BATHURST district trainers Bernie Hewitt and Chris Frisby will form part of a contingent of interstate hopefuls seeking success in Saturday night’s Queensland Derby.
To be contested at Albion Park, the Group 2 feature race carries a $75,540 purse and as such, has drawn runners from outside the host state.
Hewitt’s chances in the 2,680 metres race rest with Pretty Hot, a three-year-old Courage Under Fire x Pretty Close gelding.
He has only finished outside the top three once in his last seven starts, while his latest run was a second in the Group 3 Provincial Derby.
He will go from barrier four with Shane Graham in the gig, while on his inside Anthony Frisby will drive Our Uncle Sam for his father Chris.
Though Our Uncle Sam finished off the pace in the Provincial Derby, he was stuck three-wide. He has gate speed and can get home well too, having clocked a 26.3 split when winning at Menangle last month.