CRAIG Newitt maintained his momentum of the past fortnight when he rode a winning double today at Caulfield.
Newitt’s recent success took to 10 the number of winners he’s booted home since December 15, both in Victoria and Tasmania.
He partnered Bells Of Troy for Wendy Kelly to win the Frank O’Brien Handicap and then teamed with No 1 supporter Mick Price to win with Tariana in the Ken Sturt Handicap.
Kelly said Bells Of Troy possesses a “beautiful turn of foot” and just need “clean air” to produce her best.
Newitt said Bells Of Troy, having just her eighth start, had the potential to add to her maiden city success.
“I think you will find the further she goes the better she will get,” he said.
Bells Of Troy, $31, swallowed up Streets Of Seattle, the $3.60 favourite, to win by a long neck with three lengths to Euryvale, $4.40, third.
Price said Tariana may have been “a little under done” first up, but he stressed to Newitt the importance of running the sectionals to give the mare the best possible chance.
“She can be an inconsistent mare, but we can get her in the right races and keep going,” Price said.
Owner Phil Frost flagged the possibility that Tariana may head to Tasmania next month in the search of adding a black type race to her record.
Newitt dictated terms to suit as Tariana, the $3.50 second favourite, proved too strong for Vain Attraction, the $3 favourite, to win by one length with one and a quarter lengths to Sensational Repot, $26, third.