(Our) Maestoso (NZ) Seals Top Status with Group Two Victory

7 February 2024

Maestoso (NZ) pictured for the 2019 All Age Sale.

(Our) Maestoso (NZ) (Majestic Son) showed why he’s rated Western Australia’s best trotter with his outstanding win in the $50,000 Group Two Trotters Cup (2503m) at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

The NZB Standardbred graduate made it back-to-back group race victories when running to a commanding victory in the staying test for trainer Barry Howlett and driver Chris Lewis.

The win came just two weeks after the New Zealand bred’s victory in the A$31,000 Group Three Trotters Sprint (1730m) at Gloucester Park

Purchased for $14,000 by Lynley Park when he was offered at the 2019 All Age Sale by breeder-vendors Alabar and stretching his total earnings close to $100,000 with his powerful performance to score on Friday night.

Starting from a 10m handicap, (Our) Maestoso settled well back in the field in the Trotters Cup. Lewis then made a move to sit outside the leader in the middle stages.

(Our) Maestoso hit the lead on the home turn and was met with a wall of challengers, but despite working hard, the New Zealand bred powered to the line to score an outstanding victory.

With two group race victories to start 2024, (Our) Maestoso has gone straight to the top of Perth’s trotting ranks.

The squaregaiter’s stunning record now standings at 12 wins and one placing from just 14 starts.

Alabar also enjoyed more success at Gloucester Park with their NZB Standardbred graduate Frankie J Holden (NZ) (Always B Miki) winning.

The pacer was knocked down to West Australian Kim Tuckey, also at the 2019 All Age Sale, for just $12,000.

Trainer Barry Howlett also took out the pacing feature on the Gloucester Park card on Friday night when Classic Choice (NZ) (Sweet Lou).

Classic Choice was bred by Woodlands Stud who will offer a powerful draft of yearlings at the 2024 National Yearling Sale at Karaka on February 18.

(Our) Maestoso wasn’t the only NZB Standardbred graduate to make a big impact at Perth’s premier racetrack.

Another product of Woodlands Stud, Sugar Apple (NZ) (Sweet Lou), took his career earnings past $100,000 when scoring as a red-hot favourite.

Ardens Horizon (NZ) (Bettor’s Delight) was yet another NZB Standardbred graduate to win at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

The pacer brought up career win number 14 for trainer-driver Callan Suvaljko.

Arden’s Horizon was offered at the 2020 National Yearling Sale at Christchurch by breeder-vendors Arden Lodge.

Arden Lodge will be represented by a quality lineup of youngsters at the 2024 National Yearling Sale at Christchurch on February 20 and 21.