Day At The Track

Lombo Pockets Vicbred Heat at Ballarat

04:08 AM 01 May 2008 NZST
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Lombo Pocket Watch's quest for a clean sweep of his Vicbred Super Series finals is right on track if his performance at Ballarat this afternoon (May 1) is any indication.

The Paul Fitzpatrick-trained star, affectionately known as "The Grey Bullet", made a one-act affair of the fourth Vicbred Super Series heat for four-year-old entires and geldings.

ever has driver Gavin Fitzpatrick earned his money so easily, with the son of Jet Laag ambling to an emphatic 12.5-metre victory in what was his first run in Victoria since finishing fourth in August’s Australasian Breeders Crown 3YO final.

hose who backed him into $1.04 favouritism never had a moment's worry with Fitzpatrick able to lead unchallenged before getting away with cosy sectionals in the 2200-metre race.

fter a soft lead time, he strolled through the first 800m of the last mile in 64.3 seconds, upped the ante with a 30.5-second third split before zipping home the last 400m in 28.6 seconds for a 2:03.0 mile rate.

itzpatrick said it was exactly what he wanted to see from his stable star, who was having his first start since an unlucky fourth placing in the WA Pacing Cup on January 11.

He's a pretty casual sort of horse and that was good to see. It was a nice, easy run and shouldn't have taken too much out of him," the Cawdor-based trainer said.

eading the chasing division home was the Michelle Manning-trained Fox Street, half a metre in front of last year's Breeders Crown runner-up The Gunstar.

his afternoon's win takes Lombo Pocket Watch's record to 33 wins from 43 starts and $1,313,508 in prizemoney. Included among his victories are wins in his two and three-year-old Vicbred Super Series finals.

t also qualifies the popular grey for a start in one of the $20,000 semi finals at Moonee Valley on Friday, May 16, although that may not be the next time Lombo Pocket Watch is back at the races.

It'll be over two weeks between runs, so we may even give him a run in Sydney next week. We'll just wait and see how he is," Fiztpatrick said.

top-five finish in his semi final will earn Lombo Pocket Watch a place in the following Friday night's $100,000 Group 1 final, also at Moonee Valley.

Brad Bishop, HRV

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