Hutton strikes at Ruakaka

Irish-born apprentice Brendan Hutton celebrated a milestone at Ruakaka last Saturday.

Hutton, who is apprenticed to Cambridge trainer Murray Baker, started the day off on a high note when winning the first race, the Cowley’s Hire Centre 1200, on the Kenny and Lisa Rae-trained D’Cash Man, then followed up two races later when successful on Gendarme for Ralph Manning in the 92.4FM Live Sport Northland 1400.

“It’s the first time I’ve ridden two winners in a day,” said Hutton. “I just got beaten on Capo, so with a bit of luck I could have had three on the day.”

Hutton rode his first winner, Mr Mojito, at Thames last January and is emerging as one of the most promising apprentices in the country.

He has now kicked home 12 winners and his handling of his mounts has attracted attention of trainers, including Dean Logan, who is keen to use the 19-year-old’s services.

“I talked Kenny into putting him on D’Cash Man and he’s come out and beaten our two horses, Pussy Willow and Fieldofdreams,” said Logan. “Kenny owes me a favour now.”

Hutton had to work a bit harder to get Gendarme home first and the horse’s win was overdue. Gendarme had been off the winner’s list since April 2011, though he had recorded placings meantime.