November 13, Scruffy Doolan
Scruffy Doolan’s excellent run of form for trainer Aaron Bain continued at Globe Derby Park on
Saturday with a comfortable victory in the Petstock Trotters Discretionary (2230m).
Coming off a 20-metre handicap and driven by Wayne Hill, Scruffy Doolan, labelled as a best bet by
Aaron Bain Racing, firmed from $2 into $1.70 favourite and never really gave his backers a cause for
concern.
Hill had the five-year-old away well and was able to miss a few rivals who galloped early to be fifth
on settling down.
With two laps to go, Hill was happy to come out to lead the outside line, and slowly allowed Scruffy
Doolan to improve and get closer to the leader.
With 600 metres left to travel, Hill piled on the pressure and went to the lead coming off the back
straight.
Scruffy Doolan quickly established a winning break and went on to score by 4-1/2 metres from
Miracle Rising ($13) with Caabello ($12), seven metres away third.
Hill said he had been aware of the runner-up trying to make a late drive.
“I saw him running home but just asked Scruffy to extend and he did,” Hill said.
“He always had control of the race and I was confident of victory a long way out.”
Trainer Aaron Bain said Scruffy Doolan had more wins in store in South Australia.
“He is a very smart trotter and I’m sure the handicaps have not caught up with him yet,” Bain said.
“You really can’t fault his form since coming to South Australia.
“He’s had three wins, a second and fourth from just five runs and could nearly be unbeaten.
“He uncharacteristically galloped at his first run and did a great job to finish fourth.
“His second, last week, was when he came off 20 metres in a smart time of 2:04.4 with a last half of
59 seconds.
“Tonight, he has come off 20 metres again and rated an exceptional 2:02.6.”
Bain said it was unfortunate there were no feature races for him in the short term.
“The handicapper will eventually catch up with him, but I think he can win a few more before that
happens.
“When he has done his job in South Australia, we will send him to Queensland where he would be a
Q0.
“ABR has had good success in Queensland with Godofthunder and there is no reason Scruffy Doolan
couldn’t do just as well.”
There had been talk of sending Scruffy Doolan to Western Australia for a feature, but ABR will now
rely on the inform Beefour Bacardi for that event.