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A winning treble at Wednesday night's Launceston Pacing Club meeting has lifted Beauty Point reinsman Rohan Hillier within 11 wins of Todd Rattray at the top of the Drivers Premiership table with five meetings remaining in the 2017/18 season. Hillier's winning run started with his five-year gelding Im Compliant (pictured) making it six straight in Tasmania with another convincing victory in the Bevan Lees Butchery Pace over 2200 metres. "We will take the win tonight but I thought he was a bit flat, he's had a couple of tough runs lately but his class got him through," said Rohan. "We will pull some blood when we get home and see if that tells us anything, he may just need a week in the paddock to freshen him up a little." The John Castles-trained three-year-old gelding Flashy Ruler was rewarded for his recent consistent performances with a last-to-first victory. Stablemate Keep Playing led to the home turn but Hillier wound up the flashy grey out wide on the track and he gunned them down in the home stretch to win impressively. "We were further back than I had planned to be, but when I called on him out four and five wide at the 400-metre mark he responded like a good horse and had then covered on the home corner, I was very impressed with him he'll win again on that run." The Kristy Grant-trained favourite Rollon Jack rounded out Rohan's treble with a courageous run in the last race of the night digging deep over the concluding stages to score by 1.7-metres after looking beaten off on the home turn. "He wanted to hang on the home corner and I thought the best he would do at that point would be finish third but once he balanced up in the straight he really knuckled down to the task and scored a gutsy win." Troy McDonald chimed in with a winning double for leading trainer Ben Yole, sneaking under the radar of punters with Black Ops leading all the way at double-figure odds and following up with the well-performed Gems completing a winning hat-trick. Rohan Hadley topped the night off for Ben Yole steering home his third winner on the programme with Monarkmac scoring a convincing victory by eight-metres. Shane Yates

Perth trainer-driver Mark Yole may will play a prominent role at tonight’s Launceston Pacing Club meeting. Yole has a drive in every race on the compact six-event card including four for his brother Ben, the leader in the State Trainer’s Premiership. “Ben has trained 110 winners for the season and would love to break the record of 124 victories he set last year,” said Mark. “I’m planning on doing my bit for the stable with drives on Heza Rummage, No Apachemee, Rocknrollhighlight and Selfrighteousbouy.” “Heza Rummage has raced himself into top form with two wins and four placings in nine runs since mid-June, he galloped out at Devonport and then sat out three-wide before racing clear to win 10 or 15 metres (14.9 metres) and then finished a strong second here on Friday night behind Goggo Gee Gee.” said Yole “No Apachemee has won six races this season but we have our work cut out with Im Compliant flying at the moment but I’m sure we are clear second pick, Rocknrollhighlight has an awkward inside second line draw to contend with but seven of her 15 career victories have come this season so I’m confident she will perform well tonight and Selfrighteousbouy has been placed at two of his last three runs.” Mark will also partner Rowley in the first Elders Insurance Launceston Pace for Ken Rattray. “Rowley is only a two-year-old taking on the older horses but he’s won three of his eight outings and is coming off a smart win over Adele Said in Hobart last time out,” Yole said. “We will get a good trail through from the second line and if we can get on the back of Flying Wingard he will be a strong chance to finish over the top of them and Like It Is for Max Jacobson is dropping a lot in class and if we can have some pace on early I’d say he is a good chance for punters at juicy odds.” Tonight’s Launceston Pacing Club meeting, commencing at 17.14, may be viewed via the Live stream service at tasracing.com.au. Shane Yates

Lachlan Dakin broke through for the first win of his driving career on Friday night in Launceston, guiding Goggo Gee Gee to victory. Lachlan has been putting in the hard yards around the Rattray stables for the past 18 months and his reward for effort finally came with his success at his thirteenth drive. “It’s been a great experience working for the Rattray’s I couldn’t ask for nicer people or a better place to learn my craft,” said Lachlan. “Todd’s been great to me, he goes through the form with me and explains everything about what is required around the stables and on the training track so I’ve been very lucky.” Lachlan got the ball rolling for the boss with a classy drive positioning Goggo Gee Gee in sixth position before making his move out three-wide at the bell. “Goggo Gee Gee was travelling well and when we ran to the front off the back at the 600-metre mark I was feeling confident,” said Lachlan. “He’s been working well so I knew he would take some running down in the home straight, he held them off easily in the finish to win by five metres.” The win was the start of a highly successful night for Todd, training three winners and steering home two of his stable runners, Hayley’s Comet ($3.00 fav) and Our Summer Vacation ($3.40) in the trot. Todd took over the reins in race 4 on Hayley’s Comet and he drove the popular pick aggressively from the second line spearing between runners on the front line to find the death seat from gate 12 in the first 300-metres, before running to the front at the bell. Rattray dictated proceedings out in front with Hayley’s Comet before going for home at the top of the stretch, the Rock n Roll Heaven-As It Is In Heaven four-year-old gelding responded gamely and held the opposition at bay to score by 2.2-metres, much to the delight of favourite punters. Todd capped off his outstanding night with a victory in the Trotters Discretionary with 40-metre backmarker Our Summer Vacation scoring back-to-back wins at the track. Our Summer Vacation began safely and steadily made up its handicap before settling in the one-one. Todd bided his time on the experienced campaigner before hooking out four-wide at the 400 pole and had the race in his keeping a long way out. Rohan Hillier claimed a winning double in the sulky with Rocknroll Turbo and Max Delight in a Heat of the Australasian Breeders Crown for Colts and Geldings. Shane Yates

