LITTLE fish are sweet!
That’s the philosophy trainer Paul Fitzpatrick adopted this week, and as of a few minutes ago, he is glad he made that choice.
Instead of heading to Melbourne for tonight’s $210,000 Australian Pacing Gold Final, Fitzpatrick elected to stay close to home to contest a $50,000 APG Consolation at Club Menangle with Jay Ok.
To the delight of connections Jay Ok justified the astute horseman’s decision by capturing the Group Two to break a frustrating campaign of close calls.
The son of A Rocknroll Dance had been among the placings in six of his seven starts this season, but had been absent from the winners’ circle since November.
“Expensive Ego went huge in the heat and I didn’t want to go to Melbourne to chase him,” Fitzpatrick said.
“With a $50,000 race as an option close to home, I decided little fish are sweet and stayed here.
“Having him win has warranted the decision to stay home.”
With Fitzpatrick son, Gavin, in the cart, Jay Ok covered the mile in 1:50.7 to score by two-and-a-half metres from Ilikemebettor, with Crunch Time a metre-and-a-half away third.
The four-year-old’s success also marked a milestone for the multiple feature-winning reinsman.
“That was Gavin’s 1600th win,” Fitzpatrick said. “A nice race for Gavin to bring that figure up in.
“He’s still pretty lightly-raced for a four-year-old with just 24 starts, but we haven’t done a lot with him as we felt he can develop into a pretty nice horse.
“He’s in the Vicbred which is not until the end of the year, so I don’t really know what is next for him and he may even go for a spell.”