Day At The Track

Vincennes victorious for Fitzpatrick

09:06 AM 05 Jul 2014 NZST
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Vincennes with Blake Fitzpatrick
Vincennes with Blake Fitzpatrick at Tabcorp Park Melton last night
Vincennes, Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series 4yo Trotting Entires and Geldings Final Group 1

With six races being beamed live into France tonight, the harness racing omen tip had to be Vincennes.

And the Blake Fitzpatrick trained-and-driven Sydneysider didn’t let his backers down, taking out the 4YO trotting males’ Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series final at Tabcorp Park Melton.

Vincennes, a son of French stallion Ganymede, settled four back in the running line while race favourite Blitzthemcalder sat outside leader The Boss Man in the run.

Turning for home Fitzpatrick took Vincennes to the outside, slowly but surely getting the better of Blitzthemcalder to spoil that horse’s shot at emulating what Spidergirl did earlier in the night – winning the Vicbred final at age two, three and four.

“This is very exciting,” Fitzpatrick said post-race.

“He’s always shown enough ability to win at this level it was just a matter of when.

“I don’t think we’ve seen the best of him yet either.”

Vincennes produced a winning mile rate of two minutes flat and won by 2.5m over Blitzthemcalder (Chris Alford), while The Boss Man held on for third for driver Scott Dyer and Invasive was fourth for Lance Justice.


by Cody Winnell

Harness Racing Victoria

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