It was another successful week of harness racing in the state including the rising star of Tasmanian harness racing Im Compliant keeping his unbeaten record in Australia intact with his second win this preparation, while 2014 Star Chamber found the winners stall for the second time this preparation with another win in Hobart on Friday. There was also success further aboard with Tasmanian-bred pacers winning at Melton, Menangle and Albion Park on Saturday night and the trend looks set to continue this week when the Tassie Terminator 2.0, Ignatius steps out at Menangle. Launceston is our venue for racing on Friday night with a 10-race card. The Launceston Pacing Club will also race on Wednesday night. The Stars Star Chamber – the Bianca Heenan-trained pacer broke the $200,000 barrier in prize-money when the 2014 Tasmanian Cup winner recorded his fourth win of the season when he took out the Free For All in Hobart on Friday night. The nine-year-old Our Sir Vancelot gelding has now recorded two wins from two starts this preparation. Mark Yole – was clearly the dominant driver in the sulky over the weekend recording driving doubles at both Hobart and Devonport to take his season total to 36 wins. John Castles  – continued his excellent strike rate with his runners finishing in the top four placings on the Devonport circuit and a training double, including the quinella, in the first race with Keep Playing and Flashy Ruler. This season Castles has started 46 runners in Devonport with 25 of those running in the top four positions. Im Compliant – Rohan Hillier-trained pacer just keeps winning since arriving in Australia. Tasmanian-bred pacers across Bass Strait – Resurgent Spirit (Melton), Pachacuti (Menangle) and Miss Graceland (Albion Park) all winners at Metropolitan venues on Saturday night. Multiple Winners Hobart – Friday Mark Yole – driving double; Abs Boy and Rowley. Rohan Hillier – driving double; Im Compliant and Miracle Marcus. Ricky Duggan – driving double; Inner Light and Western Glory. Devonport – Sunday Todd Rattray – training and driving double; Kvitova Leis and Joggle. Driving treble with the win of Keep Playing. Mark Yole – driving double; Artarama and Heza Rummage. Ben Yole – training treble; Artarama, Heza Rummage and Gems. John Castles – training double; Keep Playing and Chirac. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Hobart on Friday night. Usain Jolt 56.55, Do It For Dave 57.04, No Apacheemee 57.12, Im Compliant 57.13 and Miss Atomic Betty 57.21. From Devonport on Sunday. Sheer Strength 57.32, Monarkmac 57.33, No Apacheemee 57.55, Kvitova Leis and Tarleton Riley both recorded 57.00. View all Tasmanian Sectional Data here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart Hit: Abs Boy $8.50 into $8.00. Defied The Drift: Inner Light $2.90 out to $3.10 and Rowley $3.30 out to $4.00. Missed: Chasing Cheetahs $4.60 into $4.00. Devonport  Hit’s: Gems $7.00 into $5.50 and All Over The Stars $9.00 into $8.50. Defied The Drift: Artarama $8.50 out to $16, Kvitova Leis $2.00 out to $2.90, Heza Rummage $3.50 out to $4.40 and Chirac $9.50 out to $11. Missed: Berty Mach $10 into $8.50, Selling The Dream $7.50 into $4.60, Like It Is $10 into $8.50, Jeans Mattjesty $8.50 into $7.00 and Aunty Rita $8.00 into $5.00. Trial File Carrick Park on Saturday  Three trials were staged on Saturday morning where the Ben Yole-trained Washmepockets recorded the quickest winning mile rate of the morning of 2:06.5 for the 2150-metre journey. Washmepockets is the winner of four races this season and scored in the trial by 2m over the stablemate Countdown. Other winners of the morning included; Redason (2:07.8), Bobbi Direct (2:09.2) and Miss Condeleeza (2:07.6). Week Ahead Harness racing returns to Launceston on Friday evening for a 10-race program. The Craig Hayes-trained Scooterwillrev will be looking for his fourth win in a row when he lines up in the Happy 60th Birthday Robert Rattray Stakes. Scooterwillrev broke the track record for the 2200-metre journey in Launceston at his most recent start on July 22 when he recorded a mile rate of 1:56.6. On Friday, driver Rohan Hadley has 2698 metres to make up his 20-metre handicap and is the only runner to be handicapped in the six-horse field. The first two races in Launceston are the Tasmanian heats of the Australasian Breeders Crown for two-year-olds with the Fillies division being race one at 16:36. Participants and punters are also reminded that the trials set down for Hobart on Tuesday evening will now be held on Sunday morning commencing at 10:00 am. Interstate this weekend we see our local star, Ignatius step up to M0 company at Menangle as the James Rattray-trained and driven pacer continues his preparation for the upcoming Breeders Crown series. Horses with Tasmanian interest contesting races at metropolitan venues interstate this week included: Gloucester Park – Friday night Race 6 – Horse 9. Devendra Menangle – Saturday night Race 3 – Horse 5. Shezallapples Race 5 – Horse 7. Ignatius Melton – Saturday night Race 4 – Horse 7. Miley Rose Race 7 – Horse 8. Solid As A Rock Albion Park – Saturday night Race 2 – Horse 3. Jerrys Jet Race 7 – Horse 3. Fioki Some of the Tasmanian ex-pats have been driving exceptionally well of recent weeks interstate including Alex Ashwood who has picked up the drive on the Andy Gath trained Reils in the Victorian Trotters Derby at Maryborough in central Victoria on Sunday. Reils is a gelded son of Skyvalley and is the winner of eight races from 19 starts. Another Tasmanian who is doing well interstate is Jack Laugher who sits in 10th position on the Victorian Concession Drivers premiership where he has recorded 18 wins in that state this season. Meanwhile, Josh Duggan continued his good form with a driving double at Melton on Monday afternoon Duncan Dornauf

