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Weekly Harness Wrap

07 / 08 / 2014 Article by: Damian Kawa
Paul Ashwood brings Broadband back after an impressive Sweepstakes prelude win
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Tasmanian Performances During The Week

Rick and Noami Hinds

The judgment of Beaconsfield breeders Rick and Naomi Hinds was vindicated when the three year old filly Punch Line won the $60,000 Southern Cross 3YO Fillies Final at Globe Derby (SA) on Sunday afternoon. Punch Line is a daughter of Lifeline, who was purchased by Rick and Noami in September 2012.


Broadband – Third at Melton

Broadband, trained by Rod Ashwood and driven by his son Alex, backed up from an impressive first up fourth at Melton on 19 July with a solid third at the same venue on Saturday night in a $16,500 M0.


Owned by Bill Osborne, Des Peters, Lyn Burke, Phillip Boxhall, Brett Mawbey and Paige Ashwood, Broadband is entered again at Melton on Friday night in a $16,275 M0 (R4 N4). The race appears to be very strong and includes the boom New Zealand 3YO Our Sky Major (N8).


Queensland Winners – Brian Buster Brown, Underdog and Empty Envelope

Brian Buster Brown, Underdog and Empty Envelope were winners in Queensland during the week. Brian Buster Brown was bred by the Jetsonville Park Syndicate and raced in Tasmania until January this year when he was claimed after winning a claiming race at New Norfolk. In 14 subsequent Queensland starts, the 7YO gelding has won twice with the latest win being at Redcliffe last Wednesday. His career record is 99 – 17 – 12 – 11 – $87,718.


Underdog was bred by Paige Ashwood and Jamie Cockshutt and he proved his class by winning the $30,000 Globe Derby Final for Tasbred 3YO colts and geldings. Underdog was relocated to New South Wales as a late 4YO and then on to Queensland in January this year. He won at Albion Park last Friday. The 8YO gelding has won three of his 25 Queensland starts and his career record is 116 – 14 – 17 – 13 – $123,345.


Empty Envelope was bred in Victoria but commenced his racing career in Tasmania with Grant Hodges as a 5YO and won eight of his first 11 starts. He continued to race in Tasmania before going to Victoria early this season as an 8Y0. Empty Envelope has raced in Queensland for his last seven starts and registered two wins, including a victory at Redcliffe last Wednesday. His career record is 57 – 12 – 12 – 8 – $92,342.


Alex Ashwood – Another Two Winners

The winners keep coming for Alex Ashwood. This week they were Dartmoor at Charlton last Wednesday and Artoc at Bendigo on Thursday.


The Concession Driver Premiership in Victoria is headed by Jason Lee with 62 wins followed by Haydon Gray 52, Joshua Duggan 46, Zac Phillips 44, Joshua Aiken 43, Rebecca Bartley 38 and Alex Ashwood 36.


Wednesday Night at Geelong

Race 7 at Geelong has a strong Tasmanian influence. It is a repechage of the Breeders Crown for 2YO colts and geldings and Dick Eaves has entered the recent Devonport winner One Mans Pass. Bred by Michael and Carol Lefevre at Pyengana and now owned by Lloyd and Judy Whish-Wilson, who also race the star filly Barynya, One Mans Pass (N5) will be attempting to qualify for the $20,000 Breeders Crown semi finals at Ballarat on Saturday week (16 August).


Birdy Mach (Mach Three – Pixel Perfect) is in the same race and has drawn inside the second line (B8).


Boasson Hagen, trained and driven by Christian Salter, has already qualified for the semi finals on Saturday week after winning the Tasmanian heat at Launceston on 13 July.


Thursday Night at Kilmore

Le Premiere is entered in a $6,275 C0 (R2 N3). The Brad Walters part owned and trained 3YO has been transferred to Andy Gath for what is intended to be a short campaign in Victoria. The colt has been racing in career best form with a win and two thirds from his last four Tasmanian starts. His last start third to Resurgent Spirit, beaten six meters, was arguably his best performance. It is a strong race on Thursday night with Lake Eyre, the runner up in the Tasmanian Derby, drawn barrier two.


Friday Night at Melton

As mentioned earlier Broadband is engaged (R4 N4).


Remember Joe (N6) is aiming for two successive Melton wins in Race 6, a $16,500 M0 and better standing start, where he will line up on the 10 meter mark. Ex Tasmanian Turnpike Cruiser (N10) is in the same race.


Saturday Night at Menangle

Two former occupants of the Michael Laugher barn are scheduled to race at Menangle on Saturday night. Tony Macarony (R1 N2) was a last start second at the same venue on 7 June while Rustle Murray (R7 N8) will be having his first Menangle start for leading trainer Shane Tritton.


Saturday Night at Albion Park

Three Tasbred’s have accepted for races at Albion Park on Saturday night. Underdog (R1 N12) is entered in an $11,000 M0/M1, Big Zee (R4 N6) in an $11,000 M0 and Karalta Wizard (R5 N6) in an $8,000 M0.


Sunday Twilight at Launceston – Eleven Races

It’s another big card of Sunday twilight racing from Tasmania with 11 races set for decision at Launceston. The highlight is the appearance of Resurgent Spirit in Race 6 where the 3YO gelding will be having his first start for leading trainer Barrie Rattray before heading to Victoria for the Breeders Crown semi finals at Ballarat the following Saturday (16 August). Resurgent Spirit has won 15 of his 19 starts but this is by the best field he has encountered and it should prove to be a solid lead into the Breeders Crown series.


Harness Form Analysis

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