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Sidmouth harness racing trainer Ben Yole claimed half of the card at Burnie on Sunday including the $12,000 7BU Burnie Cup with Perfect Mach. The Mach Three-Pixel Perfect eight-year-old (pictured) scored his first win for the stable since arriving in the state in November. “That was his thirteenth start for us since we claimed him in Victoria, he ran a top second behind Riverboat Jasper in the NWTLHA Cup at his first run in Tasmania, we bought him with the Country Cup circuit in mind so it was great to see him find his best form at Burnie, he will now head to Scottsdale on Friday for the North-Eastern Cup,” said Ben. “The driving appointment was like a merry-go-round, Sam (Gangell) had driven Perfect Mach at his last four outings, she gave the drive up to Troy (McDonald), then Troy went and landed a double on Friday night in Launceston and lost his claim so we had to grab Hannah at the last minute, but it all worked out well as she drove him a treat.” Ben, in quest of his fourth straight trainer’s premiership, is enjoying another runaway lead in the 2018/19 season but was quick to share the success of the stable with the team. “Tim (Yole) is a vital cog in the wheel, he does a fantastic job as stable foreman and runs a well-oiled machine, Samantha (Gangell) and Troy (McDonald) are vital in their roles, we have a lot of horses so we are lucky that the team is all in there working for each other, any success we have we can put down to a team effort,” said an appreciative trainer. Mark Yole had another successful day chipping in with three winning drives to increase his lead in the Driver’s Premiership. “Mark has been in great form in the sulky, his drive on Northview Dave to come from outside the 10-metre line to lead after 250-metres was sensational,” said Ben. “That was on the back of winning efforts with Heidi Go Seek and the Karalta Dazzler in the opening two races.” 07 January 2019 | Shane Yates  

Bianca Heenan, Hannah van Dongen, Ben Yole , Mark Yole and Rod Ashwood all enjoyed successful evenings in Hobart on Friday picking up winning doubles. Bianca Heenan extended her lead in the Female Trainers Premiership with the first two winners on the card both steered home by rising star Hannah van Dongen. “Big Bang Raj ran right up to his last outing to win strongly from a tricky draw outside the front line, he began well but couldn’t get across without using too much petrol so Hannah just allowed him to settle midfield and waited for the early speed to come out of the race before making her move,” said Bianca. “Big Bang Raj got a breather in the middle stages and when the pressure came on at the 400 metre mark he was ready to go and he took over turning for home and burst clear to win easily, I was also happy with the run of stablemate Swap Me which ran on strongly to run the quinella at double figure odds.” Bianca and Hannah team up again in race two with Alta Surreal making it back-to back victories after scoring in style at Carrick on Sunday. “Alta Surreal (pictured) is in a rich vein of form he won powerfully last week and once he found the front I was feeling confident, ” said the Brighton trainer. “He was attacked and headed by Jake’s A Joy at the bell but Hannah didn’t panic, she was rating Alta Surreal well and at the 400 metre pole she lifted the tempo and he strolled away for five  metre win.” Ben and Mark Yole combined with seven-year-old mare I’m Paige coming from the one – one and Diamond Grace overpowering The Lemon Drop Kid after sitting in the breeze while Rod Ashwood was successful with the Juanita McKenzie prepared Isacc toppling stablemate Laredo Torpedo before saluting in the last for Ken Shorter with odds-on favourite Betterthanfetta.   Shane Yates

The future stars were out in force at the Devonport Showgrounds on Sunday afternoon when the first two heats of the 6ty Youngbloods took place, the six-race series continues in Hobart on Friday afternoon and again in Launceston the following week. It was a big week for the states leading trainer Ben Yole who trained five winners across the 14-races held last weekend. The only meeting of the week will be in Hobart on Friday afternoon for a six-race card that features a healthy Quinella Jackpot on the final race of the day. The Stars Riverboat Jasper – won his third consecutive NWTLHA Cup on Sunday in Devonport, the former Easter Cup and this years Devonport Cup winner was a tough winner being three-wide over the final circuit and was able to survive a protest to win the race. Conor Crook – found the winners circle on four occasions over the weekend, including his driving treble in Devonport on Sunday afternoon, last seasons leading junior driver currently holds a two-point lead in the 6ty Youngbloods Series. Lake Eyre and No Apachemee – these two Ben Yole trained pacers won four of the 14-races held in the state last weekend between them. After winning in Launceston on Friday night both horses were back in the winners’ circle in Devonport on Sunday. North Star Lad – it was great to see Shane Boon back in the winners stall as an owner of the first race winner on Sunday, Boon was sidelined from the sulky after a bad fall in Devonport on December 26, 2016. Multiple Winners Launceston - Friday Ben Yole - training double; Lake Eyre, No Apachemee, Rocknrollhighlight and My Jackofdiamonds. Rohan Hadley – driving double; Cardinal Art and Rocknrollhighlight. Troy McDonald – driving double; No Apachemee and My Jackofdiamonds. Devonport – Sunday Ben Yole – training treble – Lake Eyre, No Apachemee and Ready To Fire. Conor Crook – driving treble – Lake Eyre, No Apachemee and Rattlenhum. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Launceston - Friday No Apachemee 58.02s, Kvitova Leis 58.38s, Lake Eyre 58.87s, Im Full Tilt 58.92s and Iam Aw Sam 59.30s. Devonport - Sunday Perfect Mach 58.54s, No Apachemee 58.70s, Riverboat Jasper 58.71s, Im Compliant 58.78s and Goggo Gee Gee 58.98s. You can view sectionals from every runner from the meeting and more Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Launceston - Friday Hit's: General Jamane $9.00 into $3.20 (Price affected by late scratching of race favourite), Defied The Drift: Cardinal Art $7.00 out to $10 and No Apachemee $9.00 out to $12, Missed: Rainbow Phoenix $20 into $14, Goggo Gee Gee $8.00 into $6.00 and Ready To Fire $7.00 into $3.70, Devonport - Sunday Hit's: No Apachemee $4.20 into $3.10, Riverboat Jasper $8.00 into $7.00 and Ideal Karalta $7.50 into $3.60. Defied The Drift: Lake Eyre $3.20 out to $4.40 and Ready To Fire $7.00 out to $8.00. Missed: Good Feelings $16 into $11, Im Full Tilt $15 into $9.00 and Laconic Jamane $12 into $5.00 Trial File Hobart - Monday Laredo Torpedo looks set to continue on his winning way in Hobart on Friday afternoon and the Juanita McKenzie trained pacer warmed up for Fridays assignment with a trial victory on Monday night. It was a standing start trial over 2090-metres which was run in good time for a standing start trial. The mile rate was 2m 1.8s with the last three quarters all ran in under 30-seconds. The gelded son of Bettors Delight settled last in the field of three and was able to defeat Grinable by five metres with Isaac a further metre away in third spot. The remaining trials were won by Betterthanfetta (2:09.8) and Castor Troy (2:03.2). Carrick Park - Monday The husband and wife team of Adam and Natalee Emery combined to win the opening trial with seven-year-old gelding Devil Of Tyne, who recorded the quickest winning mile rate of the session of 2m 5.1s when he won a C0-C1 trial over 2150-metres. It was the first time Devil Of Tyne has been seen at the track since May 20. He won the trial by 15-metres over Laid Back Kenny. Remaining winners included; Safari Oakey (2:09.6), Buster William (2:11.0), Gypsys Crown (2:09.6) and Kilburnie North View (2:07.0). Week Ahead The 6ty Youngbloods continues in Hobart on Friday afternoon with the third and fourth heat of the six-race series taking place. Heat Three is race two on the card where the inform Mornings takes on her toughest field since arriving in the state. Samantha Gangell has been drawn to drive the Ben Yole trained pacer who is undefeated in five Tasmanian starts and has drawn wide on the track in barrier six. Race Six sees the fourth heat of the series where Troy Mcdonald has been allocated the drive on the expected race favourite Couta Rocks. The Marc Butler trained pacer won by over 22m here two starts ago and did a lot of work in the run last start in Launceston when finishing third. Punters have a few reminders for the Hobart meeting. The first is the early start of 13:57, Ubet have a $1,000 Quaddie Jackpot which commences on race five. Ubet also have a healthy $6,992 Quinella Jackpot on race eight, judging on previous jackpots of this nature the pool is expected to be in excess of $35,000. Friday’s meeting will be the first meeting of the season to have a hosted Live Stream coverage commencing with a preview at 13:30. A number of former pacers that had raced in Tasmania have been performing well in the past week including the former Troy Hillier trained Gotta Go Henry who recorded a time of 1m 53.3 at Menangle on Saturday night, of those that still have a Tasmanian connection racing interstate this week we see: Gloucester Park - Friday Race 5 Horse 7 – Devendra. Menangle - Saturday Race 1 Horse 10 – Pachacuti, Race 4 Horse 2 – Shesallapples, Race 5 Horse – 7 Rykov Leis, Redcliffe - Saturday Race 6 Horse 6 – Vande Velde.

