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Young reinswoman Olivia Weidenbach (pictured) has made the move to Tasmania for a plum gig with the Ben Yole stable. With 65 horses in work, the Yole camp offers Weidenbach an enormous opportunity for hands-on experience at the stables and the races. Ben Yole’s stable foreman, and his dad, Wayne Yole said Weidenbach, 17, would “be a magnificent asset to the stable”. “She has a claim, which is great because we have a shortage of claim drivers,” he said. “She’ll come over here and be tutored by Mark (Yole) on the driving side of things and Ben about training. She is a very good horse person for someone so young at just 17. Of course she comes from such a strong harness racing family, with her mother being a Mifsud.” Weidenbach drove her first winner in February, when she piloted Smart Little Shard to victory at her maiden drive. Ben Yole is Tasmania’s leading trainer with 121 wins from 1789 starts so far this season. Weidenbach has four drives tomorrow night at Launceston – The Lemondrop Kid in Race 2, Give Me The Knight in Race 4, Guys Bettor Bet in Race 5 and Another Swinger in Race 8. Wayne Yole, a former Hamilton Harness Racing Club President, is now the Harness Racing and Special Projects Coordinator for Racing Tasmania.   Cody Winnell for Trots media

“I could stand on the side of the track and watch him go round all day.” The words of Sunny Sanz trainer Kent Rattray. “His action is super smooth and when he gets going he is poetry in motion.” The star juvenile (pictured) will make his much-anticipated return from injury in the aptly-named Longford Equine Clinic Pace this evening in Launceston. “It will be his first run for just on a year after a suspensory injury right in behind his knee, we’ve followed the vet’s advice to the letter, he spent plenty of time in the paddocks of Ringarooma with the cows and we brought him back in January and have eased him slowly into his work,” said Kent. “There is never a good time for an injury like that but it really couldn’t have come at a worse time last year, he was flying and had won the Keith Stanley Debutante Stakes by 30 metres, cruised home in Hobart, waltzed in at Launceston by 22 metres and then with the Sweepstakes and Dandy Patch just around the corner, bang he was gone.” The Sportswriter-Soho Summer gelding had an effortless hit-out in a trial three weeks ago in Launceston scoring by 80 metres. “It was a little difficult to assess the performance of the trial, Johnny (Walters) just let him slide home the last half in 59.3 seconds, I think we were just both happy to see him handle it and pull up like he did, we are certainly looking forward to his return to racing tonight,” said Kent. “Rod (Ashwood) has Spoilt Sport going well and looks the danger after drawing the one gate while we’ve drawn four after the scratchings so I’m comfortable with that, I’m just pleased to see him back, tonight is the first step in a long journey, the Globe Derby is his mission this season if everything goes to plan. This evening’s seven-event Launceston Pacing Club card, commencing at 17.05, may be seen via the live stream service at tasracing.com.au.   Shane Yates

There were seven races decided on Friday night in Launceston with training and driving honours shared with a multiple winner no where in sight. Ben Yole and Rohan Hillier were in action early, sharing success in the Chartley Estate Stakes with the consistent Punchinello. “We sat without cover early but weren’t forced to work and then when Troy (McDonald) came round us at the 1200-metres on the favourite Good Feeling we had cover right up until the home turn and Puncinello finished off strongly,” said Rohan. “He’s been consistent without winning out of turn so it was good to see him rewarded with a powerful victory.” Iden Forest (pictured) ran right up to his last start third to Drillittobits with a runaway 16.9-metre victory after leading all the  way over 2200-metres in the Crown Lager Pace for Christopher and Matty Howlett. The longer the race went the stronger Iden Forest travelled and when Matthew clicked up the four-year-old turning for home he dashed clear for an impressive win. Beam Me Up Chopper, trained and driven by Kate MacLeod, put punters back on track in race three the Carlton Draught Stakes. “We got away well from the second row and settled just worse than midfield, I found the back of Alaphilppe which is where I wanted to be,” said Kate. “Rohan (Hadley) made his move out three-wide at the 800-metre mark and we latched on until the 400-metre pole where I hooked him out four-wide and he was able to round them up comfortably for a soft win.” Real Diamond made it back-to-back wins for Rod Ashwood when steered to victory by Gareth Rattray in the Lees Orchard Stakes. “It was a top performance by Real Diamond, he showed good speed to hold the challenges out early and then when Rowley joined him at the 400-metre pole Gareth just sat there quietly and kept some in reserve for the late surge from Courageous Katee,” said Rod. “That’s his fourth win and his second straight for us in a fortnight, he’s by Western Ideal from Jadah Rose so there may be another win or two in him yet.” El Jays Monet put punters back on the ropes in the Nichols Sound & Communications Stakeswith a courageous all the way win for Sally Stingel and Ricky Duggan. The seven-year-old gelding crossed from the four gate heading in to first turn and fought on like a caged lion when the challenges came left right and centre in the home stretch. Bianca Heenan and Hannah VanDongen kept their successful season rolling with Jeans Mattjesty pulling out three-wide at the bell in the Roberts Equine Supplies Claimer before surging clear in the straight for a 4.5 metre win. The Todd Rattray trained and driven Kadar turned the tables on Watchmylips to take the prize at double figure odds in the Bevan Lee Butchery Two-Year-Old. Rattray rated Kadar to perfection on top and although Watchmylips rattled home coming from last into the stretch Kadar had a length up its sleeve on the post. Watch Beam Me Up Chopper score a powerful victory in the Carlton Draught Stakes over 2200-metres on Friday night in Launceston.   Shane Yates

