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TAB Queensland Constellations nets shooting star

By Richard Goodbody

Australian superstar Lochinvar Art will look to frank his reputation as the nation’s most exciting pacer during the 2020 TAB Queensland Constellations.

Earlier today, trainer-driver David Moran confirmed the exciting four-year-old was destined to cross the border in July, with the reigning Chariots Of Fire targeting further Grand Circuit glory in the $250,000 TAB Blacks A Fake.

During Saturday night’s Miracle Mile, Lochinvar Art produced the run-of-the-race – edged out by King Of Swing but losing no admirers in the process – as he posted sizzling sectionals to place at Menangle.

A Queensland campaign that includes the $100,000 Garrard’s Sunshine Sprint before focusing on the $250,000 Rising Sun and the Blacks A Fake is on the horizon, with Moran confirming a trip to regional NSW before heading north.

“I’m setting him for the big, new Group 1 four-year-old race at Wagga on April 12,” Moran told TAB.

“It’s terrific money and looks ideal for him before looking forward a winter campaign in Queensland.

“He’s having 10 days on the water walker now, then I’ll get him ready for Wagga.

“Then I’ll focus on having a month or so in Queensland over winter. There’s the Sunshine Sprint and that new race (the Rising Sun) as well as the Blacks A Fake.”

Having captured the NSW Derby at the weekend, the Anthony Butt-trained Line Up became the first horse to be offered a wildcard into the Rising Sun, which is scheduled to become the richest harness race in the Southern Hemisphere for three and four-year-old pacers.

During June and July, Queensland will host five electrifying meetings under lights, featuring 10 Group 1s and more than $2 million in prize money and bonuses.

TAB has installed Lochinvar Art as a $3.50 second favourite – a pre-nominations market is presently available – behind Kiwi star Self Assured ($2.40), whilst Line Up is on the third line of betting at $7.

Click here for more information on the TAB Queensland Constellations including the Rising Sun.

Image courtesy of Harness Racing Victoria/ Stuart McCormick.