Junior driver Taylor Ford stormed clear at the top of the Leading Female Drivers award after steering home a winning double in Hobart on Friday taking her winning tally to six winners and in the process moved to fifth place on the State Premiership table. Ford has formed a formidable force with trainer Bianca Heenan early in the 2018/19 season and further enhanced her reputation in the gig with two wins and a second placing from four drives. Taylor finished second with Twenty Two Karat, beaten 1.4 metres by the Ben Yole-trained Lake Eyre before finishing midfield with Big Bang Raj behind Secluded Beach. Jacks Command, a seven-year-old gelding, had won two its last three outings coming into the Sky Racing Pace over the 2090-metre trip for trainer Bianca Heenan and was sent out an $8 chance with the Todd Rattray prepared Zhukov Leis, in line for a hat-trick, the $1.50 favourite. Taylor speared Jacks Command to the early lead before dropping anchor through the first quarter running 33.7 seconds, Zhukov Leis sat in the death as Taylor picked up the tempo recording 29.8 and 28.2 sectionals before going for broke inside the 400-metre mark, dropping Zhuvov Leis on the corner and racing clear to score by 11.6 metres running home 57.3 seconds. Taylor’s second winner of the night was Bounty Eyre ($4.20) in the last the Claimer, the ten-year-old Heenan prepared gelding scored at it’s last Hobart appearance three weeks ago before finishing just behind the placegetters at Devonport. Bounty Eyre (pictured) began safely from the stand and settled leading the one out train before Taylor eased to gain cover at the mile-marker. As the field entered the back straight on the last occasion Taylor made her winning move easing out three wide before challenging for the lead racing off the back. Ford laid all her cards on the table on the home turn and Bounty Eyre was up to the challenge responding strongly in the home stretch to win by 3.2-metres over Another Swinger and Im Barney Rubble. Shane Yates

Ben Yole continued his powerful defence of his Leading Trainers Title by preparing four of the eight winners on the programme at Devonport on Sunday. Ben’s winning run commenced in race two with Pushkin, despite being friendless in the betting. “It was three-way photo at the finish and I was probably the only person not worried about which way the result went because we trained all three but Pushkin (pictured – middle) has been a grand campaigner for us, he won four races last season and has already picked up two wins this season at odds of $18 and $51,” said Ben. “Troy (McDonald) has been driving well so it was no surprise to see him lead all the way with Giant Steps in the fifth race and collect his double and I’m sure punters were much happier as it was well supported ($3.10) to run favourite.” Monarkmac has gone close to winning on two occasions this season going down narrowly to Haleys Comet in Launceston and El Jays Monet in Hobart. “He’s a ten-year-old now and he found himself in the right race with the right draw and he was able to do the rest, Rohan (Hadley) rated him well and he had enough in hand to stave off stablemate No Apachemee which made a late charge after getting off the pegs turning for home,” said Ben. “The stable finished off with Im Barney Rubble, he’s just a machine, he won six races last year at ten years of age and has already nailed three from six this season, he won by over five metres and had them covered a long way out.” The Todd Rattray trained and driven six-yer-old Taurisi ($1.60) showed his class to come off the 30-metre handicap and score a runaway 5.1-metre win in the Discretionary over Karalta Dazzler and Poker Storm. Paul Ashwood trained the quinella in the Maxfield Drilling Pace for Mick Maxwell but not in the order most punters would have preferred with Krafty Boy ($4.80), driven by Rohan Hillier,  storming home over the top of popular pick Miracle Marcus ($2.00). Punters won the battle on the night with six favourites saluting including the Bianca Heenan prepared Mon Poppy Polly ($2.70) driven by Taylor Ford and the Melissa Maine-trained Better Go Go ($2.30) steered home by Gareth Rattray. Shane Yates

