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Canberra Cup winner Will Rixon has sights set on driver’s premiership

Canberra Cup-winning driver Ian Rixon has vowed to come back and clinch the race named in his grandfather’s memory after falling just short of victory.

The 18-year-old is leading the Canberra Harness Racing Club driver’s premiership but finished second with Mount Hercules in the Henry Rixon Memorial (1770 metres) in the capital on Sunday.

Teenager driver Will Rixon won the Canberra Cup last week.

Teenager driver Will Rixon won the Canberra Cup last week. Credit:Fairfax Media

It marked his second placing in the race in as many attempts but the teenager is confident he can lift the trophy alongside his father and trainer Peter next year.

“It was a bit disappointing but it just wasn’t meant to be, I was third last year and second this year and hopefully I can get up next year,” Rixon said.

“The horse that won [Never Been Said], I’ve got a good relationship with the trainer so if I wasn’t able to win I was happy for him to win it.

“I’ve had a lot of luck in Canberra since I started. I won the Canberra Cup last week which is probably the biggest win of my career and I’m winning the premiership so hopefully, I can keep that up.”

First String won the Canberra Derby while champion trotter in Miss Halfpenny took out the Canberra Oaks.

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