Motu Crusader tunes up for Easter Cup

03:34 PM 25 Mar 2014 NZDT
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Merv Butterworth with Motu Crusader
Merv Butterworth with Motu Crusader
Veteran harness racing pacer Motu Crusader captured another feature race in Tasmania when he scored a game win in the $10,000 Beautide Launceston Mile over 1680 metres last Sunday night.

Motu Crusader has enjoyed a lot of success in Tasmania as he has won the past two Tasmania Cups and a bunch of other feature races over the past two years.

At this most recent outing he was partnered by Victorian driver Grant Campbell who allowed the gelding to settle rearward and come with a late charge but he only just got there in the end.

Motu Crusader, owned by Merv Butterworth, powered home to edge out Five Star Anvil in the shadows of the post.

"We enjoyed a great run in the race but a slower than expected first half mile didn't help his cause," Campbell said.

"I always thought that I was going to catch Five Star Anvil but we only just got there."

"The fact that it's a long home straight certainly helped," he said.

The driver was full of praise for trainer Zeke Slater who had not started the gelding since he contested the Hunter Cup in Victoria on February 1.

Slater said Motu Crusader's next target will be the Easter Cup in Launceston on April 20.

Peter Staples.

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