The Hot Seat (Weekender) with Brittany Graham 30-04-2021

In The Gig Harness Racing expert, BRITTANY GRAHAM, looks ahead to all the action coming up and tosses in a tip or two along the way.


LOCHINVAR ART’s season may be over, however his career is still very much alive.

It was announced earlier this week that the son of MODERN ART will be taking an extended break over winter after a bone scan revealed some bruising in a front pedal bone as well as his offside hind fetlock.

Time is the only healer for these types of issues, with veterinarians suggesting an 8-12 week recuperation period.

With the horse’s best interests at heart, it has since been decided that an extensive break of up to four months will take place, to ensure the best possible outcome for his career moving forward.

David Moran represented the team on In The Gig Tuesday to explain the niggles that the star pacer has been facing.

“It hadn’t fractured or done anything serious, but it was on the way to causing dramas, so the only option was to spell the horse” he stated.

“It’s not a career ending injury, if it was a ligament or something that you can inject you can work around these things. But when it comes to bone bruising, time is the only healer and four months isn’t all that long really and he will hope to be back towards the end of the year or maybe the new year”.

With the breeding season only a few short months away, serving a few mares in his down time fits into his program nicely.


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TONIGHT’S Sky Racing WA Derby is set to be a tantalising contest.

The build-up has been fabulous with the two main attractions, LAVRA JOE and JUMPINGJACKMAC, seemingly at the peak of their powers heading into the $200,000 final.

In the majority, they have taken different paths, only meeting once this preparation when Lavra Joe had the barrier draw advantage in a small field and therefore came out on top.

The tables have turned however for the big dance, with Jumpingjackmac drawing kindly in gate three on the front row, whereas Lavra Joe has the horror inside second row draw.

TAB opened Jumpingjackmac as a $1.35 favourite post barrier draw however there has been little support at such a short price, with $1.55 now available.

Another big winner from the draw was MIGHTY RONALDO who will be driven by his trainer Justin Prentice from the two draw.

Unfortunately, there will not be a crowd on course for this fantastic G1 meeting however, Tom Buchanan will be on track tonight at Gloucester Park for Sky Racing to provide all of the most up to date insights.


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EXPENSIVE EGO and PELOSI will be looking to add further G1’s to their tallies this Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Melton in their respective Australian Pacing Gold four-year-old finals.

Both pacers have been installed as short-priced favourites after drawing kindly on the front row, with the $210,000 finals run at the sprint trip of 1720m.

Expensive Ego was brutal in clocking a new personal best of 1.48.6 seconds in his heat performance careering away from JAY OK and ILIKEMEBETTOR. The performance did not come without a scare however with Expensive Ego making a break at the first attempt, with his driver Luke McCarthy raising his hand to signal an issue.

The son of ROCK N ROLL HEAVEN did not have any luck at his initial look around Melton in the 4yo Bonanza earlier this year, however, appears to have drawn perfectly on the middle of the front row with space to work with early on.

PELOSI will be looking to clean sweep her APG division after saluting in the two-year-old final at Albion Park two years ago. She also made her way into this rich final through a Menangle heat victory, after she was forced to park out and show her strength to victory.



SUNDEES SON is back in business.

His return to the winner’s circle in the Anzac Cup last Friday in horrific conditions at Alexandra Park signalled that he is well and truly on track toward his Rowe Cup title defence tonight.

He will start from the inside of the strands down in position one, which on paper looks ideal, however Michael Guerin did issue a warning this week on In The Gig.

“As we saw in the New Zealand Cup with COPY THAT, the one horse is forced to stand for a long time and it sometimes causes them to be slowly away” he said.

Speaking of COPY THAT he was successful in the Taylor Mile last week, albeit not decisive in victory and he will be looking to do the big double in tonight’s Messenger over the longer trip.

The Alexandra Park surface took a battering last Friday with a deluge of rain causing the track to turn to slop after it was conditioned prior. The club has taken full accountability however for this and undertaken some emergency resurfacing this week to ensure that the track is in optimal condition for tonight’s bumper card.



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Brittany Graham is a regular host on Sky Racing and the Sky Racing Active app, plus In The Gig with Ben Way and Gareth Hall every Tuesday night on Sky Racing 2 from 6pm.

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