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Former Victorian Ben Yole joined elite company at Luxbet Park Hobart on Sunday night when he became only the fourth harness racing trainer in the code's history to prepare 100 winners in a season. Yole celebrated the milestone when his five-year-old Lake Eyre ($18.70) powered home to win the Ian Blackburn Pace with his younger brother Mark Yole in the sulky. Only Hall of Famers Wayne Rattray, his son Barrie Rattray and Neville Webberley are the others credited with having trained 100 winners. Yole moved permanently to Tasmania about 10 years ago with the hope of resurrecting his training career after five years in his home state had produced only modest results. "Training 100 winners is just an amazing result for us and it is certainly way more than we ever imagined we could get at the start of the season," Yole said. "Halfway through the season I was rapt because the plan we had of turning the horses over once they met their mark and taking a punt to buy horses we thought would suit Tasmania, was starting to pay off. "But achieving this has taken a team effort from a lot of dedicated people. "My brothers Tim and Mark do a hell of a lot of work and my Dad (Wayne) is a huge help and then there's Tony McHenry who is there every day to help work the horses. Yole transported 19 horses to last night's meeting and that has been a regular occurrence this season. "It's a 15-hour day for everyone when we've got so many horses at a meeting and, to be honest, if I didn't have the personnel that I have at the stable it just wouldn't happen." Lake Eyre settled in the back half of the field from his wide front-tow draw while stablemate Pushkin ($24) ensured a solid tempo when he raced to the lead 1400m from home with the odds-on favourite ($1.80) content to face the breeze. When the pace slowed just over a lap from home Lake Eyre's driver Mark Yole sent his charge three wide to try for the lead but Ricky Duggan aboard the favourite wasn't about to surrender the "death". Lake Eyre was three wide to the home straight but hit the front and then found the courage to stave off all challengers to on and defeat Followthewind by a metre with Pushkin hanging on for third. Peter Staples

Tasmanian harness racing trainer Ben Yole edged closer to achieving a personal milestone that would also land him in elite company. No harness trainer in Tasmania has reached the milestone of training 100 winners for 20 years but Yole has it well within his sights. In Devonport yesterday victories to Lake Eyre, Philtra Phella and Sutter Man took his season tally to 87 so with 12 meetings to the end of the season he looms set to have his name etched into the record books alongside Hall of Famers Neville Webberley and Barrie Rattray. Lake Eyre was driven by Sam Gangell when he led all the way in the second heat of the BOTRA novice drivers' series and she shares the top of the points table with Matthew Howlett who also led throughout on first heat winner Art Of My Art. Yole said that Lake Eyre, runner-up in the 2014 Tasmanian Derby when trained in Victoria, was now back in the state to stay. "He has a few problem and he's a lot of hard work," Yole said. "But he's a strong horse and he can win more races but we've got to keep him sound." Yole's second winner, Philtra Phella, was claimed for $6000 by Barrie Rattray stable client Viv Clark. Although Yole will be sorry to see the six-year-old leave his stable he wasn't complaining. "We bought Philtra Phella as a C3 horse for $1500 in Victoria and this is his 11th win for us," Yole said. "I reckon he's earned close to $50,000 since we've had him." The stable treble was completed when Sutter Man led most of the way to make it a hat-trick of wins in the Collins Homes Pace. Peter Staples

Bad luck finally turned to good luck for underrated harness racing gelding Ken Two Stars at the UBET Racing Centre in Launceston (Tasmania) on Sunday night. Ken Two Stars powered home from well back in the field to score an impressive and unhindered win in a 3YO Pace over 2200 metres with leading driver Mark Yole in the sulky. The gelding’s owner-trainer Wayne Campbell said luck had been against the gelded son of Courage Under Fire at recent outings. “This is only his second win for the season but he has had a lot of bad luck,” Campbell said. “He’s not a brilliant horse but he is honest and he’s got a good sprint. “After he won three races as a two-year-old we thought he was going to develop into a real nice horse. “We’re still having a lot of fun with him but he hasn’t quite progressed like we thought he would.” While Ken Two Stars has definitely had some bad luck at recent outings he also has been bothered by a respiratory issue. “You only notice it when he pulls up but we’ve got a non-choking collar on him now and that seems to have helped,” Campbell said. Mark Yole ended the meeting with three winners to extend his lead in the race for the driver’s premiership while his older brother Ben Yole prepared four winners on the eight-event card to further strengthen his stranglehold on the trainer’s title. Ben Yole took his season tally to 80 wins to be over 50 clear of his nearest rival Paul Ashwood while Mark Yole ended the meeting on 66 wins to be 11 clear of his archrival Ricky Duggan. Peter Staples

