Harness Highlights – Thursday 10 August

10 / 08 / 2017 Article by: Duncan Dornauf
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Leading trainer Ben Yole continued his push to train the most number of wins in a season when he prepared a training treble in Hobart last Sunday evening with Hooper Road, Crafty Old Fox and Washies Chance all greeting the judge first.

Doc Gillie and Craig Hayes both made the long trip down south from Burnie and both trainers went home with a winner each. Gillie teamed up with leading driver Gareth Rattray to win the opening event on the program with Maybe Jack, while Hayes trained and drove Scooterwillrev to victory in his last Tasmanian start before the Breeders Crown race series.

New Norfolk trainer Rodger Whitmore was rewarded with his patience when Resurgent Dream won her first race since May 2016. In other news from the Whitmore stable his star pacer Resurgent Spirit has crossed Bass Straight and joined the stables of Kate Hargreaves and will do his future racing in Victoria.

The Stars

Scooterwillrev– Warmed up for his Australisian Breeders Crown mission with an easy win in the C4 to C6 Pace in a slick 1minute 56.8 seconds.

Justin Campbell– The Plenty based trainer-driver was rewarded for his patience with the win of Boltnmach who brought up his first win since October 2016.

Chris & Matthew Howlett– Teamed up with four-year-old gelding Entreemaindessert to win his second race in his previous three starts.

Natalee Emery– Continued her good form with a driving double on he program.

Black Booker


This Mcardle mare was three-wide and three-back at the 400 metre mark and made up very good ground over the final 200 metres to only be defeated by 2.7m in third position behind the winner Entreemaindessert. Her final quarter was recorded in 29.1 seconds which was the quickest in the race.

The Mark Reggett trained pacer is currently an ODM horse after galloping out two starts ago where she made good ground after her early mistake.

View her replay from Hobart last Sunday night here.

Calculated Sectional Standouts

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

Hobart on Sunday.
Sultan Fella 57.39, Another Swinger 57.65, Washies Chance 57.76, Olwen Jaccka and Scooterwillrev 57.85.

View all sectional data here.

Trial File

Four trials were staged at Carrick Park last Saturday which was the only trial session in the state. Ideal Fella (trained by Todd Rattray) recorded the quickest mile rate of the morning in 2 minutes 3.7 seconds in the two-year-old trial over 1670 metres.

View all the trial results here.

Week Ahead

The Launceston Pacing Club will stage a massive 11-event program this Sunday evening where Devendra will have to overcome a 40-metre handicap in the Fake Idee Discretionary over 2698 metres.

The main race of the night is the running of the Cliff Robins Memorial for the two-year-olds that are yet to win a race.

The first race is at 17:17pm and with big fields across the program will ensure very competitive racing for punters and spectators that make the trek to the track following the AFL game concluding just prior to the first race.