FOR those thinking of backing Emain Macha in Saturday night’s Italian Cup at Globe Derby here is a piece of advice – wait until his half-sister races earlier on the card.
If Labella Rock wins, back Emain Macha to win, if she runs a placing, back him for a placing, if she fails, give him a miss.
Trained by Greg Scholefield, the duo have raced at the same meeting four times this season – for the same result!
Successful at Globe Derby, Emain Macha and Labella Rock then finished second at Shepparton before winning their next two starts, including at Victor Harbor during their most recent outing.
“They just seem to be in tune with each other,” Scholefield said. “One won’t let the other get the upper hand.
“To have both win on a card is one thing, but for both to also finish second on the same night as well as winning on the other nights is something different.”
To be driven by Wayne Hill, Labella Rock has drawn to lead from barrier three, with the daughter of Pet Rock a $1.10 favourite against her older rivals.
“I’m extremely happy with the way she has come back,” Scholefield said. “I have a reasonable opinion of her.
“She got sick during her last prep and didn’t go as well as can, which is just one of those young horse things.
“She has come back very well and should have a bit of a future. Long term I will be aiming her at the Oaks.”
Faring slightly better in barrier two, Emain Macha is also tipped to lead throughout with Hill in the cart.
As such Emain Macha has been installed a hot $1.05 favourite.
“He did it as he pleased in the Victor Harbor Cup, but this will be tougher again,” Scholefield said. “From that draw he is going to be very hard to beat, but there are a number of quality horses with good form in the field.
“I just hope he can keep his form up a little longer as we take aim at the South Australia Cup on February 9.”