Deluxe Edition defies the odds
“THEY don’t know how much they’re paying.”
Balnagowan trainer Joao Campeao summed it up best after two outsiders saluted in consecutive races yesterday at a bizarre Cluden Park race meeting where only the bookmakers were cheering.
Campeao’s Deluxe Edition ($ 81) got the ball rolling by finishing over the top of Eucharist ($ 9) and $ 2.20 favourite Vehement in the 1200m Maiden Plate, before Michael Geaney’s Deputy Dan ($ 91) won the 1300m Benchmark 55 Handicap.
Punters could have got even bigger odds on the tote but Campeao was one of the few who believed Deluxe Edition up to the task.
The four- year- old had failed to place in his previous eight career starts and had racked up just $ 600 in prizemoney before taking home the $ 9100 winner’s cheque yesterday.
Campeao was encouraged by Deluxe Edition’s fourth in his last start at Mackay on October 6, and believed he could improve enough to contend.
“He’s got big gangly legs and is learning what it’s all about,” he said.
“The last time at Mackay he was fourth, a good run … I thought he would run well today.
“I was surprised he was 100- 1 after his last run, but they don’t know how much they’re paying.”
Another big winner yesterday was Best Hoffa, who rode to victory in the Class 3 Plate ( 1400m).
HE’S GOT BIG GANGLY LEGS AND IS LEARNING WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT JOAO CAMPEAO
SETTING PACE: Stephen Wilson rides Best Hoffa to victory in the Class 3 Plate over 1400m at Cluden.