Day At The Track

Pocket Watch coming back to town

05:38 AM 14 May 2008 NZST
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Lombo Pocket Watch's Vicbred Super Series campaign lifts a further notch tonight (May 14) when the popular grey arrives in Victoria. The Paul Fitzpatrick-trained star is today making the trip by road from New South Wales and will tonight arrive at the Wallan property from which he will continue his preparations towards yet another Vicbred final.

After winning his two and three-year-old finals in the past two seasons, "The Grey Bullet" will be striving to secure a place in Friday week's four-year-old entires and geldings' final when he steps out at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

e is engaged in the first of Friday night's two $20,000 semi finals, from which the first five over the line, along with the fastest sixth placegetter, will progress to the $100,000 Group 1 final, also at the Valley, on Friday, May 23.

itzpatrick said his stable star, who will roll from barrier five in the 11-horse field, was ready to fire this weekend after a solid trial last weekend.

He's very good," Fitzpatrick said. "He trailed very nicely on Sunday and I don’t think the draw’s too bad, so we're very happy with the way he's going."

riday night will be the millionaire's first run since strolling home by 12.5m from barrier one in his Vicbred heat at Ballarat on May 1.

t took Lombo Pocket Watch's record to 33 wins from 43 starts and Fitzpatrick said it was just what he wanted to see from the son of Jet Laag. While the mile rate of 2:03.0 wasn't quick, Lombo Pocket Watch had plenty in hand and did produce a 28.6-second final quarter.

That was just perfect," the trainer said. "He had a nice easy run, he travelled well and he came home well. That's his strength, we know he can do that, so we couldn’t have been happier with that performance."

ombo Pocket Watch's semi is the first of Friday night's two qualifiers and will be run at 7.42pm.

he night's other semi, to be run at 8.42pm, looks an even affair with in-form types including Boorhaman (barrier two), Melpark Major (six), Yoora Dill (11) and Make Waves (12) all engaged.

Brad Bishop, HRV

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