IT is a big night of harness racing in Devonport tonight with five $12,000 features on the nine-race card.
The headline act is Group 2 Easter Cup winner Scooterwillrev who lines up in the C.U.B Quality over the 1930-metre sprint trip.
Scooterwillrev has won 28 races in his career and has been brilliant in four starts this season which has resulted in three wins. The gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere has shown he is back to his best form which we saw in the state before he headed to New South Wales in mid-2019.
Tonight the Craig Hayes-trained pacer has drawn inside the second-row in the 1930-metre sprint event, but the pacer’s class should be enough for him to over come that draw on a track where he has won two races from three starts.
He will be driven by Gareth Rattray, who rated the pacer the best of his drives tonight on Tasracing’s From The Stables Podcast.
The Ladbrokes Sheffield Cup has had many homes over its long history, including stints on the grass and synthetic tracks at Spreyton, and is another highlight on tonight’s card where the Ben Yole-trained Earl Jujon will be chasing another feature race win in Devonport.
The gelded son of Rock N Roll Heaven won the Patrons Marathon on the track three starts ago, when starting off the front mark but he goes back to a 20-metre handicap in tonight’s 2645-metre standing start event where he tackles an even field.
The Tasracing Leigh Plunkett for the 55 to 69 rated mares is one of the more even $12,000 features on the card where the Todd Rattray-trained Island Bliss will be out to utilise her pole draw, but she has one of the main dangers drawn on her back in Aussie Rock who is first up since late March, and the Pet Rock mare should appreciate dropping back to mares grade.
Belle Of Brooklyn is another great winning hope from the in-form Tammy Langley stable, with the mare winning two out of her previous three starts.
Latrobe reinsman Ben Parker will be chasing a win in the Lucas Hotel Latrobe Cup, where he takes the reins on Kivik, who is a winner of four races from 12 starts, the gelded son of Courage Under Fire hasn’t been seen in public since a second placing in the Harry Holgate Memorial Final behind Kadar in Launceston in late January.
He has an awkward second-row draw in the 2297-metre race where he takes on the in-form Geoff Smith-trained Chis Be Quick who is chasing a winning hat-trick.
The night’s card kicks off at 17:13 with the D.H.R.C Belmont for the two-year-old fillies.
Despite only attracting a field of four runners, the race retains its $12,000 status.
The early market sees first starter Guenevers Madonna as the race favourite from the pole draw after two recent trial wins, the most recent in Launceston on 18 April where she was hard held by driver Rohan Hillier when scoring by 1.8 metres in 2m 2.6s.
The Allamerican Ingot filly is out of Gueneverslancelot, which makes the filly a half-relation to horses such as Fowsands (12 wins), Its Gemmas Delight (10 wins) and Kivik (4 wins).
Tonight’s meeting will be streamed on TasracingTV, with race one on Sky Racing 2 and the remainder of the card on Sky Racing 1.