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Star reinsman Aiden De Campo’s plans of enjoying a relaxing evening on Friday evening changed dramatically when he arrived to drive at the Gloucester Park meeting on Tuesday night and discovered that leading reinsmen Chris Lewis and Chris Voak were in isolation this week under the COVID health and safety protocols.

“I was going to sit at home or go to the pub to watch the Dockers match on TV,” said De Campo, who was due to be in the middle of spending a 13-day suspension for causing interference in a race last Friday night.

“I then saw that Ross Olivieri had several runners on Friday night without a driver, so I contacted him and said I would be available.”

De Campo then was granted a deferment of his suspension and Olivieri engaged him to drive his five stable runners — Bettor Be Lively, Power And Grace, The Code Breaker, Born To Boogie and Yankee Lincoln. He also was nominated to drive Rabchenko and Hotfoot It.

It will be quite a unique situation for De Campo to drive Olivieri’s pacers, with the exception of The Code Breaker, for the first time. He has driven The Code Breaker once, when the gelding was trained by Michael Brennan. That was at Narrogin on April 27, 2021 when The Code Breaker finished third behind My Sweet Deal.

The best prospects of Olivieri’s runners look to be Born To Boogie in the WASBA Breeders Stakes, last-start winner Power And Grace, who will start from the No. 1 barrier in the fourth event, and Yankee Lincoln, who will start off the front in race eight, a standing-start event over 2503m.