RISING star Mach Dan maintained his perfect start to the season with a solid win this afternoon.
Having his third outing for the term, Mach Dan captured the Group Two Horsham Cup.
In what was a stellar result for premier horsewoman Emma Stewart and her partner Clayton Tonkin, the pair prepared the first give across the finish.
“It was a wonderful result for the stable and our owners,” Stewart said. “We felt we had a strong hand in the race, but you never expect them to finish in that kind of order.
“He’s always shown plenty of promise and been up with the best of his crop and has come back in sensational shape this time in.
“That was only his third run this campaign, so it will tighten him right up.”
With Greg Sugars in the cart Mach Dan led from barrier two as his stablemate, Somewhere Secret, settled on his outside.
Proving too slick along the home straight, the son of Mach Three registered a two-and-a-half metre win from a brave Somewhere Secret.
Fourbigmen was five metres away third ahead of Out to Play and Like A Wildfire.
Shadow Sax, which Stewart trained to win the 2018 Cup, was sixth!
Rating 2:00.1 over 2700 metres, Mach Dan took his record to 12 wins and six placings from 22 starts for earnings of $264,172.
The gelding also provided Stewart with her fourth Cup from the last six editions and five overall.
Triumphant with Safari in 2006, Stewart then scored with Philadelphia Man in 2015, Major Secret in 2017 and Shadow Sax.
“Once he got to the front and was allowed to roll along at his own tempo it was always going to be difficult for the others to run him down,” Stewart said.
“He came home well and still had a bit up his sleeve at the finish.”
Weighing up the option of the Mildura Cup in a fortnight, Stewart confirmed Mach Dan will head towards the Australian Pacing Gold series in May.
The four-year-old division culminates in a Final at Tabcorp Park Melton on May 1.
In what will be an APG extravaganza, the leading sales company will offer more than $750,000 across three states that night.
Along with a pair of $210,000 Finals for four-year-olds, the evening includes two $50,555 Two-Year-Old Gold Bullion Finals at Albion Park and $50,000 Consolations for four-year-old at Club Menangle, Melton and Albion Park.