Stakes race four-timer for Monsieur Gustave
Another brilliant display of sustained speed saw Monsieur Gustave post his fourth consecutive black-type success when landing the Group 3 BRC George Moore Stakes (1200m) at Doomben in Brisbane.
A 5-year-old son of Al Maher, Monsieur Gustave had to overcome the disadvantage of jumping from the extreme outside barrier in the 10-horse event and was seen working hard in the early stages to cross the field and lead.
Allowed to dictate the pace from the 800-metre mark onwards, the Sunshine Coast-based sprinter subsequently established a winning break on his rivals half-way down the Doomben straight and just managed to hold on to win in a three-way photo-finish.
Monsieur Gustave is trained by Darryl Hansen who declared after the victory: "He's my champion and I love him. ”
Monsieur Gustave commenced his black-type four-timer by winning both the Listed Ipswich Eye Liner Stakes (1350m) and Listed Sunshine Coast Glasshouse Handicap (1400m) in July, and then the Listed Keith Noud Quality (1200m) in November when resuming from a spell. The George Moore was his maiden Group Race victory.
Hansen confirmed that the multiple stakes winning son of Al Maher would now be aimed at another series of feature Queensland events comprising the Listed Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m) at Doomben on 16 December, the Buffering (1200m) at Doomben on 30 December, and the Magic Millions Cup (1400m) or Magic Millions Sprint (1200m) at the Gold Coast on 13 January.
Monsieur Gustave took his earnings passed the half-million dollar mark with his latest success. The relatively lightly-raced 5-year-old has now faced the starter on 17 occasions, winning eight times and placing thrice for $535,900 in prizemoney.
One of Australia’s most reliable sources of stakes winning progeny, Al Maher currently sits in the top half-dozen stallions based on number of stakes wins in 2017/18 following a sequence of black-type victories recorded by Classic Uniform (2), Silverstream (2), Money Maher and Monsieur Gustave (2).
Furthermore, Al Maher’s recent runners also include Son of Maher, winner of the Group 2 CJC Coupland’s Bakeries Mile (1600m) at Riccarton in the South Island of New Zealand in mid-November.
A division of the Nasser Abdulla Lootah Group