Naadji Wins Wynyard Cup In Nail Biter

Feb 18, 2013

Courtesy of Tasracing - 18/02/2013 - A FORMER Victorian and one of Tasmania's most consistent middle distance gallopers produced one of the best finishes seen at SpreytonPark in a long time on Sunday.

Naadji and Makes Cents staged a battle royal up the home straight in the Wynyard Cup over 1650 metres.

Naadji and Makes Cents gave their backers plenty to cheer about over the concluding stages of the feature race on the eight-event card.

Makes Cents (Stephen Maskiell) filled his customary role of leader and the gelding set a solid pace and held a comfortable lead to the 500-metre peg ahead of Naadji that had trailed the leader throughout.

But that's when apprentice Rhonda Mangan called on Naadji to extend and set out after the leader.

The eight-year-old joined makes Cents and headed him clearly but the Charlie Goggin-Luella Meaburn-trained six-year-old refused to surrender and fought back to draw level 150 metres from home.

Only a bob of the head separated the pair on the line with Naadji getting the stride in where it counted.

It was Mangan's biggest win since she joined the Brunton stable as a mature-aged apprentice last year.

Co-trainer Scott Brunton was happy with the win but admitted the winner had a limited future.

"He (Naadji) is just a one-batter and this is his level," Brunton said.

"He's an old horse and I won't break him down," he said.

Naadji was purchased from the Richard Laming stable in Victoria for not a lot of money and is raced by Julie Brunton along with David Higgins of Burnie and his two Hobart-based brothers Robert and Les Higgins.