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    RAINBOW KNIGHT winning the 1996 Australian Pacing Championship

    IT’S not often South Australians play a role in Tasmanian racing, but when they do, the ‘Croweaters’ enjoy a strong rate of success. None... Looking to continue strong rate of success

    IT’S not often South Australians play a role in Tasmanian racing, but when they do, the ‘Croweaters’ enjoy a strong rate of success.

    None more so than Dani Hill, who dominated the 2018 Australian Female Drivers’ Championship on the Apple Isle.

    Hill captured five of the nine heats in Launceston, but was later bestowed a sixth victory after the initial winner returned a positive swab.

    In recent years the ever-growing Summit Bloodstock and Aaron Bain Racing – both SA-orientated – have cut a regular path to the winners’ circle on the other side of Bass Strait.

    The syndicates will be to the fore again on Saturday night, with runners in three Hobart-based features.

    Each trained by record-breaking Victorian horsewoman Emma Stewart, Wheres The Gold, Major Grace and The Only Decision are short-priced favourites in their events.

    Wheres The Gold headlines the trio as the one to beat in the $150,000 Tasmania Cup, while Major Grace is expected to prove too good in the George Johnson Memorial.

    Wheres The Gold is unbeaten from three Tassie starts, including a Cup heat last weekend.

    To be driven by Mark Pitt, with son of Somebeachsomewhere has drawn nine on the front line of the 2579-metre stand.

    Undefeated from four starts since arriving from New Zealand, Major Grace has drawn to lead throughout from the pole.

    Another pair of South Australian owners, Joe Carbone and Joe Calabria, will also contest the Cup, with their representative – The Raconteur – drawn the pole.

    The son of Art Major is also prepared by Stewart.

    A multiple premiership winning trainer, the retired Carbone stated he is hopeful The Raconteur can break a long drought from the Group One winners’ list.

    Carbone’s previous taste of top shelf glory was with Rainbow Knight which captured the 1996 Australian Pacing Championship at Albion Park.

    “I’ve forgotten what it’s like to win a Group One,” Carbone joked. “Hopefully my memory can be jolted on Saturday night.

    “Unfortunately I won’t be there on the night as it is a bit hard to go over for just one run.

    “I’ll certainly be watching and cheering him home.”

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