Day At The Track

No bettor punt in Cup

09:02 AM 18 Oct 2014 NZDT
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Abettorpunt is ready for his Queensland debut
Photo courtesy HRV

Harness racing trainer David Lewis says there may be no better punt in tonight’s Gold Coast Cup at Albion Park than Abettorpunt.

Drawn barrier four in the Group Two, Abettorpunt is second-up from a spell, having scored at his return a fortnight ago.

Following a seven-month break, the seven-year-old resumed at Ballarat in a star-studded Lightning Mile, blousing favourites Maximan and Keayang Cullen in a track record-equalling 1:53.1 over a mile.

John Caldow retains the drive behind Abettorpunt after timing his run to perfection at Ballarat, but Lewis says he is expecting his stable star to be more forward in the run than his previous outing.

“Four makes it interesting. It allows us to be around the front in the run,” Lewis said. “He doesn’t like going wide on the corners, so the good draw is really handy.

“I think once he gets to the ‘death’ he won’t be wanting to hand up to anything. He’s pretty strong when he’s right and I reckon if he’s not 90 per cent, he’s pretty close to it.

“We’ll have him close to 100 per cent for his ‘grand final’ next week.”

Lewis’ “grand final” comment is in reference to the $200,000 Queensland Pacing Championship, which doubles as the beginning of the Grand Circuit.

As for the task at hand, Lewis described Abettorpunt as a “huge winning chance”.

“Avonnova will probably lead and hopefully Luke (McCarthy, driver of For A Reason) will want to take a sit behind us,” Lewis declared.

“He’s a great traveller and he travelled really well. I flew up with the horse this morning and he was straight into his tucker.”

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