Habibti handles Open Class with ease

10:17 PM 15 Dec 2013 NZDT
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David Butt - has the Dullard Cup in has hand.
Habibti 2013 Dullard Trotters Cup

Habibti has taken out the Group 1 SEW-Eurodrive Dullard Trotters Cup in the first real test of last season’s most talked about group of three-year-old trotters in living memory.

Starting from barrier three, she was quick to find the front for trainer/driver David Butt and from there it was a walk in the park for the talented daughter of Love You.

Inaugural Pryde’s EasiFeed Great Southern Star winner Vulcan battled on for second with Keystone Del flashing home for third to be beaten just 6.8 metres.

Habibti rated a relatively even time of 1:59.5 for the mile but rushed home in a quick last half of 57.8secs to score with consummate ease.

The brilliant four-year-old mare has now won 14 from 27 and her trainer explained post-race the problems behind her failure last start where she galloped.

“I’m pretty relieved, she doesn’t normally gallop and it all went to plan tonight. She was a little bit tied up before the race last time but we got her over that and she was still going good at finish tonight,” Butt said.

“We’ll head to Cambridge on  Christmas Eve and then have a break and hopefully comeback over for your big race (Pryde’s EasiFeed Great Southern Star) in March.”

For more information on the Pryde’s EasiFeed Great Southern Star you can visit the website at www.greatsouthernstar.com.au.

By Blake Redden (Courtesy of Harness Racing Au)

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