Alta Maesto looking to book Sires Stakes spot

Alta Maesto looking to book Sires Stakes spot

Having proved himself against the best of his age last season as a two year old, Alta Maestro heads to Cambridge tonight looking to secure a spot in the Sires Stakes final to be held on Cup Day. He meets a small but select field, with the Ray Green trained King Of Swing the toughest to beat from the ace draw.

Alta Maestro resumed with a new partner in Tony Herlihy last Friday night at Alexandra Park. After leading for the last 1600m, he was a comfortable winner over the 2200m in 2.42, with the last 800m in 57.2 and the last 400m in 27.8. He always looked to be travelling well within himself in the run to the line.

Drawn well tonight in barrier three, early race tactics will be intriguing with King Of Swing and stablemate Recco Lover drawn in the two inside barriers. So who better to have making those early decsions than Tony Herlihy? With already a New Zealand record to his name over the distrance and on this track, there will be plenty of confidence that the motor is there, even if he has to do it tough tonight.

Safely through tonight's assignment, the plan is to head south to the Woodend Beach base of John Dunn, well ahead of the final at Addington, a final in which he will hopefully be joined also by at least one of his stablemates. It is one of these stablemates in Tuapeka Trick that contests the first Addington sires heat tomorrow evening.

A strong finishing third at Oamaru a fortnight ago, when the race pattern didn't pan out for him, the Westview owned Tuapeka Trick will need plenty to go his way tomorrow, after having drawn out badly in barrier six.

As driver John Dunn says, "it is one of those you are damned if you do and damned if you don't scenarios really."

"If you go forward you are likely to end up posted and if you go back it makes it really hard to get into the race."

"He's really well though and he deserves his chance so hopefully we get that little bit of luck."

It is tough to look past the All Stars runners in the race however, with Chase Auckland impressive in the last couple and The Devils Own, foremost amongst these chances.

Posted: Thu 05 Oct 2017