The Ladies Club of Aaron Bain Racing had a perfect, and exciting start, with Arco a brilliant winner at
Mildura on Thursday, March 11.
Arco was having her first start for the 250 members of the Ladies Club when she stepped out in the
Mildura Party Hire Pace (1790m).
Backed from $1.45 into $1.20 favourite, the four-year-old ex-New Zealand mare, with champion
reinswoman Danielle Hill in the sulky, had been expected to win but it proved a tougher contract
At the finish, Arco prevailed by a half-head from Ozzie Sunshine ($7.10) after a two-horse war for
much of the last lap.
The third horse, Muay Thai ($13.40), was 36 metres away in third spot.
Trainer Aaron Bain said he was sure nearly all the club members had watched the race.
“My phone nearly exploded with test messages and calls after the race,” Bain said.
“There were a lot of very happy owners.”
Bain said the race had not quite gone as he expected.
“From gate two I was hoping she might lead or be on the speed,” Bain said.
“But as can happen at Mildura, there was a real charge for the lead with four horses trying to find
the front in the drive around the first turn.
“Wisely, Dani didn’t worry ab out getting in the speed burn.”
As a result, Arco settled three pairs back in the running line, trailing the eventual runner-up Ozzie
With just over a lap to go, Hill came out on Arco forcing Ellen Tormey, driving Ozzie Sunshine, to pull
out leading the three-wide line.
Ozzie Sunshine showed good speed down the back straight to eventually surge to the lead, but Arco
was trailing up.
The leader showed no signs of stopping but Arco kept reducing the deficit.
In the home straight, with Hill urging Arco, the mare raced alongside Ozzie Sunshine and in the
shadows of the post put her head in front to claim victory.
Bain said the mare had a real will to win.
“You can’t train that into horses, she wanted to win.”
Driver Danielle Hill was impressed by Arco’s desire.
“She really knuckled down in the home straight and was determined to win,” Hill said.
“I can’t praise her more highly. It was a tough race, but she was up for the challenge.”
Bain said Arco would most likely give her local owners a chance to watch her next Saturday night at
Globe Derby Park.
“I think the ladies are going to have a lot of fun with Arco.
“We were able to course her from New Zealand with the help of Summit Bloodstock, and I could be
happier with the way she had settled in to live with us.”