Alta Maestro looking to go one better in the Sires Stakes
He was ever so brave in last week's Yearling Sales Pace for the two year olds. This week Alta Maestro looks to go one better as he again locks horns with the Purdon/Rasmussen pair of Spankem and The Devils Own in the Group One Sires Stakes final.
"Unbelievable," was Robert's reaction last week as he saw his star colt do all of the donkey-work in front, skip clear on the turn, only to go under late to the spirited finish of The Devils Own in what was a new New Zealand record for the distance.
These three classy two year olds that look likely to dominate the voting for two year old of the year meet again at Addington tomorrow night, over the 1950m journey. Alta Maestro has come up with the best draw of the three, but with Spankem drawn just outside him, there is sure to be some early fireworks.
In the early markets for the race, the bookies have installed Spankem a hot favourite on the back of last week's big run where he was forced to sit outside Alta Maestro for the last 1300m of the race.
"Spankem was huge in that race," said co-trainer John Dunn.
"He had no right to stick on like he had the work that he had done."
"The run of The Devils Own didn't surprise me either. He had taken a lot of ground out of Spankem the previous time that they had met."
John and dad Robert have been very happy with how their star colt has come through last week's big test.
"He's really bright and well," said John.
"RJ has been happy with his work this week and just like last week it will take a big run to beat him."
Aloka is probably the other strong hope in the race. He was travelling well in the trail last week when he broke and looked likely to run at least into second placing at the time. He is sure to enjoy a nice spot on the markers again.
Posted: Thu 18 May 2017