Speed Star is on Campini’s radar

Paul Stuart, pictured here with Campini after a win last December.

Talented Western Australian sprinter Campini has sights set on Speed Star.

His trainer Paul Stuart said on Sky Sports Radio’s Going Greyhounds that the match-race event may be Campini’s next assignment.

“We’ll look to go to Melbourne for the Speed Star. He is one who’ll be on the plane soon and chasing some of the bigger races,” revealed Stuart.

He finished fourth in the  Perth Cup on Saturday 23 March after coming from last in one of the better editions the race seen in recent years.

“His run on (the) night was massive. When he finds a way to win he does it really well, but he can also find a way to get beaten.”

Campini has had all of his 15 career starts at his home track of Cannington. He’s notched up nine wins headed by a hot 29.43 effort in February – less than two tenths of a second outside of Quick Jagger’s 29.29 track record.

Earlier this year Campini’s team offered a match race to connections of last year’s National Sprint Champion, West On Augie, however it was declined.

Speed Star is greyhound racing’s most exciting format with Australia’s fastest chasers converging for an entire program of match racing. It will be held on Sunday 5 May  and will see 40 greyhounds to contest 20 match races with $190,000 in prize money to be won.

Southern Ripple is currently at the top of the Speed Star 515m standings, while Deliver and Dyna Chancer head the 595m and 715m respectively.

Alfieri (SA), Red Rock (SA) and Rockstar Prince (NSW) trialed on Thursday night between races in preparation for Thursday’s Launching Pad heats with their times to be eligible for the Speed Star.

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