Ken Casellas | Photo: Gloucester Park Harness Racing
When ace trainer-reinsman Colin Brown was confined to barracks and isolated at home under COVID-19 protocols he had no hesitation in asking his daughter Maddison to drive Arma Xfactor in the $20,250 Allwood Stud Pace for three-year-olds at Gloucester Park on Friday night — and she proved a perfect substitute.
Arma Xfactor, a $21.60 chance from barrier three, was driven aggressively to cause an upset by working hard in the breeze all the way before finishing determinedly to take the lead in the final 50m and win by a neck from the fast-finishing $16 chance Been Scootin.
Polemarker Whos The Dad, the $1.75 favourite, looked set to win after a slow lead time of 38.9sec. and modest opening quarters of 30.8sec. and 30.2sec.
But after a 28.3sec. third quarter Whos The Dad began to wilt and he dropped back to finish a close third, with the final 400m being covered in a similar 28.3sec.
Arma Xfactor is by American Ideal and is out of Arma Xpress, who won the Golden Slipper in July 2012 before being retired with a record of 18 starts for 12 wins and one placings for earnings of $279,890.
Maddison Brown drove Arma Xpress once, at her final appearance when she finished fifth behind Heez On Fire at Gloucester Park on October 27, 2014. Arma Xfactor is a full-brother to American Arma, who raced 21 times for nine wins, eight placings and $105,216 in prizemoney.