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Promising filly Sovrana completed a winning hat-trick when she finished with a strong burst to score an impressive victory in the 2130m Etch Coatings Commercial Spray Painting Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
She remains unbeaten as a three-year-old, after finishing strongly to win at Bunbury and Pinjarra in January, and she is sure to be a major player in the $50,000 APG Sales Classic for three-year-old fillies next Friday week.
Her trainer-reinsman Aiden de Campo said that Sovrana would also contest other feature events in April and May before going for a spell then being prepared for the $100,000 Westbred Classic for fillies in September and the $150,000 WA Oaks in October.
Sovrana, an $8.90 chance from her wide draw at barrier eight, settled down towards the rear in Friday night’s event before de Campo urged her forward to be handily placed in the one-out, one-back position at the bell, with Queeninthecorner ($2.50) setting the pace from the $2.25 favourite Wonderful To Fly in the breeze.
Shane Young sent Wonderful To Fly to the front 350m from home and the star filly led by a length on the home turn. Sovrana was full of running as she swept into the lead in the final 40m, and she won by a half-length from Queeninthecorner, rating a smart 1.56.3. Wonderful To Fly wilted to finish third.
“Sovrana wasn’t there mentally as a two-year-old,” said de Campo. “She is a really big horse, and it was always going to take a bit of time for her to mature. She is now still not a hundred per cent there mentally but is getting through on ability at this stage.
“I think she will come back better after another break. She is still on the improve, and there’s a lot of water to go under the bridge before the Oaks.”
Sovrana, bred by Steve Johnson, was sold for $30,000 at the 2020 Perth APG yearling sale, and she now has raced ten times for five wins, two placings and $42,205 in prizemoney.
De Campo maintained his splendid form when he drove five winners at the Albany meeting on Saturday night, scoring with the Lang Inwood-trained Tux And Tails ($4.80) and training and driving four other winners — Gods Plan ($5.50), The Miki Taker ($1.24), Floewriter ($1.04) and Major Carlos ($2.15). He is the State’s leading trainer this season with 20 winners, and he leads by four from Busselton trainer Barry Howlett.