Connections of Lochinvar Art are glad they had a late change of heart with their pacer, who stormed to victory at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday night.
The original plan was to trial the two-year-old over the weekend ahead of a trip to New South Wales, but trainer Laura Crossland opted to enter him in the Youthful Stake.
It turned out to be a masterstroke by Crossland and part David Moran, as Lochinvar Art completed a comfortable win.
"David said we should at least nominate him and when the noms were not that strong, we decided to leave him in," Crossland said.
"After I saw the field I was extremely confident with him. I couldn't see him being beat. David thought it would be harder than I did, but he was wrong."
Moran was in the sulky and enjoyed the run of the race before outsprinting Fourbigmen and Im Sire Blake to take the victory.
The son of Modern Art rated 1:57.3 over 1720 metres, and extended his record to three wins and two placings from five starts.
"He is just a natural two-year-old and definitely the best we have been associated with," Crossland added. "He's also had four or five trials and won them all. He's just got a will to want to win.
"Last night's run wasn't hard, which was great and he has pulled up super, so we will continue on to the Breeders' Challenge semi-finals now."
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