The Trotters will again rewrite the history books in Hobart on Friday night when the Tasmanian Pacing Club stage the first ever Mobile Start trotting race in the state. It will be the sixth race on the Hobart card which will see a field of six horses face the starter. The meeting in Hobart on Friday is the first of two Tasmanian Harness Racing fixtures with the Devonport Harness Racing Club staging a competitive eight-race card on Sunday evening. Saturday night is also another big night on the Tasmanian Harness Racing scene when the award winners from the 2017-2018 season will be crowned at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Launceston.   The Stars Bianca Heenan and Taylor Ford – teamed up for a long-priced double on Friday night in Hobart with Jacks Command and Bounty Eyre. Ben and Mark Yole – also teamed up for a training and driving double with Iam Aw Sam causing an upset win before the team come up with three-year-old filly Mornings who remains unbeaten since joining Ben’s stable. Couta Rocks – seven-year-old Art Major gelding bounced back into the winner’s circle with an easy 22.8-metre victory. It was the injury plagued pacers first win since December 2016. Laredo Torpedo and Ten Cassies – both horses continued their recent good form of late and were back in the winner’s circle on Friday night.   Multiple Winners Hobart Friday Ben Yole – training double; Iam Aw Sam and Mornings, Bianca Heenan – training double; Jacks Command and Bounty Eyre, Mark Yole – driving double; Iam Aw Sam and Mornings, Ricky Duggan – driving double; To The Rescue and Laredo Torpedo, Taylor Ford – Jacks Command and Bounty Eyre.   Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Hobart - Friday Full Speed Ahead 57.66, The Aussie 57.69, Rocknrollhighlight 57.71, Jaccka Len 57.90 and Jacks Command 57.98. You can view sectionals from every runner from the meeting and more Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here.   Tasracing Official Price Hobart - Friday Hit's: To The Rescue $6.00 into $4.00, Laredo Torpedo $2.20 into $1.70 and Couta Rocks $4.00 into $3.80. Defied The Drift: Ten Caisses $2.50 into $2.20, Jacks Command $21 out to $41 and Bounty Eyre $17 out to $21. Missed: Ready To Fire (2nd) $14 into $8.00, Albayzin (2nd) $2.80 into $2.50 and Major Callum (2nd) $21 into $15.   Trial File Carrick Park on Monday evening. Five trials were staged at Carrick Park on Monday evening, with the Carrick Park Pacing Club reverting back to Monday night trials during the daylight savings period. The quickest time of the trial session was recorded by Timely Sovereign in Trial 4. The Kent Rattray trained gelding worked to the lead in the first 400-metres of the trial and was able to dictate the tempo of the trial. Driven by Hannah Van Dongen, Timely Sovereign was able to pull away over the concluding stages to win the trial by 10-meters over Vinnie Torretto, with Western Karamea six-meters away third. The mile rate for the 2150-metre trial was 2:03.4 and was just the quickest trial of the night. The remaining trials were won by; Miss Atomic Betty (2:.9), Invest (2:08.8), Keep Playing (2:03.8) and Statement Please (2:10.2)   Week Ahead We are back to two meetings on the one weekend for the first time this season and the team at Ubet have come to the party with a $5,893 Quinella Jackpot on the opening race in Hobart on Friday night. The Deborah Williams trained Our Percius gets into the race well with the concession claim for driver Conor Crook, who guided the horse to a brilliant win in Launceston two starts back. The Live Or Die gelding followed that performance with a third placing behind To The Rescue in Hobart on October 5 when only defeated a half neck after starting from the second row over the 1609-metre trip. Ubet also have a $1,000 Quaddie Jackpot on the Hobart card with the first leg kicking off with Race Two which is set down to start at 17:59. Sunday Night racing returns to Devonport for an eight-race card. The opening race, that gets underway at 18:07, looks to be a good battle between three north-west trained pacers. Recent Carrick Park trial winner, Keep Playing has drawn in barrier two for driver Gareth Rattray. The Shadow Play gelding has drawn nicely in barrier two and ended last preparation in good form with one win and three second placings in his last four starts. He faces strong opposition including the Paul Ashwood trained duo Miracle Marcus and Krafty Boy. Miracle Marcus hasn’t been seen since winning in Hobart on July 27 which was his third start back since rejoining the Paul Ashwood stable after an interstate campaign while Krafty Boy is also first up from a spell and hasn’t been seen since finishing third to Island Bliss in a 1680-metre standing start race in Launceston in mid-June. Both Tasmanian harness race meetings will be telecast on Tasracing TV at tasracing.com.au. With the meeting in Hobart to be shown on Sky Racing 2 with Devonport card to be televised on Sky Racing 1. Interstate this week at Metropolitan venues across Australia we see; Melton – Saturday night Race 1 - Horse 11 Star Chamber, Race 5 – Horse 1 Resurgent Spirit. Menangle – Saturday night Race 3 - Horse 2 Rykov Leis and Horse 10 Pachacuti. Don't forget you can get all the form for this week's meetings on Tasracing's new form service, FORMPLUS, by clicking on the form guide tab on tasracing.com.au Duncan Dornauf

The state’s reigning leading female trainer titleholder Juanita McKenzie is still in search of her first winner for the 2018/19 season. Tonight in Launceston Juanita has two runners from her Magra stables Laredo Torpedo in race four the Elders Insurance Launceston Pace and The Aussie in race six the Great Northern Super Crisp Pace. “Laredo Torpedo is a work in progess, he galloped excessively on debut in the state and finished last but his effort to run fourth last week was solid, he worked home well down the outside and only beaten two to three metres (2.7-metres) in the race won by Pushkin,” said Juanita. “Ricky (Duggan) was happy with his run and said he felt good so I’m expecting further improvement from him tonight, he has always had a few issues but we will keep working on those as the season goes on and get him sorted out.” Juanita has slowly been cutting back her team over the past couple of years but one horse she won’t be parting ways with is the ever consistent The Aussie. “I’m trying to concentrate more on life-balance these days and so we don’t have as bigger stable as in the past and I’m happy with that, I can put more time into family and also focus more on the better performers,” said a contented Juanita. “The Aussie would have to be the most honest horse I’ve ever been associated with, he is Mister  100% every start, he won six races last season and flew home when third to Illegal Immigrant in Launceston a fortnight ago.” “We were very confident he would race well last week but he suffered broken gear at the start and was retired from the event but he looks well suited tonight in a small field on the second line as I believe he races better from behind.” Mark Yole comes off his first bag of four winners in Hobart and has another handy book of eight drives including two of his winners from last week and the popular pick Mornings in race one, The Ben Yole-trained Dawn Ofa New Day-Frans Jewel three-year-old has won its only two runs in the state with Mark in the gig on both occasions. Mark will also attempt to guide El Jays Monet to a winning hat-trick in race six and will again partner Im Barney Rubble in search of back-to-back wins in race seven the Impress Print Claimer. Mark’s other major hopes of repeating his sensational effort of a quartet of winners come in race five the Carlton Draught Stakes with Lake Eyre and in the last on the card the Chartley Estate Trotters Discretionary with the Adam Emery prepared Ten Caisses. Tonight’s eight event Launceston Pacing Club card, commencing at 17.00, may be viewed on the live stream service at tasracing.com.au. Shane Yates

