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Star reinsman Aiden de Campo celebrated his first drive behind former Victorian performer Alice Kay by producing a splendid display in the sulky to guide her to an impressive victory in the 2130m Catalano Trucks, Your One Stop Pace for mares at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Alice Kay, trained at Byford by Katja Warwick, was an $11.40 chance from barrier five, and it was de Campo’s early aggression that paved the way for the five-year-old’s victory.
Purest Silk, the $1.95 favourite, dashed to the front from barrier three, with Alice Kay settling down in seventh position before de Campo urged her forward and into the breeze. Soon after that Angel In White ($5) sustained a three-wide burst to race outside the pacemaking Purest Silk, thus giving Alice Kay a perfect sit in the one-out, one-back position.
Shannon Suvaljko sent Angel In White to the front 250m from home, but that mare was unable to hold out Alice Kay, who surged to the front at the 100m and went on to beat her by two lengths at a 1.56.54 rate.
“We got the right run,” said de Campo. “And it was good to get another win for the stable; it’s been a while (with de Campo’s previous win for Warwick being with Tommy Be Good when he beat Just Rockon Bye by a half-head on July 24, 2020).
“The plan was to get in front of Angel In White because we thought she would punch through from the second line quite hard, and then we would be able to get the one-one trail. So, everything worked out well for us.”
Alice Kay, by Art Major, is the first foal out of the Courage Under Fire mare Sandy Kay, who won at seven of her 14 starts and earned $48,950. Sandy Kay’s dam My Perogative had 15 starts for six wins, seven placings and $49,075.
Alice Kay, a winner at eight of her 33 Victorian starts and unplaced at her only appearance in New South Wales, has raced 28 times in Western Australia for two wins and 11 placings for a career record of 62 starts for ten wins, 22 placings and stakes of $166,430.