When handy six-year-old pacer Coruba Run scored a courageous win in the Mitavite Pace over 2200 metres in Launceston last Sunday night it helped ease the pain for the Yole brothers who are member s of the Meander Valley Suns football team that lost its grand final the day before.
With the premiership gone for another season it was left to Coruba Run to erase the empty feeling of the two-point loss felt by brothers, trainer Ben Yole, foreman Mark Yole and driver Tim Yole.
Tim Yole has gone from strength to strength in the driving ranks and his handling of Coruba Run was more like that of a seasoned professional than a novice reinsman.
Coruba Run ($21) settled in the one-out line but when the pace slackened slightly Yole threw caution to the wind by sending his charge up to face the breeze to ensure a solid tempo.
Leaving the back stretch the last time Coruba Run forged to the lead and he was strong to the line to easily defeat the fast-finishing favourite Why Take Time ($3) with An Eye for an Eye ($8.10) a game third after trailing the leader throughout.
Coruba Run was specked at longer odds and the victory was watched by a big contingent of the Yoles’ football team mates who ventured out to the course just to watch the race.
However, from all accounts the bus carrying the footballers drove through the front gates just as the starter released the field so they would not have had a chance to back the gelding on course, although a few astute punters in the group had backed the horse earlier in the day.
Coruba Run has been very consistent in the past six months winning three ands notching 11 minor placings from 36 starts.
by Peter Staples