Two starts, two wins.
It does not get much better for owners Lester and Linda Hewitt, who saw their three-year-old bay gelding What A Jolt ($3.70) claim a second career win in the space of seven days at the Bathurst Paceway.
Lester Hewitt said it was a solid run from What A Jolt, in the Get Well Soon Beverley Mcalister Pace (1,730 metres) on Wednesday afternoon.
“He’s not brilliant but he’s honest and a trier. I think that’ll probably take him a fair way and he’s got gate speed, so that’s all attributes that go down well,” he said.
“It was a solid race, there was nice enough form in the race.
“The horse has stepped up every time. He hasn’t done a lot. He’s only had two starts and hasn’t had many trials.
“Everything has been good.”
John O’Shea was in the gig for What A Jolt, and the gelding raced to the front after he built good pace out from the barriers.
He settled well and held the lead and was only threaten until the 700 metre mark, by New Zealand race favourite Spike Robyn ($2.40) who worked his way forward throughout the race.
However, What A Jolt built a strong lead with a 500 metres to race and eventually pulled away for a comfortable win by 3.3 metres.
The gelding managed to lead from start to finish.
Spike Robyn finished second, with David Hewitt in the gig for the three-year-old bay gelding, but was almost caught by Bernie Hewitt’s Hez All Courage ($4.10).
Lester Hewitt praised the work of driver O’Shea, who is a regular for Hewitt’s horses.
“We use him all the time,” he said.
“He’s a good driver and I’m quite happy for him to drive any of my horses whenever he can.”
O’Shea was in the gig for What A Jolt in the gelding’s maiden start on July 5.
The three-year-old has already collected $7,200 in the space of one week.
Hewitt said What A Jolt is a horse that does not give him a good feel about him.
“You don’t think this horse is real good. You think he’s okay.
“On my track at home he always goes rough, but never gallops.
“However, he goes good in here [Bathurst Paceway] and has done every time we’ve trialled him, so we’ve been happy with him.”
Hewitt will play it by ear when it comes to What A Jolt’s next race.
“Now that he’s won his second three-year-old, [race] he can probably have an easy time for a week and we’ll see what happens from there.”
John O’Shea picked up two more wins at the Wednesday meeting, driving Mike Watson’s Bertie Francis and Peter Trevor-Jones’ Beetson to victory.