New cart may hold key for Kiwi Crusher

How keen Waikouaiti mare Kiwi Crusher is to race in the feature trot at Wingatui today could decide her winning chances.

The Amber Hoffman-trained squaregaiter pulled hard in her last start at Forbury Park.

She brushed the inside of her sulky wheels with her hooves when fighting on for third behind Valley Star and Da Moon’s Mission.

Hoffman has gone to extra lengths to make sure that does not happen in race 4 today.

"It better not happen again because I have gone and bought her a new [longer] cart," the trainer said.

"She was very fired up for a week after her last start, but she seems to have settled down now and her work has been good.

"I just hope she will settle and doesn’t go back to over-racing."

Kiwi Crusher starts from the 15m back mark alongside promising 4yr-old Andy Hall.

The trotter will be driven by junior reinsman Mark Hurrell, who has recently started working for Hoffman.

Andy Hall was an impressive winner of his first two starts before galloping in his last outing at Wyndham.

The Nathan Williamson-trained trotter has won and run fifth in two workouts since then.

Hoffman also starts the consistent Motoring Major in the feature pace.

The 5yr-old comes in to the highly competitive 2200m mobile after running third and fifth in his two starts at last month’s Waikouaiti meeting.

"He was up on the pace in both of his starts at Waikouaiti," Hoffman said.

"We are going to try to drive him a bit quieter at Wingatui."

Hoffman has three horses in race 5.

To Ri Caitlin, who goes from barrier 5, will be having her first start for the Waikouaiti trainer.

"Her work has been quite good since she arrived, so I would expect her to go a pretty good race."

Gomeo Romeo has had one start for the stable and disappointed at Forbury Park earlier this month.

Hoffman is hoping for better when the 6yr-old starts from barrier 7 today.

Rakagem has drawn the outside of the front line in barrier 9.

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