Emerging four-year-old American Delight will target the $125,000 Mares’ Classic (2536m) after showing brilliant acceleration to win Gloucester Park’s main race tonight.
The bay, driven by Capel trainer-reinsman Aiden De Campo and starting at $2.65, scored with a 1:57.6 rate in the $30,000 Lewis Fillies and Mares’ Pace (2130m).
She narrowly relegated Mandy Joan ($8) and favourite Dancing With Mach ($2.40) into minor placings.
American Delight was coasting midfield before unleashing a lightning move at the 1000m. Drivers of leaders Dancing With Mach and Mandy Joan were caught off guard as American Delight pounced to sweep clear.
“When we took off, I thought she would rush forward to be outside one of the leaders,” De Campo said. “But she was fired up and charged to the front, and grabbed what turned out to be a winning break.”
The victory completed a feature event hat-trick for De Campo, who has also notched $50,000 City Of Perth Cup and $50,000 Governor’s Cup victories with Handsandwheels in the past fortnight.
Connections of American Delight, who is owned by a syndicate, said last night her long-term mission would be the Mares’ Classic at Gloucester Park in December.
Earlier at tonight’s meeting, reinsman Shannon Suvaljko predicted Son Of A Tiger could improve considerably on his performance to win the $20,000 Perth Plasterboard Centre Pace (2130m).
The Matthew Scott-trained gelding, a $2.80 favourite, set the pace and rated 1:58 to beat The Dali Express ($6) by 1.4m. Touch Of Success ($17) ran a close third.
“Son Of A Tiger finished it off well after leading tonight,” Suvaljko said. “ But he’ll be even better when getting the chance to sit and sprint.
“Though he won the Northam Cup over 2500m two starts ago, he likes shorter races.”