Busy week for racing in Northern Tasmania with feature thoroughbred, harness and greyhound events

SHORT PRICE: Our Long Sali, pictured with jockey Siggy Carr after her debut third at Mowbray, is a hot favourite for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic
SHORT PRICE: Our Long Sali, pictured with jockey Siggy Carr after her debut third at Mowbray, is a hot favourite for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic

Northern Tasmania will host feature race meetings in all three codes over the next four days.

And, to add to the busiest week on the racing calendar, there will also be two yearling sales.

The action kicks off with the Magic Millions thoroughbred meeting at Mowbray on Wednesday night.

Highlights are the $50,000 2YO Classic, $50,000 3YO Classic and $30,000 Sydeston Night Cup.

The 2018 Tasmanian harness sale will be held earlier in the day at the same venue, having been relocated from the Inveresk Showground.

The thoroughbred yearlings take centre stage the following day at the annual Magic Millions sale at Inveresk with almost 130 horses to go under the hammer.

After a rest day on Friday, there is a rare double-header on Saturday with two twilight meetings.

The non-TAB Carrick harness program starts at 3.25pm with the Carrick Cup run at 7pm.

The Mowbray greyhound meeting starts at 5.57pm with the Launceston Cup at 7.25pm.

SHORT ODDS TAKEN

Punters have been happy to take the short odds about favourite Our Long Sali in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic.

The Stuart Gandy-trained youngster opened at $1.50 with Sportsbet and was immediately backed into $1.40 before easing slightly to $1.45.

She was the same price with Ladbrokes but slightly longer at $1.60 with Bet365.

Managing owner Joe O’Neill said Our Long Sali had worked well since her debut third to subsequent Elwick Stakes winner Mystic Journey at Mowbray three weeks ago.

“She has beaten older horses on the track and Stuart has been very pleased with her,” O’Neill said.

“Her debut run was very good – she looked a winning chance until her condition gave out and it was behind probably the best two-year-old in the state.”

STILL UNBEATEN

Unbeaten greyhound Hemsworth has drawn box 8 for the group 2 Launceston Cup final.

The Mick Stringer-trained dog stretched his winning sequence to nine when he won his semi-final from the same draw on Monday night.

He got a rails run in the home straight to grab the leader Apollo Blue in the last few strides and score in 29.72.

Zulu Knock’s recorded the same time to win the first semi-final while Bobby Bound was the fastest qualifier in 29.68.

Zulu Knock’s and Bobby Bound both came from second-last on settling with the help of inside runs.

Draw for final: 1 Del Rey, 2 Zulu Knock’s, 3 Bobby Bound, 4 Long View Belle, 5 Chief Jetpilot, 6 Fink Racer, 7 Apollo Blue, 8 Hemsworth, 9 Hello Nugget (res), 10 Rock Up Top (res).