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Tasmania’s leading trainer Ben Yole recorded his 100th Australian win of the season after the Sidmouth-based trainer dominated last weekend’s action in Tasmania. Hall Of Fame driver Ricky Duggan is normally the punter’s friend but he delivered a long shot double in Hobart on Friday night. Rohan Hillier produced two good winning drives in Launceston on Sunday night. He shared driving honours on the program with Conor Crook who also recorded a double. This week the two-year-old Sires’ Stakes finals, the Group 3 Evicus and Group 3 Dandy Patch headline the Make A Wish race night in Hobart on Friday. The Tier Two meeting will be held on Sunday night in Launceston with a seven-race card. The Stars Ben Yole – recorded his 100th win for the season for the third consecutive year when Im Full Tilt scored on Sunday night. The Yole stable is well represented at every Tasmanian race meeting and he trained six winners of the 13 races held in the state last week. Germane Boisrame – brought up his first Australian win in Hobart on Friday when he partnered the Dylan Ford-trained pacer Blisstar to victory. Rohan Hillier – recorded a driving double in Launceston on Sunday night where he produced two terrific drives. His drive on No Apachemee in race one was judged as the number one drive of the week on Sky Racing’s flagship harness racing program In The Gig. Ricky Duggan – Many punters may have put him in the villain’s category on Friday night after his long-shot double on Drifting Away at odds of $41 and Seeled And Sinful who started at $71. Conor Crook – concession driver recorded three wins across the weekend which concluded with Ready To Fire, a horse he had worked on getting calm when she first joined the Ben Yole stable. Multiple Winners Hobart – Friday Ricky Duggan – driving double; Drifting Away and Seeled And Sinful. Ben Yole – training double; Drifting Away and Washies Chance. Launceston – Sunday Rohan Hillier – driving double; No Apachemee and Im Full Tilt. Conor Crook – driving double; Jackka Len and Ready To Fire. Ben Yole – training quartet; No Apachemee, Rocknrollhighlight, Im Full Tilt and Ready To Fire. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Hobart on Friday. Mavis Merle 58.24, Goggo Gee Gee 58.53, Drifting Away 58.72, Inner Light 59.09 and Lockaway Kacie 59.11 From Launceston on Sunday Jacka Len 56.70, Gotta Go Henry 56.96, Fortino 57.07, Buster William 57.31 and Washies Chance 57.62. View all Tasmanian Sectional Data here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart Hits: Iden Amrak $6 into $5 and Blisstar $14 into $13. Defied The Drift: Drifting Away $31 out to $41, Seeled And Sinful $61 out to $71 and Washies Chance $3.90 out to $4.20. Missed: Liv Lavish $15 into $11. Launceston Hit: Jaccka Len $3.50 into $3.10. Defied The Drift: Rocknrollhighlight $3.10 out to $3.60 and Island Bliss $6 out to $7.50. Missed: Our Percius $8.50 into $7, Johns Legacy $4.80 into $4 and Jaminas Joy $10 into $8.50. Trial File Carrick Park on Saturday Two trials were staged at the ‘Country Place of Pace’ where trotter Our Summer Vacation led all the way to win a three-horse standing start trial in a mile rate of 2mins 11.2secs. The Todd Rattray trained squaregaiter defeated his stablemate Jocund by two metres. The mobile trial was won by Only A Myth in a slow mile rate of 2mins 20.0secs. It is important to note the field included a number of two-year-olds that were stepping up to the 2150-metre journey. Week Ahead The Group 3 Tasracing Evicus Final and Tasracing Dandy Patch Final bring an end to the feature race calendar in Tasmania for the 2017/18 season. After finishing down the track in the Evicus Prelude, Enterprising Milly has been installed the $2 favourite on Ubet after opening up at $4.50 on Wednesday morning. The winner of the prelude Spoilt Sport has drifted from $1.70 out to $2.40 with Blossom Grant on the third line of betting at $6. It is double odds or better for the remainder of the field headed by Betterbsweet at $10. In the Dandy Patch the undefeated Betterthancheddar Colt, Resurgent Storm, heads the market at $1.20 with the only other runner under double figures being Betterthanfetta at $3.30. The Hobart meeting will feature a hosted live stream on commencing 25 minutes prior to the first race. All races will be shown on Sky Racing 1. In Launceston on Sunday night we see the debut of the well-bred Rohan Hillier-trained and driven three-year-old filly Sheza Bettormak. The daughter of Bettors Delight is the second foal out of multiple Group 1 winning mare Shez Ryleymak. Shez Ryleymak is the dam of the injury-plagued Ryley Major who won 10 races from 15 career starts including the Dandy Patch, Globe Derby Stakes and the Tasmanian Derby. Sheza Bettormak is engaged in race six on Sunday night where she has drawn barrier four and goes into the race with a second placing in a recent Launceston trial on 10 June. Interstate this week we see the continuation of the Vicbred Super Series heats continue with some pacers whom have a Tasmanian connection doing battle including; Kilmore – Wednesday night Race 3 No. 5 Nostra Beach – Tasmanian bred. Ballarat – Friday night Race 5 No. 3 Harjeet – Tasmanian trained, owned, bred and driven. Race 5 No. 11 Solid As A Rock – part-owned by Tasmanian interest. At Metropolitan venues this week; Melton – Saturday night Race 6 No. 4 Isaac – Tasmanian trained and owned. Race 8 No. 8 The Bettormack – part-owned by Tasmanian interest. Menangle – Saturday night Race 5 No. 3 Ignatius – Tasmanian owned and bred. Race 10 No. 10 Rykov Leis – Tasmanian owned and bred.   Duncan Dornauf

