Reinswoman Emily Johnson secures victory at Albany Harness Racing Club in first career win

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Trainer Aiden De Campo with reinswoman Emily Johnson after her first win.
Camera IconTrainer Aiden De Campo with reinswoman Emily Johnson after her first win. Credit: Darryl Hallows (Paceway Photos)

Young reinswoman Emily Johnson was the star of the show at Harold Reid Paceway on Saturday night, as she saluted for the first time in her career.

Albany Harness Racing Club held a seven-race program and it was Johnson’s night to savour.

The 18-year-old relocated to WA after trainer-driver Aiden De Campo gave her an opportunity to move from New Zealand.

It is a decision that is already paying dividends.

Johnson drove Cordoring Road, trained by De Campo, to victory as she saluted at just her fifth start in the sulky.

Emily Johnson secures her first win aboard the Aiden De Campo-trained Cordoring Road.
Camera IconEmily Johnson secures her first win aboard the Aiden De Campo-trained Cordoring Road. Credit: Darryl Hallows (Paceway Photos)

Cordoring Road started a $7 chance for Johnson and after beginning faultlessly off the front marker, he led all the way to win by 9m in the Albany Stockfeeds Pace (2247m).

Johnson and De Campo teamed up to hand Cordoring Road his second career win at start 98 as it defeated Party Boy Freddy, while Fireball Friday filled third.

It was one of three winners for De Campo on the night as he prepared Sport Sport Sport and The Miki Taker to victory.

Promising three-year-old Sport Sport Sport notched its third win as it took out the opening event (1832m) on the night as De Campo drove his own pacer and hot $1.04 favourite to victory by 8.6m.

Sport Sport Sport wins the Albany Stockfeeds Fillies and Mares Pace (1832m) for Aiden De Campo.
Camera IconSport Sport Sport wins the Albany Stockfeeds Fillies and Mares Pace (1832m) for Aiden De Campo. Credit: Darryl Hallows (Paceway Photos)

The De Campo-trained The Miki Taker claimed race three (2265m)on the program, winning by 9m at $1.14 to notch its fourth win from eight career starts.

Reinswoman Jocelyn Young finished the night with a winning double after taking out races four and five.

Young guided the Wayne Justins-trained Desiderio to victory by 4.7m in the Smith Thornton Pace (1832m) at $15 and secure its sixth career win.

The John Fagg-trained Sanford Tilly claimed the feature race on the night, the Harry Capararo memorial Sprint Prelude 2 (1832m) by a short half head in a thrilling finish over Mal Boy.

The Adrian Shanks-trained Step It Up wins the final race for Deni Roberts.
Camera IconThe Adrian Shanks-trained Step It Up wins the final race for Deni Roberts. Credit: Darryl Hallows (Paceway Photos)

Sanford Tilly ran three consecutive seconds leading up to the event and started at $15 but finally notched just its second win in 73 career starts.

Local trainer Adrian Shanks finished the program on a winning note as Step It Up broke maiden status, dominating the Albany Stockfeeds Pace by 27.30m.

Sports Central won race two for trainer David Goulden and driver Trent Wheeler.

The Harry Capararo Memorial Sprint Final will be held this Saturday night.

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