Day At The Track

Lewis hoping Amajorjo can continue record-breaking form

04:40 PM 16 Jun 2014 NZST
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Amajorjo scoots home at Tabcorp Park Melton for Matthew Craven.

Trainer David Lewis doesn’t know just how fast in-form Amajorjo can go but he hopes the five-year-old can continue to take things up a notch.

Following Friday night’s Tabcorp Park Melton Pace success over 1720m, Lewis has nominated the son of Art Major for this Friday night’s Young Pedro Free For All at Melton.

Amajorjo set a new Australian record for fastest ever last half-mile a month ago when winning at Maryborough.

The son of Art Major stopped the clock at 53.3secs for the final half-mile on that occasion, and last Friday he recorded the fastest mile rate for the night (1:55.1) in defeating Magical Telf and Discrimination at Melton.

“He’s going fantastic. His work at home keeps on improving all the time,” Lewis said.

“We don’t really know how quick he can go but his speed is just incredible. He can reel off some really quick last quarters; he just finds it a bit tough sometimes at the end of those 2200-metre races.”

The 1720m distance of the Young Pedro would suit, but Lewis said he would weigh up the strength of the line-up before deciding whether to start the pacer or wait for another race.

Scott Stewart-trained star Bitobliss and Miracle Mile champion Baby Bling are among nominations for the Young Pedro.

Stewart said he hoped to get Bitobliss “back to where he should be” this time in after a frustrating summer campaign.

“He seems all right at the moment. A few things didn’t go his way last time in – a few bad barriers and maybe I didn’t drive him the best a couple of times. And being a seven-year-old stallion he got a bit over it,” Stewart said.

“People remember what he can do.”

Meanwhile, Lewis’s smart two-year-old filly Luvumum has had to overcome a throat problem in recent weeks, scuppering her Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series ambitions. She will now be aimed at the Breeders Crown.

Lewis’s stable star Abettorpunt, who resumes fast work this week, will also target the Breeders Crown.

By Cody Winnell (Harness Racing Victoria)

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