Harness Highlights – Wednesday, 6 September

06 / 09 / 2017 Article by: Duncan Dornauf
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The 2017/18 harness racing season looks to be one of the best in a number of years with premier events such as the Tasmania Cup moving to a Friday night time slot and the Easter Cup moved back to its traditional time slot on Easter Saturday already proving popular amongst industry participants and supporters.

The island state will also host the 2017 Australian Drivers Championships in Hobart next month and the inaugural Australian Female Drivers Championship in Launceston in March 2018.

The season got underway in Hobart on Friday evening with a 10-event program. Ben Yole once again dominated the program with a training double. The Aussie won his second race in five days and was well driven by Rodney Ashwood.

The action heads to Launceston this Sunday night with a strong nine-event program that gets underway at 18:07.

Nominations for this year’s Inter Dominion in Western Australia close this Friday with Tasmanian trained, owned and bred pacers Pachacuti and Devendra already nominated for the series. The $1.1 Million Final will be held at Gloucester Park on December 8.

The Stars

Rohan Hillier – Has Im Barney Rubble flying of recent weeks, the 10-year-old gelding showed a good turn of foot to win on Friday to record his last half mile in 56.7 seconds at his third win in concession.

Ivan Belbin – Was rewarded with his patience when his seven-year-old mare La Ebony Kita led all the way to win her first race since May 2016.

Taylor Ford-Zane Medhurst – Teamed up with Jakalija who recorded his first career win when he came with a very quick sprint to win the Crown Lager Pace

Jack Laugher – Drove his first winner on the mainland with $83 chance Buriton Bailey at Shepparton last Thursday.

Black Booker

Dellas Command
Keep an eye on this Kevin Denny trained pacer in coming weeks particularly in the standing start races where he draws the front line. Last Friday he was having his first start in 126 days and gave some of the more fancied runners something to catch. He was grabbed late over the concluding stages to only finish 4.9 metres behind the winner. View the run here.

Calculated Sectional Standouts

Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Hobart on Friday.

Im Barney Rubble 56.70, Big Gorilla 57.24, Washies Chance 57.63. Outside of race eight; Ebonyallstarzzz 57.93, Spitfire Rose 58.18, Hooper Road 58.21. View all Sectional Data here.

Trial File

Three trials were staged at Carrick Park last Saturday morning with Cardinal Ringo recording the quickest mile rate of the morning of 2 minutes 5.6 seconds when he defeated Kaliska Leis by eight metres. The well-bred Bremusa from the Todd Rattray stable won the 3C0/C0 trial by one metre over Ken Two Stars while Giuliani continued his good trial form winning the C3 and better trial in the quickest last half mile of 58.64 seconds.

View all Tasmanian Trial Results here.

Week Ahead

The action heads to the Luxbet Racing Centre in Launceston this Sunday with an even nine event program.

The fifth event program is the Luxbet.com Pace for the C6 to C10 assessed pacers. Sheer Strength will be looking to be making amends after being a beaten favourite last start, his win in Hobart three starts ago was ultra impressive when he beat a quality field by 19 metres. His stable mate Another Swinger has won two out of his past four and has drawn barrier seven, a similar barrier that he drew four starts ago when he led easily to win. Spitfire Rose and Dapper Dana have both been hitting the line well in recent starts while Giuliani is first up since April and has won his two most recent trials