook – driving treble – Lake Eyre, No Apachemee and Rattlenhum. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Launceston - Friday No Apachemee 58.02s, Kvitova Leis 58.38s, Lake Eyre 58.87s, Im Full Tilt 58.92s and Iam Aw Sam 59.30s. Devonport - Sunday Perfect Mach 58.54s, No Apachemee 58.70s, Riverboat Jasper 58.71s, Im Compliant 58.78s and Goggo Gee Gee 58.98s. You can view sectionals from every runner from the meeting and more Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Launceston - Friday Hit's: General Jamane $9.00 into $3.20 (Price affected by late scratching of race favourite), Defied The Drift: Cardinal Art $7.00 out to $10 and No Apachemee $9.00 out to $12, Missed: Rainbow Phoenix $20 into $14, Goggo Gee Gee $8.00 into $6.00 and Ready To Fire $7.00 into $3.70, Devonport - Sunday Hit's: No Apachemee $4.20 into $3.10, Riverboat Jasper $8.00 into $7.00 and Ideal Karalta $7.50 into $3.60. Defied The Drift: Lake Eyre $3.20 out to $4.40 and Ready To Fire $7.00 out to $8.00. Missed: Good Feelings $16 into $11, Im Full Tilt $15 into $9.00 and Laconic Jamane $12 into $5.00 Trial File Hobart - Monday Laredo Torpedo looks set to continue on his winning way in Hobart on Friday afternoon and the Juanita McKenzie trained pacer warmed up for Fridays assignment with a trial victory on Monday night. It was a standing start trial over 2090-metres which was run in good time for a standing start trial. The mile rate was 2m 1.8s with the last three quarters all ran in under 30-seconds. The gelded son of Bettors Delight settled last in the field of three and was able to defeat Grinable by five metres with Isaac a further metre away in third spot. The remaining trials were won by Betterthanfetta (2:09.8) and Castor Troy (2:03.2). Carrick Park - Monday The husband and wife team of Adam and Natalee Emery combined to win the opening trial with seven-year-old gelding Devil Of Tyne, who recorded the quickest winning mile rate of the session of 2m 5.1s when he won a C0-C1 trial over 2150-metres. It was the first time Devil Of Tyne has been seen at the track since May 20. He won the trial by 15-metres over Laid Back Kenny. Remaining winners included; Safari Oakey (2:09.6), Buster William (2:11.0), Gypsys Crown (2:09.6) and Kilburnie North View (2:07.0). Week Ahead The 6ty Youngbloods continues in Hobart on Friday afternoon with the third and fourth heat of the six-race series taking place. Heat Three is race two on the card where the inform Mornings takes on her toughest field since arriving in the state. Samantha Gangell has been drawn to drive the Ben Yole trained pacer who is undefeated in five Tasmanian starts and has drawn wide on the track in barrier six. Race Six sees the fourth heat of the series where Troy Mcdonald has been allocated the drive on the expected race favourite Couta Rocks. The Marc Butler trained pacer won by over 22m here two starts ago and did a lot of work in the run last start in Launceston when finishing third. Punters have a few reminders for the Hobart meeting. The first is the early start of 13:57, Ubet have a $1,000 Quaddie Jackpot which commences on race five. Ubet also have a healthy $6,992 Quinella Jackpot on race eight, judging on previous jackpots of this nature the pool is expected to be in excess of $35,000. Friday’s meeting will be the first meeting of the season to have a hosted Live Stream coverage commencing with a preview at 13:30. A number of former pacers that had raced in Tasmania have been performing well in the past week including the former Troy Hillier trained Gotta Go Henry who recorded a time of 1m 53.3 at Menangle on Saturday night, of those that still have a Tasmanian connection racing interstate this week we see: Gloucester Park - Friday Race 5 Horse 7 – Devendra. Menangle - Saturday Race 1 Horse 10 – Pachacuti, Race 4 Horse 2 – Shesallapples, Race 5 Horse – 7 Rykov Leis, Redcliffe - Saturday Race 6 Horse 6 – Vande Velde.

