Mitavite Scamper specialist Brantley ensured he will start a red-hot favourite in Saturday night’s final
with his fifth heat win at Globe Derby Park on Monday, June 21.
Possessing a brilliant turn of speed, on Monday, Brantley, trained by Aaron Bain and driven by Ryan
Hryhorec, came from last at the 400-metre mark to win his heat by two metres.
In his previous four Mitavite Scamper heat wins over the 1385 metres, Brantley had been able to
settle one-out, one-back, but this time, from gate five, he had to go back to last on settling down.
That extra position back in the running made no difference as he rounded up the leaders in just 200
metres and drew clear to win well.
Backed from $2.50 into $1.95 favourite, Brantley defeated Delightful Gnp ($5) with
Thebattlesjusbegun ($4.80), 1-1/2 metres away third.
The $14,000 Mitavite Scamper Final (1385m) will be run at Globe Derby Park on Saturday, June 26.
Trainer Aaron Bain said the five-year-old had proved he was the one to beat in the final.
“I thought today’s win was nearly his best,” Bain said.
“Ryan knows the horse and drives him well.
“Brantley has a really good turn of foot and is well suited to these 1385 metre races.
“Being back last, Ryan had to get going a bit earlier today, but he still picked up the leaders turning
for home.
“He can switch off when he hits the front but today he kept going.”
Bain said the barrier draw would be interesting for the final which is restricted to a field of six.
New Zealand owner Brent Francis would be delighted to make the decision to send the gelding to
Australia.
Despite his excellent in the Mitavite Scamper races, Bain believes Brantley will also win his share of
races over longer trips at the end of the series.