It has been a history-making week in Tasmanian harness racing during the past seven days. Last Wednesday in Hobart the first harness race from Tasmania was exported to France when they took the telecast of the Trotters race which was taken out by All The Way Mae. The history books were reopened on Sunday night when Scooterwillrev recorded a mile rate of 1min 56.6secs for 2200 metres in Launceston, breaking the previous record which was set by She’s Magnetic of 1:57.2 in late May. To put this track record into perspective you have to go back to March 2010 to find the previous record when Lanercost recorded 1:57.3. This weekend sees two race meetings with the Tier One meeting being held in Hobart on Friday night which will see two walkovers in the heats of the Breeders Crown before the action returns to the north-west coast in Devonport for the Tier Two meeting that will see the trotters go around for the first time at the Devonport Showgrounds since trotting races were reintroduced to the state The Stars Scooterwillrev – brought up his third win in a row with a track record performance in Launceston on Sunday evening with a tough win in the fast class race of the night. The final three quarters were run in 29.0secs, 27.7secs and 28.0secs. The gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere is now being aimed at a race during the Breeders Crown Carnival with trainer Craig Hayes having a number of races to pick from including the four-year-old’s Breeders Crown and the Breeders Crown Graduate Cup for horses that were nominated for the Breeders Crown as a yearling and are assessed M0 to M1. Rohan Hillier – continued his brilliant form with a driving treble on Sunday night including a training double in the opening two races. Hillier has 67 driving wins for the season and if his current form continues he looks set to pass his previous best number of wins in a season of 73. Max Delight – produced a brilliant win at his Tasmanian debut in the $15,000 Olympus Feeds Golden Slipper. The Bettors Delight colt ran away in a 57.3secs last half to win by 15.9 metres over Resurgent Storm who was undefeated going into the race. Trainer Paul Ashwood indicated post-race that the youngster will be aimed at the Breeders Crown series in Victoria next month and will attempt to qualify for a spot in the semi-finals in a heat in Launceston on August 3. Im Compliant – former Kiwi gelding remains undefeated after four Australian starts and couldn’t have been more impressive winning in Launceston on Sunday night where he sat three-wide for the final 1200-metres in a slick 1min 57.0secs for the 1680-metre journey. Todd Rattray – continued his good form since resuming from injury with four winning drives in the past seven days. He is 13 wins clear on the state drivers premiership for the season. Star Chamber – the former Tasmanian Cup was back in the winners stall on Wednesday night when he was first up since finishing fifth behind Harjeet in the Easter Cup. Multiple Winners Hobart – Wednesday Todd Rattray – driving treble; Aitutaki, Elect To Go and Yatsenyuk Leis. Dylan Ford – driving double; Do It For Dave and Star Chamber. Justin Campbell – driving double; Boltnmach and Delightful Junie. Ricky Duggan – driving double; Sutter Star and All The Way Mae. Launceston – Sunday Rohan Hillier – training and driving double; Im Compliant and Rocknroll Turbo. He made it a driving treble with the win of Max Delight. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Hobart on Wednesday. Do It For Dave 57.66, Star Chamber 57.95, Heza Rummage 58.24, Poker Storm 58.46 and Monarkmac 58.62. From Launceston on Sunday. Scooterwillrev 55.51, Lockaway Kacie 56.52, Rocknroll Turbo 56.90, Illegal Immigrant 56.91 and Im Born To Rule 57.01. View all Tasmanian Sectional Data here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart Defied The Drift: Aitutaki $13 out to $16, Boltnmach $17 out to $19 and Do It For Dave $6.00 out to $7.00 Missed: Miss Atomic Betty $15 into $11, Tactical Delight $11 into $8.50 and Selfrightousbouy $8.00 into $6.00. Launceston Hit: Scooterwillrev $1.30 into $1.14. Defied The Drift: Miss Atomic Betty $21 out to $26, Bremusa $4.00 out to $7.00 and El Jays Monza $2.90 out to $3.90. Missed: Karalta Kruise $2.90 into $2.49, Ideal Karalta $4.20 into $3.80 and Illegal Immigrant $2.90 into $2.70. Trial File Hobart on Monday Three trials were staged at the Elwick Racing Complex where the Adrian Duggan-trained, Taylor Ford-driven Tizyalator recorded the quickest mile rate of the night in 2mins 2.1secs for 2090-metres, in a C0 and better mobile event. Positioned behind the leader in the trial, Tizyalator scored by two metres over Never Sighted, that duo finished some 98 metres in front of the third placegetter Ucarntbeatamint. The last two quarters were run in 29.3secs and 28.6secs. The remaining two trials were won by Maravilloso (2:18.1) and Brystabella (2:03.4). Week Ahead It’s a great night of racing in Hobart on Friday night where the Cascade Draught Pace for Free For All pacers is one of the highlights on the card. The Juanita McKenzie-trained pacers will feature at the top of the market with exciting pacer Plata O Plomo who has won four out of his last six starts and comes off a second placing behind the in-form Scooterwillrev on the Hobart circuit on July 13. Jaks Teller is the other runner from McKenzie’s stable, the Washington Vc entire has won six races and has been placed on four occasions from 10 starts this season. One question punters have will be with his gate speed as he has only ever drawn inside barrier six on three occasions in his career where he was never pushed off the gate early in those efforts. Another highlight on the Hobart program will be in race three where Im Compliant takes on the in-form Usain Jolt and the Hobart specialist Zhukov Leis. The first of seven Tab races gets underway at 16:53 with races eight and nine being walkovers with only one horse contesting each race. Devonport is the venue for Sunday night harness racing where the John Castles-trained Keep Playing will be looking for her second win of the season when she lines up in the opening race. The gelded son of Shadow Play comes into the race off four placings in his last five starts including a second placing in Launceston on Sunday. Driver Todd Rattray will only need an ounce of luck from the inside of the second row over the 2297-metre event. It will be a feast for punters on the north-west coast with thoroughbred racing at Spreyton Park during the afternoon. Having a look at runners with Tasmanian interest at metropolitan venues this week includes; Melton – Saturday night Race 1 Horse 1 Resurgent Spirit Race 3 Horse 4 Nikkibadwagon Race 5 Horse 2 The Bettormack Race 7 Horse 6 Miley Rose Menangle – Saturday night Race 1 Horse 5 Rykov Leis and Horse 7 Pachacuti Race 5 Horse 7 Shezallapples   Duncan Dornauf

