Day At The Track

Reed's work of art

08:41 AM 12 Oct 2018 NZDT
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Mike Reed
Mike Reed

Comeback pacer The Art Form will look to make it six wins in a row, when he lines up in the Retravision Lowest Price Guarantee Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park tomorrow night. 

The six-year-old returned from a 26 month absence from the track in July when he finished fourth and has gone on to win his subsequent five starts. 

Trainer Mike Reed will give the son of Art Major his first start at Gloucester Park in Friday night company this campaign tomorrow night, where he has drawn barrier eight.

Reed said he was pleased with how The Art Form had handled his return to racing this campaign.

“He’s has gone really well since he injured himself in the paddock 18 months ago,” he said.

“I think it’s the fittest he’s been.

“His work the other morning was unbelievable.”

Reed said the barrier draw was some concern heading into tomorrow night’s event, but was confident The Art Form was versatile enough to overcome it.

“Mark (Reed) might come out and use his gate speed,” he said.

“He may be able to slot in somewhere if he can’t lead.

“If he can’t get in, he can always go back as well.

“He’s just as good from behind as he is in front.”

Reed said The Art Form could develop into a Fremantle and WA Pacing Cup contender later this season if he was able to continue his progression through the classes.

Atchoo and After Lunch represent the Reed stable in the second qualifying heat of the Preux Chevalier Pace (2130m) for the fillies and mares.

Reed said he leant slightly to After Lunch in the $18,000 event.

“After Lunch has got a lot of ability, but has had a lot of problems,” he said.

“Her work was good this week.

“Atchoo will need a lot of luck.”

Meanwhile, a number of Reed’s up-and-coming pacers are nearing a return to the track ahead of their summer campaigns.

Three-year-old Bletchley Park will be put in hobbles for the first time on Saturday morning, following a prosperous two-year-old campaign which featured a Golden Slipper Prelude win.

Four-year-olds Golden State and Bechers Brook will be first-up at Pinjarra on Monday, or Gloucester Park on Tuesday. 

Tomorrow night’s Gloucester Park meeting gets underway at 5.22pm. 

Tim Walker

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