by Graham Fischer
Teenage reinsman Jayden Brewin celebrated his best night in the sulky landing a 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.”
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