Harness Highlights – Wednesday 2 August

02 / 08 / 2017 Article by: Duncan Dornauf
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The states drivers premiership is still no clearer after last Sunday’s 12-event program in Launceston last Sunday with brothers Gareth and Todd Rattray both recording doubles on the program to take the season total to 80 wins each.

Rohan Hillier has moved to a clear third on the premiership after dominating the meeting after driving four winners including Run Wick in the $12,000 Golden Slipper for two-year-olds.

The action heads to Hobart this Sunday evening for another quality program of racing.

The Stars

Rohan Hillier– dominated the 12-event program on Sunday evening driving four winners on the program. His first win of the program was aboard the Brent Parish-trained Svensson who brought up her first career win. He then won the Golden Slipper with Run Wick who Hillier also trained to give owner Marc Panton a winning double. The Total Truth gelding gave the Beauty Point horseman his third win of the night before winning the last race with recent stable addition Im Barney Rubble in the Hygain Regain Claimer.

Rohan Hadley– drove a winning double and four placings last Sunday including winning the Hygain Recuperate Stakes with American Ideal gelding Paint The Wind who he also trains.

Shelley Barnes– took a one win lead in the female trainers premiership after training the quinella in the third race on the program with Saywhat and Safari Rose.

John Castles– has his small team going well at present including Chirac who made it two wins in his past three starts in the C6 to C10 Pace.

Black Booker

Pezzamystic from race one last Sunday.
Settled near last in the 11-horse field from his second-row draw and continued to make ground over the final 600 metres but it was the way he hit the line over the final 100 metres that really made him stand out. Finishing 10.6 metres in fifth spot can expect this Artistic Fella gelding to pick up a two-year-old win in the final month of the season. Watch the race replay here.

Calculated Sectional Standouts

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

Launceston on Sunday.
Melolyn 57.28, Chirac 57.43, Hugo Play 57.90, Modern Chic 57.96, Spitfire Rose 58.10.

View all sectional data here.

Trial File

Two trials were conducted at Carrick Park on Saturday morning. Kent Rattray trained the two trial winners of the morning, the first was with two-year-old gelding Ideal Karalta who led all the way to win a 2C0/3C0 trial over the 1670 metre journey. The second trial was won by Karalta Boomer who scored by 40 metres.

View all the trial results here.

Week Ahead

The action this week heads back down the Midlands Highway to Luxbet Park in Hobart for a quality nine-event program that gets underway at 17:23pm.

The C4 to C6 pacers will do battle in the Australian Drivers Championship October 28th Pace over the 1609-metre journey. Star three-year-old Scooterwillrev will continue his preparation for the Australasian Breeders Crown but has barrier three on the second row to overcome. The Craig Hayes trained and driven pacer has had three starts over the spring journey for two wins and one second placing.

Currently, race one on the program is listed to be shown on Sky Racing 2 with the remaining races to be telecast on Sky Racing 1.