IMPECCABLY bred two-year-old pacer Max Delight is a long way from recovering the money his owner Mick Maxfield paid for him as a yearling but the youngster is well on his way to repaying the debt. In Launceston on Sunday night Max Delight treated his rivals with contempt as he powered his way to an effortless win in the $15,000 Golden Slipper over 1609 metres. He scored by 16 metres from the previously unbeaten Resurgent Storm that had collected the Sweepstakes and Dandy Patch finals prior to Sunday night’s assignment. The Paul Ashwood-trained colt was purchased by Maxfield for $245,000 at the 2017 Australian pacing Gold Yearling sale in Melbourne. The colt was dispatched to the Darren Hancock stable in NSW where he was prepared for a tilt at the 2YO APG Gold series in which he finished third in a heat before being unplaced in a repêchage that sent him into a consolation final in which he finished fourth. Maxfield brought him back to Tasmania for the Golden Slipper and is now expected to either campaign the youngster in Victoria or send him for a spell. Ashwood is confident Max Delight is better than Majestic Emperor, another pacer Maxfield raced that won 18 races including the $50,000 Sweepstakes final in Hobart at two before finishing a gallant fifth to megastar Lombo Pocket Watch in the $285,000 APG final at Albion Park in 2006. Peter Staples

Scooterwillrev stamped himself as an outstanding pacer in both his two and three-year-old seasons but his trainer, Craig Hayes, has sounded out an ominous warning to his rivals after another sensational victory in Launceston on Sunday night. “Scooterwillrev is getting better and better with every run, he’s putting it all together now,” said Craig. “He is doing everything right on the training track, pacing a lot smoother stronger and going straight, all his little issues seemed to have sorted themselves out and he has really hit his straps.” The Somebeachsomewhere-Karamea Toastime four-year-old gelding showed his class in the Resurgent Storm Pace, exploding away from the field at the 600-metre mark to record a crushing 29.2-metre win as the long odds-on favourite at $1.20. “It was a great effort, we thought Gareth (Rattray) may have led early with Another Swinger and handed up to us knowing how well he’s been going but Call Her Julie found the top and Rohan (Hadley) was content to sit up outside her before running to the front down the back straight,” said a delighted trainer and part owner. “He ran his last mile in 1:56.6 and there still something left in the tank so if you don’t get excited by that then you’re in the wrong game.” Scooterwillrev has now won 19 of his 31 starts including his last three on the trot and has amassed stake money of $117,000. “We haven’t made a firm decision on whats next for ‘Scooter’ but there is every likelihood we may take him to Victoria for the Breeders Crown heats,” said Craig. “There is another race on the day worth $20,000 so we have a few options open to us, he deserves his chance given the way he is racing at the moment that’s for sure.” Rohan Hiller snared a treble on the card with two of his stable stars saluting, Im Compliant and Rocknroll Turbo in the first two races on the Launceston Pacing Club programme before capping off his successful night behind the heavily backed Paul Ashwood prepared Max Delight in the Olympus Feeds Golden Slipper Two-Year-Old Feature. Shane Yates for Tas Racing

