Day At The Track

Barrier no problem for Pocket Watch

04:02 AM 12 Dec 2007 NZDT
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Yearlings by Lombo Pocket Watch
Yearlings by Lombo Pocket Watch - will be represented at the South Australian Premier Sale.
Gloucester Park

Reinsman Gavin Fitzpatrick was quite philosophic when sensational pacer Lombo Pocket Watch fared badly in the barrier draw for the $175,000 XXXX Gold Golden Nugget championship at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

“I would have liked to have drawn a bit closer to the inside,” the 25-year-old Fitzpatrick admitted. “But that’s the way things go. We’ll be out of trouble early, I suppose.”

Notwithstanding his concern over Lombo Pocket Watch drawing barrier eight, Fitzpatrick is full of confidence that the flying grey will bring up a hat-trick of wins at Gloucester Park.

“He pulled up very well after his win last Friday night and was running around the paddock on Saturday,” he said.

Fitzpatrick named Village Ruler and Washakie as the main dangers to Lombo Pocket Watch, even though both those four-year-olds had little luck in the draw, with Village Ruler having to start from barrier two on the back line and Washakie out at No. 7 on the front line.

“Two weeks ago, Village Ruler was very impressive and I thought Washakie was very good last week,” he said.

There are several speedy beginners drawn inside Lombo Pocket Watch, and Callan Suvaljko (Clancy The Rocket), Andrew De Campo (Captain Bluff) and Chris Lewis (Washakie) will be keen to get to an early lead.

Suvaljko said that he would be attempting to take up the running from barrier one with Clancy The Rocket.

“I’ll be driving out to hold up,” he said. “And then it would be good to sit on Lombo Pocket Watch.”

But if De Campo gets to the front at the start with Captain Bluff from barrier two, he could well be anxious to maintain the front unless Lombo Pocket Watch applies too much pressure in the first lap.

Trainer Bruno Morrone said he would instruct Lewis to begin speedily with Washakie from barrier seven.

Tough little filly Sheza Clout will start from the inside of the back line and Stephen Reed will be hoping for a soft run behind the pacemaker before asking the talented filly for a strong effort over the concluding stages.

Ken Casellas, Gloucester Park

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