Australia’s leading trainer Ben Yole continued his dominance of Tasmanian harness racing, preparing five of the eight winners in Hobart on Friday night, taking his season total to 94 wins.
The Apple Isle’s leading reinsman Troy McDonald got the Yole juggernaut rolling, driving four-year-old mare Mykindoffeeling to an all the way win in the Nutrien Sprint Lane Pace.
It was the drive early from McDonald that clearly won the race.
From barrier three on the second-row, he pushed through behind Island Rocknroll, who flew out to the initial lead before McDonald took the $5.00 chance to the top of the field after the first 200 metres of the race.
McDonald was in the sulky for Yole’s second winner of the night when Brian Who ($3.80 fav) scored a 1.9-metre win in the Prydes Easifeed Pace.
After copping a slight check near the 1200-metre point, McDonald elected to drive for luck three-back the marker pegs, and the luck appeared in the home straight when the gelded son of Courage Under Fire flew home to score in the rating 53 to 60 event.
Then the Jordan Chibnall show rolled into town with the former Victorian notching up her first driven treble in the final three races of the night.
Hez The One ($10) was the first leg of her treble when the nine-year-old gelding rattled home after having a soft run three-back the marker pegs.
Ozzie Major ($9.00) almost ruined his chances of winning in the Clubs Tasmania Pace when he galloped away from his 10-metre handicap.
Chibnall was able to get the gelded son of Art Major back down pacing quickly to settle one-out and one back before Chibnall made her move at the 500-metre point and swept away from her rivals to score by five metres.
The last winner for the Yole-Chibnall combo was My Ultimate Romeo ($6.00) in the Cascade Draught Pace.
My Ultimate Romeo, a gelded son of Art Major, settled second-last in the seven-horse field and after some very slow sectionals in the first lap and half, it looked a tough ask for the pacer, but he was able to sprint home best to score.
The treble saw Chibnall take her season total to five wins, which sees her in third spot on the states junior drivers title and fourth on the states Female Drivers Title