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    EMAIN MACHA

    REIGNING South Australian Horse of the Year, Emain Macha, should have no trouble extending his winning streak at Mount Gambier on Saturday night. Successful... Macha to improve in Cup

    REIGNING South Australian Horse of the Year, Emain Macha, should have no trouble extending his winning streak at Mount Gambier on Saturday night.

    Successful at his last four starts before being sent for a spell, Emain Macha scored first-up from a 10-month break at the same venue last weekend.

    Emain Macha’s victory was in a heat of the club’s Cup, which has seen the Greg Scholefield-trained gelding installed a $2 favourite from his 10-metre back mark.

    Thrilled to have his stable star racing, Scholefield warned rivals Emain Macha has improved ahead of the Final.

    “He did a top job first-up for such a long time, especially considering what he went through,” Scholefield said. “He was extremely sick for quite a while.

    “First he got a virus, then bronchitis and his legs swelled up so badly he had to keep sitting down.

    “It took six months for the swelling to go down and he lost a lot of weight as well. I’m lucky to have him back racing.

    “He pulled up super from his heat and his work has been great since. I will work him again on Thursday and he will be a lot better in the Cup.”

    Positive the son of Safari can complete a seamless transition through the grades, Scholefield is planning a pair of interstate trips with the four-year-old, which boasts an imposing 15 wins and three placings from 19 starts.

    “There is a suitable penalty-free race in Victoria in a couple of weeks, which I will probably aim him at next,” Scholefield said. “After that I will set him for the support Cup during the Mildura Carnival in April.

    “He won the Guineas during last year’s Carnival, so with a bit of luck he can keep the good association going.”

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