Day At The Track

Rare chance to fill your pockets

08:01 AM 04 Jun 2008 NZST
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Lombo Pocket Watch
Lombo Pocket Watch
Photo by Cindy Hurley

Lombo Pocket Watch fans are in for a treat at Moonee Valley on Friday night when the star grey lines up in the $50,000 Group 2 Smorgon Steel Recycling Victorian 4 & 5YO Championship. For the first time in the Paul Fitzpatrick-trained star’s career, punters are a realistic chance to get each-way odds about him in a Victorian race.

A back-row barrier draw in what is the strongest race run in the state since the Watpac Inter Dominion final will ensure that for only the second Victorian start in his career “The Grey Bullet” won’t start favourite.

The only other time that has happened was in last year’s Australasian Breeders Crown final when he went around a $3.70 chance after drawing inside the back row in the race won by Kiwi star and favourite Changeover.

In his 17 other Victorian starts Lombo Pocket Watch has started at even money or shorter. Incredibly, in 16 of those events punters have had to settle for $1.40 or less about him, including five occasions where he started at the shortest possible TAB price – $1.04.

The son of Jet Laag will start from barrier nine in the 2575-metre event and has been installed a $4 chance in TAB Sportsbet’s fixed odds market.

Inter Dominion placegetter Smoken Up (barrier one) is the favourite at $2.20, with Karlsruhe ($7.50, barrier eight), Lombo Pocket Watch’s Vicbred conqueror Melpark Major ($8, barrier seven), In Monaco ($9, barrier two) and Decorated Jasper ($11, barrier five) all in the market.

While Fitzpatrick concedes it is a change of role for the winner of $1,342,008 in stakes, but he certainly hasn’t given up hope of the four-year-old notching his 35th win at his 46th start.

“Obviously it would have been better to draw the front, but it could have been worse; we could have drawn seven,” he said.

“The unfortunate thing is Smoken Up should be able to find the top pretty easily, but we’ve drawn behind a good beginner (In Monaco) and should be able to settle midfield so we’re not that unhappy with our draw.”

Although beaten last start as a $1.20 favourite in the Vicbred final, Fitzpatrick is confident Lombo Pocket Watch can return to the winner’s list in the Championship, which is race seven on the card and will be run at 9.12pm.

“He came home in 55-and-a-half (seconds) and 27.3 – you can’t go much quicker than that – and it was just that we were beaten by a better horse on the night,” he said.

“We weren’t unhappy with our horse at all and he’s done well since.”

Brad Bishop

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