Harness Highlights – Wednesday, 30 August

30 / 08 / 2017 Article by: Duncan Dornauf
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There were plenty of highlights from last Sunday’s meeting held at the Luxbet Racing Centre in Launceston.

Ben Yole trained a double on the program to record 124 wins for the season, higher than any Tasmanian trainer before him.

Todd and Gareth Rattray put up a brilliant battle with the Tasmanian driver’s premiership which went right down to the line with Todd taking the spoils by 1 win.

The season’s award winners will be crowned at the Edgar Tatlow Medal and Hall of Fame night which will be held at Luxbet Park, Hobart on Saturday October 7.

This week the action turns to Hobart on Friday evening for the first meeting of the new season with a 9-event program getting underway at 18:36.

The Stars

Gareth Rattray and Melissa Maine – Teamed up for a training and driving double with Itz Gemmas Delight and Tisu Spirit, Gareth made it a treble on the program when he scored on Another Swinger earlier in the night.

Kent Rattray – Kicked his first leg of a training double with $32 chance Karalta Kruise who was driven by his son Wade in race two. Kent then trained Timely Sovereign to victory the race after.

Rohan Hillier – Ended his season with a driving double on Keep Playing and Im Barney Rubble

Heath Szczypka – Brilliant front running drive aboard Strange Conduct whom he also trains to win the Carlton Draught Pace.

Black Booker

Volkova Leis
Was having her first start in 469 days on Sunday evening when sent out the second favourite in the sixth race of the night. When the field in the 1680-metre event sorted out their positions in the home straight, driver Gareth Rattray worked up to look for the position outside the leader, unable to gain that position Volkova Leis had to sit three-wide for over a lap and kept whacking away to only finish 10.9 metres from the winner. With a bit more luck mid race she would have finished closer to the winner and is a horse to keep an eye on going forward.

Watch the replay here.

Calculated Sectional Standouts

Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Launceston on Sunday.

Jeans Mattjesty 56.22, Spitfire Rose 56.24, Dapper Dana 56.36. Outside of race two; Olwen Jaccka 57.66 and Stryker 57.80.

View all sectional data here.

Trial File

Three trials were held at Luxbet Park in Hobart on Monday evening with Warrior Mac recording the quickest time of the evening. He recorded a mile rate of 2:06.9 for the 2090m trial which he scored by a neck over Classy Guy. The other two trials were won by Popnduke and Seenohearnospeakno.

View all Tasmanian trial results here.

Week Ahead

Action turns to Hobart this Friday evening for a competitive nine event program.

In the opening race on the program the David Medhurst Memorial the in-form Ultimate Courage will be looking to make it a hat-trick of wins in the $8,800 feature.

In the final event of the night, Resurgent Dream will be looking for her third win in concession in the Rexel North Hobart pace over the mile journey.

Tasmanian owned bred and trained pacers will be well represented interstate in the upcoming days commencing tonight at Geelong where Scooterwillrev is engaged in the Breeders Crown Silver final for three-year-old colts and geldings. Lynniemach will contest the three-year-old fillies’ version. Metro Mouse for father and son combination Michael and Jack Laugher will contest the opening race.

At Metropolitian venues this week, horses with a Tasmanian connection include; Christian Jazz, Wingatui Dew and Karalta Dazzler who will all tackle an M0 event on Saturday night’s Melton program. At Menangle Park in Sydney, The Bettor Mach will contest the second race on the program and in race seven Hillview Jake will try and break his M0 status.