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Harness Racing: Good manners key to Andoverlov success

Reinsman Blake Fitzpatrick believes he could be on to a good thing with Andoverlov as long as his charge shows good manners at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night.

Fitzpatrick will take the drive for Jack Trainor, who is suspended and he believes he has a great chance of bringing home the bacon in race nine.

Best behaviour needed

The ability is certainly there but Fitzpatrick believes Andoverlov will have to be on his best behaviour if he is to come out on top.

He is the hot fancy though and Fitzpatrick is in no doubt his charge is the top pacer in the race.

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"I do think he’s the best horse in the race," Fitzpatrick told National Trotguide. "His run first-up here for Jack was outstanding in a much harder grade and he looks well-placed.

"The distance will suit him as well and he just needs to put it all together early, I guess."

High hopes

Fitzpatrick will also be in the sulky with La Puddie after taking over the training from the Jess Tubbs stable and again he is in a bullish mood heading into the race.

"La Puddie’s last two runs here have been good and he’s drawn well and looks a great chance," he added. "He’s adaptable and a good leader but he’s also pretty versatile too."

Fitzpatrick also has Pearl Harbour in the second heat of the Autumn Gift and believes he will be in the mix in race 5.

"She’s running good sectionals and is really suited to the mile racing here at Menangle," he said. "She’s electric off the gate and can put herself in the right spot.

"She’s definitely quick enough to lead tonight, but she can also take a trail if she has to."

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