A STINT in Tasmania continues to gather momentum for the Aaron Bain-trained Ideal World following a win in the North Eastern Pacing Cup at Scottsdale last Friday.
Bain, who operates a satellite stable at the Shelbourne property of Kate Hargreaves and Alex Ashwood, is looking ahead to next month's Devonport Pacing Cup with the seven-year-old gelding, who notched his 16th career win from 58 starts with a workmanlike victory over the 2692m distance.
All but one of those wins have come under the guidance of the South Australian-based Bain, who purchased Ideal World from New Zealand interests in 2017.
The son of American Ideal and World of Dreams was sent south last month to contest the Tassie Golden Apple series in Launceston where he finished second in the final behind Ryley Major.
An eighth in the Meander Valley Cup at Carrick preceded his win at Scottsdale.
Bain said the horse would remain in Tasmania until at least the Devonport Pacing Cup on February 2.
He credited the decision to send Ideal World to Tasmania to his working partnership with leading Tasmania trainer Ben Yole, who prepares a bunch of Aaron Bain Racing-owned horses, and deemed it a little off the cuff.
"The idea to send him down to Tassie with Ideal World only came about a week before the Golden Apple," he said.
"We sent him down for the Golden Apple for the stand start; he seems to race better from the stand and really likes it.
"There's something like $180,000 worth of stand start races in the space of the next two months, thereafter.
"At Carrick he was back in the field, but at Scottsdale he got the front and won.
"There's another stand (start) this week, then he'll miss a fortnight in between runs before the Devonport Cup, which is another stand."
A great weekend for Bain was complemented by the dual victories of the Bain Racing-owned and Yole-trained Oneofthelads at Scottsdale and Hobart on Sunday.
Ideal World has proven a good buy for Bain, earning connections nearly $96,000 in earnings in 47 starts.
"We have had a lot of fun with him and are certainly looking forward to another season or two out of him yet," he said.
Bain insists his decision to open a satellite stable in the Bendigo region last May has paid off.
"We've got Godofthunder there at the moment; he went down and won the Launceston Trotters Cup on the night of the Golden Apple final," he said.
"He's back there with Kate and Alex now and is going to the Wedderburn Cup this Sunday.
"He'll go to Melton the week after and then come home for the SA Trotters Cup, a $30,000 race back here.
"We've always had at least two there (at Shelbourne) since the move; there's another two-year-old Rising High, who will probably head that way in two to three weeks time. He's a nice little horse.
"(The satellite stable) is a good option for us and we want to continue to grow and work in with Kate and Alex, who are doing a fantastic job with their own team at the moment."
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