Rohan Hillier currently sits third on the State’s Drivers Premiership table behind reigning champion Todd Rattray and the surging Ricky Duggan. The Beauty Point trainer-driver has enjoyed another fantastic season and goes into tonight’s meeting in Launceston quietly confident of success. “I’ve got a handy book of drives, a couple from my own stable and two from Paul Ashwood’s so I’m looking forward to the challenge,” said Rohan. Former Shakey Isles pacer Im Compliant kicks off Hillier’s night in the opening race on the card the Bevan Lee’s Butchery Pace over 1680-metres. “Im Compliant came across from New Zealand earlier in the year and scored impressively in Hobart first-up and followed up with 0two strong performance in Launceston winning narrowly over a couple of smart ones like Buster William, Offthetopofmyhead and Koolaz Elvis,” said Hillier. “I’ve given him three months off so he will be short of a run but his class will carry him a long way.” RocknRoll Turbo (pictured) has drawn the pole position in race two the Lyndon and Gail Menegon – El Jays Mystery Stakes 0ver 1680-metres. “Turbo has a great draw, he’s the punter’s pal, he’s run favourite nine times and has saluted on eight occasions from a dozen starts, I believe he can lead and if he does I’ll be very disappointed if he doesn’t win,” said the four-year-old gelding’s trainer. The Paul Ashwood-trained Somebeachsomewhere-Bylong Bele gelding Miracle Marcus won it’s first race start in Launceston in April of last year and then had the misfortune to run into a Todd Rattray two-year-old on debut by the name of Ignatius which is now regarded as the three-year-old champion of Australasian Harness racing. Miracle Marcus has raced throughout Victoria and  South Wales in the past 14 months before returning to Tasmania earlier in the month for a first-up second to Beam Me Up Chopper and will contest the Rick and Naomi Hinds-Nostra Beach Stakes. “He won on the road at Echuca and Wagga and we’ve drawn inside the second line so I will be looking to work off the pegs in the early stages which will give him his best chance,” said Hillier. Rohan’s final drive for the night is behind Max Design in the Two-Year-old feature the Olympus Feeds Golden Slipper. The Bettors Delight-Lady Euthenia colt has had four runs in New South Wales for a victory at Goulburn and a placing at Menangle in his first campaign. “This will be his first run in Tasmania, Paul tells me he is working well so I’m looking forward to the drive and to seeing how he feels.” Tonight’s Launceston Pacing Club meeting commences at 17.14 and can be seen on the live stream service at tasracing.com.au. Shane Yates

Todd Rattray celebrated his recent return from injury by driving four winners on the eight-event Launceston Pacing Club programme on Wednesday night. Along with steering home his first trotting winner in Tasmania with Our Summer Vacation, Todd landed victories with stable runners Koolaz Elvis, Fortino and Yatsenyuk Leis. Our Summer Vacation ($2.70), coming off back mark of 40-metres not only had to overcome its stiff handicap but also severe interference from the galloping polemarker Tip Top Eurasian shortly after the start and at one point must have been a good 80 to 90 metres off the leader Charlottescrown over the 2698-metre trip. Rattray, confident he was on the best-credentialled totter in the race, allowed Our Summer Vacation to move into the race under his own steam, tacking onto the tail of the field with 1400 metres to run. Ricky Duggan moved away from pegs at the bell with All The Way Mae and Rattray was quick to latch onto his back to make his run. All The Way Mae struck the lead as they ran to the 400-metre pole but Our Summer Vacation was looming large out three wide issuing his challenge. Straightening for the run to the judge Our Summer Vacation, under a good hold from Todd, went to the front and cruised to the line untouched to win stylishly by 2.8-metres over All The Way Mae and last week’s winner Ten Caisses. Rattray has some sobering thoughts for Our Summer Vacation’s future rivals when he spoke to Tasracing’s live stream host Duncan Dornauf on his return after the event. “The check after the start certainly didn’t help his chances but we got a good run in the finish and he’s got a good sprint and we were able to use that up the home straight,” said Todd. “He’s not liking the tight turns but I think he will get used to it the more racing he does.” Todd’s four winners boosted his chances of securing back-to-back Drivers Premiership Titles, pushing his lead over Rohan Hillier out to ten. Koolaz Elvis set the standard of the night for the Rattray stable, saluting the judge after being backed from an opening quote of $5 to start $3.50. Former Country Cups king Fortino ($2.50f) came off the 10-metre handicap to account for second-elect Sheer Strength by 1.8-metres and followed up with the sensationally backed Yatsenyuk Leis ($1.90 into $1.40) scoring by 8-metres. Shane Yates for Tasracing

