The form from South Australia’s Scamper series has been justified with the Aaron Bain Racing pair of
Bottle Rock and Brantley both winning at Mildura on Friday, July 9.
Each turned in last-to-first efforts for reinsman Wayne Hill and trainer Aaron Bain.
Whereas Bottle Rock came around the entire field in his win, the only horse Brantley went around
was the leader, in an effort, Bain called “the drive of the year.”
In the Sprint Series, Brantley dominated winning five of his six heats before also taking the final, in
which Bottle Rock sprinted home strongly to finish second.
Today, a $4.40 chance, Bottle Rock dashed away off the back straight to score a 5.8-metre win in the
TAB Long May We Play Pace (1790m).
Whereyagoingbabe ($10.50) was second, 2.6 metres clear of Good Onya ($19.40).
The winner rated 1:59.0 sprinting home with a last 800 metres of 59.1 seconds.
“Bottle Rock is going better than ever,” Aaron Bain said.
“The sprint series seems to have really sharpened him up and I look forward to him continuing this
vein of form.”
Bottle Rock has now won seven races in just under a year of racing for Aaron Bain Racing collecting
close to $40,000 in prizemoney and bonuses.
Bain could not speak more highly of Wayne Hill’s drive on Brantley in the Tankard Dental Pace
From gate six, Hill eased back to the tail of the field and crossed to the rails which allowed him to
improve his position to be three back on the fence.
With just over a lap to go, the horse behind the leader came off the inside allowing Hill to have
Brantley right behind the leader.
Coming off the back, the horse outside him dropped off and Hill brought Brantley to the outside and
used his quick sprint.
Brantley assumed control and went on to win by 4.9 metres from Son of Rayson ($5.30) with
Minimum Wage ($37.30), 12.4 metres away third.
“Simply a wonderful drive by Wayne,” Bain said.
“He knows the horse and gave him the perfect run.
“Brantley might have got a reputation because he won those sprint races, but I knew he would carry
the form into longer races.
“He ran 1:57.5 today and the last half was run in 56.4 seconds which was excellent.
“There is another suitable race for him next week in Mildura so he will likely go up again.”
Brantley has won eight races, his last five in a row, for Aaron Bain Racing in just 12 starts and
collected close to $30,000 in stakes.
To complete a great day for ABR, Baker Creek won at the Riverina Paceway for trainer Ellen Bartley
and driver Blake Jones.