David Hewitt qualifies Stone Cracker for the Gold Crown Final

GOULBURN trainer-driver David Hewitt will have the chance to emulate his brothers in finding success on the Gold Crown Carnival’s final night after qualifying Stone Cracker for the headline act.

Stone Cracker took out the opening 1,730 metres heat of this year’s Gold Crown series for two-year-old colts and geldings on Saturday night at the Bathurst Paceway to qualify for the Group 1 decider.

Three years ago his brother Mark won the Group 1 Gold Tiara with Makes Every Scents, while fellow sibling Bernie claimed the 2015 Gold Bracelet when his filly Read About Lexy was first home.

But now David has a shot at snaring his own gold trophy, Stone Cracker ($4.70) having clocked a handy 1:57.3 mile rate in winning his heat.

The Stonebridge Regal x Cinderella Girl gelding sat in the trail for much of the journey before getting off the pegs and charging down the straight. He won by 5¼m over Benalong Valley ($4.20).

CRACKER OF A HEAT: David Hewitt won the first Gold Crown heat.

CRACKER OF A HEAT: David Hewitt won the first Gold Crown heat.