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It was a North Eastern Pacing Cup with a difference being held at Carrick Park on Friday, but just like last year, it was harness racing driver Mark Yole putting his name on the honour roll once again when Tisu Spirit led all the way to score in the 2650-metre standing start event. “I’m absolutely stoked,” said Yole after his third driving win in the race, and his first as a trainer. After stepping away cleanly, Yole had to fight standing start specialist Goggo Gee Gee for the lead in the run into the first turn. Once finding the lead Yole set a handy tempo on Tisu Spirit and the American Ideal gelding dug deep when challenged hard by the $2.80 favourite Kardesler and Be Major Threat over the concluding stages. “We had to do a little bit of work to find the front running into the first corner, but once we got there, I wanted to keep him rolling a little bit as he tends to wait for them late, but he seemed to do it alright and kept fighting late when the others got to him,” explained Yole about the one-metre win. The mile rate was recorded in 2m 3.1s, which was only 0.6s outside of the track record. It was the sixth outing for the pacer in Yole’s care since being purchased by clients of the Yole stable. “I chased him a couple of times, it was before I purchased Salvator Mundi that I had a few owners that put a syndicate together, but he wasn’t for sale,” explained Yole. “We ended up buying Salvator Mundi and the same group of owners were keen for a country cup horse, so I put in another offer which was accepted,” added the winning trainer-driver. There are plenty of options for Yole with the gelded son of American Ideal going forward. “I will see how he pulls up as it was a tough run tonight, so I will wait and see if we go to the Devonport Pacing Cup next week or wait and go to the Burnie Cup at the end of the week,” said the Carrick based trainer. Tisu Spirit’s win was the last leg of a driving double for Yole who scored on the Geoff Smith trained Devil Of Tyne earlier in the night. For complete results of the nights racing click here. Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

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 Mark Yole show continued in Launceston last Friday evening when the in-form driver drove four winners for the second consecutive race meeting. Yole will be hoping that his good form continues in Launceston tonight which is the only meeting in the state this week. 2015 Edgar Tatlow Medalist, Art Meeker recently announced that he had retired from his vet work, which will be a massive loss to the many trainers that utilised his services. Meeker made a massive impact on the local breeding scene through Neptune Stud. In some sad news yesterday we learnt about the passing of Allan “Nobby” Abra who was a harness racing trainer and passionate supporter. The Stars Mark Yole – after driving four winners in Hobart last week, Yole continued his brilliant form in the sulky when he drove another four winners in Launceston on Friday night. Illegal Immigrant – the Troy Hillier trained pacer was a tough winner of the opening event at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night. Greg Scott – brilliant training performance with the well supported Abs Boy who recorded his third career win and in doing so recorded the quickest last half of the meeting. Im Barney Rubble – racing back to his best of late winning his last two starts and the gelding could extend on his brilliant form later tonight in Launceston. Multiple Winners Launceston – Friday Mark Yole – driving quartet; Mornings, Abs Boy, Im Barney Rubble and Ten Caisses. Ben Yole – training double; Mornings and Im Barney Rubble Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action. Launceston – Friday Abs Boy 56.63s, To The Rescue 56.99s, Laredo Torpedo 57.27s, The Aussie 57.37s and Monarkmac 57.41s. 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: Jacks Command $9.00 into $7.50 and Abs Boy who officially on the Tasracing Official Price was $19 into $10 despite some wagering service providers offering odds of $41. Defied The Drift: Hayleys Comet $3.80 out to $4.20. Missed: Christians Angel $18 into $12, Shadow Control $10 into $8.50, Thebackpagescribe $13 into $8.00 and Our Summer Vacation $3.10 into $2.60. Trial File Hobart – Monday Popnduke from the Greg Scott stable recorded the quickest winning mile rate of the session when the gelded son of Time Stands Still went a mile rate of 2m 7.4s for 2090 metres in the opening trial. The five-year-old gelding is yet to be placed in two career starts and was first up after being well defeated in a Hobart trial back in May. The remaining two trials were won by Vapar Glenn and Rockin An Runnin who both recorded a mile rate of 2m 9.5s in their respective trials. Devonport- Monday Only one trial was staged at the Devonport Showgrounds where the Geoff Smith trained, Leothegreat led all they way to win by a metre over General Jamane. The 2297-metre journey was run in a mile rate of 2m 14.4s Week Ahead The big week of action at the Mowbray Racing Centre continues tonight for an eight-race card. After tasting defeat for the first time since arriving in Australia, the Rohan Hillier trained Im Compliant will be looking to bounce back into the winners circle in the third race of the night, where he takes on an even field of C4 to C5 pacers. UBET have a $1,000 quaddie jackpot on race two through to four. The action will be shown live on Sky Racing 1 and tasracing.com.au. This is the only meeting of the week with no racing in the state after tonight’s card until Friday night, October 5 in Hobart. Across Bass Strait at metropolitan meetings this week we see; Kilmore Cup night – Thursday Race 3 Horse 12 Playing Arkabella Menangle – Saturday Race 2 Horse 9 Rykov Leis Race 7 Horse 8 Pachacuti Albion Park – Saturday Race 1 Horse 9 Jerrys Jet and Horse 12 Divas Delight Race 2 Horse 2 Fioki   Duncan Dornauf

