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Young gun South Australian reinsman Jayden Brewin added the perfect job audition to his resume winning the 2018 Elders Insurance Mid North Drivers Invitation at Port Pirie on Sunday. Brewin, who turns 18 later this month, revealed the time was coming to leave South Australia and build a career as a harness racing driver. The young gun drove two winners from the six-race series and finished with 55 points to beat another South Australian Wayne Hill who was on 41. Champion Western Australian Shannon Suvaljko was the best of the interstate stars with 40 points one ahead of Queensland’s Pete McMullen. The rest of the contestants were Danielle Hill (SA) 35, Michael Bellman (Vic) 28, Kate Gath (Vic) 27, Anthony Butt​ (Vic) and Chris Geary (NSW) 23; Nathan Turvey (WA) 21. “It has always been an ambition to make a career in the sport and the reality is I will have to move interstate,” Brewin said.  “I have already contacted several Victorian trainers to talk about the move and I have been encouraged by the responses.  I want to finish my year 12 trade course in November then look to make the move. By then I will have my junior driver claim back for the new season. Sadly, economics in South Australia make it too tough for forge a career as a driver so I will be trying to finalise a date to move and as it gets closer will be making more contact seeking an opportunity to work with an interstate stable.” Brewin has had a sensational start to his driving career finishing fifth on the SA table with 55 winners in his first full season of driving and this year sits fifth again with a career-best 58 winners. He has also driven multiple winners in Victoria each season. Brewin said he had approached the meeting believing he was a good chance of winning the series. “I thought Batman Bart was a good place chance in the opening heat and believed my winners Canelliesparkle and Gotango both have good each-way prospects and my other drive, Atomic Blue Chip, which finished third also looked competitive.” Heat one of the Elders Insurance Mid North Drivers Invitation saw Queensland’s Pete McMullen gain tops points with an all-the-way win by the Ryan Hryhorec trained Supernova Silvia. Punters jumped into the winner and the mare firmed from $2 into $1.40 and led from gate one and scored by 18 metres from Batman Bart ($6.60, Jayden Brewin) with Eyre Space ($23.10, Danielle Hill) 10 metres away third. Brewin had Canelliesparkle ($6) away well from gate seven trailing the speed in heat two before coming wide on the home turn and sprinting strongly to score a 6-1/2 metre win from High Class Lady ($10.20, Pete McMullen) with Melegend ($19.90, Danielle Hill), a neck away third. The winner is trained by Port Pirie’s Dale Afford who left the following day for a five-week overseas holiday where he will take in harness racing in New York. Afford also collected a $500 trainer’s bonus for some spending money. Canelliesparkle and Glenrae Hanover, which finished fifth as a $1.70 favourite are heading to the spelling paddock. In the third heat, Brewin had Gotango ($11.90) in the running line before bringing her will a well-timed run to score by 2-1/2 metres from the fast-finishing Chasing A Win ($4.90, Wayne Hill) with Hez Declan ($13.20, Shannon Suvaljko) a head away third. Trainer Michael Dennis prepared the winner and third placegetter and has his team going well. Top SA freelance reinsman Wayne Hill was aboard Blinding Light ($1.80 fav) in heat four for trainer David Harding. After settling three back on the fence Hill took the six-year-old one wide down the back and finished best to score a three metre win from Cheersbigears ($17.40, Kate Gath) with Montanas Jet ($5.60, Anthony Butt), two metres away third. Blinding Light has some powerful owners including Darren Thomas from Seymour Bloodstock who shared in the ownership of Merchant Navy, a winner at Royal Ascot less than 24 hours earlier, and Melbourne Football Club coach Simon Goodwin. Harding said Goodwin had previously been involved with the stable having been a partner in Deep Pockets which won 17 races about 10 years ago. WA’s top reinsman Shannon Suvaljko brought Little Growl ($6.80) along the sprint lane to win heat five of the Elders Insurance Mid North series to score a metre win from Wells Crest ($7.60, Danielle Hill) with Atomic Blue Chip ($4.40), Jayden Brewin) four metres away third. Little Growl has been prepared recently for Toby Ryan after normal trainer Cheryl Herman, who bred and owns the gelding, had to go to Queensland for personal reasons. “I’m the caretaker trainer,” Ryan said. “It will be a real thrill for Cheryl as she bred him and picks up her SA bonus with the win.” Victoria’s Michael Bellman picked up the final win of the series leading throughout on Darkndapper ($3.40) for trainer Ryan Hryhorec who picked up a double having won the opener with Supernova Silvia. Darkndapper scored by 2-1/2 metres from Clarenden Valour ($2.60 fav, Shannon Suvaljko) with Betting Man ($14, Wayne Hill), five metres away third.   Graham Fischer

