Yole out to strike

20 / 08 / 2017 Article by: Shane Yates
Jeans Mattjesty (Rohan Hadley) winning the Hygain Pak-Cell Discretionary in Launceston on July 30. Photo: Stacey Lear icon Click to enlarge

The harness racing spotlight shines on Hobart tonight with long-standing records and end-of-season premierships on the line.

Ben Yole is leaving no stone left unturned in his efforts to eclipse the training record of 118 winners set by Neville Webbereley in 1990/91 and will cart 36 runners to Luxbet Park.
Jeans Mattjesty (pictured) has proven a giant-killer for Yole’s Sidmouth stable in recent starts, including last week’s victory over star pacers Roger Ramjet and Devendra,
recording a slashing last quarter of 28.3 seconds coming from last at the top of the home stretch.

The Royal Mattjesty-Jeans Gift eight-year-old gelding has won two of its last three outings with Rohan Hadley handling the ribbons on both occasions.
Stablemate Out To Strike put in an herculean performance last week at just its second Tasmanian run. The four-year-old gelding was the first to make a move from the tail of the field and was posted out three-wide before dashing clear on the home turn, only to be run down by the Ron Mansfield-trained Guesstamate. Hadley is on board again tonight in the Discretionary, giving away a 20-metre handicap from the stand over 2090 metres.

The Rattray brothers will lock horns with only two wins separating them in the Driver’s Premiership. Todd has six drives including the early favourite Betterthanlife in race 1 and God Sake gunning for its seventh victory of the season, to hold his slender advantage.

Gareth, aiming for his 11th title, has eight drives in a bid to close the gap, headed by last-start winner Another Swinger. The pair combined for success in Launceston with the seven-year-old showing blistering speed from the mobile to lead from outside the front line. The task is a tougher one tonight drawing outside the second line but winning form is good form and “the Swinger” may even be the record breaker for the Yole camp.

Tonight’s 10-race card, commencing at 16.20, can be viewed via the live stream service at tasracing.com.au

Watch Jeans Mattjesty storm home to topple Roger Ramjet and Devendra in Launceston:

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