Recent Tasmania Cup winner Motu Crusader kept his winning streak intact when he powered his way to an effortless win in the Lees Orchard Free-For-All at The TOTE Racing Centre in Launceston on Sunday night.
Within the sulky, Motu Crusader began well from his near outside front-row draw (7) and when the field settled he was set alight and had the lead in no time.
When Rattray gave him more rein turning for home the seven-year-old gelding forged clear and went on to score by nine metres from interstate invader Amadmancomesundone with Maybe Doc just over 10 metres astern.
It was an awesome win and one that trainerexpected. Motu Crusader is owned and raced by Merv and Meg Butterworth who have been sending horses to Slater for a few years and with much success with other horses such as Greysteel and star mare Queen of Fire.
Slater has emerged as a quality trainer-horseman and with an owner such as Butterworth behind him he should be able to look forward to a bright future.
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By Peter Staples