August 5, 2020 Paul Courts
WHILE it won’t be the match race many have hoped for, the likelihood of Victoria’s two star pacers clashing next week is becoming a distinct reality.
Astonishing onlookers with his brilliant performances since returning from a spell, Ride High is being touted as the best pacer in the nation.
Given the “Delacombe Destroyer’s” latest victory it is difficult to argue with that assessment.
Extending his winning sequence to nine, Ride High rated 1:49 over 1650 metres in Bendigo last weekend.
The Clayton Tonkin-trained son of Art Major became just the second standardbred to break the 1:50 barrier in Victoria.
It was Lochinvar Art which created history with his 1:48.6 triumph around Tabcorp Park Melton last February.
Lochinvar Art then went to Club Menangle to capture the Chariots Of Fire before finishing second in the Miracle Mile.
Upon his return to Victoria the David Moran-trained four-year-old won two races in Shepparton before being sent for a break.
Lochinvar Art returned to complete a soft win a fortnight ago, with his success also coming in Shepparton – the likely venue for the pending clash.
“He’s going around in Ballarat on Saturday night, and depending on how he pulls up, I will race him again in Shepparton the following week,” Moran said.
“Clayton is also considering running Ride High there that night.
“If they do clash it will be over a mile, which will make it very interesting.
“For now I’m just focused on Saturday night and will worry about other things after that.”
As for his pending assignment, Lochinvar Art will begin from the outside of the second row over 2200 metres.
“He has pulled up a treat from his run a couple of weeks ago and has been working on great,” Moran said. “He will be a lot better for the run and even better again after this next start.
“The draw isn’t the best and could make it tough depending on who leads and how the race is run.”