It has been another big week in Tasmanian harness racing circles. The most successful Tasmanian driver of all time, Ricky Duggan rewrote the record books when he scored on Laredo Torpedo on Friday night. Star pacer Ignatius, who is back in the state and is in work for trainer Todd Rattray was still winning in New South Wales on Saturday picking up two awards at the annual Harness Racing New South Wales awards night. This weekend we have two meetings in the state kicking off in the twilight zone in Launceston on Friday evening before a rare Sunday afternoon meeting at the Devonport Showgrounds. The Stars Ricky Duggan - the New Norfolk based reinsman rewrote the record books on Friday night when he became the first Tasmanian driver to record 1600-wins win he steered Laredo Torpedo to victory. Duggan's resume includes a staggering 24 Tasmanian Sires Stakes Finals, five Devonport Pacing Cups and the Launceston Pacing Clubs premier race the Easter Cup on three occasions. Ignatius - In New South Wales on Saturday night the star three-year-old was crowned New South Wales three-year-old of the year and the New South Wales three-year-old Colt and Gelding of the year. Earlier this month Ignatius was crowned Tasmanian three-year-old of the year and Tasmanian Horse of the year. James Austin - returned to the sulky after an enforced lay off and certainly became the punter's pal for those who backed Long Ago in from $41 into $26 in the opening race. Brystabella - this four-year-old showed ability in her first two starts but in her third race track appearance the headaches began for trainer Sandra Hills, after three trials Brystabella was back to the race track and put her best foot forward to win her first race at only her third racetrack appearance. Taylor Ford - after recently outdriving her concession claim the Brighton reinswoman continued on her winning way with a driving double on Friday night aboard Jacks Command and Bounty Eyre for trainer Bianca Heenan. Multiple Winners Hobart - Friday Ben Yole - training double; Long Ago and Lake Eyre. Bianca Heenan - training double; Jacks Command and Bounty Eyre. Taylor Ford - driving double; Jacks Command and Bounty Eyre. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Hobart - Friday Taurisi 56.10s, Mister Lennox 56.62s, Drayton 57.04s, Max Richter 57.11s and Laredo Torpedo 57.25s. 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: Long Ago $41 into $26 and Secluded Beach $3.50 into $3.30, Defied The Drift: Jacks Command $5.50 out to $8.00 and Bounty Eyre $3.70 out to $4.20. Missed: Jakes A Joy (11th) $17 into $6.00, Frankie Falconio (8th) $41 into $26, Witch Master (4th) $18 into $13, Medal Of Honour (3rd) $4.20 into $3.90 and Rusty Red Comet (8th) $51 into $31. Trial File Hobart - Monday Three trials were staged at the Elwick Racing Complex on Monday evening where. The Chris Howlett trained pacer Rockin An Runnin recorded the quickest winning mile rate of the night of 2m 5.4s. Driven by Matthew Howlett Rockin An Runnin sat behind the leader in the free horse field and was able to win by two metres over Elect To Go and Grinable. Rockin An Runnin is part-owned by successful thoroughbred owner-breeders, Paul and Elizabeth Geard, has had three trails back since his last start second in Launceston on April 15. The other two trials were won by Feelin Dusty (2m 10.4s) and Diago Rules (2m 6.1s). Devonport - Monday The Geoff Smith trained Regal Major recording the quickest winning mile rate of the night at the Devonport Showgrounds on Monday evening when he recorded 2m 2.3s in a C1 to C4 trial over 2297-metres. Driver Charlie Castles took the pacer to the lead and was able to defeat his former stablemate Moto Kenny by two meters with a further two metres back to the third placed Bettor Go Go. The remaining trials were won by; Red Shed Robbie (2:07.7), Lead Singer (2:06.5), Jaminas Joy (2:05.2) and Mister Last (2:05.1) Week Ahead The first of two meetings this week is in Launceston on Friday night where the Nichols Sound & Communications Stakes is the main race of the night. A field of 11 will face the starter under Standing Start conditions, including the Heath Szczypka trained Reign Of Pain will step out for the second time since arriving in the state. The Armbro Operative gelding was doing his best work late when finishing 3.7-metres behind Full Speed Ahead when fourth in the Show Cup in Launceston on October 19, he will start off a 10-metre handicap but comes back from a free-for-race to a C5 and better standing start. The Launceston meeting features a $1,000 Ubet Quaddie Jackpot gets underway at 17:31 with races one to three and race seven to be shown on Sky Racing 2 with races four to six to be telecast on Sky Racing 1. All races will be live streamed at Tasracing.com.au. The action then turned to Devonport on Sunday afternoon where the first two heats of the 6ty Youngbloods and the $12,000 NWTLHA Cup are the highlights on the seven-event programme. Conor Crook will be hoping to secure maximum points in heat one where he drives the Kate MacLeod trained Rattlenhum. Drawn the pole position where it is expected Conor will use the Riverboat Kings geldings gate speed like he showed last start in late September where he was able to lead from the pole position in Launceston in late September where he was grabbed late to be defeated 4.5-metres by Our Percius. The 6ty Youngbloods has moved from its traditional July time slot to give trainers and owners more options with there horses throughout the year with the six penalty-free races that clashed with the Botra Claiming