Camerons combine for first winner
Russell Cameron has won much bigger races than Wednesday's $40,000 Clanbrooke Racing BM70 Handicap at Sandown, but few have given him as much satisfaction as the win by I Boogi.
The respected trainer, who has experienced Group 1 success with the likes of Toledo, Bomber Bill and All Time High, was his first in partnership with his son Scott.
The partnership is the latest phase in a family history that started with Russell's father, South Australian racing legend Ted, and entered the partnership stage in May.
Cameron Snr, 59, left it to his 25-year-old son to do the talking after I Boogi's win, and although the family are economical with their words, there was no mistaking the joy they got out of the result.
"It's a great thrill, especially to have Dad here," Scott said. "To get my first winner in town is a good thrill.
"I've ridden work for Dad since I was 14 and I always thought this (training) was the way I was going to go.
"I wish he had the horses he used to have - that would make things a lot easier - but I think we're doing a good job with the team we have now."
I Boogi was the Camerons' 19th runner as a team and atoned for near misses with Niminypiminy, who has been twice placed in town this winter, and The Thug, who finished runner-up in the race before I Boogi's.
It was particularly satisfying to do it with the four-year-old son of Ifraaj, who earned an unwanted reputation with some punters after five second placings from his first eight starts.
The $6.50 chance charged home from the rear in the 1200m event to score a half-head win over Epic Moment, with Wall Street Wolf ($7) three-quarters of a length away third, making it three wins from his past four starts.
"He's always shown good ability and we think he's more of a miler, so it was good to see him do that today," Scott said.
"I hope they stop potting him on twitter now," he added with a chuckle. "He's a winner and I'm sure a lot of people would like to own him."