HE missed out on a winning drive in the Temora Pacers Cup by just a short half head, but Bernie Hewitt still had reason the smile on Saturday night.
The Georges Plains trainer-driver had hoped to claim the 2,386 metres feature race of the Carnival of Cups meeting aboard the in-form $1.70 favourite Mackeral, but he was beaten in his final stride.
Mackeral, who had led from the opening metres, tired down the home straight and Blackbird Power ($6) swooped to nudge him out.
However, Hewitt did finish the meeting with a pair of winning drives. He won both the three-year-old Kevin and Kay Seymour Evolution Series Heats (1,635m) conducted.
Make Mine Memphis ($1.35) won the three-year-old colts and geldings heat in a track record 1:56.9 mile rate.
Hewitt produced a patient drive, not worrying when Heart Of Cooper zipped some 15m off the front through the opening lap.
He closed the gap with his son of Rock N Roll Heaven then swept to the lead through the final bend. Make Mine Memphis ran away from his rivals, finishing 8.6m clear.
Kept In Play ($1.45 favourite) then took out the three-year-old fillies heat first up after an almost six-month spell.
It was her first win since joining Hewitt’s stable, having formerly run for James Rattray.
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