The state’s leading trainer Ben Yole has his third straight Trainer’s Premiership Title all parcelled up and to cap it off is closing in on his third successive century milestone. Ben trained 107 winners in Tasmanian in 2015/16 and followed up last season with 124 victories in his adopted state. On Sunday night in Launceston, the Yole stable applied the polish to four of the seven winners on the card to catapult his winning Tasmanian tally to 98. When you add the three interstate winners for the season provided by Jeans Mattjesty and Washies Chance the stable tally sits at 101. “We’ve enjoyed another successful season so far and it was very satisfying to take home four winners from the meeting on Sunday,” said Ben. “That takes us to within two of the ton locally, I like to look at the Victorian wins as a bonus so we are working off the number of wins for the season as 98 and we are looking forward to cracking triple figures three years on the trot, it would be just reward for our team who have put a lot of hard work in like many other stables around the state.” Ben’s spectacular night kicked off in style thanks to magical drive on No Apachemee by Rohan Hillier. “No Apachemee has been a great money spinner for connections, that’s his fourth win for the season, Rohan drove him a treat coming from outside the second line to find a spot behind the leader, only coming off the pegs to sprint over them late,” said a smiling trainer. Rocknrollhighlight was the second winner for the stable on the night continuing her tremendous form with a narrow but courageous victory over Fortino, she was softened up in the run but still had enough up her sleeve to be lifted over the line by Rohan Hadley to score by a half-head. “That was her seventh win of the season, we have changed up her training routine and she now does a lot of swimming and she’s improved in leaps and bounds and getting stronger all the time so we will be sticking with the new regime that for sure,” said Ben. Rohan Hillier landed his second winner for the stable on the programme in race four over 2200-metres when he held up Im Full Tilt for one last crack at them in the home straight. “Im Full Tilt needs to be smothered up with cover to produce his best, he’s not over ambitious out on his own but does have a sharp sprint which he was able to pull out in the run to the post,” said the Sidmouth mentor. Four-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-Fight Fire With Fire mare Ready To Fire made it win number six for the season with a neck win over Aunty Rita after coming from outside the second line. “She is potentially a very smart type but she also has a mind of her own and can do a few things wrong particularly in the score up so we will continue to work on that issue because if we can straighten that out she will be hard to hold out in any race we find for her,” said Ben looking forward to the future. With Harness racing in Hobart on Friday and backing up in Launceston on Sunday the Ben Yole stable looks almost certain to crash through the 100 barrier this week and then with 16 meetings remaining in the season set off in search of the stables state record of 124 winners.   Shane Yates

