We're all happy campers after Pakenham success

Sep 14, 2016

The race didn’t pan out as planned but Not A Happy Camper had little trouble breaking her winning drought on the Pakenham Synthetic track.

The mare’s previous win was in November last year but Not A Happy Camper had indicated another victory was imminent with two excellent runs leading up to her Pakenham success.

Persistent heavy rain forced a venue switch from the turf at Bendigo to the Pakenham Synthetic track but Not A Happy Camper took it all in her stride in the Adroit F&M BM78 Handicap (1200m).

Scratchings left a field of six but it was a handy field engaged in the $40,000 race but the early going went against jockey Damian Lane’s pre-race plan.

Lane wanted to track the speed but a lack of early pace forced him to take Not A Happy Camper to the lead for where she was never headed.

Not A Happy Camper had a soft midrace run, which left her with plenty in reserve for her finishing burst. The daughter of Not A Single Doubt raced away from her opposition in the straight to score by three-quarters of a length.

“I actually thought something would lead me and I would tuck in third,” Lane said.

“It didn’t quite work out that way and I ended up doing a bit extra work but I knew she had a bit of class on her side so I elected to go to the top.

“I got a nice couple of furlongs midrace but when I asked her to sprint, she sprinted really well.

“It was probably big contrast to what Bendigo would have been but it was good to see her do it on a different surface.”

Not A Happy Camper’s latest success was her fourth from 25 starts while the $22,000 winner’s cheque took her stakes tally to more than $136,000.

Congratulations to Not A Happy Camper’s owners and all involved with the talented mare’s Pakenham success.