Tassie dou­ble a

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - NATHAN EXELBY @xlb­nathan_c­mail

AT THEIR sec­ond at­tempt, Tas­ma­nia lifted the Ori­gin Jockey Se­ries tro­phy for the first time yes­ter­day, thanks to a Craig Ne­witt dou­ble over the two days.

Ne­witt, who joined forces with Bren­don McCoull, gave Tassie what proved to be an unas­sail­able lead when he steered Sofie’s Gold Class home to win the Class 3 Plate (1600m) at Doomben yes­ter­day.

Ne­witt also won on Cabin Fever at Doomben on Fri­day, help­ing Tassie to a se­ries to­tal of 19 points, giv­ing them a one­point win over New Zealand, with Vic­to­ria on 17.

“I’ve been lucky enough to ride a lot of Group 1 win­ners and some very good horses and even rep­re­sent Aus­tralia, but there’s no bet­ter feel­ing than go­ing back home and rep­re­sent­ing where I come from,” Ne­witt said. “It’s a big thrill to win a cou­ple of races for Tassie.

“It’s an hon­our and priv­i­lege to rep­re­sent your own state, es­pe­cially in a com­pe­ti­tion like this with the great­est riders around the coun­try. We re­ally en­joyed it. I would like to thank Bren­don, my team part­ner.

‘‘He’s been the lo­cal cham­pion in Tas­ma­nia for a num­ber of years now,” Ne­witt said.

The pair praised the Ori­gin con­cept and said they would be back to de­fend their crown next year.

It’s a big thrill to win a cou­ple of races for Tassie C R A I G N E WI T T

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