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    77-year training record smashed 77-year training record smashed
    NO STRANGER to establishing history, premier horsewoman Emma Stewart has done it again. By dominating tonight’s Vicbred Super Series semi-finals at Tabcorp Park Melton,... 77-year training record smashed

    NO STRANGER to establishing history, premier horsewoman Emma Stewart has done it again.

    By dominating tonight’s Vicbred Super Series semi-finals at Tabcorp Park Melton, Stewart has smashed a 77-year record for the most wins at a Victorian metropolitan meeting.

    Stewart won eight of the 12 Empire Stallions-sponsored qualifiers to become the first trainer to win more than five races on a city card.

    Before this evening’s performance Stewart was one of eight ‘quintet trainers’, with T Butterworth the first to achieve the feat at Ascot on May 26, 1941.

    Stewart also equalled the Australian record for the most wins at a meeting, following Shayne Cramp’s eight at Mildura on July 15, 2014 when he won every race on the program.

    The most wins in a day belongs to Bill Dixon, who won five races at Townsville and four at Charters Towers on September 6, 1975.

    Stewart fell a head short of nine winners when Nostra Villa was beaten in the last stride by Soho Burning Love in the final event.

    “It has been an amazing night for the stable and our owners,” Stewart said. “We had 29 horses make it into the semis and were hopeful of a good result.

    “To end the night with eight winners is just something you hope for when you’re heading to the track, but never truly think it will happen.”

    Stewart’s haul includes the two-year-old fillies’ semis with Two Times Better and Kualoa, the two-year-old colts’ and geldings’ semis Fourbigmen and Hurricane Harley, the three-year-old colts’ and geldings’ semis with Konan and Ride High, along with a three-year-old fillies’ semis with Speak No Evil and a four-year-old mares’ semis Tell Me Tales.

    Along with her wins, Stewart prepared three quinellas and a trifecta.

    Of the four semis she didn’t capture, Stewart’s runners managed two seconds and a third.

    So far there have been 34 races as part of this season’s edition of the futurity, with Stewart’s squad completing a remarkable 24 wins, six seconds and two thirds.

    Chris Alford drove five of Stewart’s winners, with Mark Pitt partnering the other three.

    Pitt rounded out a quartet when he combined with the Dean Braun-trained Carlas Pixel for an impressive victory in a four-year-old mares’ semis.

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