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Bain buzzing for thoroughbred debut

Dual-code horseman Aaron Bain will saddle up his first thoroughbred runner at Port Lincoln on Friday.

Bain, who has enjoyed plenty of success in harness racing, has the well-travelled Malaise debuting for his Gawler stable.

The former Darley galloper has had eight trainers during his 32-start career which started with promise in Sydney before he finished second behind Hey Doc in the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes at Flemington during his three-year-old campaign.

He has campaigned in Darwin, finished fourth at Morphettville behind Midnight Storm last year under the care of Luke O’Connor and Bain said it shaped as the perfect launching pad for Malaise.

“He’s an old horse who hasn’t won for a while, but he jumped out well the other day,’’ Bain said.

“He’s probably one trial short but at the same time that’s why we’re kicking him off a Port Lincoln and not Morphettville on a Saturday.

The stable was making the trek to Port Lincoln on Thursday afternoon and hoping the forecast rain stays away with the horse’s best form coming on a good surface.

“Fingers crossed the rain stays away, but we can’t control that,’’ Bain said.

And he said his first runner came at an exciting time for the stable with the move into a new facility on course at Gawler just weeks away.

“It’s certainly exciting,’’ Bain said.

“We’ve got seven in work at the moment and another three in the paddock, we’ve had some great support existing owners from harness racing and when we get into the new place, we can hopefully build numbers and attract some new owners,’’ he said.

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