Tasmanian Harness Highlights – Wednesday, 5 May

05 May 2021 | Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

It was a massive night of racing in Devonport on Sunday with a host of feature races on the nine-race card, including the C.U.B Quality for the open class pacers, where Mark Yole continued his excellent record in the race.

This week we race in Launceston on Friday night and again in Hobart on Sunday evening, but for those fortunate enough to secure a ticket to Agfest, make sure you visit the Tasracing display at site 404 on Fourth Avenue.

The Stars

Mark Yole – the Carrick Park-based trainer-driver only has a small team in work, but he was fortunate enough to secure a weekend double including the $12,000 C.U.B Quality in Devonport on Sunday night with eight-year-old gelding Blackbird Power who was a tough win in the 1930-metre event and was the first leg of a driving double for the reinsman on the program. Yole’s other winner as a trainer was with consistent pacer Black Ops.

Rohan Hillier – was the standout driver on the Devonport card with a feature race treble. The Wesley Targett-trained Guenevers Madonna kicked off Hillier’s night when the filly lead all the way to win the Devonport Belmont. Hillier then produced a confident drive to win the Latrobe Cup on the Ben Woodsford-trained Metro Star before rounding out his night with Gone And Forgotten from the Conor Crook stable, who won the Sheffield Cup after a second against first protest was upheld.

Better Amour – is a four-year-old mare from the Paul Carlson stable, who won her second race of the season in the Leigh Plunkett for the national rating 55 to 69 mares. The daughter of Betterthancheddar raced three-wide for the final circuit to register a last stride win with John Walters in the sulky.

Conor Crook – as mentioned earlier, he prepared Gone And Forgotten to victory in the Sheffield Cup, but he also drove a double on the Devonport card. His first win in the sulky was with Kuyomi, who recorded her first Australian win by 19.3 metres before the Troy Hillier prepared Racketeers Boy did the right thing by favourite punters in the final race of the night.

Ben Yole – was the standout trainer of the six-race card in Hobart on Friday night, putting the polish on four winners before Guys Bettor Bet gave him his fifth-weekend winner on Sunday in Devonport. Yole is only 18 winners away from recording his sixth consecutive century of wins in a season.

Multiple Winners

Hobart – Friday evening
Ben Yole – training quartet; Keep Playing, Heza Rummage, Coveffe Hustler and Border Cross,
Troy McDonald – driving double; Coveffe Hustler and Border Cross.

Devonport – Sunday evening
Rohan Hillier – driving treble; Guenevers Madonna, Metro Star and Gone And Forgotten,
Mark Yole – driving double; Blackbird Power and Rambleon,
Conor Crook – driving double; Kuyomi and Racketeers Boy.

Tasracing Calculated Sectionals

Hobart – Friday evening
Big Bang Raj 57.78s, Origin Tara 58.04s, Somehowsomeway 58.15s, Blackjackhanover 58.18s and Yellow Taki 58.22s.

Devonport – Sunday evening
Scoterwillrev 57.96s, Blackbird Power 58.25s, Deadly Assassin 58.75s, Be Major Threat 58.84s and Offthetopofmyhead 58.92s.

Outside of race four: Rambleon 58.94s, Rockandahardplace 59.39s, Moonlite Bay 59.80s and Belle Of Brooklyn 59.95s.

View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here.

Tasracing Official Price

Hobart – Friday evening
Hit’s: Keep Playing $10 into $7.00, Black Ops $3.80 into $3.20, Coveffe Hustler $4.80 into $4.00 and Border Cross $3.00 into $2.40.

Defied The Drift: Big Bang Raj $3.30 out to $5.50 and Heza Rummage $4.80 out to $8.00.

Missed: Brighton Prince $3.30 into $2.70, Blackjackhanover $3.10 into $2.70, Yellow Tazi $5.50 into $4.80, Got The Goods $3.90 into $3.20, Stylish Trend $9.50 into $5.00, War Chest $6.00 into $4.60, Tracer Bullet $8.00 into $5.50, Abs Boy $4.80 into $4.00 and Jakes A Joy $5.50 into $4.20.

Devonport – Sunday evening
Hit’s: Guenevers Madonna $1.50 into $1.20, Guys Bettor Bet $10 into $5.50, Blackbird Power $61 into $17, Metro Star $8.00 into $6.00, Kuyomi $2.40 into $1.80 and Rambleon $3.90 into $3.40.

Defied The Drift: Better Amour $9.00 out to $15, Gone And Forgotten $3.00 out to $4.00 and Racketeers Boy $2.10 out to $2.30.

Missed: Watch The Attitude $8.50 into $3.80, Resolute Ruler $31 into $11, Indiana Dreaming $21 into $7.00, Belle Of Brooklyn $4.60 into $3.80, Be Major Threat $12 into $4.80, Kiavino Stride $21 into $10, Danger Of Tyne $21 into $9.00, Fury Dan $4.40 into $3.00, Rockandahardplace $3.80 into $3.40 and Aha Reaction $26 into $9.00.

Trial File

Hobart – Friday evening
Two qualifying trials were held before the Hobart meeting.

Im Jaks Teller worked forward to find the lead near the 1150-metre point in the 1609-metre trial and wasn’t knocked about late by Driver Dylan Ford to score by a half head over Major Seascape in 2m 5.0s.

Christian Major won the remaining trial, which was a standing start event. Driver Tiarna Ford positioned the pacer behind the leader before utilising the sprint lane to score by a half-head over the early leader Roosevelt in 2m 4.5s.

Carrick Park – Saturday morning
It was a foggy start to the Carrick Park trials, with visibility substantially better for those that ventured to track rather than watching the Tasracing replays.

What we did see was the Brett Jaffray-trained and driven Family Feelgood score in the opening trial under a hold by five metres in 2m 5.0s, the last half mile was ran in 61.9s.

Trial two saw Cardinal Ringo score, having the class edge over his rivals in the rating 54 to 72 event when coming from last at the 900-metre point to win the trial by a neck over Nine Diamonds in a mile rate of 2m 5.0s for 2150 metres.

The final trial of the morning was a standing start trial which was won by the Ben Yole-trained Oneofthelads who led all the way for driver Ryan Backhouse in 2m 9.2s.

Week Ahead

Wednesday until Saturday: If you were lucky enough to secure a ticket to Agfest than make sure you visit the Tasracing display located at site 404 on Fourth Avenue.

Friday: The weekend starts with a Friday night program in Launceston which will be shown on Sky Racing 2 and TasracingTV.

Sunday: Nine races are set down for decision on Sunday in Hobart with the first race scheduled for 17:17. Trials will also be held before the race meeting. All races will be shown on Sky Racing 1 and TasracingTV.


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