Trainer Bernie Hewitt believes Winona Writer has what it takes to achieve more Group 1 glory for his stable when she takes to the track at Wagga on Easter Saturday.
Hewitt is riding the crest of a wave after enjoying his most successful night as a trainer at Bathurst last month.
Gold Tiara and Gold Chalice secured him a feature double and he is hoping to keep the good times rolling with Winona Writer this weekend.
Winona Writer will contest the $100,000 Ladex Riverina Championships Mares final after securing qualification last Sunday evening.
Hewitt’s charge showed what blistering pace she has during the heat. She wrapped up a half-head win over the favourite Yarraman Bella, rating 1:57.1 for the 2270-metre journey. So it is no surprise that Hewitt is optimistic ahead of the final.
Hewitt is sure that his charge will be better for that hit-out and will run a good race in the final.
“She is a lovely mare who proved on Sunday that she can mix it with the best of them,” Hewitt told reporters ahead of the race. “To do what she did first-up on Sunday was very pleasing and it gives me confidence going into the final.
“I do think Anntonia, who won the other heat, will be hard to beat. She is such a professional racemare and has been at the top of her game ever since she first raced.
“But you have to be in it to win it and I believe my mare is a real chance.”