Newitt grabs two at Melbourne opener

Newitt grabs two at Melbourne openerJockey Craig Newitt continued his strong start to 2011/12 with a winning double at the season’s first city meeting at Mornington on Wednesday.

Newitt opened his account on Tuesday with a win at the Geelong Synthetic meeting before his dual success at the Mornington meeting.

The former Tasmanian rider steered home Sir Hallowell for the Mick Price stable in the Betfair Handicap (1210m), a $30,000 rating 82 race.

Sir Hallowell is midway through his first preparation with the Price stable after beginning his career in the David Harrison stable in Perth.

Newitt allowed Sir Hallowell ($2.70) to settle well off the speed before allowing the son of More Than Ready to stride home down the centre of the track to beat Dash For Viz ($8) and Kaleske ($8).

“He has always shown us a bit,” Newitt said.

“He had just ran into unsuitable wet tracks but he still ran very week. Today from an awkward gate, Mick said he didn’t mind if I was midfield three-deep with cover.

“I just ended up a little bit further back than. He made a long, sustained run but he hit the line strongly.”

Newitt completed his double in the next race when he partnered the $15 chance Show Stealer to a win in the Browns Sawdust and Shavings 0-72 Handicap (1210m).

Meanwhile, Chris Symons rode the first Melbourne metropolitan winner of the new season when he combined with the Robert Smerdon-trained Stoneblack ($4.50) to win the Red Rooster Handicap (2019m).