Day At The Track

Half hopples help Kiwitrix

11:00 PM 25 Nov 2020 NZDT
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Kiwitrix winning at Ascot Park
Bruce Stewart photo

He’s not ready for the free legged trotting game yet, but the well-bred Kiwitrix has put two good performances together wearing half-hopples.

A last start third encouraged his trainer Nathan Williamson to leave the hopples on for today’s race and superbly handled by inform driver Ricky May, the four year old won easily at Ascot Park today.

“We might have to fly Ricky down each week to drive him,” said Williamson.

May got the gelding away safely and let him find his rhythm. With a lap to run May was in front and he didn’t have to move on the four year with the combination winning by three lengths.

“He had the hopples on last start and trotted all the way. Two good runs from two starts, which is good. Concentration’s a big thing. He never breaks at home. We’ll just keep going the same way we’re going hopefully. He’s building a bit of confidence now.”

Kiwitrix was bred by Williamson and his wife Katie and her parents Ross and Robyn Jones hold a share in the son of Trixton and Kylie Ree.

Kylie Ree won four of her eleven starts including the Hambletonian Classic and Two Year Ruby. She was trained by Mark Purdon and Grant Payne. All of her foals have won races with She’s Allthe Craze winning eight.

Kylie Ree is a dam of the very promising Son Of Patrick trained by Barry Purdon.

Today’s win by Kiwitrix was one of three for Mid-Canterbury reinsman Ricky May. He also won on Swift Robyn and Onesmartfella.


by Bruce Stewart

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