The state's harness racing premiership-winning trainer of the past two seasons, Ben Yole, is closing in on the magical ton for the third successive season. Ben's team notched up another winning treble in Hobart on Sunday night, taking his tally for the 2017/18 season from 82 to 85. The well-supported $2.80 favourite No Apachemee, driven by Mark Yole, kicked punters off on a winning note in the opening race on the card. "No Apachmee looked a little better than his rivals on paper over a mile and when Mark placed him perfectly in the one-out, one -back position I was feeling fairly confident," said Ben. "I could see he was travelling well and when Mark let him go at the 500-metre mark he put them away quickly and won in convincing fashion." No Apachemee's official winning margin in the Cascade Draught Pace proved to be an impressive 17.3-metres, running home the last half in 57.9 seconds. The Yole stable landed a knock out blow to punters in race five the Triple M Pace over 2090-metres supplying the quinella, both runners at bolters odds. He's Tight Lipped scored at $31.oo, proving too strong for stablemate Pushkin ($26.00) with the odds-on favourite Little Bit Of Big filling third spot. "He's Tight Lipped shocked me a little, but he drew well in three and when he took the sit in behind the early leader I thought we may run a place," said the Sidmouth trainer. "When Rohan (Hadley) went for him off the back he really responded and dashed clear, only the stablemate Pushkin took any ground off him in the home straight so I was very pleased with his effort." Aunty Rita rounded out the night for Ben in the Crown Lager Pace making it two wins in Hobart in as many weeks. "Aunty Rita is a tough mare, she was three wide form the 1200-metre pole before coming away to fight out the finish with Delightful Junie at the 600-metre mark, she goes well for Mark and given the way she won, another win might not be too far away." Shane Yates  

Office of Racing Integrity Stewards today inquired into reports from the analyst that, Arsenic in excess of the prescribed allowable threshold had been detected in urine samples taken from RUSTY RED COMET at Launceston Pacing Club on 10 June 2016 and FLETCHERS KNIGHT at Tasmanian Pacing Club on 8 July 2016. Stewards considered evidence tendered by trainer Mr Ben Yole, Prof Simon Bailey (University of Melbourne), and Veterinarian Dr Peter Horridge. Mr Ben Yole subsequently pleaded guilty to two charges pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHHR) 190(1) which states “A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances” The particulars of the charges were that Mr Ben Yole did present RUSTY RED COMET for racing at Launceston on 10 June 2016 and FLETCHERS KNIGHT for racing at Hobart on 8 July 2016 when urine samples taken from those horses were found to contain the prohibited substance Arsenic. Evidence taken from Professor Simon Bailey included a reference to a study by Melbourne University faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences examining the ingestion of wood shavings containing Arsenic. The evidence could not exclude to the requisite standard that the level of arsenic detected was not the result of RUSTY RED COMET and FLETCHERS KNIGHT consuming wood from paddock fencing. Analysis of samples taken at the time a stable inspection was carried out confirmed the presence of arsenic consistent with treated timber. Photographic evidence tendered by Stewards also confirmed signs of significant and fresh damage to the wood consistent with chewing. Stewards were therefore not satisfied on the evidence before the panel that such result were not the outcomes of the horses consuming the fencing over the period in their respective paddocks. Stewards determined to not impose a penalty against Mr Ben Yole for the breaches of AHHR 190(1) in these circumstances. Acting under the provisions of AHRR 195, RUSTY RED COMET was disqualified from its unplaced performance at Launceston on 10 June 2016 and FLETCHERS KNIGHT was disqualified from its winning performance at Hobart on 8 July 2016 and directed that the placing’s of both races be amended accordingly.   RIVERLEGIRL INQUIRY 27 JULY 2017 – RODNEY BURGESS. Panel – D Farquharson, A Crowther, & S Quill Office of Racing Integrity Stewards today inquired into a report from the analyst that, Arsenic in excess of the prescribed allowable threshold had been detected in a urine sample taken from RIVERLEGIRL at Carrick Park Pacing Club on 30 January 2016. Stewards considered evidence tendered by trainer Mr Rodney Burgess, part owner Mrs M Burgess, Prof Simon Bailey (University of Melbourne), Paul Zahra (Racing Analytical Services Ltd) and Veterinarian Dr Peter Horridge. Mr Rodney Burgess subsequently pleaded guilty to a charge pursuant to Australian Harness Racing Rule (AHHR) 190(1) which states “A horse shall be presented for a race free of prohibited substances” The particulars of the charge were that Mr Rodney Burgess did present RIVERLEGIRL for racing at Carrick on 30 January 2016 when a post race urine sample taken from that filly was found to contain the prohibited substance Arsenic. Evidence taken from Professor Simon Bailey included a reference to a study by Melbourne University faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences examining the ingestion of wood shavings containing Arsenic. The evidence could not exclude to the requisite standard that the level of arsenic detected was not the result of RIVERLEGIRL consuming arsenic containing wood from the paddock fencing. Analysis of samples taken at the time a stable inspection was carried out confirmed the presence of arsenic consistent with treated timber. Photographic evidence tendered by Stewards also confirmed signs of significant and fresh damage to the wood consistent with chewing. Stewards were therefore not satisfied on the evidence before the panel that such result was not the outcome of the horse consuming the fencing over the period of time it was in that paddock. Stewards determined to not impose a penalty against Mr Rodney Burgess for the breach of AHHR 190(1) in these circumstances. Acting under the provisions of AHRR 195, RIVERLEGIRL was disqualified from its winning performance at Carrick on 30 January 2016 and Stewards directed that the placing’s be amended accordingly. Panel – D Farquharson, A Crowther, & S Quill David Farquharson SENIOR STEWARD – Harness (03) 6777 1900

