Yole way ahead early
Three-peat trainer title beckons
REIGNING premier harness racing trainer Ben Yole is already on target to capture his fourth consecutive title even though we are only two months into the new racing season.
Yole has won the past two premierships — training 124 winners — with last season’s title achieved from taking a record 2134 horses to the races.
This season began on September 1 and while he was slow out of the gates, Friday night’s haul of four winners on the seven-event program took this season’s total to 26 wins from 347 starters.
Yole’s secret to winning the trainer’s title is simple.
“We made a decision to have a lot of horses in work and turn it into a numbers game and, provided we turned the horses over regularly, we believed we’d have a good chance of training more winners and that’s exactly how it’s panned out,” Yole said.
Yole has 42 horses in work and over the two meetings this weekend in Launceston, the one last Friday night and tonight’s meeting in Devonport, he will hitch up 40 of his team.
“I’ve only got two in work that aren’t racing and that’s about normal for us.
“A couple of them who raced on Friday night will back up in Devonport.
“It keeps us busy but it is what we have done for a long time now and we are reaping the rewards from the hard work.”
Yole’s winners in Devonport were Lake Eyre ($7.30) in a C2 or better pace; No Apachemee ($9); Rocknrollhilight ($6.90) and My Jackofdiamonds (11) won the trotter’s event. “It was a good night in Launceston but everything went in our favour and all the winners were at decent odds.”
Yole said he had a fouryear-old from New Zealand arriving in his stables soon and was keen to lay eyes on him.
“One of my owners secured a four-year-old named Mahksman in New Zealand and he has won two over there and has some nice wraps on him so we are looking forward to getting him in the stable.
“From all reports he has a lot going for him and he is likely to be aimed at some of the feature races and he comes to us as a C0.”
Yole will take three truckloads to the Devonport meeting this afternoon.
“I’ve got some good chances at Devonport but the draws are not good but I think Lake Eyre can win again and make it two for the weekend.