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Mahuta’s owners enjoy ride of a lifetime

Champion mare Black Caviar was known as “the people’s horse” through her stunning unbeaten career.
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Mahuta will never be as good as Black Caviar, but he has quickly become “Bendigo’s horse”.

PEOPLE’S HORSE: Mahuta and Brad Rawiller will carry Bendigo’s hopes in Saturday’s Australian Guineas at Flemington.

The Darren Weir-trained three-year-old is part-owned by a group of about 30 Bendigonians through the Roll The Dice Syndicate.

After falling short at his first two starts, Mahuta has won his past six races, including two Group Two races and the Magic Millions on the Gold Coast.

He’s earned his connections just shy of $1.7million.

Patrons of the Queen’s Arms Hotel and National Hotel formed a syndicate to join Roll The Dice andrace three horses with Weir.

They’re now enjoying the ride of a lifetime.

“It’s been brilliant. We’ve had a ball,’’ Queen’s Arms Hotel and National Hotel joint owner Bruce Morcom said on Friday.

Darren Weir

“The Roll The Dice syndicators have been outstanding to deal with. We had three horses, two haven’t been great, but Mahuta has been sensational.

“We’re just a bunch of blokes from both pubs that are interested in racing.

“We did it for a bit of fun…it was a casual thing and it’s turned out amazing.

“With so many Bendigo people in the syndicate, everyone is talking about the horse.”

Former Bendigo mayor Barry Lyons is part of the syndicate.

“The great thing is we have so many people from different walks of life,’’ Morcom said.

“From a former mayor to a young guy who is about to get married. We’re having a great time.

“Out of the 30 there’s always a good percentage of us at the track each time he runs.

“There’s a few cricketers in the group, so that makes it hard for them to get there.”

Saturday is Mahuta’s biggest test.

The son of Flying Spur faces Australasia’s best three-year-old’s in the Group One Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington.

Heading the list is Kiwi superstar Xtravagant, who won by eight lengths at Group One level last start.

“We’re up against it a bit this time,’’ Morcom said.

“It’s a tough race. We’re not expecting the world, but we’re hoping for the best.”

Xtravagant is a $3 favourite for the Guineas, with Mahuta on the fifth line of betting at $9.50.

The Australian Guineas has been the making of some of Australasia’s most prominent sires.Mahuta’s sire Flying Spur won the race in1996, while Zabeel in 1990,DashForCashin 2002 andReset in 2004 are other high-profile Guineas victors.

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