If any of the fixed odds wagering operators in Australia were prepared to put up a market on whether Ben Yole would win this season's Tasmanian trainer's premiership with 100 winners or more his opening price would probably be $1.01. Yole delivered another outstanding effort in Launceston on Sunday night preparing four winners on the nine-event card to take his season tally to 80 winners with 20 meetings remaining. The math is simple. One winner at each of the remaining meetings would give Yole the magical century of wins and while he never started out with that goal he is warming to the prospect. "I never think about how many wins I might train in a season. I just concentrate on working the horses that I have in the stable with the aim of winning as many races as we can and if that happens to be 100 or more then so be it," Yole said. "I have a policy of turning the horses over regularly and thankfully I've been able to get the ones that have been able to progress once they arrive at my stables." "But now that I'm this close to getting 100 winners of course I'd be lying if I said I wasn't interested.   "The way the team is going 100 winners is very much a realistic number with 20 meetings remaining."   Most of Yole's horses are from interstate. He keeps a close eye on the Victorian racing scene and targets horses to buy or lease that he feels would win a few in Tasmania and others are from owners who have been impressed with his strike rate and are keen for him to train their steeds. Yole is over 50 wins clear of his nearest rival Paul Ashwood so there is no doubt about Yole winning his first trainer's title. His younger brother Mark also snared three winners at last Sunday night's meeting to take his season tally to 66 wins to put him 11 wins clear of his nearest rival Ricky Duggan who rarely ventures to the winter meetings at Devonport or Launceston. Peter Staples

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

With 28 harness racing meetings remaining trainer Ben Yole only needs to retain his present strike rate to prepare 100 or more winners for the 2015-16 season. Yole has a stranglehold on the trainer's title having prepared 66 winners and in Launceston on Friday and Hobart on Sunday he has a number of genuine winning chances that could see him with 70 or more wins as at the end of April. He has notched an average of 8.25 wins per month since the season started in September last year so at the same rate he would reach the century. Yole also has prepared 66 seconds and as many third placegetters along with 75 fourths for total stake earnings of $376,462 which is well over double the next best ($168,534) delivered by Todd Rattray who has produced 23 winners and 52 minor placegetters. Yole made a decision last year to secure horses on a regular basis from interstate and turn them over quickly and so far the exercise has delivered the desired result. He will take a team of 13 to Hobart on Sunday night of which five are engaged in the penultimate race on the seven-event card and four in the last. Happy Schnapps is one of his three starters in race four, a C3-C4 over 2090 metres, and provided driver Adrian Collins can secure a one-out spot early with cover the gelding could make a welcome return to the winner's circle. In Launceston on Friday night Yole will take 18 to the meeting at the UBET Racing Centre and again he has multiple runners in many of the 10 races. Check out Jamie Cockshutt's tips at Punter's Corner. Peter Staples

Former New South Wales three-year-old pacer Code Black tuned up for the Tasmanian Derby with an impressive harness racing victory in a CO Pace over 2200m in Launceston last Sunday night. The colt had previously been trained in Sydney by Luke McCarthy after beginning his career in Victoria but is owners Danny Zavitsanos, of Geelong, and Warren Viney, of Spreyton, opted to send him to leading Tasmanian trainer Ben Yole for a tilt at the Tasmanian Derby ``Luke (McCarthy) told me that he was a pretty good horse but a rung below the superstars,'' Yole said. ``Hopefully we can keep him down here for a while because our prizemoney is better than a lot of the restricted-class races up there.'' Although Code Black didn't win by a great margin from El Major and Fleshing, driver Mark Yole said it was good enough. "The colt only does what he has to," Mark Yole said. ``If you look at his record, none of his wins have been by huge margins.' While the Yole team was happy with Code Black's effort so was El Major's trainer Paul Ashwood who says his horse also is in top shape for the Tasmanian Derby to be run at UBET Park Hobart next Sunday night. "I thought my horse's run from a second-row draw was good and that will have topped him off nicely for the Derby," he said.   Peter Staples

