Flemington: Craig Newitt lands surprise double thanks to $101 outsider Free To Move

Jockey Craig Newitt made the most of the best book of rides in Melbourne for some time to come out with a Flemington double, including the Listed AR Creswick Stakes.

A decision to trot and canter the Ken and Kasey Keys-trained Free To Move up the straight on the same running line Newitt wanted the $101 outsider to follow on the way back worked a treat.

Free To Move sat outside the leaders in the run and kept finding at the finish to hold out a wall of horses.

Favourite Curran tried hard but tired late to miss the placings altogether, while Sir Davy never saw daylight in the straight and was stranded behind a wall of horses.

Free To Move is the 12th $100 winner at Flemington since 2017 and follows Romancer, who last month stunned punters winning the Straight Six at $126 odds.

Newitt had nothing but praise for the Unencumbered three-year-old gelding.

“He’s all ticker, there’s not much of him but he’s got a real will to win,” Newitt said.

“He was stiff not to win the other day, even going down the gates I was trot and cantering him all the way on a little path I knew I was going to be racing down.

“The swarm was coming but he just kept sticking his little head out.

$81 chance Brenlyn’s Trooper hit the line strongly for second, with Capriccio, a $23 hope, delivering a $14,545 TAB trifecta.

The quinella and exacta dividends returned $773 and $1407 respectively.

Winning co-trainer Kasey Keys was thrilled about the result, her first feature win with father Ken.

“I was pretty confident we could run a place,” Keys said.

“Obviously I was scared of the favourite (Curran) but when there was give in the track I thought we were a really good chance. It’s very special.”

Craig Newitt scored a double at Flemington. Picture: Racing Photos via Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images


Co-trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young unveiled the smart Savabeel colt Celestial Fury at Flemington on Saturday to qualify for the $140,000 Taj Rossi Series Final on July 3.

The Cranbourne team, who prepared the runner-up Albarado, an eventual Group 3 winner, in the same race last year, went one better in the Rod Johnson Handicap (1420m) with the first-starter.

Given a dream ride from jockey Craig Newitt the two-year-old popped out from behind the leaders’ backs in the straight and kept finding under pressure.

“I was cursing halfway through the run, he kept dropping the bridle on me,” Newitt said.

“I had to keep slapping him up to keep him up … to his credit, every time I slapped him up he came back underneath me.”

Fancied Secret Glamour and Somewatt Fabulous appeared to get every chance, cruising up the middle of the track but could not reel in the winner.

“I thought we were in a bit of strife from the 300 (metre mark) and Secret Glamour quickened from behind us, to my bloke’s credit he really stuck his head out,” Newitt said.

“He’s shown good ability and I’m sure come spring time over probably (1600-2000m) he’s a horse you’re going to hear a bit more of.”

Stable representative Brendon Hawtin was thrilled with the performance and confirmed the New Zealand ready to run purchase would follow a path similar to Albarado.

“There’s been a few nice horses produced on this day and let’s hope things don’t change from this year,” Hawtin said.

“He’s only going to get better with time and this has been a great way to start his career.”

Originally published asNewitt picks right line for $101 winner

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