Win for Loats

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY TONY LO­GAN

Minyip breeder-owner Gary Loats cel­e­brated vic­tory when his five-year-old geld­ing Metro Man led all the way to cap­ture the D and M Hef­fer­nan Me­mo­rial Pace at Terang.

How­ever, sup­port­ers of the $1.60 favourite would have drawn a deep breath at the start of the 1680-me­tre dash last week, when Metro Man mixed his gait and looked likely to switch into a mad gal­lop.

For­tu­nately, trainer-driver David Murphy was able to quickly balance up the son of Metropolit­an USA and cross the field down to the pegs where he soon found his rhythm.

Metro Man set a leisurely tempo through the mid­dle stages of the con­test then sprinted home in 28.6 sec­onds to score by a half length in a rate of 2:00.9 and record his sec­ond ca­reer vic­tory from 20 starts.

Metro Man made his de­but for Loats in Septem­ber 2017 at Mary­bor­ough as an early four-year-old.

Un­wanted in the bet­ting at 80-1 that day, he fin­ished at the back of the bunch after be­ing re­trained at the start and fol­lowed them around for ex­pe­ri­ence.

Steady im­prove­ment dur­ing the prepa­ra­tion.

Metro Man posted mi­nor plac­ings at

fol­lowed Hor­sham and Bendigo be­fore head­ing to the pad­dock for a well-de­served spell.

For­ward eight months and Murphy pro­duced Metro Man for a promis­ing first-up sec­ond at Hor­sham and just three days later at Mary­bor­ough bought up his maiden vic­tory, and im­por­tantly for Loats, a $7000 Vicbred Bonus in ad­di­tion to the stake­money.

Loats bred Metro Man from his lightly raced, all-amer­i­can bred brood­mare Beach Kat, which late last year pro­duced a bay filly by the leg­endary stal­lion Art Ma­jor USA.

In­jury re­cov­ery

Hor­sham Pac­ing Syn­di­cate man­ager Daryl Ed­wards has re­ported that three-year-old filly Lu­vtoo has re­cov­ered from her hoof ab­scess, is back jog­ging for trainer Courtney Slater and all go­ing well should be at the tri­als in a fort­night.

More than 30 shares have al­ready been taken up in the ‘Lu­vtoo Group’, with a hand­ful still avail­able for a one-off, to­tal pay­ment of $400 with her new own­ers hop­ing to see her race early in June.

Peo­ple can call Daryl on 0428 500 194 for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

It’s Hot To Trot to­day in Hor­sham, in Stawell on May 23 and Ararat on May 29th.

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