Lombo Pocket Watch is in a class all of his own and he has the $175,000 XXXX Gold Golden Nugget at his mercy. The flying grey simply crushed his rivals in the $100,000 McInerney Ford Classic at Gloucester Park on Friday night and he should have no trouble in repeating the dose in the Nugget next Friday night.
“He’s still developing as a horse and I can’t see why he can’t get better,” was the frightening declaration made by his driver Gavin Fitzpatrick.
now has won 31 times from 39 starts for earnings of $1,175,253.
Fitzpatrick said that he was concentrating on the Nugget, but added that there was a strong possibility that the four-year-old would contest the $400,000 WA Pacing Cup on January 11.
“He’s awesome to drive,” he said. “He really had to work hard tonight. He can adapt to any situation in a race.”
, favourite at 5-2 on, started smoothly from barrier six and he raced three wide before surging to the front after 500m. He then was untroubled to bowl along in front, sprint the final 400m in 28.5sec. and win by 5m from tough filly Sheza Clout and Washakie, rating 1.57.9 over 2130m.
There was an early sensation in the race when pole marker Clancy The Rocket stumbled and almost fell soon after the start. He was then retired from the event.
The stewards found that Darren Kerr, driver of Columbus Cullen, had in attempting to cross Clancy The Rocket, forced that gelding over the marker pegs. Kerr was suspended from driving for 25 days.
Sheza Clout led for the first 500m and then enjoyed the perfect trail behindbefore finishing with plenty of determination.
Washakie, a winner of 11 races in New Zealand, made an auspicious Australian debut. He was supported from 7-1 to 5-1 and had an ideal passage one-out and one-back for most of the way before fighting on gamely.
Barjohbil, who raced without cover for much of the journey, wilted to finish seventh, while Half A Mill (fourth), Lord Guy (fifth) and Captain Bluff (sixth) all ran home solidly.
Captain Bluff was 11th at the bell and he impressed in running home gamely, out wide. He should appreciate the longer 2536m in the Golden Nugget.
Village Ruler (6-1) disappointed in finishing tenth. He paced roughly throughout and was seventh at the bell in the moving line, but lacked sparkle over the concluding stages.
Ken Casellas, Gloucester Park