PREMIER horsewoman Emma Stewart rounded out the Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series heats the same way she started them – dominating!
Six four-year-old qualifiers were conducted at Ballarat last night with Stewart-trained runners capturing four.
Two-year-olds kicked off this season’s edition of the futurity last Tuesday evening before the three-year-olds took centre stage the following night.
The three age groups saw 22 heats run, with Stewart’s squad winning an incredible 16 races.
Of the six they didn’t win, Stewart’s runners finished with four seconds and a third!
Stewart’s haul breaks down to five of the seven two-year-old heats, seven of the nine three-year-old races, and as mentioned earlier, four of the six four-year-old qualifiers.
In total Stewart had 36 starters, with 30 making their way into next week’s semi-finals.
Last season Stewart qualified 23 for the semi-finals.
The record-breaking trainer won five semis in 2017, while also preparing seven placegetters, including two quinellas.
Stewart’s semi-finalists went on to win three Group One Finals, with her haul including a quinella and a trifecta.
During the corresponding semi-final meeting in 2016, Stewart won five semis before capturing three Finals the following week.
“It’s been a great week for the stable and our owners,” Stewart said “To have so many make their way into the semis is terrific and hopefully we can have a bit of luck in those as well.”