Day At The Track

Pocket Watch lights up the Valley

03:11 AM 17 May 2008 NZST
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Lombo Pocket Watch will get his chance to make a clean sweep of his Vicbred Super Series finals after last night qualifying for next week’s four-year-old entires and geldings decider.

The Paul Fitzpatrick-trained superstar ensured he would get his chance to emulate his victories in his two and three-year-old finals when he effortlessly disposed of his rivals in the first of two $20,000 semis.

The race might have been delayed by hour after the lights went out, but once Moonee Valley’s generator kicked in he went on to emphatically secure his place in the $100,000 Group 1 final.

The $1.20 favourite scored by almost 10 metres from Indicative ($37) with Charleys Dream ($40) just over a metre away in third spot. Also qualifying for the final were fourth and fifth placegetters Veranjee and Luv Tha Aces Lombo.

Fitzpatrick couldn’t have been happier with his stable star’s display in the 2575-metre qualifier.

“It showed he was right on target,” the New South Wales trainer said. “We’re excited that he’s been able to get through to the final, but it’s not going to be easy because there were some nice horses in the other heat and he’s going to need a bit of luck.”

Victory in the final would see “The Grey Bullet” join Colbruce as the only horses to have won a hat-trick of Vicbred finals. The Noel Shinn-trained Colbruce achieved the feat in 1996/97.

And judging on last night’s display, Lombo Pocket Watch’s rivals are going to have time denying his place in history next week.

While driver Gavin Fitzpatrick restrained the star from barrier five, it wasn’t long before he took off around the field, assumed the lead and from there the race was as good as over.

After a 62.5-second first half of the last mile, he covered the final two quarters in 30.8 and a slick 28 seconds for a 2:00.0 mile rate.

As impressive as that time was, it was three-tenths of a second slower than the other semi, which was won by the Margaret Lee-trained Keayang Hanover.

After enjoying a lovely run on the back of leader Boorhaman, the son of Holmes Hanover, who started at $7, accelerated impressively along the sprint lane to defeat $2.40 favourite Melpark Major with the fast-finishing Dontwantano ($13) grabbing third place.

Rounding out the top five were Boorhaman and Count De Lire, while Yoora Dill also qualified for the final on account of being the fastest sixth placegetter.

Brad Bishop

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