Harness Highlights – Wednesday, 23 August

23 / 08 / 2017 Article by: Duncan Dornauf
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Leading trainer Ben Yole rewrote the history books after breaking Neville Webberley’s state record for the most number of training winners in a season at Luxbet Park Hobart last Sunday evening.

Yole has many winning chances at the final meeting of the season that will be held in Launceston this Sunday evening with a bumper 11-event program.

The Stars

Ben Yole – Trained a quartet of winners to rewrite the history books. His winners included Sheer Strength, Washies Chance, Out To Strike and Ultimate Courage.

Natalee Emery – With a suspension commencing this week, the states leading female driver finished her season with a driving double with Washies Chance and Resurgent Dream.

Marc Butler – Continued his good strike training another winner with consistent mare Jilliby Gigi who has now won two out of her last three starts.

Rodney Ashwood – Trained three-year-old gelding Swap Me to victory at his second from a spell.

Black Booker

The Aussie

This Juanita Mckenzie trained pacer was having his first start in the state and finished a creditable fourth in the race won by Swap Me. Driver Gareth Rattray was cluttered in traffic down the back straight the final time before working in to clear racing room around the home corner. The son of Art Major hit the line well over the final hundred metres of the race to be finish 18-metres behind the winner, but did record his own last half mile in 58.2 seconds on the Tasracing Calculated Sectionals.

View the run here.

Calculated Sectional Standouts

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

Karalta Dazzler 57.01, Poker Storm 57.29, Washies Chance 57.40, Im Young Tommy 57.77, Swap Me 57.80, Triple Aitch Fella 57.91.

View all calculated sectionals here.

Trial File

Pachacuti commenced his Inter Dominion preparation at the Carrick Park trials on Saturday morning.

Contesting a standing start event the Todd Rattray trained and driven gelding won by a half head over Moto Kenny in a mile rate of 2 minutes 4.7 seconds off his 50 metre handicap.

View all Tasmanian trial results here.

Week Ahead

A strong 11-event program concludes the season in Launceston on Sunday evening.

Former Tasmanian Ken Rattray has returned back home after 23-years of being based in Queensland and has two runners engaged at the meeting including Tuxedo Max in race five and Im Born To Rule in race eleven.

The state drivers will come down to the line with brothers Gareth and Todd Rattray to fight out the title. Meanwhile the female trainer’s premiership will also be keenly contested with Shelley Barnes currently holding a one win lead over Deborah Williams.

Tasmanian bred, owned and trained pacers will contest on harness racing big stage at the finals of the Australasian Breeders Crown at Melton on Sunday afternoon including;

Race 4
* No: 1 Shezallapples
* No: 7 Miss Graceland
* No: 9 El Jays Mystery

Race 5
* No: 4 Code Black

Race 6
* No: 12 Nostra Beach

Race 7
* No: 2 Solid As A Rock

Race 10
* No: 3 Nikkibadwagon
* No: 5 After Lunch.

There is also Tasmanian interest on Friday night at Melton where former stable mates Karalta Dazzler and Riverboat Jasper are engaged to compete.