South Australia’s successful ‘Brewin Juggernaut’ came away with a double from last week’s Globe Derby Park harness racing meeting. The ‘Juggernaut’ comprises trainer Justin Brewin and his teenage reinsman son Jayden. At Globe Derby Park they combined in-form Glenisla and the squaregaiter Hudson Bay. Despite wins at her past two starts, Glenisla started a $9.30 chance in the Ubet Pace (1800m). Despite early interference, the six-year-old mare was still good enough to finish best to score a half-head from Artegra ($7.40) with Chasing A Win ($2 fav), 6-1/2 metres away third. “She is going well,” Justin Brewin said. “Tonight, we had a query how she would come off a back row draw (10). “We know she has been able to lead or sit parked but tonight was going to be tougher from back in the field, then she was hampered early when another runner galloped. “I pretty much thought she had lost her winning chance, but she was still good enough to win – it was a great effort. “She has now won six races from 13 starts, and I’ll have some thinking to do about where to place her going forward.” Hudson Bay was a $10.10 chance in the PFD Food Services Trotters Handicap (1800m) and speared top the front to score an all-the-way win by 6-1/2 metres from Truscott Hall ($2.50 fav) with Rocknroll Baby ($2.80), a metre away third. It was a brilliant drive by Jayden Brewin who kept the speed on rating 2:00.3. With recent races in South Australia over 2230m and 2645m, a few of the runners had the dash taken out of their legs with such a good lead, it was basically impossible for the backmarkers to make up the necessary ground. Brewin said Hudson Bay was a talented squaregaiter who was his own worst enemy. “He can over-race and cause himself to break and that is something we have been working on,” he said. “Tonight, when he came away quickly from the outside of the front line behind the mobile and was able to lead, Jayden did the right thing by letting him go along at his own tempo and keeping him in rhythm. “The win showed he is capable of matching it with the best here if he does everything right.” Hudson Bay, a five-year-old, is owned in Western Australia by Brian Ridley. The gelding did his early racing in Victoria before heading to the west, then coming to SA. The victory was his first in South Australia from just four starts. Graham Fischer

Relief is the word used by harness racing trainer Justin Brewin to describe the win of Major Crocker at Globe Derby Park on Saturday. “It is a big honour to be asked to train a Grand Circuit performer and to get a win at his first run for me is a relief,” Brewin said. “It would have been nice to be a bit bigger margin, but a win is a win.” A red-hot favourite at $1.30 in the DPR Insurance Brokers Pace (2230m), Major Crocker arrived right on the line for driver Jayden Brewin to score a short-half-head win from Futurist ($11.80) which wouldn’t go down without a fight with Tezz Khora ($21.60), a similar margin away third in an exciting finish. “He just wants to win,” declared breeder and managing owner Gary Crocker. “He was in front for the first time right on the line. He doesn’t like being beaten.” But trainer Justin Brewin has other issues to deal with this week in the lead up to the Group 1 $100,000 SA Pacing Cup (2645m) at Globe Derby Park. Major Crocker struck himself during the race with some nicks on a hind leg which will mean plenty of beach for the seven-year-old leading up to the Cup. Coming from gate 11, Jayden Brewin deliberately sat a little wide after gate release to ensure a clear run around the first turn and it proved smart as Braeview Bomber ($54.60) went into a gallop early from the inside causing a few issues. Darren Billinger, on Futurist, saw the opportunity to press on from gate five and find the lead, and it wasn’t long until Brewin brought Major Crocker around to sit parked to try and control the race. As it was the Major’s first run for a month, and with a view to the Cup, Brewin wanted to give his drive as easy a run as he could which suited Billinger on the leader with 31.0 and 30.7 second quarters of the last 1600 metres. Futurist increased the speed off the back and Major Crocker was left a little flat-footed. With Billinger driving hard, Futurist looked to be holding Major Crocker which refused to give in and kept coming while Tezz Khora, which had a great run in transit, came wide to join in. The trio sprinted hard and fast up the home straight but the Major saluted in the last bound. Formerly trained in Victoria by Vince Vallelonga, Major Crocker was transferred to Brewin with the SA Cup as a major target. A Cup win would be emotional for Crocker, currently a Harness Racing South Australia director, who was raised at Port Pirie and developed his passion for the sport at the northern circuit. He has developed into a successful owner-breeder through his Walk Proud Pty Ltd, with Major Crocker the flag-bearer. Graham Fischer

