Lochinvar Art lands perfect draw
Trainer-driver David Moran's hopes of realising a long-held dream have been boosted after Lochinvar Art landed the perfect draw ahead the Shepparton Gold Cup.
Lochinvar Art is up against some tough opposition in the form of Uncle Sam, Sirletic, Malcolms Rhythm and Reactor Now in the $60,000 Group 2 event.
However after landing gate one, Lochinvar Art's chances of taking the prize have been given an extra boost.
"I’ve always wanted to win a Kilmore and a Shepparton Cup, along with some of the bigger ones. In the past some great horses have won this race," Moran said ahead of the race. "(Lochinvar Art’s) got the draw for Saturday night, it’d be a great trophy to have on the mantle."
The brilliant five-year-old has won six of his last seven outings and Moran says his charge is in good shape after beating the best Australia has to offer in the Victoria Cup last start.
"He’s really good. We cleaned him up a little bit after his last win and got a few things sorted out for the coming months ahead," Moran added.
"He’s going to be pretty close to 100 per cent. He only raced a bit over a fortnight ago, he’s always better the second week backing up, but he’ll be pretty close this week."
Meanwhile, Moran is also grateful for the opportunity he has had with Lochinvar Art and is making the most of it while he can.
"I’m every chance of probably never experiencing a horse like him and his ilk ever again," he said. "Never say never, but the chances of these sorts of horses coming around again are very, very rare."
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