Hot on the heels of recording his first winning quartet as a reinsman on Sunday night in Hobart Mark Yole captured yet another four winners in Launceston just five days later. The Perth trainer-driver described his haul in Hobart as a great thrill. He must have enjoyed the experience because he wasted no time repeating the dose on the Launceston Pacing Club eight-event card on Friday night. Punters sent Mark’s first drive Mornings out a $1.30 favourite in the first race on the programme, but it wasn’t to be all plain sailing for the Ben Yole prepared three-year-old filly as  alarm bells rang out for those who had taken the short odds when stewards ordered a pre-race veterinary examantion after an incident in the parade area. “As she came into the parade yard she reared up and just grazed the fence so we asked the vet to take a look because we didn’t want to take any chances with her but she was fine,” said a relieved Mark. “There were no concerns out on the track, she has been a little bit of a surprise package, her form on the mainland was solid but Ben’s (Yole) made a few changes to her gear and she has gone to another level.” The Greg Scott owned and trained Abs Boy (pictured) was sensationally backed from $41 on the Ubet Fixed-Odds into $9.50 before becoming Mark’s second success of the night in race two. “I couldn’t have asked for a better cart into the race to the home turn and he let down beautifully in the straight and then Im Barney Rubble made it two wins for the week in the Claimer,” said the leading drivers premiership reinsman. “He ran in nicely from the three wide and three back trail and when I capped on him he responded like a real Free-For-All campaigner, blowing away as he did in Hobart on Sunda. He’s racing again in Launceston on Wednesday night and no doubt is a huge chance of notching up a hat-trick.” Ten Caisses raced into racing history on 1 July becoming the first winner of a trotting race for almost 100 years in Tasmania for trainer Adam Emery and brought up it’s second win in the state coming off the 10-metre handicap on Friday in the Discretionary. “With Nat (Emery) away I’m very thankful to Adam for giving me the opportunity to handle Ten Caisses. He gave me an armchair drive and still had plenty up his sleeve at the finish,” said Mark. “The idea was to make the backmarkers work hard to make up their ground, so we went out fast, slackened off in the middle stages and then finished strongly, the plan worked a treat and he felt good down to the line, there are more wins in store for him.” Shane Yates