Teenage harness racing tyro Jayden Brewin brought up his 100th career win at Globe Derby Park on Saturday. Brewin landed a double on the Shane Young-trained pair of Ona Rocky Beach and Maywyns Zephyr to reach the milestone. It certainly wasn’t a case of the ‘nervous 90s’ for Brewin as he drove six winners in 24 hours to reach the magical 100. Brewin, 17, must surely been one of, if not, the quickest drivers to reach the mark. He only began driving in July last year and landed his first winner, The Octagon, on July 18. A football injury sidelined him until October, so, in reality, he has driven 99 winners in about 13 months, an amazing strike rate for such a young driver. Brewin’s development in the sport takes another turn this week with the teenager spending time with the top Victorian stable of Emma Stewart. On Saturday, it was trainer Shane Young who enabled him to come away with a double. Ona Rocky Beach ($2.15 into $1.80 fav), led throughout from gate two in the DPR Insurance Brokers Claiming Pace (1800m). Brewin went for home with 300 metres to travel and Ona Rocky Beach dashed away to win by 3-1/2 metres from Power Of Attorney ($4.40) with Zedaguy ($8.40), 31 metres away third. The nine-year-old veteran rated a brilliant 1:55.8. “Wow,” said Shane Young, “I didn’t expect that. “I was sure I had him going well but never expected him to go so quick. “There is no doubt he has the ability. I think they paid about $80,000 when he was purchased from New Zealand, but he has had two heart issues, so we have to face reality he probably is only one race from retirement. “If I thought he wasn’t right, he would be retired but, at the moment, he seems to be pretty good.” Maywyns Zephyr made it a double landing some good bets firming from $1.80 into $1.40 favourite, in the Hygain Micrspeed Claiming Pace (1800m). Coming from gate six, Brewin went back early before letting him dash up coming off the back and Maywyns Zephyr sprinted clear to win by 13-1/2 metres from Anvil Gav ($14.40), with Glenlochar ($33.10), 7-1/2 metres away third. “He’s been racing really well in tougher fields, so I thought he was well placed tonight,” Young said. “Jayden drove him like he was the best horse and the result was an easy win.” Graham Fischer

Promising South Australian harness racing driver Jayden Brewin will represent South Australia at the Garrard’s 2017 Australasian Young Drivers Championship to be held in Brisbane in December 2017. After completing a successful placement with a leading Western Australian stable, Jayden is in outstanding form and primed to represent South Australia.  The best young drivers from Australasia will compete over a number of race meetings commencing at Redcliffe on 13 December. The series then moves to Albion Park on 15 December with the final heats coinciding with the Queensland Summer Carnival at Albion Park on 16 December. HRSA congratulates Jayden on his nomination and wish him every success with the series. More information John Lewis Phone 0417 855 300

