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By Jonny Turner    Trent Yesberg can set off on his upcoming travels across the South Island with a smile after bagging a winning double at Motukarara on Tuesday. Like many trainers, the Ohoka horseman will clock up plenty of miles with his horse float over the Christmas-New Year period. After taking three horses to Motukarara, Yesberg will start two runners at Reefton on Wednesday before lining up three more at Omakau on Saturday. The trainer’s drive to the West Coast was made easier after he combined with driver Matthew Williamson to win with Majestic Action and Shady Ruler on Tuesday.   Majestic Action repaid the faith her trainer has had in her since she joined his stable six starts ago a maiden win in race 6. Much of Yesberg’s decent opinion of the five-year-old comes from the raw speed she has shown him in training. “I said to Matty just believe in the speed.” “She is the fastest trotter I have ever driven.” “She might not be that tough, but she is extremely fast.” Majestic Action placed in one of her four starts for Yesberg before he put her aside early in the spring. She returned with a solid fifth at Methven earlier this month before powering home to win on Tuesday. “Last time in she showed so much ability, but we couldn’t get her right.” “In hindsight, we probably went on a wee bit too long.” “We turned her out and she has come back in and just been so much happier.” “She has got a really big motor, she is quite impressive with what she can do.” “But she takes a bit of managing and I think we have figured out her work regime and everything now.” Before Majestic Action zoomed home with her big finish Shady Ruler did the same when sweeping down the outer to win race 5. The four-year-old was let go at big $19 odds after running seventh on debut at Rangiora last week. Punters must have missed what Yesberg and Williamson both considered a good last start effort. “She had trialled up great,” Yesberg said. “She had pretty much been in the first three in all of her trials and workouts and we had been thrilled with her.” “At Rangiora, she actually galloped for about ten strides around the bend and lost four or five lengths.” “Matty said if he didn’t lose that ground he would have been in the first four for sure.” “He was really confident today, probably even more confident than me.” “He said if she had drawn the front line she would have been very hard to beat, but as it turned out it didn’t matter.” Shady Ruler looks to have a solid future judging by her fast-finishing maiden win. Yesberg thinks her brilliant attitude will be the key to her winning more races. “She is a handy wee mare.” “She is very honest, she gives her all whether it is in training or at the trials.” “She has never let us down.” “That is the thing that I love about her – she is really honest.” “When you turn up to the trials or work you know what you are going to get and that is 100%.” Yesberg will set off for Reefton on Wednesday with two runners who are both newcomers to the West Coast Christmas racing circuit. Rocknroll Diva will debut for the trainer in race 2 and he also lines up Vin Scully in race 6.

The Riverton Cup was always going to be tactical and when driver Matty Williamson took Airpark Flyer to the front with 1600 metres to go he knew his brother Nathan on Franco Santino, sitting at back of the field, was going to have to be good to beat him. With a lap to run Nathan did move Franco Santino forward to sit parked but Airpark Flyer proved every inch a stayer when he out muscled Franco Santino winning by a length and a half. The Dali five year old owned by Graeme Harris and Heather Jerard started his career with trainer Peter McClelland. "I always love the horses. As a young fella I worked part time up in Auckland as a waiter round the race tracks. I always wanted to own by own horse. My neighbour Peter McClelland asked me if I was interested in buying him. I fell in love with him and stuck with him through wind operations. I thought it was good to name him Airpark Flyer like the old freight train that he is. It's good for putting my business name out there," said Harris who owns Airpark Canterbury - the only South Island privately owned 24/7 off-site airport car parking business. Airpark Flyer winning the 2018 Riverton Cup - Photo Bruce Stewart. Harris has really got the racing bug and is enjoying the success Airpark Flyer's bring to Jerard and himself.  "His stable name is George. Trent brought him down yesterday. He checked him in the float and he was vitually asleep. He's got a kind demeanour about him but he's like Mike Tyson going into a boxing ring. When that gear goes on him he knows it's game on." With all the spoils - Photo Bruce Stewart Airpark Flyer won his first race for McClelland in November in 2017 at Rangiora when driven by Williamson. His form then deserted him and in September 2018 under the guidance of his new trainer Trent Yesberg he returned to the same track to record his second win. From that point on he's proved to be one of the finds of this season, winning four of his five starts.     "He's been a funny horse to work out but he just seems to be getting better and better. I don't do a lot of traditional training with him. We do a lot of interval training. He's thrived and gone to another level. I went to University and studied science and that sort of stuff and I try to incorporate a lot of that in my training techniques so whatever I do it's backed up by science. I work very closely with my vets and I'm big on soundness," Yesberg said.  Yesberg is perhaps best known as being one of Canterbury's best yearling preparers but he was always going to get into the training game.  "I've worked with some great trainers but I've never seen a horse go from what he was doing to what he's doing now. I think he'll go a long way particularly with the way he can stay. It's impressive."  Like most good horses Airpark Flyer has a tremendous will to win and has developed into a robust racehorse.  "When I got him he wasn't really quick but he's just getting faster and faster. Now his whole body is sound and he's really athletic. He has a great will to win. I can't really work him in company because he just runs them into the ground. You literally can't pull him up if you work him with company so he does a lot of his work by himself." And Yesberg is also big on individual feed regimes. "I'm pretty particular with my diets. All my horses are on individual diets. I don't feed one thing across the board. Airpark Flyer is quite a big horse and he does really well so I've got to be really careful with his weight management." And he points out that Williamson and Airpark Flyer are the perfect match.  "Yeah it suits his driving style a lot. Matty's a nice aggressive driver and the horse loves that sort of thing." Yesberg is in his fifth season of training after working for Brent Lilley, Greg and Nina Hope and having also spent time in America. "Greg and Nina have been a big influence on my career. I've picked up a lot of their training techniques." He's starting to get a few racehorses around him and he continues to prepare yearlings as well.  "It's a really successful part of my business. I've got twenty yearlings coming in for the sales so it's going to be busy for the next couple of months." Yesberg says Airpark Flyer is likely to have his next start in the Geraldine Cup on the 24th November. "The Country Cups is probably his go. He's such a good stand start horse so that's where he's placed best."  Yesberg also won earlier with trotter Missy Moo which won by twenty three and a quarter lengths. She was also driven by Matty Williamson.      Bruce Stewart 

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