A winning double at Port Pirie on Tuesday, April 13 has seen trainer Aaron Bain rocket to equal second place on the 2021 South Australian Trainers’ premiership.
Bain, in the space of eight days, has trained six winners in his home state which took him from outside the top 10 to his current position.
His run began at Victor Harbor on Sunday, April 4 when he took three horses to the track, Meziah, Brantley and Arco and they all won.
On Saturday, April 10, Meziah scored at Globe Derby to win again, and also follow a victory at Mildura just 24 hours earlier making if three wins in six days.
Then on Tuesday at Port Pirie as part of the South Australia meeting, Vindicate, which also had won at Mildura, was victorious along with Bottle Rock.
Vindicate, incredibly backed from $1.30 into $1.10 favourite, came from gate nine in the Spen Fuller Memorial (1609m).
Reinsman Wayne Hill had the mare away well from her second-row draw to obtain a perfect trail in the running line.
He was made to come three-wide earlier than he would have desired but Vindicate strode up three wide to join the leaders.
The mare looked likely to win easily as the field straightened but the leader kept kicking. On the line, Vindicate had a half neck to spare from Northern Terror ($65.40) with Nevada Esmerelda ($36.10), 1.8 meters away third.
Bottle Rock, raced by the Aaron Bain Racing 100 Club 2.0 in partnership a group of other owners returned to the winning list in the Port Pirie Elders Insurance Pace (1609m).
It was the five-year-old’s first victory since October last year, but he has been improving with racing after a break.
Driven by Wayne Hill, Bottle Rock ($3) came from gate two and began well but when it could be seen the lead was not up for grabs, the reinsman eased back to drop in behind the front runner.
The gelding traveled beautifully, and Hill waited for the sprint lane turning for home before asking him to extend.
Bottle Rock took a little while to warm up but came quickly over the final 100 metres to cut down the leader Nate Braxton ($6.90) to score by a head with Dungeon Dragon ($3.70), 6.6 metres away third.