IT didn’t take long for talented Tasmanian harness racing trainer-driver
Rampling, a former Victorian pacer, was having his third start for McLeod when he delivered the goods in the Boags Premium Stakes over 2200 metres at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday night.
McLeod and Hill purchased Rampling for only $1500 but they took a big punt as the gelding’s form was not encouraging, to say the least.
“He’d only had three starts and hadn’t done much at all but he was being prepared by a hobby trainer who said he had just been playing around with him,” McLeod said.
“I thought if that’s the case I might be able to improve him.”
Rampling never disgraced himself at his Tasmania debut, finishing second to Miley Rose but he finished well back at his only other outing in a race won by Doyouseewhatisee.
“He was still underdone last time but tonight he put it all together,” she said.
This time McLeod decided to see what the gelding was made of, evidenced by her driving tactics.
She sent Rampling out after the leader and favourite Springfield Tattoo 650 metres from home and 200 metres later Rampling was in front and going strong at the top of the home straight.
While he was starting to tire close to home he still held a comfortable margin on the line defeating Divas Delight and Cardinal Eddy with Springfield Tattoo fading to finish fourth.
McLeod found Rampling advertised on the Internet.