TONIGHT’S Vicbred Super Series Finals at Tabcorp Park Melton went pretty much as expected.
While the favourites didn’t win each of the deciders, the end result was as predicted – with Emma Stewart dominating proceedings.
Just as she did last season, Stewart won five of the Alabar-sponsored Group Ones to continue her remarkable dominance of the futurity.
Heading into the program Stewart won 23 of the 34 series qualifiers across the three age categories.
Last term Stewart won 24 of the 34 races before annexing five Finals.
“It’s been another fantastic night for the stable and our owners,” Stewart said. “We pretty much couldn’t have asked for a better result for the team.
“We came here confident we had the right horses in each Final, but it’s always nice to get the job done.
“The two-year-old Final for the colts and geldings proved anything can happen when a $55 shot beat us home.
“That’s the beauty about racing, any of them can win these big races, so it’s always pleasing when you end the night like we have.”
Maajida provided Stewart with her first win on the card when she led home a stable trifecta.
Driven by Greg Sugars the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere rated 1:57.3 over 2240 metres to account for Amelia Rose and Jemstone.
An Australian Pacing Gold purchase, Maajida boasts four wins and a debut second from five starts for earnings of $106,800.
Stewart then combined with Chris Alford to capture the Final for four-year-old entires and geldings with Tam Major.
After finding the lead during the middle stages the son of Art Major scored from his stablemate Major Times, with Kasbah Kid filling the minor placing.
Rating 1:54.3 over 2240 metres, Tam Major’s time was 1.7 seconds quicker than his stablemate, Pistol Abbey, in the mares’ division.
With David Moran holding the reins Pistol Abbey enjoyed the run of the race behind the pacemaker before finishing along the sprint lane to score by 10 metres from Nostra Villa, with Trinity Dreaming a nose away third in another Stewart trifecta.
Also an APG purchase, Pistol Abbey made a clean sweep of the series to take her record to 14 wins and 10 placings from 32 starts for earnings of $253,060.
Out To Play then experienced a similar run in the $130,000 decider for three-year-old colts and geldings.
With Gavin Lang in the cart, Out To Play trailed the leader before finishing along the passing lane to beat Demon Delight, Fourbigmen and Hurricane Harley – all trained by Stewart.
Building a solid record of five wins and three placings from nine starts, the son of Art Major rated 1:54.7 over 2240 metres – two seconds quicker than Kualoa in the fillies’ Final.
Another driven by Alford, Kualoa worked to the lead from barrier four on her way to a metre-and-a-half win from Looking Fabulous, with Two Times Bettor eight metres away third.
Successfully defending the title she secured last season, the Australian Pacing Gold eligible youngster led home yet another Stewart trifecta!
“They’ve all done a great job tonight,” Stewart said. “With so many Vicbred horses in the stable the series is something we take aim at each year and it’s always great to get such results for our owners.
“Each of the winners, and quite a few of the others, will now have an easy time before they get going again for the Breeders’ Crown next month.”