Alta Maestro does fine job for the Leadleys

Alta Maestro does fine job for the Leadleys

The once brilliant juvenile pacer Alta Maestro, continued his development as a four year old pacer at Rangiora this afternoon producing a good staying effort for his owners Stu and Liz Leadley in winning today's Amberley Cup. He had to dig deep to get past runner up Airpark Flyer in a smart 3.19 for the 2600m on the grass track.

Alta Maestro stepped well from his 20m handicap, but found himself in the last few as the field settled down, up to 20 lengths off pacemaker Stompem. John continued a patient policy that he has employed this time in with the son of Art Major, before jumping onto the three wide train at the 1000m, following up Airpark Flyer. When that runner hit the parked spot and then lead inside the 800m, Alta Maestro was left parked, but looked to be travelling a treat. Held together turning in, John then got busy with him, hitting the lead at the 100m and then easing out to a length victory over a game Airpark Flyer.

Today's win was the eighth from just 25 starts for Alta Maestro and he now looks set to tackle some of the big features on offer for the four year olds, including the Taylor Mile, Messenger and Harness Jewels.

Alta Maestro takes out the day's feature the Amberley Cup

Another impressive winner for the stable earlier in the day was Garta. The now three year old filly was having her first start since May last year. An impressive trial win last week signalled that she was ready to go. 

Drawn wide today, John took the draw out of the equation early, blasting the gate to lead after 200m and thereafter controlling affairs from in front. Garta always travelled well in the lead and after putting a couple of lengths on the chasers at the 200m, held much too well for the trailling runner Fringebenefit. 

Good enough to place in last season's Group Two Delightful Lady Classic, Garta adds to a strong hand that the stable has with the three year old fillies with Chevron Supreme and Nakuru having already proven themselves this season. 

Garta gets her maiden win after overcoming the wide draw

Valloria showed a lot of promise as a three year old last season winning the Hambletonian at Ashburton. As a four year old, he has come back looking bigger and stronger and completed a hat-trick of wins this campaign with an authoriative win in Race Ten. 

Having stepped like a toff from his 20m handicap, Valloria was well placed in the first half of the field a lap out. Just five lengths off the leader Take After Me at the 1000m, he looked to be trotting fluently and with plenty to offer. As the speed eased at the 800m, John was off and around them, sweeping to the lead at the 600m. At the 400m, he was off and gone and bolted away a four length winner, without even being touched.

The lightly raced Valloria was recording his sixth win from just the 13 starts and takes his stake earnings to over $63,000. He has given his owners Alan and Ian Neumann a fabulous run to date, one that looks set to continue in his current form.

Valloria brings up a hat-trick of wins with a dominant performance

Of the other runners today:

Franco Niven - looked a tragedy beaten in Race Six. After getting pocketed four back the inner, he began to get keen and overrace before breaking. After losing many lengths, he stormed home for 4th, beaten just four lengths, the leaders running home off the front in 27.7.

Spot On - was an excellent 2nd in Race Eleven. He stepped well, raced handily, before being parked. He hit the lead on the turn and was only run down inside the last 100m by and impressive Chiller Bay. Onedin Reign put in an uncharacteristic break. 

Kotare Costa - in the last never got into it from a dificult second line barrier.

Posted: Wed 06 Feb 2019