Deluxe Edi­tion de­fies the odds

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - JON TUXWORTH

“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

Pic­tures: ZAK SIM­MONDS

SET­TING PACE: Stephen Wil­son rides Best Hoffa to vic­tory in the Class 3 Plate over 1400m at Clu­den.

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