Leading Tasmanian harness racing trainer Ben Yole added another win to his season's tally at UBET Park Hobart on Sunday night to take his season tally to 58 for what should be an unbeatable lead in the race for the trainer's premiership. His younger brother Mark Yole also leads the driver's premiership table with 46 wins courtesy of a double on Sunday night that included Jane Grant. Mark also partnered the Steve Lukac-trained Pockets of Courage to victory in the Sires Produce final over 2090 metres. However, Yole is only one win clear of Ricky Duggan who is having another stellar season. Duggan is aligned with good stables as he sets out to snare his fifth driver's premiership. The Yole brothers have dominated the first half of the season and younger brother Tim also has been notching his fair share of winners in the sulky. Jane Grant, owned by the Woods Family from Fingal, delivered a first class effort to win. She settled back in the field from her wide front-row draw (6) but when Yole called on her for the big effort in the back straight the last time she improved three-wide without cover and kept finding under strong driving in the home straight. Jane Grant hit the line a metre clear of Mavis Merle who also came from well back, with race leader Pharoahs Daughter hanging on for third a head away. Given the ease with which Jane Grant picked up the leaders over the concluding stages there should definitely be more wins in store in the coming weeks. Peter Staples

Former Victorian Ben Yole made a decision to make Tasmania his permanent home about two years ago and it looks like he made the right move. Five months into this season Yole has a commanding lead in the race for the Tasmanian harness racing trainer's premiership. Yole has trained 45 winners to be 23 ahead of his nearest rival Nathan Ford whose season has ended courtesy of disqualification with Todd Rattray the next nearest on 15 wins. But Yole also is amongst the top 20 trainers in Australia which has not happened since the days Tasmanian Hall of Fame trainers Neville Webberley and Barrie Rattray were dominating with either or both preparing over 100 winners in a season in the 80s and 90s. In Hobart tonight Yole has at least one runner in every race and it would be strange if he emerged from the meeting winless. "It's been a great season for sure and to be sitting in the top 20 trainers in Australia is well and truly beyond my wildest dreams," Yole said. "But I made a decision to buy a lot of horses and keep turning them over and it's paid big dividends," he said. Threestones will represent the stable in the first at UBET Park Hobart tonight and Yole expects the gelding to be very competitive. "Threestones has been racing in higher class races and on Friday night he drops to a C1 and he has a claiming novice driver aboard (Adrian Collins) so if he can't do well in this race then he's not worth keeping here and he'll be sent back to Melbourne," Yole said. He hitches up two in race two (C2-C3) in Comeon Howzat (3) and Sutter Man (10) and he rates them both solid each-way chances. Joan Grant and John Preston will represent the stable in race four in which he days they will be competitive but might struggle to match it with the likely favourite Origin Cronk. Yole rates Badtothebone the stable's best each-way chance on the seven-event program but he is one of three Yole will hitch up in the race. Badtothebone has drawn the pole position (1) in race six for C1 class pacers over 2090 metres. "Badtothebone has really good gate speed so he is drawn to lead and it that happens then I expect him to be very hard to beat," Yole said. "Sign Of Oro (6) is a last-start winner but he is a hors that is always going to need luck to fall his way and Altugo Franco (8) is drawn the inside of the second row and would have to improve a lot on what he's been showing of late to figure," he said. While Yole enjoys his place at the top of the Tasmania trainer's table his younger brother Mark is cashing in on the stable's success. Mark leads the driver's premiership table with 34 wins clear of to be four clear of Ricky Duggan with Todd Rattray next best with 20 wins.    

