WITH Emma Stewart’s record-breaking feat at Tabcorp Park Melton last night a couple of other noteworthy achievements were overshadowed.
Just to recap, Stewart won eight of the 12 Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series semi-finals to become the first trainer to win more than five races on a Victorian metropolitan card.
Before this evening’s performance Stewart was one of eight ‘quintet trainers’, with T Butterworth the first to achieve the feat at Ascot on May 26, 1941.
Stewart also equalled the Australian record for the most wins at a meeting, following Shayne Cramp’s eight at Mildura on July 15, 2014 when he won every race on the program.
Gaining little to no attention is Marg Lee’s clean sweep the four-year-old entires’ and geldings’ semis thanks to Jilliby Chevy and Jilliby Kung Fu.
Driven by Jason Lee, Jilliby Chevy was given the perfect one-one trip before scoring from Wrappers Delight and Persimmon.
“He’s racing really well and did a top job again tonight,” Jason said. “It’s going to be harder again in the Final, but he’ll do well enough.”
Boasting four wins and a third from six starts this season, the gelding rated 1:55.9 over 2240 metres, with his time four-tenths of a second slower than his stablemate.
With Glen Craven holding the reins, Jilliby Kung Fu led throughout to account for Sirletic and Rocknroll Icon.
As impressive as he was, the son of Four Starzzz Shark will improve before next week’s Group One according to Lee.
“That was his third run from a break and will have him right at his top for the Final,” Lee said.
Elsewhere on the card, Chris Alford achieved a personal best metropolitan tally.
Alford droves five winners, with his haul including three seconds and a third.
His only other quintet in town was accompanied by a second and a third. Alford has 13 bags of five in total.
Not to be forgotten, Mark Pitt enjoyed a stellar night in the sulky, registering his maiden city quartet.
Pitt’s foursome was rounded out with Carlas Pixel, which was too slick in a four-year-old mares’ semi.
Overcoming a second row draw, the Dean Braun-trained pacer cruised to an easy win from Flying Moth and My Venice Beach in 1:56.2 over 2240 metres.
Overall, Pitt ended the night with four wins and a third.