WHEN Madam Reactor won at Lord's Raceway on April 30 during the first phase of regional racing, it broke a four-year win drought for trainer Frank Barac.
Happily for the popular Elmore trainer, he did not have anywhere as near a long wait before posting his next victory with the same horse on Sunday night.
Madam Reactor, superbly driven by Greg Sugars, was able to punctuate some decent recent form with a patient victory in the three-year-old pace over the 1650m sprint distance.
The Auckland Reactor filly has now had seven starts since her breakthrough victory in April for a win and three placings.
Only twice in that period has the three-year-old finished outside the top four placings, filling Barac with a good degree of confidence ahead of Sunday night's run.
"I thought she had been racing against better fields than she did on Sunday night," he said.
"She was a bit unlucky last week (when sixth behind the Kate Hargreaves-trained Dream Asset). The horse in front of her carted her back to last. She got out but it was too late.
"She has been going good and is improving all the time."
Barac said there were few things he enjoyed more than getting a winner with one of his horses.
"I get up early in the mornings, I deserve a bit of pleasure," he said.
"Especially with this horse, I bred this one and I broke her in and train her.
"That first win was was very sweet and this one just as much.
"I said to Greg (Sugars) after the race that it was one of the best drives I've seen in a long time - 10 out of 10 for sure."
The win boosted Madam Reactor's overall record to two wins and five placings from 19 starts.
With the filly racing in handy form and all 10 of her last runs being at Lord's Raceway, Barac was loather to look outside Bendigo for a suitable next race.
"I'm not sure if they will be opening more tracks - there's Maryborough coming up in the next month and maybe Echuca," he said.
"But I think she's pretty settled and at home at Bendigo.
"If there's race for us, I'd probably rather go to Bendigo than anywhere else.
"It's really starting to feel like home for her."
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