“Kiwi Keith”s fresh start off to a flier

“Kiwi Keith”s fresh start off to a flier

Pam Brindley and trainer Keith Hawtin had a memorable day at Te Rapa on Friday. Photo credit: Trish Dunell

Keith Hawtin has made a flying start to his resumption as a trainer, headlined by a treble at Te Rapa on Friday.

The Te Awamutu trainer has recently renewed his license to take up the running of his son Brendon’s barn after he accepted a position with Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young in Victoria.

“He rang after each race and told me he got them ready for me,” Hawtin quipped, regarding his winning treble.

“I think Brendon has made the right move. It was too good to turn down and he has got Simply Optimistic over there now and Animator will get ready here and he will head over there after Christmas.

“He will be competitive on the flat in some of those staying races, and over jumps, that is his forte.”

Hawtin, who had been running his son’s Te Awamutu stable, said he is enjoying being back in the training ranks.

“I have got to do something with myself and I kept Te Awamutu going with a few horses Brendon, my wife and I own, as well as a few local owners,” Hawtin said.

“When Brendon decided to go to Australia I thought I’d have to get my license out anyway. I’m only going to sit on about 16 horses and that’s with about eight clients that we have had from day one.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what happens over the next 12 months.”

While he is looking ahead, Hawtin was delighted to record a treble at Te Rapa, a feat he previously attained when training in partnership with Graeme Rogerson.

“I think we have done that a few times (in partnership with Rogerson) and we went close a couple of times here (when in partnership with Brendon),” Hawtin said.

“We have had a couple of doubles and have just got beaten in the third one. It’s nice to have a winner, let alone three.” Hawtin was particularly pleased for owner Pam Brindley, whose yellow and blue colours made up two of Hawtin’s wins.

“We expected them all to have a rough chance, but for all three of them to win was a special day, especially for Pam Brindley who puts so much into it,” Hawtin said.