Addington double for Cameron


With just a small team of horses around him, training and driving a winning double at Addington is just about as good as it can get for a young trainer like Kyle Cameron.

And that’s exactly what the North Canterbury horseman did when he produced Opawa Mach and then Medusa to win consecutive races on Friday night.

It was the first training double for Cameron is his relatively short training career but his fourth driving double in a career that has netted 74 winners.

“It was one of those nights where things just fell into place,” Cameron said.

“It was certainly a good feeling driving home, that’s for sure.”

While the win of Medusa came as no surprise to anyone considering her form this campaign, the win of Opawa Mach was a little more from left field and was more of a pleasant surprise than anything else.

“Things just went right for her, we got the right trip and got into all the right places and she did enough to get the job done.

“Those sorts of wins are always nice because they come from nowhere.”

A six-year-old mare, Opawa Mach is raced by the Opawa Racing Limited group who have been a big part of Cameron’s training career.

Less than half an hour after her win at $46, Medusa backed up her strong recent form with a dour victory.

The talented trotting mare had finished second to Firenze in her two previous starts and was happy enough to sit parked on Friday night and deal to her rivals.

“I was quite happy to be sitting outside the leader, we weren’t going all that quick and she’s got such a good turn of foot that I knew she would sprint when I asked her too.”

A daughter of Pegasus Spur, she’s now won five or her 35 starts and clearly relishes the racing at this time of the year.

“If you look back through her career she’s always gone very well at this time of the season - and generally right through and into the spring and early summer.”

As he always does each year, Cameron has one eye firmly on a trip over the Southern Alps for his annual sojourn to the West Coast for Westport and Reefton a Christmas.

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