PREMIER trainer Emma Stewart hopes her Vicbred stats continue to emulate last season’s numbers when she heads to Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night.
Dominating the futurity 12 months ago, Stewart won 16 of the 22 heats associated with the three age groups.
As such Stewart qualified 29 runners for the semis, with her team then capturing eight of the 12 second round qualifiers.
Stewart’s haul also saw her smash a 77-year record for the most wins at a Victorian metropolitan meeting by becoming the first trainer to win more than five races on a city card.
Before the amazing result Stewart was one of eight ‘quintet trainers’, with T Butterworth the first to achieve the feat at Ascot on May 26, 1941.
Stewart also equalled the Australian record for the most wins at a meeting, following Shayne Cramp’s eight at Mildura on July 15, 2014 when he won every race on the program.
A week later Stewart’s team contested five Group One Finals for an astonishing five wins, with her phenomenal evening including three quinellas, a ‘first four’ and a third!
With heats of this season’s edition being conducted last week, Stewart again won 16 of the 22!
And just like last term, Stewart has qualified 29 runners for the semis.
“It would be nice if we can keep copying last season’s series,” Stewart said. “With the stable predominantly Vicbred this is obviously a time of the year we look forward to and take a big swing at.
“About 90 to 95 per cent of the stable is Vicbred, with the balance pretty much New South Wales bred.
“Hopefully we can continue to enjoy some success for our owners.”
Stewart’s semi squad includes defending champions Centenario and Kualoa in the three-year-old divisions.