Unbeaten pacer chases Classic riches

Ricimer's husband and wife team of Kate and Andy Gath. Picture: HARNESS RACING VICTORIA

Ricimer's husband and wife team of Kate and Andy Gath. Picture: HARNESS RACING VICTORIA

UNBEATEN gelding Ricimer will contest the Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic Series for 2YO Colts and Geldings on Thursday night at Lord’s Raceway.

The Andy Gath-trained son of Ponder has drawn two in the third heat of the series, which aims to provide incentive to breed, buy and race Vicbred horses in Victoria.

The two-year-olds contesting Thursday night’s heats will be vying for a spot in the $50,000 final to be run at Melton’s Tabcorp Park on Friday, May 16.

On the strength of his last-start win at Melton, Ricimer will take a power of beating on Thursday night.

Gath was thrilled with how Ricimer put his rivals away on Sunday, winning by a huge margin (25.5m) in 1:58.9 to make it two wins from two starts.

“He really took a long time to get going pacing-wise,” Gath said of his youngster.

“But he’s really emerged now. His trials have all been good and he’s still improving.”

At his most recent win, Ricimer was last early before taking off three-and four-wide down the back straight to dash to a clear lead.

Turning for home driver Kate Gath would have needed binoculars to see her nearest rival, with Ricimer powering to the line for an effortless victory.

Gath will also put the polish on Valens in the first heat of the series earlier in the night at Bendigo.

“There’s not much between them at home,” Gath said.

“He’s a quality horse, too. He hasn’t had much luck of late.”

Thursday night's Lord's Raceway meeting begins at 6pm.

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