Harness Highlights Wednesday 28 June

28 / 06 / 2017 Article by: Duncan Dornauf
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The two-year-olds were the headline act in Tasmania and New South Wales last weekend.

There is plenty for Tasmanian harness fans to keep an eye on this weekend from Western Australia to Victoria where there will be strong Tassie contingent at Melton on Friday evening.

The Stars

Ignatius – WOW – what more can be said after Sunday’s Group 1 win at Menangle. Setting an Australian record for a two-year-old, it was a brilliant training performance from Todd Rattray in only his second full season of training with the star who was only having his fifth race start, it was also a brilliant drive from Todd’s older brother James.

Paul Hill – The Old Beach trainer continued his good record in juvenile races with a Group 3 double in the states two richest races for two-year-olds on Friday night in Hobart.

Ricky Duggan and Rohan Hillier – Both drivers continued their terrific record in Tasmanian sires stakes races with two brilliant drives.

Ben Yole – Capped off a big weekend training five winners on the six-event program at Devonport on Sunday night. He could have a century of wins for the season after this weekends action, he currently has 95 wins beside his name for the season.

Black Booker

Call Her Julie from Hobart last Friday
Coming from last, this Matthew Cooper trained and driven mare flew home off the track to be only beaten 3.7 metres, the mare recorded the second quickest last half mile of the night in 58.97seconds. When watching the replay keep an eye on Boltnmach, Victoria Pass and Holme On The Bayou who all had no luck over the concluding stages. Click here for the replay.

Calculated Sectional Standouts

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

Hobart Friday
Major Callum 58.84, Call Her Julie 58.97, Chirac 58.98, Feelin Dusty 59.10, Dufrense 59.23. To view all races on the program click here.

Devonport Sunday
Washies Chance 58.28, Modern Chic 59.31, Writeaboutchelsea 59.67, Whenthegroundshook 59.70. Full meeting sectionals available here.

Trial File

El Jays Mystery led all the way to win a 2YO and better trial at Carrick Park last Saturday morning. Driven by 6ty Youngblood’s challenge series winner Jack Laugher, the Live Or Die filly led all the way to beat Hayley’s Comet by 4 metres in a time of 2 minutes 55.6 seconds for the 2150 metre trial. The other trial of the session was won by Sea Sky.

At Devonport on Sunday evening, Sketch was able to win by 1.3 metres for driver James Johnson who is returning to the industry after focusing on business interest. The second place getter in the trial was Sophias Angel who was driven by Charlie Castles. Charlie is the son of Michael and Angela Castles and is not far away from gaining his licence to drive in races.

Hobart trial results from Monday evening were unavailable at the time of publication.

To view all Tasmanian trial results click here.

Week Ahead

The Botra claiming novice drivers series commences this week with the first two heats of the series being held in Devonport on Friday evening before heading south to Luxbet Park Hobart on Sunday for heats three and four. The final two heats of the series will be held at the Luxbet Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday, July, 9.

There is plenty of action across Bass Straight this week. Tasmania’s best three-year-old Scooterwillrev leading a strong contingent at Melton in the semi-finals of the Vicbred Super Series. After being narrowly beaten in his heat at Kilmore last Thursday, the Craig Hayes-trained star has to overcome the second line draw in a semi-final of the three-year-old colts and geldings division. Gavin Lang will again drive the Somebeachsomewhere gelding. Also contesting the race is Solid As A Rock who is part-owned by Katrina Hillier.

Other Tasmanian interest at the meeting includes; Tasmanian owned and bred After Lunch who will contest the 4YO Mares semi-final (Race 2), Tasmanian bred Nostra Beach in the 2YO Fillies semi-final (Race 3), Tasmanian owned Nikkibadwagon in the semi-final for the 4YO Mares (Race 6) and Tasmanian bred Miss Graceland in the 3YO Fillies final (Race 11). The Bradley Walters trained Ainsleys Dream is the first emergency in both 4YO Mares semi finals races 2 & 6.

Former Tasmanian trainer Garry Ellison prepares Cott Beach who will contest the $100,000 Westbred 2YO Fillies final at Gloucester Park in Perth on Friday evening. She has a career best mile rate of 1:54.9 to her credit and is by Advance Attack who won three races in the state when trained by Barrie Rattray.

Then we head to Kilmore on Saturday night with Tasmanian owned and bred Four Ex Dan looking for back-to-back wins in the Popular Alm Sprint.


Photo Courtsey; Club Menangle