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    LADIES IN RED

    NO STRANGER to setting records, premier trainer Emma Stewart has created another two tonight! Just to recap some of her achievements since beginning her... Two records within 20 minutes for premier trainer

    NO STRANGER to setting records, premier trainer Emma Stewart has created another two tonight!

    Just to recap some of her achievements since beginning her career by scoring with Katies Secret in Nyah on May 30, 2002, Stewart has established marks on a national and state level.

    In May 2022, Stewart became the only Australian trainer to win 100 Group Ones when First Responder captured the Nutrien Final at Club Menangle

    Earlier in the same year Stewart won nine races in Launceston to break the Australian record she co-held with Shayne Cramp.

    Amazingly, Stewart is the only trainer to appear on the “Most wins at a meeting list” at every level – ie, eight wins, seven, six, five and so on!

    During the 2017/18 season Stewart became the first trainer to register a triple century by winning an unheralded 309 races.

    EMMA STEWART

    On a home state level, Stewart boasts the most wins at a metropolitan meeting.

    Stewart won eight races at Tabcorp Park Melton on June 29, 2018 to break a 77-year-old record.

    Her haul that night also included six seconds and two thirds.

    Before Stewart’s octet, she was one of eight ‘quintet trainers’, with T Butterworth the first to achieve the feat at Ascot on May 26, 1941.

    Then there is Stewart’s claim as being the only female trainer to win the State and Metropolitan Trainer’s Premierships.

    As for her latest double dose, Stewart became the first trainer to win four state Derbys with different pacers in the same year.

    Stewart secured the Queensland Derby with The Lost Storm, South Australia’s with Our Vinnie, the Victoria Derby with Petracca and as of a few minutes ago, the Tasmania Derby with Celebrity Royal.

    Driven by the well-travelled Allan McDonough, Celebrity Royal worked to the lead midrace before scoring by metre-and-a-half from Nyack, with De Goey five metres away third.

    Rating 1:59.5 over 2579 metres, the son of Sweet Lou completed a Blue Riband double for McDonough, who trained and drove Paradise Valley to glory in the Tasmania Oaks.

    In a big week for McDonough, he partnered Our Vinnie to his Derby triumph at Globe Derby last Saturday night.

    Closer to home, Stewart won the Queen Of The Pacific in Melton with wonder mare Ladies In Red.

    With David Moran holding the reins, Ladies In Red blitzed her rivals to score by 11-and-a-half metres from Rakero Rebel.

    Amore Vita, a stablemate of the winner, was two metres away third.

    Having her third start from an injury-enforced spell, Ladies In Red became the first dual winner of the Group One since its inception in 1990.

    Rating a race record 1:53.8 over 2760 metres, the daughter of Mach Three took her tally to an impeccable 24 wins and six placings from 30 starts for earnings of $1,003,620.

    EMMA STEWART kissing Manwarra Hatrick after her Group One victory at Moonee Valley

    Two months ago Encipher became the first pacer or trotter from the stable to earn more than $1million thanks to her success in The Eureka at Club Menangle, prompting Stewart to have the mare’s name tattooed on her hand.

    “Encipher will remain the only one to get a millionaire tattoo,” Stewart said. “It’s only fair given she was the first to do it.

    “I also have a Manwarra Hatrick as she gave me my first Group One winner in 2007.

    “Ladies In Red deserves one for simply being the best we’ve ever had in the stable…that was her seventh Group One win tonight and she still isn’t at her peak after a long break.

    “She’s a freak and has earned a tat as well!”

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