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Sassafras trainer Shelley Barnes took two horses to Hobart on Sunday night, and she went home with a training double. Her first winner of the night was Shadow Play gelding Yatsenyuk Leis who was first up since running third to Izaha in the Group 2 Raider Stakes in Devonport. Racing three-wide and two-back for the final 1300 metres of the race, Yatsenyuk Leis proved too strong for Artiflash to score by a neck in the 2090-metre event. “I was expecting him to go good as his work during the week was brilliant, the draw was a bit of a concern but it all worked out ok,” said his trainer Shelley Barnes. Despite being driven for his toughness Barnes wasn’t too worried in the run. “I wasn’t too worried as he is pretty tough, he is not a horse that can sit there and pull out the last hundred metres and sprint past them,” said the winning trainer. “He is a lot better horse than it looks watching on the sidelines cause he is just really lazy, when Rohan (Hadley) comes back in after driving him he is more buggered than the horse,” Barnes added. The next winner for the Shelley Barnes stable was with five-year-old Bettors Delight mare Volkova Leis who recorded her second win of the season. After attempting to make a run around the field at the mile mark, Volkova Leis was unsuccessful in looking for the spot outside the leader and was forced to race three-wide. “I was really pleased with her, I didn’t expect her to win after the run she had,” said Barnes. “I don’t want to be too disrespectful for the other runners but it was a drop-in class to what she had been racing against,” explained the winning trainer. Both pacers were driven by Rohan Hadley and are owned and bred by Trevor and Marjorie Leis. Ben Yole was once again the standout trainer with a training quartet, taking him past 180 Australian wins for the season. His winners included Heza Rummage, Somedan, Hear The Call and Stuey D. Samantha Gangell drove Hear To Call to victory to put her one win behind Conor Crook with two meetings of the season remaining. Mark Yole partnered Stuey D to a long-shot win in the trot which completed a double for Mark who won the opening race with Karalta Courage. Many people expected Juanita McKenzie to take out the Cascade Draught Pace with the race favourite Inner Light, but it was her $9.00 chance Remember Joe scoring a 5.2-metre win. Former New Zealand pacer Prosecution Witness was able to win at his Australian debut for trainer-driver Rohan Hillier. The gelded son of Well Said scored by 11.9-meres in a mile rate of 1m 59.6s.   Duncan Dornauf