It was another great week of harness racing in Hobart on Sunday evening where five participants recorded multiple winners. We are back to Launceston on Friday evening with an eight-race programme that gets underway at 17:00. The Stars Mark Yole – took his career total of victories in the sulky to 409 wins after a driving quartet in Hobart on Sunday, including the first three races on the card. The Perth-based driver will be looking to add to his total with a good book drives in Launceston on Friday night. Hannah Van Dongen – Scored a double on the Hobart programme including a win on Long Ago at odds of $26, she might have been renamed Hurricane Hannah by punters as she would have knocked many out of the last leg of the Ubet Quaddie. Bianca Heenan – brilliant training performance with Twenty Two Karat who won first up in her care in the David Medhurst Memorial. Heenan takes an early lead in the Female Trainers title after Alta Surreal won earlier in the night. Ben Yole – once again dominating the training scene with four winners on the card including the first seven runners past the post in race six. Multiple Winners Hobart Sunday Ben Yole – training quartet; Im Barney Rubble, Pushkin, Long Ago and Gems. Bianca Heenan – training double – Alta Surreal and Twenty Two Karat. Ken Rattray – training double – All Over The Stars and El Jays Monet. Mark Yole – driving quartet; Im Barney Rubble, Alta Surreal, Pushkin and El Jays Monet. Hannah Van Dongen – driving double; Long Ago and Twenty Two Karat. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Hobart – Sunday Fortino 57.59, Laredo Torpedo 57.72, Im Barney Rubble 57.80, Do It For Dave 57.82 and Hez The One 58.09. You can view sectionals from every runner from the meeting and more Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart – Sunday Hit’s: Im Barney Rubble $6.00 into $4.80, Long Ago $51 into $26, Gems $14 into $7.50, Twenty Two Karat $31 into $7.00 and All Over The Stars $8.50 into $5.50. Defied The Drift: Alta Surreal $4.00 out to $7.00 and Pushkin $13 out to $18. Missed: Big Bang Raj $15 into $9.50, Mon Poppy Polly $14 into $9.00, Mavis Merle $16 into $7.50, Black Ops $18 into $13, Our Boy Johnny $13 into $7.00 and Hez The One $31 into $11. Trial File Carrick Park on Saturday morning. It was a cold, wet and windy morning at Carrick Park, which certainly had an impact on the times recorded across the three trials staged. Only two starters took part in the standing start trial which saw the return of Karalta Dazzler, who hasn’t been seen since finishing down the track in a M0 event at Melton on September, 7, last year. Now trained by Ben Yole, Karalta Dazzler showed good standing start manners to lead all the way for driver Adrian Collins to defeat his only other rival, Major Callum, in a mile rate of 2m 11.6s. The other two trials were run under mobile conditions with Leothegreat holding on for a narrow victory over Joankay in 2m 18.9s. While Corporal Jujon won by an every increasing 17-metres for trainer-driver Ben Yole in 2m 8.1s. Week Ahead The action returns to the Mowbray Racing Centre in Launceston for Friday night Harness racing. Favourite punters will be hoping that The Aussie can bounce back to the winner’s list after being eased out of the race in Hobart last Sunday. The Ricky Duggan driven pacer was sent out the $1.30 favourite but after less than 200-metres in the race the near-side front hopple loop broke and took no part in the race after that point. This week The Aussie is the sole runner of the second row in the sixth race on the card that features a number of inform runners including El Jays Monet who will be chasing a hat-trick of wins. The Ken Rattray trained pacer was able to narrowly defeated Monarkmac in Hobart last start and is also engaged in this race. Another form line for the race was in Launceston on September 7 where Hayley’s Comet defeated Olwen Jaccka, Monarkmac and Ima Ginger Rogers. Interstate this week at Metropolitan venues across Australia we are light on with quantity but we certainly make it up with quality; Melton – Saturday night Race 1 – Horse 2 Illegal Immigrant, Horse 4 Sultan Fella and Horse 7 Offthetopofmyhead.   Duncan Dornauf

Mark and Ben Yole stormed to the top of the Drivers and Trainers Premiership with four winners apiece at the Hobart Pacing Club meeting on Sunday night. Mark drove four winners from seven drives to lead Rohan Hillier by one after the second meeting of the season while Ben took up his customary position at the head of the trainers table, four wins clear of his rivals after preparing Im Barney Rubble ($4.80), Pushkin ($18), Long Ago ($26) and Gems ($7.50) for victory. Mark began his night’s work in a blaze of glory steering home the first three winners on the card. “Everything fell into place for Im Barney Rubble in the first, he turned in a huge run last week when he made up almost 100 metres on the field after a scrimmage at the start and ran second to Smilin Geoff, so I was confident he would perform well and when the favourite The Aussie galloped out I went hard and kept the pressure on until the 1200, when I looked back and saw The Aussie had been pulled out of it I dropped the anchor out and just dictated terms from there, he won with plenty up his sleeve,” said Mark. “Alta Surreal (pictured) let down really well and hit the line strongly knocking off the favourite Albayzin and then Pushkin got a soft run behind the leader before we hooked out at the top of the stretch and got home over the top of them to win by a short half head.” Just when most punters thought Mark’s winning run was over he popped up in the last to complete a winning double for Flowery Gully trainer Ken Rattray . “El Jay’s Monet can be a little wayward on the home turn in Hobart so I was happy to sit up in the death outside the popular pick Monarkmac,” said Mark. “I thought Conor drove a gem of a race on the leader but El Jays Monet was in for the fight and got the upperhand in the last stride to win by the narrowest of margins, it’s the first time I’ve driven four winners so it was a great thrill.” Hannah van Dongen is off to a flying start in the defence of her first Leading Female Driver title, piloting home two winners on the card. Hannah clinched the 2017/18 title with a total of 10 wins and has already achieved 20% of last season’s tally. Long Ago provided Hannah with her first success toppling the favourite Goggo Gee Gee ($3.40) by 1.5-metres before scoring a runaway victory with the Bianca Heenan-trained Twenty Two Karat ($7.00). Bianca went to the top of the Leading Female trainers table after also successfully preparing her seven-year-old gelding Alta Surreal in the Lenny The Shark Pace. Ken Rattray joined in the celebrations for the night landing a winning double with All Over The Stars ($5.50) saluting in the TPC Life Members Trot and El Jay’s Monet which wore down the odds-on favourite Monarkmacto win by a short half head. Marc Butler and Ricky Duggan gave punters some much-needed relief landing the only favourite for the night in race four with Adele Said ($3.20). Shane Yates

