Devonport Harness Racing Club reports solid season despite some wet weather

The Devonport Harness Racing Club wraps up a “pretty solid” season with a nine-race program on Friday night.

President Claire McDonald said, although some meetings had been run in unfavourable weather, it had not impacted on the racing.

“We had a few really wet nights this season which we probably haven’t had for a couple of years, but we haven’t lost a race because of it,” she said.

“It’s proven that the track has been managed appropriately and the club has been praised for that by participants.”

Mrs McDonald said the switch from Monday night to Friday night racing had been well received.

”Friday nights are definitely more attractive to participants,” she said.

“But the fact that most of ours are in the cooler part of the year means they don’t necessarily attract a lot more patrons.

“Field sizes have been good and the (Ben) Yole factor has been the major contributor to our numbers.

“The Yoles deserve all the praise they can get and we really appreciate their support.”

Going into the final meeting of 2016-17, Ima Ginger Rogers leads the club’s horse of the year award, Gareth Rattray leads the leading driver award and Ben Yole is a long way in front in the leading trainer award.

Mark Yole won’t be driving on Friday as he is away on holidays but the Yole stable will unveil a new “recruit”.

NSW claiming novice driver Conor Crook has moved to the state to join the stable and will have his first Tasmanian drives.

His best chance of a winner may come in the seventh race, the C1/C2 Pace, where his claim gives Capture Me a class edge on the other eight runners