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Ashleigh’s perfect drive

Tuesday, 23rd December, 2014

Driver Ashleigh Camilleri with Cityscape and connections. PICTURE: Shutterbug Driver Ashleigh Camilleri with Cityscape and connections. PICTURE: Shutterbug

She was a mixture of emotions in the lead up but on Saturday night, everything fell into place for harness racing driver Ashleigh Camilleri. 

Ashleigh, 23, saddled up with horse Cityscape to run in the Leesa Jane McInnes Memorial, held in memory of her late mother.

She said the race went exactly as planned.

After drawing pole position, Ashleigh got a jump on the field and was out in front from start to finish.

“Winning that race meant a lot to me and my family ... she was such a great person in our lives,” she said.

“She is very missed and it was such a huge honour.

“When coming around the home turn all I could hear was screaming, yelling and cheering me home to the finish line.

“Cityscape just took off like he knew he had to win the race for us.”

Fellow driver Anthony Adams finished in third place with The Whitney - another horse from the Camillieri stable.

He said there was nothing but daylight between Cityscape and the rest of the field.

“She (Ash) jumped straight to the front and basically ran the rest of the field ragged.”

“Only one horse, Wrinkle Knutt from Mildura, made up any ground throughout the race.

“It was a pretty perfect ride.”

Adams, also the publicity officer for Broken Hill Harness Racing, said the crowd was the biggest he’s seen in some time.

“It was a special night for so many people and to see Ash take out the third race was credit to her,” he said.

“Sometimes our first meets struggles a bit to get people through the gate but the bleachers were full.

“Hopefully it can kick start us for the rest of the year.

“The whole night was very fitting, it couldn’t have happened any better.” 

Youvegottobelieveit won the opening Trevor Picken Appreciation Pace, Missouri Blue won the Arhur Basten Memorial and the Cassie Robinson driven Bettatobelucky took out the Kerry Haliday Memorial.

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