The racing industry around Australia is rallying to support victims of the bush fires and some of Tasmania's leading harness participants have joined the fund-raising effort.
Ben Yole has announced that he will donate $50 to the Red Cross appeal for every winner he trains in January and his stable drivers Troy McDonald and Samantha Gangell have matched that response.
Others are expected to follow suit.
Yole and Gangell started the ball rolling with a $300 donation after winning six races between them at St Marys on New Year's Day.
Another $100 went into the kitty after Artiflash's upset win in the fourth race at Mowbray on Sunday night, as Yole was the trainer and McDonald the driver.
Artiflash ($19 fixed and $29 on the tote) held out the favourite Beam Me Up Chopper ($2.70 to $2) by a half head in the Great Northern Super Crisp Stakes.
The Yole stable won again later in the night with favourite Jakes A Joy.
BLAME IT ON NEW RATINGS SYSTEM
Bagdad owner-trainer Doug Nettlefold says the new national ratings system will force him to send his top filly Blame It On Me back to the paddock after only two runs since a spell.
Blame It On Me, driven by Nat Emery, led all the way in the Faithful Park Stud Stakes to take her career record to six wins from only nine starts.
She has actually been first past the post seven times but was disqualified for a positive swab after winning the $50,000 Evicus Stakes final last July.
Nettlefold is challenging that decision at the Racing Appeal Board but the case has dragged on for months and isn't even scheduled to resume until February 11.
In the meantime, Nettlefold said that Blame It On Me was a victim of the new ratings system that continues to be criticised by many participants Australia-wide.
"If she wins another couple of these ratings races she's going to be virtually a free-for-all horse," he said.
"So she'll go back to the paddock now, probably for 10 days to a fortnight, then we'll look at the 3YO Championship in March and the Tasmanian Oaks a fortnight later.
"It's frustrating but the good thing is that she is going better than last year."
SEEING DOUBLE CORRECT ODDS
Promising pacer Sea Double Ugrant gave his supporters a huge thrill when he ran fourth in last month's Golden Apple final after bookmakers bet as much as $151.
It was a performance that should have seen him vying for favouritism in the early markets on Sunday night's Tassie Wash Discretionary.
But, again the price-assessors underestimated him, and he opened at $11 before being backed into $4.20 favourite.
And, this time his supporters collected. He stepped straight to the front for Mark Yole and scored a comfortable 4.8m win over backmarker Pachacuti.
It was a pleasing return by the runner-up who trainer Todd Rattray said was still "pretty fat."