A MOVE to Bendigo has paid instant dividends for accomplished young South Australian reinsman Jayden Brewin.
The 19-year-old only arrived in central Victoria last Sunday, but notched up first win since the move at Tabcorp Park Melton on Tuesday night.
Brewin, a highly talented former junior footballer in South Australia, who trained with SANFL club Woodville-West Torrens' under-17 side, steered Magic Caesar to a long-odds win in his lone drive for the night at racing headquarters.
His last-to-first win aboard the Faye Gillespie-trained seven-year-old pacer was just the start to the newest phase of his blossoming career the third-generation harness racer had hoped for.
"It's certainly the early boost I was looking for," Brewin said.
"It was actually my first win at Melton too.
"It's a hard job to come right around them and it's definitely a confidence-booster for me. Especially at 40-1 and not $1.40, when you are expected to win. That makes it 10 time better.
"Hopefully I can keep it rolling from here. I've already had a few calls (from trainers) this morning."
An initial seven horses from his father Justin Brewin's stable have made the move to Bendigo, and are being stabled at the property of Marong harness racing trainer Danny Curran.
More are likely to be relocated in the coming weeks.
Brewin cited increased opportunities and the chance to broaden his knowledge as the key factors behind his exit from South Australia.
"From a driving point of view, there probably wasn't a lot left for me back home," he said.
"I drove my 200th winner the other week, but there probably wasn't a lot of opportunity left going forward, whereas over here they are racing every day and there's opportunities to race for better prize money and be involved with better horses.
"That was the motivation for the move and dad just sort of tagged along. He was always wanting to make the move early on in the piece at a young age, but it never quite happened, but here we are."
Brewin, who has scored 11 wins this season in the sulky, joins the influx of arrivals from South Australia in recent months.
In May, one of the state's leading trainers Aaron Bain established a satellite stable on the Shelbourne property of young pair Kate Hargreaves and Alex Ashwood, while Greg Norman set up operations at Charlton in June.
A third experienced trainer from across the border, Scott Ewen switched base to Cranbourne in September.
Brewin is no real stranger to the Victorian racing scene, having made regular trips across the border to tracks like Mildura, and completing an eight-month stint working with trainers Greg Sugars and Joe Pace.
He credited Mildura trainer Ian Campbell in the opening the door for him to settle at Marong.
"It's a brilliant set-up, the track here is amazingly fast," Brewin said.
"There's plenty of tie-up stalls, so we can certainly get enough horses in here.
"We've got seven in here at the moment and there will probably be another three to come over when dad comes back at the end of the month.
"Mum and dad were a bit keen on Ballarat, but Bendigo's been a great choice, it's really central. All the tracks are within an hour or two hours."
Brewin nominated the four-year-old mare Bella Mystique, a winner of her past two starts at Globe Derby and Mildura, and new acquisition Kingofthestars as two of the horses to follow from the stable.
He praised the depth of talent in Victoria's concession driving ranks, with special reference to those in the Bendigo region, led by Tayla French, Michelle Phillips and Shannon O'Sullivan.
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