Modern Art's Breeders Challenge 2YO heat winner

Modern Art's Breeders Challenge 2YO heat winner

The brilliant last stride win of two-year-old LOCHINVAR ART in the opening heat of the NSW Breeders Challenge at Wagga on Tuesday night (May 22) was the highlight of a productive 48 hours for champion sire MODERN ART.


The Artsplace horse was also represented by the 1:52.8 Menangle winner REPEAT AFTER ME, GREGS LEGACY (1:56.3, Albion Park) and YERRINGTON BOB (1:57.8, Swan Hill).

LOCHINVAR ART, who was trapped three deep in the early stages, slotted into the running line midfield at the 1200 metre mark.

Angled three wide on the home bend, the colt let down beautifully to post his second win from four starts.

The mile rate for the 1755 metres was 1:58.4 with the final 800 in a nippy 57.7.

Out of a mare by Ponder, LOCHINVAR ART was bred by Peter and M. M. Green, M. A. Morris and Daniel Cordina. He is owned by Kevin Gordon.

REPEAT AFTER ME, a Victorian-bred gelding, sliced 1.4 seconds off his previous mark in posting his second success at Menangle.

Starting from the No.8 gate, the brown gelding raced wide early before securing the one-one trail. Tipped three deep on straightening, REPEAT AFTER ME quickly overhauled the leaders with a stunning 27.6 closing panel.

From a mare by Denver Gift, REPEATR AFTER ME was bred and is part-owned by Robert Rothacker with G. D. Eddy, J. A. Watson, F. N. Hudson and D. L. Grant.

GREGS LEGACY, who led throughout, also posted a new lifetime mark. The winner of seven races, the entire was bred by Mathew Day from a New York Motoring mare and is owned by G. J., A., J. G. and J. Moutzouris.

YERRINGTON BOB, who notched win No. 18 at Swan Hill, has earned almost $150,000 in stakes. From a mare by Silent Spring, the gelding was bred by K. R. Yerbury and M. Hetherington and is owned by the Stokie Racing Group.