STAR South Australian pacer Emain Macha has added another Victorian country cup to his growing collection.
Triumphant in last season’s Swan Hill and Wedderburn Cups, Emain Macha captured St Arnaud’s flagship event three weeks ago.
As for his latest success the Greg Scholefield-trained gelding upstaged a solid field in the Stawell Cup this evening.
Understandably pleased with the son of Safari, Scholefield plans to continue raiding the state’s rich country cup circuit.
“When you get a win it makes the long drives worthwhile,” Scholefield said. “He’s had a bit of luck in the country cups in Victoria so we will be going back for more.
“I haven’t got anything in mind for him and will look at what is coming up tomorrow.”
As he did in Stawell, James Herbertson held the reins behind the six-year-old which began quickly to lead from barrier five as the favourite, Code Black, worked on his outside.
With the pair matching strides along the home straight, Emain Macha dug deep to score by a neck.
Phoenix Prince – a stablemate of Code Black – was two metres away third.
“We were always going to go forward at the start, but having two scratchings inside him helped,” Scholefield said.
“Once he found the front he was going to be hard to run down.
“It got close at the finish, but he got the job done.”
Part-owned by Scholefield, Emain Macha rated 2:00.1 for the 2600-metre journey to take his tally to 29 wins and 13 placings from 50 starts for earnings of $258,029.