Fitzpatrick looking forward to Breeders Challenge

12:01 PM 11 Jun 2014 NZST
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Paul Fitzpatrick
Popular harness racing trainer Paul Fitzpatrick has set his sights on the upcoming Breeders Challenge finals and is hoping to continue the success he enjoyed last year. Fitzpatrick prepared talented mare Obahma Joy to win the four year old mares' division twelve months ago and believes his leading chances come in the shape of two other well performed fillies.

"The stable has been running very well this season, we just missed 100 winners last season but with more than two months of this season to go we should get to 100 this time around," Fitzpatrick said.

"Sally Fletcher is probably my leading Breeders Challenge hope, she should have finished closer in the Bathurst Gold Tiara and was impressive winning a heat last week but Ocean Diva has her fair share of ability too and I have another couple ready for the semis as well."

Ocean Diva finished second in the New South Wales Oaks behind the David Kennedy trained Shes A Runa and has been in great form since winning three consecutively.

"Ocean Diva is eligible for the Breeders Crown as well and we were considering going to Queensland for the Oaks but she still has a lot to learn and that's my only little concern with her. When she learns what it is all about she is going to get better I think."

"Lenny The Legend is another one I'm hoping will get through to the Breeders Challenge, he has only had the three starts but he is an improver and he has come a fair way in a very short time. We will probably geld him before we turn him out and I think he is going to make a nice horse."

Last season was the first one in recent memory when Fitzpatrick failed to get 100 winners.

"It was a very slow start for my stable this season but the winners have started to flow. I'm still working the same size team as I did so nothing much has changed, just the results have improved a little bit."

By Greg Hayes - SKY Racing

Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |

 

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