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Habibti on track for raceday return

09:32 AM 11 Sep 2015 NZST
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Habibti - On track for a raceday resumption in October
Habibti - On track for a raceday resumption in October

Harness racing trainer David Butt is in no hurry to get Habibti back to the races.

Butt, who co-trains the classy trotter with wife Catherine, has a tentative date of early October for a race day return but no specific target race and the duo are taking a patient approach. 

A 6-year-old daughter of Love You, Habibti was out of action for seven months with a ligament injury suffered after her last race day start in the Group III Ashburton Trotters Flying Mile in October 2014.

Habibti, a winner of 15 races from 35 starts, showed enough to suggest she would be challenging the likes of Stent, Sheemon and Master Lavros last season before her injury and, if she stays sound, Butt cannot see any reason why she would not be just as competitive this season.

"I'm really happy with where she is at the moment," Butt said.

Habibti ran second to Kincaslough, another Love You mare, in the feature trot at the Rangiora trials on Wednesday.

Driven by co-trainer Aimee Edmonds, Kincaslough lead for all but the first couple of hundred metres to win by one and a half lengths, with a further length back to Harrysul.

Butt was patient with Habibti, sitting three back on the pegs behind Xmas Joyella as Kincaslough extended to a two and a half length lead as the field rounded the final bend.

Around the 200m mark, Butt asked Habibti to go and she did not disappoint. The horse never looked like catching Kincaslough but definitely made ground with a strong finishing burst.

Kincaslough trotted the 2600m in 3:24.7 with a mile rate of 2:06.6 and closing sectionals of 59.3 and 29.5.

Butt confirmed Habibti will return to Rangiora for the workouts next Wednesday as the husband and wife team will continue to monitor her progress.

Habibti holds a nomination for the Group I Dominion Handicap but there will plenty of options later in the season.

The former Derby winner already has more than $300,000 in the bank and with a recorded of five wins from seven starts in Australia, another trip across the Tasman looks to be a viable option.

Mat Kermeen

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