Bet Now at bet365  
  Betting Closed at bet365  

Surprise booking for McCarthy

August 15, 2013 16:56:51 UK

Veteran reinsman John McCarthy has received a surprise booking to drive pole marker Bling It On in the Australasian Breeders' Crown $302,000 Two-Year-Old Colts and Geldings' Final (2240m) at Melton on Sunday.

It was anticipated McCarthy's son Luke would drive nominal favourite Bling It On in the Group 1 race. But McCarthy Jr is listed as the driver of stablemate Lettucerockthem, who drew gate five. Luke's wife Belinda McCarthy trains Bling It On and Lettucerockthem.

Bling It On has been driven by Luke McCarthy to wins at Menangle (twice), Bankstown, the Gold Coast, Albion Park and Ballarat. The colt was a front-running winner for him in a Breeders' Crown semi-final (2200m) at Ballarat last Saturday.

John McCarthy drove Bling It On last month, when he won by 11 metres over 1609 metres at Menangle.

Lettucerockthem has won six of his seven races when driven by McCarthy Jr. He had to come from a back line draw when he was driven by Luke and ran second to Our Major Sky in a Breeders' Crown semi-final (2200m) at Ballarat last Saturday.

The horse has a minor kidney infection and his return will be delayed by three weeks.

Andrew De Campo

Meantime, class pacer Has The Answers could hold a winning edge over Sneakyn Down Under for the second time within a week when they are re-matched in Friday's Howard Porter Memorial (2130m) at Perth track Gloucester Park.

The scene was set for a return duel between Has The Answers and Sneakyn Down Under when trainer Andrew De Campo scratched Porter Memorial nominal favourite Lombo Navigator on Wednesday.

Has The Answers stormed home from sixth at the bell in last Friday's McManus Pace (1730m) and won by a metre from front runner Sneakyn Down Under.

Trainer-reinsman Darren Duffy is expected to lead again on Thursday night with Sneakyn Down Under, who will be pursuing his third Porter Memorial win. He won the race in 2009 and repeated the feat last year.

The Tony Svilicich-trained Has The Answers is one of the most prolific winners in WA pacing history. He has won 75 races, including 63 at Gloucester Park.

Lombo Navigator, who was to have resumed on Friday night, has an impressive first-up wins tally and punters were expected to back him solidly.

"The horse has a minor kidney infection and his return will be delayed by three weeks," De Campo said. "Adda Paternal Suit, also back from a spell, will now be our stable's only Howard Porter runner. I would have considered him a good chance if he hadn't drawn the second row. He's going well."

Adda Paternal Suit will be driven by De Campo’s son Aiden, 21, who has scored 98 wins this season. De Campo Jr, a reinsman since 2009, drove a total of 126 winners in his first three seasons.

He has made strong progress to be eighth on the 2012-13 WA reinsmen's premiership. Ahead of him are Gary Hall Jr (227 wins), Colin Brown (135), Chris Voak (130), Morgan Woodley (124), Chris Lewis (117), Nathan Turvey (106) and Shannon Suvaljko (101).

Andrew De Campo has also booked his son to drive Conniving Major Dave (Premier Suzuki 3YO Pace) and Harrison Maguire (Yes Loans heat) on Friday night.

"Conniving Major Dave won easily at Bunbury last Saturday night when having his second start since arriving from New Zealand," the trainer said. "He has since worked very well and is improving all the time. It's difficult to know how Conniving Major Dave will handle a class rise in Perth at this stage, but he has a bright future.

"Harrison Maguire ran a strong fourth at Gloucester Park last Friday and his work this week has been good. He's well drawn at gate two in the qualifying heat."

Andrew De Campo has engaged Matthew White to drive Menelaus Of Sparta (Nepean Conveyors Pace) and Car Fifty Four (Alltools Handicap) on Friday night.

Other drives for Aiden De Campo are Showdown At Midnight and Im Elsa, trained by Murray Hansen and Wes Andrews.

Looking for extra value on your racing bets? View all the latest Horse Racing promotions on offer with bet365 Extra.

bet365 offer Best Odds Guaranteed on every horse race - every day.

View all Horse Racing betting

Sports Betting

Horse Racing Promotions

Channel 4/1
Back a winner at 4/1 or more on a Channel 4 race and get a risk free bet. T&Cs Apply.

Racing Value
Enhanced Place Terms, First Past the Post and No 5p Rule 4 Deductions. T&Cs Apply.

Best Odds Guaranteed
No need to take the SP - Best Odds Guaranteed on every race. T&Cs Apply.

Feature Race 4/1
Back a winner at 4/1 on a Feature Race and get a risk free bet. T&Cs Apply.

Greyhound Promotions

Best Odds Guaranteed
No need to take the SP - Best Odds Guaranteed on every race. T&Cs Apply.

Sky Dogs 2/1 Offer
Back a winner at 2/1 or more on a Sky Sports Race and get a risk free bet. T&Cs Apply.

Football Promotions

Euro Soccer Bonus
Up to 100% bonus on European Soccer Accumulators. T&Cs Apply.

Each-Way First Scorer
We will pay out at 1/3 odds for unlimited places.

Bore Draw Money Back
For Correct Score, Half-Time/Full-Time or Scorecast bets if final score is 0-0. T&Cs Apply.

Basketball Promotions

Euro Basketball Bonus
Up to 50% more on your Men's European Basketball accumulators. T&Cs Apply.

US Sports Promotions

Parlay Bonus
Up to 50% more on your US Sports Accumulators. T&Cs Apply.

bet365 Services

Open Account Offer
Claim your 100% Deposit Bonus up to £200! T&Cs Apply.

Live Streaming
We stream over 60,000 events each year - so you can bet as the action unfolds.

In-Play Betting
Simply the most comprehensive In-Play betting service available so you can bet on the action as it unfolds.

Mobile & Tablet Betting
Use bet365 On The Move with a mobile or tablet and claim a 100% bonus when you place your first bet. T&Cs Apply.

Racing Archive
Watch previous UK and Irish Races.

Also at bet365

Online Casino

Casino Promotions
Every month bet365 offer promotions including rebates, leaderboard challenges and a fantastic VIP scheme. T&Cs Apply.

Download Casino
With over 250 games and enhanced game play, our download casino offers more choice.

Instant Play Casino
You can play your favourite game quicker in our Instant Play Casino.

Games And Bingo

Instant Play Games
All your favourite games including household names.

Great place to meet new people and play some Bingo. Including exclusive Bingo events and big money competitions. T&Cs Apply.

Online Poker Room

Download Now
With fantastic features, great value tournaments and cutting edge graphics.

VIP Scheme
The more you play, the more you earn. Choose to convert your rewards to cash, tournament tokens or special prizes. T&Cs Apply.

bet365 Betting News provides all the news that matters to UK sports betting fans. Including previews, match reports, previous meetings and other great stories to help with your betting. We cover betting news and Live Streaming on all the major sports including Football, Tennis, Cricket, Golf, Horse Racing, Greyhound Racing, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Snooker and much more.