Harness Highlights – Wednesday, 5 July

05 / 07 / 2017 Article by: Duncan Dornauf
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The junior drivers continued their dominance on the Tasmanian harness racing scene.

This week the state will have a strong presence in a number of Group 1 races on Saturday night.

Sunday in Launceston we are likely to witness Ben Yole train his 100th winner of the season.

The Stars

Brady Woods & Taylor Ford – won two of the first four heats at each of the Botra Claiming Drivers series. With one point between them on the points table, the final two heats will be keenly competitive in Launceston on Sunday night.

Geoffrey Smith – Currently not enjoying the best of health, but prepared $31 chance Tibytoa at Devonport on Friday evening.

Todd Rattray – His stable continued their brilliant run on the track, Todd is trailing his brother Gareth by 3 wins in the state Drivers Premiership which will be a great battle with 10 meetings remaining of the season.

Ben Yole – Now one win short of training a century of winners for the season after another successful weekend.

Black Booker

Ultimate Courage from Hobart last Sunday – Arriving in the state in June from New South Wales he raced well in three starts without breaking through for a win. In Hobart last Sunday the Courage Under Fire gelding settled in the back half of the field, the Ben Yole-trained pacer was shuffled back to last at the 800 metres  and was close to 19 metres off the leader at the 400 metres. Ultimate Courage made up good ground out wide over the concluding stages to finish fifth to record the quickest last half of the meeting. Watch the replay here.

Calculated Sectional Standouts

Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action
Devonport Friday

Artarama 59.46, Spot Eight 59.76, Ima Ginger Rodgers 59.93, Washies Chance 59.93, Martys For Real 60.21.

Hobart Sunday

Ultimate Courage 57.64, Roger Ramjet 58.02, Flash Anatomy 58.09, Riley Coyote 58.14, Lockaway Kacie 58.24.

View all Tasmanian sectionals here.

Trial File

El Jays Mystery continued her good run at the trials at Carrick last Saturday winning the third trial of the morning, in a mile rate of 2 minutes and 8.0 seconds. It was the second trial win in a week for the Live Or Dies filly.

To view all Tasmanian trial results click here.

Week Ahead

The BOTRA claiming novice drivers series concludes at the Luxbet Racing Centre in Launceston this Sunday evening. The two heats on the program are races two and three.

There will be a strong Tasmanian contingent in the Vicbred Super Series finals at Melton on Saturday night. Tasmanian bred Nostra Beach 2YO Fillies Final, Tasmanian owned Nikkibadwagon in the 4YO Mares Final, Tasmanian bred Miss Graceland in the 3YO Fillies Final, Tasmanian owned and trained Scooterwillrev will contest the 3YO colts and geldings final. Tasmanian bred and owned Four Ex Dan will contest the second event on the program.

The Bettormack has found his way north to the James Rattray stable and will the contest the Kevin & Kay Seymour Rising Stars Final at Albion Park on Saturday night. Jerrys Jet will contest the eighth race at Brisbane’s home of harness racing.