Blake Fitzpatrick is confident his trotter Vincennes can measure up on Saturday night at Cranbourne in the second heat of the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series 4YO entires’ and geldings’ series.
“We’ve always had a pretty good opinion of him,” Fitzpatrick said.
“He ran a really good race last time (second beaten 1.1m by Blitzthemcalder). He’s done a great job for us up here in Sydney.”
Vincennes had won six of his previous seven starts before the last-start second and Fitzpatrick says the son of Ganymede and Showmethemaori had trained on strongly.
“He was first-up at Melton so he’s worked better since that run.”
Vincennes will start from inside the back row behind polemarker Glenferrie Dreamer from the Craig Demmler stable.
“It’s a little bit awkward, but if Glenferrie Dreamer doesn’t come out quickly enough we’ll be looking to get off the fence,” Fitzpatrick said.
In the second heat of the 4YO trotting mares’ Super Series the long odds-on favourite will be pole runner Maori Time from the powerful Chris Lang yard.
“It looks a winnable race,” Lang said.
“Obviously the main fillies Spidergirl and Paris Pepperell aren’t there.”
Lang said Maori Time, Paris Pepperell and other mares in the 4YO division were a few rungs below Spidergirl.
“I don’t think there’s another mare in the country on a par with Spidergirl at this point,” he said.
“She’s got to be considered one of the best trotters in Australia.”
Maori Time ran third to Spidergirl last time out, while Paris Pepperell finished second in the same race. They spaced the rest of the field by 40m.
There will be extra incentive for trainers to win Race 2 at Cranbourne, the Cranbourne Trainers Bonanza Pace.
The winning trainer of the race will go into an end-of-season draw for a trip for two to one of the world’s premier harness racing events.
For more details on the Trainers Bonanza, visit the Cranbourne Harness Racing Club website.
The first race at Cranbourne begins at 5.22pm.
By Cody Winnell (Harness Racing Australia)