Cramp fills in for injured Howson in style

02:01 AM 26 Apr 2010 NZST
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Fidelius Charm
Fidelius Charm

Shayne Cramp made the most of a chance drive to guide smart four-year-old mare Fidelius Charm to an all-the-way victory at 11/2 in the Oxford landing pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Cramp was offered the drive after the mare's trainer Kade Howson injured a shoulder at work as an installer of fire sprinkler systems.

Fidelius Charm jumped straight to the lead from barrier two and withstood an early challenge from the 6/4 favourite Tuapeka Tiz, who then gained a good sit, one-out and one-back.

Tuapeka Tiz was hopelessly blocked for a clear run in the final circuit and finished ninth, while Fidelius Charm coasted to a two-length victory over Zed, who fought on determinedly from ninth at the bell.

Fidelius Charm, bred and owned by Robert Watson, is by Life Sign out of Classical Gas, a mare who had 82 starts for four WA wins and two in Victoria for earnings of $77,853. Fidelius Charm has earned $159,974 from her ten wins and 11 placings from 47 starts. Nine of her wins have been at Gloucester Park and the other at Pinjarra.

Ken CASELLAS

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