Act takes gold
“You only need to look at the calibre of riders here and the satisfaction we get from beating each other is a big thrill,” Newitt said.
The other races in the series were won by Brett Prebble for Victoria and Matt McGillivray for Queensland on Friday, before Jamie Kah put South Australia on the board with an allthe-way win on Lota Creek Gold in the Class 6 Plate (2000m), the final event of the series yesterday.
Queensland earned 14 points across the two days, meaning $7000 will go to the National Jockeys Trust, courtesy of Racing Queensland and Tabcorp, who combined to give $500 for each point the locals earned.
New Zealander Jason Collett, who rode the second-placed Mishani Vaidra in the final event, lamented not landing the ALL CLASS: Tasmanians Brendon McCoull (left) and Craig Newitt celebrate their win in the Origin Jockey Series after Newitt’s victory on Sofie’s Gold Class (top), while (above) Jamie Kah scored a win for South Australia on Lota Gold Creek. Pictures: AAP major spot to give the Kiwis a win, but said he was a fan of the series. “I have really enjoyed it,” he said. “I didn’t get a win on the board unfortunately, but it’s a great concept and I think it’s only going to get better.”
Newitt tipped a bright future for Sofie’s Gold Class, who he said showed a good turn of foot.
“She’s a big awkward thing, but she’s still got a good turn of foot,” Newitt said.
“I probably got there too soon, because she was having a good look around in the last 100m.”
Trainer Debbie Newham said Sofie’s Gold Class was desperate for a big track, something she might get in a fortnight if all goes according to plan with Eagle Farm.
“She has overcome Doomben,” Newham said. “I can’t wait to get her over a distance.”