PREMIER horsewoman Emma Stewart’s remarkable country cup domination continued tonight.
Stewart’s recent raids on the rich Victorian circuit have netted wins in the Maryborough, Yarra Valley, Geelong and Cranbourne Cups.
In the latter Group Two Stewart’s runners were the first five across the line!
Stewart’s haul also includes the trifecta in the Geelong Cup and placings in the Stawell and Bendigo Cups.
Thanks to Phoenix Prince, which finished second in last weekend’s Bendigo Cup, the record-breaking trainer has added the Shepparton Gold Cup to her ever-growing collection.
“The stable is having a terrific run in the Cups,” Stewart said. “We set these races as targets for numerous horses from the stable and to get the results we are for our owners is very satisfying.
“Hopefully it can continue next week.”
Stewart’s “next week” reference is to her hometown major – the Ballarat Cup.
Stewart is no stranger to success in the Group One having captured the 2008 edition with Safari and the 2014 running with Restrepo.
“We’ll nominate several horses for the Ballarat Cup and wait to see which ones get a start,” Stewart said. “Phoenix Prince will be one of them.”
Already triumphant in the Geelong and Cranbourne Cups, Phoenix Prince was guided to his third provincial feature win by Kate Gath.
Beginning from the middle of the back row, Phoenix Prince was settled towards the tail of the field as Our Uncle Sam worked to the lead and San Carlo occupied the ‘death seat’.
Angled three-wide along the back straight, the son of Somebeachsomewhere sustained a strong sprint to score by a head from Our Uncle Sam, with Somebeachshadow two-and-a-half metres away third in 1:57.4 over 2690 metres.
“Kate drove him a treat,” Stewart said. “He is racing in great form and I knew he would run a good race, it was just going to be a bit tricky from the draw.
“Kate gave him the perfect run and he won accordingly.”