Just how excellent could LOCHINVAR ART be? Throughout a break in Sky Racing’s Ballarat Cup coverage, my co-host Gareth Hall stated Lochinvar Art was much better than the recent Kiwi excellent LAZARUS.

At very first I believed he was caught-up in the moment of yet another sensational Lochinvar Art win, but Gareth made a great argument.

On pure efficiency and CV, Lazarus is a long way in front given he won an Inter Rule and Hunter Cup sitting parked and a number of NZ Cups, but distance of those wins is considerable. Lazarus was a magnificent stayer, among the best we’ve seen.

However Lazarus was vulnerable in shorter races. He didn’t have the sheer sparkle of some of the sport’s other greats.

Lochinvar Art wants to have it all. No doubt the further they go, the more dominant he ends up being, however he’s got the volatility to win a Wonder Mile or any sprint race for that matter.

If he does not have one thing it is absolute shimmering gate speed, however even that looks to be enhancing with practice.

For now, I’ll go with Lochinvar Art has the potential to be better than Lazarus and grab an area together with a few of the outright all-time greats of the sport.

Wins in the Hunter Cup and Miracle Mile over the next six weeks would certainly fast-track that.

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A nervous wait looms for Kiwi trotting “King” Phil Williamson and his stable star MAJESTIC MALE.

The stylish speedster, who is to be the only Kiwi raider at this Summertime of Magnificence, still isn’t in Australia.

He’s now booked on a flight from Auckland to Melbourne on Wednesday, however Williamson confesses he is yet to have it validated Majestic Guy will be on that flight.

” We’ve got everything crossed,” he stated. “The weird thing is, Bradley (Williamson, Phil’s boy) showed up in Melbourne tonight. So our trainer and chauffeur are there, but just not the horse.

” If he does not get on Wednesday’s flight then we’ll undoubtedly miss the Dullard Cup today, which has constantly been our very first target.”

While Majestic Male isn’t NZ’s finest trotters – SUNDEES SON and most likely BOLT FOR LUSTER rank above him – he is the very best suited to races like the V L Dullard Cup, What The Hill Great Southern Star and Group 1 Trotters’ Mile (at Menangle on March 6).

” He enjoys the sprint racing and he’s got lots of gate speed, which is rarely the case with our (NZ) trotters,” Williamson stated. “It’s been a really complex and discouraging procedure to get throughout with all of the COVID-19 problems, however we think it deserves all the hard work and expense because he’ll be so competitive.

” Now we simply require him to be on that (Wednesday) flight.”

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What rejuvenating powerhouse Anthony Butt and Sonya Smith have quickly ended up being in Victoria.

It’s yet another layer to what is extremely clearly the inmost and most competitive training ranks in Australasia.

Butt trained and drove a treble – PERFECT STRIDE, EMINENCE STRIDE and BOOTS ELECTRIC – on Ballarat Cup night as well as having stable star WOLF STRIDE smash the clock from mile back when third in the Cup.

All four are bound for major races.

” Perfect Stride is back to his best and Boots Electric has actually stepped-up, so we’ll provide both their opportunity in the 4YO Gold Mine (February 6),” Butt said. “Status Stride is a filly we really like. She’s still raw and learning, however she’ll run in the Gold Chalice on Hunter Cup night then go to the NSW Oaks warms.

” I was told Wolf Stride ran 52 and alter for this last half. It was a huge run from where he was and running in these races will assist make him longer term. He’ll go straight to the Hunter Cup now.”