IT’S that time of year again.
Aussie trainers are starting to cast their mind towards possible New Zealand Harness Jewels raids.
And leading the way is Australia’s exciting three-year-old Lochinvar Art and trained Laura Crossland.
“We’re very keen,” Crossland said. “He’s had no luck with draws all season and kept running big races.”
Lochinvar Art followed a third in the Victoria Derby with a third in the New South Wales Derby. Both from awful barriers.
“We’ve spoken with Darrin Williams and said how much we’d love the Aussie invite,” Crossland added.
Kiwi trainer Mark Jones and his Aussie partner, Aaron Goadsby, are just as keen to get an Aussie invite with their juvenile filly Lulu Le Mans, which followed a third against the boys in the Sapling Stakes with a second in the Pink Bonnet last Saturday night.
“She’s the right sort of filly and not really paid-up for anything else,” Goadsby said. “Ideally we’d get the invite early, take her to Auckland and race her in the Aussies colours in the lead-up races.”
Powerhouse trotting team Yabby Dams is considering four-year-old Amour De Frere for the Jewels.
Trainer Anton Golino said she was the right sort of mare with similar speed to stablemate Dance Craze, which finished a luckless third in last year’s Jewels Four-Year-Old Mares’ Trot.
She went on to win the Group One Great Southern Star a few weeks back.
“Amour De Frere would be ideal if I can get her spot on, which can be a challenge. We’re definitely looking at it,” Golino said.
Amour De Frere made it seven wins from just 18 starts when she led throughout to win the Group Two Breed For Speed Silver Final at Melton in a slick 1:57.5 rate for 1720m last Saturday night.
- ADAM HAMILTON