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Win fuels interest in Mat Dillon

8th May 2013

Keith and Brendon Hawtin aren’t expecting Mat Dillon (NZ) (High Chaparral) to be a long-serving member of their Te Awamutu stable.

The father and son training combination have known for some time they had a special talent on their hands, but unfortunately so have a number of agents with offshore clients.

Keith Hawtin

“We’ve always had a big rap on him and we had him nominated for the Derby, but he’s been a very slow maturing horse and he never really looked like getting there,” Brendon Hawtin said.

“There’s been a fair few offers for him and the price went up after he won a trial and now he’s won on raceday it will go up again. We all want our cake and eat it too, but he is Hong Kong-qualified as well.”

The phone was running hot again this week after Mat Dillon had won a NZ$8000 Matamata maiden as he liked on debut for Auckland owner-breeder Paul Cash. He races the High Chaparral three-year-old under his Aotearoa Stud banner.

“He’s raced horses for years and was with us when we were with Rogey (Graeme Rogerson) and now he’s a super supporter of ours,” Hawtin said.

“We had this horse’s full-brother The Virginian until he was sold and went to Shaune Ritchie and won two and three in Hong Kong and there’s a half-sister by TheWayYouAre as well.”

If the money talks and Mat Dillon walks, the stable will still have plenty of firepower in the coming months.

“We’ve probably got a dozen or 15 wet trackers ready to go, which is a bit unusual for us,” Hawtin said.

Among them is the smart jumper Evathreestep, who carried Craig Thornton to a dream comeback at Te Rapa on Saturday after his eight year break from race riding.

“That will clean the horse up nicely for the Waikato Hurdles and he’s come through the weekend without a worry – you wouldn’t have even thought he’d had a race,” Hawtin said.

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