Even going by her lofting standards, Emma Stewart achieved a remarkable result in Ballarat last night.
With a seemingly endless supply of talented youngsters at her disposal, Stewart has dominated age-restricted features during the past decade, particularly futurities such as the Vicbred Super Series, Australasian Breeders’ Crown and The Allwood.
Last season Stewart and her partner Clayton Tonkin won 17 of the 36 Vicbred heats and semi-finals before annexing three Group One Finals.
In 2019 the pair won 23 of the 34 heats and semis before securing five Finals.
It was a similar scenario 2018 when Stewart won 24 of the 34 qualifiers across the three age categories before capturing five Group One Finals.
The Australasian Breeders’ Crown has netted similar results, while last week Stewart won her third The Allwood at Globe Derby.
The Allwood is in its third year, with Stewart winning each edition of the Group One!
As for her latest incredible display, Stewart completed a clean sweep of the Australian Pacing Gold heats for two-year-olds.
Two qualifiers were conducted for each sex, with Stewart’s squad a class above their opposition.
Debutante Khafaji kick-started proceedings when he led throughout in 1:56.3 over 1710 metres to score by four-and-a-half metres from Calculating Dancer, with Van Niekerk two metres away third.
Beach Villa then rated a slick 1:55.4 to remain unbeaten from two starts.
Like Beach Villa, Petillante boasts a perfect record from two outings after rating 1:55.6 as her stablemates Irish Black Label and Fiamma filled the trifecta.
Khafaji, Beach Villa and Petillante are by ill-fated sire Somebeachsomewhere.
Playing Up rounded out Stewart’s quartet by leading throughout in 1:55.4 to score by five metres from her stablemate Our Little Jet.
Uhura was six-and-a-half metres away third.
A daughter of Captaintreacherous, Playing Up is another which is unbeaten from two starts.
“It was a fantastic night for the stable, and more importantly, our owners,” Stewart said.
“We’ve got a pretty nice crop of two-year-olds this season and hopefully they can all go on to bigger and better things as the year continues.