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Outstanding three-year-old The Miki Taker maintained his superb form when his trainer Aiden de Campo drove him to an impressive victory over Wonderful To Fly and High price in the 2130m Pastrami Pacing Special Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Starting third favourite at $3.50 from barrier two, The Miki Taker trailed the pacemaker and $2.25 favourite High Price before getting off the pegs 650m from home and finishing strongly to score at a 1.56.9 rate over the 2130m journey.
De Campo eased The Miki Taker back one length to enable the gelding to get into the clear. Wonderful To Fly ($2.80) was in the breeze and The Miki Taker had to race three wide to issue his challenge. Shane Young sent Wonderful To Fly to the lead with 300m to travel, but the filly was unable to hold off Taking the Miki, who sprinted fast to hit the front in the final 15 metres.
After a 28.4sec. third quarter of the final mile, The Miki Taker sprinted over the final 400m in 27.4sec. The son of American sire Always B Miki now has raced 15 times for seven wins, six placings and stakes of $132,918.
“He will go to the paddock now for a couple of months,” said de Campo. “He will miss the Pearl (May 13) and I will bring him back for the big races towards the end of the year. He has done a good job this time in, and I will be aiming to get him back to race in the Westbred Classic (a $100,000 event on September 9).
“I’d rather give him a decent break and miss the $50,000 Pearl, and then have him primed for the bigger races (the Westbred Classic and $200,000 WA Derby on November 4).”
De Campo said that he was a little bit worried when The Miki Taker was tucked away on the pegs. “But I managed to get out and get the job done,” he said. “He laboured a bit around the last corner, but as soon as he straightened up, he paced strongly. He’s got so much fight in him, and that’s his best asset. He fought really well up the straight and went to the line well.”