Al Maher Stakes-Winner Salutes

Few can doubt the fighting spirit of the Al Maher gelding Classic Uniform after he repelled the challenge of Epsom Handicap hero Happy Clapper in the $500,000 Group III ATC Aqualand Craven Plate (2000m) at Randwick on Saturday.

Coming off a win in the Group II Hill Stakes, the Gary Moore-trained 5yo took his earnings to a whisker under $ 1million with his long-head win over Happy Clapper.

“What else can he do? He’s so brave,” Moore said.

“Two thousand metres 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.”

Racing in the best form of his career, Classic Uniform advances his overall record to seven wins, eight seconds and eight thirds from 36 starts with earnings of $941,400.

Bred and sold by Emirates Park (now Aquis Farm) at the 2014 Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Classic Uniform was knocked down to GlenvallenInvestments for $170,000.

He is the third live foal of the Canny Lad mare Pyrotechnics a sister to Group II Silver Shadow Stakes winner Seika and a half-sister to Sports whose 15 wins included the Group I VATC Oakleigh Plate and Group I VRC Lightning Stakes.

Glenvallen Investments went back to this year’s Inglis Classic Yearling Sale to claim Classic Uniform’s full-brother for $75,000.

After missing to Al Maher in 2015, Pyrotechnics foaled a colt by Artie Schiller (USA) on September 3.

Classic Uniform is one of 33 stakes-winners sired by Al Maher, who stands at Aquis Farm Murrurundi at a fee of $13,200.