JUNORTOUN owner-trainer Justin Brewin knows fortunes can change very quickly in racing.
That is why he is intent on capitalising on his recent success with Whata Rockstar.
Driven by son Jayden Brewin, the five-year-old gelding made it back-to-back wins with his success in the Pryde's Easifeed Pace Final at Lord's Raceway on Wednesday night.
His victory the previous week in the heats at Swan Hill ended a three-month drought between winners for the former South Australian trainer.
But even more so it brought to an end a six-month run of bad luck during which his horses were diagnosed with a serious bacterial infection, resulting in a downsizing of his team.
Brewin, who has since relocated from Lord's Raceway to a nearby property on Pratts Park Road, currently has only three horses in work and just five in total.
Despite a good offer on the table for the gelding, Whata Rockstar is one horse Brewin has happily chosen to persevere with.
Finally free of the knock-on effects of the bacterial infection and with a pair of consecutive wins alongside his name, there is every confidence the son of Sportswriter and Dream Bonus is on his way to fulfilling his obvious potential.
Brewin further credited a freshen-up following a disappointing run at Charlton on January 11 and a change in gear for Whata Rockstar's resurgence in form.
"Originally, his coat still wasn't right and I gave him a week off because he pulled in a trial here (at Bendigo) on Jayden," he said.
"Then I changed the headgear on him and as soon as I did that the horse relaxed and became calm again.
"That was his turning point."
For his part, Brewin has never doubted Whata Rockstar's ability, but he has been forced to be more than patient during the lengthy recovery process.
"He was always a really good horse, I've always rated him as one of the best horses I've trained," Brewin said of the pacer, who broke his maiden at Bendigo last April at start number seven, following a string of minor placings.
"He could run really good times, but the problem was I was never able to get him over that bacterial virus until recently.
"Now he's over it, he's showing something.
"I did get an offer for him about November, but I was very keen to keep a hold of him. I know how good he can be.
"It wouldn't surprise me if I get the offer again now that he's won two-on-end, but I just won't sell him.
"He'll race next Tuesday at Kilmore and after that we'll just get him through his grades and aim at something a bit better at Melton or somewhere else."
His back-to-back wins have netted Whata Rockstar $9690 in prize money, boosting his overall record to three wins and nine placings from 25 starts for earnings of $22,350.
As if to reinforce the suspicion the tide is turning, Jayden Brewin made it a driving double by steering home the Peter Salathiel-trained You Ninety Two in the Thank You Bendigo Greyhounds Pace.
A lean six-month period for father Justin coincided with a similarly tough spell for Jayden, who has rebounded strongly with six winners through the first 17 days of February.
The irony is not lost on the youngster.
"It's amazing how things change - a few better drives and a few wins, everything seems to go your way," he said.
"Six weeks ago, if I had driven Whata Rockstar the same way as last night, I wouldn't have got out, or I would have got a suspension. But he did get out and it worked a treat.
"The last six months were shocking, one winner here or there if I was lucky, so I will certainly take them when they come because you could be back to square one next week.
"There's a few more phone calls coming in."
You Ninety Two's win broke a run of 16 outs extending back to his victory at Bendigo on August 18.
Jayden said the six-year-old gelding had been knocking on the door after a second at Shepparton last month and an excusable fourth last week at Swan Hill.
"He went well the week before, but pulled very hard. Peter (Salathiel) told me a few weeks ago that if you could get him to the top he's a different horse," he said.
"He was able to get to the front easily and was travelling, all he needed was a good last half to finish it off.
"When he got it pretty cheap early, I didn't expect him to get beat."
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