HE is hoping to establish himself as a farrier in Queensland, but Jason Hewitt showed via a winning double at Parkes on Wednesday night that he still knows what it takes to find success in the gig.
Helping out his father-trainer Bernie Hewitt at Georges Plains while he recovers from a crash at Eugowra, Jason Hewitt steered both Threes A Charm and The Mustang to victory.
Threes A Charm took out a Club Menangle Country Series Heat (1,660 metres) as a $16 outsider, the win his fifth from six runs at the Parkes track.
The five-year-old finished almost six metres clear of Amanda Turnbull's duo Mach Le More ($6.50) and RNR Windermere ($5.50), clocking a 1:59.0 winning mile rate.
"He had a little bit of luck, he was three pegs and then they dropped off around him and he was able to pull clear and finish off nice and strong," Hewitt said.
"I think he likes that track up there, he's managed a few wins up there."
Hewitt's other win was more expected as it came aboard $1.75 favourite The Mustang over the 2,040m trip in the Creiths Furniture One Pace.
After going from the outside of the second row he settled one out and three back as Needitwantitdoit led the way.
But as the field dawdled through the first quarter in a 32.6 seconds first quarter, Hewitt decided to punch forward three wide with the favourite.
The Mustang quickly found the head of the field and once in front went on with the job, the three-year-old winning by 8.2m over Amanapour ($6.50) with a head back to Warraderry ($3.60) in third.
"The speed really backed off during the middle stages and that just made the choice pretty easy to move around them and just drive him nice and quite at the front," he said.
"Dad said he was the best horse in the race and to drive him like he was the best horse. I'd actually never driven him before, Dougie [Hewitt] always drives him, so it was nice to pinch one off him while he was away."
Hewitt plans to drive at Sunday's Blayney meeting and at Young on Tuesday before returning to Queensland. He has landed a job working for trainer Grant Dixon and hopes to eventually secure enough clients to be a full-time farrier.
"It's working out well, I'm working the horses in the morning with Grant which is good because I'm learning something different, then I'm shoeing in the afternoon," Hewitt said.