Day At The Track

Brown for Machrihanish

08:36 PM 19 Jan 2017 NZDT
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Talented young driver Maddison Brown
Talented young driver Maddison Brown
Jodie Hallows (Paceway Photos)

Talented young harness racing driver Maddison Brown will have a big following when she drives the promising five-year-old Machrihanish in the 2130m Retravision Westbred Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

This will be the first time the 21-year-old Brown has handled Machrihanish in a race. She replaces Aiden de Campo who drove the gelding to an impressive victory over Shirlz Sensation and Sir Slick last Friday week.

De Campo will drive Khun Ratha, who is resuming after a spell for Capel trainer Andrew de Campo.

Machrihanish, prepared in Bunbury by Stephen de Campo, is a versatile pacer who will start from barrier four on the front line. The Shadow Play gelding raced three back on the pegs before finishing strongly to win at his most recent appearance.

Khun Ratha, the solitary runner off the back line, will be making his first appearance since finishing seventh behind Shardons Rocket over 2185m at Pinjarra on October 17. He has a losing sequence of 12 and his most recent success was over 2150m at Bunbury early in November 2015.

Major Rush, a standing-start specialist for Myalup trainer Graham Gilbert, will make a rare appearance in a mobile event in Friday night’s event. He is a good frontrunner and is ideally drawn at the No. 2 barrier on the front line. Major Rush’s past five starts have been in stands and he has run in only one mobile event in his past ten outings.

Aiden de Campo has each-way prospects with his other drives at the meeting --- Scoobys Delight, Bettor Pack A Pistol, Ultimate Major and Onunga.

His main prosects will be Scoobys Delight in the Choices Flooring Pace and Ultimate Major in the Slater Gartrell Pace.

Scoobys Delight, trained at Pinjarra by Gary Elson, was last driven by de Campo when he started from the back line and dashed to the front in the first lap on his way to winning by three lengths from Stroganoff. Scoobys Delight has raced 38 times for five wins and 18 placings.

Ultimate Major has won at three of his past eight starts and looks one of the main chances in Friday night’s 2536m event in which he will start from barrier four on the front line, with the promising Gaz Wannabet at barrier No. 6.

Ultimate Major started out wide at barrier eight in a 2130m event last Friday night and did well to finish solidly from tenth at the bell to be sixth behind The Trilogy. He was an easy all-the-way winner in modest company over 2258m in Albany at his previous outing.

Punters should disregard Gaz Wannabet’s eleventh placing in the Northam Cup last Saturday night. He locked wheels and broke into a gallop 200m after the start before trailing his rivals. At his previous outing he started off 40m and raced wide early before taking up the running and scoring an easy victory over Hear It Now in a 2631m event at Pinjarra.

Ken Casellas

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