In­tended Roy­alty cir­cles top class foes

Marc Camp­bell wins four races to es­tab­lish lead atop the stand­ings

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - Com­piled by Ni­cholas Oakes for Red Shores.

In­tended Roy­alty had to do it the hard way but came out on top in the Satur­day af­ter­noon fea­ture at Red Shores at the Char­lot­te­town Driv­ing Park.

Mike McGuigan was in the sulky for the $2,200 event leav­ing from Post 7 with In­tended Roy­alty at 5-1 odds.

Euchred (Adam Merner) set the early tempo as the post-time favourite with splits of 29.3 and 59.2. In­tended Roy­alty be­gan his ad­vance at the half-mile marker while be­ing forced three-wide for a short pe­riod be­fore the fiveeighths.

Euchred would open up day­light on his com­pe­ti­tion be­fore the three-quar­ters of 1:29.4 with In­tended Roy­alty gob­bling up ground in that split to sit in the two-hole head­ing into the com­ple­tion of the race. In­tended Roy­alty over­came Euchred in a stretch-drive slugfest to win in 1:59.4 with Burn Out Hanover (Kenny Arse­nault) fin­ish­ing third.

Randy Cop­ley of In­ver­ness, N.S., co-owns and trains In­tended Roy­alty with co-owner Ed Cop­ley. The vet­eran pacer sur­passed $100,000 in ca­reer purse earn­ings with the win.

The King of Is­land rac­ing is al­ready es­tab­lish­ing an­other lead in the Char­lot­te­town driv­ing stand­ings as Marc Camp­bell had four wins on the af­ter­noon card.

Camp­bell was a front-end win­ner with Pic­to­nian Sareta in Race 2 in 2:04.3 for his first win of the day. The next three came in quick suc­ces­sion, as he cap­tured Races 5, 6 and 7. Cougar Gal was a 2:04.1 win­ner from the Neil Bam­brick stable, then Mal­abrigo cap­tured Race 6 in 2:02.3 from Camp­bell’s own barn fol­lowed by a 2:03.2 vic­tory with Wind­sun Rebel for trainer Vaughan Doyle.

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