PREMIER horsewoman Emma Stewart paid tribute to an unsung hero following her Group One triumph at Globe Derby tonight
Flying from her Victorian base with her partner, Clayton Tonkin, to South Australia this morning, Stewart arrived to find her entrants for tonight’s Globe Derby program safe and sound.
Stewart had three runners engaged at the meeting, with each making their way to the winners’ circle, including Pandering which captured the inaugural edition of The Allwood.
“I cannot thank Mal Bagnato enough,” Stewart said. “He transports our horse for us and just does a fantastic job of looking after them.
“He goes above and beyond to take care of the horses in his care when they’re on the road and it just takes all the stress out of it.”
Major Times and Out To Play – both driven by Kima Frenning – certainly showed no ill-effects from the trip, scoring with ease in support races.
Like his stablemates Pandering was untroubled in the main event with Frenning holding the reins.
Pushed through from his second row draw, Pandering gained the coveted one-one trail as Star Corka led and Adam Crocker worked in the ‘death seat’.
Angled three-wide along the back straight the son of Courage Under Fire dashed to the lead before scoring by 12-and-a-half metres from Night Spirit, with Ammicchi 10 metres away third.
“He just did it so easily,” Frenning said. “After I was able to get through at the start and then he was able to avoid the one which galloped, he got the perfect run.
“Once I pulled him out he went past them so easily and had the race won a long way out.
“I can’t thank the owner and Emma for giving me this opportunity.”
Purchased at The Allwood Yearling Sale by Justin Baker, the two-year-old boasts three wins and two placings from five starts for earnings of $75,200
To be give a light week Pandering will then be aimed for the Vicbred Super Series.
“The heats of the Vicbred in a couple of weeks are next for him,” Stewart said. “He’ll have a a few days off then be revved up again for that.”