Day At The Track

Nowuseemegirl following family tradition

01:00 AM 26 Aug 2016 NZST
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Aiden De Campo
Aiden De Campo

Nowuseemegirl did not win from eight starts as a two-year-old and it took her 18 starts to break through for her first harness racing victory.

But she has blossomed into a smart three-year-old, with six wins this year, three at Bunbury and one each at Bridgetown, Albany and Wagin.

She will start from the coveted No. 1 barrier on the front line in the $18,000 Westralian Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night and has sound prospects.

Trained at Capel by Andrew de Campo and driven by his son Aiden, Nowuseemegirl notched her third win from four starts after a spell when she gave a splendid performance to win from Legendary Lou and Sea Me Smile in 1.54.6 over 1609m at Bunbury last Saturday night. She started from barrier five and raced wide early before bursting to the front after 200m. The 400m sections whizzed by in 28.2sec., 29.9sec., 28.3sec. and 28.2sec.

She began fast from the No. 7 barrier and set the pace before winning over 2100m at a 1.58.9 rate at Bunbury a week earlier.

Nowuseemegirl is by American stallion Rocknroll Hanover and she is following a strong family tradition. She is the first foal out of Christian Cullen mare Nowuseeme, who earned $287,234 from 23 wins (13 at Gloucester Park) and 25 placings from 88 starts.

Nowuseeme’s dam Nowuseemenowudont (by Holmes Hanover) was also a smart performer who had 65 starts for 16 wins (nine at Gloucester Park), 20 placings and stakes of $116,931 from 65 starts.

Nowuseemegirl looks assured of breaking through soon for her first Gloucester Park success. She has raced on that track five times for two seconds, one fourth and two fifths.

There is plenty of exposed form in Friday night’s race in which the inexperienced and lightly-raced Ladys Are Ideal appears hard to beat. She will start from the inside of the back line and should enjoy a favourable passage behind Nowuseemegirl, the likely pacemaker.

Ladys Are Ideal won once from two starts in New Zealand in June and impressed with her stylish pacing action and natural speed at her Australian debut, when she led and won convincingly from Eyes On The Money and Gunna Get Lucky over 2130m on Tuesday of last week.

“She’s a bit light on, but I think she’s a winning chance if she can get a clear crack at them,” said trainer Gary Hall sen. “There’s quite a few chances and I think she is a better horse with a sit.”

Trainer Ross Olivieri’s noted frontrunner Sheer Rocknroll has been an odds-on favourite at her past two starts in which she began from the No. 2 barrier and set the pace over 1730m and 2130m at Gloucester Park. She will be at a reasonable quote after drawing awkwardly at the No. 6 barrier on the front line. But the filly with a record of ten wins and eight placings from 29 starts cannot be underestimated.    

Eyes On The Money (Shane Young) and The Shadow Knows (Ron Young) have drawn favourably at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively and should be prominent.  A case can be made for all 12 runners in an event which should get the ten-event program away to an exciting start.

Ken Casellas

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