Win turns for­tunes around

Waipa Post - - The Country -

Andrew Camp­bell ad­mit­ted to a huge feel­ing of re­lief after Padraig turned the sta­ble’s for­tunes around.

The Cam­bridge trainer has en­dured a frus­trat­ing year with a virus af­fect­ing the ma­jor­ity of his run­ners.

“We’ve had a very bad run, it’s great to get the mon­key off my back,” said Camp­bell.

He was re­fer­ring to Padraig’s Tau­ranga suc­cess in the Seeka Premier Hand­i­cap (1600m) against the older horses.

“He won well, he was run­ning out of his grade so it was a tough ef­fort.”

Padraig, who won in Vic­to­ria dur­ing a stint with Trent Busut­tin and Natalie Young, had been beaten over 1200m when re­sum­ing, but a sub­se­quent trial win pro­vided Camp­bell with en­cour­age­ment.

“He didn’t do much fresh-up and I was scratch­ing my head, but I think he just needed more ground,” he said.

Padraig set­tled be­hind the pace and when rider Trudy Thorn­ton asked him for an ef­fort in the straight he was a will­ing com­pan­ion to get the bet­ter of the pace­maker Waip­ipi Lad.

Mean­while, sta­ble­mate Longchamp’s fu­ture is in doubt after dis­ap­point­ing in both runs this cam­paign.

“He’s fine, but he might have had enough,” said Camp­bell.

“His work has been good, he’s just not fin­ish­ing off. I might give him one more on a looser track.

“He’s been a great horse to us with two Opunake Cups and he was Tav­i­s­tock’s first win­ner. He’s been spe­cial so we’re go­ing to look after him.”

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