HIS overall performance was electrifying, but those watching have been left in awe by Ride High’s third quarter around Bendigo tonight.
In what was a superlative sectional, Ride High was caught outside the leader before strolling to the front with consummate ease.
With reinswoman Kima Frenning simply releasing her grip on the reins the son of Art Major cruised to the front as the split was covered in a scintillating 26.1 seconds.
“That’s the thing about him…he is so cleanly gaited and gets over the ground so easily,” trainer Clayton Tonkin said. “He just does it so effortlessly.”
Enjoying an armchair drive Frenning “was the passenger” along the home stretch as Ride High strode to a 21-and-a-half metre win from Sirletic, which won plenty of admirers with his game effort after setting the pace.
Bettor Be The Bomb was nine metres away third.
With the last 400 metres run in 27.5 seconds, Ride High rated a blistering 1:49 over 1650 metres to become the second standardbred to break the 1:50 barrier in Victoria.
Ride High’s time slashed 2.7 seconds from Leonidas’ track record set on June 6.
Lochinvar Art created history as the first sub-1:50 winner in the state with his 1:48.6 triumph in Melton last February.
“He did it as easy as he pleased,” Tonkin said. “Kima was the passenger up the straight as he went to the line on his own.”
Planning to race the five-year-old in Shepparton in a fortnight, Tonkin remains hopeful the Victoria Cup will be Ride High’s first major target.
The Grand Circuit event is scheduled to be conducted in Melton on October 10.
“He will more than likely go around again in a couple of weeks,” Tonkin said. “I’ve got my eye on the Victoria Cup for him and want to get plenty of miles into him before then.
“Hopefully the Cup will still go ahead as planned.”