Rubble to Riches as Barney strikes

03 / 09 / 2017 Article by: Shane Yates
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An exciting night of racing kicked off the new harness season on Friday night at Luxbet Park in Hobart.

Im Barney Rubble notched up a winning hat-trick and brought up its fourth win from his last five starts with a barnstorming finish to win the Claimer for trainer-driver Rohan Hillier.

The aptly named Life Sign – Pebbles ten-year-old began safely off the 10-metre handicap and settled second-last in the field of nine.

Rohan, coming off a highly successful season of both training and driving, bided his time with the in-form pacer and was still last with a lap to run.

Hillier made his move inside the bell, looking to flush someone out for cover and it was Robert Walters who obliged with Washies Chance in the run to the half mile pole.

Todd Rattray had rated the leader Jukebox Music to perfection, getting away with leisurely 31.8 and 32.3 quarters before turning up the heat with a 28.8 second section off the back.
Turning for home Im Barney Rubble was still back seventh but when called upon by Hillier sprouted wings and flew home to score a slashing four-metre victory, being eased up on the line.

The Aussie has proven a real winner for the Juanita McKenzie stable.

The Art Major – The Kindly One four-year-old has had three runs in the state for a luckless first-up fourth followed by back to back victories.

Rod Ashwood drove The Aussie through from its second line draw to settle behind the leader and race favorite Hilargi in the run to the mile marker.

Rod made his race-winning move at the 1400 easing away from the pegs to go and sit at the leader’s wheel.

Ashwood applied the pressure to Hilargi with the last start winner and the battle was on at the 500-metre mark.

Despite having done the work in the death-seat The Aussie showed there are more wins in store for the former Victorian pacer by wearing down Hilargi and then bravely staving off the late challenge from Shadow Control to win by 2.4 metres, with the fast finishing Tsimba Ridge a further 1.9 metres away third.

Watch The Aussie’s courageous victory on opening night of the 2017/18 season in Hobart.

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