AS PREDICTED premier trainer Emma Stewart dominated last night’s Empire Vicbred Super Series heats.
The state’s two-year-olds kicked off this season’s edition of the futurity, with Stewart represented by 10 youngsters across seven qualifiers.
By the end of the meeting Stewart headed home with five heat winners, including two quinellas.
As for the two she didn’t win, Stewart’s runners finished second.
Amazingly, each of Stewart’s 10 starters have progressed to the semi-finals!
“It was a terrific night for the stable and our owners,” Stewart said. “To see them all make it to the semis is great and hopefully we can enjoy a bit of luck in that as well.”
Having her second start, Kickit Sista got the ball rolling in the opening heat when she scored with ease.
Nostra Ideal, Two Times Bettor and Kualoa followed suit before Hurricane Harley rounded out the quintet with a win over his previously unbeaten stablemate, Centenario.
Unbeaten from two starts, Kickit Sista also provided Stewart with a personal milestone for the term.
Thanks to her victory in 1:59.9 over 2150 metres, the daughter of Blissfull Hall gave Stewart her 200th Victorian win for the season.
Andy Gath sits second on the state premiership with 79 wins.
Stewart’s strike rate is phenomenal with 204 wins and 157 placings from 507 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!
Back to her Vicbred assault, Stewart has 16 members of her team engaged in tonight’s nine three-year-old heats.
Beginning with Major Times in a colts’ and geldings’ heat, Stewart’s squad includes a remarkable seven favourites and three second elects.
Moving to Ballarat on Friday, Stewart will head to her local track with 11 representatives primed for the six heats.
Stewart will again have numerous favourites, including last season’s champion Tell Me Tales.
Winner of her six starts for the term, the daughter of Tell All will begin from the outside of the second row.
Stewart’s 37 Vicbred entries eclipse her 27 across the three age groups last season, where she qualified 23 for the semi-finals.
The record-breaking horsewomen then won five semis, while also preparing seven placegetters, including two quinellas.
Stewart’s semi-finalists went on to win three Group One Finals, with her haul including a quinella and a trifecta.
During the corresponding semi-final meeting in 2016, Stewart won five semis before capturing three Finals the following week.