It was a night for the three-year-old pacers in Hobart on Sunday evening with Donny In Paris, The Shallows and Betterbsweet all recording handy victories across the nine-race card. Oatlands duo Steve Lukac and Matthew Cooper teamed up to win with Donny In Paris in the Hobart Signwriters Pace. Cooper drove a confident race from the 900-metre mark where he led up the three-wide line and proved to tough for Jocund in the home straight to win by 5.2-meters in a time of 1m 58.3s for the mile trip. Donny In Paris put up a brilliant performance when second to Betterbsweet last week, but the trainer did have one reservation going into the race. “My biggest worry going into the race was if he was going to back up after last weeks run which was a huge run, and with all due respect to the other runners, I thought the race was a drop-in class,” trainer Steve Lukac said. The gelding is sired by Rug Rat Donny, the winner of 15-races in Tasmania and was well handled by Matthew Cooper. “We will let the dust settle, he goes up four rating points after the win so we will have a look at what's coming up, his owner (Donald Hasell) lives down the Huon and they say they have a heap of good grass down there,” the winning trainer said when asked about the future plans of the pacer. Lukac only received the pacer after Paul Williams scaled back his team after a health issue, and Lukac was full of praise for the way the horse arrived in his care. “He arrived in really good order, we all know Paul Williams turns his horses out in magnificent order.” The Heath Woods trained and driven The Shallows was another handy winner earlier on in the card in the Tasmanian Veterinary Services Pace. Woods had a ten-year break from the industry and recently returned to the sport when his son Aaron indicated he wouldn’t mind getting a horse, with The Shallows being the result. “We bought him off a classified advertisement, the owner sent us a photo of him standing in a paddock with a few sheep and he looked a reasonable type, he is nicely bred on his dams side so we thought we would take a punt,” trainer-driver Heath Woods said post-race. It was the second career win at his twelfth race track appearance for the gelded son of Shadyshark Hanover, he enjoyed a lovely one-out one-back trail before asking for the supreme effort at the top of the home straight where he ran away for a 16-metre win in a mile rate of 2m 0.0s. “It has just taken him a little while to learn how to race, he has shown bits and pieces of ability but hadn’t put it together in the one hit, I think this time in he feels more like he has learned the racing caper,” Woods explained Heath has two horses in his care with an unnamed two-year-old that he and his son Aaron purchased at the Carrick Yearling Sale earlier this year. Betterbsweet (photo) was another three-year-old to win on the card when she led all the way to win the Triple M Hobart Pace to record back-to-back victories. Gareth Rattray was able to lead from the pole draw and dictated affairs to defeat Boss Major and Heza Rummage. Ben and Mark Yole once again had a night out when they teamed up for a double with The Lemondrop Kid and Popnduke. Ricky Duggan also drove a double in the sulky with Peaceful Thomas winning first-up from a short spell while Inner Light returned to the winners stall after a narrow defeat last time out. The Paul Hill trained Whos Watching Now was an impressive winner of the two-year-old event courtesy of a copybook drive from Rohan Hillier. Sunday night’s Hobart card was the second last race meeting in the state for steward Roger Brown who will take up a role with Harness Racing Victoria later this month.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Pipers River trainer Marc Butler took four runners to Hobart on Sunday night, and he headed home with a training double. It didn’t take long for Butler to notch up his first win of the night when Vonns Angel opened her winning account in the Roberts Sprint Lane Maiden for two-year-olds. Sent out as the $1.35 favourite, Vonns Angel showed sufficient speed to settle behind the leader Shadow Macray who showed good gate speed to lead soon after the start. From there driver Ricky Duggan had to wait till the top of the home straight and used the sprint lane, where the daughter of Mach Three showed a good turn of foot to score by 5.1-meters in a time of 2m 4.0s for the mile trip. “Everything just worked out good, she had a good draw and followed the right horse that was always going to get her to the top of the sprint lane, once the sprint lane was available she was able to use her point to point speed,” trainer Marc Butler said about the win. Vonns Angel has now had seven starts with three placings to her credit in her first preparation and will now go for a spell. “She will go to the paddock now, with her prize money this season and her Tasbred bonus she has earned the connections $25,000 so that’s not a bad effort winning only one race,” the winning trainer added. An hour and a half later Butler was back in the winners stall with four-year-old mare Western Glory (pictured) who was too good for her rivals in the Cascade Draught Pace. Drawing outside of the second line in the 2090-metre event Duggan was able to take full advantage of a quick lead time early and being able to follow the right horses on the three-wide line over the final lap. “Everything just fell into place for her after they went hard early, she then just looked the winner from the 800-meter mark,” Butler said post-race. It was the third win of the season from only six tries for the well-bred daughter of Western Terror who is out of the Bettors Delight mare Keepers Delight. “She is not the best horse going around but if she has a bit of luck she is never far away, we will just keep going through the system and if she is good enough to go in some of the better mares races we will, if not we will find something easier,” the trainer said about the future plans. Western Glory scored by 6.6-metres and recorded a mile rate of 1m 59.8s for the 2090-metre distance. Bianca Heenan was the stand out trainer of the card with a training treble with Roosevelt, Betterbsweet and Trumps Golden Boy. Hennan who is a clear leader on the states female trainers title has now prepared 50 wins in Australia this season with 49 in Tasmania and one interstate victory with Star Chamber at Melton earlier this year. Ben Yole extended his lead on the states trainers premiership with a training double on the card with Artiflash and Popnduke, The fast class race of the night looked a match race between Harjeet and Ryley Major on paper and the two favourites didn't disappoint with Harjeet leading all the way to defeat Ryley Major by a half head in a mile rate of 1m 55.7s.   Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

