WHEREIBYLONG has capped off another massive season for Smythes Creek trainer Emma Stewart.
Stewart and partner Clayton Tonkin snapped an Australasian Breeders Crown drought for the stable with Whereibylong ($2.90) in the group 1 $300,000 final for two-year-old fillies, 2240m, at Melton harness races on Sunday.
Stewart has made a habit of taking out age classics with two and three-year-olds, but Breeders Crown titles have been hard to come by in a series which attracts the cream from interstate and New Zealand.
Ironically, it took a new stable acquisition from New South Wales to get Stewart across the line.
Whereibylong only joined the stable on the eve of the Breeders Crown.
She made her debut for the premier stable in a heat at Shepparton – winning, to secure a semi-final berth.
The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere then finished hard for a luck second in a semi-final in Ballarat.
Again in the semi-final Whereibylong did not have things go her way as she was forced to cover extra ground in the three-wide train for reinsman Gavin Lang.
Despite this, she was able to find enough to get the money by a half neck over Majestic Amy ($2.70 favourite) in a mile rate of 1:59.2.
Whereibylong is one two winners out of smart race mare Bylong Bele (18 wins), which is a half-sister to Bylong Star (20 wins).
She won her first two starts Menangle and Bathurst, and finishing third in an Australian Pacing Gold heat before joining the Stewart camp.
With the harness racing season finishing on August 31, Stewart now has 109 wins in Victoria for the season – five more than last season, when she topped the century for the first time.
This places her third behind Shayne Cramp and Glenn Douglas and gives her stable earnings of $1.1m.
Stewart has had 11 nationally, placing her 11th on that table.