Reinsman Hadley hurt in race fall

Top reinsman Rohan Hadley can expect time on the sidelines after suffering a suspected broken shoulder in a spectacular start to last nights Launceston pacing meeting.

Hadley fell from $9.60 chance My Kody Kasper with just over a lap to run in the Happy To All New Year Stakes (2200m).

He was one of two reinsman to come to grief with visiting Victorian driver David Murphy dislodged from pole marker Archie Rebel ($24.60).

Both drivers were quickly to their feet and appeared to escape injury but Hadley was soon in the hands of medical attendants.

While the field still had a lap to cover there was some confusion when the horses approached the home straight with track staff still attempting to make a clear passage.

The race eventually went to Longford-trained Estevao ($5.90) ahead of Cardinal Eddy ($55.60) and Fuji Fred ($42.80).

Last-start Tasmanian Guineas winner The Pix ($1.40 fav) appeared to be one horse distracted by what was taking place but after a brief delay stewards gave the all clear.

Estevao was driven by Todd Rattray who dominated the early races at the Launceston meeting.

He drove three of the first four winners including the second race when he survived a protest to score on Double Dee ($4.10).

With the decision of older brother James to move to New South Wales, Rattray has taken over as stable driver for his father Barrie at Longford and is making a good fist of it as he has now risen to third in the Tasmanian driving championship behind Gareth Rattray and Ricky Duggan.

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