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Stewart Sets Sights On Sunshine State Campaign

It’s looking more and more likely.

Top Victorian trainer Emma Stewart is giving serious consideration to a Brisbane winter campaign with some of her star performers.

Shadow Sax, a winner of yesterday’s (Sunday) Gr.2 $50,000 Horsham Cup defeating stablemate Berisari and Lets Elope in a time of 1:57.1for the 2700m distance.

The son of Shadow Play ran his final half of 26.6 and 27.1 seconds.

Champion reinsman Chris Alford took the winning drive.

And now the Queensland open class features in July are being considered, the Gr.2 $50,000 Sunshine Sprint on July 14 followed by the Gr.1 $200,000 Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship the following week are likely targets.

“There are a number of options available to him in the coming months, the Len Smith Mile in Sydney followed by the Brisbane carnival. Both are possibilities at this stage but nothing is confirmed.” Stewart said.

Shadow Sax has won 10 of his 13 starts this season while banking in excess of $270,000.

Stewart is no stranger to success in the Sunshine State with Philadelphia Man a winner of the Blacks A Fake back in 2015.

The Gr.1 $100,000 Len Smith Mile takes place on July 1 at TABCORP Park, Menangle.

Last start Tasmanian Derby winner Maraetai is another member of her all-conquering stable that could be headed north with the Queensland Derby on July 21 an obvious target.

A winner of 6 of his 9 starts to date, the Somebeachsomewhere colt scored by over 30m when successful in the Tasmanian Derby at Hobart back on April 8.

Both Shadow Sax and Maraetai are raced by Pam and Russell Hockham.

Stewart is the leading trainer in the country with 175 winners, 3 clear of Queensland based horseman and reigning Australian Trainer of the Year Grant Dixon.

Incidentally, Dixon prepares top local prospect Colt Thirty One who is also being set for the Queensland Derby.

Chris Barsby | RQ Web News | April 23