For the second meeting in a row, Tasmanian harness racing has gone ahead in heavy fog that left Sky Channel viewers virtually in the dark for many of the races. Sky commentator Colin McNiff described the visibility in Hobart on Friday night as the worst he had experienced in 40 years of race calling. And, Shane Yates resorted to giving a news update to fill in the gaps during one of his calls at Mowbray on Sunday night as horses continually disappeared from his view. However stewards and drivers were satisfied that visibility on the track itself was sufficient for racing to proceed safely. And, the fog didn't slow the horses down with Courageous Katee rating a smart 1:58.7 while easily winning the McKillop Insurance Stakes. It was her 10th career win and the fastest time she's recorded over the 2200m trip. Driver Adrian Collins took Courageous Katee to the lead at the bell and defied the opposition to catch him. They couldn't and the Dick Eaves-trained mare scored by 8m. Punters were on the ball in the Impress Print Pace when the well-backed Inner Light led all the way to beat Call Her Julie and Im Compliant. The winner firmed from $3.40 to $2.60 to displace Im Compliant ($3 to $4.20) as favourite. Scooterwillrev returned from a 13-month layoff to lead all the way in the TAB Racing Centre Pace. Trainer-driver Craig Hayes said the talented four-year-old had been sidelined by a tendon injury. Understandably, he got tired late but snuck home in a three-way photo. By Greg Mansfield Reprinted with permission of The Examiner

The Kent Rattray trained Colby Sanz took the latest step in his bid for success in next week’s Tasracing Dandy Patch Final with an awesome victory in the Series Prelude in Hobart on Friday night. Stable driver John Walters, confident he was driving the best horse in the race, made his move from third last to find the breeze outside Kosimo at the mile marker. “John could see the horse in the death was hanging back a little so he went forward and controlled the tempo,” said Kent. “John sensed the front-runner Kosimo was mixing his gear at the 600-metre mark and attacked for the lead but couldn’t cross so he eased again and waited until turning for home, while Kosimo was game in defeat John was confident Colby Sanz (pictured) could put his head in front when it counted and he did.” Speaking on Saturday from his Lietinna property Rattray was delighted with the way his team pulled up from their Hobart trip. “We had three runners in the Prelude, Colby Sanz and Rockandahardplace have cleaned out their bins while Jimi Sanz usually takes a day or so to fully recover, they are all out running around in the paddock, healthy and happy so that’s the main priority,” Kent said. “While Colby Sanz took the honours in the Prelude I’m not writing off the prospects of Jimi Sanz and Rockandahardplace in the final, I don’t think there is much between them and the draw will be all important come the final.” Top filly Blame It On Me continued her winning run, taking out the Tasracing Evicus Preludewith a powerful finishing burst to boosting her record to five wins from six outings. The Doug Nettlefold trained Big Jim – Shake Me Up star moved into the three-wide train at the bell at the expense of Vonns Angel and when switched on by Nat Emery at the top of the stretch put her rivals to the sword with a powerful finishing burst.   Shane Yates

I Wanna Rock is finally back in the winner's circle after a sensational victory in Hobart in Race 2 on Sunday night. Owner, trainer and driver Sam Rawnsley was rewarded for his hard work and persistence with his former star juvenile (pictured) coming back from a two-year injury lay-off to produce the goods when it mattered in the TAB Park Elwick over 2090 metres. "I'm rapt he's been able to come back from such a serious injury and perform the way he has, two years off is a long time, he has an x-ray file at the Longford Vet Clinic as thick as a log," said Sam. "We got away well from the second row and was able to find a spot two back in the running line, he travelled beautifully from there and I knew if he could get the run at the right time he had the finishing sprint to worry them." Moves came at the bell but Sam resisted the urge to go with them, electing to hold his place. "There was a chance to come out in front of Miracle Marcus at the bell but I knew they had been running along up front so I decided to bide my time and wait for the effort to take its toll on them," said Sam. "I eased out four-wide going to the 400-metre pole and he travelled up sweetly into the home turn, I never really asked him for much in the run to the post as he had the momentum up and had them covered, I loved the way he laid his head down and chased the leader, it was very rewarding to see and feel him so strong." Like Friday night the evening's honours were evenly shared, Christian Salter trained and drove the first winner Burningupthefloor while Shaun Kennedy and Justin Campbell joined forces to salute the judge with Delightful Junie. Matt Cooper's well-supported Call Me Hector clocked a mile rate of 1:57.6 to beat a smart field by 6.6 metres with the Todd Rattray and Lachlan Dakin combination putting a smile on punters faces with Izaha strolling home to victory. Blackbird Power made it back-to-back wins for Gavin Kelly and Ricky Duggan while Yatsenyuk Leis made it five wins from its last six starts for Shelley Barnes and Rohan Hadley.   Shane Yates for tasracing.com.au

