Capable middle-grade pacer Cam Before The Storm, who was transferred to the barn of Geoff & Jude Knight after his last start win in the Cheviot Cup, looks set for a good couple of months in the South after a dominant victory in Yesterday’s Gore Grass Cup.
The speedy McArdle five-year-old, who was victorious on 10 occasions for former trainer Tim Butt, was sent south to seek better racing opportunities, which is exactly what he got in yesterday’s $10,000 Gore feature.
After starting from his 30 metre back mark, Matthew Williamson settled the showy five-year-old last of the pack, before asking him to slide forward at the 1300 metre mark. He then kicked strongly in the homestretch to hold of Run Fat Boy Run by three quarters of a length.
The win took Cam Before The Storm’s stake earnings in excess of $100,000
Meanwhile, Colleen Negus, who is the wife of Waikouaiti trainer Bruce, notched up her first driving success when winning aboard Goodboy Tiger.
“I thought I was going to have to pull right back to get a go put then a wee gap appeared up the inside,” said Negus.
“He has had over forty starts but he is actually getting better and better with his trotting - more solid.”
It was Colleen’s first driving success after 27 previous attempt, so has also finished a in the money on four other occasions.
By Mitchell Robertson