American Delight on the March

Up-and-coming four-year-old New Zealand-bred mare American Delight continues to perform at a high level and Capel trainer-reinsman Aiden de Campo is looking forward to her contesting feature events for mares in the coming months.

De Campo drove American Delight, favourite at $1.80 from the No. 1 barrier, to a convincing all-the-way victory in the 2536m Shop Online At Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.  

“She’s getting through the classes quickly,” said de Campo. “She wasn’t proven at that grade and over that distance, but we got an easy enough time. She was star gazing a bit at the top of the straight but on the line she was getting away from them.

“She won a couple in own as a three-year-old and a $30,000 event at her previous preparation. So, she’s got a good record and, hopefully, she will keep improving on it. Every time she comes back after a spell she gets a bit stronger.

“I think she will measure up to contesting feature events for mares. She’s definitely not better than them, but with the right run she will have the chance to beat the better mares.”

Robbie Easton ($7) maintained his consistent form when he worked hard in the breeze for almost the final two circuits and fought on doggedly to be second to American Delight on Friday night.