06 September 2020
AWAY from the spotlight surrounding two of Victoria’s top pacers, another rising star has been quietly shining.
With a combination of sensational form and highly-promoted work outs, Ride High and Lochinvar Art have captured the public’s imagination in recent weeks.
A potential clash between the two is even creating the kind of hype and anticipation once afforded to champions and archrivals Popular Alm and Gammalite.
Although gaining less attention, Reactor Now is building a record just as impressive as the high profile pair.
Having his 11th start for leading trainer David Aiken in Shepparton tonight, the Australian Pacing Gold purchase registered his ninth win for the stable.
“Realistically he should be unbeaten for us,” Aiken said. “A couple of misfortunes in two of his runs have stopped him from having an unblemished record since he got here.
“He is a serious horse which we will be looking at races like the Victoria Cup with.
“It’s a big step up and he’s got a long way to go, but the ability is there.”
Driven by Aiken’s son Josh during his latest victory, Reactor Now began quickly from the pole but was unable to hold out Louis Sedgwick, which led from barrier four.
Quickly angled away from the pegs Reactor Now was sent to the front on his way to a two-and-a-half metre win from My Kiwi Mate, with Louis Sedgwick three metres away third.
Rating 1:52.8 over 1690 metres, the four-year-old stretched his overall tally to 11 wins from 15 outings.
“He won well but he got a bit keen tonight which is a bit of a worry,” Aiken said. “When he gets up in class he’s got to be more of a race horse.
“We’ll have to work on that as he keeps ticking over until the Victoria Cup next month.”