Meeting Dashboard – Launceston, Friday 19 May

Harness racing returns to the Luxbet Racing Centre in Launceston on Friday night for a strong 8-event program.

Cardinal Spec will be looking for back-to-back wins in the second event on the program and is prepared by in-form trainer Chester Bullock.

RACE 1: 6:46pm IMPRESS PRINT STAKES DIVISION ONE 1680M

This is the lowest points division of the C1. SPARKLING (2) has had a pretty decent wrap on her for a while but is yet to fulfil that promise. She resumes here into a very winnable race off some handy trial form and draws perfectly so if she takes advantage of that will take plenty of running down. MASTER PAIGE (5) will find this much easier than recent outings. He draws the middle of the front line so will look to push forward early and may have to sit parked but can still win. IDEAL DISTRACTION (4) is a mare that can figure. She can run the gate and this is much easier than recent outings so is a must include. WASHINGTON EXPRESS (9) has drawn to get a good run through early so if she settles if the first half of the field has an each way chance. COMEON HOWZAT (1) draws to get his chance to get a podium finish so is a must include in all bet types. KARALTA DELUX (12) will find this much easier than the recent Sire Stakes Series so can improve sharply. LORD STARK (7), MARTYS FOR REAL (10) and MIGHTY SPARK (11) are next best in a tough race.

TOP PICK: SPARKLING (2) if the money comes for her it will a good lead.

DANGERS: MASTER PAIGE (5) is the danger along with IDEAL DISTRACTION (4).

ROUGHIE: COMEON HOWZAT (1) will run a race at odds.

RATINGS: 2 – 4 5 9 – 1 7 10 11 12 – 3 8 13

SUGGESTED BET: COMEON HOWZAT on a 1 by 3 basis

RACE 2: 7:20pm DAKIN REFRIGERATION STAKES 2200M

This is for the C2-C3 pacers. CARDINAL SPEC (2) was super impressive sitting parked when resuming rating 2:00 minutes. He will be better for that run and despite stepping up in grade is sure to take plenty of getting past. LAKE EYRE (12) was very good last week after doing all the work in the run so despite drawing outside the second row is sure to be a major player. OUR PERCIUS (9) was driven a treat last week when darted through late for a good win. He will find this no stronger so with a good trailing draw has to be included. DO IT FOR DAVE (8) will get the run he likes and then likely settle on three pegs and will be dangerous if the gaps open up. DEVIL OF TYNE (5) has been good at two runs for the Kate MacLeod stable. He can run the gate but not sure if can get across but is still worth an each way ticket. OLIVERS MATE (3) is one paced but from his draw will settle handy enough so is a must include. FLASH ANATOMY (1), THESE DAYS (6) and CEMENTO RAPIDO (7) are all capable of running into a place at odds with the right trips.

TOP PICK: CARDINAL SPEC (2) is the hardest to beat.

DANGERS: LAKE EYRE (12) is the danger along with OUR PERCIUS (9).

ROUGHIE: THESE DAYS (6) can run a race first up at odds.

RATINGS: 2 – 3 5 8 9 12 – 1 6 7 – 4 10 11

SUGGESTED BET: CARDINAL SPEC win

RACE 3: 7:50pm CROWN LAGER STAKES 2200M

This is for the three year old and CO pacers. LEVI JIMMY (1) is first up in the State for trainer Leigh Dornauf. He brings good enough form with him from NSW and to top it off draws the pole so will take plenty of beating. DIDDLEY BOW (3) is another new comer to the State for Brent Parish. He is a well-bred type and draws well so has to be kept very safe. HERBIE HAZE (7) is a handy enough animal who gets into a race that is winnable if he gets any luck from his wide draw. THE VILLAGE SNEAK (8) will strip fitter for her first run back and draws to get a cheap run so can be dangerous if the gaps open up. ITSNOTALWAYSABOUTU (9) was well driven by Sam Freeman last time when winning well. He draws to get a good run through early so if he can settle handy enough there is no reason why he can’t go back-to-back.  HOT SHOT BONNIE (6) hasn’t had much luck at all in her career to date so with a bit tonight can figure.

TOP PICK: LEVI JIMMY (1) is the hardest to beat.

DANGERS: DIIDDLEY BOW (3) looks a danger along with HERBIE HAZE (7).

ROUGHIE: HOT SHOT BONNIE (6) will run a race at odds.

RATINGS: 1 – 3 6 7 8 9 – 2 4 5

SUGGESTED BET: LEVI JIMMY win

RACE 4: 8:29pm LUXBET STAKES 2200M

This is for the C4-C5 pacers. MODERN CHIC (5) is well suited in a race of this nature as will push forward and look to find her favourite position and sit in the breeze and try and out tough her rivals so will be a major player. ANINCHOFHISLIFE (6) will be fitter for his first up run and will find this slightly easier so has to be kept safe. BURITON BAILEY (8) forget about his last two and go on his previous form as that would bring him right into contention. ALL ABOUT ALICE (4) is a consistent mare who will be hoping to get the right in transit as that would enable her to finish the race off strongly so is a must include. PUSHKIN (3) will be hoping to get across his stable mate early and find the top as that’s where he races best so he is definitely in the mix. ANOTHER SWINGER (7) draws the top of the track so will have to go back from the wide draw but if is able to get a cart into the race is a hope at odds. WILLIAMLEE (9) has been disappointing since being claimed but this is easier than his latest run so may improve.

TOP PICK: MODERN CHIC (5) looks a good each way gamble.

DANGERS: ANINCHOFHISLIFE (6) is a danger along with PUSHKIN (3).

