With the resumption of Tasmanian harness racing trials, and a return to the track only several weeks away we bring back the weekly Tasmanian harness racing highlights.
There has been plenty going on over the past week including a Tassie link in Wednesday night’s Group 1 Western Region Championship Final in Bathurst, a former Tasmanian trainer-driver having a successful run in Victoria and a recap of Wednesday night’s trials in Hobart.
Tassie bloodlines with Group 1 winner
Terryrama delivered a knockout blow for punters when he stormed home to win the $100,000 Group 1 Western Region Championship Final in Bathurst on Wednesday night at odds of $81.
The $800 purchase from an ad on the internet, is by Western Terror and is out of the Tasmanian bred mare Nellirama.
Nellirama was unplaced in two starts on the track but has left multiple Group and Listed winners including;
Trainer Malcolm Hutchings wasn’t trackside for the win, and several hours after the race was unaware that he was a Group 1 winning trainer.
“Malcolm doesn’t even know yet,” Hutchings wife, Daphney, told the National Trotguide website. “He’s working in the North Parkes Gold Mine and can’t take his phone with him, which is sitting here on the table.”
Nellirama was owned and bred by Fred and Pauline Barker, along with the late Cliff Robbins before being sold several years ago.
Wecdnesday’s Group 1 final was meant to be a part of the inaugural New South Wales Million Dollar Pace, but with regional racing in place currently in that state, officials decided to scrap the statewide final and instead conduct a Group 1 Final in each region.
Kosimo breaks maiden
Tasmanian owned and bred pacer Kosimo broke his maiden status with the narrowest of victories at Bendigo Thursday night.
Owned by his former trainer Mark Jones, Kosimo was first up since 23 August.
With a second placing in a Devonport trial on 23 March under his belt, Jones elected to send the pacer to the stables of Victorian trainer Glenn Douglas who was also in the sulky for the win where the gelded son of Major Bronski recorded a mile rate of a slick 1m 55.5s for the 1650 metre event.
Campbell enjoying a good run in Victoria
Former Tasmanian based trainer-driver Justin Campbell has been enjoying a nice run in Victoria of late.
Last Saturday morning at Melton, four-year-old gelding Really Campbell won his second race in a row courtesy of a confident drive by Campbell in the early stages of the event.
On Tuesday night four-year-old mare Really May broke her maiden status at her sixth career start in a maiden race at Ballarat.
Both horses are owned and bred by Justin along with his parents Malcolm and Anne Campbell.
Hobart – Wednesday afternoon
Trial 1 – Most Perfect Major a two-year-old filly by Major In Art was having her first trial for trainer-driver Ray Pullen. She was restrained to settle three-back along the marker pegs and finished off impressively late to score by 1.2 metres over the early leader Rocknovertime with Rocknroll Nitro who enjoyed a lovely run on the back of the leader 2.6 metres away third.
Time and Mile Rate: 2m 04.3s, Last Half 59.5s.
Trial 2 – Resurgent Storm for driver Rodney Ashwood worked forward to end up on the back of the leader Finn Mac Kee who was inclined to over race in the lead. Resurgent Storm used the sprint lane to full advantage in the home straight to score by 1.5 metres over Rocket Blaster who was doing his best work out wide late with Buster Malone 1.1 metres away.
Time: 2m 42.2s, Mile Rate: 2m 4.9s, Last Half: 61.7s.
Trial 3 – Alaphilippe was restrained from his wide draw to settle back in second last position. Driver Christian Salter made his move into the trial at the 550-metre mark and the pacer sprinted away late to be eased up on the line to score by two-metres over Statement Please who led initially before handing up to the stablemate and third placegetter Ashleys Angel who was a further 2.6 metres away in a trial that was only a dash home.
Time and Mile Rate: 2m 3.7s, Last Half: 61.5s.
Trial 4 – Only three runners went around in the last trial where Pockets Of Courage dropped in to settle behind the leader before driver Troy McDonald peeled the pacer into clear racing room at the top of the home straight to record a half-head victory over the leader Van Der Poel. Statement Please was a further 10.9 metres away third, but he never had much time to gain momentum with a third quarter of 32.3s with the speed only turned on late in a 28.2s final section.
Time and Mile Rate: 2m 4.9s, Last Half: 60.5s.
The replays from the trial session are available by clicking here.
Harness racing trials continue in Launceston on Saturday morning from 10:30 in the lead up to the resumption of racing in Tasmania.
Trial three sees five runners face the starter including four two-year-old’s.
One of those is Stormy Sanz who has raced when he finished third at his only start on 22 March.
Of the unraced brigade, Lily Rocks is a filly by A Rocknroll Dance and is the first foal out of Robyn Scherbotsky the winner of nine races.
Baldasarre is by Stonebridge Regal, the gelding was purchased at last year’s Tasmanian Harness Racing Yearling Sale for $6,500.
Heza Renegade is the other unarmed two-year-old in the trial, he is by Sportswriter and is the third horse of racing age out of Flick the Switch, the winner of eight races.
Replays of the session will be uploaded on to the Tasracing website on Saturday.
Harness trials continue on Monday in the twilight timeslot.
Tasmanian pacers doing battle over the next few days include;
Melton – Saturday night
Race 2 Horse 5 Damitsam,
Menangle – Saturday Night
Race 6 Horse 6 No Apacheemee.