Hewitt flying ‘under the radar’
Sharing ownership with some high-profile Canberra Raiders rugby league stars means Ash Goulburn’s racehorse Brad Hewitt can rarely fly ‘under the radar’ when he comes to town.
Brad Hewitt and Jarrod Croker (Club Menangle photo)
Hewitt is back at Tabcorp Park Menangle this afternoon, hoping patience will pay off with two of his stable stars.
Majestic Trio (Majestic Son), who boasts long-time Raiders center three-quarter Jarrod Croker in her ownership, resumes after a long break in Race 2 where the light-race mare was kept safe in the betting as a $3.50 second favorite.
Hewitt will be hoping the classy square-gaiter can recapture the form that saw her win four Menangle races in 2022.
“She’s been out for quite a while, the best part of 10 months, and she seems to have come on well,” Hewitt told National Trotguide online’s Mike Ko’cass.
“I’ll probably have to go back [from the gate] with her and let her run home and hopefully she can go on and find the form she showed before the spell.
“We will keep her going there and hopefully she can raise money.”
Hewitt is more buoyant about his prospects with Escape Artist (Tintin In America), listed as the $1.90 favorite in early markets for Race 6.
Escape Artist resumed with a handy third behind Wavethebill and Mr. Ibiza when they resumed at Menangle last week, beating 7.3m in a 1:53 mile pace.
“I was happy enough with him last week,” Hewitt said.
“Well, maybe a little disappointed overall because he tested OK and worked well at home.
“He should be much fitter for the run and I hope that last week’s effort didn’t take too much out of him.
“He seems to have come through it well enough.
“I should be able to drive him with confidence and if he can find the fence should get a bit of a beating today.”
Hewitt said most of his team had been repaired and had about a month off, but were now back and focused on the races ahead.
“Most of them are back at trials now and in two to three weeks a lot of them will be back in the swing of things,” he said.
Another team worth following is the Lucky Lodge partnership of KerryAnn and Rob Morris, who will see a winning treble at Menangle today.
Rob joins BJ Lindenny (Race 2), Parallel (Race 3) and Wavethebill (Race 8), with all three early favorites for their respective events.
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by Michael Court, for HRNSW