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

Perth trainer-driver Mark Yole may will play a prominent role at tonight’s Launceston Pacing Club meeting. Yole has a drive in every race on the compact six-event card including four for his brother Ben, the leader in the State Trainer’s Premiership. “Ben has trained 110 winners for the season and would love to break the record of 124 victories he set last year,” said Mark. “I’m planning on doing my bit for the stable with drives on Heza Rummage, No Apachemee, Rocknrollhighlight and Selfrighteousbouy.” “Heza Rummage has raced himself into top form with two wins and four placings in nine runs since mid-June, he galloped out at Devonport and then sat out three-wide before racing clear to win 10 or 15 metres (14.9 metres) and then finished a strong second here on Friday night behind Goggo Gee Gee.” said Yole “No Apachemee has won six races this season but we have our work cut out with Im Compliant flying at the moment but I’m sure we are clear second pick, Rocknrollhighlight has an awkward inside second line draw to contend with but seven of her 15 career victories have come this season so I’m confident she will perform well tonight and Selfrighteousbouy has been placed at two of his last three runs.” Mark will also partner Rowley in the first Elders Insurance Launceston Pace for Ken Rattray. “Rowley is only a two-year-old taking on the older horses but he’s won three of his eight outings and is coming off a smart win over Adele Said in Hobart last time out,” Yole said. “We will get a good trail through from the second line and if we can get on the back of Flying Wingard he will be a strong chance to finish over the top of them and Like It Is for Max Jacobson is dropping a lot in class and if we can have some pace on early I’d say he is a good chance for punters at juicy odds.” Tonight’s Launceston Pacing Club meeting, commencing at 17.14, may be viewed via the Live stream service at tasracing.com.au. Shane Yates

