Aaron Bain Racing celebrated the stable’s first treble on Victor Harbor Cup day, Sunday, April 4.
Recent stable additions Meziah and Brantley won the opening two events before the ABR Ladies
Club star Arco brought up her third straight victory taking out the Des’s Cabs Cup (2160m).
“We went to the meeting hoping for the best, and for all three to win, was fantastic,” said Aaron
Bain, principal of Aaron Bain Racing.
“The first two were impressive, but I was really delighted with Arco’s win.
“She is becoming a real pin up for the 250 ladies who share in her ownership.
“A number of the owners live in the Mildura area and have been able to see her win twice/
“Today, about 15 of the other owners made the trip to Victor.”
Bain said Gawler resident Tanya Starick accepted the Cup from Victor Harbor Mayor Moira Jenkins.
Backed from $2.70 to start $2 favourite, Arco, driven by Danielle Hill, scored by 6.4 metres in the
Cup from Master Caribbean ($5) with Rocknroll Yankee ($8), 1.3 metres away third.
Coming from the outside of the front row, Arco was eased to the tail of the field early.
With a lap to go, Hill came three wide and allowed the mare to stride up to share the lead coming off
the back straight.
Arco dashed away in the home straight and won comfortably rating a smart 1:59.7.
The mare is likely to head back to Mildura for her next run on April 20.
Bain said he believed former Victorian trotter Meziah had a good future in South Australia.
Coming off a 20-metre handicap, Meziah, driven by Wayne Hill, scored a 12.5 metre win in the
Cellarbrations at Middleton Tavern Trotters Handicap (2160m).
Backed from $2.50 to start $2, the six-year-old won comfortably from Bacardi Bindi ($4.20) with
Arctic Pegasus ($34), 20.8 metres away third.
“John and Maree Caldow had him in Victoria and John decided to throw him on the float for us last
month,” Bain said.
“He was sending another horse across and added this bloke at the last minute. He was a good horse
as a youngster but now gets in with a low rating here in South Australia.”
Meziah began nicely and was sent forward by Hill to settle second with a lap to go before being
asked to sprint in the home straight and he raced away to win easily.
Bain said the six-year-old may race at Mildura next Friday night.
Former New Zealand pacer Brantley was the stable’s third winner in the Nic Signs Pace (2160m).
Driven by Ryan Hryhorec, Brantley ($3.70) led throughout and dashed away over the final stages to
win by 12.6 metres from Springfield Desire ($19) with Sumarian Artist ($4), a head away third.
Bain said on his trackwork, Brantley would have won the main race on the program.
“He has worked better than our stable star Ideal World,” Bain said.
“But Victorian trainer Brent Lilley, who had him in Victoria, warned me that he didn’t always
reproduce on race day.
“He said he was an absolute star on the track, but for him, had been disappointing when taken to
the races and that was one reason he ended up in Adelaide.”
Hryhorec had Brantley away quickly from gate one and then set about slowing the tempo.
With no challengers he was able to ask the gelding to increase the speed down the back straight
before dashing home over the final 200 metres.