Harness Highlights – Wednesday, 13 September

14 / 09 / 2017 Article by: Duncan Dornauf
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The Launceston Pacing Club kicked off their 2017/18 season with a strong nine-event program last Sunday evening.

Trainers Ben Yole and Todd Rattray both recorded training doubles while Tasmania’s two representatives for next month’s Australian Drivers Championship, Gareth and Todd Rattray both recorded a double in the sulky.

Inter Dominion hopefuls Pachacuti and Devendra will continue their campaign to this year’s series when they race in Hobart on Friday night. While another Tasmanian nominated for the series Resurgent Spirit will kick off his Victorian campaign on Saturday night at Bendigo.

The Stars

Wade Rattray – teamed up with his father Kent, with four-year-old Mcardle gelding Karalta Kruise to bring up back-to-back wins on the Launceston circuit

Samantha Gangell – made it back-to-back wins on the Ben Yole trained Regal Major. This time coming from back in the field to win at odds of $25.90

Todd Rattray – made it a race-to-race training and driving double, with the wins of Full Speed Ahead and Bremusa.

Rohan Hillier– has Im Barney Rubble racing in top form.

Calculated Sectional Standouts

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

Giuliani 57.31, Im Barney Rubble 57.41, Olwen Jaccka 57.43, Full Speed Ahead 57.44, Chirac 57.61

View all Sectional Data here.

Trial File

The Todd Rattray-trained duo Pachacuti and Roger Ramjet contested a trial at Launceston on Sunday evening with only a head separating the two. They ran their last mile in 1.57.1, with the last half mile recorded in 56 seconds.

Three trials were conducted at Luxbet Park Hobart on Monday evening. The Juanita McKenzie trained The Aussie qualified from a standing start when winning the opening trial of the night over Cromac Jamie and Resurgent Dream. The trial was quicker than the two mobile start trials held which was won by Ucarntbeatamint and The Dip.

View all Tasmanian Trial Results here.

Week Ahead

Harness racing returns to Friday evening this week with a strong 9-event program in Hobart.

The Dick Eaves trained courageous Katee will be looking to bounce back into winning form when she contests the Rexel North Hobart Pace. She will take on last start winner Hayley’s Comet and recent winner Keep Playing.

Thursday evening at Geelong Tasmanian driver Jack Laugher has a number of drives in the program including Animi Sub Ignis and Le Premiere for trainer Bradley Walters, while he will also partner The Village Sneak and Buriton Bailey for his father Michael. The Marc Butler trained Baldock will also go around at the meeting in race seven.

Star Tasmanian pacer Resurgent Spirit and Tasmanian owned and bred mare Miley Rose will contest the seventh event at Bendigo on Saturday evening. While Miracle Marcus will be looking for his third lifetime win in race ten.