Alta Maestro primed for Addington debut
Successful in four of his five race starts to date, Alta Maestro debuts at Addington tonight in the PGG Wrightson Yearling Sales 2yr old final. He has landed the perfect barrier, drawn in barrier two and looks sure to be the horse that they all have to beat.
Alta Maestro was a last start winner at Alexandra Park in a smart 2.02.2 for the 1700m. While not as impressive as some of his previous victories, he did have an excuse heading into that race.
"He had a temperature early in the week and I actually thought that we would have to pull him out," said trainer Robert Dunn.
"He has always had tying up issues so not being able to work him for a couple of days, I knew that he would be a bit short and vulnerable last time."
"While he didn't win by a lot, he had done a bit over the first 400m and then ran home a pretty slick last quarter."
Having navigated through that difficult week, Robert has been a lot happier with the progress since then and travelled south with the colt last Wednesday.
Co-trainer John Dunn says that he has settled in well at their Woodend base.
"Yea RJ has been real happy with him," said John.
"We took him for a hit-out at Rangiora early in the week and Dex said he felt terrific."
Like his father Robert, John is very excited about the Art Major colt.
"Well he's got it all really hasn't he. He is so relaxed that you could tie a filly on the cart next to him and he would be fine."
In terms of his strengths as a racehorse, John felt that he is a great stayer, but does have a potent sprint on him too. He also reflected about his effortless way of going.
From the draw tonight, he looks sure to start the warmest of favourites, but he won't have it all his own way.
"Aloka is a smart colt and he should get a soft run all of the way. Mach Shard has already won a big one up north and Spankem has been dominating those races down here," said John.
Alta Maestro is one of nine runners in for the stable for the evening.
Franco Nelson is one of the better chances on the night but meets a pretty handy line-up in the free-for-all, the first on the card.
"He probably hasn't been quite at his best since the New Zealand record first up," said John.
"The run in the Classic though was very pleasing and if gets any sort of luck tonight, then he is an eachway hope."
Two year old filly Borntobeastar has not helped her cause the last couple of runs, with breaks in the running, but John felt that they have got on top of a few wee issues.
"She is well drawn, so we should get a nice enough spot early and from there she must be some sort of place hope anyway."
Dancing In the Dark has run two very nice races since resuming and steps out in Race Three.
"She's actually gone really well both times, but has had to do just a wee bit too much in the running. If she got the right type of run into it then she could upset this lot."
Hayden's Meddle cops another wide draw in Race Four, but has raced well from similar barriers in the past.
"He is tough and providing he gets into the fight, he does tend to stick on pretty well. He will have to do a bit tonight, but I am sure that he is a good place show."
Billy Badger and Cmeerock come up against some very smart types in Race Seven.
"Billy Badger is probably the better chance of the two here. He hasn't actually had a lot of luck recently, but will hopefully be able to get forward early on."
The final two hopes on the night are in Race Eleven.
"Dream To Reality is working well, but I would say that he will need the run tonight. Crackamoa continues to run good races and I expect another honest run from him here again."
Posted: Fri 12 May 2017