Day At The Track

Inter Dominion starter leaves his 1st winner

05:38 AM 12 Jan 2012 NZDT
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Mick Lombardo Lombo Pocket Watch
Mick Lombardo
Lombo Pocket Watch - the winner of 41 of his 64 starts and $1.45 million.

Lombo Pocket Watch (1:53.6), the winner of 41 of his 64 starts and $1.45 million has left his first winner. Magic Moment Lombo ironically won the first 2yo fillies heat of 'The Lombo' Series at the Shepparton Harness Racing Club's meeting on Tuesday (January 10).

She is one of 63 foals left by the grey 8-year-old, who had his first season at stud last year. She is also the second foal out of 11-win Million To One mare, Lady Julie Lombo, who is owned by Lombo Standardbreds - aka prominent owner/breeder Mick Lombardo, of Perth.

He also owns Lombo Pocket Watch, but doesn't own Magic Moment Lombo. She is owned by D.J. and L.J. Gale and trained and driven by Stephen Boyington in Victoria.

But that didn't mean Lombardo wasn't full of pride and joy when the little filly crossed the line to win by a neck in 2:06.9 (mile rate: 2:00.8 for the 1690m mobile).

"She's a real nice filly. I thought she would be tough to beat. She won a trial in 1:59 at Shepparton and that's why she opened up favourite. I watched her win on TV and yes I was rather proud," Lombardo said.

Nightwatch Lady finished third in the second heat of The Lombo. She is also by Lombo Pocket Watch and out of an un-raced Kinney Hanover mare named Summer Nitelife.

"There's a lot of his (Lombo Pocket Watch) progeny out there now and it's only a matter of time before the wins start pouring in. They have to, simply because the mares look so good," Lombardo said.

Lombo Pocket Watch stands for $2,500 but breeding is far from his focus at present.

Lombo Pocket Watch hasn't raced since winning at Bunbury on January 11 last year, yet he's still at $51 to win this year's Inter Dominion Pacing Championship, which will be staged in his home province of Western Australia.

"He's coming along nicely, but just wasn't quite ready for the (Western Australia) Pacing Cup on Friday night. He missed a couple of week's work serving mares early on but he will be spot on for his first race back in a couple of weeks.

"He'll definitely be right for the Inter Dominions," Lombardo said.

By Duane RANGER (editor)

Magic Moment Lombo winning at Shepparton on Tuesday (January 10, 2012):

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