It has been a big 12 months for Battle, having married wife Tamara in 2020 and the pair moving on to a new property near Mutdapilly.
The hard-working pair have been busy adding touches to the property to have the layout what they want to accommodate their team.
While happy to share the driving of the horses he trains between himself and other freelance drivers, Battle has been able to pick up plenty of outside drives since arriving in Queensland.
But it is not just race driving where Battle finds the most satisfaction.
Educating yearlings is one aspect that Battle has been keen to develop further, with Justa Little Bit likely to be a main player in the upcoming three-year-old QBRED Triad Final - a graduate of the Battle education process.
Over the past few months, another 20 students have been through the Battle property, with the young horses gaining vital education as they transition towards a career in racing.
As Ben and Tamara continue to build their name in Queensland, the quality of horses being sent their way continues to expand.
The latest graduates include yearlings by Captaintreacherous and Bettors Delight, with Battle excited by the stock owners and trainers have sent to him this season.
The next milestone for Ben could just be seeing a horse he educated tasting Group 1 glory.
The McCarthy family really made their mark on the national harness racing stage while based in Queensland before returning to New South Wales almost 10 years ago.
Originally from New South Wales, the transition from a Bathurst butcher shop to a dominant force in Queensland and Australian harness racing has been well documented.
However, on Saturday a new chapter to the McCarthy story was added when Narelle McCarthy started her first runner at Albion Park.
The Creek is the scene of some of the finest moments for the McCarthy family, and Saturday saw Narelle prepare four starters and husband John, one.
Taking out a trainer’s licence in 2019, the McCarthys have returned for a Brisbane campaign and Under Worked became the first starter in Narelle McCarthy’s name in Queensland.
Finishing near the rear behind Maywyns Best in the opening race on the card, the second of Narelle’s four starters was sent to the post as the favourite in race two.
Preparing Taroona Bromac, the gelding found the front early and once in control, held off the challengers to claim a one-metre victory in a new career PB mile-rate of 1.53.0.