Alta Maestro chases Amberley Cup
An in-form Alta Maestro has come very solid this time in. After a last start second in the Ashburton Cup behind Funatthebeach, he looks well placed to win tomorrow's Amberley Cup.
Always large on ability, it has been a far more settled and relaxed Alta Maestro that has hit the track this season. After a good win at Addington on Show Day first up, he has only had two further starts, with a second in the Ashburton Cup, the most recent of these. He was readied for tomorrow's cup with a trial win at Addington over Sheriff three weeks ago. On that occasion, the overall time was sedate, but Alta Maestro ran home his last 800 in 57.5 and 400m in 27.5.
Alta Maestro starts off a 20m handicap tomorrow and with a big front and 10m line in front of him, he will be allowed time to find his feet early before producing the high speed that he possesses. While the Rangiora grass track is a big track, it invariably has a leader bias to it. John is sure to put the Art Major four year old into the race when required.
Toughest to beat tomorrow could be the back marker Clasina Maria, but in an open field, there are a host of chances.
A race later and the in-form Valloria looks to produce a hat-trick of wins. Successful on day one of both the Nelson and Marlborough meets, Valloria has really come back in fine fettle. This field does look a slight step up in talent, but in his current form he must be one of the hardest to beat.
Onedin Reign and Spot On go around in Race Eleven. At their last start on the track, the pair placed second and third respectively behind Samskara. They are both in great form and it is hard to separate them as great eachway chances for the stable.
The final runner for the day is Kotare Costa in the last. His maiden win came on the track early last month. He was not as good last time out at Motukarara, but on his previous runs must be accorded respect. He is a promising type and can place at good odds here.
Posted: Tue 05 Feb 2019