Pacing sensation Ride High will have a new driver when he chases his 16th win from just 17 starts at Terang on Saturday night.
Speculation has been rife for weeks a change was looming and regular driver Kima Frenning confirmed it on Twitter on Wednesday when she revealed she was standing-down from race-driving.
“I want to thank everyone for all the amazing opportunities and support I have received throughout my driving career, in particular a massive call-out to @TonkinStewart (Clayton Tonkin and Emma Stewart) and @aikenracing (David Aiken) for giving me the chance to drive once in a lifetime horses,” Frenning tweeted.
“I also want to acknowledge the support I have received with my decision to step away from race driving to focus on training and pre-training horses, thanks again it’s been an amazing journey so far.”
Frenning has driven Ride High to all five wins from as many starts this year.
What’s not clear is who will land the plumb drive on Australasia’s most exciting pacer this week and into races like the $300,000 Group 1 Victoria Cup at Melton on October 10.
Trainer Clayton Tonkin could not be contacted, but does have until Thursday morning to officially declare his driver to Harness Racing Victoria.
Those close to the horse say top drivers Chris Alford and Greg Sugars are the frontrunners, but emerging star Jason Lee is also in the mix.
Alford and Sugars have both driven Ride High to victories before. Alford is four-from-four on the entire, while Sugars drove him twice for two wins late last year.
Lee drove two winners – Evie Beautiful and Hes Ideal – for the Tonkin/Stewart team at Kilmore last night.
Ride High’s stunning emergence, the ease of his wins and his breathtaking times, have drawn comparisons with former greats of the sport.
Leviathan breeder Alan Galloway recently bought a half-share in Ride High for his Alabar Stud and declared Ride High “the best pacer I have seen.”
Originally published asShock move: Pacing star Ride High gets new driver
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