The curtain has fallen on another harness racing season. Ben Yole claimed another trainers title (124 wins) defeating Todd Rattray (71) and Juanita McKenzie (33). Todd Rattray claimed back-to-back driving titles recording 87 victories in the sulky over Ricky Duggan (80) and Rohan Hillier (79). The second spot on the driver’s title was keenly contested over the past few weeks with the driver who finished second on the table joining Todd Rattray at the Australian Drivers Championship this season. Going into the last race Duggan and Hillier sat equal on 79 wins but Duggan was able to guide Rocknroll Dancer to victory at odds of $18 on the TasRacing Official Price. Conor Crook won the state’s junior driver title by one win, Juanita McKenzie claimed another female trainer’s title while Hannah Van Dongden held onto a narrow win in the female driver’s premiership. This week’s Harness Racing heads to Launceston on Friday evening where long-serving clerk of the course, David Mace will retire for the position that he has served in since the late 1970’s. The Stars Ben Yole – finished off the season on a high note training seven winners in the final two meetings of the season in Hobart last week. Yole finished the season on 124 Tasmanian wins which equalled the state record that he set the year prior. Yole had a staggering 2134 starters in the state during the 2017-2018 season which is a state record for either racing code in Tasmania. Bianca Heenan – the Brighton-based trainer was another to finish off the season in good fashion training three winners from her five starters across last week’s meetings which included a training double on Wednesday night. Inner Light – the Christian Cullen gelding had a tremendous season and recorded his ninth win of the season with another win in Hobart on Friday. The Juanita McKenzie-trained pacer has also recorded nine placings from 23 starts during the season that has just concluded. Redason – recorded his second win since arriving in the state in the Rexel North Hobart Trot. The Rodney Ashwood trained trotter in five Tasmanian starts has earned his connections just under $9,000 in prize money. Mark Yole – demonstrated his ability in the sulky driving six winners last week to finish fifth on the state drivers table. Multiple Winners Hobart – Wednesday Ben Yole – training quartet; Thebackpagescribe, Rocknrollhighlight, Ektoras and No Apachemee. Bianca Heenan – training double; Big Bang Raj and Alta Surreal. Mark Yole – driving treble; Big Bang Raj, Alta Surreal and Rocknrollhighlight. Rohan Hillier – driving double; Thebackpagescribe and No Apachemee. Hobart – Friday Ben Yole – training treble; Mornings, Pushkin and Shadow Control. Mark Yole – driving treble; Mornings, Pushkin and Shadow Control. Ricky Duggan – driving double; Inner Light and Rocknroll Dancer Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Hobart – Wednesday Couta Rocks, 57.98s, Alta Surreal 58.04s, Mavis Merle 58.56s, Reckless Abandon 58.61s and Albayzin 58.71s. Hobart – Friday Mornings 58.26s, Wattabout Spangher 58.54s, Flashy Ruler 58.61s, Adele Said 58.87 and Mon Poppy Bronte 58.89s. You can view sectionals from every runner from both meetings and more Tasmanian Sectional Data by clicking here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart – Wednesday Hit’s: Thebackpagescribe $26 into $14 and Big Bang Raj $3.20 into $2.60. Defied The Drift: Ektoras $6.00 out to $8.00, Rocknrollhighlight $2.70 out to $3.50 and Alta Surreal $3.00 out to $3.70. Missed: Miss Superbia $19 into $5.50, Bounty Eyre $9.50 into $7.00 and Tizyalator $4.40 into $3.40. Hobart – Friday Hit’s: Pushkin $12 into $8.50, Inner Light $4.00 into $2.15 and Redason $2.60 into $2.30. Defied The Drift: Demonstrative $7.50 out to $12, Rocknroll Dancer $14 out to $18 and Shadow Control $4.40 out to $5.50. Missed: Arrived In Time $31 into $16, Sheer Strength $21 into $8.00 and Monarkmac $12 into $5.50. Trial File Carrick Park on Saturday morning. Only one trial was held with a field of three horses facing the starter. Williamlee was able to hold the lead from barrier one to lead all the way to win by just under a metre over Padabing Stride in a mile rate of 2mins 7.7sec. Hobart on Monday night. It was the Conor Crook show at the Elwick Racing Complex with the concession driver winning the two trials staged. His first win came for his boss Ben Yole in the standing start trial where Chilla Breeze scored by 10-metres in a mile rate of 2min 7.6sec for the 2090-metre trip. Olwen Jaccka came from last to win the mobile trial of the night, defeating Mon Poppy Polly by one metre in a mile rate 2min 7.1sec. Week Ahead The action this week’s returns to Launceston in the twilight time zone for an eight-race card. The main race of the night and one of the most intriguing events on the programme is the David Mace Retirement Stakes. The Troy Hillier-trained Illegal Immigrant will be looking for a hat-trick of wins when he has his first attempt at C6 or better grade, and judging by the dominance of his last to first victory in a slick 1min 57sec mile rate in Launceston on August 24 you would expect that he is ready to take the next step to open grade. His rivals on Friday night include The Aussie who was the winner of six races from 20 starts last season including his most recent racetrack appearance in Hobart in mid-August. The five-year-old entire is expected to race up on the speed from his pole draw, while Taurisi (last start winner) and Star Chamber come into the race recording the two quickest last half miles of the meeting when they clashed here on August 24. The start time of race one has been brought forward to 17:19 and the meeting can be seen on Tasracing’s Live Stream service. Sky Racing 1 will televise race one with races two through to eight to be shown on Sky Racing 2. Interstate this week at Metropolitan venues across Australia we see; Melton – Saturday night Race 6 Horse 7 The Bettormack and Horse 10 Resurgent Spirit, Race 7 Horse 8 Sultan Fella. Menangle – Saturday night Race 5 Horse 9 Pachacuti. Albion Park – Saturday night Race 1 Horse 2 Jerrys Jet, Race 3 Horse 12 Vande Velde.   Duncan Dornauf

