See A. J. Metge, Maoris of New Zealand (1967); W. Forman and D. Lewis, The Maori (1984); J. Irwin, An Introduction to Maori Religion (1984).
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That Maori’s Idol’s should win his first race wasn’t a great surprise since his dam Maori Miss had won a heat of the 1966 Interdominion Trotting Championship and his older brother Maori Monarch had won the Victoria Trotters Derby in 1975. The manner of his win was. ‘This horse is a freak by and standard’ said driver Bryan Healy of Marnoo, near Stawell after his first race at Adelaide’s Globe Derby Park. Healy then added ‘someone has to keep Court Jester honest’ when considering the possibility of his three year old colt racing in the Interdominion later that season.
Maori’s Idol raced only once again that season for a win at Kilmore in Victoria before a long spell. In 1976/77 Maori’s Idol quickly worked his way through the classes winning 11 of his 13 starts. After winning his first 9 trips to the racetrack he was defeated from a 60m handicap in Bendigo and then again against pacers. He made a winning debut at Moonee Valley on July 9, 1977.
1977/78 was Maori’s Idol’s best season. Early in the season he won at Moonee Valley from a 60m handicap and he won the Summer Wine FFA in 1:59.3 becoming the first ever trotter in Australia to break two minutes in either a race or time trial. He travelled to Adelaide and won three races during the Australian Pacing Championship carnival including a win by 60 metres. He also won the Hamilton Cup against pacers by 50 metres. The Interdominion was held at Moonee Valley that season giving Maori’s Idol the ideal opportunity to win the race. Although conceding handicaps of 25m and 30m he was still able to win both his heats. On the second night he equalled Lucky Creed’s record of 24 consecutive wins by an Australian pacer or trotter and he was unbeaten in 12 starts at Moonee Valley. Starting as the 4/9 favourite in the final he was too far from the leaders in the last lap and was only able to finish third to fellow Victorian Derby Royale. At the end of the season he travelled to Brisbane for the Sir Clive Uhr Championship (now Queensland Pacing Championship) against pacers. After winning both his heats Maori’s Idol finished second behind Rip Van Winkle in the final. At the end of the season he was voted Australian Harness Horse of the Year, the first and only time that a trotter has received the award. He held Australian records at six different distances from standing starts and two mobile start records.
Maori’s Idol began the 1978/79 with the same form he had raced with the previous season. He won four of his first five starts, his only defeat came in the Kilmore Cup against pacers. His wins included the Dullard Cup from a 40m handicap on November 25 and the Freestone Cup. Disaster struck when he was badly injured and didn’t finish in a race at Moonee Valley on December 9, 1978. It was his only defeat in 8 mobile start races against pacers.
On the 29th of August 1981, Maori’s Idol made his final start defeating the good New Zealand trotter Cal Brydon despite conceding a handicap of up to 40m to his rivals. He was retired to stud and has sired 182 winners up to the end of the 2004/05 season including Australasian Trotters Championship winner Digger's Idol. In his career Maori’s Idol won 31 of his 34 starts against trotters and 16 of his 18 starts at Moonee Valley. He was the only trotter voted in the top 10 Australian post-war standardbreds in a poll conducted by Australian Standardbred magazine, and Harness Racing International stated that he would win the vote as Australia’s best trotter in any poll when they named their greatest ever trotters.
Maori's Idol died in October 2006.