Ken Casellas | Photo: Gloucester Park Harness Racing
Ace Capel trainer Aiden de Campo is setting up-and-coming four-year-old The Good Life for the $30,000 John Higgins Memorial Pace on July 29 after the Mach Three gelding had scored an easy victory in the group 3 $30,000 Kerry Clarke Westbred Classic for four and five-year-olds at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
De Campo had an armchair drive behind the $1.40 favourite who was untroubled to set the pace from the prized No. 1 barrier. After a slow lead time of 38.1sec. and modest opening quarters of 30.8sec. and 30.2sec. The Good Life sprinted over the final 400m sections in 28.7sec. and 28sec. and won by more than two lengths from $10 chance Al Guerrero, who trailed the pacemaker throughout.
Arma Einstein ($16) impressed in finishing fast, out wide, from ninth at the bell to be third.
“He got away with a good lead time and won quite easily,” said De Campo. “I have always had a lot of time for him. He’ll have a few more starts and will run in a qualifying heat for the Higgins and, hopefully, qualify for the final.
“After that, he might have a bit of a let-up before coming back to be prepared for the feature events for four-year-olds in November and December. There are a lot of good four-year-olds going around, horses like Jumpingjackmac, Mighty Ronaldo and Lavra Joe, but there’s a lot of water to go under the bridge yet.”
The Good Life, a $57,5000 yearling, now has earned $75,908 from nine wins and nine placings from 29 starts.