Curtain falls on Devonport Harness Racing Club season

17 / 07 / 2017 Article by: Duncan Dornauf
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The curtain came down on another successful Devonport Harness Racing Club season on Friday evening and two north-west coast trainers scored wins on the nine-event fixture.

Chris Aylett was the first “coastal” trainer in the winner circle with War Dan Star. Driver Rohan Hadley went forward to find the spot outside the leader before gaining a one-out one-back trail on the back of Maybe Jack. Sitting three-wide for the final circuit War Dan Star ran past the leaders around the home corner to win by five metres.

It was the first career win for the Western Terror two-year-old at his fourth start in the state since arriving from the mainland where he had four unplaced efforts. Aylett will target this Sunday night’s Australasian Breeders Crown heat before assessing his future plans for the remainder of the season.

Veteran Ulverstone trainer Rod Burgess won the Mitavite Pace with Jaminas Joy. Driver Matthew Howlett gave the Major In Art filly a lovely run on the back of the leader and was able to run her down in the last stride to win by a nose. Jaminas Joy commenced her racing career in Victoria where she was winless in eleven starts, she has made a good return on investment for her new owners winning two of her three starts since arriving in the state.

Leading trainer Ben Yole once again dominated the meeting with a training treble. Yole was a very easy winner in the clubs trainer of the year award, local reinsman Gareth Rattray was the leading driver once again on the Devonport Showgrounds circuit for the 2016-17 season.

Harness racing returns to Devonport on October 13 with a number of races being heats of the Australian Drivers Championship program, with the first six placegetters going into finals that will be run in Hobart on October 28.

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