Novice Drives series that was run under similar conditions in July. The fast class race of the day is the NTLHA Cup where the Shelley Barnes trained Chief Destroyer returns to the track since his second placing on at the Showgrounds on July 1. The race also sees the return of this year's Devonport Cup winner Riverboat Jasper who has a 20-metre handicap to overcome. The first race on Sunday commences at 13:28 and will be telecast on Sky Racing 1 and live streamed at Tasracing.com.au. Races four through to seven will be the legs of the Ubet Quaddie to fall into Ubet policy of having the last four races as the Quaddie legs for afternoon harness racing meetings. Ubet also have a $1,945 on the Extra Double which is held on races two and three. Interstate this week we see: Gloucester Park - Friday Race 5 Horse 4 Devendra, Melton - Saturday Race 3 Horse 5 The Bettormack. Menangle - Saturday Race 2 Horse 3 Rykov Leis and Horse 4 Pachacuti, Redcliffe - Saturday Race 2 Horse 6 Fioki and Race 6, Horse 2 Jerrys Jet.   Globe Derby - Saturday Australian Drivers Championship night, where Todd Rattray and Ricky Duggan will represent Tasmania:   Todd Rattray Ricky Duggan R1 11. TORQUE OF COURAGE 9. THE HIGH ACHIEVER R2 12. WAYNESFIRST 8. VANDANTA NZ R3 10. CLARENDEN VALOUR 8. GLIDER R4 3. BIEN HOA  5. KOTARE MAHDI  R5 2. OUR EL NINO NZ 11. HARRYS DAY OUT R6 4. I WANNA ROCKNROLL 11. MISSY MURDOCK R7 10. DRINKTOUS WROXTON 1. MAGICAL RIDE R8 3. POWER OF ATTORNEY  10. SKIPPY RASCAL    Duncan Dornauf

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 tasracing.com.au. 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 tasracing.com.au Duncan Dornauf

The Mark Yole show continued in Launceston last Friday evening when the in-form driver drove four winners for the second consecutive race meeting. Yole will be hoping that his good form continues in Launceston tonight which is the only meeting in the state this week. 2015 Edgar Tatlow Medalist, Art Meeker recently announced that he had retired from his vet work, which will be a massive loss to the many trainers that utilised his services. Meeker made a massive impact on the local breeding scene through Neptune Stud. In some sad news yesterday we learnt about the passing of Allan “Nobby” Abra who was a harness racing trainer and passionate supporter. The Stars Mark Yole – after driving four winners in Hobart last week, Yole continued his brilliant form in the sulky when he drove another four winners in Launceston on Friday night. Illegal Immigrant – the Troy Hillier trained pacer was a tough winner of the opening event at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night. Greg Scott – brilliant training performance with the well supported Abs Boy who recorded his third career win and in doing so recorded the quickest last half of the meeting. Im Barney Rubble – racing back to his best of late winning his last two starts and the gelding could extend on his brilliant form later tonight in Launceston. Multiple Winners Launceston – Friday Mark Yole – driving quartet; Mornings, Abs Boy, Im Barney Rubble and Ten Caisses. Ben Yole – training double; Mornings and Im Barney Rubble Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Launceston – Friday Abs Boy 56.63s, To The Rescue 56.99s, Laredo Torpedo 57.27s, The Aussie 57.37s and Monarkmac 57.41s. You can view sectionals from every runner from the meeting and more Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Launceston – Friday Hit’s: Jacks Command $9.00 into $7.50 and Abs Boy who officially on the Tasracing Official Price was $19 into $10 despite some wagering service providers offering odds of $41. Defied The Drift: Hayleys Comet $3.80 out to $4.20. Missed: Christians Angel $18 into $12, Shadow Control $10 into $8.50, Thebackpagescribe $13 into $8.00 and Our Summer Vacation $3.10 into $2.60. Trial File Hobart – Monday Popnduke from the Greg Scott stable recorded the quickest winning mile rate of the session when the gelded son of Time Stands Still went a mile rate of 2m 7.4s for 2090 metres in the opening trial. The five-year-old gelding is yet to be placed in two career starts and was first up after being well defeated in a Hobart trial back in May. The remaining two trials were won by Vapar Glenn and Rockin An Runnin who both recorded a mile rate of 2m 9.5s in their respective trials. Devonport- Monday Only one trial was staged at the Devonport Showgrounds where the Geoff Smith trained, Leothegreat led all they way to win by a metre over General Jamane. The 2297-metre journey was run in a mile rate of 2m 14.4s Week Ahead The big week of action at the Mowbray Racing Centre continues tonight for an eight-race card. After tasting defeat for the first time since arriving in Australia, the Rohan Hillier trained Im Compliant will be looking to bounce back into the winners circle in the third race of the night, where he takes on an even field of C4 to C5 pacers. UBET have a $1,000 quaddie jackpot on race two through to four. The action will be shown live on Sky Racing 1 and tasracing.com.au. This is the only meeting of the week with no racing in the state after tonight’s card until Friday night, October 5 in Hobart. Across Bass Strait at metropolitan meetings this week we see; Kilmore Cup night – Thursday Race 3 Horse 12 Playing Arkabella Menangle – Saturday Race 2 Horse 9 Rykov Leis Race 7 Horse 8 Pachacuti Albion Park – Saturday Race 1 Horse 9 Jerrys Jet and Horse 12 Divas Delight Race 2 Horse 2 Fioki   Duncan Dornauf