TASMANIANS will be keen to claim Max Delight as one of their own, or at the very least acknowledge his local connection, on Sunday night. Although prepared in Victoria, the David Aiken-trained youngster is owned on the Apple Isle by Michael Maxfield, who purchased the son of Bettors Delight at the Australian Pacing Gold Sale. As such, Max Delight is heading across Bass Strait to tackle the state’s Derby in Hobart. The Blue Riband is part of a sensational card which includes the Pacing Cup, Trotters’ Cup and Oaks. “Michael wanted him to come down to try and win the local Derby,” Aiken said. “He will head over on the boat this arvo and get there in the morning. “With Menangle on Friday night this week Todd McCarthy will make the trip down to drive him.” McCarthy combined with Max Delight to capture the New South Wales Derby at Tabcorp Park Menangle a fortnight ago. While he was among the outsiders in the Group One, Max Delight is a short-priced favourite this time around after drawing to lead throughout from barrier two. “He came through his Sydney runs in great shape,” Aiken said. “I gave him a couple of light days after that and he has been working up nicely since. “He’s drawn well and will be pretty hard to beat.” To be given another short break following this weekend’s assignment, the colt is poised to return to the scene of his Group One triumph later in the season. “He will have a little freshen up after the Derby,” Aiken said. “He is New South Wales-bred so the Breeders’ Challenge in June will be his next main target. “I’ll see what I can find in between as a lead-up to that series.”   APG Media

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

Resurgent Spirit returned home from Victoria to storm to victory in the second heat of the Triple M Tasmania Cup on Sunday night at TAB Park Elwick in Hobart. The American Ideal-Resurgent Star eight-year-old returned to the scene of a number of his former glories as the state’s top Juvenile, to firmly throw his hat in the ring for Tasmania’s Premier harness event on next weekend’s Tasmanian Trotting Club’s ‘Super Saturday’ of racing. Resurgent Spirit, under the care of breeder and owner Roger Whitmore, enjoyed a run of 13 straight wins to begin his career as a two and three-year-old and had won 21 of 30 starts on the track going into last night’s run. Resurgent Spirit now resides in Victoria under the watchful eye of Kate Hargreaves and Alex Ashwood at their Shelbourne stables and returned to Tasmania with the Cup his mission. “It was great to have Resurgent Spirit home during the week in the lead-up to Sunday’s heat and a thrill to watch him race again but Kate and Alex do such a marvellous job with him, we know he’s in good hands, their work ethic is amazing and their attention to care for your horse is second to none, they deserve all the success in the world,” said Roger. “Alex handled Resurgent Spirit to perfection, he told me on Thursday that he wanted the back of Gavin Lang on Sicario and out sprint him late and everything went to script sprinting home powerfully to defeat the top three fancies, Sicario ($2.80), War Dan ($3.80) and Shelby Bromac ($2.30).” Resurgent Spirit flew under the radar in his heat, sent out a $41 chance but is sure to start one of the leading hopes in Saturday’s Final. “Alex is staying the week to ensure no stone is left unturned in the lead-up to the final, he looks as if he has pulled up well and I’m looking forward to taking him down to the beach, we spent a lot of time there together when he was a youngster so that will bring back some nice memories, which makes his win even more special.” Shane Yates