Ben Yole cranked up his bid to smash his own state training record of 124 wins by successfully preparing 50% of the 6-race card in Devonport on Sunday night, taking his 2018/2019 tally to 111. The Sidmouth trainer snared three winners, Black Ops (pictured - No 6) backed up from its outstanding victory in Launceston on Friday night, Ready To Fire and Blacklist, on debut in the state. "Black Ops has a new lease of life, we have just bought another property with areas of bush on it and we've been working him up through there, he has already won three races in April and we are only half way through the month," said Ben. "His win on Friday night was tremendous, he found the front with good gate speed and Troy (McDonald) rated him well from there, the tempo lifted in the third quarter running 29.3 seconds and he was pulling hard but when Troy went for him at the top of the home stretch he still had enough in the tank to hold them off." Black Ops drew poorly outside the front line in Devonport in the John McKenna Race Night Vet Pace over 2297 metres. "Troy had no option but to ease back at the start and he was able to find cover just worse than midfield before hooking three-wide going down the back a lap and a half out, Troy has a good feel for him and they sat three wide to the 400 before finding the death and hitting the front turning for home, he doesn't respond to the persuader so Troy just had to urge him to the line and he got home by half-neck," Yole said. "Ready to Fire scored a soft win for Samantha Gangell, she found the one-out one-back position and cruised up to them in the home straight and Blacklistshowed early speed to lead and raced home to score impressively by six metres." Kent Rattray and John Walters continued their winning run with Karalta Moondance winning the first after coming in for solid support, Yodellin Cowgirlheld off the fast-finishing Mostly Spirit to win by a head for Kristy Butler and Gareth Rattray with Flashy Ruler cruising home in the last for John Castles and Rohan Hillier.   Shane Yates

Ryley Major and Harjeet staged a titanic battle down the home stretch in the Stan Leedham Memorial Launceston Mile at the TAB Racing Centre with the Major holding on to win by a half-head. Ryley Major, Harjeet and Scooterwillrev were having their final hit-out before the heats of the Dakin Refrigeration Easter Cup on Friday night and left nothing out on the track. The Rohan Hillier-trained and driven Ryley Major (pictured) showed blistering speed from the mobile to lead on his ear from gate seven in the run to the first turn. “He showed the explosive pace I know he is capable of and crossed them with ease to lead by five or six metres early running a first split 0f 28.8 seconds, he came back to me as I was hoping and travelled well throughout running middle sections of 29.1 and 29.7 so I knew he had something to offer as we swung for home,” said Rohan. “Down inside the 400-metre mark I would have gone earlier than I did to make it even harder for Harjeet but I had Scooterwillrev on my back and I didn’t want to risk letting him out too early, but “Ryley’  found when I called upon him, it was a fitting finish with two top horses not giving an inch.” While Ryley Major was free-wheeling out in front Harjeet was warming to the task for trainer-driver Todd Rattray back in the field from his second row draw. “We had to come five and six wide at the 400 metres and he came into it strongly, I knew we had the task ahead to run Ryley Major down, Harjeet was winding up on the turn and he just kept giving in the run to the post, he drifted to the outside over the final 150 metres and only went down by a half-head to a very good horse in Ryley Major,” said Todd. “I’m proud of his run and it will top him off nicely for Friday night’s Easter Cup heats, he won the Cup last year and it would be a huge thrill to see him go back-to-back.” The Craig Hayes-trained Scooterwillrev lost no admirers running a solid third 7.5 metres away. Ben Yole snared another three winners at the meeting to take his season’s tally to 107 including a victory with Miss Condoleezza ($36.70), the in-form seven-year-old mare going back-to back after scoring in Hobart on Friday night. Rohan Hillier finished the night with a training double with Awayandrideyourself winning the first to go with Ryley Major’s victory.   Shane Yates

