Fitzpatrick Memorial promises excitement

02:54 AM 08 Aug 2008 NZST
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Friday night's $20,500 Rod Fitzpatrick Memorial over 1760 metres promises to be a highly competitive affair at Harold Park. NSW Breeders Challenge runner-up, Damage Control, has drawn well for wily horseman Harry Martin in barrier three and should take plenty of beating.

The son of Heartland Hanover has won just once this season but has placed five times from 11 starts and is considered one of the more talented types of his year.

The high-flying On A Promise will also take beating, however, his chances of success have been hindered with an outside front line draw.

A winner of his past three, two of which have been at Harold Park, the Kevin Hurst-trained youngster has won five of nine this season and will be fighting out the finish once more.

Iron juvenile Watch The Aces is one that cannot be underestimated.

Drawn barrier five, the Neil Brady-trained and driven juvenile has endured a long, tough campaign but is holding up nicely.

The son of Aces N Sevens gave an indication of his ability when he endured a hard run in the NSW Sires' Stakes Final at Menangle Park, but battled on bravely to finish second to Hurricane Jett in a 1:55.9 rate.

Brady hasn't been afraid to throw up various challenges to his juvenile and this week won't be any different, as just 24 hours later, he will be competing in the Breeders Crown semi-finals at Bendigo.

New South Wales' leading trainer Paul Fitzpatrick, whose late brother the race is named in honour of, has two runners in the event - Art Of Flying (six) and Sir Swinger (eight).

Art Of Flying has been a consistent commodity all season, winning one and placing six times from nine starts while Sir Swinger is yet to break through in six starts but has shown his share of ability.

Courtesy Of Andrew Georgiou
National Trotguide and Harness Racing Weekly

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