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    Hewitt plays a real Captain’s Knock Hewitt plays a real Captain’s Knock

    YOU BEAUTY: Captains Knock and delighted connections after his massive Breeders Challenge success.

    IT was billed as the race of the day at today’s stellar Breeders Challenge meeting. Yet the $150,000 three-year-old colts and geldings finished as... Hewitt plays a real Captain’s Knock

    IT was billed as the race of the day at today’s stellar Breeders Challenge meeting.

    Yet the $150,000 three-year-old colts and geldings finished as a one-horse race as Brad Hewitt’s star youngster Captains Knock cleared out for the easiest of wins in one of the day’s features.

    His chief rival Better Be The Best bombed his chances when he went into a gallop in the last lap, robbing Nathan Turnbull of his hopes to drive his stable star “with a sit” and see what he could do.

    Hewitt had always declared he would make use of his coveted inside barrier draw and intended to hold the front from gate one.

    He must have bluffed his rivals as he did that with ease and when he was able to get away with a fairly easy first half of his mile in quarters of 28.1s and 29.1s, he was always going to be awfully hard to run down.

    In the finish Captains Knock cleared out to score by 13.4m from outsider Waratah Lou (Jack Callaghan) with Montalbano (Will Rixon) close up in third place. The winner still managed to break the magical 1:50 mark, scoring in 1:49.9 with a last half in 52.7s (splits of 26.3 and 26.4).

    “He had a bit of time when things went a bit amiss at the end of last season,” explained Hewitt.

    “I think he’s only had half a dozen starts this season and to get that Group 1 again is just great.

    “I couldn’t believe it when he led as easily as he did. I put the foot down a bit turning into the back straight and when the favourite stayed in I was more than happy.

    “So, I put the foot down again then and thought I’d see if anything could catch us – and nothing was good enough to do that.”

    “He did get things wrong in Melbourne and pulled over the 2700m, which did him no favours.

    “But other than he’s the perfect little racehorse and I can’t wait to get him back in next preparation.”

    Hewitt said he had ruled out the Breeders Crown in Victoria for Captains Knock.

    “We’ll give him a bit of time off now and then aim him up for the Chariots of Fire,” he said.

    “The Eureka is a long time away and hopefully by then he’ll warrant a start in that too.

    “I just love this little horse – you can’t fault him.

    “Hopefully he can go on and do great things.”

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