POPULAR Gold Coast racecaller Steve Hawkins experienced one of his biggest thrills in racing when his galloper Kevejon cruised home in today's Racing Retro Benchmark 75 Hcp (1800m).
Hawkins, also the Gold Coast Turf Club deputy chairman, bought the five-year-old about 18 months and now has the gelding with Deagon trainer Michael Lakey.
"I've called some pretty important races over the years, but I couldn't believe how nervous I was before this race today,'' said Hawkins.
"And for me to be able to call him winning a race here at the Gold Coast has given me one of the biggest thrills of my career.
"The last winner I had here as an owner was Dark Rebel in 1999.''
Hawkins didn't have much to worry about in the run as Kevejon ($4) always appeared to be travelling strongly for 2kg-claiming apprentice Alexandra Kitson after settling fifth in the seven-horse field.
Kevejon powered into the race in the straight and drew right away to score by 5-1/2 lengths from Daad's Overtime ($2.60 fav) with 3-1/2 lengths to Dobros ($4.20) in third.
"Everything worked into place for him today,'' said Hawkins. "These slow to heavy conditions are perfect for him, 1800m is ideal and down on 52kg after Alexandra's claim had him perfectly placed today, I thought.''
Story: Neil Archer
Photo: Trackside Photography Pty Ltd