Trainer Jim Curtin has had high hopes for Maximan ever since he purchased him from Southland, but after a string of minor placings it is only recently that the five-year-old son of Armbro Operative has realised his true potential.
Maximan broke his nine start losing streak when victorious on the first day at Westport in Decemeber. He then went on to win on the second day of the Westport meeting and then again at Reefton.
Now, the versatile type has four straight victories next to his name after resuming with a win in last night’s $13,000 ‘Palmerstonian Classic’ at Manawatu.
And what a win it was.
After being caught three wide early, Curtin worked Maximan up to the parked position, he then opted to leave Tijuana Bromac three wide when driver Nicky Chilcott attempted to make a move with a lap to go.
Maximan then kicked strongly in the homestretch to hold off the well placed Jarcullembra, who had ample opportunity to gun him down after coming into the race three wide with cover. Tijuana Bromac fought on bravely to finish a close third.
The win was Curtin’s second straight victory in the Palmerstonian Classic after taking the race out last year with Star Of Isis. Remarkably, she also brought up her fourth straight win in the Manawatu feature.
Meanwhile, Manutahi trainer Keith Chittenden enjoyed what was possibly his best ever night at the races.
Chittenden trained and drove two winners on the card while he also trained the second placed horse in the seventh event, giving him the race Quinella which paid odds of $72.50.
Maximan, who is owned by long-time Curtin client Russel Nieper, will now attempt to make it five straight victories in the $15,000 Manawatu Cup on Sunday.
By Mitchell Robertson