Day At The Track

Brewin at career best

04:27 PM 14 Nov 2017 NZDT
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Justin Brewin, harness racing
Justin Brewin

From a harness racing perspective, Justin Brewin knows he has never been in a better place.

Brewin has set up a new property just outside Two Wells, has been able to become a semi-professional trainer, and perhaps most importantly, has his son Jayden working with him.

“Absolutely, my harness racing involvement is at the best stage it ever has,” Brewin said.

A passionate enthusiast, Brewin has had peaks and troughs with the sport, the bottoms coming when he has had to concentrate on work to gain funds to support his family.

His hard work has come to a fruition with his current setup and on Friday night at Port Pirie, he trained a career-best four winners at a meeting. All were driven by Jayden Brewin.

Glenisla contributed to half of the four winning two rounds on the night while Golden Bambi and Sir Julian were the other winners.

“To be honest, previously, I might have only had four, maybe five horses in work, so it would have been hard to train four winners in a night,” the trainer said.

“I now have 10 horses in work, the most ever, so hopefully we can keep producing winners on a regular basis.”

Brewin’s training successes have him sitting in a career-best second place on the South Australian Trainers premiership on 12, two behind the partnership of Jake Webster and Aaron Bain.

In the sulky, Jayden Brewin is a runaway leader on the SA Drivers premiership with 31 wins, eight ahead of Wayne and Danielle Hill.

Glenisla ($1.80 fav) led throughout in the Hopkins Saddlery Pace (1609m), round one, scoring by two metres from Chasing A Win ($5) with Oliver Jack ($5.20), 17-1/2 metres away third, rating 1:57.0.

In the following event, the Laucke Mills Pace (1609m), Golden Bambi ($4.20) rated a sizzling 1:55.8 in scoring a 13-metre win from Big Behemoth ($2.30 fav) with Speculator ($22), five metres away third.

“We got the mare from fellow trainer Scott Ewen who said she needed a change of environment because he felt she wasn’t giving her best,” Brewin said.

“He was right – she has had five starts for me for two wins, two seconds and a fourth.

“I was shocked by her effort on Friday. From gate one, she didn’t have a lot of peace in front, yet still shot away to win easily. She is racing really well.”

Glenisla ($1.80 fav) backed up again in round two, the LMG Performance Pace (1609m), and from gate three, went to the front again and scored a two-metre win from One Night At Themile ($31.10) with Chasing A Win ($5.20), four metres away third. The mare rated 1:57.3.

Stable favourite Sir Julian ($1.90 fav) brought up the fourth win in the SEW Eurodrive Pacers Discretionary (2550m).

Coming from 20-metres in a field of four, Sir Julian settled third before sprinting home to wear the leader Big Spook ($4.80) by a long neck with Bobby Fabulous ($3), 16 metres away third.

“That was his 20th win for us,” Brewin said.

“A while ago we thought of selling him but couldn’t get an offer.

“We would have taken $15,000 and since that time he has won $19,000 to more than justify keeping him.”

Graham Fischer

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