It was another great week of harness racing in Hobart on Sunday evening where five participants recorded multiple winners. We are back to Launceston on Friday evening with an eight-race programme that gets underway at 17:00. The Stars Mark Yole – took his career total of victories in the sulky to 409 wins after a driving quartet in Hobart on Sunday, including the first three races on the card. The Perth-based driver will be looking to add to his total with a good book drives in Launceston on Friday night. Hannah Van Dongen – Scored a double on the Hobart programme including a win on Long Ago at odds of $26, she might have been renamed Hurricane Hannah by punters as she would have knocked many out of the last leg of the Ubet Quaddie. Bianca Heenan – brilliant training performance with Twenty Two Karat who won first up in her care in the David Medhurst Memorial. Heenan takes an early lead in the Female Trainers title after Alta Surreal won earlier in the night. Ben Yole – once again dominating the training scene with four winners on the card including the first seven runners past the post in race six. Multiple Winners Hobart Sunday Ben Yole – training quartet; Im Barney Rubble, Pushkin, Long Ago and Gems. Bianca Heenan – training double – Alta Surreal and Twenty Two Karat. Ken Rattray – training double – All Over The Stars and El Jays Monet. Mark Yole – driving quartet; Im Barney Rubble, Alta Surreal, Pushkin and El Jays Monet. Hannah Van Dongen – driving double; Long Ago and Twenty Two Karat. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Hobart – Sunday Fortino 57.59, Laredo Torpedo 57.72, Im Barney Rubble 57.80, Do It For Dave 57.82 and Hez The One 58.09. You can view sectionals from every runner from the meeting and more Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart – Sunday Hit’s: Im Barney Rubble $6.00 into $4.80, Long Ago $51 into $26, Gems $14 into $7.50, Twenty Two Karat $31 into $7.00 and All Over The Stars $8.50 into $5.50. Defied The Drift: Alta Surreal $4.00 out to $7.00 and Pushkin $13 out to $18. Missed: Big Bang Raj $15 into $9.50, Mon Poppy Polly $14 into $9.00, Mavis Merle $16 into $7.50, Black Ops $18 into $13, Our Boy Johnny $13 into $7.00 and Hez The One $31 into $11. Trial File Carrick Park on Saturday morning. It was a cold, wet and windy morning at Carrick Park, which certainly had an impact on the times recorded across the three trials staged. Only two starters took part in the standing start trial which saw the return of Karalta Dazzler, who hasn’t been seen since finishing down the track in a M0 event at Melton on September, 7, last year. Now trained by Ben Yole, Karalta Dazzler showed good standing start manners to lead all the way for driver Adrian Collins to defeat his only other rival, Major Callum, in a mile rate of 2m 11.6s. The other two trials were run under mobile conditions with Leothegreat holding on for a narrow victory over Joankay in 2m 18.9s. While Corporal Jujon won by an every increasing 17-metres for trainer-driver Ben Yole in 2m 8.1s. Week Ahead The action returns to the Mowbray Racing Centre in Launceston for Friday night Harness racing. Favourite punters will be hoping that The Aussie can bounce back to the winner’s list after being eased out of the race in Hobart last Sunday. The Ricky Duggan driven pacer was sent out the $1.30 favourite but after less than 200-metres in the race the near-side front hopple loop broke and took no part in the race after that point. This week The Aussie is the sole runner of the second row in the sixth race on the card that features a number of inform runners including El Jays Monet who will be chasing a hat-trick of wins. The Ken Rattray trained pacer was able to narrowly defeated Monarkmac in Hobart last start and is also engaged in this race. Another form line for the race was in Launceston on September 7 where Hayley’s Comet defeated Olwen Jaccka, Monarkmac and Ima Ginger Rogers. Interstate this week at Metropolitan venues across Australia we are light on with quantity but we certainly make it up with quality; Melton – Saturday night Race 1 – Horse 2 Illegal Immigrant, Horse 4 Sultan Fella and Horse 7 Offthetopofmyhead.   Duncan Dornauf

The 2018-2019 Harness racing season kicked off in Launceston on Friday night with an eight-race card. This week harness racing returns to the Sunday twilight time slot for BOTRA race night in Hobart where nine races will be decided. The Stars David Mace – ended his long career in the saddle in the role of Clerk of the course in Launceston on Friday night, after commencing his role in the late 70’s. You can read more about David’s long career here. Rohan Hillier – continued his good form into the new season with a driving treble and was in the winner’s circle on a fourth occasion when Svensson, who he trains, was successful courtesy of a copybook drive from Rohan Hadley. The win of Svensson was the first leg of a training double for Hillier who won with Smilin Geoff later in the night. Illegal Immigrant – remains on track for some of the feature races later in the season with a brilliant win in the fast class race of the night. Chester Bullock – owner, trainer and breeder of six-year-old gelding Cardinal Coffee who won his first race at his ninth racetrack appearance. Multiple Winners Launceston – Friday Rohan Hillier – driving treble; No Apachemee, Illegal Immigrant and Smilin Geoff. Also a training double with Svensson and Smilin Geoff. Ben Yole – training double; No Apachemee and Black Ops. Todd Rattray – training double; Koolaz Elvis and Hayley’s Comet Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action: Launceston – Friday No Apachemee and Monarkmac 56.70s, Heza