The state’s leading trainer Ben Yole has catapulted himself to within striking distance of breaking his own record of 124 winners, set last season, after preparing four winners on the Tasmanian Pacing Club’s meeting in Hobart on Wednesday night. Ben struck first in race three with the Rohan Hillier driven Thebackpagescribe (pictured) careering away for a dominant 26.4 metre victory at odds of $14. “It’s been a long time between drinks for the six-year-old gelding as its last win was in December of 2015 but Rohan (Hillier) pulled out a magical drive to land the money after drawing outside the second line in a field of 12,” said Ben. “Approaching the bell he was four back the pegs but angled one off toward the 800-metre pole and only hooked out to make his run at the 300, it was a textbook drive and once Thebackpagescribe got into the clear it was all over.” Rocknrollhighlight was sent out the favourite ($3.50) in race five and was cooly driven by Mark Yole in the early stages before powering home over the concluding stages. “There were only seven runners over the 2090 metres and they quickly broke into two divisions, Mark had his confidence up after driving an early double for Bianca (Heenan) with Big Bang Raj and Alta Surreal, and he judged his run on Rocknrollhighlight to perfection coming from well back to gain the day by a half-head margin over another of our team Monarkmac.” said Ben. Conor Crook sewed up the Junior Driver Title when he piloted Ektoras to the post for his twenty-first winner of the season in the Olympus Feeds Pace over 2090-metres. “It’s great to see Conor rewarded for his efforts this season, he’s worked hard and is prepared to listen to advice and the proof is in the pudding every time he hops in the cart,” said Ben. “Conor made a race-winning move in the first circuit dashing Ektoras to the lead and despite being the outsider of the field ($8) of six he managed to lift the seven-year-old over the line to score by a half-neck.” Noapachemee, starting popular pick ($2.70) in the last race of the night, capped off the celebrations for the Yole stable by taking full advantage of the Roberts Sprint Lane to send favourite punters home on a winning note start. “Rohan (Hillier) drove a classic race on Noapachemee, he’s been a model of consistency and has won seven races for the season and he will attempt to make it eight when he comes off the 20-metre handicap in race three on Friday night.” Ben will take a team of 38 to the final meeting of the season on Friday in Hobart in search of another four winners in his bid to set a new record. Shane Yates

Redason's trotting success in Hobart on Sunday night brought together the best of what racing is all about, the opportunity to celebrate with family and friends. The five-year-old Majestic Son-Rosedorae five-year-old trotter (pictured) is the product of a Tasmanian Pacing Club Syndicate and tasted success for the first time in the state with a faultless display of trotting for trainer-driver Rodney Ashwood in the Triple M Hobart Trot over 2090-metres. "It was great to see the syndicate up and about after the win. Redason finished close up on debut in the state when trotting returned to Tasmania in July and then he galloped away at his second run and we had to back to the trials," said Rod. "Redason performed well in the trials and put it all together last night. I had some great advice from Ray Pullen who came down and gave me a few tips. Ray has extensive experience with trotters and his words of wisdom were instrumental in the win, so I'm very thankful to him" Redason's win was the second leg of a winning double for Rod, having earlier lifted Falcon Harry over the line in the Green Electrical Pace for trainer Tony Petersen. Falcon Harry took a season record of two wins from nine starts into the race and was forced to work hard to gain success. "Falcon Harry has been racing well and I thought he would step to the front and be hard to run down but we got caught in the breeze so it was a tough effort and it's testament to Tony for the way he prepares his team," said Rod. "The pressure started to come on at the bell, we rolled to the front at the 600 metre mark with the challengers lining up behind us until turning for home and then it was on in earnest, but he staved off his rivals in the closing stages and defied a late lunge from Koolaz Elvis to score a courageous win." Rohan Hadley joined Rod as a multiple winner on the card guiding the Craig Hayes-trained Scooterwillrev to yet another effortless 5.4-metre victory over Rocknroll Turbo and Star Chamber and followed up by bringing Im Barney Rubble of the 20-metre handicap to clinch the tasracing.com.au Claimer. The top three drivers on the 2017/18 Premiership table, Todd Rattray, Ricky Duggan and Rohan Hillier all nailed one winner each on the programme, much to the delight of punters as all three runners ran favourite. Ricky got punters off to a flying start with Western Glory ($2,25) leading all the way, Todd enjoyed another armchair drive on Yatsenyuk Leis ($1.25) with Rohan following up Illegal Immigrant ($2.50). It wouldn't be a Tasmanian harness racing meeting without a win from the States's leading trainer Ben Yole and he duly saluted with Kaycee ($8.00) driven by Conor Crook. Paul Williams caused the boilover of the night when his first starter Donny In Paris, starting the rank outsider in the field of four at $31.00 put up a sensational performance to topple his highly rated rivals in the Olympus Feed Pace. The Rug Rat Donny-Paris Art two-year-old lost 30-metres at dispatch, giving the unbeaten Sutter Star, the Evicus winner Karalta Moondance and the talented Jigamaroo a huge start. Williams allowed Donny In Paris to move into the race under his own steam, tacking on at the bell and sitting fourth down the back stretch. Turning for home Karalta Moondance had beaten off the challenge of Sutter Star but was facing a fast-finishing Jigamaroo down the outside but it was to be Donny in Paris on debut that stormed through along the Sprint Lane to take the prize. Shane Yates

The Launceston Pacing Club stages its first meeting featuring trotting tonight with the running of the Neil Pitt Discretionary Handicap. Last week’s successful trotting event in Hobart has raised interest after the Adam Emery-prepared Ten Caisses stormed through along the Roberts Sprint Lane to create history by becoming the first winner of a trotting race in Tasmania in almost a century. The field of five all finished within 2.7-metres of the winner, adding to the spectacle of what was an entertaining affair. Four of the five runners will face the starter again tonight with Ben Yole adding two new trotters to the ranks, joining his original team member My Jackofdiamonds. “Tip Top Eurasian and Charlottes Crown will both start from the front line tonight while My Jackofdiamonds which ran a solid second on debut in the state will come from the 10-metre handicap,” said the state’s leading trainer. “I was really impressed with the way the trotters performed in Hobart, we didn’t have a runner even look like galloping in the run so it was a credit to everyone and to have such a close finish was the icing on the cake, I will be interested to see the way our two newcomers measure up under pressure.” Punters will be looking to get off to a flying start to the meeting with the Phil Mascall-trained Origin Cronk returning from a brief layoff in the opening race, the Nichols Sound and Communications Stakes. Origin Cronk returned from a two-year injury-enforced break to put two wins together at Devonport in March followed by success in Launceston in April. The Cardmaster Hanover-Arabella Lombo five-year-old gelding will have the services of Samantha Gangell and has drawn favourably in four on the front line over the 1680-metre sprint trip. The Michael Laugher-prepared filly Karalta Felesha returns from unplaced runs in the Sweepstakes and Evicus Finals to contest the last race on the card the Roberts Equine Supplies Two-Year-Old. Prior to racing in the Feature events, the Mach Three-Caroline Claire filly had scored impressively in Launceston, leading all the way to score by 6.7 metres. Gareth Rattray will guide Karalta Felesha out of the mobile from gate three on the front line and appears ready to return to the winner’s list. Tonight’s eight-event Launceston Pacing Club card, commencing at 17.25, can be seen via the live stream service at tasracing.com.au with host Duncan Dornauf previewing the meeting at 17:00. Shane Yates

