Promising gelding Hit The Target will head to Sydney next month on a Highway Handicap mission after another win at Scone.
Trained by Stephen Jones, the four-year-old won the Isis Motel Scone Class 1 Handicap (1300 metres) on Saturday. It was his second straight win at his home track, in only his third career start.
Jones said “we thought it was a powerful win and he is still learning”.
Pre-race, Jones told The Leader how excited he was about the horse’s potential, and that if he won on Saturday he would likely target the Highway Handicap at Rosehill Gardens on January 19.
Jones also spoke about how Hit The Target was returned to him, freshly gelded, after “they lost the plot” with the horse in Hawkesbury. Billionaire thoroughbred owner Gerry Harvey, the founder of Harvey Norman, owns the horse.
On Saturday in race eight, Hit The Target, with Mitchell Bell aboard, beat Safaris (Serg Lisnyy) by .36m. Supreme Streak (Darryl McLellan) was another 5.49m away in third place. Hit The Target, who carried 58.5 kilograms and jumped from barrier one, paid $8 for the win.
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