Day At The Track

Lewis hits town for Miracle Carnival

05:46 AM 06 Nov 2013 NZDT
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Victorian trainer David Lewis will base himself in Sydney for the rest of November in an attempt to qualify his star pacer Abettorpunt for the Miracle Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The six year old gelding will compete in Saturday night's Newcastle Mile but has been given the visitor's draw and has barrier eleven.

"I was a bit concerned when I first saw the draw but after I had a look at the horses drawn around him and thought it through a bit more I was a little bit happier because the speed early looks to be drawn out wide too," Lewis said.

"His run in the Nyah Cup at Swan Hill was good, he just couldn't zip up with the leaders but he did sit wide for the last 1400 metres and the first two horses went to the Kilmore Cup and dominated there so in hindsight his run wasn't too bad."

Abettorpunt was impressive winning the Geelong Rocket the start prior and Lewis acknowledged the victory convinced him to give the son of Bettors Delight a chance to qualify for the Miracle Mile.

"I thought it was about time that he had a go at these bigger races. I cuddled him a bit early in his career, he has only had 47 starts and I've kept him away from the big races and when I was ready to have a go at them last season he had a few issues but I'm really happy with how everything is going right now."

"I'm going to base myself at Cobbitty for the month, I'm going to have to travel up the freeway to Newcastle which they tell me is a couple of hours but for the rest of the time we aren't staying too far from Menangle."

Lewis will also start Amajorjo at Newcastle on Saturday night and is confident of a forward showing.

"I'm really happy with Amajorjo, he is a great track worker and is feeling very well at the moment, I doubt Abettorpunt could beat him here at home at the moment."

"Matt Craven will be flying up to drive the horses during the carnival, I'm really looking forward to the trip."

Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 31 racing clubs across the State. HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government.

Dale Walker (Harness Racing NSW)


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