Day At The Track

Braun quick to find winners' circle

01:56 PM 19 Jan 2015 NZDT
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Dean Braun

It didn’t take trainer Dean Braun long to make his way back into harness racing’s winners’ circle.

Returning from a steward-enforced break, Braun scored with his second starter – Franco Jaeger – at Hamilton yesterday.

Pleased to be ‘back in the fold’, Braun is yet to decide whether he will once again prepare a large team such as the one which saw him become one of Victoria’s leading trainers.

“It’s good to be training again,” Braun declared. “I’ve only got a few in work and it may stay that way for a while.

“I haven’t made up my mind whether I will put a large team together again.

“For now I’m just going along at my pace and enjoying being back in the fold.”

Driven by Chris Alford, Franco Jaeger led throughout from the pole to score by four metres from Lady Mackendon, with Lombo Scrutinizer five-and-a-half metres away third.

Covering the last half in 60.1 seconds, the son of Southwind Vernon rated 2:05.7 for the 2160-metre trip.

“He’s a handy type on a loose mark, so he should be able to get through the grades quite comfortably,” Braun said. “Although he’s four, that was his first start and he went along nicely.

“As he gains confidence and experience he will continue to improve.”

  • PAUL COURTS

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