POISED to make his fifth Group One appearance, Lochinvar Art has finally drawn better than his rivals.
Prepared by Laura Crossland, the son of Modern Art is engaged in a New South Wales Breeders’ Challenge Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday.
Lochinvar Art’s best draw in a top shelf event was gate four in last season’s two-year-old edition when he finished second behind Hardhitter.
In what will be his 23 outing, Lochinvar Art will begin from the pole for the first time!
Despite his run of tough starting positions, the three-year-old has enjoyed Group One success, coming from inside of the second row to capture the Bathurst Gold Chalice last March.
“He finally drew a good barrier,” Crossland said. “This would be one of his best chances to win such a major race.
“It’s not going to be easy, but the draw and the way he is feeling, I’m confident he is capable of winning.
“You can never be over confident in a race like this, but I wouldn’t swap him for any of the others.
“He did well last week when underdone and has improved in his work since.”
Betting markets agree with Crossland’s assessment, with Lochinvar Art the $1.70 TAB Fixed Odds favourite.
Hardhitter is again among the colt’s rivals, with the defending champion draw barrier seven.
The Emma Stewart-trained youngster slots into five – the same draw he won from last season – with the removal of the emergencies.
Hardhitter is on the third line of betting at $7, with New South Wales Derby winner, Max Delight, the $2.40 second elect from barrier nine.
“Hardhitter has been good winning his three starts from a break and will be right in it again,” Crossland said.
“Max Delight is a very smart horse and is the one to beat even from his wide draw.”