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One of Australia’s harness racing legends Destreos has officially been retired. Destreos has ended his career as a 16-year-old having started 486 times for what is clearly an Australasian record. Destreos (Astreos-Melvin’s Speed) spent most of his racing life in Queensland where he became a local hero, contesting races against some of the best of an era, but none could match his durability. Destreos never reached the heights of some of Australia’s superstars such as Blacks A Fake, Beautide, Smoken Up and Im Themightyquinn, to name a few, but he was a star in his own right. Affectionately known as Dexter, the gelding’s most prestigious win was a Group 3 Be Good Johnny Stakes in 2012, but he placed in other Group events during his 14-year racing career. He shared partnerships with many drivers but none more so than Queensland’s ace reinswoman Kelli Dawson who won 57 races aboard the gelding, of which 54 were at Albion Park. Destreos arrived in Tasmania in August 2017 having already notched 96 wins and he settled into his new digs at Flowery Gully in the north of the state where Tasmanian-born trainer Ken Rattray and his life partner and Destreos’ owner Sally Stingel decided to set up shop and prepare for retirement. Destreos attracted plenty of media attention as he edged his way closer to the ultimate milestone of 100 wins. There wasn’t a racing media outlet in Australia and New Zealand that didn’t record Destreos’ 100th win and that eventuated in Devonport in April 2018. “To win 100 races with the same horse is an almighty effort because it takes plenty of determination and courage to reach that mark and Destreos had those attributes and much more,” Rattray said after Destreos notched win 100. In notching his 100th win he joined Paleface Adios and Cane Smoke as the only pacers in the Southern Hemisphere to win more than 100 races. Cane Smoke holds the record of 120 victories while Paleface Adios won 108 times. Destreos won again in March last year but wins eluded him until he was sent for a spell after finishing well down the track in the TTC Elite at Elwick in late February. Destreos loved to race and keeping him sidelined in a paddock, when he was fit a healthy enough to race, was nye on impossible but no doubt he gave his first indication that his legs may have had enough and Rattray and Stingel did not hesitate in retiring their legend. Destreos notched 101 wins and 140 minor placings from 486 starts during his 13-year racing career for $828,369 in stakes.   Peter Staples for Tasracing

Smart three-year-old filly A Spanish Dance celebrated her biggest win when she powered her way to an emphatic win in the Tasmanian Equine Veterinary Services Tasmanian Oaks over 2579 metres in Hobart on Saturday night. With Gareth Rattray aboard, the Marc Butler-trained filly trailed the leader Missin Rock for the first 1200 metres before easing out to face the breeze and when Rattray called on his charge to extend, she rolled to the front and went on to score by over 13 metres. A Spanish Rock (A Rocknroll Dance-Guernica) was bred by Brian Stanley who raced her as a two-year-old but after her only start this season she was sold to Leigh Barker and a group of his friends for $8,000. Since joining Butler’s stable the filly has notched four wins from five starts for just over $30,000 in stakes with her latest two wins the 3YO Fillies Championship and the Oaks. Barker needed to be at the Launceston General Hospital where his partner Nicole Shepherd was giving birth to their son Ned about five hours before their filly saluted in the Oaks. Barker witnessed the birth of his son and after ensuring his partner Nicole was comfortable, he made a beeline for Elwick to watch his filly win the Oaks and made it by the skin of his teeth. “I really like this filly because she doesn’t do a lot wrong and she is learning quickly,”Butler said. “I stepped up her workload and changed her shoeing and it’s made a difference. “She’s earned a spell and hopefully she can improve and go to the next level next time in.”   Peter Staples for Tasracing

