Back-to-back Group victories for consistent son of Al Maher
Al Maher 5-year-old Classic Uniform scored his second successive Pattern Race victory when leading virtually from start to finish to land the $500,000, Group 3, ATC Aqualand Craven Plate (2000m) on The Everest Day card at Royal Randwick.
A last-start winner of the Group 2 Hill Stakes (1800m) over all but 200 metres of Saturday’s course and journey, Classic Uniform was allowed to dictate a relatively comfortable pace for most of the race before being sent for home at the 600m mark of the contest. The ultra-game son of Al Maher then kept finding and finding over the final stages of the black-type feature, holding his opposition at bay to defeat pronounced odds-on favourite Happy Clapper ($1.50) to score by a long-neck.
Classic Uniform’s elated trainer Gary Moore declared after the gutsy victory: “What else can he do? He’s so brave… 2000m is probably just his limit. So I said to Tim [Clark] ‘don’t let him go until we get to the 600m today’. When he changed legs at the 100m he found a length, and that is what has made the difference.”
Winning jockey Tim Clark was also full of the praise for the tenacious son of Al Maher.
“I got off this bloke the other day, so I’m glad to get back on him and glad to win on him,” observed Clark. “He wouldn’t lie down. He gave me a hard ride up the straight. He wanted to hang out quite bad. However, once he sensed those horses on his outside, he really dug in and fought them off.”
One of the most consistent gallopers trained in Sydney, Classic Uniform has now won over $940,000 in prizemoney following 36 starts that feature seven wins, eight seconds and eight thirds. Raced by Glenvallen Investments Pty Ltd, the seasoned gelding also landed the Listed Parramatta Cup in February and has now registered three black-type victories at 1800m, 1900m and 2000m.
Classic Uniform was bred, raised and sold by Emirates Park at the 2014 Sydney Easter Yearling Sale for $170,000. He is one of 33 stakes winners sired by Al Maher and was born in the same foal crop as Badawiya (VRC Edward Manifold S.-G2), Monsieur Gustave (Ipswich TC Eyeliner S.-LR) and Son of Maher (Otago RC Dunedin Gns-LR).
A division of the Nasser Abdulla Lootah Group