The cheers started at Mildura but could be heard around Australia and New Zealand when talented
mare Arco saluted on Tuesday, March 30.
Racing three wide for the last 1200 metres, Arco proved too good for her rivals in the One Stop
Wholesaler Mildura Pace (1790m).
Starting a red-hot $1.40 favourite, the four-year-old mare, driven by Danielle Hill, scored by 1.9
metres from Happyaslarry ($19.50) with Edwina Express ($15.80), 3.5 metres away third.
Raced by the Aaron Bain Racing Ladies Club, Arco had several members on course who were so loud,
the course commentator made mention of their support at the finish.
Aaron Bain, principal of Aaron Bain Racing, said he again had been inundated by texts happy that
mare had won again.
“This was the whole idea of these clubs,” Bain said.
“It was to give people an interest in harness racing and be able to cheer a horse they part-own.
“Arco has been a great advertisement for the ABR Ladies Club, and it is fantastic to know that there
are so many getting enjoyment out of her performances.”
Arco began nicely from gate 10 and Hill was able to settle her one wide, four back in the running
Coming into the home straight with a lap to go, Hill angled her into the three wide line but had to
slowly work forward with no other runner coming out to give her a trail.
Arco still went forward even though the tempo was lifted in the back straight.
In the home straight the mare sprinted under Hill’s urgings to win well.
Bain said a pedestrian second quarter of 33.1 seconds in the last 1600 metres, meant Arco was going
to have to put in a good effort to win.
“The leaders were running a fast 28.7 second third quarter and she was three-wide outside the front
runners, so her own time was probably about 28 seconds.
“She has a great will-to-win and in the home straight wore down the leaders to win comfortably.
“Dani (Danielle Hill) said she did it tough but still won easily.
“Arco didn’t get back to our Gawler stables until about 4.30 but all her feed had pretty much gone by
six o’clock.
“I’m sure there is still more levels for her going forward but the races will get tougher.”
Bain said Arco was likely to go around at Victor Harbor on Sunday, April 4 in the $8000 Lonsdale
Sand & Metal Cup (2160m).