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Highly-promising colt Floewriter has inherited much of the ability of his close relation Handsandwheels, and he is developing into a strong candidate for the WA Derby in May.
Floewriter, trained and driven by Aiden de Campo, was wonderful value at $13.90 from out wide at barrier eight in the 2130m Simmonds Steel Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night when de Campo was rewarded for his aggression with an impressive victory over the $2.90 favourite Tricky Miki.
Floewriter began speedily and burst to the front after 200m before setting a solid pace and dashing over the final 800m in 56.6sec. to record a mile rate of 1.56.9 and beating Tricky Miki by a half-length.
Tricky Miki, having his first start for six months and starting from the outside of the back line, raced in sixth position, one-out and two-back, before finishing strongly.
“Our main dangers were on the back row — Tricky Miki and Maungatahi — and with Swingband racing first-up and from barrier six and likely to go back at the start, I took the punt by making use of Floewriter’s good gate speed,” said de Campo.
“I didn’t want to end up behind those good horses because it would have been hard work to outsprint them late.”
Floewriter now has won from wide barriers at three of his past four starts at Gloucester Park and the $30,000 yearling now has earned $127,766 from five wins and two seconds from 12 starts.
De Campo picked out Floewriter as a yearling, mainly because he was the second foal out of Maddy White, a mare he had driven to seven of her 11 victories. Maddy White is a half-sister to Handsandwheels, who has raced 83 times for the de Campo stable for 28 wins, 26 placings and $666,739 in prizemoney.
Asked to compare Floewriter with Handsandwheels, de Campo replied: “It’s a funny one; Floewriter has probably over-performed at this stage of his career compared with Handsandwheels, who won only one race (at his debut at Pinjarra in February 2016) as a two-year-old.
“Handsandwheels didn’t really step up until around Derby time (when he won the 2017 WA Derby). I wouldn’t say that Floewriter is at his level by any stretch of imagination. But he has the same attributes, being a really good racehorse and naturally gaited.
“Floewriter is like Handsandwheels in that you can use him early and then he drops the bit for you. Floewriter will race until the end of February before going for a break.”
De Campo continued in winning form at the meeting in Albany on Saturday night when he trained three winners — Sport Sport Sport, The Miki Taker and Cordering Road.
He drove Sport Sport Sport and The Miki Taker, and the nine-year-old Cordering Road gave 18-year-old Emily Johnson her first winner at her fifth drive in a race. Cordering Road ($7.50) began smoothly from the stand and was rated perfectly in front on his way to a three-length victory over Party Boy Freddy over 2247m.
This ended a losing sequence of 79 for Cordering Road, whose previous (and only other victory from xx starts) was when he was a $20.40 chance in an all-the-way success over 2180m at Wagin on May 26, 2017.
Johnson was ecstatic and she wielded the whip jubilantly before the veteran pacer crossed the finish line well clear of the opposition. Johnson has enjoyed an excellent relationship with Cordering Road, having driven him in 19 trials at Pinjarra and Bunbury.