Yole on track for big 150

Mercury (Hobart) - - RACING - PETER STA­PLES

LEAD­ING Tas­ma­nian har­ness trainer Ben Yole is rapidly clos­ing in on 150 wins for the sea­son which he says is a num­ber beyond his wildest dreams.

Yole has won the past three Tas­ma­nian trainer pre­mier­ships with his first com­ing in the 2015-16 sea­son when he pre­pared 107 win­ners and for the past two sea­sons he has amassed 124 wins each sea­son to eas­ily take the state’s train­ing hon­ours.

But the for­mer Vic­to­rian has al­ready notched 137 wins this sea­son and with 20 meet­ings re­main­ing it is al­most cer­tain he will at least reach 150 wins but will more likely go close to 170.

Yole and his fam­ily ar­rived in Tas­ma­nia from coun­try Vic­to­ria about five years ago with the hope of es­tab­lish­ing a com­pet­i­tive sta­ble, but when he went out on a limb and started to build a team of about 50 horses his busi­ness flour­ished.

Buy­ing the right horses and work­ing over­time to se­cure new own­ers started to pay div­i­dends and that led to him win­ning his first state premier­ship in 2015-16.

And the cherry on the cake was his younger brother Mark Yole win­ning the state driver’s premier­ship with 85 wins.

While Todd Rat­tray has taken that hon­our for the past two sea­sons, Mark Yole is again in line to make it a fam­ily premier­ship dou­ble as he has amassed 72 wins so far this sea­son to lead Ricky Dug­gan (58) and Gareth Rat­tray (56), both of whom have been mak­ing in­roads in re­cent weeks.

“It’s hard enough try­ing to get 100 wins for a sea­son so to have snared 124 the past two [sea­sons] was a bril­liant re­sult. But this sea­son it has been amaz­ing,” Yole said.

“We’ve built the team up to about 60 and that has been con­stant for the best part of the sea­son, but we will be wind­ing that down once the two meet­ings a week stops at the end of next month.

“Not in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be train­ing pos­si­bly 150 win­ners in a sea­son, but the way things have been go­ing that is a real prob­a­bil­ity.”

Yole snared five win­ners last week­end with three in Ho­bart last Fri­day night and two in Launce­s­ton on Sun­day.

One of his win­ners was Our Quinn, which won a C5-C7 in Ho­bart on Fri­day. He backed up on Sun­day with a con­vinc­ing win in a C4-C6 over 2200m and clocked a mile rate of 1.59.3 with Mark Yole aboard.

“Our Quinn is a horse we bought out of a Menangle [NSW] claimer for $9000 in Jan­uary and he’s won over $30,000 for the own­ers so he has def­i­nitely paid his way.

“The horse has prob­a­bly got an­other graded win in him be­fore he heads off to the claimers here, but that’s what we are able to do with our team and it is a for­mula that works.” SCOTTS­DALE har­ness trainer Kent Rat­tray cel­e­brated one of his sweet­est wins when his star three-year-old Sunny Sanz gave his ri­vals a pac­ing les­son in the $50,000 Globe Derby fi­nal over 2200m in Launce­s­ton on Sun­day night.

Sunny Sanz led through­out and when driver John Wal­ters re­leased the reins the gelded son of Sportswrit­er left his ri­vals in his wake to go on and score by 11m from Burningupt­he­floor with out­sider Donny in Paris over 2m astern. Sunny Sanz has won six of his seven starts for earn­ings of al­most $60,000, with his lat­est ef­fort pro­duc­ing a mile rate of 1:58.7.

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