It was another successful week of harness racing in the state including the rising star of Tasmanian harness racing Im Compliant keeping his unbeaten record in Australia intact with his second win this preparation, while 2014 Star Chamber found the winners stall for the second time this preparation with another win in Hobart on Friday. There was also success further aboard with Tasmanian-bred pacers winning at Melton, Menangle and Albion Park on Saturday night and the trend looks set to continue this week when the Tassie Terminator 2.0, Ignatius steps out at Menangle. Launceston is our venue for racing on Friday night with a 10-race card. The Launceston Pacing Club will also race on Wednesday night. The Stars Star Chamber – the Bianca Heenan-trained pacer broke the $200,000 barrier in prize-money when the 2014 Tasmanian Cup winner recorded his fourth win of the season when he took out the Free For All in Hobart on Friday night. The nine-year-old Our Sir Vancelot gelding has now recorded two wins from two starts this preparation. Mark Yole – was clearly the dominant driver in the sulky over the weekend recording driving doubles at both Hobart and Devonport to take his season total to 36 wins. John Castles  – continued his excellent strike rate with his runners finishing in the top four placings on the Devonport circuit and a training double, including the quinella, in the first race with Keep Playing and Flashy Ruler. This season Castles has started 46 runners in Devonport with 25 of those running in the top four positions. Im Compliant – Rohan Hillier-trained pacer just keeps winning since arriving in Australia. Tasmanian-bred pacers across Bass Strait – Resurgent Spirit (Melton), Pachacuti (Menangle) and Miss Graceland (Albion Park) all winners at Metropolitan venues on Saturday night. Multiple Winners Hobart – Friday Mark Yole – driving double; Abs Boy and Rowley. Rohan Hillier – driving double; Im Compliant and Miracle Marcus. Ricky Duggan – driving double; Inner Light and Western Glory. Devonport – Sunday Todd Rattray – training and driving double; Kvitova Leis and Joggle. Driving treble with the win of Keep Playing. Mark Yole – driving double; Artarama and Heza Rummage. Ben Yole – training treble; Artarama, Heza Rummage and Gems. John Castles – training double; Keep Playing and Chirac. Calculated Sectional Standouts Quickest last halves (800m) from last week’s action in Hobart on Friday night. Usain Jolt 56.55, Do It For Dave 57.04, No Apacheemee 57.12, Im Compliant 57.13 and Miss Atomic Betty 57.21. From Devonport on Sunday. Sheer Strength 57.32, Monarkmac 57.33, No Apacheemee 57.55, Kvitova Leis and Tarleton Riley both recorded 57.00. View all Tasmanian Sectional Data here. Tasracing Official Price Hobart Hit: Abs Boy $8.50 into $8.00. Defied The Drift: Inner Light $2.90 out to $3.10 and Rowley $3.30 out to $4.00. Missed: Chasing Cheetahs $4.60 into $4.00. Devonport  Hit’s: Gems $7.00 into $5.50 and All Over The Stars $9.00 into $8.50. Defied The Drift: Artarama $8.50 out to $16, Kvitova Leis $2.00 out to $2.90, Heza Rummage $3.50 out to $4.40 and Chirac $9.50 out to $11. Missed: Berty Mach $10 into $8.50, Selling The Dream $7.50 into $4.60, Like It Is $10 into $8.50, Jeans Mattjesty $8.50 into $7.00 and Aunty Rita $8.00 into $5.00. Trial File Carrick Park on Saturday  Three trials were staged on Saturday morning where the Ben Yole-trained Washmepockets recorded the quickest winning mile rate of the morning of 2:06.5 for the 2150-metre journey. Washmepockets is the winner of four races this season and scored in the trial by 2m over the stablemate Countdown. Other winners of the morning included; Redason (2:07.8), Bobbi Direct (2:09.2) and Miss Condeleeza (2:07.6). Week Ahead Harness racing returns to Launceston on Friday evening for a 10-race program. The Craig Hayes-trained Scooterwillrev will be looking for his fourth win in a row when he lines up in the Happy 60th Birthday Robert Rattray Stakes. Scooterwillrev broke the track record for the 2200-metre journey in Launceston at his most recent start on July 22 when he recorded a mile rate of 1:56.6. On Friday, driver Rohan Hadley has 2698 metres to make up his 20-metre handicap and is the only runner to be handicapped in the six-horse field. The first two races in Launceston are the Tasmanian heats of the Australasian Breeders Crown for two-year-olds with the Fillies division being race one at 16:36. Participants and punters are also reminded that the trials set down for Hobart on Tuesday evening will now be held on Sunday morning commencing at 10:00 am. Interstate this weekend we see our local star, Ignatius step up to M0 company at Menangle as the James Rattray-trained and driven pacer continues his preparation for the upcoming Breeders Crown series. Horses with Tasmanian interest contesting races at metropolitan venues interstate this week included: Gloucester Park – Friday night Race 6 – Horse 9. Devendra Menangle – Saturday night Race 3 – Horse 5. Shezallapples Race 5 – Horse 7. Ignatius Melton – Saturday night Race 4 – Horse 7. Miley Rose Race 7 – Horse 8. Solid As A Rock Albion Park – Saturday night Race 2 – Horse 3. Jerrys Jet Race 7 – Horse 3. Fioki Some of the Tasmanian ex-pats have been driving exceptionally well of recent weeks interstate including Alex Ashwood who has picked up the drive on the Andy Gath trained Reils in the Victorian Trotters Derby at Maryborough in central Victoria on Sunday. Reils is a gelded son of Skyvalley and is the winner of eight races from 19 starts. Another Tasmanian who is doing well interstate is Jack Laugher who sits in 10th position on the Victorian Concession Drivers premiership where he has recorded 18 wins in that state this season. Meanwhile, Josh Duggan continued his good form with a driving double at Melton on Monday afternoon Duncan Dornauf