Former Victorian trotter Majestic Ess Jay made an outstanding debut in Tasmania to claim the first heat of the Aldebaran Park Tasmanian Trotting Cup in Hobart on Friday night. The Eric Jacobson-trained eight-year-old gelding (pictured) galloped away and lost an enormous amount of ground at the start and looked to have lost all hope but the veteran of 94 starts had other ideas. "We've only had him over for a fortnight and when I worked him during the week I thought we may have pulled the right rein in leasing him as he felt strong in his action, but when he missed the start so badly and stood up Trumps Golden Boy a good 80-metres I thought our tickets were confetti," said Eric. "Admittedly they went slow up front and he tacked on without expending too much energy and when Ray (Pullen) chose to go round them and find the top with a lap to run my spirits rose a little." Trumps Golden Boy, in search of its fifth straight win for Bianca Heenan, pulled out to issue his challenge inside the 400-metre mark and the race was well and truly on. "Considering the work Majestic Ess Jay ($3.40) was forced to do early I thought we may be in trouble but Ray held him together into the home straight and he went powerfully to the post," said a delighted trainer. "When you take a close look at his recent Victorian form Majestic Ess Jay should have something to offer here in Tasmania, in his last run on the mainland he lost 60-metres in the race where there was a track-record set and the owners said they clocked him running a mile-rate of 1:57.5  to get up and run sixth, 18-metres off the winner." Harjeet ($1.00) waltzed home in the Metropolitan Cup scoring by 13-metres for Todd Rattray who capped off his night with success in the last race with Arthur Elliot winning at its second career outing. Ben Yole landed a race-to-race double with Troy McDonald steering home Hez The One ($15) to its second win for the month while Australian Female Drivers Championship state representative Samantha Gangell lifted the bolter Northview Dave ($21) over the line in the Yak Ales Pace. Favourite punters landed some blows of their own with the Bianca Heenan-trained Swap Me  ($2.50) continuing its great form, Couta Rocks ($1.80) bounced back into the winner's list for Marc Butler while last season's Sweepstakes and Dandy Patch winner Resurgent Storm ($1.40) recorded a stylish first-up win as a three-year-old for Roger Whitmore.   Shane Yates

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

Tasmanian champion Harjeet stamped his authority over the state’s top pacers in the $25,000 Triple M Hobart Pacing Cup on Sunday. The five-year-old Rocknroll Hanover-Our Zellweger gelding, trained and driven by Todd Rattray, showed his class over the staying trip of 2579-metres to win by 5.2-metres over a gallant Isaac. “We got a nice run through from outside the second line and settled just worse than midfield and when the pace slackened I thought it was time to wander up toward the lead and test the waters a little,” said Todd. “Harjeet (pictured) travelled up to the leaders smoothly so we just rolled past and he travelled sweetly from there, when we lifted the tempo inside the last half it was really only Isaac that could go with him.”. Isaac, the Juanita McKenzie-trained Devonport Cup winner, switched to the Roberts Sprint lane at the top of the home straight and closed within two metres but the champ had other ideas. “To his credit Isaac got a little close for comfort at one stage,we thought Harjeet would run on a little better than he did but he had switched off and was drifting up the track, the motor kicked in again when he knew he was being challenged and he got the job done (5.2-metres) so hopefully he’ll be better next start.” Harjeet is now an M3 so if heading the way of the Tasmania Cup and Easter Cup he will be looking at a 30-metre handicap or there may be a trip to the mainland on the cards. “I will have to talk to the owners, we would like to take him over at some stage, we’d have to make sure he’s right in himself but it might be time now,” said Todd. “He gets away well from the stand now and puts himself in it but obviously you still have to make up that ground too, Scooterwillrev is still an MO and he’s a pretty good horse and there are few others around.” Todd capped of a successful day with Joogle breaking her maiden status in the $10,000  TTC Members Pace. Bianca Heenan kept her sensational season rolling by training a winning double with Trumps Golden Boy taking out the Aldebaran Park Hobart Trotting Cup and Alta Surreal, with Hannah Van dongen in the cart, capturing its fourth win of the season. Hannah went on to extend her lead in the Leading Female Drivers award steering the Mark Reggett prepared Dasher Houli to back-to-back victories by taking out the Tab Park Elwick Pace. The heavily backed Beam Me Up Chopper ($3.50) put up a herculean performance to win in the Crown Lager Pace for Kate MacLeod after being never closer than three off the peg line while Ektoras overcame an outside draw to salute at odds of $31.00 in the Olympus Feeds P ace. Four-year-old mare Ideal Bliss, guided by Rohan Hillier, returned victorious from an eight-month spell for Paul Hill while Tilly Max made a successful debut for trainer-driver Paul Ashwood in the two-year-old. Shane Yates for tasracing.com.au

