SHE only had one runner on the card, but that was all Emma Stewart needed to add to her impressive Southern Cross Final record.
The Victorian-based trainer has been a regular raider during the past decade, winning South Australian majors seemingly at will.
Along with Cups, Derbys and Oaks, Stewart has captured eight Southern Cross Finals for two-year-olds and five three-year-old Finals since 2015…the latest coming at Globe Derby last Saturday night.
Successful in his heat after racing outside the leader, No Notthebuttons completed a clean sweep of the futurity when he once again occupied the ‘death’ seat over 1800 metres.
With local driver Ken Rogers holding the reins, the two-year-old son of Art Major rated 1:57.5 as Hezrockinroyalty and Big Jim Major filled the placings.
“He did all the work again and was still too tough,” Stewart said. “We expected him to be in the breeze, which wasn’t a concern as we felt he had strength on his side.
“He only just got there, but the important thing is he got there.”
Owned by a large group of enthusiasts, No Notthebuttons took his record to three wins and two placings from eight starts for earnings of $31,820.
Elsewhere on the card, Rogers completed a double by combining with Hereforagoodtime in the final event.
Prepared by respected horseman Ray Holberton, Hereforagoodtime led throughout from the pole to account for Mariahs Shadow and Treacherous Saint in 1:58.3 over 1800 metres.