Day At The Track

Impressive first-up win

11:07 PM 19 Sep 2014 NZST
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Maximan completed a stylish win at Melton

Rising harness racing star Maximan maintained his unbeaten Australian record with a ‘Smoken Up style' victory at Tabcorp Park Melton tonight.

First-up for seven weeks, Maximan registered his third win for trainer Andy Gath, who is thrilled with the gelding’s performance.

Driven by Gath’s reinswoman-wife, Kate, Maximan began brilliantly to lead from barrier six but was given no peace in front as in-form gelding, Exciteusinthecity, applied pressure from the ‘death seat’.

Fending off the initial challenge turning for home, the son of Armbro Operative was passed by Cut For An Ace along the sprint lane during the latter stages before fighting back to score by a head.

“That was a super run,” Gath said. “He is first-up from a spell and is in need of the hit out.

“To be headed like he was and fight back the way he did is pretty impressive.

“It was a Smoken Up type performance and if he can be a quarter as good as Smoken Up I’ll be rapt.”

Covering the last half in 57 seconds, Maximan rated a slick 1:55.5 for the 2240 metres, taking his record to 12 wins and 12 placings from 34 starts.

Citing next month’s Kilmore Cup as the six-year-old’s first major target, Gath believes Maximan can make his way to some of the major races during summer.

“I will aim him at the Kilmore Cup via the Nyah Cup,” Gath said. “I’m not sure if he will have a run before then.

“I’ll just wait and see how he pulls up.”


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