Alta Maestro the early young gun
An impressive trial on the track last weekend signalled that he would be a tough horse to beat and Alta Maestro didn't disappoint his followers tonight at Alexandra Park in the first heat of the Young Guns.
Well backed in the race, Alta Maestro started a $3.30 second favourite. Drawn well, he blasted the gate early on and held the lead until the 1200m, when he handed up to third favourite Ocean Ridge. The son of Art Major always looked to be travelling well in the trail and it was simply a case of being able to get to the passing lane. Having done that, Alta Maestro powered through at the 200m, quickly taking the lead, before cruising to the line an emphatic one and three quarter lengths winner in a very smart 2.02.7 for the 1700m.
Owned by Stu and Liz Leadley, who have owned a number of horses in the stable over the years, including the very smart Franco Cristiano, Alta Maestro was purchased out of the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale for $100,000. He is the 5th foal out of Alta Camilla and is a half brother to the well performed Alta Jerome (6 wins) and Alta Las Vegas (3 wins) also owned by the Leadley's.
Trainer Robert Dunn was confident that he held a strong hand in the race, but marginally favoured Alta Maestro tonight from his good draw and after a trial second behind The Bus last Saturday.
"He went super in that trial. He took huge ground out of the winner and that was on the back of a 55 second half and a 26 second quarter."
"There's not much between these two at this stage, but probably for now Alta Maestro has a bit more speed, wheras The Brooklyn Brawler showed his toughness winning last week."
Tonight's win does complete a very good couple of weeks for stable two year olds, with The Brooklyn Brawler too good on the track last week. He had no luck at all tonight, being caught wide throughout from his poor draw.
A few races later and the Leadleys were almost back in the winners circle again, as Alta Las Vegas produced a very game second after leading in just his second start in nearly a year away from the track. He kicked on the turn and looked the winner, but in a driving finish, it was brother Dexter that nailed John, with his drive On The Rantan. There will be big smiles all round though, given the issues that the horse has had to overcome to get back to the track.
The well bred Alta Maestro does a great job on debut, winning the first heat of the Young Guns
Posted: Fri 16 Dec 2016