By Jordan Gerrans
After successfully working under his father Bernie’s leadership in recent years, Doug Hewitt felt the time was right to go out on his own accord and prepare his own team of pacers in the Sunshine State.
Doug has recently relocated to Queensland and has set up shop at Plainland, which is based west of Brisbane.
Doug’s move north from regional NSW follows that of his sister Gemma who made the shift up in the back end of 2021.
Gemma – a year older than her brother Doug - has quickly made her mark north of the border over the last couple of seasons as a consistent trainer and driver.
The 30-year-old Doug has managed his dad’s stable for the last eight years and regularly prepared the team as Bernie travelled interstate to Victoria and Queensland to campaign their top-level horses through the carnivals.
Doug notched just the second-ever winner in his own name as a trainer when Infinity Beach got the cash last Friday at Albion Park.
He is a two-time Group 1-winning reinsman in the sulky.
“I have done a fair bit of training but just not in my name and the way it was working back home, we just kept it going that way in Bernie’s name even when I owned the horses myself,” Doug said.
“That is another thing about the move to Queensland, to get out there and get my name out there a little bit more as a trainer as well as a driver.
“I am hoping to pick up as many drives as horses to train as well. If the opportunity arises to take on more drives, I will take that as well.”