Alta Maestro set for northern resumption
Class three year old Alta Maestro is fresh up at Alexandra Park this evening after a stint in the south. He has pleased Robert with his work leading into tonight and is well ready for what appears a stern challenge.
Alta Maestro disappointed when finishing well back in his main southern assignment, the Sires Stakes on Cup Day, after a poor draw foiled any real chance. He was a lot better behind Thefixer on Show Day, showing some real fight after leading in a swiftly run 1950m.
Robert said that the Art Major colt did tie up badly following the long trip home, but his work over the past couple of weeks has seen him back to where he wants him to be.
"I will leave it up to Johnny tonight, but the preference is certainly to lead," said Robert.
"The race patterns these days suggest that if you go back, it is very hard to get into the race and he has always raced best when in front."
Tonight's race over the 2200m is a lead up to next week's Group Two Alabar Classic, with the longer term target the Sales Series final to be run on New Year's Eve.
The well performed mare American Tart will have her first look at Alexandra Park this evening and starts from a difficult draw of eight over the 2200m.
"Its a really difficult draw tonight and there is a lot of speed inside us."
"I think that in such a big field we do need to go back early, but there is sure to be a lot of moves in the race and it could pan out well."
"Her big target is the Queen Of Hearts next week so whatever she does tonight she will improve on next week."
"It's a really even crop of mares this year and with no Dream About Me, it does give her a great chance."
The other stable runner this evening and a great chance from her draw is Kotare Cullen in the Sires Stakes heat for the fillies.
"She is very smart this filly and has great gatespeed that we will definitely be looking to use."
"She was very unlucky in the fillies heat in her first start and then bolted in last time."
"Her work suggests that she has improved further and we will get a pretty good idea of where we are at."
Posted: Fri 08 Dec 2017