SOMETIMES it's not a question of whether a horse will win but how much they will win by.
David Moran's Lochinvar Chief ($1.40) was sent out a well backed favourite for Friday night's third Gold Crown Heat (1,730 metres) and the gelding's run was so dominant you'd swear his starting price still wasn't short enough.
Chris Frisby's He Aint Fakin ($3.50, Anthony Frisby) ran on gamely to finish nine metres off the winner but you got the feeling Lochinvar Chief might have been able to double that margin if Moran had let his runner go all out.
And the scary part is he still came home in a final quarter of 26.7 to run a speedy mile rate of 1:55.2.
Lochinvar Chief was finally able to enjoy his moment in the spotlight following a second placing in the Group 2 Sapling Stakes behind fellow Gold Crown heat winner Tasty Delight and a runner-up result behind stablemate Patsbeachstorm.
Moran's runner now has the chance to get his revenge on Tasty Delight.
"He's going really well and just continues to get better each week. He's going to become a really nice horse," Moran said.
"It was a cracking effort from them [heat two winner Tasty Delight] there so it should make for a really good final."
Lochinvar Chief had to do his fair share of work starting from gate seven, caught four deep throughout the opening turn in his bid to find the lead.
But even after that effort he looked picture perfect once he found the lead.
He Aint Fakin stuck with Lochinvar Chief around the turn for home but once Moran asked his leader to find the next gear he made the rest of the field look average.
Halloween ($51, Laurence Dawson) broke clear of the pack to run third, still another 11 metres behind runner-up He Aint Fakin.
Lochinvar Chief was the only horse across the entire Bathurst meeting to break the 27-second barrier across a quarter.