Home’s where the Hart is for Cameron

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - AMANDA RANDO

HAV­ING re­cently achieved the mile­stone of driv­ing 100 win­ners in his suc­cinct ca­reer reins­man Cameron Hart is head­ing home. Al­beit, only for one day. Hart is head­ing back to Junee to­day with a num­ber of key drives at the Coota­mundra Car­ni­val of Cups meet­ing.

With the Coota­mundra Club’s two meet­ings of the year trans­ferred to Junee, Hart saw this as a good op­por­tu­nity to travel back.

“It’s al­ways good to go back home and I like to make the most of it when I can,” Hart ad­mit­ted.

The 19-year-old reins­man re­lo­cated to Syd­ney half-a-year ago to work for for­mer Queens­land men­tor Shane San­der­son at Me­nan­gle.

And it has been a pos­i­tive move for Hart who only be­gan driv­ing in races two years ago.

“A cou­ple of weeks back I reached 100 wins so Syd­ney has been work­ing out well,” Hart said.

The for­mer mini trot driver has a good chance of grow­ing that suc­cess to­day start­ing with Black­bird Power in the fea­ture Wat­tle Time Cup (2170m).

“He’s go­ing well at the mo­ment hav­ing just won the West Wya­long Cup so it will be good to get back on him,” Hart said.

“It’s go­ing to be tough drawn in bar­rier five es­pe­cially with Con­vic­tion drawn on the in­side as he won well at Me­nan­gle last start.

“I might have to slide back with my horse and he has the form on side so should be a gen­uine chance with the right run.”

Ac­cord­ing to Hart, one of his best chances is his first drive of the day and that is on Ideal Fan­tasy in race five.

The re­cent Junee win­ner is trained by Hart’s un­cle Trevor White and has drawn bar­rier two.

“She is a nice lit­tle filly and should be hard to beat from the draw,” Hart claimed.

Hart also landed the drive again on the Bruce Harp­ley­trained Harps in the Club Me­nan­gle Where Horses Fly Heat.

“I went down and drove this horse on Junee Cup night and had a bit of luck on him and Bruce was kind enough to put me back on,” Hart said.

“Bruce par­tic­u­larly kept me on be­cause if he qual­i­fies for the fi­nal, I will drive him at Me­nan­gle too mainly be­cause I’m get­ting used to driv­ing at that track.”

Mean­while Hart’s last drive to­day is on the Shane Hil­lier­trained Re­sound­ing in race nine.

This mare was also a re­cent back-to-back win­ner.

“Shane al­ways has his horses in good or­der and this mare is go­ing the best she has ever gone,” Hart said.

In 773 drives Hart boasts a record of 102 wins and 196 plac­ings and is cur­rently amongst the top three ju­nior driv­ers in the state.

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