Rummage 57.03s, Metro Star 57.14s and Hez The One 57.27s. You can view sectionals from every runner from the meeting and more Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Launceston – Friday Hit’s: Koolaz Elvis $3.00 into $2.30, Black Ops $3.90 into $3.10 and Hayley’s Comet $3.90 into $3.50. Defied The Drift: Svensson $6.00 out to $7.50 and Cardinal Coffee $3.20 out to $3.40. Missed: Cardinal Art $26 into $18, Washmepockets $26 into $19, Charlie Tango $20 into $17. Trial File Hobart on Monday night Three trials were staged on Monday where the Ben Yole trained Sign Of A Tyne recorded the quickest winning mile rate of 2min 4.4sec for the 2090-metre trip. Driven by Conor Crook, Sign Of A Tyne did everything correctly after being stood down at his previous start for one satisfactory trial by Stewards. The Life Sign gelding won by two metres over Duct Tape and Dee Bee Bobby. The remaining two trials were won by War Chest in a mile rate of 2min 7.3sec for a standing start trial over 2090 metres and Seeled And Sinful who won his trial under mobile start conditions on 2min 7.3sec. Week Ahead Hobart is the venue for Sunday twilight harness racing this weekend kicking off with a Discretionary handicap over 2090 metres. The Juanita McKenzie trained pacer, The Aussie, has only missed a top-two finish on one occasion in eight standing start races with his record showing three wins and four second placings. One of those wins came on the Hobart circuit two starts ago when he was sent out the $2.00 favourite in a C4 or better standing start race where he started off a 10-metre handicap. You can make a case for all of his five opponents in the event including Another Swinger, Poker Storm and Fortino all of which chased home The Dip when they last raced, with the Ben Yole trained duo also with chances including Rocknrollhighlight who won in Hobart three starts ago and Im Barney Rubble who ran a much-improved race in Launceston last time out. The Hobart card will be telecast on Sky Racing 1 and TasRacing.com.au’s Live Stream Coverage with the first race due to start at 16:33. A number of race names on Sunday night are named after sires that the Tasmanian branch of BOTRA will give away to some of the lucky members from last season and new members that they have secured for this season. The draw will take place during the Hobart meeting. Also at the Hobart meeting at 18:00 the Tasmanian Pacing Club will stage a small function in the Committee Room area for those interested in taking part in the next Raceatrotter Syndicate. The first trotter that the Tasmanian Pacing Club secured and syndicated out was Redason who has earned his connections $8,982 in prizemoney from his five starts since arriving in the state. Full details of the information session are available on the Tasmanian Pacing Club Facebook page. Interstate this week at Metropolitan venues across Australia we see: Gloucester Park – Friday night Race 5 Horse 1 – Devendra Melton – Saturday night Race 2 Horse 5 – Offthetopofmyhead Race 5 Horse 6 – Resurgent Spirit Menangle – Saturday night Race 1 Horse 1 – Rykov Leis (Emg) Race 2 Horse 11 – Rykov Leis   Duncan Dornauf

The curtain has fallen on another harness racing season. Ben Yole claimed another trainers title (124 wins) defeating Todd Rattray (71) and Juanita McKenzie (33). Todd Rattray claimed back-to-back driving titles recording 87 victories in the sulky over Ricky Duggan (80) and Rohan Hillier (79). The second spot on the driver’s title was keenly contested over the past few weeks with the driver who finished second on the table joining Todd Rattray at the Australian Drivers Championship this season. Going into the last race Duggan and Hillier sat equal on 79 wins but Duggan was able to guide Rocknroll Dancer to victory at odds of $18 on the TasRacing Official Price. Conor Crook won the state’s junior driver title by one win, Juanita McKenzie claimed another female trainer’s title while Hannah Van Dongden held onto a narrow win in the female driver’s premiership. This week’s Harness Racing heads to Launceston on Friday evening where long-serving clerk of the course, David Mace will retire for the position that he has served in since the late 1970’s. The Stars Ben Yole – finished off the season on a high note training seven winners in the final two meetings of the season in Hobart last week. Yole finished the season on 124 Tasmanian wins which equalled the state record that he set the year prior. Yole had a staggering 2134 starters in the state during the 2017-2018 season which is a state record for either racing code in Tasmania. Bianca Heenan – the Brighton-based trainer was another to finish off the season in good fashion training three winners from her five starters across last week’s meetings which included a training double on Wednesday night. Inner Light – the Christian Cullen gelding had a tremendous season and recorded his ninth win of the season with another win in Hobart on Friday. The Juanita McKenzie-trained pacer has also recorded nine placings from 23 starts during the season that has just concluded. Redason – recorded his second win since arriving in the state in the Rexel North Hobart Trot. The Rodney Ashwood trained trotter in five Tasmanian starts has earned his connections just under $9,000 in prize money. Mark Yole – demonstrated his ability in the sulky driving six winners last week to finish fifth on the state drivers table. Multiple Winners Hobart – Wednesday Ben Yole – training quartet; Thebackpagescribe, Rocknrollhighlight, Ektoras and No Apachemee. Bianca Heenan – training