The upsets in Hobart harness racing continued on Friday night when the Kent Rattray-trained Karalta Moondance scored at odds of $81 in the two-year-old fillies Tasmanian Sires’ Stakes Final, the Evicus, when she outsprinted the leader and race favourite Spoilt Sport over the concluding stages. The colts and geldings final was won by the talented Betterthancheddar Colt Resurgent Storm for New Norfolk trainer, owner and breeder Rodger Whitmore. This week we see the first four heats of the BOTRA (Tas) Claiming Novice Drivers series commence with two heats in Devonport on Friday night and a further two heats in Hobart on Sunday night. The programme in Hobart also sees the running of the Tasmanian Sires’ Produce and the first trotting race in Tasmania since Lampton won at Carrick Park in 1927. Trotters have been able to race against the pacers since and have done so successfully on a small number of occasions with the most recent being Yankee Avenue winning a race during each of the last two seasons on King Island. In May 1994 Ratz time trialled in Launceston, recording a mile of 2:02.2 (which remains a Tasmanian State Trotting Record) for trainer-driver Ken Tippett. The Tarado Hanover gelding was the winner of 15 races on mainland Australia and was bred at Scottsdale by Rodney and Denise Boyle. The Stars Resurgent Storm – top two-year-old who remains undefeated after four starts, he only did what he had to do to win the Group 3 Dandy Patch Final. The Betterthancheddar colt is owned and trained by New Norfolk’s Rodger Whitmore who also bred the pacer. Karalta Moondance  – caused an upset in the Group 3 Evicus Final when she showed a good turn of speed over the concluding stages. Trainer Kent Rattray and driver John Walters have now teamed up to win a Group 3 race every year for the past three seasons. The Rock N Roll Heaven filly is owned and bred by Kent’s parents Wayne and Gaye Rattray. Call Her Julie  –  “Julie, you beauty,” were the words trainer-driver Matthew Cooper proudly said when he took the Lombo Pocket Watch mare past the post in first position in the Col Saunders Memorial Brighton Cup. After working forward to find the lead in the early stages the mare was too tough for her rivals. It was the seventh win of the season for Call Her Julie who will be a strong contender for the Tasmanian Mare of the year for the 2017/18 season. Bettabrown Tiger  –  once again the Melissa Maine-trained pacer was too good for his rivals when he led all the way to win untroubled by 16.6-metres to record his seventh career win at only his eighth racetrack appearance. Keep an eye out for this Betterthancheddar gelding in Victoria in the coming weeks as the connections chase a $7,000 Vicbred bonus. Rohan Hillier – continued his good form with a driving double on Friday night with Offthetopofmyhead who made it back-to-back wins while Hillier took out the Shirley Hills Mares Handicap with El Jays Mystery. He then backed up with a treble in Launceston on Sunday to tighten the gap between him and Todd Rattray on the state driver’s premiership. Multiple Winners Hobart – Friday Ricky Duggan – driving double; Usain Jolt ad Resurgent Storm. Rohan Hillier – driving double; Offthetopofmyhead and El Jays Mystery. Launceston – Sunday Mark Yole – driving treble; Pushkin, El Jays Monet and Delbelle Legend. Rohan Hillier – driving treble; No Apachemee, Stylish Trend and Sheza Bettormak. Ben Yole – training treble; Pushkin, No Apachemee and Stylish Trend. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Hobart on Friday. Betterbrown Tiger 57.40, Offthetopofmyhead 57.73, Usain Jolt 57.85, Elegantly Spoken 57.97 and Victoria Pass 57.99 From Launceston on Sunday Scooterwillrev 56.25, Sheer Strength 57.37, My Ruby Rose 57.47, No Apachemee 57.59 and Finn Mac Kee 57.75. View all Tasmanian Sectional Data here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart Hits: Usain Jolt $4.80 into $3.50 and El Jays Mystery $4.00 into $3.80. Defied The Drift: Karalta Moondance $71 out to $81. Missed: Streitkid $3.70 into $3.30 (2nd), Black Ops $71 into $31 (9th) and Bremusa $7.00 into $6.00 (3rd). Launceston Hit: Scooterwillrev $2.30 in to $1.80. Defied The Drift: No Apachemee $5.00 out to $6.00 and El Jays Monet $5.50 out to $7.50. Missed: Holme On The Bayou $8.00 in to $7.00 (2nd) and Sign Of A Tyne $18 in to $13 (2nd). Trial File Hobart on Monday New Norfolk trainer, owner and breeder Rodger Whitmore produced the quickest winner of the trial session when Sutter Star won his two-year-old trial in a time of 2min 3.3secs for the 1609-metre journey. The colt is by Sutter Hanover and is out of Our Etoile, who is a half-sister to Resurgent Star. Resurgent Star is the dam of Resurgent Spirit ($196,000), Resurgent Dream ($62,500) and recent Dandy Patch Final winner Resurgent Storm ($41,500). Other trial winners included; Tizyalator (2:06.7), Shaws Last Hand (2:04.3) and Origin Billy (2:04.0) Devonport on Monday Trotters My Jackofdiamonds and Ten Caisses continued there preparation to Sunday night’s event when they stepped out in the opening trial on Monday night. The Ben Yole trained My Jackofdiamonds took up the lead in the standing start event which was conducted over 2286-metres. The seven-year-old gelding who is raced by well-known owner Colin Croft scored by four metres over pacer White Eagle, with the Adam Emery trained, Natalee Emery-driven Ten Caisses finishing 4.2-metres behind the winner in a mile rate of 2min 12.1secs. The remaining two trials were won by Flying Wingard (2:03.0) and Freds Under Fire (2:01.7) Week Ahead The action kicks off with a twilight programme at the Devonport Showgrounds on Friday where the first two heats of the BOTRA (Tas) Claiming Novice Drivers Series will be held. Defending champion and recent Youngbloods Challenge winner Brady Woods will be joined in the series by Matthew Cooper, Samantha Gangell, Samantha Freeman, Wade Rattray, Allister Woods, Kirsty Grant, Braden Howlett, Charlie Castles and Connor Crook. The first heat is race two on the card at 17:33 with the first race set down to start at 17:00. Tasracing.com.au‘s hosted live stream coverage will be in Hobart on Sunday night when the trotters return to the state. It will be Tasmania vs Victoria in the T0 and better Discretionary. Victorian trainers Jayne Davies and Brent Lilley have one horse each in the 2579-metre event. Davies is represented by last-start Warragul winner Redason who started off a 10-metre handicap and was able to quickly find the lead to win untroubled by 10.3 metres in a mile rate of 2:06.8 for the 2210-metre event. Our Summer Vacation While Lilley will be represented by All The Way Mae. The daughter of Pegasus Spur is the winner of eight races, with her most recent win coming at Ballarat five starts ago. Tasmanian trainers Adam Emery, Ben Yole and Todd Rattray will fly the flag for “Team Tassie”. Emery has taken over the training of Ten Caisses who led all the way to win the Strathalbyn Trotters Cup on June 11. The Tennotrump gelding has proven that he can handle all track circumferences with a win coming at the Wayville Showgrounds circuit in the heart of Adelaide late last year. Yole prepares the Colin Croft owned My Jackofdiamonds who was a trial winner in Devonport on Monday evening while Rattray will gear up Our Summer Vacation who is first up since mid-December and is another recent trial winner. Tasracing.com.au will have a hosted live stream of all of the action that includes a further two heats of the BOTRA (Tas) Claiming Novice Drivers Series and a very competitive Rexel North Hobart Tasmanian Sires’ Produce. Prior to the Hobart meeting the eyes of all Tasmanian harness racing fans will be glued on fifth race at Menangle when star Tasmanian owned and bred pacer Ignatius chases Group 1 Glory in the $150,000 NSW Breeders Challenge three-year-old Colts and Geldings Final at 14:47 on Sunday afternoon. The Roll With Joe gelding is trained by former Tasmanian James Rattray, who will also take the drive. Ignatius has won 13 of his 14 career starts and has earned more than $172,000 in prize money. Tasmanian bred mare Shezallapples will contest Group 1 NSW Breeders Challenge for four-year-old mares at the same meeting. Tasmanian bred and three-year-old Tasmanian Sires’ Stakes winner Nostra Beach will contest a semi-final of the three-year-old Fillies Vicbred series at Melton on Friday night while Solid As A Rock, who has Tasmanian interest amongst his connections, will contest a semi-final for the four-year-old Colts and Geldings division.   Duncan Dornauf

