Supersonic four-year-old Alta Christiano looks on track for the remainder of the season after an effortless resumption at Gloucester Park yesterday.
The injury prone pacer, who has been sidelined twice already in his short career to date, was sent forward to the lead early. He then enjoyed a nice run in the van before unleashing a strong last quarter to dash away and win easily in the hands of Clinton Hall, who replaced his brother Gary Hall Jnr, who is out on a 30 day suspension.
The former West Australian Derby winner looked very big in condition and is sure to take plenty of benefit out of yesterday’s win.
Alta Christiano has now won eight of his twelve career starts and remains unbeaten in Australia.
But, while Alta Christiano justified his stinking hot favouritism, those who backed his stablemate Elegant Christian into a $1.04 were left with a sour taste in their mouth.
The Christian Cullen three-year-old, who will start one of the favourites in the upcoming Derby, was forced to race parked and after lugging in for the majority of the journey he was beaten a head by another capable type in Mister Jadore.
This prompted stewards to stand Elegant Christian down for a period of six days. He will also have to trial once before returning to the races.
Meanwhile, champion pacer Im Themightyquinn has thrilled the Hall clan in his first week back hoppling.
By Mitchell Robertson