Yole way ahead early

Three-peat trainer ti­tle beck­ons

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - PETER STAPLES

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.

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