Albion Park track record holder Suave Stuey Lombo became only the third horse in Australian to break the 1;50 mark.
Yesterday (Tuesday) at TABCORP Park, Menangle, and the Shane Tritton prepared pacer sat parked on the outside of his stablemate Mach Beauty and proved too strong in a time of 1;49.6.
Only Smoken Up (twice) and For A Reason have paced under 1;50 before Suave Stuey Lombo joined the elite club.
Both Suave Stuey Lombo and Mach Beauty are gearing up for next month’s Brisbane winter carnival features at Albion Park starting with the Gr.2 $60,000 Garrards Sunshine Sprint on July 5.
“I’m very happy with both horses; Stuey is at the top of his game right now while Mach will only get better with more racing because he takes a few runs to hit peak fitness. Bring on the Brisbane winter carnival.” Tritton said.
The leading Newcastle trainer will bring a big team north on July 1 spearheaded by Suave Stuey Lombo and Mach Beauty while exciting three-year-old Yayas Hot Spot and emerging four-year-old Aspiring Artist will target feature events during the three nights of the carnival.
Last year, Tritton gained a one/two result in the Sunshine Sprint with Suave Stuey Lombo defeating Mach Beauty in track record time of 1;51.8.
“All we need is a barrier draw with either of them and we will give the track record a nudge again, both horses seem stronger and more mature this season.
“I’m pretty certain David (Morris – driver) will be keen to stick with Stuey following his effort yesterday while Lauren (Panella) will continue to drive Mach in Brisbane.
“I think the Brisbane winter carnival is going to be really strong and I’m looking forward to being part of it, my guys are ready to go.”
Aspiring Artist proved he was set to tackle the 4yo features at Albion Park next month following his dominant victory yesterday in a time of 1;53.6.
The Art Major gelding has now won his past four starts at Menangle and Newcastle.
The Gr.3 $45,000 4 & 5yo Championship is scheduled for July 12 while the Gr.3 $45,000 4yo Championship will be staged a week later.
By Chris Barsby (Harness Racing Australia)