AS PREDICTED premier trainer Emma Stewart dominated tonight’s Alabar Vicbred Super Series heats.
The state bred two-year-olds kicked off this season’s edition of the futurity, with Stewart represented by nine youngsters across seven heats.
In an unprecedented achievement Stewart won every heat to better her haul from last term’s corresponding program.
A year ago Stewart had 10 starters for five winners, including two quinellas.
As for the two qualifiers she didn’t win, Stewart’s runners finished second.
Stewart then proceeded to dominate the three and four-year-old categories, to win 16 of the 22 heats over the three age groups.
Of the six they didn’t win, Stewart’s squad finished with four seconds and a third.
Stewart’s stable then captured eight of the 12 semis, while the other four netted two seconds and a third.
Then there was the six Group One Finals at Tabcorp Park Melton.
Stewart’s team contested five Finals for an astonishing five wins, with her haul included three quinellas, a ‘first four’ and a third!
Stewart’s representatives bankrolled a mouth watering $644,200 of the $1,210,000 Vicbred stakes on offer – which equates 53.23 per cent of the pool.
As for her latest dominating performance, Stewart was triumphant with Pandering, Amelia Rose, Treasure, Mirragon, Jemstone, Beale Street and Maajida.
“This is my favourite part of the year,” Stewart said. “I absolutely love the Vicbred scheme.
“About 90 to 95 per cent of the stable is Vicbred, with the balance pretty much New South Wales bred.
“The beauty about the Vicbred is by the time you add in the bonus from a first win, you pretty much get your purchase price, providing it’s not a high end buy, back straight away.
“With the team predominantly Vicbred this is obviously a time of the year we look forward to and take a big swing at.
“Tonight is a huge result for the team and our owners, who I wish all the best for the remainder of the series.”
Maajida’s success – her second from three starts- also also provided Stewart with a personal milestone for the term.
Thanks to her 1:58.7 victory over 2150 metres, the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere gave Stewart her 200th Victorian win for the season.
Andy Gath sits second on the state premiership with 115 wins.
Stewart’s strike rate is phenomenal with 200 wins and 128 placings from 473 races.
When you take into account the amount of races in which Stewart has multiple starters – but can only have one winner – her strike rate is even more impressive!