Harjeet showed yet again why he is the top pacer racing in the state with an exciting victory in the Toreace Flying Mile on Sunday night at Tab Park in Hobart. The striking Rocknroll Hanover – Our Zellweger five-year-old gelding (pictured), trained and driven by Todd Rattray, backed up from his slashing Tassie Golden Apple win over Scooterwillrev in Launceston on 14 December with another powerful performance against his arch-rival over 1609-metres. Rohan Hadley took the Craig Hayes prepared Scooterwillrev to the front at the bell after being trapped three-wide through the first 600-metres from the outside front line draw. “I knew Rohan (Hadley) would want to work Scooter to the front, so I sat back midfield until I could see he was going to find the top and then made our move up into the death at the 800-metre pole'” said Todd. “The race was on in earnest from there, they are two top horses and we went down the back in 27.6 seconds, Harjeet was just a little rough through the turn off the back so I just eased on the corner into the straight but once we straightened up I was confident he would finish the better. Harjeet scored by a head in a mile-rate of 1:55.5 and will now head to either the Devonport Cup on 27 January or the Hobart Pacing Cup on 3 February. “We are undecided at the moment, he would be off 20-metres in a stand-start at Devonport while the Hobart Cup is a mobile which suits him best so we are leaning in that direction,” said Todd. Todd also has one eye on his young champion Ignatius as he prepares for another mainland mission. “He arrived in Sydney on Saturday and appears to be over the slight infection that cost him what was to be his only Tasmanian run this campaign, he will have a trial and we will take it from there to have him cherry-ripe for the Chariots Of Fire.” Other feature race winners on the TTC programme on Sunday night were the Peter Dornauf trained Sea Double Ugrant in the New Norfolk Cup, notching up a winning hat-trick, while Ima Ginger Rogers capped off a sensational weekend for trainer Steve Davis winning the Matron Stakes to go with Black Centurian’s North Eastern Pacing Cup victory at Scottsdale on Friday. Trainer-driver Paul Hill lifted his four-year-old Feelin Dusty over the line to score by a head over by stablemate Streitkid in the Ted Plunkett Memorial.   Shane Yates

Leading Female trainer Bianca Heenan and premier reinsman Ricky Duggan celebrated the new era of the Tasmanian Trotting Club in Hobart on Friday with winning trebles. Bianca’s successes commenced with the in-form Twenty Two Karat saluting after being backed into $2.90 favouritism in the Tasmanian Equine Veterinary Pace. Hannah van Dongen drove the Always A Virgin – Goldleaf four-year-old mare confidently finding the breeze early before scooting to the front and dashing clear at the 400-metre mark to notch up her fifth win of the season. Star Chamber ($2.40) showed he’s ready for the state’s feature races over the Christmas – New Year break with a powerful performance off the back mark in the Col Saunders Memorial Brighton Cup. “Star Chamber stepped away quickly from the 30-metre handicap and settled just worse than midfield, Rod (Ashwood) took The Aussie to the early lead and I had the co-backmarker Isaac on our back,” said Mark. “Approaching the bell I knew Ricky (Duggan) was getting itchy fingers with Isaac and looking to flush me out to give him cover but I was happy to make our move because I was confident he was travelling strongly.” Star Chamber, having its run back in the state from a mainland campaign, took over from The Aussie at the turn off the back but the ten-year-old Our Sir Vancelot – Courtney Breeze gelding still had Isaac stalking him. “The pressure was on and I was a sitting duck really, but that’s when his quality, courage and will to win to kicked in” said the premiership leading reinsman. “We turned for home a sulky’s length in clear and held Isacc all the way down the stretch.” Christian Salter handed Bianca her third winner for the night when Trumps Golden Boy ($5.00) trotted to back-to-back victories in the Alderbaran Park Trotters Mile. Ricky Duggan’s Christmas came early piloting home Streitkid ($2.70 fav) for Paul Hill, the Christian Salter prepared Madaboutthechase ($7.00) and the Rod Ashwood trained Still Hungover ($1.80 fav). Shane Yates