Two trainers dominated Sunday night’s Launceston Pacing Club meeting at the TAB Racing Centre, Ben Yole cemented his place at the top of the Premiership table with an amazing run of five winners while Kent Rattray nailed a winning double on the eight-event card. Kent’s winners were Karalta Kruise (pictured) which was sent the popular pick after opening up at $5.00 and tumbling into $3.40 in race two The Bevan Lee’s Butchery Pace over 2200-metres and Jimi Sanz in the Jubilee Bakery Two Year Old. However, the weekend wasn’t all plain sailing for the Lietinna trainer. “The wheels had literally fallen off on Friday night after the races, I didn’t make it any further than Kempton and a wheel came off the float so it was a bit of task to get the horses home, Todd (Rattray) took one and Marc (Butler) chipped in as well so that was handy but it meant a hectic day Saturday getting everything sorted,” said Kent. “We had a change of fortune Sunday luckily, I took my $20 to have on Karalta Kruise thinking I’d get $8.00 but it was already into $3.70, but a winner’s a winner, he was a little stiff not to win the last start and when John (Walters) was able to find the top I was confident he would be hard to run down.” Karalta Kruise gave nothing else a chance in the straight coming away on the line to score by 6.8 metres after running home in a smart 57.8 seconds. Rattray’s Rock N Roll Heaven-Soho Knightly colt Jimi Sanz ($7.40) was having just his second start at the sports after running last on debut in Hobart behind Missin Rock. “He’s beautifully bred and a really nice type, he’s a real Denis the Menace, if there is trouble around he will either cause it or find it,” said Kent. “He ran 60-metres off last in Hobart on debut but we made a slight gear change and that made all the difference, he found the lead early and was then challenged by the favourite Kohanah ($1.20) but he responded like a good horse and when the heat was turned up on the home corner he was in for the fight, they had a great battle up the straight but Jimi got there by a half-head, if he pulls up well we will press on to the Golden Slipper in a fortnight.” Ben Yole’s sensational night saw the Sidmouth trainer in the winners stall on five occasions. Border Cross started the run when Samantha Gangell guided the seven-year-old to his first Tasmanian win at odds of $48.10, Troy McDonald charged to an eight-metre win with Northview Dave in the fourth of the night before Gareth Rattray made it three straight for the stable leading all the way with Artarama. Stuey D took the honours in the Trotters Handicap for Mark Yole who then promptly followed up with an inspired drive on the Allen Williams Memorial final winner Nor Westa which ran favourite in the last scoring by 4.3-metres.   Shane Yates

Trainer Rohan Hillier snared a winning treble from just three runners at last week’s Launceston meeting and kept the winning run going with his star pacer Ryley Major (pictured) cruising to his second victory in the space of seven days at Melton on Saturday night. “He showed good speed, I’ve never really asked him to run the gate like that before but I thought if we crossed them early it would make his job easier at the business end of proceedings,” said Rohan. “We got away with a cheap middle-half and he had them covered at the top of the stretch, I didn’t ask him to do a lot down the straight but he got home in 27 and the last half in 56 seconds recording a mile-rate of 1:54.6 with plenty left in the tank. The Art Major-Shez Ryleymak six-year-old has now had the two runs back since suffering a potentially career-ending injury three years ago. “He pulled up well from his Launceston win on Sunday and he handled his rivals well in Victoria, he will be home on Monday and we will try and find the right race for him as a lead up to the Easter Cup,” said the Beauty Point mentor. “I see he’s an early equal favourite with Harjeet for the Cup, most of the Tasmania Cup finalists are in the market so it will be a good test for him but if he holds up he will be a top chance. Hillier has high hopes for another successful night tonight in Devonport. “We’ve got a first starter in Bring The Flave in the opening race, he’s worked well at home and has gone okay in his trials, Paul (Ashwood) has Tilly Max which won on debut which will be hard to beat but we’ve drawn the pole over 1930-metres so we’re a chance,” said Hillier. “Dusty Martini won impressively on debut in Launceston on Sunday and although drawn outside the second line in race two the Allen Williams Memorial he will go close and while Dufrense has drawn awkwardly inside the second line in race four the Latrobe Cup I’m confident Samantha Gangell will give him every chance as she is driving very well and developing into a very accomplished driver.”   Shane Yates

