Day At The Track

Fitzpatrick has 100 winners in sight

04:36 PM 02 Jul 2014 NZST
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Gavin Fitzpatrick - oks set to bring up another century of winners in a season in his home state of New South Wales
Gavin Fitzpatrick & Rohan Home
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Harness racing reinsman Gavin Fitzpatrick looks set to bring up another century of winners in a season in his home state of New South Wales        .  The son of leading trainer Paul Fitzpatrick has 97 winners for the season and has two good drives at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night.

"I'm pretty sure I have got to the 100 winners three or four times in the past but I haven't done it for a couple of years," Fitzpatrick said.

"Dad is working the same size team as he has in the past but we have just had a really good season, there is a lot of nice horses in the stable that started on good marks and have worked their way through the grades which obviously helps kick along my tally because I don't do a lot of outside driving."

Fitzpatrick will drive Breeders Crown placegetter Rogers Passion in race three on Saturday night and was very pleased with her first up performance.

"Her run at Penrith was very good, she got a long way back and made up a lot of ground and it was her first run back for a couple of months so I think she should take a lot of benefit from that."

"She is paid up for the Breeders Crown this season and she did run second behind Frith in the three year old fillies final last year but we will just see how she progresses at this stage."

In race one on Saturday night Fitzpatrick will drive Swift Exit.

"He's been racing very well at Penrith and it will be his first run back at Menangle in quite a while. Saturday night will be a little bit harder but if he holds his form he shouldn't be too far away."

Fitzpatrick also confirmed that Ocean Diva will not go to Queensland and will now be aimed at the Breeders Crown in Victoria.

By Greg Hayes (Courtesy of Harness Racing NSW)


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