MISSING a ‘valuable hit out’ will have no impact on Lochinvar Art’s fitness heading into Saturday night’s Club Menangle meeting.
Lochinvar Art was scheduled to race at Tabcorp Park Melton last week only to be left at home in his barn due to the program being cancelled as a result of catastrophic rain.
To make up for the lost outing trainer David Moran ensured the son of Modern Art “worked hard enough” to remain at his peak for his Chariots Of Fire appearance.
Lochinvar Art earned a berth in Australasia’s premier four-year-old event with his remarkable Bonanza victory in Melton on January 25.
With Moran in the cart, Lochinvar Art worked to the lead from barrier three before scoring by four-and-a-half metres from Self Assured, with Hurricane Harley 24 metres away third.
As impressive as that sounds, Lochinvar Art rated an astonishing 1:48.6 over 1720 metres – the first sub 1:50 in Victoria.
“I would have liked him to have that race under his belt, but it hasn’t made any difference to his lead-up,” Moran said.
“I gave him a solid hit out the next morning and made sure he worked hard enough to make up for the race.
“He’s in top condition and will be right at his best in the Chariots on the weekend.”
To be partnered by Moran once again, Lochinvar Art has drawn barrier five, but slots into four with the removal of the emergency.
TAB Fixed Odds have the entire listed as the $2.90 second favourite, with Self Assured heading the market at $2.70 despite his wide draw.
Winner of the Hondo Grattan Stake – a Chariots Of Fire qualifier – a fortnight ago, Self Assured will begin from gate 10 for co-trainers Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen.
Successful in the second qualifier – Paleface Adios Stake – Hurricane Harley is at $11 from barrier seven.
“It is a terrific field, and let’s face it, they could all win with the right run,” Moran said. “That said, Self Assured is the one to beat despite the draw.”