Day At The Track

Victorian visitor improves ahead of QPC

01:21 PM 24 Oct 2014 NZDT
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Talented Victorian pacer Abettorpunt is expected to be a major improver in tomorrow night’s harness racing Grand Circuit opener.

Sent north for a two-start Queensland campaign, Abettorpunt failed to settle into his new surroundings ahead of his last week’s Gold Coast Cup.

Although the son of Bettors Delight performed admirably when third behind Avonnoa, trainer David Lewis wasn’t happy with Abettorpunt’s condition heading into the feature.

“He just wouldn’t settle in during the first few days,” Lewis said. “Before last week’s run he had barely eaten and was in a sooking mood.

“I think it came down to being in a small yard instead of his normal open paddock and he just didn’t like it. All he would eat was a bit of hay and that was when we stayed with him and watched him.

“When no one was there keeping him company, he just wouldn’t eat.”

To Lewis’ joy, Abettorpunt has “picked up” this week, including eating his feed and bouncing around the yard, as he heads into the Queensland Pacing Championship at Albion Park.

“He has settled in a lot better as his stay has gone on,” Lewis said. “He has picked right up, is eating better and is in a general better mood.

“I expect him to improve in the Championship, although the draw hasn’t helped.”

As Lewis pointed out, Abettorpunt will begin from the middle of the second row, with in-form local, Avonnova, and proven star For A Reason faring better along the front line.

One of two Belinda McCarthy-trained runners, For A Reason will begin from three, with Avonnova to come out of five.

“Avonnova is the one to beat,” Lewis said. “If he can get to the front and have a quiet time of it, I don’t think he will be beaten.

“Our draw isn’t the best, but sometimes in these big races being off the second row can help if they go hard up front.

“I’m much happier with him this week, but we’ll just have to see how the race pans out.”

  • PAUL COURTS

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