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The harness racing field for this evening's Longford Equine Clinic Free-For-All may lack quantity but it more than makes for it with quality. There appear to be four major players in the fast-class race on the nine-event card, Destreos, Queens Advocate, Remember Joe and Fernco Bobby Gee. The Matty Dwyer-trained Queens Advocate (pictured) returned to the winner's list for the first time this season courtesy of a paralysing burst of speed to capture the C6 to C7 in Hobart last week over 2579-metres. The eight-year-old Mcardle - Genes West mare was taken back off the arm by Gareth Rattray and allowed to settle back before making its move out three-wide on the track with cover at the bell. When Rattray released the ribbons on the home turn the race was over in the twinkling of the eye, the mare sprinting home in 56.98 seconds, the quickest last-half of the night, to win by 8.6-metres and putting pay to a frustrating run of three seconds in a row for connections. Gareth Rattray switches back to steer Destreos this evening, the Ken Rattray-prepared 14-year-old gunning for win 99. Destreos, the veteran of 444 career starts, was a winner three runs back proving too good for Mister Lennox and Roger Ramjet with Mr Lennox franking the form by scoring a sensational victory for Juanita McKenzie and Ricky Duggan in the Triple M Hobart Pacing Cup on Sunday night. The Sally Stingel-owned equine cult-hero was then forced to give away a 30-metre Handicap at its next two outings, finishing second to Dapper Dana in Launceston and fourth behind The Majority at Carrick but is back to the more suitable mobile conditions in tonight's Free-For-All. Remember Joe turned in a courageous effort to finish sixth in the Hobart Pacing Cup last week after doing all the work leading the three-wide train last week in the Cup, to finish less than 10-metres from its stablemate Mister Lennox. Fernco Bobby G is another in contention for trainer-driver Mark Yole after being placed behind Destreos this season and finishing fourth to Im Barney Rubble in the Doug Martin Danbury Park Cup and again just missing a place in Launceston behind Dapper Dana. In the opening race on the twilight card we get our first glance at the two-year-olds for the 2017/18 season in the $15,000 Keith Stanley Debutante Stakes. The Kent Rattray-prepared Sunny Sanz is a Carrick trial winner three weeks ago finishing 40 metres ahead of two of its rivals on debut, Jardee and Karalta Moondance and will enjoy the services of regular stable driver John. Last week's Hobart winning duo Juanita McKenzie and Ricky Duggan combine with the Cool Water Paddy, which qualified for its debut run with a trial in New Zealand at Rangiora, where it ran last in a four-horse field. See this evening's Launceston Pacing Club meeting via the live stream service at tasracing.com.au commencing at 16.52. Shane Yates

Tasracing has announced details of its $1.24 million funding increase across the three codes of racing to be distributed between January and June next year. CEO Vaughn Lynch said following an initial 6% code funding allocation increase earlier this financial year, recent turnover growth on Tasmanian racing had enabled the company to further increase industry funding for 2017/18. “The latest $1.24 million increase was announced by the Minister for Racing, Jeremy Rockliff on 6 December and took total funding for the racing industry to $23.29 million,” he said. “Following extensive consultation with industry participants, Tasracing will increase the allocation to thoroughbreds by $678,000, $325,000 for harness and $232,000 for greyhounds,” Mr Lynch said. “In summary, the increases in the thoroughbred and harness codes have been spread across base stakes and feature races, while new race series and meetings are proposed for the greyhound code.” “Optimising the benefits to all industry participants through an increase to base stakes was a primary consideration for Tasracing when distributing this new funding increase, as well as the increase earlier in the year.” “Of the total thoroughbred increases announced, 70% will be allocated to base stakes, 23% to mid-tier feature races and 7% to top end feature races,” Lynch said. “The 2018 Hobart and Launceston Cups, Tasmanian Derby, Gold Sovereign Stakes and Tasmanian Oaks each receive a $50,000 prize money increase. “In the harness code, taking account of both increases, 82% will be allocated to base stakes, 14% to mid-tier races and 4% to top-end harness racing. Mr Lynch said in the greyhound code, Tasracing had initiated a number of new race series, including a trial program of distance racing from April 2018 to June leading into the winter distance carnival. “Nearly $80,000 would also be available through stakes increases of $100 per race from 1 January 2018, and $110,000 for additional greyhound races,” he said. Mr Lynch said Tasracing would provide further information directly to industry participants after Christmas.

Following a code funding allocation increase earlier this financial year, increased turnover during the first four months of 2017/18 on Tasmanian racing product has enabled Tasracing to increase code funding by a further $1.24 million. The increase will be distributed across the three codes between January and June next year. Turnover in Tasmania for the first four months of 2017/18 increased by 11.6 percent or $17.7 million. Tasracing chairman Dean Cooper said the increased turnover and the resulting race field fee result were excellent outcomes for the industry in Tasmania that were driven by a number of factors. “Tasracing’s strategy to achieve increased turnover and race field fee revenue is based on taking advantage of Tasmania’s distinct participant pool and delivering a superior digital product,” he said. “Through our website, tasracing.com.au, we are targeting sophisticated punters who understand the value of good data. “In addition, our close working relationship with Sky Racing allowed us to become the first racing jurisdiction in Australia to make available free online streaming of our race meetings across all three codes.” Mr Cooper said Tasmanian racing industry participants had played a key role in this success. “They are to be congratulated for their collective contribution to the result and the quality of racing product they present,” he said.

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