Day At The Track

Make Mine Memphis - one to watch!

06:26 PM 07 May 2020 NZST
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Make Mine Mephis casually saunters over the line to winning the second of the night's Regional Championships heats.
Alexander Grant Photo

Make Mine Memphis signalled he's going to be one to watch come the Group 1 TAB Regional Championships Final after he cruised home to win in Wednesday night's harness racing heat at Bathurst Paceway.

Bernie Hewitt's Make Mine Memphis ($1.90 favourite) broke his rivals hearts when he laid down a 26.9 third quarter and left all but Bettor Jiggle ($7, Nathan Turnbull) and Uncle Jord ($5.50, Anthony Frisby) for dead.

But even those two runners couldn't stay with Make Mine Memphis forever.

Hewitt hardly moved on his favourite as he opened up a 10 metre gap on the chasing duo with 200m to run.

Make Mine Memphis breezed into the Group 1 final with a winning mile rate of 1:57:4.

"When Anthony's horse came up - he's a really nice horse - I didn't want to let him get up on my horse so I let him slide down the back a little bit," Hewitt said.

"That broke their hearts. He pulled up near the line. There was nothing around him and he just steadied right up. We're really happy with that one. I think if something did come up near him he certainly would have raced further."

Make Mine Memphis had signalled his high-speed capabilities with a stunning 1:53.3 mile rate in his recent trial over the 1,730m.

"That trial was nine days out from tonight's race and I wanted him to get a hit out like he was at the races, and that was an exceptional trial. It showed me he was on target," Hewitt said.

"I'll see how he pulls up and he might get another start in before the final but I'll assess that tomorrow."

Alexander Grant

Reprinted with permission of the Western Advocate

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