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Other Racing Talk => Harness => Topic started by: Arsenal on 2020-Jul-22, 09:22 AM

Title: Ride High V Lochinvar Art
Post by: Arsenal on 2020-Jul-22, 09:22 AM
Australia’s two hottest pacers Ride High and Lochinvar Art are poised to clash in a shock match race.

Connections of both horses have thrown their support behind the idea and a tentative date of August 15 has been discussed. Ballarat is the most likely venue.

A possible match-race was floated when Ride High’s trainer Clayton Tonkin and Lochinvar Art’s trainer-driver David Moran were on RSN radio together on Monday morning and Harness Racing Victoria has moved swiftly to explore options.

It has already rekindled memories of Victorian horse racing’s last glamour match race at Caulfield 1992 between champion gallopers Let’s Elope and Better Loosen Up, dubbed the TAB Challenge, which Let’s Elope won.

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 Ride High winning at Melton with driver Kima Frenning. Pictu Stuart McCormick

Harness racing’s iconic match race was in 1980 when mighty stayer Pure Steel was too strong for the brilliant Satinover at Perth’s Gloucester Park.

“I’m up for it,” Tonkin said. “I reckon it would be cool. People would love it. A match race takes luck out of the equation.”

Moran added: “I think it’d be really good. It would be great for the public and fantastic for the sport as well. Let’s do it.”

Harness Racing Victoria is working on how, when and where the match-race could be run.

Ride High has already drawn comparisons with the past greats of the sport with his 13 wins from 14 starts.

While Lochinvar Art stamped himself as the brightest star of the sport earlier this year when he smashed the Melton 1720m track record with an unthinkable 1min48.6sec mile rate. The four-year-old then won the Group 1 Chariots Of Fire at Menangle before a monstrous second in the Miracle Mile on March 7. They have never clashed.

Ride High’s next run will be at Bendigo on August 1, while Lochinvar Art is about to return from a spell.

“I’d want at least one race under my belt before it because my guy hasn’t raced for 10 weeks or so, but August 15 works for me,” Moran said.

Tonkin said a match-race two weeks after Ride High’s next Bendigo run would fit perfectly.

“He’s definitely running at Bendigo and that’ll be four runs under his belt. We like racing him two weeks apart, so August 15 is a yes from us,” he said.

Giddy Up :beer:

Title: Ride High V Lochinvar Art
Post by: wily ole dog on 2020-Jul-22, 05:25 PM
The sad thing I take away from that article is that I have no idea who Ride High is

Title: Ride High V Lochinvar Art
Post by: Arsenal on 2020-Sep-21, 08:22 AM
Clash of the titans with Ride High and Lochinvar Art poised to meet at Melton on Saturday night

The clash everyone in Australian harness racing has been waiting for is set to eventuate at Melton on Saturday night with Ride High and Lochinvar Art looking certain to finally go head-to-head.
Adam Hamilton, Racenet
September 20, 2020 12:30pm

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Lochinvar Art in action. Pictu Laura Lebedeff

Only a late change of plans will thwart the first clash of superstar Aussie pacers Ride High and Lochinvar Art at Melton next Saturday night.

Ride High’s trainer Clayton Tonkin confirmed the pacing powerhouse would chase his 17th win from just 18 starts in the $30,000 Minuteman Free-For-All (2240m), while Lochinvar Art’s trainer-driver David Moran said it was “very likely” his charge would be there as well.

Lochinvar Art smashed the clock from a horror draw, and after doing all the work when a mighty second to Hurricane Harley in track record time at Bendigo on Saturdaty night. He was timed to run his last mile of the 2150m race in a mind-blowing 1min50.9sec, some of it three and even four-wide.

“His run was massive under the circumstances,” Moran said. “And, as I said going into it, he needed the run. He’ll take a lot out of it.

“I’ll give him the day to make sure he’s come through it well, which he seems to have, and make a final decision on Monday, but I will most likely back him up next week.

“He thrives on racing every week and he needs the hard racing to be right at his top for the (Victoria) Cup.”

Confirmation Ride High will run this week means he will almost certainly bypass the $50,000 Group 2 Smoken Up Sprint (1720m) at Melton on October 3 and continue his routine of racing every second-week by going straight to the $300,000 Group 1 Victoria Cup (2240m) on October 10.

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Ride High winning at Melton. Pictu Stuart McCormick

This week’s race could be even bigger than the first clash of Ride High and Lochinvar Art with the possibility reigning NZ Cup winner Cruz Bromac and the gifted Code Bailey may also run.

“This week is a chance. Dean (Braun, trainer) is weighing-up his options between this week or waiting for the Smoken Up the week after. He’ll decide in the next couple of days,” Cruz Bromac’s managing owner Danny Zavitsanos said.

Cruz Bromac hasn’t raced since finishing fifth in the Auckland Cup last New Year’s Eve when he developed a fetlock injury soon after.

Giddy Up :beer:
Title: Ride High V Lochinvar Art
Post by: wily ole dog on 2020-Sep-21, 08:33 AM
It should be a great clash. :clap2:
Title: Ride High V Lochinvar Art
Post by: Arsenal on 2020-Oct-06, 01:49 PM
Unfortunate injury suspension ligament requires a spell and treatment ..nothing evident that I could see in the replay or when the horse pulled up pity he tried his heart out.

Shock Ride High failure explained
Ride High winning at Melton. Pictu Stuart McCormick
Adam Hamilton 5:03PM05 October 2020

PACING sensation Ride High is injured and will miss Saturday night’s $300,000 Group 1 Victoria Cup.

Trainer Clayton Tonkin confirmed fears Ride High’s shock defeat – just his second loss in 18 starts - in last Saturday night’s Group 2 Smoken Up Sprint at Melton was caused by a lot more than his hard run or a lack of fitness.

“It’s a suspensory (ligament). We’ve just found out. It’s his nearside front leg,” he said. “We knew something wasn’t right the other night.”

Tonkin said the diagnosis was minor, meaning Ride High needs six weeks of light jogging and rehabilitation work before the ligament is scanned again for progress.
But that effectively rules out majors like the Hunter Cup and Miracle Mile in February/March.

“The vet says it isn’t bad, but these things are never good, either,” Tonkin said. “We’ve got to hope it scans well after the six weeks of rehab and go from there.”

Ride High roared to the front at the 400m and looked set for an easy win before weakening uncharacteristically from the top of the home straight to finish fifth as a $1.10 favourite, beaten almost 13m, by $126 outsider Rishi last Saturday night.

Although immediate post-race checks didn’t reveal anything, Tonkin suspected there was an issue.

Ride High’s injury robs the Victoria Cup of it’s headline act, but, thankfully, Miracle Mile and Hunter Cup winner King Of Swing is confirmed to travel down from Sydney for Saturday night’s feature.

He looks set to be one of a staggering five Cup runners for trainer Craig Cross. The others being: Balraj, Cash N Flow, Alta Orlando and Bling It On.

Champion driver Chris Alford is set to snare the King Of Swing drive unless Luke McCarthy is granted a permit to travel which excludes him from quarantining for two weeks when he returns to NSW.

Sky Racing 2 (Foxtel 527) will cover the final field and barrier draw for the Victoria Cup live at 9.30am tomorrow (Tuesday).


Giddy Up :beer:

Title: Ride High V Lochinvar Art
Post by: wily ole dog on 2020-Oct-06, 07:11 PM
 Bugger, it was going to be a clash for the ages  :sad: