Tasmanian Harness Highlights – Friday, 14 May

14 May 2021 | Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

It was another great week of harness racing with two brilliant meetings in Hobart and Launceston. Cool Water Paddy was the star in Hobart, but it was the next generation of drivers stealing the show last weekend.

This weekend the $12,000 Launceston Mile is the feature race on Sunday where Easter Cup winner Scotterwillrev clashes with Cool Water Paddy in the small but select field.

Harness racing will also be held in Hobart on Friday night, with a strong Tasmanian presence at both Melton and Menangle on Saturday night.

The Stars

Cool Water Paddy – demonstrated his class with a dominant win in the fast class race on Sunday evening in Hobart when scoring a five-metre win. The Juanita McKenzie-trained pacer will be chasing a hat-trick of wins when he contests Sunday’s Launceston Mile, a race he won last year.

Starofremembrance – broke through for an overdue win in Hobart on Sunday night. The Paul Medhurst-trained mare had 16 starts in the state for five placings before breaking through for her first Tasmanian win.

Claiming Novice Drivers – the new Claiming Novice Drivers policy in the state is seeing new names in the winner’s circle, including Kayleb Williams and Bronte Miller, who drove doubles in Launceston and Hannah Van Dongen and Jordan Chibnall with winners in Hobart.

Tammy Langley – extended her lead on the female trainer’s premiership with a weekend treble. All three winners were driven by Dylan Ford, including Pawnbrokers Lad and Jackson Neptune in Hobart.

Conor Crook – moved into second spot on the state trainer’s premiership after a weekend double, including consistent mare Gone And Forgotten and Iden Miss Lucy, who broke her maiden on Sunday.

Multiple Winners

Launceston – Friday evening
Ben Yole – training treble; Aha Reaction, Heza Rummage and Got The Goods,
Bronte Millier – driving double; Aha Reaction and Heza Rummage,
Rohan Hillier – driving double Wandary Muscat and Gone And Forgotten.,
Kayleb Williams – driving double; Jocund and Karalta Kruise.

Hobart – Sunday evening
Ben Yole – training quartet; Kiavino Stride, Deadly Assassin, Denstown and Keep Playing.
Tammy Langley – training double; Pawnbrokers Lad and Jackson Neptune,
Conor Crook – driving treble; Iden Miss Lucy, Denstown and Keep Playing,
Dylan Ford – driving double; Pawnbrokers Lad and Jackson Neptune.

Tasracing Calculated Sectionals

Launceston – Friday evening
Aha Reaction 56.80s, Tarleton Riley 57.37s, Stormont Star 57.62s, Perfect Mach and Wandary Muscat both 58.03s.

Hobart – Sunday evening
Isaac 56.94s, Cool Water Paddy 57.00s, Murry 57.04s, Jeans Mattjesty 57.30s and Somedan 57.40s.

View all available Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here.

Tasracing Official Price

Launceston – Friday evening
Hit’s: Aha Reaction $10 into $6.50, Wandary Muscat $4.80 into $4.40, and Got The Goods $2.50 into $2.10.

Defied The Drift: Say A Prayer $2.30 out to $3.30, Jocund $4.80 out to $6.50, Heza Rummage $10 out to $13, Gone And Forgotten $3.20 out to $3.40 and Karalta Kruise $6.00 out to $7.50.

Missed: Boulder City $21 into $10, Deadly Assassin $3.60 into $2.90, Roosevelt $5.00 into $4.00, La Toison Dor $10 into $6.50, Major Seascape $8.50 into $6.50 and Pink Ponder $5.50 into $3.20.

Hobart – Sunday evening
Hit’s: Pawnbrokers Lad $4.40 into $3.00, Iden Miss Lucy $2.40 into $2.25, Kiavino Stride $91 into $21, Deadly Assassin $10 into $8.50, Denstown $12 into $9.00, Cool Water Paddy $2.20 into $2.00, Jackson Neptune $13 into $11 and Keep Playing $5.50 into $3.80.

Defied The Drift: Starofremembrance $6.00 out to $7.00.

Missed: Fury Dan $3.10 into $2.40, Radiant Red $2.40 into $2.25, Denwen Dancer $2.70 into $1.70, Bonacci $17 into $9.00, Most Perfect Major $11 into $8.00 and Rocknroll Nitro $2.60 into $2.25.

Trial File

Hobart – Monday evening
The first trial was for the two-year-olds over 1609 metres was taken out by the Rodney Ashwood-trained and driven Hivoltage Glenwood, who led all the way and was untroubled to score by 15.7 metres in 2m 6.62s.

Yourockanna is a six-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven mare who has won 10 races in her career stepped out in the state for the first time of her career in the final trial. Trainer-driver Rodney Ashwood settled the mare last of the four-horse field before leading up the one-wide line over the final 1200 metres, with the mare racing away from her rivals at the top of the home straight to score an 11.8-metre victory in a mile rate of 2m 4.86s.

Week Ahead

Friday: Hobart is the venue for Friday night racing with an eight-race card commencing at 18:30.

Saturday: Trials will be held at Carrick Park from 9:00.

Plenty of Tasmanian interest at Menangle in Sydney, with Ignatius contesting a Group 3 event, Zhukov Leis contesting a no higher than 95 event and Jigamaroo engaged in the seventh race of the night. All three horses are prepared by James Rattray, who will drive Ignatius and Zhukov Leis, while former Tasmanian Charlie Castles will drive Jigamaroo.

At Melton, the Rodney Ashwood-trained Still Hungover will contest a $20,000 mares event restricted to horses rated between 70 to 89, with Rodney’s son Alex booked for the drive. Tasmanian owned Max Delight will compete in the free-for-all event at the same meeting.

Sunday: The Launceston Pacing Club stages a nine-race card featuring the $12,000 Launceston Mile. The meeting gets underway at 17:07.


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