LONG spells await exciting youngsters Be Happy Mach and Maajida.
Rounding out their remarkable debut seasons with wins at Tabcorp Park Melton tonight, the Australian Pacing Gold purchases will enjoy well-earned spring breaks.
Trainer Emma Stewart confirmed her plans with the two-year-olds following their effortless Breeders’ Crown Final triumphs.
“They will both go to the paddock now,” Stewart said. “Be Happy Mach will have as long as possible off before getting ready for the Victoria Derby early in the New Year.
“Maajida can have a little longer off before we take aim at the Oaks with her.”
Confirming his status as the nation’s premier freshman, Be Happy Mach was driven aggressively by champion reinsman Chris Alford.
Lucky to avoid early interference from his second row draw, Be Happy Mach was settled midfield before being sent forward three-wide to wrest the lead from Perfect Stride during the middle stages.
Bursting clear of the pack at the top of the home straight, the son of Mach Three cruised to a seven-metre win from Youaremy Sunshine, with Perfect Stride four metres away third.
Stretching his record to an impeccable 10 wins and a third from 11 starts, Be Happy Mach rated 1:56.2 over 2240 metres, with his time nine-tenths of a second quicker than Maajida.
With Greg Sugars holding the reins, Maajida led throughout to account for Iolanta and Starsbythebeach.
Owned by the Johnson family, the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere extended her tally to seven wins and a second from eight starts for earnings of $271,800.
Maajida’s success was the closing leg of a treble for Stewart, who combined with Alford to win the Four-Year-Old Championship with Tam Major.
After working overtime in the ‘death seat’ from the bell, Tam Major bullocked his way to two-metre win from his stablemate Major Times.
New South Wales raider The Black Prince was a metre-and-a-half away third.
Successful in last month’s Vicbred Super Series Final, the son of Art Major rated 1:55.2 over 2240 metres to take his record to 14 wins and 15 placings from 41 starts for earnings of $279,490.
“He is in great form and that was another top run from him,” Stewart said. “He will have a light few days now then I’ll have a look at the Kilmore Cup in about five weeks with him.”