Day At The Track

Lew's Artsplace colt looking for decent draw

05:00 AM 12 Jul 2010 NZST
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Harness racing two year old Amazing Art looked sharp and ready for a tilt at the Breeders Crown Series with an effortless win at the Rangiora Workouts on Saturday. Trainer Lew Driver was in the sulky for the workout and was pleased the way the son of Artsplace found the line.

"He felt really strong at the finish but we didn't go much time overall. He will certainly be better for the run and we're really hoping for some luck with the draws. Im still licking my wounds over what we've been dealt in the big ones so far," said Driver.

The West Melton horseman is referring to draws of 13 in the PGG Wrightson Yearling Sales Series Final, 15 in the Sires Stakes Final followed up by drawing the outside of the gate in the Jewels. "Im due a good draw," he said. On the flipside Driver's talented colt drew pole position in the Welcome Stakes only to get pipped by an outstanding Mark Purdon drive on Major Mark. But it certainly goes to show how a good draw can make all the difference. Driver isn't getting too far ahead of himself when asked about a possible trip to the land of Auz with his youngster, although he's no stranger to doing so having campaigned Gaelic Skipper in Australia a few years back now and more recently Presido.

"There's alot of cost involved. There's no travel subsidy and it's about 11k return plus a few other travel expenses as well as your own costs to stay there. So we would need to go really well in the heat this Saturday before we gave it serious consideration. I believe he's good enough to compete but we'll just play it by ear." Amazing Art strolled his way to a four length victory at the workouts running the fastest final sectionals of the day on a slightly sticky track. The last 800 in recorded in 57.8 and 400 in 27.6. Driver is still undecided as to who would be in the sulky this week with himself being an outside possibility. "If I drive him myself I'll be able to get a better line on him to make a decision, but I wont need to decide just yet."

At least not until Lew's finished having a therapeutic massage which I rudely interrupted.

This Saturday's Breeders Crown Heat for the two year olds has attracted a field of six including smart Christian Cullen colt Franco Lordship and the unbeaten Better Than Money.

Steve Dolan

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