About three years ago one of Tasmanian harness racing’s greatest fans, Patrick “Paddy” Kamaric died and just before he passed away his good mate Jamie Cockshutt promised he would name a horse in his honour. Cockshutt and his racing partner Barry Cooper have had success with many good pacers, so when a yearling they purchased from Ken Barron in New Zealand two years ago came to be named, they submitter Cool Water Paddy. It was so named because Patrick Kamaric loved to splash on the Avon brand of after shave, Cool Water, and whenever he walked into any number of TAB outlets in the northern suburbs, patrons would invariably say “oh, here comes Paddy”. Cockshutt told Kamaric he would try and find a good pacer to carry his name and it turns out Cool Water Paddy the pacer could be something very special. Last Sunday night in Hobart the Juanita McKenzie-trained gelding powered his way to another effortless win, which was his eighth in succession and his sixth on end this season. Cockshutt says every time the gelded son of Ohoka Arizona wins a race all the connections raise a glass or stubby at the post-race celebrations to honour Paddy Kamaric. “Racing’s a great game because the friends you make in it are friends for life, just like Paddy Kamaric,” Cockshutt said. “Paddy was as large as life itself and anyone who knew him only had nice things to say about the bloke and boy, he loved his harness racing. “When he got crook I told him that we’d get a good horses and name him in his honour. “Paddy loved Cool Water after shave so much, his son David told me his late Dad had boxes of it at home before he died. “I’m so glad the horse turned out to be a cracker.” McKenzie is confident the four-year-old has what it takes to progress to fast class and driver Ricky Duggan, who also became friends with Paddy Kamaric, has a big opinion of the gelding. “This horse is very exciting because he still does a few things wrong but keeps winning by big margins,” Duggan said. “He’s getting better all the time and who knows how far he will go.” Cool Water Paddy only had one start at two for a second in the Keith Stanley Debutante, after which he was spelled for almost a year. He resumed as a three-year-old and won the Tasmanian Guineas first-up before finishing fourth in the Tasmanian Derby after receiving severe interference. He ended his three-year-old season with two wins in Hobart and this season he has yet to be beaten with his winning margins ranging from five to 25 metres. His latest victory was awesome as he had to work three-wide without cover for 500 metres before rolling to the front and when Duggan asked him to extend turning for home he found another gear and left his rivals in his wake.   Peter Staples for tasracing

SUPERSTAR Tasmanian pacer Ignatius continued on his winning way in Sydney last Saturday night with another effortless victory, this time in an M0 pace over 1609 metres against quality opposition. The James Rattray-trained three-year-old remains unbeaten from 11 starts this season as he heads towards the Breeders Crown series in Victoria. If the gelded son of Roll with Joe can emerge from that series with his unbeaten record intact, few would argue that he will own the Australian three-year-old of the year title. In this latest assignment, Ignatius showed good early speed to lead from gate seven and once in front Rattray ensured a modest first half before allowing his stable star to sprint home the last 800 metres in a slick 54.8 to score untouched by 10 metres from The Golden Cross with The Major Rocket almost three metres astern. The Tasmanian connections of Ignatius pocketed the prize money three starts back when he blitzed his rivals in the Group 1 NSW Breeders Challenge final at Menangle on July 1 and he followed up with another easy win in a Breeders Crown heat at the same venue just over two weeks later. Rattray will take the gelding to Melbourne next week to prepare for his Breeders Crown semi-final and if successful he will line up in the $200,000 Group 1 final at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday fortnight. Ignatius’ career record stands at 16 wins and a second from 17 starts for $269,934 in stakes.   Peter Staples

IMPECCABLY bred two-year-old pacer Max Delight is a long way from recovering the money his owner Mick Maxfield paid for him as a yearling but the youngster is well on his way to repaying the debt. In Launceston on Sunday night Max Delight treated his rivals with contempt as he powered his way to an effortless win in the $15,000 Golden Slipper over 1609 metres. He scored by 16 metres from the previously unbeaten Resurgent Storm that had collected the Sweepstakes and Dandy Patch finals prior to Sunday night’s assignment. The Paul Ashwood-trained colt was purchased by Maxfield for $245,000 at the 2017 Australian pacing Gold Yearling sale in Melbourne. The colt was dispatched to the Darren Hancock stable in NSW where he was prepared for a tilt at the 2YO APG Gold series in which he finished third in a heat before being unplaced in a repêchage that sent him into a consolation final in which he finished fourth. Maxfield brought him back to Tasmania for the Golden Slipper and is now expected to either campaign the youngster in Victoria or send him for a spell. Ashwood is confident Max Delight is better than Majestic Emperor, another pacer Maxfield raced that won 18 races including the $50,000 Sweepstakes final in Hobart at two before finishing a gallant fifth to megastar Lombo Pocket Watch in the $285,000 APG final at Albion Park in 2006. Peter Staples

