Hawtin looking to double Millions bid

Padraig will be looking to seal a Karaka Million spot tomorrow.

Padraig will be looking to seal a Karaka Million spot tomorrow.

Cambridge trainer Brendon Hawtin is hoping the power will be with him at both ends of the North Island tomorrow.

Hawtin is chasing the thick end of the two-year-old stakes on offer at Ellerslie and at Trentham in a bid to have two representatives in the Karaka Million on January 29.

Mighty Power will contest the Countdown to Karaka 2017 at the northern venue, while Padraig has gone south for the Wellington Provedoring 2YO Premier.

“They’re both by Power and it would be nice to get one of them through and two would be unbelievable,” said Hawtin.

“I’m really happy with both of them and they are 100 per cent sound which is key at this time of the year with the firm tracks.

“They’ve had uninterrupted preparations and neither horse has been pressured. They have got to where they are on their own.

“I think I’ve sent the right one to Wellington and the right one to Auckland. Mighty Power has got $1400 in the bank and looking at the order of entry for the Million he should get in if he wins.

“Padraig has only got $850 and even if he won at Ellerslie it might not be enough. The Wellington race is worth more money and he might need all of that. It is going to be tight this year.”

Mighty Power was a debut second at New Plymouth last month while Padraig was third in his first appearance at Ellerslie during the Christmas carnival.

Cambridge Stud will offer a half-brother (Lot 1032) by Burgundy to Mighty Power during NZB’s Select Sale at Karaka next month.

– NZ Racing Desk.