August 3, 2022 Paul Courts
ONE of the stars of the 1980s will be remembered during the weekend.
Prepared by legendary father-and-son duo Bob and Vin Knight, Our Maestro will be honoured at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night.
A multiple Group One winner during the latter part of the decade, Our Maestro’s victories including the Queensland Pacing Championship and Miracle Mile.
Our Maestro’s crowning moment came when he captured the 1988 Harold Park Inter Dominion.
Beaten during the first two rounds – finishing fourth and second – Our Maestro was successful on the third night.
Our Maestro’s win also provided Vin with his 11th Inter Dominion heat success, breaking Perc Hall’s record, Vin then made it 12 with Bag Limit later in the evening.
Securing his place in the $400,000 Final, Our Maestro presented Vin with a dilemma – stick with his ‘old mate’ Bag Limit, or partner the new kid on the block.
Despite drawing gate six – the outside of the front row – Vin elected to partner Bag Limit, the 15/4 favourite.
That paved the way for John Binskin to receive the ‘catch drive’ behind Our Maestro, which had drawn ideally in barrier two.
History shows Vin pulled the wrong rein, with Our Maestro leading throughout at 7/1.
Rated to perfection by Binskin, Our Maestro found plenty in the straight to score by two metres from Palimar. Tiff’s Mystery, the lone local, was three metres away third.
As for Our Maestro’s pending moment in the spotlight, a handy field has assembled to contest the 2240-metre event, with Line Up the most intriguing runner.
Touted as the pick of his crop as a three-year-old after winning the 2020 Victoria and New South Wales Derbys, Line Up was sidelined for 18 months through injury.
Although the son of Bettors Delight has shown glimpses of his best, he is yet to recapture his once electrifying form.
Nursed back to health while spending a stint with New South Wales horseman Darren Binskin – son of John – Line Up made an eye-catching debut for astute Victorian trainer Russell Jack last week.
After racing in the ‘death seat’ Line Up was a strong third in his first outing for 17 weeks.
To be driven by Jack’s son, Nathan, the stallion has drawn to lead throughout from barrier two.
TAB Fixed Odds have Line Up listed as the co $2.30 favourite with Supreme Dominator from gate six.
“I was more than happy with his run the other night,” Jack said. “He did all the work on battled on strongly.
“He was in need of the run and has improved in his work this week.”