Tasmanian Harness Highlights – Wednesday, 16 May

16 May 2018 | Shane Yates

The Tasmanian bred three-year-olds were on show on Monday afternoon in Launceston when the heats of the Globe Derby Stakes and the prelude of the Bandbox were staged. There was no shock for punters as the short price favourites were too strong for their opposition.

Ben Yole notched up his 82nd win of the season after a training treble in Hobart on Sunday night.

The youngsters will again be on show this weekend when the Tasmanian Pacing Club stage the finals of the Elderslie Horse Care and Spelling Sweepstakes which will feature a hosted live stream coverage on tasracing.com.au.

The Stars

Nostra Beach – made light work of her rivals winning the prelude of the 6ty° Bandbox Prelude by 49.2 metres in Launceston on Monday. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere was driven by Sidney Van Den Brande.

Durfrense – continued his good form this preparation winning his fourth consecutive race in Heat One of the Globe Derby Stakes. The gelded son of Artistic Fella will be looking to follow in the steps of his older half-brother Chopstix Boris who won the 2014 edition of the Globe Derby Final.

Mister Lennox – made it three wins in a row in the Golden Mile on Monday. The Juanita McKenzie-trained pacer has only missed a top-five finish on two occasions over races between 1609m-1680 in Tasmania.

Izaha – the younger half-brother to Harjeet was too strong for his rivals in Heat Two of the Globe Derby Stakes’ with an all-the-way win. The mile rate of 1min 59.4secs was the quickest winning mile rate recorded by the Todd Rattray-trained and driven pacer.

Ben Yole – extended his lead on the Tasmanian trainers’ premiership with a training double in Hobart on Sunday night.

Multiple Winners

Hobart – Sunday
Ben Yole – training treble; No Apachemee, Hes Tight Lipped and Aunty Rita.
Mark Yole – driving double; No Apachemee and Aunty Rita.
Rodney Ashwood – driving double; War Chest and Still Hungover.

Launceston – Monday
Rohan Hillier – driving double; Buster William and Dufrense.

Calculated Sectional Standouts

Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Hobart on Sunday.

Fortino 57.55, No Apachemee 57.58, Blackjackhanover 57.75, Grinable 57.93 and Mavis Merle 58.02.

View the sectionals across the seven-race programme here.

And from Launceston on Monday Afternoon.

Nostra Beach 56.60, Modern Ruler 56.97, Buster William 57.18, Jeans Mattjesty 57.41 and Tisu Spirit 57.52.

Click here to view sectionals from every starter at the meeting.

Tasracing Official Price


Defied The Drift: No Apachemee $2.40 out to $2.80, War Chest $6.50 out to $8.50 and Fortino $12 out to $19.

Missed: Striker Jim $4.20 into $3.80, Lead Singer $4.80 into $3.90 and The Aussie $2.15 into $1.90.

Hit: Dufrense $2.30 into $1.70.

Defied The Drift: To The Rescue $8.50 out to $11, Buster William $3.10 out to $3.30 and Origin Tara $7.00 out to $9.00.
Missed: No Spring Secrets $4.00 into $3.50.

Black Booker

North Star Lad

This gelded son of Blissfull Hall was having his third start since joining the Craig Hayes stable on Monday afternoon, with his previous two outings being in the Raider Stakes series. On Monday he had a lot of market support after odds of $21 with some corporate bookmakers on offer prior to him being well supported to start at $5.50. North Star Lad was driven confidently by Hayes early to find the lead. Hayes made it a survival of the fittest for horses of that grade over the final 1200-metres with the last three sectionals being recorded in 29.6, 30.0, 30.1. North Star Lad looked the leader to halfway down the home straight till he was grabbed in the shadows of the post by Origin Tara who won the race by a half head. Given the improvement of North Star Lad and the confidence the pacer will take out should see him breaking his non-winners status in the not too distant future.

Watch the replay here.

Trial File

Launceston – Monday
Ben Yole trained all the runners in the trial that was staged prior to Monday’s race meeting. The trial was won by Jacks Command who lead all the way to defeat Stylish Trend by a half head in a mile rate of 1min 59.4secs for the 1690-metre journey.

Hobart – Tuesday
The Rodger Whitmore trained Resurgent Storm warmed up for Friday night’s $20,000 Two-year-old Colts and Geldings Sweepstakes final with another dominant trial win. Driven by Ricky Duggan Resurgent Storm recorded a time of 2mins 5.5secs for the 1609-metre event, finishing 10 metres in front of his nearest rival Burningupthefloor.

Other winners included; Be Good Franklin (2:06.8), Boris Bananas (2:07.2), Gipsy Tresure (2:06.3) and Jet Craft (2:04.6).

Week Ahead

The Finals of the Elderslie Horse Care and Spelling Sweepstakes headline the eight-race card in Hobart on Friday evening.

In the prelude of the Fillies division held two weeks ago, Spoilt Sport and Enterprising Milly put up a brilliant display with Spoilt Sport leading all the way to win by a half neck on that occasion. They defeated the rest of the field by 20 metres.

On that occasion, Spoilt Sport drew the front row with Enterprising Milly drawing the second row, in Friday’s finals the draws have been reversed with Enterprising Milly drawing barrier two and Spoilt Sport drawing barrier two on the second row.

The prelude of the Colts and Geldings division seen Resurgent Storm win by 5.8-metres over Jackson Neptune. Resurgent Storm who will start favourite will be trying to follow the success of his half-brother Resurgent Spirit won the race in 2013.

The first of eight races in Hobart commences at 17:05.

The action then heads to Launceston on Sunday night for the Tier Two meeting.

After winning at his Tasmanian debut, Overpowering, will be looking to make it back-to-back wins when he lines up in the last race of the night. He was a tough winner of the $12,000 Max McCormack at Devonport last time out when he was too strong for his rivals after racing outside the leader. The Changeover gelding has joined the Rohan Hillier stable since that run.

The first of seven races on Sunday commences at 16:52.

There is plenty of Tasmanian interest at metropolitan venues interstate on Saturday night including;


Race 1:
No. 11. Isaac – trained by Juanita McKenzie and raced by her along with Matt Triffitt.
No. 13. Sultan Fella – owned by Michael Maxfield.

Race 5:
No. 4. Followthewind – owned by Barry Cooper and Jamie Cockshutt.


Race 2
No. 10 Rykov Leis – bred by Trever and Marjorie Leis.