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OH SO CLOSE TO PROVINCIAL DOUBLE

FRIDAY: December 8, 2017: HAWKESBURY trainer Mitch Newman went within centimetres of his first provincial double at Gosford yesterday – but it was still a week to remember.

Following on from his success with favorite Supreme Escape at Orange on Tuesday, Newman scored with another fancied runner, Hurricane Harbour in the Benchmark 70 Handicap (1600m).

In the process, the improving four-year-old maintained both an unbeaten record at Gosford, and over the distance.

Newman clinched a breakthrough training double when Miss Casier and Sulien both won at Muswellbrook on October 24.

And it was the former who very nearly gave him a provincial highlight yesterday when she was nabbed on the post in the Class 2 Handicap (1100m).

A $13 chance, Miss Casier looked certain to hang on in the shadows of the post before going under to Ma Tante ($5) in a tight finish.

There was no such close finish with Hurricane Harbour, who is putting together a nice record.

The $3.30 joint favorite, with Josh Adams aboard, was always in control in the straight and had no trouble beating the other co-favorite Go Daddy Go.

Lindwall ($4.80) finished third.

A gelded son of Arlington, Hurricane Harbour has now won four races and notched five minor placings from only 14 starts.

He has a particular liking for the Gosford 1600m; one of his earlier victories also being over that route in a Benchmark 60 Handicap in July.

Hurricane Harbour indicated he was bordering on another success when second to Lord Macau in a 1400m Benchmark 67 Handicap on his home track on November 23.

Newman subsequently made an important gear change, putting winkers on the gelding for his Gosford assignment yesterday.

Hurricane Harbour’s triumph provided his young trainer with his sixth win of the current season.