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Weekly Harness Wrap

15 / 08 / 2014 Article by: Damian Kawa
Babyitsu caps season with Raider Stakes win
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Tasmanian Performances During The Week

Sunday 10 August at Launceston

Four trainer/drivers registered doubles at Launceston last Sunday. John Walters drove Vincent Can Go and Karalta Dazzler, Todd Rattray won with Babyitsu and Devendra, Rohan Hadley with Punt Road Disco and Days Like This and Rohan Hillier trained Robyn Scherbotsky and drove Liberty Niadh.

Three horses, Vincent Can Go, Liberty Niadh and Rainbow Phoenix, each registered their first race win. Vincent Can Go, a 3YO gelding by Tiz A Masterpiece out of Barado, is trained by Ian Abraham at Waterhouse. Vincent Can Go was having his third trip to the races. At his previous start in May, Vincent Can Go was third to Juffs Crossing and Rainbow Phoenix. The dam, Barado (by Torado Hanover) has produced 10 foals and the six that have raced are all winners – Barooga Bullet (51 wins), Barooga Brandy (6), Barooga Jasper (8), Barooga Bardot (2), Barooga Billy (4) and Vincent Can Go (1).

Liberty Niadh is trained at Latrobe by Neil Cameron and the 2YO filly was an impressive winner on debut in the $8,000 Launceston Belmont. Liberty Niadh was qualified to race in October 2013 but a setback shortly afterwards delayed the start of her racing career.

Rainbow Phoenix broke his maiden status on Sunday at start number 23. The 3YO Falcon Seelster colt had three placing’s prior to the victory and was well driven by Adrian Collins and paid a massive $57.50 for the win.


Breeders Crown Semi Finals

The semi finals of the Breeders Crown will be held at Ballarat on Saturday night and at Melton on Sunday afternoon. Three Tasmanian trained pacers will be attempting to qualify at Ballarat and two at Melton. The finals are at Melton on Sunday 24 August.

Boasson Hagen, a 2YO colt trained and driven by Christian Salter from Brighton, has drawn barrier seven in Race 4 at Ballarat. It’s an awkward draw at the best of times but when the Mark Purdon trained Follow The Stars is drawn in three and Birdy Mach (N12) is also in the race, Boasson Hagen may need plenty of luck to qualify for the final.

Boasson Hagen has won his last two in Tasmanian being the $30,000 Dandy Patch Final and a Breeders Crown heat. He ran placing’s behind Jerrys Jet at his other three starts.

Birdy Mach has a strong Tasmanian connection as he is a son of the Fred and Pauline Barker bred mare Pixel Perfect (Art Major – Amarillen). Mojo Major, which is part owned by Paige Ashwood and will be driven by her son Alex, has drawn inside the second line (B8) in the same heat. Mojo Major qualified for the semi final with a repechage win at Geelong last Wednesday.

The star Tasmanian 3YO filly Barynya has drawn barrier eleven in Race 5. She has had a remarkable season under the tutorage of trainer Dick Eaves and driver Rohan Hillier with 10 wins, a second, a third and a luckless fifth in the $110,000 Vicbred Super Series Final. Her wins have included the Victorian Oaks and the Tasmanian Oaks. Despite the second line draw, Barynya is likely to start favourite and should figure in the finish.

Resurgent Spirit is faced with the same challenge as Boasson Hagen – a wide front line draw in a hot field. The 3YO Barrie Rattray trained gelding has drawn barrier seven with the Barrie Purdon trained Our Sky Major in alley three on the front line and Bling It On, a winner of 17 races this season, trailing through from the second line. Bling It On won the 2YO final of this series.

The draws for the Tasmanian horses are much better on Sunday in the 4YO semi finals at Melton. Spitfire Rose, trained and driven by Rohan Hadley, has drawn the pole in Race 6. The mare has won eight from 19 Tasmanian starts this season and should qualify for the final.

Similar applies to Pachacuti. The Barrie Ratray trained gelding has drawn the pole in Race 7 and is coming off nine wins from his last 10 starts in Tasmania. Pachacuti has already demonstrated his ability at this elite level with a second placing last year in the 3YO final.

The Tasmanian owned Delightful Christian ran third in the 3YO fillies final last year and the 4YO mare has drawn inside the second line (B8) in Race 5. Trained at Menangle (NSW) by James Rattray, Delightful Christian is drawn to follow Glenferrie Shuffle who has led the last two times she has drawn barrier one.


Other Tasmanian’s Racing Interstate

Melton Friday Night

Broadband                  R6 N5 – $16,500 M0


Menangle Saturday Night

Tony Macarony           R1 N7 – $25,000 M0


Albion Park Saturday Night

Truly Blissfull               R1 N12 – $11,000 M0/M2

Bettor Draw                 R3 N1  – $11,000 M1/M4


Sunday Night at Hobart

A 10 race card has been assembled for Hobart on Sunday night. Race 1 (C2 & better) is a standing start with another big field (13 acceptors) following on frm last Sunday at Launceston when a capacity field of 14 contested the C1 & Better stand won by Karalta Dazzler.

Karalta Dazzler is likely to start favourite again in this standing start and the 3YO will be attempting his fourth consecutive win. It is timely return to form for the Kent Rattray trained gelding as it was on the same date (17 August) six years ago that Karalta Crown, the dam of Karalta Dazzler, finished third in the $302,000 2YO fillies Breeders Crown Final at Bendigo.

Nobeer Nofear, last seasons winner of the $30,000 Evicus Final for Tasbred 2YO’s, returns to racing as a late 3YO. Now trained by her part owner Gary Bishop at Cleveland, the filly is first up after a 13 month break. Nobeer Nofear finished midfield in a Carrick trial on 2 August.

Another 3YO filly, Angela De Marco, is progressing through the classes and will be attempting her fourth win from her last six starts in Race 3 (C1/C2) where she will start from position three on the front line.

The ‘Cups King’, Devendra, is looking at his tenth win for the season in the open discretionary handicap (Race 8). The 4YO Barrie Rattray trained gelding has collected the Devonport, Carrick and Burnie Cup’s and, in the absence of stablemate Pachacuti, is racing as well as any open class horse in Tasmania.


Harness Form Analysis

Information on this weeks Tasmanian races will be available at Tasracing’s Punters Corner.