Son Of Maxios Battles For Beginners Chase Success
Star Max (6g Maxios - Startissima, by Green Tune) produced a gutsy performance to capture Tuesday’s Beginners Chase at Fairyhouse.
The dual hurdle winner claimed runners-up honours in a similar contest at Leopardstopwn last time out and was sent off second favourite to go one better. Donagh Meyler rode the bay to lead and was headed at the second last, but his mount battled back bravely to regain the advantage close home.
Trained by Joseph O’Brien for Gigginstown House Stud, the consistent Star Max previously won on the flat in Germany for Markus Klug. Bred by Gestut Hoff Ittlingen, he hails from the first crop of dual Group 1 winner Maxios, who has made a terrific start with his first national hunt runners. Last month saw Quilixios (Maxios) extend his unbeaten record in the Grade 1 Triumph Hurdle.