Day At The Track

Lewis hopeful more than confident

06:52 PM 23 Jun 2015 NZST
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David Lewis, with vet Martin Wainscott and Reid Sanders
David Lewis, with vet Martin Wainscott and Reid Sanders

The Fat Man and So Demanding will carry Hamilton trainer David Lewis’s Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series hopes on Friday night at the harness racing meeting at Tabcorp Park Melton.

Lewis says both horses have solid chances of qualifying for the July 4 Super Series finals but added both would find winning on Friday night difficult.

The Fat Man, who traditionally races near the front of the field, has drawn inside the back line in the four-year-old entires and geldings’ second semi-final.

Hectorjayjay flies the arm and is drawn to lead in gate two, which should see The Fat Man buried away at least three back on the pegs behind polemarker Field Major.

Lewis doesn’t mind that outcome, though freely admits winning from there with a horse not known for his turn of foot will be tricky.

“We’ll get our chance ... I think Hectorjayjay leads, which puts us three back on the inside.

My gut feel is something else will come around,” Lewis said.

“He’s the sort of horse who needs to get out and roll along a bit but it’s not a bad spot to be in in terms of qualifying for the final.

“I reckon he’ll improve sharply this Friday, he’s just no good as a sit-and-sprint horse.

“If he was to get into the final and get the right draw he could spring a surprise.”

So Demanding will start from pole in the four-year-old mares’ second semi-final, Lewis hoping the mare can utilise her lethal turn of foot at the right time.

“She’s pretty limited but she can rip through a pretty quick quarter,” he said.

“She can’t do any work. She’s drawn for a soft trip, so that’ll help.”

Regular driver John Caldow is committed to Barynya, drawn barrier eight, so Luke McCarthy will pick up the drive on So Demanding.

CODY WINNELL

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