Shepparton News

Art to woo the girls for now


- By Gus Underwood

Shepparton’s superstar pacer Lochinvar Art will mix stud duties this season with an attempted comeback to racing.

The David Moran-trained pacer is recovering from a cracked cannon bone in a back leg after initially being sidelined with a front joint problem which aborted his racing career earlier this year.

Moran said the pacer would stand the season at Belinda and Luke McCarthy’s Cobbitty Stud in NSW before returning to his Shepparton stables in January.

‘‘He’ll miss the Inter Dominion later this year, but hopefully he can get back for the Hunter Cup. They have been swimming him and he’ll do that for another six weeks before there is any track work,’’ Moran said.

By Modern Art, Lochinvar Art is the greatest pacer to be trained in Shepparton.

He has won $1,368,456 in prizemoney from 51 starts which have produced 28 wins, 14 seconds and five thirds.

He will stand at a fee of $2950.

Training duo strikes

Joint Shepparton trainers Steve O’Donoghue and Bec Bartley won’t have to wait long to get a better indication of how their classy pacer Western Sonador is faring.

After an impressive win in the Minuteman Free-For-All at the metropolit­an meeting at Geelong last Saturday night Western Sonador tackles a hot field in the Group One $100,000 Caduceus Classic at the Bendigo meeting tomorrow night.

In his Geelong win the five-yearold son of Western Terror, who was having his first start since an unlucky fourth at Melton in early August, was taken straight to the front by Bartley from his barrier two draw and was never in danger of being run down.

He got to the line with nearly 2m to spare over outsider Silent Major with the second favourite Wolf Stride, now in the Andy Gath barn, filling the minor placing.

It was Western Sonador’s 10th win with 10 placings in his 25 starts.

The win also gave Western Sonador automatic selection in next month’s Victoria Cup field.

One person who is getting a big kick out of the Western Sonador journey is Shepparton businessma­n John Baldi, a longtime trots fan, who part owns the pacer.

Western Sonador wasn’t the only impressive winner from the O’Donoghue-Bartley barn last week.

Three-year-old gelding Barnaby made it two wins from two starts when he saluted at Charlton.

Barnaby won arrogantly, trapped three wide for the first 500m, then facing the breeze for the remainder of the race before pulling clear, untouched, from his rivals in the concluding stages.

Barnaby’s mile rate of 1:56.1, which included a 57.1 last half, was the quickest for the meeting over the 2100m trip.

Barnaby, who is by the Panderosa stallion Panspacifi­cflight out of the unraced Artsplace mare Arts For Artsplace, won on debut at his previous start on July 28 when he also saluted with a lot in hand.

He also goes around at Bendigo tomorrow night in a hot field which includes the much-spruiked Bondi Lockdown.

Successful reunion

David Moran reunited with classy pacing filly Ladies In Red who made a winning return to racing last week at Ballarat.

The Emma Stewart-trained Ladies In Red was having her first start since running second to Tough Tilly in the $130,000 Group One Vicbred Super Series at Melton in late December.

That was the only defeat Lady In Red had suffered in 10 starts as a two-year-old and her win last week in her first start in her three-yearold campaign showed she looks as good ever.

The daughter of Mach Three raced in the death for the last 1100m, but drew away for an easy win at the finish in 1:57.0 mile rate time for the 2200m trip which included a scorching 55.0 seconds last half.

Apart from her first start, Moran has been in the sulky for her past nine outings for eight wins and a second.

The Secret is out

Ardmona horsewoman Donna Castles has made a habit of scoring wins on longshot chances over the years and she did again at Kilmore on Friday night.

Castles produced trotter Teds Secret for an impressive win at his first start in a race at tote odds of 20/1.

The four-year-old by the Credit Winner stallion Crazed was trapped three wide early and then outside the leader for the last 1600m, but was up to the challenge in accounting for Ragna Thor and another impressive debutant Another Nip.

They didn’t break the clock, but considerin­g the track was rain affected it was still an impressive debut.

Bred and raced by former NSW reinswoman Marcia Hutton and family, Teds Secret is a half-brother to smart trotter Dark Secret who

is campaignin­g in Western Australia these days and has had 15 wins which have netted more than $125,000 in prizemoney.

Castles said Teds Secret was on the market a month ago, but she was not sure now.

School has class

Promising pacer Night School made a triumphant return to racing at the Kilmore meeting.

The Steve Boyington-trained and driven three-year-old son of Blissfull Hall was having his second start since mid May and given every chance in the run proved too good for Helensin and Master Remi in the run to the judge.

Punters were aboard Night School after his first-up second to the Russell Jack-trained Captain Dan at Cobram on August 18 and he started an even money favourite.

