In a thrilling display of talent and strategy, the Australian harness racing scene lit up on Friday night at Gloucester Park with a spectacular line-up of races, including the ‘Group 2 $100,000 The Pearl Final for 2yo Colts’ and the ‘Group 3 August Cup $50,000 for older horses.’ The evening delivered intense competition, and a remarkable showcase of young and seasoned contenders.
The standout feature of the night was the ‘Group 2 $100,000 The Pearl Final for 2yo Colts,’ which witnessed an extraordinary accomplishment! The first seven horses to cross the finish line were all APG Graduates from the APG WA Sale in 2022. This remarkable dominance showcased the incredible potential of horses that have and continue to pass through these esteemed sales.
The Pearl Final: APG Graduates Take the Spotlight
The race’s top honors were clinched by Menemsha, an offspring of Sunshine Beach, who put on a breathtaking display of speed and determination. The colt was sold at the APG WA Sale by Karnup Racing, a prominent name in the industry synonymous with quality. Menemsha’s journey from the auction block to the winner’s circle was guided by the skilled hands of Aiden De Campo (Four Diamonds Pacing), who not only trained the quinella but also steered Menemsha to victory. The synergy between horse and handler was palpable, showcasing the remarkable efforts invested by De Campo.
Coming in second was Grevis, sired by Lazarus, another standout from the APG WA Sale, and purchased by De Campo for $30,000. The horse’s strong performance reaffirmed the prowess of APG graduates on the racing circuit. The third spot was claimed by Ten To The Dozen, a progeny of Art Major, sold by Solid Gold S/Breds and purchased by Team Bond for $65,000.
August Cup Triumph: Mighty Ronaldo Reigns Supreme
The momentum of the night didn’t waver with the ‘Group 3 August Cup $50,000 for older horses’. This race that saw Mighty Ronaldo, sired by Alta Christiano and another of the APG graduates, dominate the field, and secure a well-deserved victory. The victory was particularly sweet for Mighty Ronaldo’s breeder, Karnup Racing, who had sold the horse at the APG WA Sale in 2019 for $22,000 to trainer Justin Prentice. Mighty Ronaldo’s incredible earnings of $692,000 solidify his status as one of the standout performers of his generation.
Young Guns Shine Bright
Aiden De Campo’s remarkable feat of training and guiding the quinella in The Pearl Final was a testament to his talent and dedication. The accomplishment showcased the synergy between horse and trainer, underscoring the expertise that goes into harness racing success. De Campo’s prowess was mirrored by fellow young gun Justin Prentice, who masterfully guided Mighty Ronaldo to his impressive August Cup victory.
Friday night’s electrifying showcase at Gloucester Park will be remembered for some time to come. The dominance of the APG graduates in the ‘Group 2 The Pearl Final’ underscored the incredible potential nurtured through every sale. Aiden De Campo’s brilliant training and guiding of the quinella and Justin Prentice’s masterful handling of Mighty Ronaldo in the ‘August Cup’ highlighted the prowess of young talents. As the dust settles on a night of outstanding performances, it’s clear that the Australian harness racing scene is in the hands of exceptional horsemen and extraordinary equine athletes.