6th January 2021
As a school teacher and A horse trainer, young Southlander Jamie Campbell is familiar with juggling a few things at once.
He had a few balls in the air today at the Wyndham Harness Club’s meeting at Cromwell, one of which landed very nicely with Micky Fitz providing his first winner as a trainer.
Jamie Campbell and Micky Fitz – Photo Monica Toretto
Jamie is a member of the crash crew, but he took a break from his duties to watch the race on the hill beside the birdcage with his father Bruce.
“It’s just a bit awkward to be out there with the crash crew when I’ve got a horse running. It’s hard to watch because there’s no radio coverage anymore, and you can’t see,” Campbell said.
He’s a PE and Agriculture teacher at Central Southland College. He trains his horses out of a stable block owned by Wendy Swain and formally used by the late Alan Scobie.
Micky Fitz was bred by Gore horseman Ross Wilson and started his career for Wilson and his son Chris before Campbell took over at the beginning of this season.
Micky Fitz is out of Outkast which has also left handy horses in Jerry Fitz and Milligan.
“I’ve been asking Ross for ages if he had a horse I could have because he’s got a nice breed. Ross said Micky had a bit of ability and always showed something but not on race day. He gave me the horse and said if he wins a race to give him $500.”
Handled by Blair Orange the five year old gelding came from three back on the inside to run up the passing lane. He won by three and three quarter lengths from Zircon Lass.
“I always knew he’d get one (win). He’s thrived up here and was well before the race. I was confident without expecting too much. The Blair Orange factor goes a long way.”
Campbell shares in the ownership with Joe Popham.
“He’s my best mate. He lives in Christchurch. He’s a plumber and used to work for Marty Fairbairn and working for Marty sparked his interest. He was pretty rapt to be here.”
The red and black colours were designed by Jamie and originate from the colours of Midlands rugby club in Midlands wears.
As a junior driver Campbell’s recorded nine wins including a double this season on the Gordon and Colin Lee trained Melton Mafia.
Not only does he teach and train his own small team he also helps Branxholme trainer Nathan Williamson.
“I help Nathan out in the holidays and try to get down there in the weekends.”
Campbell also has shares in Major Purchase and Paddy Finn, both maidens. He has time for both of them and is hopeful they’ll develop into nice racehorses.