August 11, 2020 Paul Courts
ALTHOUGH expectations are high in anticipation of another stellar performance, setting records is not part of the agenda with Ride High heading into Saturday night’s Shepparton program.
Unbeaten from six starts this season, Ride High had onlookers in awe with his victory in Bendigo a fortnight ago.
Driven by Kima Frenning the ‘Delacombe Destroyer’ rated a breathtaking 1:49 over 1650 metres to slash 2.7 seconds from Leonidas’ track record set on June 6.
Ride High’s time was just four-tenths of a second outside Lochinvar Art’s Victoria record registered at Tabcorp Park Melton last February.
As for his pending assignment, the Clayton Tonkin-trained son of Art Major will be the widest drawn runner in a field of six over 1690 metres.
Out of interest, the track record over the distance is 1:52.5, which was established by Ideal Star on June 19.
“He is in terrific condition,” Tonkin said. “I truly couldn’t be happier with the way he is coming along.
“He’s ready to get out there and run another good race, but we’re not going there to deliberately break any records or even go better than 1:50 again.
“If that happens, then so be it, but it’s not the plan with him.”
Hopeful the Victoria Cup will still be run in coming months, Tonkin has set the Grand Circuit gem as Ride High’s first test against the elite.
The Cup is scheduled to be conducted in Melton on October 10, but like so many major events remains at the mercy of the Corona virus pandemic.
“I’ve got my eye on the Victoria Cup for him and want to get plenty of miles into him before then,” Tonkin said. “I’m looking at the Kilmore Cup as his last run into the Victoria Cup.
“Hopefully the Cups will still go ahead as planned.”