Hunter on a south-west mission

After an early tip for the 2013 Pinjarra and Bunbury Cups?  Then mark down Fair Hunter for the south-west double next year.

Fair Hunter (4g Trade Fair – Orion Star by Spinning World) is one of Perth’s most improved and promising stayers.  He brought up a winning hat-trick by making all the running in the D&W Electrical Hcp (2200m) at Belmont Park on Saturday.

Rookie trainer Jason Miller is already making long-range plans for Fair Hunter.  “He has come back a different horse after a little break,” Miller explained.  “I put that down to both a liking for the Belmont Park track and to maturity.  We will keep trying to pick off these winter handicaps then aim for the bigger races.”

More than one prospective buyer would regard Fair Hunter as the one that got away.  He failed to reach a $7,000 reserve at the 2009 Perth Autumn Magic Millions yearling sale and has now won 6 from 16 starts for earnings of $177,088.

Fair Hunter descends from a family imported to WA by Multiplex Holdings owner John Roberts.  His second dam is a half-sister to Cheeky Trot (GB) who was raced by Roberts to win the G2 Karrakatta Plate in 1981.

Fair Hunter’s sire Trade Fair is just one away from registering his 100th individual winner.  He stands at Alwyn Park for a $4,950 (inc gst) service fee.