Former star juvenile Scooterwillrev returned to his brilliant best in Launceston on Sunday night with a runaway victory in the Longford Equine Clinic Stakes. The Craig Hayes-trained Somebeachsomewhere-Karamea Toastime four-year-old was backed off the map by punters who snapped up the early fixed odds on offer of $3 and they were still taking $1.60 as the field scored up behind the mobile. “It’s great to have him back in the winner’s list for the first time this season, he hasn’t had a lot of luck this campaign but he scored impressively which is good to see,” said Craig. “He won 12 of 16 starts last season as a three-year-old last season and he came back well but things just haven’t gone his way.” Scooterwillrev returned from a nine-month layoff with a first-up placing behind No Spring Secrets before galloping in a stand start event at Devonport. “It was a surprise to see him out of his gear at Devonport and we went over him with a fine tooth comb in the week after the race looking for a problem but we couldn’t find anything,”said the Stowport trainer. “I backed his work off between then and his next start and I reckon he was underdone when he tired to finish third after sitting in the death outside Emma Stewart’s Another Safari and then last run he was hemmed in on the pegs before flashing through late in the race won by Plata O Plomo.” Rohan Hadley took no chances with the heavily backed favourite over the 2200-metre trip sitting up in the breeze before dashing clear in the straight to record a 13.6-metre victory and recording a mile-rate of 1:57.8. The State’s leading trainer Ben Yole showed no signs of being in the nervous nineties, winning three of the first four races on the card to take his Tasmanian winning tally for the season to 101. Pushkin got the ball rolling in the first with a gutsy win from the death seat before No Apachemee made it back to back wins in Launceston with a powerful finishing burst to bring up the magical three figures before victory number 101 was racked up by Stylish Trend. Rohan Hillier produced another potential topliner in Sheza Bettormak, the three-year-old Bettors Delight-Shez Ryleymak filly rolled to the top early and dictated terms before cruising to an 8.5-metre victory.   Shane Yates

The State’s leading trainer of the past two years Ben Yole is assured of securing a winning hat-trick of titles this season and for the third successive year topping the magical three-figure tally. Ben is closing in on 100 winners for the season in Tasmania and goes into tonight’s seven-event Launceston Pacing Club card sitting on 98 wins, a massive 41 winners ahead of his nearest rival Todd Rattray on the Premiership Table. In 2015/16 Ben trained 107 winners and boosted that to a record-breaking 124 last season and will be looking to better the mark this year with two months of the season still remaining. “The team works hard to keep everything ticking over during the week at our Sidmouth stables and it’s a large logistical operation come race night but everyone pitches in to get the job done.” said Ben. “We have 30 runners in six races tonight in Launceston across the seven race card so there will no time for a spell, it will be a matter of all hands on deck.” Although there are less than two meetings a week throughout the year in Tasmania the Yole stable has had more runners than any other stable in the country, gearing up 1655 starters through the first 10 months of the season. The remaining five States all race seven-days a week yet Queensland’s Grant Dixon is the only leading State trainer to come close on numbers with 1,581 runners, followed by KerryAnn Turner from New South Wales on 866, Gary Hall Snr with 474 starters in Western Australia while South Australia’s leading trainer Ryan Hryhorec is on 251. “We enjoyed a good night last Sunday in Launceston with four winners including No Apachemee ($12.10), Ready To Fire ($4.90), and Im Full Tilt ($26.90), who all go round again tonight and will be among the chances on their best form and Rocknrollhightlight ($3.60 fav – pictured inside) has taken it to another level recently winning three of her last four starts,” said a quietly confident trainer. “It will be a great feeling to notch up the 100 again this season, hopefully it may even come tonight and then we will set out to topple our 124 record from last season.” Tonight’s seven-event Launceston Pacing Club meeting, commencing at 16.49, may be viewed via the live stream service at tasracing.com.au. Shane Yates

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