Day At The Track

Stewart snares four in Tassie assault

02:41 PM 04 Dec 2017 NZDT
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Isntshejust winning in Launceston last night for Victorian trainer Emma Stewart
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Top Victorian harness racing trainer Emma Stewart began her assault on Tasmania's feature races in Launceston last night where she produced a team of six and walked away with four winners including Major Secret that won the City of Launceston Cup.

Major Secret stepped away cleanly from his second-row draw but once the field was settled, driver Chris Alford sent the $1.10 favourite around the field to take up the running.

Major Secret cruised to an effortless win over Dapper Dana that came from well back with Taurisi flashing home late to grab third just ahead of Destreos.

It was s strong enough win to suggest Major Secret could be a serious contender for the Group 3 Tasmania Cup in Hobart later this month.

Stewart did not attend the meeting but driver Alford said he believed the horse was heading to the Tasmania Cup but if all depended on how he performed last night.

"If it (Tasmania Cup start) depended on tonight's performance you'd reckon he's sure to be there (Hobart)," Alford said.

Stewart's team began well with Isntshejust scoring an effortless win in a C1-C2 event over 1680 metres.

Isntshejust (Chris Alford) led from the pole position but she was unable to hold out Johns Legacy that crossed from gate three.

But Alford quickly had the four-year-old mare outside of the leader and when he allowed her more rein a lap out she forged to the lead and went on to win comfortably.

Apache Shark delivered Stewart's third win of the night.

With Alford aboard Apache Shark ($1.30) circumnavigated the field a lap from home and proved too strong for Spot Eight and Call Her Julie in a C5-C7 over 1680 metres.

Isntshejust and Apache Shark are owned by Victorian Tony Kiel who said it was his first double in ages.

"My family have been in this game a long time and we've had plenty of winners but this is my first double since we got two up at Boort (Victoria) about 40 years ago.," Kiel said.

Stewart's three-year-old colt American Alli ($2.60) was backed to beat the local favourite Semowillrev ($1.70) in a 3YO and older C0 over 2200 metres but he made an error at the start and lost about 60 metres.

Semowillrev worked around the field to lead but he was run down by Izaha and Lead Singer with American Alli, that was making his debut, a game fourth beaten about nine metres.

Masterkova made it four winners for Stewart with an impressive all-the-way win over

1680 metres.

It was a one-act affair and no doubt Stewart will be aiming Masterkova at the Tasmanian Oaks.

Peter Staples

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