Yesberg looks to end grass season on a high
By Frank Marrion
Ohoka’s Trent Yesberg has made a big impression in his fledgling training career to date and he will be looking to go out with a bang at the last grass track meeting of the season at Motukarara on Monday.
Yesberg has had 11 wins and eight seconds from 47 starters this season for a very good UDR of .3570, a strike rate behind only Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen and Barry Purdon among trainers with 20 starts or more.
Eight of those wins have come on grass tracks with Bush Man and Frankie Jones accounting for two each, and they go around again at Motukarara in races seven and nine.
In between, recent acquisition, Taumalolo, makes his debut for the stable.
So, Yesberg has a strong hand for the last three races of the grass track season in the south.
The trainer was not not overly confident with Frankie Jones and Taumalolo for one reason or another, but is quite bullish about Bush Man in the last.
The latter drew one and led from start to finish at Methven three weeks ago and he has drawn barrier one for a 2000m mobile on Monday.
“I think he’s come on again since Methven and he’s going to take quite a bit of beating at Mot,” Yesberg said.
“He was a pretty angry horse when we got him, but now he’s nice and relaxed and I’m very pleased with him.”
Frankie Jones lines up in the stronger handicap pace earlier and while Yesberg was confident he has as much ability as any of his rivals, he was unsure how well he will perform after a disappointing failure at Methven three weeks ago.
“He might not have backed up after racing a week earlier when I had been spacing his races, but I could just be looking for excuses though.
“I think more likely he’s come to the end of a long campaign and he’s looking for a good spell, as he’d had quite a few starts before I got him.
“I’ve been happy enough with his work, but he can go to the paddock after this weekend.”
Yesberg is still on a learning curve with Taumalolo after starting him in just the one workout and thinks greenness could easily count against him.
However, the McArdle gelding was second on debut at Motukarara for Graeme Ward back in late January and faces a maiden field which looks rather ordinary.
“He had no luck when he next raced at Orari and then he missed away, so you can forget his next two races.
“In his workout for me he ran home strongly and I clocked him in 56sec [last 800M] so that was quite pleasing.
“But he’s still got a lot to learn so I think we’ll be looking for a sit as a means to furthering his education.”