The Launceston Pacing Club stages its first meeting featuring trotting tonight with the running of the Neil Pitt Discretionary Handicap. Last week’s successful trotting event in Hobart has raised interest after the Adam Emery-prepared Ten Caisses stormed through along the Roberts Sprint Lane to create history by becoming the first winner of a trotting race in Tasmania in almost a century. The field of five all finished within 2.7-metres of the winner, adding to the spectacle of what was an entertaining affair. Four of the five runners will face the starter again tonight with Ben Yole adding two new trotters to the ranks, joining his original team member My Jackofdiamonds. “Tip Top Eurasian and Charlottes Crown will both start from the front line tonight while My Jackofdiamonds which ran a solid second on debut in the state will come from the 10-metre handicap,” said the state’s leading trainer. “I was really impressed with the way the trotters performed in Hobart, we didn’t have a runner even look like galloping in the run so it was a credit to everyone and to have such a close finish was the icing on the cake, I will be interested to see the way our two newcomers measure up under pressure.” Punters will be looking to get off to a flying start to the meeting with the Phil Mascall-trained Origin Cronk returning from a brief layoff in the opening race, the Nichols Sound and Communications Stakes. Origin Cronk returned from a two-year injury-enforced break to put two wins together at Devonport in March followed by success in Launceston in April. The Cardmaster Hanover-Arabella Lombo five-year-old gelding will have the services of Samantha Gangell and has drawn favourably in four on the front line over the 1680-metre sprint trip. The Michael Laugher-prepared filly Karalta Felesha returns from unplaced runs in the Sweepstakes and Evicus Finals to contest the last race on the card the Roberts Equine Supplies Two-Year-Old. Prior to racing in the Feature events, the Mach Three-Caroline Claire filly had scored impressively in Launceston, leading all the way to score by 6.7 metres. Gareth Rattray will guide Karalta Felesha out of the mobile from gate three on the front line and appears ready to return to the winner’s list. Tonight’s eight-event Launceston Pacing Club card, commencing at 17.25, can be seen via the live stream service at tasracing.com.au with host Duncan Dornauf previewing the meeting at 17:00. Shane Yates

The final round of heats of the 2018 Botra Claiming Novice Drivers Series was held in Launceston on Friday night where Conor Crook secured maximum points in heat five which was enough for him to secure the series. Like many seasons in the past, Tasmania once again has a strong crop of three-year-olds with three horses from that crop winning across the seven race card. Harness Racing continues in Tasmania tonight in Launceston with an eight-race card with one Trotting race and seven Pacing events before the action heads to Hobart for Friday night racing.   The Stars Conor Crook - Took out the Botra Claiming Novice Drivers Series which concluded in Launceston on Friday night. Crook has been one of the most improved concession drivers in the state since deciding to make the plunge and relocate to Tasmania just over 12-months ago. He partnered Similan Beach to victory in heat five which gave him an unbeatable lead going into the final heat. Dylan Ford - took out training honours on Friday night with a double. The first leg was with eight-year-old Blissfull Hall gelding Blisstar, who scored courtesy of a well-timed drive by Germaine Boisrame to defeat Dont Pass Im Fast to give Ford the training quinella. Two-year-old Bettethancheddar Filly, Betterbsweet, was the last leg of Ford's double when she won her second race at only her fourth racetrack appearance. Deborah Williams - has her team performing consistently week in week out at present and she was in the winner’s circle again with Jaccka Len who won his third race in his past six starts. The Three-year-olds - Similan Beach, Bettabrown Tiger and Beam Me Up Chooper all were in the winners' circle and all have above average ability. Keep an eye out for Betterbrown Tiger at Melton on Thursday night as he chases his Vicbred bonus.     Multiple Winners Launceston - Friday Dylan Ford – training double; Blisstar and Betterbsweet. Conor Crook – driving double; Similan Beach and Jaccka Len.   Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Launceston on Friday. The Aussie 56.42, Jackka Len 57.33, Illegal Immigrant 57.37, Inner Light 57.97 and Similan Beach 58.20.   View all Tasmanian Sectional Data here. Tasracing Official Price Launceston Hit: Betterbsweet $4.40 into $3.90 Defied The Drift: Blisstar $18 out to $31, Finn Mac Kee $2.50 out to $2.70 and Beam Me Up Chopper $2.40 out to $2.60 Missed: Ready To Fire (7th) $12 in to $8.00, Selling The Dream (6th) $12 into $17, Heza Rummage (4th) $8.00 into $6.50 and Stryker (3rd) $2.05 into $1.80. Trial File Devonport on Monday Three trials were staged at the Devonport Showgrounds, the quickest winning mile rate came in the last trial when Giant Steps was too good for his stable mate Sewcanhugh. They covered the 2297-metre journey in a mile rate of 2mins 8.3secs. Giant Steps is a seven-year-old gelded son of Royal Mattjesty and is the winner of 11 races from 130-career starts. He also has 22 placings to his credit. The remaining two trials were won by Another One Bites (2:09.8) and Giant Steps (2:08.3).     Week Ahead Harness racing heads to Launceston tonight for an eight-race Tier Two programme. The fast class race of the night is race three, a C5 and better-conditioned handicap over the 2200-metre journey where the Ben Yole trained, Troy McDonald driven Sheer Strength will be hoping to begin safely from the pole position. The Shadow Play geldings last win came in Launceston on May 20 in a similar class of race when he was able to lead all the way to win by 12-metres. The sixth race on the card is the first Trotting race in Launceston since the reintroduction of Trotting races in Tasmania which features the first four placegetters from Hobart on July 1 take on newcomers to the state in Tip Top Eurasian and Charlottescrown who are both trained by Ben Yole. The Tier One meeting for the week will be in Hobart on Friday night where Tasmanian Equine Veterinary Services Belmont Pace is the feature race on the card for the two-year-old Fillies. The Robert Woods trained Blossom Grant will be no doubt trying to make the most of the pole draw advantage in the $12,000 event. To be driven by Robert's grandson Brady, Blossom Grant has been placed in two of her three career starts including a third placing on debut behind Perfect Major and Karalta Moondance. Her only two starts on the Hobart track came in during the Group 3 Evicus where she ran second in the prelude and fourth in the final. The Tasmanian Equine Veterinary Services Belmont Pace is the first race on an eight-race card which will also see the running of the $12,000 Elite Pace commencing at 16:33. Like always we have a plenty of Tasmanian interest interstate including; Melton Thursday Race 2 No. 11 Bettabrown Tiger - trained by Melissa Maine and will be driven by Gareth Rattray. Race 5 No 13 Solid As A Rock - part-owned by Katrina Hillier. Melton Saturday Race 7 No. 6 Dasher Houli - trained by Mark Reggett who is also raced by Tasmanian interest. Duncan Dornauf