Teenage reinsman Jayden Brewin capped an amazing 2016-2017 harness racing season by taking out Saturday night’s G O Silke Plate (1800m) at Globe Derby Park – the ‘grand final’ for South Australia’s junior and concession drivers. Brewin finished the season with 62 winners – 55 in SA and seven in Victoria, an incredible achievement for the 17-year-old in his first full season of driving. South Australia has produced a series of outstanding reinspeople this century including Kate Gath, Greg Sugars, David Harding Danielle and Wayne Hill, who were all highly successful juniors, but they couldn’t match Brewin’s tally in their first season. Brewin drove the three-year-old Make Mine Joe in the Silke Plate for owners Paul and Judy Nobes and trainer Lance Holberton. He took Make Mine Joe ($10) to the front from gate two and rated him perfectly for a three-metre win from Marty Major ($10, Shane Turner) with Ace To Play ($24, Michael Smith), 2-1/2 metres away third. “This is a race I wanted to win,” Brewin said. “It is a feature race for junior drivers with a lot of history. “I would have loved to drive in the Silke Plate last year but was sidelined with a broken collarbone from a football injury. “I didn’t know Graeme Silke (after whom the race is named) but Dad (Justin) told me all about him and he must have been a great character. “It is something I will never see now, a punter taking on a ring of bookmakers, but it was great that he tried to promote junior drivers. Dad said he actually had a drive for Graeme.” Brewin said he was amazed he had such a successful season. “I have to thank the owners and trainers who gave me the chances. It all started with Dad who has been my strongest supporter and adviser.” Greg Sugars, who has made the move to Victoria to become one of Australia’s top reinsman, paid tribute to Brewin. “I certainly didn’t drive that many winners in my first season,” Sugars said, “My breakout season was my second. “It is a wonderful effort to drive 62 winners, especially without a major stable backing him, and obviously trainers have had faith in him to give him the opportunities.” Brewin, said he had given himself a benchmark. “I have to come back in the new season to try and improve on that figure. It will be good to have my concession back but I know I have to continue to work very hard.” Part-owner Nobes was delighted with Make Mine Joe’s win. “He was going okay as a colt but we made the decision to geld him and I’m sure he will be better for the cut. “Only a three-year-old, I thought he did a great job against the older horses and rated 1:58.4. Justin rated him perfectly and no doubt slowing for a 31.4 second quarter was crucial in victory.” by Graham Fischer

Teenage reinsman Jayden Brewin celebrated his best night in the sulky landing a harness racing treble at Globe Derby Park on Saturday. Brewin, 16, has been driving for only nine months, but is rapidly establishing himself as a rising star in the driving ranks in South Australia. He has 25 wins this season to sit sixth on the SA Drivers premiership. On Saturday night, he kicked off the treble with an all-the-way win on Destined To Take for trainer Adam Beshara, made it a double with another barrier to box on Kayangee for his trainer father Justin, then brought up the treble with a strong finish on Electric Mary, also trained by his father. Brewin demonstrated that a week can be a long time in harness racing. At Kapunda, on Sunday, March 12, found himself tipped from The Octagon in race two suffering facial abrasions which prevented him from taking the winning drives on Kayangee and Hardly A Grin later in the day. After obtaining a medical clearance during the week, Brewin experienced a night at Broken Hill on Friday night. His first drive was in the no race when a driver mistook the laps, then he finished sixth on Smooth Grin in the Cup. It definitely was an experience,” Brewin said. “I had never driven on such a tight track. “In the first drive, I was three-wide trying to go forward and the leader was going for home – a lap early. “Racing was really tight but it was part of my driving education.” On Saturday night, Brewin went to the lead from gate two on Destined To Take in the Trotsguide.Com.Au Pace (2230m) and had several drivers, including Danielle Hill on the $2.10 favourite Will I Am come alongside and ask if the lead was up for grabs. He replied in the negative, then slowed the tempo with a 32.5 second quarter and 30.0 third quarter before dashing home in 28. Brewin’s superb rating enabled Destined To Take ($4.20) to score a four metre win from Futurist ($3.20) with Will I Am nine metres away third. In the Deane Boehm Memorial (2230m) for the trotters, Brewin drove Kayangee which was going for its third straight win. A $2.20 favourite, Kayangee trotted away beautifully off 10 metres and lead throughout for a solid four metre win from Star Style ($6.50) with Hard Done By ($16.80), a similar margin away third. Electric Mary was a roughie at $22.10 to bring up Brewin’s treble in the Schweppes Australia Pace (1800m) but father Justin had the faith with a “small” all up on his son’s winners. Coming from gate eight, Brewin had Electric Mary trailing the leader Weaponry ($3.20) before coming wide in the home straight and the mare sprinted strongly to grab a 1-1/2 metre win from the front runner with Castle Under Fire ($44.20), 16 metres away third. Brewin said Electric Mary was a ‘special’ horse for him. “She was given to me as a birthday present last year to enable me to have enough trial drives to obtain my driver’s licence,” Brewin said. “She is a family-owned horse and tonight was her second win for us and getting a Saturday night victory was great. She also brought up my treble and a double with Dad. “Yep, a week can be a long time in harness racing.” Graham Fischer

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