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Talented young reinsman Kyle Symington completed his first metropolitan-class double when he drove speedy four-year-old Dominus Factum to a convincing victory in the Owners Appreciation Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

The 20-year-old Symington was successful earlier with Hillview Bondi in the opening event.

Dominus Factum, the $2.40 favourite from the No. 1 barrier, was not fully extended in setting the pace and winning by a length from the $3.40 second fancy Caveman, who fought on doggedly after racing in the breeze all the way.

Dominus Factum, who enjoyed a very comfortable 38sec. lead time, gave his rivals little chance by dashing over the final 800m in 56.9sec. He rated 1.56.8 over the 2130m journey.

Trainer Aiden De Campo engaged Symington to drive Dominus Factum for the first time and to make use of his claim as a junior driver, and this enabled the American Ideal gelding to be eligible to contest this event.

“Dominus Factum now goes up in grade, and he might struggle from bad barriers at the higher level,” said De Campo. “So, I’ll have to teach him other ways to win races from back in the field (apart from leading).”

The Victorian-bred Dominus Factum, purchased for $20,000 at the 2019 APG Melbourne yearling sale, has earned $106,202 from 14 wins and ten placings from 40 starts. His seven starts as a four-year-old have resulted in four wins.