Day At The Track

No longer the bridesmaid

06:35 PM 10 Jan 2019 NZDT
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If ever a horse has had its hoof on the till for an overdue win, it just had to be West Australian harness racing  filly Delightfulreaction.

Prepared at Capel, halfway between Bunbury and Busselton, by astute horseman Andrew De Campo, the Auckland Reactor-sired three-year-old broke her maiden status in style at Pinjarra on Monday.

“I must say we went to the meeting with a fair bit of confidence because she certainly deserved a win after five consecutive second placings,” De Campo said.

“She is lovely to have around the stable.  She never runs a bad race, she has gate speed, tries her heart out and hopefully should keep improving with racing,” he said.

In addition, Delightfulreaction last season finished runner-up, beaten a half head, in a $100,000 Sires Stakes final at Gloucester Park.

At Pinjarra, driver Aiden De Campo, son of the trainer, showed gate speed from barrier to take the lead and rated to perfect cruised home in 55.6 last half for a comfortable win.

To watch the video click on this link.

Aiden De Campo

Delightfulreaction, with earnings of over $30,000, is raced by her breeder Mike Howie, who is one of the main owners with the De Campo team.

“Mike was a very good trainer, but these days prefers to jog them up and when they are close to going to the races, he hands them over to us,” Andrew said.

“It’s certainly a good deal because we know they are fit and ready to go when we get them,” he said.

“We have another Auckland Reactor three-year-old in our team of 30 at the moment and it goes okay but is having a freshen up after a first-up placing.”

Delightfulreaction was the 36th winner for Auckland Reactor in Australia and his 66th winner including some exciting types New Zealand.

And there’s more to come if the exciting vibes from the sire’s first crop to the races (now four year olds) are on the money.   Chase Auckland from the “land of the long white cloud” (8 wins from 9 starts; 1.52-2. $392,330) is obviously a superstar and being set for all the big races in Australia. Australia’s own Soho Burning Love (1.52-6 $182,400) has won easily at her first three starts back this preparation. 

De Campo, who is ranked in the top 10 trainers in the west, finished with 50 winners last season and is well on target to better that tally this season.

“I reckon we have a nice team going around at present, so fingers crossed the victories keep ticking along,” he said.

“And of course, you need great stable support and we have that in junior reinsman Mark Johnson and handyman and jack of all trades Ron McLachlan.”

De Campo who was a polished reinsman in his day with 11 Group One wins as a trainer-driver, has no qualms in watching Aiden do all the race day driving.

“He’s pretty good at it, but I wouldn’t be truthful if I said I’d never given him a spray for an ordinary effort on the racetrack. It’s okay cos we both then move on and look to the future,” he said.

“I did enjoy driving, but if you don’t do it all the time, your reflexes just aren’t as sharp as they should be. To be honest, I’m enjoying the training part a lot more.”

Undoubtedly one of Andrew’s finest driving exhibitions was piloting Son of Otara to victory in 1991 in the $250,000 Australian Pacing Gold Final in Brisbane – the richest race in the country at the time.

“Yes, I still remember that night pretty well, despite being a few years back now. It was a big trip from West Australia with a lot of planning, etc, but it was well worth it in the end.”

Terry Gange

NewsAlert PR Mildura

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