ALTHOUGH slightly vulnerable first-up from a spell, Lochinvar Hugo is forward enough to maintain his perfect South Australian record according to trainer Dean Girardi.
Unbeaten from four starts since arriving at the Girardi stable, Lochinvar Hugo has drawn barrier four over a mile at Port Pirie.
Pleased with the gelding’s progress since his freshen up, Girardi admitted Lochinvar Hugo “is in need of the run” but has no doubt the son of Sportswriter is ready for a winning return.
“He’s been working really well and is fit enough to win first-up,” Girardi said. “Race fitness is another thing all together, but I’m pleased with his condition going into this.
“He is still a bit chubby, but he’s ok…if he doesn’t go well it will disappointment me.
“Whatever he does this weekend he will be better again with a couple more races.”
Citing Friends as the main danger, Girardi also rates Ramirez and Tossup as major threats.
A last start winner, Ramirez will begin from barrier three, with Friends to come from gate five and Tossup drawn six.
“Friends is racing well and is coming back in class with a claim,” Girardi said. “Ramirez and Tossup are also going well and should be thereabouts.
“My bloke’s work has been good and I expect a descent run. At the very least he will do enough to make it into the Final.”