Dual code Gawler trainer Aaron Bain landed is first thoroughbred winner at Bordertown on Sunday,
Just his eighth starter, Finch ‘N’ Chips dashed away to win the Pumps & Refrigeration Maiden
A well backed $2.50 favourite, Finch ‘N’ Chips, ridden by Anna Jordsjo, won by two lengths from
Keettom ($6.50) with Hasta La Missile ($4.60), 1-1/2 lengths away third.
Bain had a busy Sunday going to the Gawler harness trials in the morning, then driving to
Bordertown arriving in time to see his first winner.
The plan had been to lead but several other runners wanted the front and Jordsjo was able to settle
the mare one-out, one-back.
Coming to the home turn she angled Finch ‘N” Chips around the leaders and the mare lengthened
drawing clear to win well.
Bain was delighted to record his first thoroughbred winner.
“It has got the monkey off the back,” Bain said.
“It was a great ride by Anna.
“It has been a long time coming since we kicked off in October last year. Hopefully, there will be
many more to come on the journey.
“Thank you to everyone who has entrusted us with your support in buying these horses, and I am
pleased about 80 percent of the owners also have involvement in the ABR harness racing business.”
Bain said he had a number of people to thank for helping his development as a racehorse trainer.
“Fellow Gawler trainer Gary Searle, his wife Nichole and their daughter Brianna Callinan were
marvellous last year showing me their operation and letting me format plans for my training.
“Darryn Murphy from Skill Invest has been a tremendous asset as was Shane Collins and the Gawler
& Barossa Jockey Club.
“I also want to thank my assistant trainer Ned Taylor whose input has been invaluable.”
Winning jockey Anna Jordsjo was delighted to ride Bain’s first winner.
“She was a bit keen early but that’s her, she wants to get everything over and done with.
“She settled beautifully after a furlong or so.
“When I asked her, she probably got there a bit too soon. Credit to her she dug deep and really
wanted to be there.
“I think after winning today her whole mindset will be about winning and she can find another
length which will be needed against tougher opposition.
“I’m very happy with her, and I think she is happy with herself.”
A successful harness racing trainer for a decade, Bain took out a thoroughbred trainer’s licence at
the start of the 2021-2022 season.
Last month he was able to transfer his team of ?? thoroughbreds into the recently constructed
stable barn of the Gawler & Barossa Jockey Club
Through his company, Aaron Bain Racing, he has built a client list of more than 2000.
He runs the highly successful ABR 100 Club, ABR 100 Club 2.0, Ladies Club and Lads Club with his
harness horses including the foundation runner the ill-fated Suresoundslikealie, Arco and The Kapiti
Bain said he had a team of eight thoroughbreds in training, one spell and two being broken in.
On the harness front, he has 20 horses in work and another 15 going into pre-training next week.