Given the rain-affected track Night School’s 1:56.2 mile rate for the 1690m trip was close to a career best and was easily the quickest on the program to suggest better things may be in store.

His career record now stands at two wins and four placings from eight starts.

Stan stands up

Art Major four-year-old gelding Stanbyme made the most of a smart getaway to notch his fifth win for Avenel trainer Wayne Potter at Kilmore.

Concession reinsman Bailey McDonough, speared Stanbyme to the front from barrier five and he led his rivals from then on, accounting for Rock On Playboy and A Vapar Storm.

Potter has trained the pacer for all of his 32 starts which have yielded five wins and 11 placings for more than $33,000 in prizemoney.

Russell-ing up success

It’s been another good week for Russell Jack with winners at Shepparton on Sunday and Bendigo on Wednesday night.

The Jack-trained consistent Pet Rock gelding Dealmaker defied a betting drift to win in commanding fashion at Shepparton.

Concession reinsman Brad Chisolm urged the five-year-old to the front from barrier six at barrier rise and then dictated terms for the remainder of the race.

Dealmaker arrived at the finishing line with more than 7m to spare from Goodlookin Rooster with the Steve Duffy-trained Secret Identity filling the minor placing.

His 1:59.1 mile rate for the 2190m trip was also a PB.

Jack gets a lot of satisfacti­on out of Dealmaker’s wins — this was his third from 21 starts with 11 minor placings including eight seconds — as he bred the pacer with his late father Robbie and still owns the pacer.

By Rock N Roll Heaven, Dealmaker is out of the Art Major mare Miss Elvira who was a five times winner from limited starts.

Jack produced the promising pacer Spring In His Step for an impressive win at Bendigo.

Reinsman Leigh Sutton gave the Somebeachs­omewhere three-yearold a charmed run to account for Magic Mike and the Laura Crossland-trained and Cody Crossland-driven Codys Colt.

The impressive part of the win was his PB 1:55.3 mile rate for the 2150m trip, easily the quickest of the meeting.

It completed successive wins for Spring In His Step who had won at his previous start at Yarra Valley on August 13.

Spring In His Step has now won four races with six seconds and a third from 18 starts.

Ky high on wins

Kyabram trainers Mark Watson and Gary Payne produced winners at the Shepparton meeting.

The Watson-prepared Miss Artemis made a successful return to racing, gunning down the favourite and pacemaker, the Gary Merkeltrai­ned Argy Bargy over the concluding stages to post her third win from 29 tries.

There have also been seven minor placings.

Miss Artemis, who is beautifull­y bred being by Art Major out of the Bettors Delight mare Miss Athens, was stepping out for the first time since June and was driven by her regular drive Ellen Tormey.

The Payne-trained and driven Artizz broke a drought of more than two years out of the winner’s circle with his all-the-way win.

He was the rank outsider as a $14 chance in the field of six runners and his 1:59.0 mile rate was the quickest of his three wins from 115 starts, which have also produced 31 placings, including 20 third placings.

Group One bids

There are some mouth-watering clashes featuring district-trained pacers and trotters at tomorrow night’s meeting at Bendigo.

Two Group One races feature on the program including the $100,000 Caduceus Classic which has Shepparton-trained pacers Western Sonador, Boots Electric and Perfect Stride as well as Max Delight engaged.

The O’Donoghue-Bartley team has Western Sonador coming from the pole, the David Aiken-prepared Max Delight barrier two and the Russell Jack-trained pair Boots Electric and Perfect Stride barriers three and 10 respective­ly.

Western Sonador and Max Delight are last start winners with Max Delight attempting a hat-trick of wins after winning his past two outings at Menangle, the first in PB 1:50.0 mile rate time over the 1609m trip, almost the same distance as tomorrow night’s trip (1650m).

Classy pacers Boots Electric and Perfect Stride will be stepping out for the second time for Jack and will strip fitter for their unplaced firstup runs.

In their first starts for Jack Boots Electric ran fifth at Bendigo on August 28, while Perfect Stride finished sixth in the same race.

But both pacers were checked and broke in run so will be looking for better luck tomorrow night.

Perfect Stride ran second to Boots Electric in the South Australian Pacing Cup on April 17 at his previous start.

The other Group One on the card is the $50,000 Australasi­an Trotting Championsh­ip which has the underrated Aiken-trained mare Aldebaran Crescent holding the hopes of a district win over the marathon trip of 2650m from the standing start.

 ??  ?? Good times: Ardmona trainer-driver Donna Castles enjoyed a victory with Teds Secret at Kilmore.
Good times: Ardmona trainer-driver Donna Castles enjoyed a victory with Teds Secret at Kilmore.

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