Day At The Track

Miss consistency to get her reward

12:20 PM 01 Jul 2015 NZST
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Aiden De Campo - Will drive Delightful Jade in the $100,000 Group 1 Westbred Classic
Aiden De Campo - Will drive Delightful Jade in the $100,000 Group 1 Westbred Classic

Delightful Jade has been a model of consistency throughout her 27-start career which has produced 16 wins and five minor placings and she gets her chance to break through for her first victory in a group 1 feature when she start from the No. 3 barrier on the front line in the $100,000 Westbred Classic for three-year-old fillies at the harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Blessed with sparkling gate speed, Delightful Jade has sound prospects of getting to an early lead and then dictating the terms of the 2130m event.

She began brilliantly from barrier seven and set the pace before holding on grimly to defeat smart gelding Three Bears by a neck, rating 1.55.3 over 1609m at Bunbury last Friday night.

That was her first outing since she led from barrier three and won by three lengths over 2242m at Narrogin on May 12 and she should be improved by her effort on Friday night last week.

She is prepared at Capel by Andrew de Campo and is driven in her races by his son Aiden.

Delightful Jade is out of Whitbys Solitaire, who was retired after only nine starts as a juvenile which produced a win at Narrogin as a two-year-old and another at Bunbury as a three-year-old.

Whitbys Solitaire is a full-sister to former champion Whitbys Miss Penny, who was a dominant performer as a two and three-year-old.

She amassed $568,289 from 32 wins and six placings from 50 starts.

The Ross Olivieri-trained filly Lady Willoughby looms as the hardest for Delightful Jade to beat.

Lady Willoughby, who will start from barrier four on the front line with Chris Voak in the sulky, notched her ninth win from 24 starts when she led from the No. 3 barrier and sprinted over the final 400m in 27.5sec. to beat Massive Attack by more than two lengths over 2100m at Bunbury last Friday night.

Ken Casellas

 

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