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Smart New Zealand-bred five-year-old Hotfoot It gave a strong frontrunning performance to win the 2503m RAC Members Save 5% Every Day At Retravision Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night to earn a start in the $30,000 Northam Cup at Burwood Park next Saturday night.
Hotfoot It, making his second appearance after a spell, was a $10.40 chance from the inside barrier on the front line in the stand, and Chris Voak got him away to a flying start, while the $1.18 favourite Dont Bother Me None galloped and lost about six lengths.
Dont Bother Me None settled in seventh position, and Ryan Warwick quickly urged the four-year-old forward and into the breeze after 500m.
Hotfoot It gave his rivals scant hope by dashing over the final 800m in 57.4sec., and he won by a half-length from $10 chance Captured Delight, who trailed the pacemaker before finishing with a strong three-wide burst.
Beat City, the 30m backmarker, finished powerfully from the rear to be third, while Dont Bother Me None, who moved on terms with Hotfoot It 270m from home, wilted to finish fourth.
Cliff Woodworth, deputising for his son Jason as Hotfoot It’s trainer, said that the plan for the gelding who was having his second start after a spell, was to run in the Northam Cup. Jason opted to travel to Busselton to compete with Snorkel, who had no luck and broke in running before finishing fifth in a 2030m event.
Several members of the Woodworth family bought Hotfoot It for $10,000 in the winter of 2020, and the American Ideal gelding has been a good buy, having had 21 starts for his new owners for seven wins, four placings and $44,074.
He now has had 40 starts for eleven wins and eight placings for stakes of $68,214. He is the first foal out of the Bettors Delight mare Hothooves, who was unplaced at her three starts in New Zealand.