February 23, 2021 Michael Court
IT seems Lochinvar Art won’t be missing from Saturday night’s big meeting at Menangle after all.
That’s despite the fact he cannot feature in the two preludes of the $1m Garrards Miracle Mile.
Despite an injured hoof, trainer-driver David Moran is hoping he’ll still be invited to compete in Australasia’s biggest sprint in two weeks’ time.
Providing he responds to the ‘Epsom Salts’ treatment on his injured hoof, trainer-driver David Moran said he would work his star pacer on the treadmill this week then take him to Menangle on Saturday night to show club officials he was fit with a good workout for the Miracle Mile.
“It was disappointing we couldn’t compete in the Sprints, but I am sure if we can get him up to speed it will work out alright,” said Moran.
“If I can get him 100 per cent, he’ll have a hard hit-out Saturday night and should be close to the mark.”
Moran said he has been lucky in that he had not had too many issues with Lochinvar Art in his stellar career.
“So, this was just bad timing as far as that is concerned,” he said.
“I put him in the paddock on Friday for a bit of a run and he pulled a shoe and stood on a nail.
“A lot of times that can lead to a foot infection, but we’ve treated him and we’ll try and get him right and if he’s not 100 per cent he won’t be there on Miracle Mile night.”
Moran said Lochinvar Art would probably need a 1:50 mile workout at Menangle on Saturday night to give the horse a good blow-out and get him close to perfect for the following week.
“If he’s not there Saturday night or I’m not happy with him then he won’t be contesting the Miracle Mile.
“At this stage, as long as he keeps taking the steps he’s taken the last couple of days, I’m confident he’ll be there.”
Meanwhile, the reinsman who made the most of Lochinvar Art’s absence from the Newcastle Mile, Robbie Morris, who won the race for Roy Roots Jr with The Black Prince, should go on his winning way at Menangle today.
Morris will partner three favourites on the eight-race program, including two from his wife KerryAnn’s in-form stable, Money Honey (Race 5) and Artemis (Race 6).
He’s also aboard handy square-gaiter Kyvalley Boomerang for Graeme Hartman in Race 1.