Heavily backed Vindicate turned in a tough performance to notch her second win for Aaron Bain
Racing at Globe Derby Park on Monday, March 29.
Punters loved the $2 bet pre-race and pushed the four-year-old mare’s price into $1/35 favourite.
But they were forced to watch Vindicate sit outside the lead during the John Rothe Video Pace
(1800m).
While the mare began well from gate two, Weowna Arti ($41), from gate one, was able to push
through and hold the lead.
Reinsman Wayne Hill was able to control Vindicate, and she raced tractably in the early stages, and
he was able to dictate the tempo of the race.
Hill put the leader away with 400 metres left to travel but Let Me Rock ($13) was sprinting home
solidly from midfield.
Turning for home Let Me Rock looked likely to race past Vindicate but the mare answered Hill’s
urgings to maintain her advantage.
When the judge called a halt, Vindicate had a head margin over Let Me Rock with Footlock ($4.60),
nine metres away third.
Aaron Bain, principal of Aaron Bain Racing, said Vindicate had won well, and still had further
improvement.
“We are still learning about her and I’m sure she has more to come,” Bain said.
“Wayne (Hill) said she was never going to be beaten today.
“Even when the runner-up loomed, he was confident the mare would repel his challenge.
“I think it has been good that Wayne has been able to drive a bit of trackwork for the stable.
“Vindicate now has won two race and run second in just three runs since coming from New Zealand.
“She has a boisterous team of owners and I’m sure there will be plenty of celebrations tonight.”
Bain said there was a chance Vindicate could run again at Victor Harbor on Easter Sunday.
“Apart from Vindicate’s win, ABR also had a winner, Mondooley Mach, with Kate Hargreaves and
Alex Ashwood at Cobram in Victoria.
“Aaron Bain Racing has had shares in 16 winners around Australia this month, so our business model
is reaping rewards.”