Day At The Track

Mighty Joe delivers Easter gift

09:36 AM 14 Apr 2020 NZST
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Grenfell harness racing trainer Mark Hewitt, pictured in the gig at Young Paceway last year, drove Mighty Joe to victory at Bathurst on Saturday

After running sixth in a heat of the group three Gold Chalice at Bathurst last month, Mighty Joe for Grenfell harness racing trainer Mark Hewitt bounced back to form with a harness racing victory at Bathurst on Saturday.

Mighty Joe took out the Dubbo Caltex Petroleum Pace (1730m) at Bathurst in emphatic fashion to produce a happy Easter gift for Hewitt.

With Hewitt taking the reins, Mighty Joe moved from gate three to take up the lead by the bell lap.

With his rivals only a neck away on the turn, Mighty Joe went for home and left his competition behind to post a winner's mile rate of 2:01.0.

While it was only his third win, he did find support in the betting and started as a $3.70 chance.

It was only his second outing since finishing sixth in a heat of group three Gold Chalice at Bathurst last month. He's been consistent of late having now registered two wins as well as five minor placings from 11 starts this season.

The son of Roll With Joe (USA) debuted in March last year and has had 19 starts.

To watch the video replay click here

Meanwhile, Young harness racing trainer Rick Burnett collected the chocolates with Uroc Skinny Jeans winning at Wagga on Easter Sunday.

The three-year-old filly proved too good in the Daily Advertiser Pace (2270m) registering a thumping 19.1m margin victory over second placed Smokin Tally ($23).

Driver Jessica Prior worked Uroc Skinny Jeans across from the outside gate to lead early and it's where she stayed for the entire journey.

She opened up a huge margin between her and the opponents at the top of the bend ahead of the final straight.

The battle for the minor placings was far behind as Uroc Skinny Jeans passed the post to clock an impressive winner's mile rate of 1:56.7.

It was just the filly's third career win and second win this season after victory at Canberra during February, however she was backed heavily by punters and started as the $1.30 race favourite.

The daughter of Mach Three made amends for galloping at the start and costing herself any chance last time out coming off a fifth in the group one Gold Bracelet at Bathurst last month.

To watch the video replay click here

Racing at Wagga returns Friday, while racing at Bathurst is Wednesday and Friday.

Reprinted with permission of The Grenfell Record

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