SA TROTS Trainer Aaron Bain creates an amazing piece of individual history

Dual code trainer Aaron Bain created another individual piece of history with a unique treble on Saturday, January 7.

Bain trained his first thoroughbred metropolitan double at Gawler in the afternoon winning with Wonderwomen and Metro Legend, then on Saturday night at Globe Derby Park, his only runner, Sheza Manipulator led throughout to score.

He is the first trainer to achieve such a feat.

In May last year, he trained Toyetic to win a metro race at Murray Bridge and Double O Heaven won on the same day at Globe Derby Park for his first dual code double, but Saturday exceeded that effort.

Following the thoroughbred double, Bain’s attention switched to Globe Derby Park with the ex-New Zealand mare Sheza Manipulator.

The five-year-old mare had won both her starts since coming to Bain, but Saturday night’s Hygain Regain Pace (1800m) was a definite step up in class.

It didn’t stop the punters from jumping on to the opening quote of $1.95 and the mare eventually started the $1.60 favourite.

Driver Samantha Pascoe had Sheza Manipulator away well from gate three and was able to work to the lead.

Honeybun ($2.50), the second pick in the market, came across to ensure there was a strong tempo.

As a result, there were three sub-30 second quarters with an overall mile rate of a smart 1:57.1.

Sheza Manipulator responded to Pascoe’s urgings and scored nicely by 1.8 metres from Honeybun with Delightful Gnp ($13), 2.4 metres away third.

Bain said the mare, part-owned by champion Sydney apprentice jockey Tyler Schiller, would be nominated for another non-penalty race on Monday, January 16.

“I won’t make a decision whether she contests the mare’s final until after the next heat.”

The win continued an excellent start to 2023 for Bain in harness racing and was his fourth winner in a week following victories by Fletch Maguire and Mosaic Art at Port Pirie on Monday, January 2 and Take My Wallet at Globe Derby Park on January 3.

Story Graham Fischer