Bianca Heenan, Hannah van Dongen, Ben Yole , Mark Yole and Rod Ashwood all enjoyed successful evenings in Hobart on Friday picking up winning doubles. Bianca Heenan extended her lead in the Female Trainers Premiership with the first two winners on the card both steered home by rising star Hannah van Dongen. “Big Bang Raj ran right up to his last outing to win strongly from a tricky draw outside the front line, he began well but couldn’t get across without using too much petrol so Hannah just allowed him to settle midfield and waited for the early speed to come out of the race before making her move,” said Bianca. “Big Bang Raj got a breather in the middle stages and when the pressure came on at the 400 metre mark he was ready to go and he took over turning for home and burst clear to win easily, I was also happy with the run of stablemate Swap Me which ran on strongly to run the quinella at double figure odds.” Bianca and Hannah team up again in race two with Alta Surreal making it back-to back victories after scoring in style at Carrick on Sunday. “Alta Surreal (pictured) is in a rich vein of form he won powerfully last week and once he found the front I was feeling confident, ” said the Brighton trainer. “He was attacked and headed by Jake’s A Joy at the bell but Hannah didn’t panic, she was rating Alta Surreal well and at the 400 metre pole she lifted the tempo and he strolled away for five  metre win.” Ben and Mark Yole combined with seven-year-old mare I’m Paige coming from the one – one and Diamond Grace overpowering The Lemon Drop Kid after sitting in the breeze while Rod Ashwood was successful with the Juanita McKenzie prepared Isacc toppling stablemate Laredo Torpedo before saluting in the last for Ken Shorter with odds-on favourite Betterthanfetta.   Shane Yates

It was a bleak night for punters at the Tasmanian Pacing Club meeting on Friday in Hobart. The first five winners on the eight-event card all starting at double figure-odds with Ricky Duggan and Rod Ashwood both playing leading roles. The Sportswriter-Spice On Ice four-year-old mare Miss Superbia ($12) (pictured) was rewarded for her consistency in the opener, the Cascade Draught Pace, after running six straight placings this season for trainer Rod Ashwood she was finally first to greet the judge. “She’s been knocking on the door since August, she hasn’t missed a place since then and even though she is no star she is very honest and Rick (Duggan) handled her a treat,” said trainer Rod Ashwood. “Miss Superbia ran the gate from a wide draw over the 1609 -metre trip, spearing to the lead on settling and although she was pressured all the way by the favourite Mister Last was still travelling at the 400-metre mark before Ricky lifted the tempo and she kicked clear for a three-metre win.” Rod was in the winner’s circle again in race two the Rexel North Hobart Pace this time in the cart behind the Eric Jacobson prepared War Chest ($20). “War Chest has been a little off his best of late but he won three straight last year so I knew he had the ability to be in the finish and when they slackened off up front at the 1200 pole we whipped around the field to take our chances from the death seat,” said Rod. “We’d had plenty of rain late in the weak and the track was fairly heavy so up near the led was the place to be and he had a great battle all the way with the leader Pockets Of Courage and after a slugging go had enough in hand to hold off the fast-finishing favourite Sea Ugrant.” Duggan followed up in the third the Tasmanian Equine Veterinary Pace with the Paul Medhurst prepared Rocknroll Highlight producing the goods at $41, defeating fellow outsiders Big Bang Raj ($17) and Im Full Tilt ($16). Ashwood finished off the night on a more popular note with punters guiding home his Raceatrotter Syndicate trained trotter Redason ($1.85). “He’s been working well, the key was trotting all the way, he’s a good type and when he puts it all together he’s always going to be hard to hold out,” said Ashwood. “We had a charmed run on the tail of the 40-metre backmarker Ten Cassies and when Nat (Emery) ran to the front off the back we just tracked them into the straight before getting home over the top for a powerful win.”   Shane Yates

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