“Ryley Major is by far the best horse I’ve ever trained,” declared Beauty Point trainer-driver Rohan Hillier. “That’s nothing new, I’ve been saying that since day one, his mum Shez Ryleymak was a star for us and this bloke would pick her up and tow her.” Ryley Major ($1.30) returned to the track last night in Launceston after nearly three years in the paddock after suffering a serious tendon injury in 2016. “It’s been a long road back, we’ve has a couple of setbacks with him along the way, he’s been back in work for six months now and we spend a couple of hours with him everyday treating him and getting him right so it’s been a concerted effort to get him back but it was all worth it to see him return the way he did last night,” said Rohan. “He felt good in the run, I just let him find his rhythm early settling just worse than midfield before bringing him into the race out three-wide just inside the bell,” said Rohan. “Ryley Major cruised to third at the 400-metre mark and I had a good grip on him when he coasted to the front halfway down the stretch before going on to win four or five metres, recording a 1:59 mile, I was confident his class would carry him through last night and if everything goes to plan we will look at the Easter Cup with him.” Ryley Major completed a winning treble for the Hillier stable with Rohan’s first starter Dusty Martini ($1.70), a Betterthancheddar-Smiling Angel three-year-old strolled to an effortless win on debut and Dufrense ($1.40) made a successful return from a 10-month lay-off to score a convincing five-metre victory.   Shane Yates

Northdown trainer Geoff Smith is riding the crest of a winning wave with another winning double in Launceston on Sunday night, and loving it. Geoff has enjoyed his best start to a calendar year for a decade with five winners coming in five weeks which has seen him catapult into eighth spot on the trainer’s premiership table. Aitutaki (pictured), driven by John Walters, came from a mile back on the home turn to win the Dakin Refrigeration Stakes over 1680 metres while Vapour Glenn burst through late to take out the Carlton Draught Pace. “They are flying for me at the moment, both horses scored impressive wins at Scottsdale in January and then they both ran fourth at their next start and have bounced back strongly tonight” said Geoff. “We had a sulky change out on the track with Aitutaki but fortunately that didn’t interfere with his performance, John (Walters) has worked him out, he needs to be held up until the 300-metre mark and then let him loose.” Aitutaki, formerly in the care of owner Adrian Duggan, has had six runs for Geoff for six cheques. “When we got him he was out of the draw, we changed some gear and re-shod him and worked him out of a paddock, and not that hard he seems to be thriving at the moment with two wins, two placings and two fourths,” said the Northdown trainer. “Vapour Glenn really surprised me tonight, Rohan (Hadley) found a gap late in the straight and he surged through to hit the line strongly.” Geoff admitted winners have been a little light on in recent years but is hoping things are heading in the right direction. “We’ve had Midair Meltdown win at Devonport recently and we’ve got a few good types coming through including a full-sister to my old stager Dodgermemate, she’s a two-year-old and moves well so I have hopes set high with her, but for now we are enjoying our start to the year,” said Geoff. Gareth Rattray steered home a winning double on the eight-event card with the Dick Eaves prepared El Jays Mystery running down the popular pick Inner Light in the shadows of the post to win by a head and completed a race-to-race double with Brooke Hammond’s Moonlite Bay notching up its second win from just three career starts taking out the Harry Holgate Memorial Final. Rowley won the opener for Sally Stingel and Paul Ashwood, The Aussie powered away with the Discretionary for Devonport Cup winning duo Juanita McKenzie and Rod Ashwood while Riley Coyote scored its first win for over two years for Steve Lukac and Rohan Hillier and Ben Yole and Natalee Emery combined with Jeans Mattjesty to win the Claimer. Shane Yates