Last weekend's six-win haul has launched Tasmania's leading harness racing trainer Ben Yole into the top 10 in Australia and within grasp of the state record. Yole's four winners in Hobart last Friday night and his Launceston double last Sunday took his season tally to 111 wins for the season that has him placed ninth on the national trainer's premiership table. With five meetings remaining he looks set to pass the Tasmanian record of 118 that belongs to Hall of Fame mentor Neville Webberley who set the mark during the 2009-10 season. Yole won his first state title last season producing 108 winners and he admits he only set his sights on trying to reach 100 again. "Last season it was great to get over 100 winners but I thought it was probably going to be hard to do it again but once we achieved that goal we started to think about chasing the record," Yole said. "Things slowed down at one stage when the wins weren't coming as frequently but in the past three weeks it has picked up, especially the last fortnight. "Picking up six last weekend was great so with 111 on the board we are still a chance of beating Neville Webberley's record." Yole will take a big team to Launceston on Sunday night and he expects former Queenslander Sheer Strength, a first starter for the stable, to be hard to beat at his Tasmanian debut. Peter Staples

Reigning premier harness racing trainer Ben Yole registered his 100th winner for the season when Whenthegroundshook scored an emphatic win in a C1 over 1680 metres. It is the second season in succession Yole has reached the century of wins and he added one more to his tally when another relative newcomer to his stable Jivin Cullen powered home to win a C4-C5 with Justin Howlett in the cart. Whenthegroundshook is a former Queensland mare that is two from three since arriving in Yole's stable. Yole trainer 108 winners last season to be one of only four to have achieved the feat but he still has a way to go to overtake Neville Webberley's record of 118 that he set in 1989-90. Wayne Rattray trained 123 winners during an extended season in 1988-89 season which was lengthened owing to a decision to start the harness racing season a month after the thoroughbred season (August 1-July 31)) which meant Rattray's winners were accrued over a 13-month period. Rattray still was leading trainer that season irrespective of whether it was extended as he had 108 on the board after 12 months. The 12-month season record belongs to Webberley and it is officially regarded as the best so that is the target Yole has to surpass to own the record. Peter Staples

Harness racing trainer Ben Yole is just one win away from notching 100 winners for the season following his four-win haul over the weekend. Yole prepared one winner in Devonport last Friday night courtesy of Making My Mark scoring another impressive victory at only his second start in the state. In Hobart Yole prepared Flash Anatomy to dead-heat for first with his younger brother Mark's horse Black Ops in a C1 over 2090 metres but his next two successes on the nine-race program were clear cut. Ebonyallstarzzz made an overdue return to the winner's circle with a narrow win over Christian Jazz in a C2-C3 and Yole capped the weekend when his four-year-old Regal Major scored an effortless win in a C1 event over 2090 metres. Yole won his first trainer's premiership last season with 108 winners but given his strike rate he is likely to surpass that this season. Todd Rattray is a clear second on the trainer's premiership table with 55 winners that is already his best ever haul with Shelley Barnes and Deborah Williams sharing third spot with 20 wins apiece making it an interesting encounter for the leading female trainer title. Natalee Emery has the leading female driver title wrapped up with 23 wins to be 13 clear of Samantha Freeman. Peter Staples

