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 New Zealand Gallops News 
Friday, July 21 2017

Brendon Hawtin produced his second winner in double quick time when Money Trail’s honesty was rewarded at Ruakaka.

Money Trail  - Trish Dunell Photography

The Waikato trainer had saddled the enigmatic Animator to score at Hastings last Thursday and his stablemate followed that lead on Saturday, courtesy of a tidy ride from the promising apprentice Hairi Marzuki.

“Animator should be in open company, he’s got that much ability but he’s got mental issues and he even tried to throw it away the other day,” Hawtin said.

“He’s going to have a break now and then we might go back for the first day of the carnival at Hawke’s Bay – he won there last year.”

Money Trail also has a short holiday booked at co-owner Pam Brindley’s property.

“He’s going to go to Pam’s place on Monday,” Hawtin said. “We’re going to tip him out for a couple of weeks and then get him ready for the spring.”

As planned, Money Trail settled behind the pace on the rail and Marzuki set him alight as the field fanned out in the straight.

“He was three back on the fence and didn’t leave it so it was a 10 out of 10 ride,” Hawtin said.

“Money Trail gives 100 per cent every time he goes around. It took us a little while to work him out though.

“He showed a lot of speed early on, but wasn’t finishing his races off so we rode him cold one day at Te Aroha and he came from last to run third. That’s the kind of pattern we’ve kept and don’t push him early on in his races.”

Money Trail had two lengths to spare on Danger Dee, who ran on late to cut the front-runner Sacred Guru out of second money.

Posted by: Race Desk AT 11:11 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email