Gath hopes for McLovin revival

15 March 2019 22:37:21 GMTPlus11

Trainer Andy Gath is hoping McLovin can bounce back from his 'awful' defeat last week when he races in Saturday night's North West Ag Services 2019 Charlton Trotters Cup.

The promising trotter suffered his first defeat in Australia in the Group 1 Hygain Australian Trotting Grand Prix, a performance that was "totally out of character", according to Gath.

"He went awful really, compared to what he can go like," Gath said. "But he has pulled up well; we have had him checked out and his work has been good.

"We just have to put it down to one of those things, he just put in a shocker. It was pretty average for his standards.

"You don't go to the races with a lot of confidence after a poor performance but we can only go on by what he has done here at home and his work has been as good as it was with his previous races so we expect him to go pretty well."

McLovin has another tough task when looking to bounce back as he faces a talented field headed by the ultra-consistent group performer Deltasun.

However, Gath said he felt the six-year-old had a promising future regardless of the result.

"His three runs prior to last week have been top class, in our opinion, against quality opposition," he added. "Obviously we got a dent in our confidence last week but we can see him competing in all the big races next season."

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