Day At The Track

Inter Dom Deja Vu for the Brain family

01:26 AM 26 Feb 2014 NZDT
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Wartime Sweetheart - will compete in Sunday's Inter Dominion Final.
Brothers John and Tom Brain are part of the syndicate that race Wartime Sweetheart, the David Aiken trained pacer that will start in Sunday's TAB.COM.AU Inter Dominion final. It will not be the first time the Brain family has been connected to an Inter Dominion runner with the brothers' father Tom Brain Snr having trained and driven Last Flood in the 1971 series in Addington, New Zealand.

"When Dad took Last Flood to New Zealand for the series he had never driven a winner in his career but to his credit he drove him throughout the series and finished third in the final," John Brain said.

"Last Flood was the first ever horse he had trained, the horse had been trained by some well known trainers in his career but Dad had a disagreement with one of them and said he could do a better job so we ended up building some stables out the back of a timber yard that he owned in Shepparton."

On arrival in New Zealand Last Flood was not given much hope in the series and was an outsider in the first heat.

"He ran third in the first heat and paid $19.50 a place, then finished second in the second round of heats and ended up starting favourite in the final heat but finished sixth."

"Last Flood's run in the final was very good, he galloped early and ended up being buried back on the fence, Dad got him into the clear late and he ended up only being beaten about nine inches, it was a phenomenal run and he was very unlucky."

Brain brought up his first winner as a driver soon after returning from New Zealand.

"He won as soon as he arrived back at the Showgrounds, he won another eight or ten races after that, he wasn't a champion by any means but he was a very nice horse which is similar to Wartime Sweetheart."

"Wartime Sweetheart isn't the best horse in the race but he has been a great horse for our syndicate."

Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |



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