HE DID it from nine when he won the Sapling Stake, so hopefully he can do it again…
That’s the call from trainer Bernie Hewitt when discussing College Chapel’s chances in Saturday night’s Rod Fitzpatrick Memorial at Tabcorp Park Menangle.
Winner of his last four starts – following a second upon debut – College Chapel remains the one to beat in the feature despite drawing wide in barrier seven.
“He is out wide again, which makes it tougher,” Hewitt said. “That said, he did it from nine when he won the Sapling Stake, so hopefully he can do it again.
“He has improved a lot with racing since the Sapling and will certainly put in another big effort.”
Given a short break following his Bathurst Gold Crown win on March 31, the son of Mach Three returned to the scene of his Group One triumph last night for a “good, solid trial”.
With Hewitt sitting quietly in the sulky, College Chapel was never fully extended to beat his older rivals in 1:57.3 over 1730 metres.
“He’s feeling pretty good,” Hewitt said. “He has done well since his Crown win.
“He put on a nice amount of weight and freshened right up. I trialled him last night and he went along quite well.
“I never pushed him too hard, it was just a good, solid trial, which will lift him up nicely for the weekend.”
Citing Letterkenny Boy as the one to beat from the pole, Hewitt has no doubt several runners boast winning chances in the Group Three.
“Letterkenny Boy is said to be improving and has the better of the draw,” Hewitt said. “Of the others, there are a few pretty handy types which can win with the right run…they are all contenders.”