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    LEADING horseman Ben Yole will continue his charge towards a pair of Tasmanian training records this weekend. Yole owns the mantle for the most... Chasing a pair of state training records

    LEADING horseman Ben Yole will continue his charge towards a pair of Tasmanian training records this weekend.

    Yole owns the mantle for the most training wins having eclipsed the Apple Isle’s two records in 2016/17.

    Neville Webberley set the regular season mark of 118 wins in 1990/91, while Wayne Rattray won 123 races during 1988/89 which was a 13-month season.

    Yole bypassed both with 124 wins – a tally he equalled in 2017/18.

    This time around Yole hopes to better his record, which appears to be a formality given he has already registered 114 victories this term.

    Yole will contest 14 races between tonight’s Hobart program and Sunday evening’s Launceston card.

    The premier mentor has 25 runners in six Hobart races, with 37 stable entrants in eight Launceston events.

    “It’s a busy weekend for us,” Yole said. “It’ll take a few truck loads to get them there.

    “I’ve got a couple in tonight which I am really confident in and we should be in for a good night on Sunday.

    “I think we can get four or five winners across the weekend to edge closer to the record.”

    Yole’s second record attempt will be harder to achieve, but the horseman plans to “give it a good go”.

    With stake earnings of $806,316, Yole is hoping to become the first Tasmanian trainer to break the $1million barrier for the season.

    Yole’s – and Tasmania’s – best is $890,133 last term.

    “Passing a $1million stakes is something to aim for and we will give it a good go,” Yole said. “It’s not an easy thing to do in harness racing, especially in Tasmania.”

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