Sensational season reaches its climax

27 / 08 / 2017 Article by: Shane Yates
Ben Yole - easily won the 2015-16 harness trainer's premiership in Tasmania which was a life-changing achievement icon Click to enlarge

The curtain comes down on an amazing season of harness racing tonight at the Luxbet Racing Centre in Launceston.

We have seen the Ben Yole juggernaut set a new training record and a battle royal between Todd and Gareth Rattray for the Driver’s Title.

While Yole has had the trainers award wrapped up since Christmas, Todd takes just a three-win break into the 11-race card.

The Rattray brothers have pulled out all stops to clinch the award, Todd defends his slender edge with 10 drives while Gareth will contest all 11 races.

Shelley Barnes leads Deborah Williams in the Leading Female Trainer Award by just one victory, but Deborah’s only hope is for Olwen Jaccka to win race seven and draw level.

Leading Female Driver Natalee Emery has the luxury of a 21 win-break over her nearest rival and has chosen to celebrate her birthday with the night off.

The Ken Rattray stable makes its return to Tasmanian harness racing tonight after a 20-year break, with Tuxedo Max contesting race five and I’m Born to Rule in the Claimer.

Tuxedo Max will be partnered by Gareth Rattray for his 100th career start and is looking for his 14th win. The six-year-old gelding won seven races last season but his only victory this season was at Albion Park in November.

I’m Born To Rule will have the services of Ricky Duggan for its Tasmanian debut in race 11. The most recent victory for the 11-year-old was at Albion Park in June, one of 37 victories from a 343 start career.

The Bill Dornauf-trained two-year-old filly Karpenkova Leis ran an eye-catching third on debut to Now Hear This in Launceston a fortnight ago, beaten 5.2 metres.

The Sombeachsomewhere-Klebnikova Leis filly drew solo on the second line in a field of eight and settled 30 metres from the leaders. Natalee Emery steadily made ground on the pegs but was still with the tailenders turning for home, before hitting the line strongly with a 28.67 final quarter.

Karpenkova Leis, currently priced at $5.50, only needs to run up to her debut performance to be a leading chance in race eight.

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Watch Karpenkove Leis come from last to run third on debut in Launceston on August 13:

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