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    LOCHINVAR ART - Photo Ashlea Brennan

    A VISITORS’ draw awaits Lochinvar Art as he chases a belated feature win at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night. Engaged in the Simpson... Chasing belated feature triumph

    A VISITORS’ draw awaits Lochinvar Art as he chases a belated feature win at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night.

    Engaged in the Simpson Memorial, Lochinvar Art has drawn the outside of the front row for trainer Laura Crossland.

    The quality youngster’s previous visit to the world class venue netted a second behind fellow Victorian, Hardhitter, in the Breeders’ Challenge Final last July.

    After two starts back from a spell, the son of Modern Art is primed for the Group Two according to Crossland.

    “He seems good,” Crossland said. “He worked really well today and is ready to run a big race.

    “Really, he just takes it all in his stride, not much phases, and he goes about his business without any fuss.

    “The draw hasn’t helped, but he never has a lot of luck with the draws.

    “If he had a better draw I’d be a lot more confident, but I still expect him to go close.”

    Following this weekend’s assignment, Lochinvar Art will be aimed at the Victoria Derby, which begins with heats at Ballarat on January 19 as part of the club’s popular Cup meeting.

    Should all go to plan, the three-year-old will then contest the $200,000 Final in Melton a week later.

    “The Derby heats are next for him,” Crossland said. “Depending on how he goes on the weekend, plus with the travelling, he might have a light trial before then.

    “Should he perform to expectations during the Derby he will then be back at Menangle for the New South Wales Derby heats on February 23.

    “Plus he also has the Breeders’ Challenge there later in the season.”

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