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Newitt's hit-and-run Flemington Group 1 win

A hit-and-run visit back home has landed Kranji-based Melbourne jockey Craig Newitt a 28th Group 1 victory when he steered his pet horse LANKAN RUPEE to a scintillating win in the A$500,000 ($532,000) Black Caviar Lightning Stakes over 1,000m at Flemington on Saturday.

When Newitt (above) was granted a six-month licence in Singapore last year, he made known his wish it would not spell the end of his association with the world's highest-rated sprinter, who incidentally gave him his last Group 1 hurrah in the Manikato Stakes over 1,200m at Moonee Valley last October.

Trainer Mick Price and Sri Lankan owner Muzaffar Ali Yaseen were more than happy to give Newitt the call-up in Lankan Rupee's comeback since his third to Terravista in the Group 1 Darley Classic over 1,200m last November.

Newitt, who captured his first feature success at Kranji with Absolutely in the Group 3 Three Rings Trophy over 1,400m a week ago, jumped on the plane after his winless Fortune Bowl meeting last Friday to take three rides at Flemington, including Lankan Rupee in the race named after Australia's legendary mare Black Caviar, a three-time winner of the Lightning Stakes.

He got off to a flier aboard his first ride, a 16-1 long shot Sweet And Speedy for Peter Moody in the Group 3 The Vanity over 1,400m.

After finishing unplaced on Orient Line in another Group 3 race, he hit the jackpot with Lankan Rupee.

Newitt scored on SAND BANK in Race 3 at Kranji yesterday.