Trainer Aaron Bain’s faith in his in-form pacer Brantley was justified with a brilliant victory at
Geelong on Saturday, September 4.
Starting officially at $71.70, but paying 100/1 with some betting outlets, Brantley again
demonstrated his outstanding sprint to win the $20,000 Waste Sense Pace (2100m).
Dashingly driven by Alex Ashwood, the five-year-old settled three back on the inside before
unleashing his fabulous sprint up sprint lane in the home straight to score by a metre from Mongiana
($11) with Blue Chip Delight ($1.90 fav), two metres away third.
Although run at Geelong, the meeting was a metropolitan class program having been transferred
from Melton because of the Covid situation in Victoria.
“He has been racing in tremendous form and was continuing to work brilliantly,” Bain said.
“So rather than take on Von Mara at Globe Derby Park in a $6999 event, I decided to send him to
Melbourne to run in a $20,000 race.
“When he drew gate 10, Alex and I discussed trying to angle in three back on the pegs in the early
stages, then hope for a run in the home straight.
“I was quite confident he could grab a place, but the win in definitely a bonus. I’m shaking with
excitement.
“Brantley travelled so easily during the run I knew if he could get a run he would be in the finish.
“When Alex angled him into the sprint lane I was hoping he could be placed, then 50 metres out, I
thought he could win – and he did.
“Brantley was recorded as running 26.8 seconds for his last 200 metres which was outstanding.”
Bain said he was delighted a number of Aaron Bain Racing followers had backed his judgement.
“I was so happy that quite a few ABR fans contacted me to say that had backed Brantley at the long
odds.
“At such a great price, you didn’t have to have a lot on for a big return.”
Bain said he would be leaving the gelding in Victoria with Ashwood for a few more runs.
“He has proved he is good enough to measure up with the right run.
“So we’ll try to