ENCOURAGED by wins at Mildura and Cranbourne in recent days, Jayden Brewin hopes to carry the winning momentum into the new year.
His victories aboard the Tony Cumming-trained Lochster at Mildura on Friday night and the Denis Grieve-trained The Lone Dancer at Cranbourne on Sunday continued a bright first few months in Bendigo for the young former South Australian reinsman, whose win tally for the 2019-20 season now stands at 20.
There's every chance Brewin might add to that figure before the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve, with the 19-year-old booked to drive strong chances at both St Arnaud and Melton on Tuesday.
"I actually got a late pick-up drive on (the Lance Justice-trained) Hickstead in a heat of the Mercury80, which is not a bad pick-up," he said.
"And Magic Caesar is airborne at the moment, he won when I was back over here driving last time, but then couldn't go to save himself.
"But he's won a couple at real big odds this time in, and even though he's racing against a better field than he has been, the way he is going, he will be right around the mark. He looks like he's flying at the moment."
Brewin will start his day by partnering $11 chance Fowsands for Allendale trainer Adam Stephens at St Arnaud.
The eight-year-old gelding followed a win at Kilmore in late November with a sixth at Ballarat on December 10 and again shapes as a solid contender.
Brewin, who has based himself at the Marong stables of Danny Curran, said he was pleased with the progress he was making since the move to Victoria.
"It's been great, I'm starting to get some quality drives, with a few nice horses coming my way," he said.
"Things are going pretty good. Our team (of horses) have been quite consistent without winning, but there's been a few nice placings, so we're around the mark.
"Probably come the end of January, we'll have a couple of nice horses coming through and from February onwards, we should be able to give things a bit of a shake.
"We're all really enjoying it over here."
Competition for wins proved pretty fierce at both Mildura and Cranbourne.
The state's leading driver Chris Alford claimed wins in five of the seven races contested at Cranbourne, while Greg Sugars scored five wins of his own at Mildura.
Also at Mildura, young former Bendigo reinsman Michelle Phillips notched a double, while the trainer-driver combination of Kate Hargreaves and Alex Ashwood continued their fine season with a win with Beat City.
The three-year-old gelding has now won twice in six starts and been placed on three occasions, giving Hargreaves her 15th win of the season.
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