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Harness Racing: Hewitt targets more Group 1 glory

Trainer Bernie Hewitt believes Winona Writer has what it takes to achieve more Group 1 glory for his stable when she takes to the track at Wagga on Easter Saturday.

Hewitt is riding the crest of a wave after enjoying his most successful night as a trainer at Bathurst last month.

Feature double

Gold Tiara and Gold Chalice secured him a feature double and he is hoping to keep the good times rolling with Winona Writer this weekend.

Winona Writer will contest the $100,000 Ladex Riverina Championships Mares final after securing qualification last Sunday evening.

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Hewitt’s charge showed what blistering pace she has during the heat. She wrapped up a half-head win over the favourite Yarraman Bella, rating 1:57.1 for the 2270-metre journey. So it is no surprise that Hewitt is optimistic ahead of the final.

Hewitt is sure that his charge will be better for that hit-out and will run a good race in the final.

High hopes for Hewitt

“She is a lovely mare who proved on Sunday that she can mix it with the best of them,” Hewitt told reporters ahead of the race. “To do what she did first-up on Sunday was very pleasing and it gives me confidence going into the final.

“I do think Anntonia, who won the other heat, will be hard to beat. She is such a professional racemare and has been at the top of her game ever since she first raced.

“But you have to be in it to win it and I believe my mare is a real chance.”

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