Loyola Trios chasing another win at transferred Hobart meet

28 September 2021 | Duncan Dornauf for Tasracing

Hobby trainer-driver Kyle Pratten will be hoping six-year-old gelding Loyola Trios can notch up another win when he lines up in the last of seven races in Hobart on Tuesday night.

Loyola Trios has caught the eye on the replays and Tasracing’s calculated sectionals in many runs since arriving in the state, where he has either had poor barrier draws or finished off well after having poor luck in running.

“He is the most unluckiest horse since I bought him,” said Pratten ahead of Tuesday’s assignment.

Loyola Trios has only had seven starts since arriving in the state, and he is certainly paying his way.

“I am only a hobbyist, and I only look for $2,000 or $3,000 horses that might knock off a couple of races and then I try to sell them on, the only problem is my partner falls in love with them and we end up keeping them,” said Pratten.

Pratten didn’t intend on going to Hobart last Sunday, instead changing his mind after a third placing in Devonport on 12 September.

“I think one of his best runs was his third in Devonport, he got taken out of the race pretty much by a $101 pop coming out in front of him, and I had to go wide down the back and around that small track for a horse like him that takes a while to wind up, I thought he went super.

“I intended on not taking him to Hobart last week, given it is a bit of an effort to go three and a half hours each way, but because he did go so well in Devonport, I decided to nominate him and it turned out to be a good move with him winning so I will take credit for it,” Pratten explained.

Coming up with another poor barrier on Tuesday, Pratten is expecting another forward showing.

“He has drawn seven again but with only eight in it drawing out there isn’t going to be that bad with not a full second-row, there are a few nice horses in the race, I think my horse over the last 200m is pretty deadly so if he is thereabouts he shouldn’t be far away,” Pratten said.

Tuesday’s card, which was transferred from last Friday evening, will be shown on Sky Racing 1 and TasracingTV, with the first of seven races commencing at 19:17.


Related News

28 October 2021
Trots Centre: Manning family dreams of elusive Redwood win
For all the trophies in the Peter and Kerryn Manning households, the one showing success in Maryborough's famed feature for the two-year-old squaregaiters is nowhere to be seen. But the Aldebaran Park Redwood Classic, possibly one of the hardest events to win on the Victorian harness racing calendar,...
28 October 2021
Ed Dewar made a Life Member of Gloucester Park
As a six-year-old living in post WWII East Perth Ed Dewar discovered that he was allergic to horses when he visited the stable of trotting trainer Frank Harrold near Gloucester Park. Some years later he began attending Gloucester Park while still a student on his path to becoming a doctor. Dr Dewar first...
28 October 2021
FY21 HRV Annual Report tabled in Parliament
On behalf of Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) we are pleased to advise the 2020-21 HRV Annual Report has today been tabled in Victorian Parliament and can be viewed online by clicking here FY21 was another difficult year for several reasons as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to challenge us all in different...
28 October 2021
Burning Questions: Stu debuts to tackle Melton and Maryborough
Stuart McDonald made a cracking debut on Burning Questions, with the Kiwi-born reinsman joining panel regulars Nikkita Ross, Andy Gath and Tim O'Connor for a bumper two-meeting edition of the show. The quartet tackled three big questions arising at Melton on Saturday night... Who finds the top in the...
28 October 2021
Trots Centre: Major opportunity knocks in Swan Hill Cup
Having reeled off blistering 26-second quarters to leave Group 1 winners in his wake, Honolua Bay oozes potential and connections are hopeful his return in a Saturday night feature may spark his emergence as a top tier talent. The Lauriston Bloodstock bred and owned four-year-old debuts for Emma Stewart...
Click for more