PREMIER trainer Emma Stewart is more than happy to admit she’s had to change her opinion of Ladies In Red.
Following the filly’s winning debut in Shepparton on September 1, Stewart was asked if Ladies In Red can match the feats of her highly-successful brother Our Little General.
Among the best of his crop, Our Little General was a triple Group One winner before being sold to American interests in 2018.
“Ladies In Red is a nice little filly,” Stewart said. “She goes along quite well.
“Whether she can be an Our Little General I don’t know, but she has started the right way.”
As of tonight Ladies In Red has matched one of Our Little General’s wins by capturing an Australasian Breeders’ Crown Final.
Our Little General secured the futurity as a two and three-year-old, while Ladies In Red has etched her name on the two-year-old honour roll thanks to her performance at Tabcorp Park Melton.
With David Moran in the cart, Ladies In Red overcame a second row draw to score from her stablemate Tough Tilly, with Jo Rocks third for trainer David Miles.
Rating 1:54.5 over 2240 metres, the daughter of Mach Three stretched her undefeated record to seven for earnings of $227,490.
“She’s answered the question now,” Stewart said. “She can reach the heights Our Little General got to.
“She hasn’t stopped improving since her debut and is developing into a super filly.
“You can’t do much more than win all seven of your starts.”
Ladies In Red’s victory was the final leg of a Breeders’ Crown quartet for Stewart and her partner Clayton Tonkin.
Earlier on the card the power couple were triumphant with Hurricane Harley in the Breeders’ Crown Championship, Cover Of Darkness in the Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings and Major Moth in the Final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings.
Like Ladies In Red, Cover Of Darkness maintained his perfect record, which sits at six.
“The stable has had a pretty good Breeders’ Crown carnival and we thrilled to be able to get the results we have for our owners,” Stewart said.