Talented teenage driver Taylor Ford made a wise career move about two months ago when she decided to head north to work for the state's leading harness racing  trainer Ben Yole. Ford has been slowly but surely improving her ability in the cart but since she's been working for Yole she has gone to a new level. In Hobart last night she extended her lead in the novice driver's premiership courtesy of a driving treble. Ford delivered super front-running performances in three consecutive races winning aboard Rajah Wealth, Jean Baptiste and Happy Schnapps and all for her new boss Ben Yole that also increased his lead in the race for the trainer's premiership. Her first winner was Rajah Wealth that was allowed to race outside of the leader for the last lap and a bit and when Ford called on eight-year-old gelding for the supreme effort he drew clear and had enough kin reserve to stave off all comers. It was a stable trifecta with Yole's Philtra Phella and Our Archangel filling the minor placings. Ford then sent Jean Baptiste to the front from the mobile start making full use of that horse's pole position and in the following race she guided Happy Schnapps to an all-the-way win. Peter Staples

Harness racing trainer Ben Yole has made a brilliant start to the season and that he keeps building on his successful team suggests he could emerge as Tasmania's premier mentor by season's end. At UBET Park Hobart on Sunday night Yole added another win to his tally when Happy Schnapps led throughout to win the UBET Pace over 2090 meters with talented novice driver Taylor Ford in the sulky. Despite being well placed in the C2-C3 event Happy Schnapps started at the lucrative price of $5.10. Yole said Happy Schnapps had been going well enough to suggest the five-year-old gelding would make his presence felt and in the end the son of Grinfromeartoear made a one-act affair of the race scoring by over four metres from Soo Special with Laforce 1-1/2 metres away third. The win took Yole's season tally to 32 to be 10 clear of his nearest rival Nathan Ford. The trainer's younger brother Mark Yole has capitalised on the stable's success to be the state's leading driver on 26 wins and well clear of Ricky Duggan (15) and the injured Gareth Rattray (14). Peter Staples  

In-form harness racing trainer Ben Yole is having a stellar season and the juggernaut continued at UBET Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday night where his consistent gelding Happy Schnapps scored a game win in the Northern Tasmania Light Harness Association Cup. The Nathan Ford-trained and driven Jaccka Tom looked set for victory when he dashed clear on the home turn but he was unable to withstand the determination of Happy Schnapps (Mark Yole) that finished too strongly to score by a metre. The pair settled down to a do-or-die duel in the home straight and they finished a long way ahead of the rest of the field. Driver Mark Yole said going into the race he didn't think his horse could beat the favourite Ancient Moonlight that had been way too good for his horse in their heat. But when Ancient Moonlight galloped away from his 10-metre handicap it changed the complexion of the race. ''I still thought I was in a world of trouble in running, because my horse couldn't muster early speed and we ended up in a very awkward spot in fifth place on the pegs,'' Yole said. ''Luckily I was able to track Jaccka Tom into the race when he got a run and my horse then outstayed him,'' he said. Ben Yole is leading in the race for the Tasmanian trainer's premiership with 21 winners to be two clear of Nathan Ford with Todd Rattray two further back on 11 but with the success of Ben his younger brother Mark is leading the driver's premiership table with 19 wins to be two clear of Eric Hollaway. Gareth Rattray who has won the past 10 driver premierships has had a slow start to the season and he is third with 11 wins. Peter Staples

In recent times hardly a harness racing meeting in Tasmania passes without Ben Yole training a winner and last Sunday night's meeting at UBET Park Hobart was no exception. Yole produced one winner in the form of six-year-old battler Lu Way Lord but the win was extra special as the gelding is owned and was bred by his parents Wayne and Louise Yole who have recently relocated from South Australia to Tasmania. Lu Way Lord (It Is I-Sharni Mac Cailen) put the writing on the wall at his previous outing in Launceston where he finished ninth of 12 but encountered interference at crucial stages of the race. The gelding enjoyed a cosy run in the one-out line with cover and when driver Mark Yole called on the son of It Is I for the big effort in the home straight he powered home to score a convincing win. Lu Way Lord ($14.60) hit the line 1-1/2 metres clear of race favourite Charlie James ($2.20) with the leader Frankie Falzoni fading to finish third almost two metres astern. Peter Staples

