Former New Zealand mare Alexia Rose broke through for her initial win at Port Pirie on Tuesday,
February 23.
In winning, Alexia Rose gave a first success with Aaron Bain Racing for a number of new owners.
“Mark and Helen Jeffery, Noah and Paige Hill and Chris Dean were all first-time owner winners with
the stable,” Bain said.
“For Chris it was even more special as he made the trip to Pirie with Dad (Peter) who took the mare
to the track.
A red hot $1.20 favourite, Alexia Rose, driven by Wayne Hill, scored by 1.3 metres from Shesherz
($4.60) with Bravo Mac ($13.50), 8.7 metres away third in the Port Pirie West End Pace (1609m).
Coming from gate five, in a field of that number, Hill found himself caught leading the one-wide
runners.
Alexia Rose took the lead turning for home and comfortably held the runner up in the drive to the
finish.
Bain was delighted with the win and believes the five-year-old mare has plenty of improvement.
“While she didn’t look over impressive for such a short-priced favourite, I was very happy with her
win,” he said.
“From where she was six weeks ago, it was a testament to her ability that she won.
“We discovered feet issues with the mare when we stepped up her work about.
“As a result, her training now consists of about 95% swimming because she tends to jar up if we try
to work her too hard on the track.
“The feet issues are improving but it will take time.
“We probably were asking a bit much for her to back up six days after her excellent second first up at
Mildura.
“It is likely we will give her a fortnight before her next run.
“There is a chance she might down to Mount Gambier, and eventually I think she will join our team
in Queensland.”
Apart from Aaron Bain Racing, other strong stable supporters in the ownership group include
Summit Bloodstock Syndicate, the Wear The Fox Hat Syndicate along with Marty Degroot and Janet
Schumann.