Underrated harness racing mare Capture Me set a record in Launceston last Friday night that most punters would have rued. At a meeting that resulted in a mixture of favourites and mid-price winners on the eight-event card Capture Me started at cricket score odds. The Ben Yole-trained mare paid $98.10 for the win and $19 the place on the Ubet tote but where the record was set was the dividends she returned on the NSW tote which was a massive $274.20 for the win and $37.10 for a place. Surprisingly, Capture Me had some support in fixed odds markets firming from $81 to $61 before easing out to start at $101. It was a gem of a drive from Natalee Emery who settled the four-year-old daughter of Village Jolt near the rear and five-back the fence from her outside second-row draw. In the back straight the last time Emery persevered with rails runs and when Crafty Old Fox that had faced the breeze, started to capitulate it gave her the chance to get her charge off the fence and when she eased her out four-wide in the home straight she powered home to score by over three metres. Olivers Mate came from well back to grab second with Tenfour that had trailed the leaders sneaking into third place. Capture Me arrived in Yole's stable from South Australia in January and won at her second start for him in Hobart that followed a first-up third in Launceston and she has since notched two wins and five minor placings from 16 subsequent outings. Peter Staples

South Australian pacer Capture Me produced a bold front-running harness racing performance to win a heat of the Allen Williams Memorial at Luxbet Park Hobart last night. The Ben Yole-trained mare began brilliantly from gate five to find the lead and once in front driver Mark Yole ensured a steady tempo while the well-backed favourite Falcon Harry ($2.20) settled worse than midfield from his second-row draw. Capture Me ($7) was allowed to stride along at her leisure without any pressure from Lockaway Kacie ($6.60) that faced the breeze but sat outside the second horse Hayleys Comet. In the back straight the last time Lockaway Kacie worked forward to challenge the leader but when they hit the home turn Capture had plenty in reserve and went on to score comfortably from Falcon Harry with Hayleys Comet battling on well for third. Capture Me was third at her Tasmania debut last week in Launceston behind Dasher Houli and it was on the strength of that effort that trainer Ben Yole thought the four-year-old mare could win. "Her first start in the state was more like a trial because she's only been with us for three weeks and I thought she did a good job," Yole said. "She's owned in SA by David Harding who thought she might be able to pick up a few wins over here so he sent her to me. "Because she has good gate speed and she's quite tough I'm sure there are more wins for her in the coming weeks." Peter Staples

An inspection of the harness racing track in Launceston in Tasmania will be made at noon today (AEST) to determine whether or not the 10-race twilight harness meeting scheduled at the Luxbet Racing Centre can proceed as planned. A similar amount of rain to that which has covered the Hobart track in the south of the state that forced the postponement of that meeting, has fallen on the Launceston circuit in the past 12 hours. Leading harness trainer Ben Yole expects to take a team of 35 horses to the Launceston meeting which is a modern day record for any one trainer. Yole's team will be transported in four trucks and two double horse floats. "We will start preparing for the meeting around noon and it will take a full team of seven people to make it all work," Yole said. "This is the most we've taken to the races so we are hoping everything goes smoothly." Yole has multiple runners in each of the 10 races and in a couple of races he has more than half the field. Yole says Ebonyallstarzzz looms as one of his best bets on the program as she has drawn the pole in race four and he also has a high regard for Regmondo (11) that will start from the second line in race seven. Peter Staples

Reigning premier harness racing trainer Ben Yole will travel another big team to the races in Launceston today with multiple runners in all but two on the nine-event program. In the eighth race, a claiming event over 2200 metres, he will hitch up half the field of 10, although it will be the Craig Hayes-trained Mister Sumna that is likely to start favourite. Yole has two runners in race two that should battle it out for favouritism in the lightly raced Regmondo (7) and Roxburgh Way (6) who were both winners in Launceston two starts back on October 16. Roxburgh Way emerged triumphant in a C1 over 1680 metres defeating Su You Too and Aitutaki with James Austin in the cart, although today Austin was committed to Safari Sunshine so Yole has booked 10-time premiership winning driver Gareth Rattray. The Artistic Fella gelding enjoyed the one-out-two-back trail that night but today he must contend with an outside front-row draw in a small field of seven, but if Rattray can find a spot with cover the six-year-old could win again. Regmondo won on debut two weeks ago in Launceston at the same meeting Roxburgh Way emerged triumphant, also over 1680 metres. Regmondo has drawn the outside of the front line but he has good early speed so his driver Mark Yole could opt to use him up early to try and find the front and if that eventuates he could be very hard to run down. Safari Sunshine has been placed at his past four starts and gets his chance to break through from a good barrier (2) while Rattlenhum won two of his last three starts before being sent for a spell and his first-up effort in Launceston two weeks ago was full of merit. The best race on the card is clearly race five, the Get Well Greg Mansfield Stakes over 2200m for C5-C9 performers. Last-start winners Mavis Merle and Chopstix Boris are the in-form runners with Chopstix Boris likely to start favourite on the strength of his last-start win and given Mavis Merle has no early speed and from the pole position she might end up behind the leader or three-back the fence. The Bettormack (3) has the chance to prove he could be up to tackling the better races over the Christmas-New Year period and Macho Comancho could go well fresh as he will be first-up since winning a C5-C9 in Hobart at the end of June. Peter Staples