IF the connections of Devendra are keen to get to Perth for the Inter Dominion series then maybe Launceston harness racing trainer Ben Yole should have considered nominating his stable star All I Can Be that delivered a knockout blow to punters in Launceston on Sunday night by defeating Devendra in a free-for-all over 2200 metres.   Devendra was sent out the $1.20 favourite but faced the breeze for the entire journey and could not resist the powerful finish of All I Can Be ($9.20) that powered home to score by over a metre.   "We finally got a good run in transit because he usually ends up out the back with no speed on," said driver Mark Yole.   The trainer said All I Can Be is a really good horse but lacks the early gate speed that is possessed by most of the top class pacers but he is at his best when he can sit and sprint. "He really needs them to run along up front because he is essentially a sit and sprint horse," he said.   At his previous start All I Can Be ran home his last half (800m) in 56.8 but could only manage third placing because he came off a relatively slow speed.   Despite the loss, connections of Devendra remain keen to send him to James Rattray to prepare for an Inter Dominion campaign. Peter Staples

Harness racing trainer Ben Yole dominated the meeting at UBET Park Hobart last night by preparing a treble on the 10-event card. It was one of his best nights at the office and it also was a boon for his younger brother Tim Yole who partnered all three winners - Satisfied Grin, Lu Way Lord and In House.   Yole will most likely target the country cups with former Victorian pacer Satisfied Grin following the gelding's impressive win in a C1 standing start race over 2090 metres.   Satisfied Grin stepped brilliantly from the standing start to lead and driver Tim Yole ensured a steady pace for the first lap.   After sneaking a modest third quarter the gelding kicked clear in the home straight and went on to score by 1-1/4 metres from Prettyboytroy that trailed the winner throughout.   "This horse was trained by Rita Burnett who contacted me to see if I'd be interested in taking the horse," Yole said.   "He is owned by Mick Tobin who is a top bloke so we took the horse on and he's done a really good job since he arrived just over a month ago."   "That's his second win and he's also clocked up a couple of placings so he's well and truly paying his way.   "If he keeps on improving there's no reason why we wouldn't look at the country cups over the Christmas-New Year period," he said.   Satisfied Grin has had six starts in Tasmania for two wins and as many minor placings for over $12,000 in stakes.   Lu Way Lord was sent out a $40 outsider in the Stallion Parade Pace over 2090m and after looking to be in a hopeless position turning for home Yole persevered with rails runs and the five-year-old hit the line with a head to spare over Thatswhatshesaid.   In House was the well-backed favourite and the four-year-old made it wins in successive races, scoring impressively from Bona Fide Hustler in a C1-C2 Pace over 2090 metres.   Peter Staples

Tasmanian harness racing trainer Ben Yole unveiled a potential star filly at Tattersall's Park in Hobart on Sunday night by the name of Last Flight In. The New Zealand-bred three-year-old drew the outside of the front line in the Stirling Stockfeed Pace (2090 metres) for 3C0-3C1 assessed pacers but made light work of the task to cross the field and lead. Once in front driver Mark Yole ensured a solid tempo and she went on to score by over 11 metres recording a mile rate of 2.00.02. It was the filly's first Australian start and one that trainer Yole was supremely confident she would win. "We've only had the filly for a week but in that time she showed me enough on the training track that she would win this race," Yole said. "I had clients who were keen to buy one in New Zealand so I contacted horse broker Mark McNamara and he put us onto a few to look at and it all came down to this filly or a colt and owner Warren Viney had the final say and he chose this filly." "They paid good money for her and from what she has shown me since arriving just over a week ago she should win her share of races here in Tasmania," he said. Last Flight In (Panspacificflight-Orse M Denario) had one start in New Zealand for a win on a rain affected track at Wyndham on the South Island and while her time was slow, the potential owners were not deterred. "There was a lot to like about the filly's win in New Zealand on a bog track and now that we've seen what she can do here there's no doubt in my mind she will well and truly pay her way," Yole said. The filly is expected to have her next start in the Max McCormack at Devonport next Sunday night. "She will head to the Max McCormack because it is a race for three-year-olds with lifetime earnings of less than $10,000 and she just falls into that category," Yole said. Peter Staples

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