SPREYTON trainer Barry Campbell could rightly claim to be ``king of the kids'' after all the success he's had with two-year-olds and it could continue at Mowbray tonight.
Campbell will saddle up two stable runners, Lustica and Jonolly Lass, in the $50,000 Magic Millions 2YO Classic - and his chances don't end there.
He is also a part-owner of first-starter Scouting Around, who is being trained for him by Nigel Schuuring at Whitemore and is a winner of his only two barrier trials.
Schuuring said yesterday that Scouting Around had ``a few barrier issues'' and Campbell had sent the gelding to him for further education.
``Barry dropped him off at my place one day after he wouldn't go into the barriers at the Longford trials,'' Schuuring said.
``He is okay now.''
Scouting Around, by Written Tycoon from Judes In Vogue, was bred by Aceland Stud and broken-in by Schuuring.
``He's a nice horse,'' the trainer said.
``If he does everything right [tonight] he should run well.
``But I think Barry's filly [Lustica] is the one to beat.''
Lustica, a daughter of Tale Of The Cat and former smart Tasmanian filly Ehor, is raced by a syndicate put together by Denise Martin, of Star Thoroughbreds.
She has raced only once when she split the state's two best-performed two-year-olds, Geegees Doublejay (first) and Admiral (third) in the $25,000 Alexandra Plate at Elwick in December.
Admiral, her stablemate, has since won the $100,000 Elwick Stakes and $30,000 Alfa Bowl.
Tonight's meeting also features the $50,000 Magic Millions 3YO Classic where trainers David and Scott Brunton look to have a strong hand with Havana Stash and Vigilante. Their main opposition may come from the John Blacker-trained Our Casanova.