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    MUSCLE FACTORY'S happy connections after winning the 2019 Victoria Derby - Photo Stuart McCormick

    RECORD-BREAKING youngster Muscle Factory is poised to cover plenty of miles during the next few months. Discussing plans for the colt following his triumph... Star youngster to cover plenty of miles

    RECORD-BREAKING youngster Muscle Factory is poised to cover plenty of miles during the next few months.

    Discussing plans for the colt following his triumph in tonight’s Victoria Derby at Tabcorp Park Melton, co-trainer Shane Tritton revealed a trip across the Tasman is being considered for Muscle Factory.

    Tritton has set his sights on the New Zealand Derby on April 5 and the Harness Jewels on June 1.

    First Muscle Factory will return to Tritton’s New South Wales base to prepare for his home state Derby, which begins with heats in Menangle on February 23.

    Should all go according to plan, the Australian Pacing Gold purchase will then contest the $200,000 Final on March 2.

    “We paid the nomination fee for the New Zealand Derby during the week, so it is definitely on the cards,” Tritton said. “He has owners in New Zealand so they’d like to see him over there to race.

    “There is also the Jewels before being back in Melton for the Breeders’ Crown towards the end of the season, so there are plenty of options for him.

    “He’ll head home now have a couple of easy days then get ready for the Derby at Menangle.”

    Driven by co-trainer Lauren Tritton, Muscle Factory began brilliantly to lead from barrier six as Max Delight and then Hurricane Harley worked on his outside.

    Striding clear of the pack leaving the back straight, the son of Roll With Joe scored by four-and-a-half metres from Im Anothermasterpiece, with Lochinvar Art four-and-a-half metres away third.

    “He was driven a little more conservatively in the heat and during the week we realised it was to his detriment as being driven for speed suits him better,” Tritton said.

    “Lauren rated him perfectly and he showed he can maintain his speed over a longer distance than a mile.”

    Stretching his record to seven wins and four placings from 11 starts, Muscle Factory rated a slick 1:54 over 2240 metres.

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