Day At The Track

Opportunity for Olivia

06:23 PM 16 May 2019 NZST
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Olivia Weidenbach,Harness racing
Olivia Weidenbach
Photo by Stacey Lear

Young reinswoman Olivia Weidenbach (pictured) has made the move to Tasmania for a plum gig with the Ben Yole stable.

With 65 horses in work, the Yole camp offers Weidenbach an enormous opportunity for hands-on experience at the stables and the races.

Ben Yole’s stable foreman, and his dad, Wayne Yole said Weidenbach, 17, would “be a magnificent asset to the stable”.

“She has a claim, which is great because we have a shortage of claim drivers,” he said.

“She’ll come over here and be tutored by Mark (Yole) on the driving side of things and Ben about training. She is a very good horse person for someone so young at just 17. Of course she comes from such a strong harness racing family, with her mother being a Mifsud.”

Weidenbach drove her first winner in February, when she piloted Smart Little Shard to victory at her maiden drive.

Ben Yole is Tasmania’s leading trainer with 121 wins from 1789 starts so far this season.

Weidenbach has four drives tomorrow night at Launceston – The Lemondrop Kid in Race 2, Give Me The Knight in Race 4, Guys Bettor Bet in Race 5 and Another Swinger in Race 8.

Wayne Yole, a former Hamilton Harness Racing Club President, is now the Harness Racing and Special Projects Coordinator for Racing Tasmania.


Cody Winnell

for Trots media

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