Carrick trainer-driver Mark Yole landed his second feature cup winner in a week when he guided Riverboat Jasper to victory in the $30,000 Devonport Cup on Sunday night. Yole steered Hez The One to an exciting win in the Burnie Cup last week and followed up with an inspired drive on the 2016 Easter Cup winner Riverboat Jasper over the 3020-metre staying trip. Yole was the first to make a move in the cup, hooking out three wide at the 1000-metre mark and pressing forward. With the pressure on, the Wayne and Wanda Campbell-owned eight-year-old showed his true mettle, storming to the front inside the 200 and defying his rivals. Wayne, Wanda and Mark also snared a winning double with Ken Two Stars. The Todd Rattray-trained and driven Group 1 star Ignatius made a triumphant return, commencing his three-year-old season with an awesome display, scoring by nine-and-a-half metres. The Tasmanian Harness Racing Yearling Sales return to the sales ring for 2018 at the Inveresk Showgrounds on Wednesday, February 14. For the past three years the yearling sales have been conducted online, but the decision to return to the traditional sales ring concept promises to further boost the upward trend of the industry. Tasracing is encouraging all breeders to consider nominating their Yearlings for the sales and will assist vendors with no entry fees or commission payable. Tasracing CEO Vaughn Lynch believes it's an exciting time to become involved in Tasmanian harness racing. “Harness racing in Tasmania is enjoying a resurgence, stakemoney is on the rise and the number of race meetings has increased along with field sizes. “I am confident the industry is heading in the right direction, turnover is up as is the interest in Tasmanian harness racing nationally and internationally; we need to continue to work together as a team across all facets of the industry to ensure a sustainable and exciting future.” Tasracing is aiming for a $50,000 Sires Stakes Final in 2019, with this year’s crop of yearlings going under the hammer eligible for the Series. Breeders and buyers are reminded that Tasbred horses are also eligible for the Vicbred scheme. Nominations are now open for tried horses and broodmares that will also go through the sales ring. Further information and entry forms will be available shortly via the Tasracing website along with sale catalogues. For details or to pre-register your interest contact Angela Barrett on (03) 6212 9307 or email a.barrett@tasracing.com.au Tasmanian Harness Racing Yearling Sales Venue: Inveresk Showgrounds, Launceston Date: 2pm, Wednesday, February 14. By Shane Yates Reprinted with permission of The Advocate

Victorian turned Tasmanian harness racing reinsman Mark Yole wants not only the trots industry but the wider community to understand that it is okay to talk about feeling down or depressed. Yole, whose battle with depression was documented recently in Tasmania's The Examiner, says depression and related illnesses are far more common than people think and that the more people talk openly about the subject the better placed society will be to understand. "I'd like to do what I can to get the word out there about it and see if we can make a real difference," Yole said. Yole, 29, told the Examiner that people feeling depressed should: "Talk to people. Don’t be ashamed. Even if you don’t think you’ve got depression, but you’re just not feeling great, talk to someone". He added: “Even now, my fiancee and I talk about that stuff. She’s really great - if I’m feeling a bit down or she’s feeling a bit down, we can sit down and talk about it and work through it together. You never know what talking to people can do.” Click here to read Yole's full story on The Examiner website Yole praised Harness Racing Victoria's recent move to extend its industry assistance program to include all trainers and drivers. "The more awareness the better with this issue. It's important the conversation is started and kept going so people doing it tough know it's okay to reach out and get some help," he said. Yole added that he would jump at the opportunity to secure public speaking engagements to promote awareness of depression. "I just want do to my bit to make a difference," he said. Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

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

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

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 owner-trainer Wayne Campbell would have been bitterly disappointed had his two-year-old gelding Buster William not furnished into the horse he is today given his breeding. While last Sunday night's win in Launceston was his first he showed enough at his first eight starts to suggest that winning would be a formality. In Launceston on Sunday night the gelded son of Rocknroll Heaven delivered the goods, scoring by over a metre from race leader Dromana Beach with Sweptunderdacarpet a game third. Campbell bred Buster William from his former classy filly Maggie Kennedy, a winner of 10 races including the Bandbox Stakes and she also was a Tasmanian Oaks placegetter. "Maggie Kennedy was a pretty good mare and this is her first foal,"Campbell said. "He (Buster William) is an honest little fella who deserved the win because he's been racing against the really good ones and been very competitive.'' Campbell makes a point of only breeding every second year, a process that has proven successful. "If I didn't do it (breed every other years) I'd end up with too many horses. "I just do it for a hobby - if I bred every year I couldn't feed them all." Buster William had to do a bit of work early from his wide front-row draw (6) but driver Mark Yole eventually worked his charge to the death, outside of Dromana Beach. The $1.20 favourite looked set to win easily half-way up the home straight but when he hit the front he switched off and only- scored by just over a ,metre from Dromana Beach. Yole said he didn't pull Buster William's ear plugs until he had to but when he switched off he quickly reached down the sulky shaft and pulled the cord to release the deafeners and that sparked him up again. 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

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