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Original Art makes amends

11 / 11 / 2014 Article by: Peter Staples
Original Art (Nathan Ford) after his win in Hobart icon Click to enlarge

HARNESS racing trainer-driver Nathan Ford says Original Art has the potential to win more races following his last-stride victory in Hobart on Sunday night.

Original Art arrived in Ford’s Brighton stable about four weeks ago with modest for to his credit.

On Sunday night he enjoyed a cozy run on the back of the leader Faithful Jet that made the most of the pole position to lead comfortably.

The favourite Rusty Red Comet ($2.70) made a midrace move to circle the field and face the breeze and that put more speed into the race.

When the favourite shifted up the track on the home turn Ford quickly eased Original Art off the fence and the gelding powered through the gap and set sail after the leader.

Original Art hit the line with a neck to spare over Faithful Jet with Vander Jenkins the same margin away third.

“I am very happy with this horse tonight because he really wanted to find the line,” Ford said.

“The owners came to me early last month and asked if I would take him on and I think he has the potential to win a few.”

“I changed a bit of gear with him and we took him to Launceston last week but it looked as if he didn’t really try a lot.”

“So I changed some more gear and tonight I thought he travelled a lot better and finished the race off well,” he said.

Original Art is expected to have his next start in Launceston on Sunday night.