By Tim O’Connor (HRV)
David Moran has plenty of special memories with the progeny of sire Modern Art and he looks set to make many more if the early-season form of gun juvenile Timmy Rictor is anything to go by.
Moran was at the controls on Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Melton as the young pacer scored a brilliant win in the Prydes EasiFeed 2YO Pace. He led easily from barrier six, controlled things at the head of affairs and then dashed home in a sizzling 26.9sec final quarter to beat Dee Roe by nearly 20m.
“He honestly done it in second gear,” Moran said after the 1:54.2 triumph.
“He was absolutely jogging. There’s not a lot of times you can go to the wire in a 26.9sec quarter and you’ve got a pretty strong hold on them.”
An amazingly cheap $7000 buy, Moran said the bay colt was a “ready-made” two-year-old pacer.
“I’ve always found the Modern Arts, they do seem to get better with a bit of age so if he’s got improvement in him, it’s quite promising,” he said.
The horse is out of a mare by the name of Bettors Package, who before Timmy Rictor had only produced the modestly-performed Moreartsthanclass, Shoobee Gotcha and Shoobees Spirit.
Timmy Rictor won his debut start in a heat of the Bathurst Gold Crown and produced a big run for second in the Group 1 final during March before Saturday night’s result at Melton.
Moran trained and drove another son of Modern Art, the great Lochinvar Art, during a glorious period through 2018 and 2022, picking up multiple Group 1 wins and two Victorian Horse of the Year titles along the way.