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

Bridport trainer-driver Rohan Hadley stole the show at Friday night’s Launceston Pacing Club meeting at the TAB Racing Centre. Hadley, one of Tasmania’s premier drivers, saluted the judge on three occasions, twice with well-supported runners from his own stable in Believe In Forever ($2.50 fav) and Secluded Beach ($2.80) and once with the Shelley Barnes prepared Volkova Leis ($21.10). Believe In Forever, a four-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven-Close Embrace gelding, has won five of its seven starts since arriving in the state in May of last year including the last three on the trot. “He got the job done tonight, we got a nice cart into the race out three-wide on the back of Miracle Marcus until the 400-metre mark when we had to go five-wide and he finished off well,” said Rohan. “There is a $12,000 C3-4 at Devonport on Cup night that should suit, so we will see how he pulls up after tonight but that would be the preferred option at this stage.” Secluded Beach (pictured) has also had seven outings in the state, winning four and finishing runner-up three times. “Secluded Beach has put in some smart runs since arriving in Tasmania and run quick times, he’s had a couple of good tussles with Buster William and come out on top and he wore him down again in the straight tonight after a two-horse war all the way,” said Rohan. “There is a C6-9 race in Hobart in two weeks time and I’d like to race him through to Free-For-All company or we might give him one more run and then give him a break with the idea of setting him for a campaign to achieve that task.” Believe In Forever and Secluded Beach are both owned by David Maffey, Peter Hayes and Murray James in Western Australia. Hadley’s third winner for the night came courtesy of the Shelley Barnes-trained Volkova Leis($21.10) in the third heat of the Harry Holgate Memorial, the five-year-old mare was taken forward from ninth at the bell to commence the three-wide train. The favourite Mahksman hit the front on the home bend but Volkova Leis swallowed him up quickly before bravely staving off challenges from Im Full Tilt and Levi Jimmy. “She hasn’t had a lot of luck with the draws over short trips of late and Shelley has her going well now, she can win again on that run,” said the Bridport horseman. Shane Yates

Star Tasmanian pacer Ignatius is an early scratching from Friday night's Launceston Pacing Club meeting. Trainer Todd Rattray made the decision tonight after he examined the results of blood tests showing the young champion had not fully recovered from a slight infection. "He's not far off being ready to start him but we wouldn't knowingly start any horse that wasn't 100% right so there will be no risks taken," said a disappointed trainer. "We were looking forward to seeing him race here in Tasmania in preparation for another mainland campaign but time is against now for that to happen." Ignatius (pictured), the reigning Tasmanian Horse of the Year and New South Wales Three-Year-Old of the Year, is being set for next month's $200,000 Chariots Of Fire at Menangle Park in Sydney. "Tonight's issue is a set back for sure, not a major one but a set back all the same, when you are coming up against the best horses in Australia everything needs to be going well, not mishaps here and there along the way," said Todd. "We are planning on a direct trip to Sydney with him and that just doesn't happen by clicking your fingers, we were hoping to give him one run here at home but that may be tricky now, he'll have to have a run prior to the heats of the Chariots so we will just have to play it by ear and see how it pans out."   Shane Yates

Classy six-year-old Taurisi proved he’s one of the best pacers in the state with his outstanding win in heat one of the Tassie Golden Applie Series  in Launceston on Sunday night. Punters who had backed the Todd Rattray trained and driven pacer into $1.70 had their hearts in their mouths until Todd extricated the Always’s A Virgin – Exclusif gelding away from the peg line at the 800-metre mark. With runs coming on his outside Todd sat quietly and although shuffled back to third last down the back the popular pick was now seeing daylight. Todd eased Taurisi (pictured) to the outside inside the 400-metre pole and he powered home down the stretch out five wide to gain the day in the last few strides over Mister Lennox, Offthetopofmyhead and Another Swinger. “Getting him away from the stand is always tricky, we didn’t lose a lot of ground at the start and we got a soft run which is what he needs in his races and I knew once we got into the clear he could run them down,” said Todd. Taurisi recorded a mile rate of 2.02.7 with the last half of 57.7 sec, but it wasn’t a race that was won on times, it was won by a cool-headed driver and a horse that showed his courage and tenacity to be never beaten. With the first heat run and won attention quickly turned to heat two and the eagerly awaited clash of Scooterwillrev and reigning Easter Cup winner Harjeet. The rock hard race fitness of the Craig Hayes prepared Scooterwillrev, the winner of five of his last six starts, up against Harjeet first up from a six-month spell. “Scooterwillrev was very impressive, finding the lead at the mile and running sensational sectionals coming home the last half in 55.6 seconds, but I was very happy with Harjeet’s effort to sit outside the leader and stick on so gamely in the stretch to finish third running those times,” said Todd. “He appears to have pulled up well, we don’t work him hard at home as he gets his fitness from racing so with the run under his belt he will strip much fitter for Friday night’s Gold Apple Final Todd was also aboard Harjeet’s half-brother Izaha in the second race of the night, the Roll With Joe – Our Zellweger four-year-old made it seven wins from a 12 start career with a herculean effort to defeat Secluded Beach by a head. “He was first up since May, started from outside the front line and to then race in the death and run the time they did of 1:56.1 for the mile was a super performance,” said a delighted trainer-driver. “Given he begins well from the tapes I might run him in the Country Cups but his main mission is the Raider Stakes at Devonport in May.”   Shane Yates