double; Big Bang Raj and Alta Surreal. Mark Yole – driving treble; Big Bang Raj, Alta Surreal and Rocknrollhighlight. Rohan Hillier – driving double; Thebackpagescribe and No Apachemee. Hobart – Friday Ben Yole – training treble; Mornings, Pushkin and Shadow Control. Mark Yole – driving treble; Mornings, Pushkin and Shadow Control. Ricky Duggan – driving double; Inner Light and Rocknroll Dancer Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Hobart – Wednesday Couta Rocks, 57.98s, Alta Surreal 58.04s, Mavis Merle 58.56s, Reckless Abandon 58.61s and Albayzin 58.71s. Hobart – Friday Mornings 58.26s, Wattabout Spangher 58.54s, Flashy Ruler 58.61s, Adele Said 58.87 and Mon Poppy Bronte 58.89s. You can view sectionals from every runner from both meetings and more Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart – Wednesday Hit’s: Thebackpagescribe $26 into $14 and Big Bang Raj $3.20 into $2.60. Defied The Drift: Ektoras $6.00 out to $8.00, Rocknrollhighlight $2.70 out to $3.50 and Alta Surreal $3.00 out to $3.70. Missed: Miss Superbia $19 into $5.50, Bounty Eyre $9.50 into $7.00 and Tizyalator $4.40 into $3.40. Hobart – Friday Hit’s: Pushkin $12 into $8.50, Inner Light $4.00 into $2.15 and Redason $2.60 into $2.30. Defied The Drift: Demonstrative $7.50 out to $12, Rocknroll Dancer $14 out to $18 and Shadow Control $4.40 out to $5.50. Missed: Arrived In Time $31 into $16, Sheer Strength $21 into $8.00 and Monarkmac $12 into $5.50. Trial File Carrick Park on Saturday morning. Only one trial was held with a field of three horses facing the starter. Williamlee was able to hold the lead from barrier one to lead all the way to win by just under a metre over Padabing Stride in a mile rate of 2mins 7.7sec. Hobart on Monday night. It was the Conor Crook show at the Elwick Racing Complex with the concession driver winning the two trials staged. His first win came for his boss Ben Yole in the standing start trial where Chilla Breeze scored by 10-metres in a mile rate of 2min 7.6sec for the 2090-metre trip. Olwen Jaccka came from last to win the mobile trial of the night, defeating Mon Poppy Polly by one metre in a mile rate 2min 7.1sec. Week Ahead The action this week’s returns to Launceston in the twilight time zone for an eight-race card. The main race of the night and one of the most intriguing events on the programme is the David Mace Retirement Stakes. The Troy Hillier-trained Illegal Immigrant will be looking for a hat-trick of wins when he has his first attempt at C6 or better grade, and judging by the dominance of his last to first victory in a slick 1min 57sec mile rate in Launceston on August 24 you would expect that he is ready to take the next step to open grade. His rivals on Friday night include The Aussie who was the winner of six races from 20 starts last season including his most recent racetrack appearance in Hobart in mid-August. The five-year-old entire is expected to race up on the speed from his pole draw, while Taurisi (last start winner) and Star Chamber come into the race recording the two quickest last half miles of the meeting when they clashed here on August 24. The start time of race one has been brought forward to 17:19 and the meeting can be seen on Tasracing’s Live Stream service. Sky Racing 1 will televise race one with races two through to eight to be shown on Sky Racing 2. Interstate this week at Metropolitan venues across Australia we see; Melton – Saturday night Race 6 Horse 7 The Bettormack and Horse 10 Resurgent Spirit, Race 7 Horse 8 Sultan Fella. Menangle – Saturday night Race 5 Horse 9 Pachacuti. Albion Park – Saturday night Race 1 Horse 2 Jerrys Jet, Race 3 Horse 12 Vande Velde.   Duncan Dornauf

Two meetings remain for the 2017-2018 season and they will be both held in Hobart with racing later this afternoon and again on Friday. Todd Rattray leads the state drivers’ premiership on 87 wins from Ricky Duggan on 77 and Rohan Hillier with 76 victories for the season. As for the trainers’ title, Ben Yole has 117 wins and is a clear leader from Todd Rattray on 71 and Juanita McKenzie in third sport on 32. The Stars Illegal Immigrant – top win by this Troy Hillier-trained and driven pacer in the C4 to C6 Pace in Launceston on Friday night when he came from last to notch up his sixth Australian win in a slick mile rate of 1min 57sec for 2200 metres. The gelded son of American Ideal looks set to rise through to the free-for-all ranks and be competitive in many of our feature races next season. Ima Ginger Rogers – proved she’s on track for a number of country cup races leading all the way to win a C3 and better standing start race over the 1680-metre journey. Admittedly it is uncommon to see a standing start race over the sprint trip but the Steven Davis-trained mare broke the track record that was jointly shared by star pacer Fleet Express and Scooterwillrev. Mornings – handy all the way winner of the Cliff Robins Memorial. It was the first Tasmanian start for the Dawn Ofa New Day filly who had recently joined the Ben Yole stable and raced up to her good trial win in Hobart five days prior. Art Frenzy – nothing went to plan for this Craig Van Dongden-trained and Mark Yole-driven pacer who struck the sulky wheels during the race causing the gelding to over race, making Mark Yole’s job harder was the fact that the connection strap for the off side hopples broke during the event which shows Yole’s skill to get the pacer over the line first in 1min 57.8sec, which made the win more impressive. Tisu Bombbelle – the five-year-old mare broke through for her first win of the season and kicked off a big weekend for driver Gareth Rattray and trainer Melissa Maine. The Latrobe based duo announced their engagement on Sunday via social media. Multiple Winners Launceston – Friday Ricky Duggan – driving treble; Ima Ginger Rogers, Smilin Geoff and All The Way Mae. Mark Yole – driving double; Mornings and Art Frenzy. Ben Yole – training double; Mornings and Giant Steps. Marc Butler– training double; Western Glory and Adele Said. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Launceston on Friday night. Taurisi 55.54s, Star Chamber 55.95s, Alaphilippe 56.21s, Destreos 56.29s and Rocknrollhighlight 56.48s. A total of 26 starters broke 58.00-seconds for their last half mile and you can view sectionals from every runner at the meeting and all Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Launceston Hit’s: Art Frenzy $11 into $4.80, El Jays Monet $10 into $4.80 and Ima Ginger Rogers $4.80 into $4.20. Defied The Drift: Mornings $2.70 out to $3.40, Tisu Bombelle $3.00 out to $3.60 and Taurisi $3.50 out to $4.00. Missed: Destreos $26 in to $16 and Karalta Kruise $26 in to $19. Trial File Carrick Park on Saturday morning. The first trial was won by Timely Soveregin who showed good standing start manners to lead from out side of the front row in an overall time of 2mins 49.8sec. The first half of the last mile was recorded in 65.7secs with the last two quarters being recorded in 30.1s and 28.7s. Timely Sovereign won by four metres over Olivers Mate, who recovered quickly after galloping out in a mile rate of 2mins 7.2sec. Trial two was a combined two and three-year-old event over 2150-metres and Scottsdale trainer Grahame Hayes continued the north-eastern themer of the morning when his unraced Four Starzz Shark filly, Lille, showed a good turn of speed in the home straight to pick up the leader Selfrighteousboy by three metres. It was a slow early tempo with the first half of the last mile recorded in 70.3secs before speeding up during the final two quarters in 30.2s and 29.9. The mile rate was recorded in 2mins 13.4 sec. The final trial only seen the two starters with the Troy Hillier trained and driven Four Ex Dan rolling straight to the early lead with Ready To Fire electing to take the trail. It was Ready To Fire and driver Mark Yole having to much speed in the home straight to win by two metres with the last mile being run in quarters of 32.2s, 31.2s, 30.4s and 30.1s. Week Ahead It’s all happening in Hobart this week with racing being held both tonight and again on Friday evening. Tonight’s card is a restricted class meeting that sees all races carrying the conditions for horses that have won less than $3,000 in their last three starts prior to acceptance time which means a number of starters have been finishing at the top end of their most recent starts. Two pacers that have been placed in their last two starts are Major Callum and Rocknrollhighlight who clash in the R6 to R9 Pace. Major Callum finished second to The Aussie in a strong C4 and better standing start event in Hobart two starts ago before finishing less than two-metres behind Smilin Geoff in Launceston on Friday. The Brooke Hammond trained gelding has had 48-starts on the Hobart circuit for three wins and 20 placings. Rocknrollhighlight is one of many starters on the programme and has been placed in strong races at her most recent starts including a second to Usain Jolt in Hobart two starts ago before finishing third in a C7 and better Discretionary in Launceston at her most recent effort. The first of seven races tonight kicks off at 17:15 with all races to be shown on Sky Racing 2 and Tasracing’s Live Stream Service. The Tasmanian Pacing Club also races again on Friday night where Laredo Torpedo steps out for the first time since joining the Juanita McKenzie stable when he lines up in race three, a strong C1 or better standing start event. The only time we have seen the Bettors Delight gelding raced in the state was when he finished third behind Scooterwillrev and Harjeet in the 2017 Tasmanian Derby. Laredo Topedo’s most recent racing has been in New South Wales including being defeated a head two starts ago at a Tuesday meeting at Menangle in a slick 1min 52.9sec The action in Hobart kicks off with a competitive two-year-old event at 16:59 with all races to be telecast on Sky Racing 2 and Tasracing ‘s Live Stream. Interstate this week at Metropolitan venues across Australia we see; Gloucester Park – Friday night Race 4 Horse 7 Devendra Melton – Saturday night Race 1 Horse 7 Offthetopofmyhead, Race 5 Horse 6 Resurgent Spirit and Horse 7 The Bettormack, Race 10 Horse 4 Sultan Fella. Albion Park – Saturday night Race 1 Horse 2 El Major, Race 4 Horse 8 Jerrys Jet, Race 5 Horse 6 Fioki.   Duncan Dornauf

