REJUVENATED pacer Boy From Ipanema broke the two-minute barrier when he continued his successful comeback to racing at Devonport last night.
Rated perfectly in front by Natalee Emery the seven-year-old returned a career-best 1.59 when he outran his opposition in the Harold Hawkes Life Member Pace (1930 metres).
Boy From Ipanema had been out of the winner's circle for 12 months until he won at Burnie on December 14 and last night he continued on with the job beating a handy field.
Previously trained in Victoria by John Caldow the gelding came to Tasmania in May last year after East Devonport trainer Adam Emery was looking for a replacement for As You Wish.
A syndicate which included harness racing media member Damien Seaton and Launceston thoroughbred identity Stuart Gray took over racing Boy From Ipanema, but after several unplaced runs he was turned out for a spell.
``He had probably had enough of racing when he first came here so we turned him out for a spell,'' Gray said.
Since returning to racing Boy From Ipanema won first up at Burnie and then ran a game third behind Big Rusty in the Gwen Williams Marathon at Devonport on Boxing Day.
Last night Boy From Ipanema ($2.50 fav) was able to safely hold the lead from the pole and with Natalee Emery in her choice front-running role he went on to beat Azarenka Leis ($23.90) and Tessano ($3.50).
IN-FORM reinsman Rohan Hillier provided Northdown trainer Geoff Smith with a big-price quinella when he won aboard Terrorcam in the Brian Hopkins Life Member Pace.
Terrorcam ($19.10) came with a well-timed run to beat stablemate Hello Not Bad ($40.10) who had appeared the winner at the top of the straight.
Hillier was having his second drive on Terrorcam and predicted there could be some more wins in store for the six-year-old.
Terrorcam arrived in Tasmania in July 2011 and last night was his first win since he won at Menangle two months earlier.