Home' Ignition Annual : April 1st 2011 Contents WINSLOW trainer Ciaron Maher has
been flying the flag for south-west
racing with promising stayer Moudre, but
his attention will turn to jumping for the
Maher puts the polish on reigning Grand
Annual Steeplechase (5500m) winner Al
Garhood which will be having another tilt
at the main jumps title this year.
The 11-year-old bay gelding is coming
off a productive campaign last year, which
included a second placing in the Brierly
Steeplechase (3450m) and a win in the Von
Doussa Steeplechase (3250m) at Oakbank.
Maher said he had about eight jumpers
in his stable this year with Al Garhood, Art
Success, Regal Heir and Man Of Class all of
a pretty similar standard.
Art Success won the $100,000 Yalumba
Hurdle (3600m) at Oakbank last year, but
the nine-year-old Pentire gelding could be
ready to show his best after being placed in
the Colac Cup (2000m) early this campaign.
Man Of Class won the Grand National
Hurdle in Adelaide last year and Regal Heir
took out a $100,000 hurdle at Warrnambool
before being runner-up in the Grand
National Hurdle at Sandown during
August last year.
"We've got a pretty solid team that have
been around a little while. We had horses
run some very handy races last year,"
"Al Garhood will target the same
program going to the Von Doussa and then
the Grand Annual and Art Success had a
good start to his campaign so things are
Maher said changes made to jumps
racing put the industry on a sound footing.
"The new jumps were a big improvement
last year and after horses raced over them
last year this year should be even better,"
"Horses now respect the jumps and
things should continue to improve going
forward. Programming last year was a
bit of an issue with a few falls later in the
season, but I'm sure those issues will be
The 29-year-old trainer said with more
certainty now in the jumps industry,
owners and trainers would be keen to inject
money into buying better quality horses.
"Owners are attracted to jumps racing. I
have to maintain a healthy balance between
my number of jumps horses and flat horse.
I would like a few more Moudres than
ordinary jumpers,"Maher said with a
"Group horses like Moudre lift your
profile. That's what we're all aiming for, but
they are hard to find. I've had one group
one winner (Tears I Cry, Emirates Stakes)
and this horse has the potential to beat
another group one horse.
"I doesn't do any harm building a
business when you've got a group horse
in your stable. It certainly helps attract
Moudre won the group three Queen's
Cup (2600m) last year after finishing a
narrow runner-up in the Geelong Cup
behind Melbourne Cup winner Americain.
Winslow trainer Ciaron Maher
credits group horse Moudre,
pictured, with helping lift his profile
in the industry.
Trainer Ciaron Maher will be flying
the south-west flag at this year's May
carnival. ANDREW THOMSON takes
a look at his season so far.
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