Lorraine Nolan becomes the first woman to train a Inters winner.

by Gary Newton

2001 was the last Inter Dominion held at The Creek and it was the Kiwi’s who took the prize in both the pacers and trotters final.

Yulestar, the 2001 pacing champion, was purchased by Ron Nolan the husband of trainer Lorraine for $9000 at a weanling sale.

The Nolan’s were based at Hawera four hours from Auckland.

Lorraine Nolan was the first woman to train a Inters winner since 2001 only Natalie Rasmussen (Blacks A Fake three times).

Belinda McCarthy trained Expensive Ego who crossed the line first in the 2021 Final only to lose the race in the stewards room.

Yulestar by Cameleon (Cam Fella) out of the Lordship mare Victorias Star, was born on Christmas Day hence the name Yulestar but the gelding was anything but angelic he kicked Lorraine out of the cart several times.

An early favourite prior to the start of the series Yulestar failed to win a heat and drawing the inside of the back line in the final saw Yulestar start at 16/1.

After being behind the initial leader Pocket Me early things looked good for the Kiwi  but after the lead changed a couple of times driver Tony Shaw found himself locked away four back on the fence.

Shaw was able to manoeuvre Yulestar to the outside at the top of the straight turning for home and Yulestar sprouted wings to score from Atitagain and Pocket Me.

In 2003 Yulestar was sent to North America where he won 13 races under the care of former New Zealander Brett Pelling. After his last race in 2006, he returned to Hawera, and he died in 2019 aged 25.

Yulestar all up won 34 races and almost $2 million dollars in prize money

Lorraine Nolan passed away in 2021 aged 81.


Lorraine Nolan with her champion Yulestar.