STAR Tasmania pacer Ignatius has set another track record and this time it was at least an Australasian best for a three-year-old. Ignatius led throughout to win a heat of the Australasian Breeders Crown series at Menangle on Tuesday with his mile rate of 1.53.5 over the 2300-metre trip shattering the previous best set by Sushi Sushi and The Black Prince (1.54.1) by six-tenths of a second. The James Rattray-trained gelding led and set scintillating sections coming home his last 800 metres in 56 seconds. According to Rattray there was a helicopter parked in the centre of the arena and he was frightened it might break his stable star’s concentration so he placed a racing hood over the horse’s head but that only led to the three-year-old becoming “fired up”. “Putting the hood on sort of back-fired but he did a great job all the same.” Ignatius had scored by 15 metres at his previous outing in the final of the Group 1 Breeders Challenge series which he won by 15 metres and hard-held but on Tuesday the winning margin was only 2-1/2 metres ahead of Royal Gamble. “The margin might not have been as big as in previous wins but he still did it comfortably and there was a bit in reserve.” Rattray said he would wait and see how the horse pulls up before deciding whether he needs another run before tackling the Breeders Crown semi-final at Bendigo in Victoria on August 18 with the final to be run at Tabcorp Park, Melton, the following week. Peter Staples

The quality of drivers competing in this Sunday’s inaugural Australian Female Drivers Championship in Launceston would be a good fit for any world-class harness racing event. Having the talents of Kerryn Manning, Kate Gath and Amanda Turnbull at the same meeting should be enough to draw a big crowd but when added is a sprinkling of rising stars, the stage is set for a hot competition. The star of the show is Victorian Kerryn Manning who up until last week had driven over 3700 winners and placed over 4300 times for prizemoney of in excess of almost $26 million. No other female driver has accrued more Group 1 victories, which is why she is regarded as one of the best in the business. Manning is a superstar of harness racing and her presence in any line-up usually encourages strong betting turnover and coupled with her congenial personality makes her one of the most valuable commodities in the game. Kate Gath, also from Victoria, has driven over 1200 winners and is close to topping $10 million in stake earnings so she too will have her share of followers on Sunday night. New South Wales is well represented with Amanda Turnbull one of the most successful female drivers in the country having amassed 1600 wins and 2000 placings for over $10 million in stakes. Then there is teenager Ellen Rixon who is just starting her journey but has already notched 100 winners from only 900 drives and it won’t be long before she cracks the $1 million stake barrier. Rixon represented NSW in the Australian Drivers Championship against the male drivers in Tasmania last year and she more than held her own. South Australia’s Danielle Hill is another gun driver who has represented her state at national team events mixing it with the male drivers and more than holding her own and her record of over 1300 winners for over $4 million in stakes speaks for itself. South Australia also will be represented by Lisa Ryan who has driven almost 140 winners and placed over 400 times from only 1500 drives. Western Australia will be represented by Jocelyn Young and Deni Roberts and while they are less experienced than most of the aforementioned, they are talented drivers in their own right. Tasmania will be represented by Natalee Emery and Kristy Grant and both are talented drivers. Emery has amassed 358 wins for stakes of over $2.2 million of which much was accrued in Victoria where she drove under her maiden name of Westendorf. Grant is an up and coming talent who is the granddaughter of astute horseman Dick Eaves. Grant has notched almost 30 winners from limited opportunities but her acumen in the sulky has gone to a new level in recent times. The winner of the AFDC will be determined on a point score basis and held over four races. In a 12-horse field the winner will earn 19 points with 14 for second, 11 for third and nine for fourth reducing by one through to last place which earns one point. Peter Staples

