Lewis in a Purple Patch
Hopeland trainer Debra Lewis is riding on the crest of a wave and she has excellent prospects of continuing her golden run by winning the final event, the Cowden The Insurance Brokers Pace, at Gloucester Park on Friday night with Our Corelli, the latest addition to her stable.
Our Corelli, a New Zealand-bred four-year-old, is awkwardly drawn at barrier six in the 1730m sprint event, but looks set to be a short-priced favourite with Lewis’s husband, champion reinsman Chris Lewis, in the sulky.
Our Corelli, driven by Jocelyn Young, made an auspicious debut for the stable when he sustained a strong finishing burst to win from The Lightning Strike at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon, rating 1.57.6 over 2692m. That was his eighth win from 21 starts.
Our Corelli races at his best at Pinjarra where he has won five times. He has appeared at Gloucester Park 11 times for two wins and two seconds.
Looming as chief danger to Our Corelli is the polemarker Parisian Partygirl, a consistent six-year-old veteran of 81 starts for nine wins, 24 seconds and 12 thirds.
Trained at Bindoon by Bernie James, Parisian Partygirl will be handled by her regular driver Aiden de Campo, who elected to take the drive ahead of Miss Camouflage, a four-year-old mare who is handily drawn at the No. 2 barrier for de Campo’s uncle Stephen de Campo.
Aiden de Campo has driven Miss Camouflage at her two most recent runs for wins at Bunbury and Gloucester Park. Michael Grantham will be Miss Camouflage’s new driver this week.
“Our Corelli went super at Pinjarra, but Parisian Partygirl gets her chance to lead from the inside barrier and this could be her race,” said de Campo.
Debra Lewis is enjoying the most successful stage of her career as a trainer, with 31 winners over the past 18 weeks. These winners have been: Luis Alberto (eight), The War Nurse (six), Carte Blanche (five), The Watch Maker (four), Vrai Amour, Lot Twenty One and Pierre Whitby (two each), and Right Royal Cheer and Our Corelli (one each).