Maori Law has had his setbacks in recent times, but emerged as yet another worthy contender for some of the big squaregaiting features with a dashing victory at Ballarat on Friday night.

Having just his fourth run for the training team of Emmett and Richard Brosnan, the eight-year-old put together a sparkling front-running performance to thrash his rivals in the John Slack Memorial Trotters Cup.

Missing the early trouble caused by the galloping trio of Sundons Courage, Red Hot Tooth and Jackson Square, driver Chris Alford sent the horse forward from barrier three and was never headed on his way to an emphatic 8.4m triumph.

The son of Lawman beat Im Ready Jet, who hit the line hard for second, and McLovin, who did it tough but boxed on well for third.

“It’s been quite a long road,” Emmett Brosnan said.

“I think he had some setbacks before I got him and most of mine have been orientated around his feet.

“Everyone has worked really hard so it’s just so awesome to get a result. And he went so well tonight so it’s really pleasing.”

Maori Law had his first start for team Brosnan in January, but was not seen again until early this month when resuming at Bendigo. A flat tyre impacted that first-up assignment, but then a solid effort when fifth at Geelong behind Majestuoso put the writing on the wall for a good performance on Friday night.

“Obviously the feature races towards the back end of the year are (where) we plan to go, and touch wood we can get him there. I’m sure he won’t be too far away either,” Emmett said.

Alford’s win in the John Slack Memorial Trotters Cup – the Ballarat club’s feature squaregaiting event - was his second in the race after scoring with Si Capisco back in 2012.