Talented harness racing trainer Matthew Dwyer spent a number of years in the harness racing wilderness but the lure of a good horse has seen him make an overdue return to racing in Tasmania. At the Elwick Racing Centre in Hobart on Sunday night two of his three stable tenants produced bold efforts with Queens Advocate scoring an impressive win in a C7 or better event over 2579 metres and The Majority was game when fifth in the feature race the Hobart Pacing Cup over a grueling 3060 metres. It was a gem of a drive from Gareth Rattray who settled Queens Advocate ($2.80) near last before latching onto the back of the well-backed Queens Advocate ($3 into $2.40 fav) and when they reached the home turn Rattray eased his mare four-wide to challenge and she ran home powerfully to score from Jetcraft and Jaccka Len. Queens Advocate was a well-performed mare when in the care of top trainer Juanita McKenzie before being moved on after the mare had suffered an injury that kept her out of racing for a year. Dwyer's wife Lauren leased the mare from owner Georgie Johnson (Lauren's cousin) and provided the mare stays sound the Dwyers should look forward to more success in the coming months. "I am very pleased with how Queens Advocate has come on this time in and I thought on her previous run at Carrick that she'd be very hard to beat. "The mare had a quarter crack injury at the end of her time with Juanita (McKenzie) and when Lauren (Johnson) said she was thinking about what to do with the mare we decided to try her out and she's going super." The Majority led in the Hobart Pacing Cup after stepping straight to the front from the standing start and after being taken on twice in the run the Art Major gelding battled on tenaciously over the final 300 metres to be just edged out of fourth place. "At first I was a shade disappointed with The Majority's effort but when I watched the replay of the race a couple of times I realised he did a pretty good job so we'll progress now to the Devonport Cup and if he happened to lead and put in a similar effort he'd be hard to beat." Dwyer only has a stable of three with his otter tenant an unraced two-year-old. Peter Staples

Former Tasmanian Derby winner Mister Lennox returned to his brilliant best to win the Triple M Hobart Pacing Cup at the Elwick harness racing centre in Hobart last night. Mister Lennox ($7) came from well back with a lap remaining to score comfortably from outsider Call her Julie ($61) with Dapper Dana ($5.50) a close-up third and just ahead of Bayridge Bill ($31). The win gave Hall of Fame driver Ricky Duggan his first Hobart Cup and he heaped praise on the gelding that had been struggling to find the winner's circle in recent times. "This horse was a good run in the Tasmania Cup behind Master Secret two weeks ago and I thought all he would need to win tonight was a bit of luck to go his way," Duggan said. "He stepped away safely and we just took our time to find a spot and then I was able to latch onto the back of Remember Joe when that horse made his move a lap from home. "I just needed Remember Joe to take us far enough into the race and thankfully he did and when I pulled my horse out four-wide at the top of the straight he ran on strongly and won well." It was a fiercely contested race with The Majority stepping straight to the front while the favourite Taurisi ($2.50) galloped away and settled last of the field of 14. Mister Lennox, prepared by Juanita McKenzie, has notched 15 wins and nine minor placings from 49 starts for $126,461 in stakes. Peter Staples

