Harness Highlights – Wednesday, 25 July

26 / 07 / 2017 Article by: Duncan Dornauf
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There are only five meetings left for the 2016-2017 harness racing season and all the eyes are on the premierships. Ben Yole has a commanding lead in the state trainer’s premiership as he looks to break the state record.

The rivalry between brothers Gareth and Todd Rattray will be fierce over the next five weeks with both drivers locked in battle with 78 wins for the season.

The other close battle is in the Leading female trainer award with Shelley Barnes and Deborah Williams training 21-winners each for the season.

Jack Laugher has the Junior Driver premiership parceled up, likewise Natalee Emery in the female driver’s title.


The Stars

Natalee Emery – Extended her lead in the Female driver’s title with a double in Hobart on Friday night and backed that up with another winner in Launceston on Sunday.

Conor Crook – The twenty-one-year-old driver drove his first winner in Hobart on Friday aboard Martys For Real. Originally from Cowra in central New South Wales, Crook is currently in the state working for trainer Ben Yole.

Ben Yole – Trained six winners across the two meetings last week. He is now chasing Neville Webberley’s record for the number of wins in a 12-month season of 118 wins which was set in the 1990/91 season.

Adrian Duggan – Top drive to get the money on Grinable at Luxbet Park Hobart on Friday.

Adrian Collins – Caused a minor upset when he delevied a brilliant drive on the Todd Rattray trained Roger Ramjet to victory to upset the short price favourite and stable mate Devendra in Launceston on Sunday.



Black Booker

Ken Two Stars from Launceston on Sunday.
The Wayne Campbell trained gelding was first up from a 399 day break from the track after his unplaced effort in last years Globe Derby Final. Last Sunday driver Adrian Collins settled Ken Two Stars back along the pegs in the 1680 metre race before flashing home late to run into second place. After such along break from the track there is no doubt he will strip fitter for the run. Watch the replay here.


Calculated Sectional Standouts

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

Hobart on Friday.
Jeans Mattjesty 57.26, Washies Chance 57.37, Crafty Old Fox 58.22, Major Jamane 58.24 and Aninchofhislife 58.38.

Launceston on Sunday.

Roger Ramjet 56.33, Melolyn 56.73, Timely Sovereign 56.82, Paint The Wind 57.08 and Hugo Play 57.11.

View all sectional data here.


Trial File

Two trials in Launceston on Sunday prior to the first race. The first trial for two and three-year-olds was won by Sportswriter gelding Now Hear This from the Rohan Hadley stable, while Ben Yole trained Jivin Cullen won the fast class trial of the afternoon. View the trial replays here.

A further two trials were conducted at Luxbet Park in Hobart on Monday evening with Swap Me and Resurgent Spirit winning the two trials.

View all the trial results here.


Week Ahead

A massive 12-event program will be conducted at the Luxbet Racing Centre in Launceston this Sunday evening commencing at 4:12pm and concluding at 9:40pm.

The feature race on the card is the $12,000 Island Block and Paving Golden Slipper for the two-year-old’s.

Although there are only five starters in the Launceston Pacing Club’s premier two-year-old race you can make a case for every horse in it, that includes Run Wick and War Dan Star who both won in Launceston last Sunday.

View the fields for the meeting here.