It took Exeter reinsman Conor Crook took just two minutes and 46.36 seconds to secure the BOTRA Claiming Novice Drivers title on Friday night guiding Similan Beach to an effortless fifth heat victory in the opening race on the Launceston Pacing Club card. Conor entered the final round of Heats with a handy six-point lead over Allister Woods and was able to take full advantage of the perfect inside front line on the classy Marc Butler-trained pacer. Similan Beach held the lead in the run to the first corner and Conor dictated terms on top, rating the three-year-old to perfection to record a last half of 58.2 seconds and a stroll away for a 5.7-metre victory over Inner Light, driven by Lee Simmonds, with the Allister Woods-driven Flying Wingard a further 7.3 metres away third. Samantha Freeman drove a sensational race aboard the in-form Thomas Jackson-trained Finn Mac Kee in the sixth and final heat. Samantha positioned the seven-time winner on the leader Ima Ginger Rogers back and bided her time until turning for home where she peeled off the peg line and stormed to the lead before dashing clear in the stretch to win by 10.7-metres. Wade Rattray flashed though late on Modern Chic to grab second place with the early leader Ima Ginger Rogers finishing third for Chris Aylett. BOTRA Claiming Novice Driver Final Points Tally 58 Conor Crook 51 Samantha Freeman 46 Allister Woods 44 Matthew Cooper 40 Lee Simmonds 38 Wade Rattray 37 Samantha Gangell 28 Brady Woods 25 Chris Aylett 24 Charlie Castles With his confidence sky high Crook steered the Deborah Williams-trained Jaccka Len to victory in the Tasmanian Horse Transport Pace. Conor took Jaccka Len to the front inside the 400 metre mark and had a sustained look over the shoulder as the field turned for home. Jaccka Len had the favourite Illegal Immigrant on its back on straightening, but kicked strongly in the stretch to hold the fast-finishing The Aussie.   Shane Yates

Former star juvenile Scooterwillrev returned to his brilliant best in Launceston on Sunday night with a runaway victory in the Longford Equine Clinic Stakes. The Craig Hayes-trained Somebeachsomewhere-Karamea Toastime four-year-old was backed off the map by punters who snapped up the early fixed odds on offer of $3 and they were still taking $1.60 as the field scored up behind the mobile. “It’s great to have him back in the winner’s list for the first time this season, he hasn’t had a lot of luck this campaign but he scored impressively which is good to see,” said Craig. “He won 12 of 16 starts last season as a three-year-old last season and he came back well but things just haven’t gone his way.” Scooterwillrev returned from a nine-month layoff with a first-up placing behind No Spring Secrets before galloping in a stand start event at Devonport. “It was a surprise to see him out of his gear at Devonport and we went over him with a fine tooth comb in the week after the race looking for a problem but we couldn’t find anything,”said the Stowport trainer. “I backed his work off between then and his next start and I reckon he was underdone when he tired to finish third after sitting in the death outside Emma Stewart’s Another Safari and then last run he was hemmed in on the pegs before flashing through late in the race won by Plata O Plomo.” Rohan Hadley took no chances with the heavily backed favourite over the 2200-metre trip sitting up in the breeze before dashing clear in the straight to record a 13.6-metre victory and recording a mile-rate of 1:57.8. The State’s leading trainer Ben Yole showed no signs of being in the nervous nineties, winning three of the first four races on the card to take his Tasmanian winning tally for the season to 101. Pushkin got the ball rolling in the first with a gutsy win from the death seat before No Apachemee made it back to back wins in Launceston with a powerful finishing burst to bring up the magical three figures before victory number 101 was racked up by Stylish Trend. Rohan Hillier produced another potential topliner in Sheza Bettormak, the three-year-old Bettors Delight-Shez Ryleymak filly rolled to the top early and dictated terms before cruising to an 8.5-metre victory.   Shane Yates

