Vincennes celebrates Gr. 1 glory

05:31 PM 09 Jul 2014 NZST
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Vincennes - brought up his first Gr. 1 victory when he won the Vicbred final
Four year old trotter Vincennes brought up his first Gr. 1 victory when he won the Vicbred final for trainer Blake Fitzpatrick on Friday night at Tabcorp Park Melton. Fitzpatrick was extremely proud of the gelding and believes he deserved to win a race at the highest level.

"Vincennes has always had his fair share of ability but what a lot of people don't realise is that he is a February foal so he has always been giving away ages to his rivals," Fitzpatrick said.

"I was rapt with Friday night's win, they ran 28.3 for the third quarter, he made up a lot of ground on the leaders between the 800 and the 400 metre mark and then was able to drop in for a quick breather on the turn before coming out again. To beat a horse like Blitzthemcalder is a big effort."

Unfortunately for connections, Vincennes is not eligible for the rich Breeders Crown series.

"No he's not a Breeders Crown horse so the plan is to bring him back to Sydney and let him have a few runs at Menangle before going for a good break, every time in the past that he has had a break he has come back a little bit stronger so hopefully that is the case this time around."

"The next step for him will be to measure up against the open class trotters, you never really know if they are going to go to that next level until you give them their chance but I'm pretty sure he will be able to make that leap."

Closer to home Fitzpatrick will have two runners at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night.

"Annie Morva has been knocking on the door and she is going to win another race soon, I don't think she has won one since February but hasn't been far away lately."

"Iamboogie has been racing really well, he has had 19 starts and has never finished further back than 4th."

By Greg Hayes (Harness Racing New South Wales)

 

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