ROUGHIE: ANOTHER SWINGER (7) can run a race at odds.

RATINGS: 5 – 3 4 6 7 8 – 9 – 1 2

SUGGESTED BET: MODERN CHIC each way

RACE 5: 9:07pm SUNRISE BAKERY STAKES DIVISION TWO 1680M

This is for the C1 class pacers. CARDINAL LANE (8) was super impressive winning on debut beating some very handy types. He draws inside the second row so will need a bit of luck at some stage to get clear running but if he gets it will be the hardest to beat. FAITHFUL JET (3) continues to hold his form of late and draws well. He will either work to the top or sit parked either way gives him a winning chance. CAPTURE ME (2) has been going ok of late so if she takes cover early will give her a winning hope. Stable mate CRAFTY OLD FOX (4) is another that likes to race on the speed so will get that tonight so has to be included. PETERI MIC (10) didn’t get much luck last week. He will be looking for a cart into the race and that would give him a hope at good odds. BLUES ACE (11) and THIRLSTANE KING (12) are both recent winners but place looks best from there back row draws. TENFOUR (6), PUT MBACK (7) and POP THE CORK (13) are next best.

TOP PICK: CARDINAL LANE (8) looks a nice horse so is the hardest to beat.

DANGERS: FAITHFUL JET (3) is a danger along with CRAFTY OLD FOX (4).

ROUGHIE: PETERI MIC (10) can run a race at odds.

RATINGS: 8 – 2 3 4 10 – 5 6 7 9 11 12 13

SUGGESTED BET: CARDINAL LANE win

RACE 6: 9:35pm CHARTLEY ESTATE PACE 2200M

This is a C1 or better stand and as usual a tough race at that. LORD JONES (13) got a well-deserved win last week. He gets into this race ok off the 20m as he does step safely so as long as he gets a half decent trip will take plenty of holding out. GOD SAKE (7) has been racing well and will find this easier than recent outings as long as he steps safely. He can do work in his races so looks a real good hope. CHRISTIAN JAZ (14) is the other leading chance despite coming off 20m back mark. He will be looking at getting a cart into the race and will be very dangerous if close enough. Stable mates FLYLIKA HAWK (4) and BE GOOD FRANKLIN (8) have good manners from the tapes so if can settle handy enough have claims at odds. LAST GUY STANDING (5) is a chance at odds in a race like this so is a must include. THE STATE OF PLAY (1), UNION FORCE (3), IVE GOT OOMPH (6), FUTURE PROMISES (9) and STRANGE CONDUCT (10) can all run into a place at odds with the right trips in transit.

TOP PICK: LORD JONES (13) will be very hard to beat.

DANGERS: GOD SAKE (7) is a danger along with CHRISTIAN JAZ (14).

ROUGHIE: LAST GUY STANDING (5) will run a race at odds.

RATINGS: 13 – 7 14 – 3 4 5 8 – 1 6 9 10 – 2 11 12

SUGGESTED BET: LAST GUY STANDING on a 1 by 2 basis

RACE 7: 10:03pm BEVAN LEES BUTCHERY PACE 1680M

This is for the three-year-old and older non winners. AVALON AVA (9) has put in some very good efforts of late and gets into a very winnable race. She draws to get a good run through early so will be handy throughout and will also take plenty of holding out at the business end. GAGGLE COORDINATOR (11) will find this easier than recent runs. He draws out the back but he will be put into the race at some stage and will be a player. WHY WENT WONG (5) has had plenty of chances but she can be in the finish if she produces her best and does have a bit of gate speed so include in all bet types. HAMNA SHIDA (13) has shown glimpses of ability in her brief career to date so if she puts in a fool proof display can run a race at odds. RED SHED ROBBIE (8) has been thereabouts of late and draws to get a cheap run behind the speed so if he gets a crack at them can be in the finish. JAKALIJA (2) is new to the state but has been beaten very easily of late. GIVIT TO ME (1) can run an improved race from the good draw.

TOP PICK: AVALON AVA (9) looks a good gamble.

DANGERS: GAGGLE COORDINATOR (11) looms as a danger along with RED SHED ROBBIE (8).

ROUGHIE: HAMNA SHIDA (13) will run a race at odds.

RATINGS: 9 – 2 5 8 11 13 – 1 3 4 6 – 7 12

SUGGESTED BET: AVALON AVA win

RACE 8: 10:35pm MITAVITE CLAIMER 2200M

This is a stand start claimer to finish the night and as normal leading trainer Ben Yole has more than half the field. WASHIES CHANCE (6) continues to race in great form and looks very hard to beat here. He will begin safely off his mark and will be in striking distance so is the hardest to beat. CROMAC JAMIE (3) was very impressive winning a similar race two runs back but then disappointed last time so if he produces his run two starts back will take beating. JUKEBOX MUSIC (5) is always a chance in these races as he pings the tapes so has to be kept very safe in this line up. SHANGHAI KNIGHT (4) always runs a race at odds in this class and will win one soon and this may be it so include in all bet types. REGAL STRIDE (7) races best when he leads in his races and he won’t get that here so place looks best. YAHOLYTERROR (2) can run an improved race from his better draw.

TOP PICK: WASHIES CHANCE (6) is the hardest to beat.

DANGERS: JUKEBOX MUSIC (5) is the danger along with CROMAC JAMIE (3).

ROUGHIE: YAHOLYTERROR (2) can improve at odds.

RATINGS: 6 – 3 5 – 4 7 – 1 2 8

SUGGESTED BET: WASHIES CHANCE win