Harness Highlights – Wednesday, 12 July

12 / 07 / 2017 Article by: Duncan Dornauf
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There was a number of highlights from the bumper 11-event program in Launceston last Sunday where we saw trainer Ben Yole chalk up a century of winners for the season.

The Junior drivers demonstrated their ability in the final two heats of the Botra Claiming Novice Drivers Series which was keenly contested.

On Monday some very nice horses retuned from long lay-offs at the trials held in Devonport and Hobart.

We have another big weekend of harness racing this week with the final meeting of the season in Devonport on Friday evening and then we back up with a seven-event program on Sunday in Hobart.

The Stars

Ben Yole – Trained his 100th winner for the season on Sunday evening, he has nine meetings remaining to chase the state record of 123 wins held by Wayne Rattray in 1988/89 which went for 13 months.

Brady Woods – Took out the BOTRA Claiming Novice Drivers Series with some well-judged drives in the six-race series.

Kate MacLeod – Training double with Su You Too and Vapar Glenn, both horses were having their first start since joining her stable

Jack Laugher – drove his first treble including the final two heats of the BOTRA Claiming Novice Series.

Black Booker

Nances Delight from Launceston last Sunday – After being caught three wide for the first half lap, driver Gareth Rattray was left with very little options other than to work to the death in the 1680-metre race. Despite being wide in a 28.7 second first quarter, only one of the five placegetters in front of her at the finish actually came around her in a race that was dominated by those along the pegs. View the replay here.

Calculated Sectional Standouts

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

Rodger Ramjet 57.69, Chirac 57.94, Pushkin 57.99, Paint The Wind 58.07 and Regal Eagle 58.13. Click here to view all the sectionals from the meeting.

Trial File

Mickwillrev returned to the track for the first time since last August, the gelded son of Live Or Die has now joined the Melissa Maine stable and won the opening trial at Devonport on Monday evening. Coming off a 20-metre handicap, Mickwillrev defeated Lake Eyre by six metres in the quickest last half mile of the night which was recorded in 58.6 seconds. Im Barney Rubble recorded 59.4 seconds for his last half later in the trial session and was the only other trial winner to break a minute for his last half.

At Hobart on Monday evening, star pacer Resurgent Spirt returned to the track after an injury setback with a three-metre win in a 58.3 last half. His full sister Resurgent Star returned from a spell with a 10-metre victory in trial three. View all the trial results here.

Week Ahead

The Devonport Harness Racing Club will stage their final meeting of the season on Friday evening. Nine races are scheduled with the first race set to commence at 5:02pm. New South Wales concession driver Conor Crook has moved to the state and has taken up a position with leading trainer Ben Yole. Crook is yet to break his maiden status in the sulky from only a small amount of drives, he currently has three drives on Friday’s program including Martys For Real in race one.

The tier one meeting of the week will be staged at Luxbet Park in Hobart on Sunday evening with seven races set down for decision. Karalta Kruise will be out to make it a hat-trick of wins in the opening event after winning two penalty-free races at his past two starts.

At metropolitan venues interstate this week, leading trainer Ben Yole has Another Swinger engaged in the first heat of the Winter Championship at Melton on Friday evening. Across the Nullarbor, at Gloucester Park in Perth former Tasmanian trainer, Garry Elson prepares one of the popular picks Cott Beach in the Group 1 Golden Slipper.

On Saturday evening the Tasmanian interest heads to Albion Park in Brisbane where Tasmanian-owned and bred Jerrys Jet will chase his first metropolitan win in the third race of the evening. Expat Tasmanian James Rattray prepares Arts Treasure in the Group 1 Qbred Triad for two-year-old fillies.