Ken Casellas | Photo: Gloucester Park Harness Racing
A wide draw at barrier seven proved no impediment for speedy four-year-old Dominus Factum, who began with a sizzling burst to dash to the front after 60 metres in the 2130m Garrard’s Horse And Hound group 3 $30,000 Chandon Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
This great start paved the way for Dominus Factum’s convincing victory which gave the American Ideal gelding five wins from eight starts this season which have taken his record to 41 starts for 15 wins, ten placings and stakes of $125,401.
Dominus Factum, trained and driven by Aiden de Campo, was the $2.10 favourite when he led from barrier one and easily beat Caveman and Shadow Roll the previous Friday. But from his wide draw on Friday night Dominus Factum was overlooked by most punters and was a $19 chance.
Arma Einstein was the $1.30 favourite and was generally expected to set the pace and prove hard to beat after starting from the coveted No. 1 barrier. He led for the first 60 metres before Dominus Factum charged to the front and then was able to relax and cost through the lead time in a slow 38sec.
This was followed by comfortable quarters of 31.3sec. and 30.3sec. before Dominus Factum sprinted over the final 400m sections in 28.3sec. and 27.9sec. to win at a 1.57.7 rate.
Moonlite Drive, a $10 chance, worked in the breeze throughout and fought on gamely to finish second, with Arma Einstein, finishing fast into third place after trailing the leader all the way.