SHOWING all the fighting qualities of his namesake, Maximus Meridius has proven too good in the ‘Coliseum’ – officially-known as Club Menangle – once again.
Named after Russell Crowe’s character in the 2000 smash hit movie Gladiator, Maximus Meridius captured the $50,000 Two-Year-Old Trot Final.
Co-trained by Dean and Kerry McDowell, the son of Sebastian K slayed his rivals by covering the mile in 2:01.9 to extend his winning streak to four.
Driven by Lleyton Green, Maximus Meridius scored by eight-and-a-half metres from Malibuu, with Racing Eyes four-and-a-half metres away third.
Owned by the McDowell family, Maximus Meridius’ also has a third from his six starts.
“I came up with the name given he is out of the mare Maximiser,” Dean said. “Originally we were going to go with Maximus but it was taken.
“We then thought about using the full name, Maximus Decimus Meridius, but felt it might be a bit too hard on Fred (Hastings, race caller)!
“As he has shown so far, he has got a world of ability, but he still has a bit to learn.”
To be given “two or three weeks off”, Maximus Meridius will then be primed for a Victorian campaign.
Along with Maryborough’s famed Redwood Classic on October 29, Maximus Meridius will be aimed at the Breeders’ Crown the following month.
“We haven’t really mapped out his races beyond tonight, but he will go to Victoria for some majors,” Dean said.
“I’ll have to sit down and count back to see how long he can spend in a paddock, but he will have two or three weeks off.