At the Gates | Meet marks end of night-racing season

LIVE WIRE: Duncan Dornauf from Tasracing will host the final night meeting of the year in Launceston, scheduled for Anzac Day eve.
LIVE WIRE: Duncan Dornauf from Tasracing will host the final night meeting of the year in Launceston, scheduled for Anzac Day eve.

A special ANZAC Day Eve thoroughbred night meeting has been scheduled in Launceston on Tuesday, bringing the curtain down on a highly successful night-racing season for the Tasmanian Turf Club and the Tasmanian racing industry.

The quality programme will be hosted by Duncan Dornauf on the popular Live Stream service, bringing viewers up-to-date information from the track with the latest betting moves and interviews with owners, trainers and jockeys from the mounting yard.

With just three months left in the season, Craig Newitt leads the Jockeys Premiership with 57 wins and a strike rate of 19.7 per cent, 12 clear of Siggy Carr’s 45 wins.

The race for third is tight with comeback kid Jason Maskiell on 31 wins, Troy Baker 30 and apprentice Chris Graham on 29.

Scott Brunton continues his dominance of the training ranks well clear in the premiership race with 53 wins for the season.

The interest centres around the race for second with Adam Trinder on 33 and Stuart Gandy and John Blacker locked together on 31. Barry Campbell is just two back, rounding out the top five on 29 wins.

Coastal harness fans will have the opportunity to see the latest superstar from the Rattray stable close up and personal on Friday night at the Devonport Raceway.

The brilliant Harjett, the winner of this year’s Easter Cup, will be gunning for its seventh straight win when it has its final hit out in the Raider Stakes Prelude, the Tasmanian four-year-old championship.

The Rocknroll Hanover-Our Zellweger dual Group 3 winner has won ten of its fourteen starts for trainer-driver Todd Rattray and will start a raging hot favourite for the prelude and the final.

Usain Jolt is yet to recapture its two- and three-year-old form, but at his best would represent a danger along with the well-credentialed Sea Double Ugrant if the popular pick was to find trouble.

The Granny Smith Prelude for the four-year-old mares will be a keenly contested affair with Resurgent Dream and El Jays Mystery two of the leading chances.

The final of the NWGRC Coastal Classic will be run next Tuesday afternoon at the Devonport Raceway.

The Russell Watts-trained chaser Bobby The Jett has come up with the coveted box one draw after running 25.40 seconds from box six in his heat.

Husband and wife duo Jillian and Richard Stamford have a runner each in the final.

Richard’s Buster Emery scored a powerful win in 25.50 seconds, but has drawn a tricky trap five for the final with Jillian’s Prince Fabio in six after a dynamic 25.57-second performance.

Paul Hili qualified two runners, the well-performed Prancing Black and outsider Kinloch’s Fox, with Butch Deverell’s two-pronged attack Muskett and Jacks High getting the business done in the heats.

David Crosswell’s Fernando Magic is through to the final as the fastest second placegetter