It was a strong run for the Clint Lundholm trained Knight Driver at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday but it was unable to produce a win.
The Dubbo trainer made the trip to Sydney to run in the $100,000 TAB Highway Class 3 Handicap with Kerrin McEvoy at the helm and looked the goods with 400 metres left in the run.
Knight Driver ($9.50) got out the barriers well and set the pace for much of the race before inside the last 200 metres the favourite Hellenism ($3.70) made a move pushing on the outside of the Dubbo trained horse to take the race by half a length to take home the $46,400 first-place prize.
Knight Driver managed to finish a very respectable second narrowly ahead of Lady River ($9.50) who finished in second well ahead of the rest of the field.
In positive signs, it was Knight Driver's first real test and three-year-old filly showed it can match it in the city races while also being the first loss for the horse in its previous three starts.
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