Day At The Track

Lombo Pocket Watch ticks over at Menangle

06:37 AM 16 Sep 2009 NZST
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Lombo Pocket Watch
Lombo Pocket Watch
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An impressive harness racing trial at Menangle on Tuesday was enough to confirm a trip to Queensland next month for star New South Wales pacer Lombo Pocket Watch. The Jet Laag entire beat Inter Dominion finalist Our Brahman Boy in a 1:56.8 mile and trainer Paul Fitzpatrick was pleased with the effort.

"He came through the hit out very well and Gavin (Fitzpatrick - driver) said he was full of running on the line and was doing it easily" Fitzpatrick said.

"We will now head to Queensland for the Gold Coast Cup and the Queensland Pacing Championship before making a decision on what we do after that."

Lombo Pocket Watch ran quarters of 28.8, 30.5, 29.8 and 27.7 and showed no sign of pain from the quarter crack that forced him to return home from Brisbane during the winter carnival.

"He seems over his foot problems at the moment. The hoof has grown out and it looks good."

Fitzpatrick intends to start the "grey bullet" at Harold Park in the Free-For-All on Friday September 25th and believes it will be the perfect lead up to Queensland.

"It will be good for him to get one run under his belt before he goes north and he should be at his peak up there."

"I haven't really decided what his next target will be after that. He is nominated for the New Zealand Cup and if he is flying at the time I would be happy to take him across because I think the race would suit him."

"Gavin may even head over a couple of weeks before the NZ Cup and give Pocket Watch the chance to have a run over there and some time to settle in. The Miracle Mile at Menangle is a race we are obviously targeting too."

Stablemate Lonestar Legend will also head to Queensland for the two feature events. The former US pacer is owned by businessman Clive Palmer and Fitzpatrick thinks the five year old has done enough to warrant a run against the best in the country.

"Clive is very keen to see him up there and he is doing well enough so it is a good opportunity for us to see where he is at and how far he can go."

"He was a very good horse in America, he has loads of ability and I think with time he could develop into a top class horse here in Australia."

The two entires will be joined on the trip by a travelling companion with Fitzpatrick keen to keep them separated.

"They are both stallions so we will take another one with us as a travelling companion to keep them apart."

Make Me Smile and Ballbarboy will trial next Wednesday in preparation for their racetrack return but Fitzpatrick has ruled out heading to Queensland with the pair.

"They won't be ready so they will stay at home and we will find some nice races here for them."

Amber Lovelock

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