Last season's premier harness racing trainer and Halwes Medalist Ben Yole is already on target to deliver the same result in 2016-17. As well as being voted the Halwes Medal for his outstanding achievements through the season Yole prepared 108 winners to easily win his first trainer's title and on Sunday night he was at it again with three winners on the nine-event card. While most of Yole's winners end up starting favourite because of the strong wagering support for his stable, his trio of winners were all outsiders on Sunday. Regmondo ($18 into $12.20) was making his debut and after settling fifth his driver Mark Yole sent him around the field at the bell to face the breeze outside of The Village Thief. When Yole called on Regmondo (Shadow Play-Cher Mon Amour) for the big effort he forged to the lead and held out all challengers in the straight to easily score from What Went Wong and Augural. The long shots continued to roll in when Yole's seven-year-old Sir Dasher Dee made light of an outside second-row draw to salute at good odds. Sir Dasher Dee, with Todd Rattray in the cart, came from well back to outgun Palmisano that faced the breeze throughout with Barooga Buster flashing home late to grab third ahead of the favourite Ebonyallstarzzz ($2.80) that is a stablemate to the winner. Yole brought up his treble when Roxburgh Way ($13.30), that settled one-out-two-back, powered home to score an impressive win by three metres from Su You Too. Yole has already taken a stranglehold on the 2016-17 trainer's premiership with 10 winners to be six ahead of Todd Rattray while Gareth Rattray leads the way in the driver's premiership with nine wins to be two clear of Ricky Duggan and Mark Yole who is the reigning premier reinsman. Peter Staples  

Reigning premier harness racing trainer Ben Yole made his intentions concerning this season's premiership quite clear by preparing half the card on the eight-race program at the Luxbet Racing Centre in Launceston last night. Ebonyallstarzzz started the ball rolling in race two with an emphatic all-the-way win in a C2-C3 event over 1680 metres with Mark Yole aboard, much to the delight of punters as she started the $2 favourite. Sutter Man produced a mirror effort in a C4-C5 (2200m) also with Mark Yole in the sulky and in the following race outsider All I Can Be ($7.10) made the most of the pole position to take out the Tasmanian Transport Show Cup with Gareth Rattray in the cat. All I Can Be powered to the line to score from Karalta Dazzler and Chief Destroyer. Yole closed the program by preparing Aitutaki to win the Carlton Draught C1 Pace over 2200 metres and he snared the quinella with Outlaw motored into second place. Yole's haul took his season win tally to nine to be five clear of Tod Rattray. He won last season's premiership, his first, with 108 winners that was 67 more than his nearest rival Todd Rattray. Peter Staples

