There was added emotion when Hilltop Breeze led throughout to win at Mildura on Thursday, March
11.
It was the first winner for owner-breeder Val Bain, and her son Peter, the trainer, since the family
had the misfortune to lose the classy Hilltopsomewhere in 2019.
The Mermaid Stakes winner collapsed and passed away after being placed in a race at Globe Derby.
Hilltop Breeze is a sister to the ill-fated mare, so Thursday night’s win was extra special.
Aaron Bain, principal of Aaron Bain Racing, is grandson of Val and Trevor, and son of Peter and
Julieanne.
“To us, Hilltop Breeze is classed as part of ABR,” Bain said.
“The mare is trained in our stables by Dad, and she works with our horses.
“I was so pleased for Nan and Pop, and Dad, when she won.
“The fact she is a sister to Hilltopsomewhere was a bonus.”
Driven by Danielle Hill, Hilltop Breeze began well from gate three.
Rather than urge her to the front and perhaps fire her up, Hill allowed her to slowly work to the
front and then was able to control the race.
Sent out the $2.70 favourite, Hilltop Breeze won the Vale Bill Lister Pace (2190m) by 2.4 metres from
Stonebridge Star ($4.40) with Golden Scribe ($40.90), 1.6 metres away third.
Hill allowed the mare to run 31.1 and 31.6 second quarters for the first half of the last 1600 metres
before recording a 29 second third quarter.
Hilltop Breeze came home in 31.3 seconds and was always doing enough to hold off her charging
rivals.