TALENTED colt Lochinvar Art is expected to have little trouble returning to the winners’ circle at Tabcorp Park Melton tomorrow night.
Fresh from his second in the New South Wales Breeders’ Challenge at Menangle a fortnight ago, Lochinvar Art won his three previous starts for trainer Laura Crossland in stylish fashion.
Stating the two-year-old has handled the interstate campaign “like a veteran”, Crossland is confident Lochinvar Art can capture the Vicbred Super Series Silver Pace despite his awkward draw.
The son of Modern Art is set to begin from barrier six.
“I wasn’t originally going to put him in this race because of his trip to Sydney, but he has come through it so well,” Crossland said.
“He didn’t have a hard run in the Final as he was behind the leader and didn’t really get out.
“He has pulled up super from the run and got through the whole thing like a veteran.
“I haven’t done a lot with him since he got home, but he is good shape and will run a good race.”
Positive Lochinvar Art can develop into a Derby performer next season, Crossland plans to give the youngster one more start before sending him for a spell.
“The Tatlow is on in about three weeks, so that’s the way I will be heading with him,” Crossland said. “He’s not eligible for the Breeders’ Crown, so the Tatlow will see out his season.
“Given what he has shown so far, there is no reason why he won’t come back better again as a three-year-old after a good, long break.”