De Campo class gets Amber home

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Three Graces, driven by Chris Lewis, defeats Changingoftheguard by half a neck in Saturday’s $50,000 Bunbury Cup 30th November MS Pace (2100m) at Donaldson Park.
Camera IconThree Graces, driven by Chris Lewis, defeats Changingoftheguard by half a neck in Saturday’s $50,000 Bunbury Cup 30th November MS Pace (2100m) at Donaldson Park. Credit: Justin Fris

Capel-based reinsman Aiden De Campo piloted Radiant Amber to glory in Saturday’s $14,000 WASBA Bob Humphries Memorial Mares MS Pace (2100m) at Donaldson Park.

One of the biggest races on the Bunbury Trotting Club calendar, the Ryan Bell-trained mare finished 6m clear of Delightful Mandy.

Pre-race favourite La Roue De Lamour led early despite a degree of congestion, while De Campo was shuffled back into the middle moving line.

Another in-form runner, Tiffany Twirl, joined the leaders during the middle stages and had a solid tilt at La Roue De Lamour, however driver Deni Roberts was unable to get her to sustain the pressure.

Sensing he needed to make something happen, De Campo swung Radiant Amber out four wide with 600m to travel and the mare responded impressively.

With a path, the mare classily passed her rivals heading into the home straight, with both Tiffany Twirl and La Roue De Lamour left behind and De Campo turned on the style for the remainder of the journey.

The win marked Radiant Amber’s fourth win from her last seven starts and gives Bell an opportunity to put her forward for additional feature races over the next six months.

It was also a successful outing for North Boyanup trainer reinsman Justin Prentice, with two of his runners – Palatino and Always An Honour – saluting comfortably.

While Gary Hall Jr faced some pressure while guiding Palatino to victory over compatriot Our Burling in the WASBA MS Pace (1609m), there was no doubt about the level of ease with Always An Honour, who steamrolled the field to win by 37.9m in the WASBA SS Pace (2503m).

Incredibly, Hall Jr sat quietly in third at the bell but once he managed to get the classy Kiwi away from the pegs, no one looked capable of catching the four-year-old.

Earlier in the evening Chris Lewis managed to guide debutante Three Graces to a gripping win by half a neck over fellow newcomer Changingoftheguard in the $50,000 Bunbury Cup 30th November MS Pace (2100m).

Out of Barry Howlett’s Busselton-based stable, the five-year-old showed plenty of closing speed and backed up from her impressive trial at Pinjarra on November 10.

Racing returns to Donaldson Park on Saturday, November 30, for the $50,000 Bunbury Cup.

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