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Veteran pacer Qtown Rip Roaring was a $28 outsider when he caused an upset by running home determinedly to snatch a last-stride victory by a nose from the $2.60 favourite Extreme Prince in the 2130m Congratulations Amber And Aldo Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Driven for only the second time by Aiden de Campo in the New Zealand-bred pacer’s 171 starts, Qtown Rip Roaring, trained by Matt Scott, raced three back on the pegs in fifth place before he finished purposefully to overhaul Extreme Prince, who had led all the way.

This ended a losing sequence of 22, with ten-year-old Qtown Rip Roaring’s previous win being as a $2.05 favourite when he set the pace and defeated Change Of Address over 2130m last September. 

De Campo’s previous drive behind Qtown Rip Roaring was 82 starts before Friday night’s event, when fourth at $34.50 behind The Storm Chief on April 7, 2017. De Campo is one of 29 drivers who have handled Qtown Riproaring during his marathon career of two wins in New Zealand, three in Victoria, one from one start in South Australia and ten from 135 starts in Western Australia.

Written by: Ken Casellas | Photo Credit: Hamilton Content Creators