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Smart four-year-old Dominus Factum resumed racing after a spell in excellent fashion with a dashing all-the-way victory in the 2130m Simmonds Steel Fencing And Gates Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Capel trainer Aiden de Campo got the $3.90 favourite away speedily from barrier three, and the American Ideal gelding forged to the front after 200m, and he went on to win comfortably from Medieval Man ($4.60) and Whoswhointhezoo ($4.60).
Dominus Factum, who was reappearing after a 19-week absence, appears likely to develop into an excellent candidate for the rich feature events for four-year-olds in the summer months.
He has earned $93,664 from 13 wins and ten placings from 38 starts and is proving to be a good investment after being purchased at the 2019 APG Melbourne yearling sale for $20,000 by Andrew de Campo.
“Dad went to the Melbourne sale in 2019 and came home with Dominus Factum and Gods Plan,” said Aiden de Campo. “He bought Dominus Factum because he is a real big fan of American Ideal.” Dominus Factum was syndicated and has a large group of owners, including Paul Poli, Vince Vinciullo, Kyra Yuill, Geoff Lawler’s B and S group, several relatives and close family friends of the de Campos.
“I wasn’t overly confident, first-up, tonight,” admitted Aiden de Campo. “I thought he would need a run or two to bring him to his top, judged on his trackwork.
“He did a bit of work out of the gate but didn’t break the clock on the wet track. He has blistering gate speed, and that helps him a lot. He has matched it with the better three-year-olds last season, and we will wait and see how he progresses before making plans for the big races for four-year-olds.”
Indeed, Dominus Factum has the ability to develop into a strong candidate for the Four-Year-Old Championship and the Golden Nugget in the summer. He finished second to star pacer Lavra Joe in the Caduceus Club Championship in March last year when he also finished fourth behind that pacer in the Western Gateway Pace and the Battle Of Bunbury.