Rohan Hadley showed his expertise in the sulky in Launceston on Friday night landing a winning treble. Hadley, long regarded as one of the best in the business, plotted a perfect course on 30-metre backmarker Scooterwillrev (pictured) enabling the Craig Hayes prepared Somebeachsomewhere-Karamea Toastime five-year-old gelding to sprint clear of Riverboat Jasper at the top of the stretch to score a runaway victory in the Doug Martin Danbury Park Cup. “Scooterwillrev is a top line professional racehorse, Craig (Hayes) has him flying at the moment, we got away well off the 30 and were aided by the fact the front line was slowly away and there were no 20-metre runners,” said Rohan. “We hoped to get a cart into the race from Riverboat Jasper as he is as strong as they come and that’s the way it panned out, Scooter was cruising on the home corner and he has such a paralysing sprint so when I called upon him at the turn it was all over in the twinkling of the eye and he went on to score by a dozen metres (11.8 metres). Rohan had already lifted his five-year gelding Secluded Beach to its second win in just three Tasmanian starts in a stirring finish over Hez The One. “I’ve got a big opinion of him, he was formerly trained by John Tapp in New South Wales and Tappy believed he had more than his share of ability as well,” said Rohan. “I’m confident we can race him through his classes, he has a lot to learn but I believe he has the potential to be right up there with the top free-for-allers in the state.” Our Wonder Woman was the third winner for Rohan as a driver and the second leg of his training double. “She has now won two of her six starts and while she didn’t hit the line the way quite I expected I will continue to get more miles in her legs, she will race at Devonport next week and then press on with her campaign, she is almost certain to race at Scottsdale mid-January.” Conor Crook defied late challenges from Hannah van Dongen and Samantha Gangell to claim the  2018 6ty° Youngbloods Challenge. Conor all but sealed his rivals fate by finishing second on odds-on favourite Couta Rocks in Heat 5 before clinching the title by finishing fourth with Tisu Bombbelle in the sixth and final Heat. Hannah van Dongen closed the gap in the opening heat piloting Goggo Gee Gee to victory while Matthew Howlett gained maximum points in the final Heat of the series with the Bianca Heenan prepared $2.20 favourite Twenty Two Karat.   Shane Yates

The Todd Rattray trained and driven eight-year-old gelding Full Speed Ahead last night claimed the first major Cup of the season in Launceston. The Tasmanian Horse Transport Launceston Show Cup drew a quality field with the Craig Hayes prepared Scooterwillrev the backmarker off 30-metres but it was to be Full Speed Ahead (pictured) that pulled of a courageous victory over the 200-metre trip. “We are rapt with his effort tonight in the Cup, he’s a good beginner from the stand, Todd had the confidence in him to sit up in the death seat and the move paid off,” said part owner Brett Collins. “He ran to the front at the 500-metre mark and was strong enough to hold off the challenges from Another Swinger and Scooterwillrev, he just keeps on finding and was going as well if not better than any other runner on the line. ” Full Speed Ahead enjoyed a highly successful first season of racing in Tasmania winning six races prior to a spell including victory in the St.Marys Cup, deadheating with Solid As A Rock, followed by a win in the the North Eastern Pacing Cup. “My father Ian and a good mate Peter Jones and I bought him after his St. Marys effort and almost recouped our investment a few days later at Scottsdale, Full Speed Ahead won a couple more for us during the year and then Barrie (Rattray) suggested it may be time for a spell so he’s been off the scene for five months,” said Brett. “He ran a fast-finishing first-up third to Jacks Command a few weeks back in Hobart followed by his super effort on Friday night so it looks as if he’s come back stronger than ever and may well pick up another few wins for us this season, our long term hope is for him to gain a start and perform well in our hometown Devonport next year.”   Shane Yates

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

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