(Monday 29 February, 2016)
The Hewitt name has been synonymous with harness racing in the Goulburn district for a very long time, and on Sunday next (6TH March) the memory of Tom and Angela Hewitt will be celebrated when the Goulburn Harness Racing Club conducts its annual Hewitt Memorial day.
As the club’s second feature race meeting of the season, all involved are anticipating an outstanding afternoon of harness racing. Leading the way is the $12,500 Tom & Angela Hewitt Memorial for C2 to C4 horses.
Last year, the 2014 Breeders Crown 3 year old filly champion Just Cala proved too strong for a capacity field of up and coming pacers. Trained and driven by the Hewitt’s grandson Dennis Picker, Just Cala went on to win at Melton in Victoria, before succumbing to injury which forced her early retirement from racing.
Unfortunately for the Picker stable they won’t have a suitable horse to contest this year’s edition of the race, however, another grandson in Brad Hewitt (photographed with 2013 winner Eclipser) is likely to start the well performed Spare Me Days. A four year old IfIhadyourluck gelding, Spare Me Days maternal line is all Hewitt bred being out of the Nikalong Shadow mare Tolnikie, who in turn was out of the Tom and Goff Hewitt owned Lucy Toliver.
Nikalong Shadow stood for many years at Karamia, the Hewitt family property situated at Lost River via Crookwell. He has produced many winners and was Tom and Angela’s pride and joy. A win by Spare Me Days would be a fitting tribute to their legacy.
Other main races scheduled for the afternoon include the $12,500 Walla Walla Stakes for the higher graded horses and the $12,500 Tab.Com.Au Goulburn Sapling Stakes for the 2 year old pacers.
The Walla Walla Stakes is conducted over the testing 2760 metre journey and was first held last season when Amy Day and Magic Bliss stormed home from the back of the field to score an easy win.
The Goulburn Sapling Stakes, first conducted in the 1930’s, provides Bathurst Gold Crown hopefuls with the perfect lead in to that club’s highly successful Bathurst Gold Crown carnival.
Goulburn harness racing is brought to fans by the support of Tabcorp, Goulburn Soldiers Club, Goulburn Mulwaree Council, Glenferrie Farm, Hollingworth Crane Hire, Maddens Stable Bedding and RSM Accountants.
Nominations for Sunday’s meeting close at 9.30 am on Wednesday 2 March.
Race programme for Goulburn, Sunday 6th March (click here)