The 2015-16 Tasmanian harness racing season will be remembered by trainer Ben Yole as the season that changed his and his family's life. Yole emerged as the state's premier trainer but he did it by preparing 108 winners which was the first time in two decades that a mentor had won the title with 100 winners or more. Only three other trainers, Wayne Rattray, his son Barrie Rattray and Neville Webberley have achieved the feat. Wayne produced 113 winners (1989-90), Webberley holds the record of 118 achieved during the 1990-91 season while Barrie Rattray produced over 100 winners for four seasons in succession from 1993 to 1997. But the most amazing aspect of Yole's win was that he produced his total of wins from considerably less meetings that the other training centurions. Wayne Rattray acquired his 113 winners from 110 meetings, Webberley's were scored from 115 meetings while Barrie Rattray's premiership-winning totals were amassed from between 107 and 112 meetings buts Yole's 108 winners came from only 86 meetings. Yole averaged just over 12 runners at every meeting for an average of 1.25 winners per meeting. "I'll no doubt look back on this achievement in years to come and consider how it has changed our lives but in the short term it has certainly given us more scope with new owners." Yole said. "To be successful in this business depends on having plenty of owners and that is one aspect of our business that has grown enormously as the season has progressed. "It takes a lot of people to produce what we did last season and I am fortunate to have my wife Catherine who is an incredible support to me but she also plays a dominant role in the day-to-day running of the business. My younger brothers Tim and Mark are pivotal to the operation and my Mum and Dad (Louise and Wayne) also are keys to the success of the stable." Yole is already working on improving on last season's effort. The sable will have at least one starter in each of the nine races on the nine-race card at the Luxbet Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday night. Peter Staples

Harness racing trainer Ben Yole has emerged as favourite to win this season's Halwes Medal. As at the end of June when voting moved into silent mode Yole was leading with 69 votes to be 14 clear of his younger brother Mark Yole who leads in the race for the driver's premiership. Trainer-driver Rohan Hillier was perched in third spot with 48 votes and only three clear of driver Ricky Duggan who was only three votes astern. However Duggan has dominated a few meetings since the voting was made silent and in particular last Sunday night in Hobart where he drove five winners and two minor placegetters from nine drives. Ben Yole has trained 107 winners to be 60 wins clear of his nearest rival Tod Rattray, so he will win the trainer's premiership while Mark Yole has driven 84 winners to lead Ricky Duggan by 10 with only one meeting of the season remaining. The Halwes Medal is determined on a point-score basis with a panel of judges asked to vote at a specific number of meetings throughout the season with six votes in each category (driver/trainer) up for grabs at each meeting. An interesting tussle exits in the Young Achiever Award as Dylan Ford and Matthew Howlett were tied on eight votes each when the voting switched to silent mode after the June 26 meeting. The winners will be announced at the annual Tasmanian Harness Racing Awards and Hall of Fame induction night in Launceston on September 24. Peter Staples

Ben Yole has had an amazing season and all the hard work that he and his team have put in makes him a worthy recipient of Tasmania’s premier harness racing trainer for season 2015-16. But what makes it such a standout season for the former Victorian who relocated to Tasmania 11 years ago, is the statistics that surround his feat of preparing over 100 winners. While Yole has trained 105 winners, with two meetings remaining he could struggle to eclipse the record of 118 set by Neville Webberley in the 1990-91 season. But one record that he will set and that might only ever be broken by himself is the number of starters he has produced this season. Yole has so far taken 1006 horses to the races and compared to the only other three trainers to snare 100 plus winners he is in a league if his own. Barrie Rattray has trained 100 or more winners four times and the most horses he has taken to the races was in the 1993-94 season when he started 495 to win the title with 101 winners. Webberley started 515 of his team in the 1990-91 season when he captured the record of 118 winners. Yole has accepted with 20 of his team for this Sunday night’s meeting in Hobart to take his season tally of starters to 1026 and no doubt at the final meeting of the season in Launceston on  Sunday week he will have at least a dozen go around which will give him more than double the number of starters Webberley had in his busiest season. To keep Yole’s training effort in perspective, he has bagged his winners from considerably less meetings than Webberley was afforded in 1990-91. Webberley prepared 118 winners from 115 meetings for a strike rate of 1.03 while Yole will have amassed his total from only 86 meetings for a strike rate of 1.21. The comparisons are: Winners Season Trainer Winners Meetings Strike Rate 1989/90 Wayne Rattray 113 110 1.03 1990/91 Neville Webberley 118 115 1.03 1993/94 Barrie Rattray 101 112 0.90 1994/95 Barrie Rattray 101 112 0.90 1995/96 Barrie Rattray 107 103 1.04 1996/97 Barrie Rattray 111 107 1.04 2015/16 Ben Yole 105 86 1.21   Starters Season Trainer Starters 1990/91 Neville Webberley 515 1991/92 Wayne Rattray 498 1993/94 Barrie Rattray 495 2009/10 Phillip Ford 515 2015/16 Ben Yole 1026* *Includes Ben Yole acceptors (20) at Hobart on 21 August 2016 Peter Staples

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