Ignatius, the Tasmanian star three-year-old once again flexed his muscles defeating M0 pacers at Menangle on Saturday night, a rare feat for a three-year-old, who ran the mile in 1min 53.3. The winner of 16 races from 17 starts is the $1.90 favourite on Ubet for the Group 1 Breeders Crown Final at Melton later this month. Another Tasmanian pacer being aimed at the Breeders Crown carnival is the inform Scooterwillrev who won his fourth race in a row on Friday night in Launceston, while the Paul Ashwood trained Max Delight won the Tasmanian two-year-old Colts and Geldings heat on Friday and is expected to take his spot in the semi-final at Bendigo on August 18. The action this week kicks off tonight in Launceston with a six-race restricted class programme before the action turns back to Hobart on Sunday night for Tier One racing. The Stars Scooterwillrev– talented four-year-old who recorded his fourth win in a row when he won the Discretionary Handicap in Launceston on Friday night off a 20-metre handicap. The Craig Hayes-trained pacer is getting ready to pack his bags for a trip across Bass Strait for a race during the Breeders Crown Carnival, with connections still deciding on what event they contest. Lachlan Dakin – found the winners circle for the first time in his career when he drove Goggo Gee Gee to victory on Friday. Dakin had a small number of drives before he fractured his hand playing football that saw him out of the sulky for a couple of months. Judging by a number of his recent drives it shouldn’t be too much longer till we see the Uni student in the winner’s list again. Todd Rattray  – took training honours with a training treble on Friday night at the Mowbray Racing Centre and he extended his lead on the state drivers’ title with a driving double. Rodger Whitmore – continued his good strike rate with two-year-olds when the New Norfolk trainer trained Sutter Star to victory on Friday. The gelded son of Sutter Hanover remains undefeated after defeating Jigamaroo by 12.7-metres in a mile rate of 2:00.0. Rohan Hillier and Ricky Duggan – recorded three wins between them on Friday and are putting up a great battle for the second position on the state drivers premiership. Whatever driver happens to finish second will join Todd Rattray as the Tasmanian representative at the Australian Drivers Championship next season. Multiple Winners Launceston – Friday Todd Rattray – training and driving double; Hayleys Comet and Our Summer Vacation. Training treble with Goggo Gee Gee. Rohan Hillier – driving double; Max Delight and Rocknroll Turbo. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Launceston on Friday night. Scooterwillrev 55.91, Jaccka Len 56.45, Rocknroll Highlight 56.94, The Aussie 57.47 and Flashy Ruler 57.48. View all Tasmanian Sectional Data here. Tasracing Official Price Launceston Hit’s: Hayleys Comet $3.00 into $2.60 and Tisu Spirit $2.70 into $2.30. Defied The Drift: Gems $3.80 out to $4.40, Sutter Star $2.05 out to $2.35. Missed: Sheer Strength $51 into $26, Major Davvin $8.50 into $4.40, Invest $7.00 into $4.80 and No Apachemee $7.50 into $5.50. Trial File Hobart on Sunday The clock was turned back 18 years with what used to be a long Tasmanian harness racing tradition of Sunday morning trials being held at the Elwick Racing Complex this week, where it was the Bianca Heenan show who prepared three of the five winners at the session. The first win for Heenan came up in trial one when Altra Surreal for driver Dylan Ford led all the way in a standing start trial to defeat Ive Got Oomph by 15 metres in a mile rate of 2min 1.9secs for 2090-metres. Four-year-old gelding Swap Me for driver Taylor Ford led all the way to win a C2 and better class trial under standing start conditions by 30-metres in the slowest mile rate of the morning in 2:07.5. The fast class trial was won by the in-form Star Chamber who defeated stablemate Bounty Eyre by two metres but unfortunately, there was no time taken on the trial. The other two winners were: Wattabout Spangher (2:02.8) and Vapar Glenn (2:01.8). Week Ahead Harness racing returns to Launceston tonight for a six-race restricted class programme. Wesley Vale trainer John Castles has a number of winning chances at the meeting including Chirac who bounced back into the winner’s circle for the first time this season with a narrow win over Gotta Go Henry (who is also engaged in the race) in Devonport last time out. Castles then has two winning chances in race five with Flashy Ruler and Keep Playing. Flashy Ruler has recorded one win and four placings from 17 career starts with all those top three placings coming with Rohan Hillier in the sulky who has been booked for tonight’s drive. The other runner for Castles in the race is Keep Playing who has drawn barrier six and is another pacer that has a good association with his driver Todd Rattray recording two wins at his last two drives behind the gelded son of Shadow Play including his most recent start in Devonport on July 29. The first race tonight is set down to start at 17:18 with the action being shown live on tasracing.com.au as well as Sky Racing 2 with the exception of race two which will be shown on Sky Racing 1. The action then heads to Hobart on Sunday evening with a nine-race card. A number of in-form pacers clash in the fast class race of the night the Talbot Hotel Pace. Scooterwillrev will be chasing his fifth win in a row after some dominant performances in recent weeks. The Craig Hayes-trained pacer has drawn barrier six as he continues his preparation to the Breeders Crown Carnival. Rocknroll Turbo steps up to open class for the first time and will be chasing his fourth win in a row from the pole position. The Bianca Heenan-trained Star Chamber is undefeated after two starts back from a spell and a number of other starters in the race wouldn’t surprise if they brought their best form. The action kicks off at 17:15. Horses with Tasmanian interest contesting races at metropolitan venues interstate this week included; Gloucester Park – Friday night Race 4 – Horse 9 Devendra  Menangle – Saturday night Race 5 – Horse 1 Shezallapples Race 5 – Horse 11 Miss Graceland  Race 7 – Horse 9 Pachacuti  Melton – Saturday night Race 6 – Horse 6 Resurgent Spirit Race 8 – Horse 3 Solid As A Rock Albion Park – Saturday night Race 5 – Horse 10 El Major   Duncan Dornauf

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