Ben Yole will take 44 horses to Mowbray on Sunday night as he continues to close on the record for the most wins in a season by a Tasmanian harness trainer.
Yole goes into the third-last meeting of the season with 115 wins to his credit, just three shy of the record set by Neville Webberley in 1990-91.
He will have at least one runner in 10 of the 11 races.
In two races he will have seven starters and in another two races he will have six.
Yole has had 1544 runners so far this season at an average of 31.5 starters every week.
But still he finds new horses for his team. Five of his runners on Sunday night will be having their first start for the stable and several others will be having only their second.
While Yole sits alone at the top of the trainers’ premiership – 52 wins clear of Todd Rattray and 93 ahead of third-placed Shelley Barnes – it’s a different story on the drivers’ table.
Brothers Gareth and Todd Rattray are still going head-to-head, with Gareth on 81 wins and Todd on 80.
CLASS GALLOPER Powercharged hasn’t won a race since the Devonport Cup but gets his chance to break through again at Spreyton on Sunday.
The John Blacker-trained seven-year-old will take on a smart field in the $20,000 Luxbet All Weather Distance Prelude over 1650 metres.
Despite the quality of his opposition, it looks the most suitable race he’s contested since he beat Siorca in the $100,000 feature at the same track in January.
Powercharged had two more unplaced runs during that preparation but they were both in tough weight-for-age races won by Hellova Street.
He’s had another three tough assignments since a spell – a race at Caulfield and two local sprint races carrying 60.5 kilograms.
He now steps up to a more suitable distance and, with a claim for Hayley McCarthy, drops to 57kg.