Talented pacer Rockin An Runnin might have missed an entire season through injury but the harness racing gelding could yet make up for lost time given the way he powered his way to victory in the $10,000 Meander Valley Cup at Carrick Paceway on New Year's Eve. The Chris Howlett-trained five-year-old gelding was forced to face the breeze for most of the race outside of the hot favourite Hafter but he made light of the task to go on and score convincingly from Cemento Rapido that trained the leader throughout with Hafter a close-up third. It was Rockin An Runnin's fifth career win and his second from three outings this season and Howlett is very upbeat about how far Rockin An Runnin can go. "He looked like being a very good two-year-old but he strained a tendon and then he missed his entire three-year-old season and last season we were heading him to the Raider Stakes when he suffered another leg injury. "But he's fully recovered and he is a very nice horse with a bright future." Rockin An Runnin is from well-bred stock and what makes his success even more enjoyable is that he was bred by his owners. "We bred this horse from a very good mare (Run Matilda Run) but unfortunately that's the only time we were able to get her in foal," Howlett said. Run Matilda Run (x Fake Left) won six and placed nine times from 45 starts before heading to the breeding barn. She slipped her first foal to Our Sir Vancelot in 2007 but two years later she delivered a filly by Courage Under Fire named Matilda Rocks but she was unsuccessful from only six starts. The broodmare then produced Rockin An Runnin in 2011 but her foal to We Will See in 2013 died and she showed no return from her mating with Shadow Play the following season. Rockin An Runnin is owned and raced by the trainer and his wife Donna and her parents Paul ands Elizabeth Geard who are the state's most prominent thoroughbred owners and breeders. The gelding won three last season and given the way he has improved with each start the gelded son of Major in Art will be a force with which to be reckoned in some of the country cups. Rockin An Runnin has been driven by talented reinsman Mathew Howlett in all of his 21 starts and last time out was an absolute gem of a drive. He summed up the situation perfectly when Hafter's driver Todd Rattray slowed the tempo. Howlett sent Rockin An Runnin charging around the field to face the breeze from where he was able to dictate the tempo and when he called on his charge for the big effort the gelding forged clear to deliver arguably a career-best win. Matthew has recently returned from Queensland where he represented Tasmania in the Australasian Young Drivers Championship in which he produced some brilliant drives. He finished eighth of 10 on 51 points which is not a true reflection of how well he drove during the 10-heat series. Like all of these events the winner is determined on a points-score basis with drivers allocated horses based on random draws and luck in this area plays a dominant role in the overall outcome. Peter Staples

Victorian harness racing mare Milly Perez also made a one-act affair of the $20,000 George Johnson for fillies and mares in Hobart, Tasmania on Friday night Milly Perez settled last from her outside second-row draw (9) but inside the first lap her trainer-driver Michael Stanley sent her around the field to easily roll to the front and that was the end of the penny section. The well-bred Four Starzzz Shark mare set a solid tempo and hit the line 12 metres clear of Queens Advocate with Courageous Katie a fast-finishing third. "I've only had this mare for about five weeks but as soon as she arrived in the stables I made plans to run her in this race (George Johnson)," Stanley said. "I've been coming to Tasmania for quite a few years and I knew this race was on the calendar so it's mission accomplished. "I'll be aiming her at some of the country cups because she will definitely be up to that class. "There's a bit of scope with her and if we can pick up a couple of wins in features shell pay her way." Peter Staples

Victorian pacer Major Secret delivered everything expected of him to easily win the harness racing Group 2 $50,000 Tasmania Cup in Hobart on Friday night. Major Secret settled just beyond midfield his wide second-row draw but after travelling less than a lap his driver, international reinsman Sidney Van Den Brande, allowed the seven-year-old Art Major stallion more rein and he quickly rounded up the leaders and strolled to the front. When Van Den Brande gave the stallion one flick with the persuader he bounded clear and went on to score almost 19 metres from Roger Ramjet ($21) with No Spring Secrets ($34) over two metres away third and just in advance of Mister Lennox ($21). The Emma Stewart-trained stallion started the $1.22 favourite and many punters rated that a luxury price given what the gelding did to similar opposition at his previous start in Tasmania when an effortless winner of the City of Launceston Cup earlier this month. Stewart did not attend the meeting but Van Den Brande said Major Secret was bound for some of the better country cups at home in Victoria. "I have no doubt Emma (Stewart) has some big country cups in mind for the horse because he is very smart as he showed tonight," Van Den Brande said. "It was a very easy assignment for him tonight because once we rolled to the front he was never going to be seriously challenged." Major Secret covered the 2579 metres in 3m.11.4 for a mile rate of 1.59.4 but he ran home his last half (800m) in 56.6. Van Den Brande has been in Australia for 15 months and for the past six months he has been aligned to the Emma and Clayton Stewart stable The Belgium-born reinsman has driven in five countries but rates Australia the best. "I am very happy here and I have been given the opportunity to drive some very good horses and this one (Major Secret is the best." Peter Staples

