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Former Victorian trainer Ben Yole celebrated his biggest win since he established permanent stables in Tasmania almost two years ago when Slick Bromac powered home to win the $20,000 City of Launceston Cup over 2200 metres on Sunday night. It was also a victory for visiting New South Wales reinswoman Amanda Turnbull who delivered a classic drive to secure the win. Slick Bromac trailed the race leader Ransom Olds while the odds-on favourite Motu Crusader face the breeze to the home turn. But when the favourite started to weaken turning for home it allowed Turnbull to ease her charge off the fence to mount a challenge. The nine-year-old knuckled down to his task and forged clear to win comfortably on the line from Ransom Olds. Slick Bromac paid $49.70 on Tattsbet and $9.40 the place as one of two rank outsiders in the field of seven. It was Slick Bromac's fourth start for Yole but he put the writing on the wall with a game second to Our Chain of Command in the Cannonball Charge in Hobart a week earlier. Maybe Doc worked home well to grab third well in advance of Moto Crusader. It was a great win for Yole who has been patient about how he has gone about establishing himself as one of the state's better trainers. Turnbull, who hails from Bathurst in NSW, was visiting the state with her life partner, reinsman Nathan Jack who drove Moto Crusader so needless to say she would have made the most of bragging rights over a few drinks at the end of the night. Meanwhile Ben's brother Mark, who was reported to be thinking about embarking on a training career in his home state of Victoria, confirmed those plans have been put on hold. "It's not the right time for me to be starting a training career anywhere so I am just enjoying some annual leave from my job at Bondor at Kings Meadows and spending time with my parents (Wayne and Louise) over Christmas but I'll be back home in Tassie on December 28," Mark said. By Peter Staples      

THE win of Dieberdevil in the Vale David Medhurst handicap at Tattersall’s Park in Hobart last Sunday night was packed full of emotion before and after the race. The race was named in honour of the late David Medhurst who was killed in a car accident about two weeks ago. Medhurst was a popular and talented trainer-driver based in the south of the state. So when the nominations were called for the race, trainer Ben Yole, could hardly wait to enter his in-form six-year-old Dieberdevil that looked well suited to the conditions of the event over 2090 metres. That’s how it panned out with Dieberdevil stepping straight to the front from his front-row draw and once in front the gelding was rated superbly by Tim Yole who, in recent time, has taken his driving skills to a new level. Dieberdevil was claimed by Ben Yole from a claiming race in Launceston at the end of May this year. With the exception of the gelding’s second start for his new owners Dieberdevil has not missed a cheque in 14 outings and this latest win was his third in succession. “The horse is flying and a few of his owners are first-timers and they obviously are rapt in him,” trainer Ben Yole said. The trainer also became emotional after the win as his family and the Medhursts are relatively close. Listen to what trainer Ben Yole had to say about Dieberdevil’s latest win.Click on the audio file. Peter Staples  

Talented harness racing trainer-horseman Ben Yole has a keen eye for a bargain and he proved it again at New Norfolk on Australia Day when one of his recent bargain purchases Parkmount Fella scored an impressive win in the Christine Butler Memorial Pace over 2160 metres.

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