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    Hewitt, Callaghan burn the track in weekend to remember Hewitt, Callaghan burn the track in weekend to remember

    WEEKEND TO REMEMBER: Brad Hewitt.

    TWO of NSW most promsing horsemen stole the spotlight at last weekend’s Easter harness racing carnivals. In a 24-hour period, drivers Jack Callaghan and... Hewitt, Callaghan burn the track in weekend to remember

    TWO of NSW most promsing horsemen stole the spotlight at last weekend’s Easter harness racing carnivals.

    In a 24-hour period, drivers Jack Callaghan and Brad Hewitt captured feature races both at Bathurst on Saturday night and Wagga on Sunday afternoon.

    In a mind-spinning two days that involved plenty of travel and little sleep, the pair dominated on the big stage, sharing the honour of taking out the Group 1 Finals at Bathurst and the Riverina Championships Finals at Wagga.

    It was 22-year-old Callaghan who rated Fox Dan to perfection in front to take out the $150,000 Bathurst Gold Crown aboard the talented Clayton Tonkin-trained colt Fox Dan, before nosing out his boss Luke McCarthy the following day to claim the $100,000 Riverina Championships for Mares with Not To Be Denied.

    The win by Not To Be Denied proved to be pretty special as the runner-up, Eye Keep Smiling gave McCarthy and owner Jackie Gibson the quinella in the $100,000 feature.

    “This is exactly what we are in the game for,” an excited Callaghan explained.

    “You sometimes make sacrifices to drive at every opportunity so that you can hopefully get the chance to participate in these big races.

    “And when you are fortunate enough to win them, it is a massive thrill.

    “I am extremely humbled to have the support of some great owners and trainers who afford me opportunities to drive their talented horses.”

    And it was very much the same storyline for Brad Hewitt.

    Hewitt took out the $150,000 Gold Tiara at Bathurst with emerging superstar Bittersweet, who started as one of the shortest-priced favourites in the rich classic’s long history.

    It was Hewitt’s first feature race win as a trainer- driver at the Bathurst carnival and gave Forbes-based owner-breeders Denise and Phil Thurston their biggest win in the sport.

    Hewitt then backed up to produce a copybook drive on Sunday in the final of the entires and geldings Riverina Championships Final with Extreme Sea.

    That win was a real family affair as the gelding is trained by his father David who bred and part owns him with Brad’s mother Maree.

    Extreme Sea was only having his seventh career start, which has the Hewitts excited over what the future may bring.

    Earlier in the day, Brad was able to take out the Wagga Pacers Cup with Bluto, who rated a slick 1.53.3 in the process.

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