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Talented Capel horseman Aiden de Campo has made a flying start to the 2022 season and has taken an early lead in the trainers’ premiership table, with eleven wins and eight placings from 32 starters.
His legion of fans will be looking to him to guide smart four-year-old Dominus Factum to victory in the 2130m Choices Flooring For Advice Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Dominus Factum, a winner at eleven of his 35 starts is ideally drawn at the No. 1 barrier. He is a smart frontrunner and de Campo will be anxious to set the pace in a bid for victory, with another four-year-old Orlando Blue looming large as his most dangerous rival.
Dominus Factum has set the pace for nine of his wins. He led and held on to win by a half-head from the fast-finishing Valentines Brook over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday of last week when he dashed over the final 800m in 57sec. and rated 1.57.8.
Orlando Blue, trained by Michael Young and to be driven by Shannon Suvaljko, will start from the No. 2 barrier. He is in top form, with four wins from his past five starts when he has set the pace.
Young and Suvaljko will also join forces in the $50,000 WA Trotters Cup on Friday night when Suvaljko will handle the very smart square gaiter Beefour Bacardi, and on the following night at Northam’s Burwood Park the Young-Suvaljko combination will be looking for Beat City to overcome the 30m handicap and win the $30,000 Northam Cup over 2560m.
Beat City is in outstanding form and his five starts in stands have produced three wins, a second and a third placing. Beat City’s rivals include Triroyale Brigade, Hotfoot It, Doctor Tom, Withoutthetuh and Awaitinstructions.
Triroyale Brigade, to be driven by his trainer Michael Grantham, will have many admirers after winning easily at two of his past three starts. He will begin from the 20m mark at his first appearance at Burwood Park.
Grantham has won eight races in the sulky behind the Michael Brennan-trained Doctor Tom, including wins at his only two starts at Northam. Deni Roberts will drive Doctor Tom (a winner at nine of his 19 starts) for the first time.
Brennan will also be represented in the Northam Cup by Withoutthetuh, who will start from the inside barrier on the 10m line.
Mitch Miller will handle the Matt Scott-trained Awaitinstructions from the inside of the front line. Awaitinstructions impressed when he overcame a check soon after the start and revealed a great turn of foot to come from the rear to score a runaway victory in the Busselton Cup last Friday night.