Brennan, De Campo dominate
The leading stables of Michael Brennan and Andrew De Campo dominated Saturday night’s 10-race card at Harold Reid Paceway, with the visiting pair of trainers taking out six races between themselves.
Brennan and top reinsman Michael Grantham combined to score a winning treble in Albany, while Capel father-son trainer-driver Andrew and Aiden De Campo achieved the same feat.
The De Campos began their winning night with $2 favourite Raging Romeo jumping well from the second row to lead and hold off all challengers in the Albany Scaffold Hire Pace (2258m), by 3.7m over Jilliby Jake.
Walsh then made it two wins from two starts in Albany this season, showing terrific speed to lead from the outset and win by a convincing 11.2m in race 4.
The De Campo treble was rounded out by three-year-old Tellmetoattack, who controlled the Jock Whitelaw Memorial 3YO Pace (2258m) from start to finish and won by 8.3m to make it two wins in eight career runs.
Hot favourite Machlani, with Grantham in the sulky, proved too strong for his rivals in race 3 as they powered to a dominant win before $1.85 favourite Woodlea Ragnar edged out stablemate Muffins in the Albany Stockfeeds Pace (2683m).
The Kings Assassin, unplaced at his past four runs, bounced back to the winners’ circle after charging home on the final lap in the SOS Office Pace (2258m) to salute at $7, defeating Just Barney by 3.7m.
In a night when there were plenty of star trainers and drivers, Ross Olivieri and driver Chris Voak teamed up to win race 5 with progressive pacer Atmospherical.
Atmospherical led on the bell lap and was able to hold off Disco Under Fire in the home straight, making it three straight victories this campaign.
Tim Stone also had a successful night, driving a double on King Crocker and Safari Storm with the latter also trained by him.
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