Streetside Classic caused a mini boil over when he powered home to defeat the odds-on harness racing favourite Inner Light in the Eric Reece Memorial final over 2090 metres. Inner Light ($1.40 led from gate two while Streetside Classic took a trail on the fence from the pole position. Postal Express ($84) worked around the field to face the breeze and put pressure on the leader to well into the back straight the last time with Streetside Classic's driver Ricky Duggan urging his charge to stay in touch. But instead of using the sprint lane in the home straight Duggan eased Streetside Classic wide to make his charge and the gelding did enough to grab victory in the shadows of the post over Inner Light with outsider Alpinion coming from well back to grab third. The Eric Reece Memorial is named in honour of one of Tasmania's most popular premier's who was leader of the Labor Party for two decades. The Labor Party has been in opposition for three years with the coming state election in March to determine whether Will Hodgman's The Liberals will be asked to form another Government while the Leader of the Opposition, Rebecca White, will be hoping for a landslide in her favour. Ms White was at the Hobart harness meeting on Friday night to officiate after the Eric Reece final and she showed she was dab hand with the horses by strolling up to Streetside Classic and grasping the rein to have her photo taken with the talented pacer. Streetside Classic is trained by Daryl Bates who only has a few horses in work. The Eric Reece is a race much sought after by trainers, especially the battlers and hobby-trainers. Peter Staples

Illegal Immigrant produced one of the best efforts harness racing seen on the Hobart circuit this season when he powered his way to an impressive win in a C1 final over 2090 metres on Friday night. With his trainer-owner Troy Hillier in the sulky, the gelded son of American Ideal was set a task when Hillier eased him three-wide at the bell to make his run but he was left stranded and without cover to the homer straight. But the lightly raced five-year-old was up to the task and made it look easy as he cruised alongside the leaders The Aussie and Buster William and went on to defeat Buster William by over five metres with The Aussie seven metres astern. Hillier purchased the gelding from New Zealand for an undisclosed sum but he said the two recent wins had helped pay for well over half the outlay. "I haven't picked out any races in particular for this horse but I know one thing for sure, he's very good," Hillier said. Illegal Immigrant has had 22 starts for five wins and four minor placings but if Hillier's assessment is correct there are a lot more wins in store. Peter Staples

Dual Tasmanian Youngblood's Challenge harness racing champion Matthew Howlett will represent Tasmania at the Garrard's 2017 Australasian Young Driver Championships in Brisbane this week. The best young talent from each state, along with three representatives from New Zealand arrived in Brisbane to tackle the first round of heats at Redcliffe tonight (Wednesday). The AYDC Series, showcasing the star drivers of tomorrow, then moves to Albion Park on Friday, December 15 with the last round of heats conducted on the final night of the Queensland Summer Carnival on December 16. Albion Park's chairman David Fowler said the Australasian Young Drivers Championship provided many benefits for both the drivers and industry. "These are our driving stars for the future and series like these give them a really good shot of being in the national limelight," he said. "The young drivers are chosen for their natural ability, it will be the cream of harness racing's National young talent campaigning so punters won't be afraid to put their money on them," he added. Matthew became the youngest winner of the '60 degrees' Youngblood's Challenge in 2013 at just 16 years of age and repeated his title win again in 2016. Proudly following his father and grandfather's footsteps into harness racing, Matthew first hit the track in pony races at six years of age. Matthew's driving career commenced in November of 2012 and he greeted the winner's circle just two months later, he went on to clinch the 2015/16 Tasmanian Junior Drivers Title and has racked up 60 winners in total including a victory last night with Rockin An Rollin at Luxbet Park. 2107 Australasian Young Drivers Championship - State and New Zealand representatives: Todd McCarthy (NSW - defending champion). Narissa McMullen (QLD). Chris Geary (NSW). Michael Grantham (WA). Jayden Brewin (SA). Jason Lee (VIC). Sheree Tomlinson (NZ). Dylan Ferguson (NZ). Kimberly Butt (NZ). Matthew Howlett (TAS). Peter Staples

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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