"We thought we could have won the race last year but got beaten so it is good to come back and win it this year".
They were the sentiments of Menangle Park trainer Jarrod Alchin after My Ultimate Star won the Hygain Star Maker Three-Year-Old Final on Sunday evening at the Tamworth Paceway.
After an 18-metre win in the Prelude, My Ultimate Star near doubled that winning margin in the $12,000 final, romping to a 35m win at a mile rate of 1.57.9 for 1980m.
"I was in the race as well and the horse (My Ultimate Star) was back in the field a bit but he looked to do a really good job," Alchin said.
"There is plenty of upside about him (My Ultimate Star) and I am pretty wrapped with how the horse has gone, Brad (Elder) said he was still in first gear at the finish."
Alchin had charge of stablemate My Ultimate Bondi in the feature race and retained the services of Maitland reinsman Elder for My Ultimate Star in the final after his previous success in the Prelude behind the Bettors Delight-The Crystal Star gelding.
"I was happy to draw the 11 barrier rather than being in the mix - they went pretty hard early," Elder said.
"But he was just too good."
As in the Prelude, Elder placed My Ultimate Star to the back of the field, keeping a close eye on proceedings ahead of him.
"It was always about slipping around in the breeze when we could," he said.
"He is too quick and just burnt them off - he is a super little horse and will go a long way."
"He went like a machine last week and I knew he would have done the same tonight."
"I pulled out coming into the bell and Alastair Lavros popped out in front of me - he was under pressure as soon as he did. I was waiting for him to slot back into the running line so we could keep rolling and could put them all to bed."
The 1980m race was conducted with quarters of 30.8 seconds for the first quarter; 29.3 second for the second quarter; 29.4 seconds the third quarter and 30.3 for the final quarter.
"He still had another gear left," Elder said.
"If he had something pushing him I don't know what he could have run around here (Tamworth)."
After contesting last year's Star Maker Final the 2020 running saw a win for all concerned - owners in Scott Whitton and Jodie Foster from Tumby Park, Alchin and Elder.
The trio had two runners engaged in last year's Star Maker Final finishing second with My Ultimate Romeo and third with Our Ultimate Julie.
"I knew I was going to win the race as soon as the fields came out - all we had to do was stay out of trouble and no matter what happened he was always going to win," Elder said.
"I drove our Ultimate Julie last year for Jarrod in the final - we won the heat but got rolled in the final so that is my first win in the Star Maker final."
"I have had a good run in the Star Maker and Tamworth always puts on a good carnival, it's good."
As an added bonus Elder made his way into the Multiquip Group 2 Golden Guitar Final after the win of Ashark, trained by his sister Melanie Elder at Maitland, in the fifth heat.