Rising star’s Tassie Derby

Boom pacer Ryley Major added to his growing reputation with a dominant all-the-way win in the $30,000 Tasmanian Derby in Hobart on Sunday night.

Labelled by Beauty Point trainer-driver Rohan Hillier as a future star,Ryley Major scored by more than a length from El Major, who had enjoyed a nice run one-out, two-back, with Code Black a close third after sitting outside the leader throughout.

Ryley Major was always a firm favourite, starting at $2.50 in both the tote and fixed-odds markets.

The Art Major gelding, raced by Hillier and his wife Katrina, is a son of the trainer’s former outstanding mare Shez Ryleymak.

Although Shez Ryleymak won 23 races and $270,000, Hillier rates Ryley Major “lengths better.”

“He’s the best horse I’ve had for a long time,’’ Hillier said.

Ryley Major has now won seven of his 11 starts and almost $54,000.

Although three Victorian-trained horses were flown in for the three-year-old classic, the first four placings were filled by horses being trained in Tasmania.

One of the visitors, The Sparrow Hawk, blew his chances when he galloped at the start.

The $10,000 Metropolitan Cup turned into a one-horse race as prolific winner Resurgent Spirit thrashed a quality field.

Driver James Austin worked forward three wide in the early stages to find the lead and the Roger Whitmore-trained gelding was never threatened.

Top four-year-old Mister Lennox ran on well for second after enjoying a perfect run and Victorian visitor Crusader Acey came from well back to finish third.

Favourite Pachacuti never came into the race at any stage in a performance that was way below his best.

Consistent pacer Karalta Dazzler, trained by the in-form Kent Rattray,had a welcome change of luck in the $8000 Light Harness Cup.

After a patient drive from John Walters, the $10.60 chance powered home to beat outsiders Rusty Red Comet and Odins Call Girl.

Odds-on favourite Mojo Major did plenty of work to find the mid-race lead from his 20-metre handicap but the effort told and he faded to finish fourth.

Karalta Dazzler, who also started off 20m, hadn’t won in 22 previous starts this season and had endured a frustrating 11 minor placings including a loss on protest in the Burnie Cup.

Earlier in the night, Todd Rattray led all the way on Harshali to win the $10,000 Blue Bonnet.

First-starter Chenin Valley was heavily backed to start $2 favourite but broke just after the start and could manage only third in the five-horse field.

Former Victorian Macho Comacho, who had contested the Easter Cup series at Mowbray, appreciated a drop in class to win the C5/C6 Pace for leading driver Mark Yole and his new trainer Juanita McKenzie.

Yole bided his time before moving three wide in the back straight on the $1.70 favourite.

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