IF LEADING Tasmanian trainer Ben Yole was a cricketer he would be sitting in the locker rooms feeling very nervous.
After all, there is nothing worse for a batsman than to end a day’s play on 99 – a figure Yole is stranded on with just four meetings remaining for the season.
“Yeah, I’m on the last stage of the nervous nineties,” Yole said. “Hopefully we can get that last winner during the next month.
“There are only four more meetings left in Tasmania for the entire last month of the season, but we’ll be trying our best.”
Should Yole crack the ton he will be the first local horseman to achieve the feat in two decades.
Barrie Rattray prepared 111 wins in 1996/97, while Neville Webberley set the regular season record of 118 wins in 1990/91.
Wayne Rattray was the first to better the century when he notched 123 wins in 1988/89 which was a 13-month season.
“Obviously I’d like to get the century now that I’m so close, but it has been an amazing season nonetheless,” Yole said. “I set out hoping to win 45 races, now I’m on 99.”
Yole was left on 99 thanks to a double with Fletchers Knight and Jane Grant at Launceston night.
- PAUL COURTS