The State’s leading trainer of the past two years Ben Yole is assured of securing a winning hat-trick of titles this season and for the third successive year topping the magical three-figure tally. Ben is closing in on 100 winners for the season in Tasmania and goes into tonight’s seven-event Launceston Pacing Club card sitting on 98 wins, a massive 41 winners ahead of his nearest rival Todd Rattray on the Premiership Table. In 2015/16 Ben trained 107 winners and boosted that to a record-breaking 124 last season and will be looking to better the mark this year with two months of the season still remaining. “The team works hard to keep everything ticking over during the week at our Sidmouth stables and it’s a large logistical operation come race night but everyone pitches in to get the job done.” said Ben. “We have 30 runners in six races tonight in Launceston across the seven race card so there will no time for a spell, it will be a matter of all hands on deck.” Although there are less than two meetings a week throughout the year in Tasmania the Yole stable has had more runners than any other stable in the country, gearing up 1655 starters through the first 10 months of the season. The remaining five States all race seven-days a week yet Queensland’s Grant Dixon is the only leading State trainer to come close on numbers with 1,581 runners, followed by KerryAnn Turner from New South Wales on 866, Gary Hall Snr with 474 starters in Western Australia while South Australia’s leading trainer Ryan Hryhorec is on 251. “We enjoyed a good night last Sunday in Launceston with four winners including No Apachemee ($12.10), Ready To Fire ($4.90), and Im Full Tilt ($26.90), who all go round again tonight and will be among the chances on their best form and Rocknrollhightlight ($3.60 fav – pictured inside) has taken it to another level recently winning three of her last four starts,” said a quietly confident trainer. “It will be a great feeling to notch up the 100 again this season, hopefully it may even come tonight and then we will set out to topple our 124 record from last season.” Tonight’s seven-event Launceston Pacing Club meeting, commencing at 16.49, may be viewed via the live stream service at tasracing.com.au. Shane Yates

The state’s leading trainer Ben Yole has his third straight Trainer’s Premiership Title all parcelled up and to cap it off is closing in on his third successive century milestone. Ben trained 107 winners in Tasmanian in 2015/16 and followed up last season with 124 victories in his adopted state. On Sunday night in Launceston, the Yole stable applied the polish to four of the seven winners on the card to catapult his winning Tasmanian tally to 98. When you add the three interstate winners for the season provided by Jeans Mattjesty and Washies Chance the stable tally sits at 101. “We’ve enjoyed another successful season so far and it was very satisfying to take home four winners from the meeting on Sunday,” said Ben. “That takes us to within two of the ton locally, I like to look at the Victorian wins as a bonus so we are working off the number of wins for the season as 98 and we are looking forward to cracking triple figures three years on the trot, it would be just reward for our team who have put a lot of hard work in like many other stables around the state.” Ben’s spectacular night kicked off in style thanks to magical drive on No Apachemee by Rohan Hillier. “No Apachemee has been a great money spinner for connections, that’s his fourth win for the season, Rohan drove him a treat coming from outside the second line to find a spot behind the leader, only coming off the pegs to sprint over them late,” said a smiling trainer. Rocknrollhighlight was the second winner for the stable on the night continuing her tremendous form with a narrow but courageous victory over Fortino, she was softened up in the run but still had enough up her sleeve to be lifted over the line by Rohan Hadley to score by a half-head. “That was her seventh win of the season, we have changed up her training routine and she now does a lot of swimming and she’s improved in leaps and bounds and getting stronger all the time so we will be sticking with the new regime that for sure,” said Ben. Rohan Hillier landed his second winner for the stable on the programme in race four over 2200-metres when he held up Im Full Tilt for one last crack at them in the home straight. “Im Full Tilt needs to be smothered up with cover to produce his best, he’s not over ambitious out on his own but does have a sharp sprint which he was able to pull out in the run to the post,” said the Sidmouth mentor. Four-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-Fight Fire With Fire mare Ready To Fire made it win number six for the season with a neck win over Aunty Rita after coming from outside the second line. “She is potentially a very smart type but she also has a mind of her own and can do a few things wrong particularly in the score up so we will continue to work on that issue because if we can straighten that out she will be hard to hold out in any race we find for her,” said Ben looking forward to the future. With Harness racing in Hobart on Friday and backing up in Launceston on Sunday the Ben Yole stable looks almost certain to crash through the 100 barrier this week and then with 16 meetings remaining in the season set off in search of the stables state record of 124 winners.   Shane Yates

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

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