IF racegoers got excited by a close finish in the opening race at Bathurst Paceway on Wednesday night then their hearts would have been beating out of their chest in the next event.
Just after Spike Robyn won a thrilling opener his performance was somehow upstaged by Bernie Hewitt’s outside shot Makoa ($49.20) in the Burnt Blades Horse Dentistry Pace (1730 metres).
The top six runners in the race were all separated by just over two metres.
Gotta Go Jazzy Jet was in a great position to lead all the way as favourite but had to deal with late outside challenges from Makoa and Hidden Courage.
Makoa finished a half neck clear of Hidden Courage while Gotta Go Jazzy Jet had to settle for third, only a neck away from victory.
Cankickatarget (1.1m), Im Cool Harry (1.4m) and Taylors Reason (2.1m) could all count themselves unlucky not to feature inside the top three.
The 1:55.6 mile rate was a career best time for Makoa.