Day At The Track

Yole edges closer to 100 wins for season

04:28 PM 25 May 2016 NZST
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L eading Tasmanian harness racing trainer Ben Yole remains on target to prepare 100 winners or more this season.

Yole prepared four winners from the past two meetings to give him 76 wins for the season which puts him almost 50 wins clear of his nearest rival Paul Ashwood (27).

In Hobart last Sunday night he prepared his Sign No More to win the Shirley Hills Pace over 2579 metres and in the following race  Suter Man (Sutter Hanover-Grace Anatomy) powered home to take out a C1-C2 over 2090 metres.

Yole then prepared a recent stable arrival Lake Eyre to win a C1-C2 over 2090 metres to make it back-to-back wins for the five-year-old that came from the David and Lisa Miles stable in Victoria.

Coccinella delivered the goods for Yole in Devonport on Monday night in the Maxfield Drilling pace (C0-C1) over 1930m courtesy of a brilliant drive from the trainer’s younger brother Mark Yole who took his season tally to 63 wins to lead in the race for the driver’s premiership to hold an eight-win advantage over Ricky Duggan.

“It’s been a good season irrespective of whether or not we get 100 winners but being so close it would cap the season of we reached the milestone,” Yole said.

“We made a decision to keep turning the stock over and that’s proven to be a great move.

“We moved three on last week and brought in another four to take their place and that’s been a formula that has kept on working for so there’s obviously no plans to change it.”

With 21 meetings remaining on the 2015-16 calendar that ends on August 28 Yole needs only to average just over one win per meeting to reach the century.

Peter Staples

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