THE leading harness racing stable of
Emma Stewart burst back from some down time with a double in Ballarat on Monday.
Stewart went back-to-back in the last events on the daytime program - Our Missionary Man ($2.70) in the Active Electrical C3-C4 Pace, 1710m, and filly Bettors Package ($1.30 favourite) in the Ballarat Pressings 3yo Pace, 1710m.
Our Missionary Man came from midfield to rate a slashing 1:55.3 after a 56.6-second last 800m.
Bettors Package charged home from the back of the field to get the money in the shadows of the post.
It was her first start since finishing fourth in the NSW Oaks early this month.
Earlier in the day, Dunnstown's Murphy brothers John and David marked St Patrick's Day with a quinella as trainers in the Tanya Daniels T1-T2 Trot, 2200m.
John produced the Michael Stanley-driven Tommy Kay ($12.60) to win from Davi'd Monica My Dear ($.9.90) with Glenn Conroy in the sulky.
Just a short half head separated them on the line.
This gives Tommy Kay two career wins in 19 starts.
DAN CUNNINGHAM ENDS 12-MONTH DROUGHT
BALLARAT trainer Dan Cunningham had his first win in 12 months with Our Henry ($5.50) in a 0-58 handicap, 1100m, at warrnambool gallops on Monday.
Cunningham has only had a handful of horses to the races in the past year.
Our Henry had been his previous winner in March last year.
BALLARAT district kennels enjoyed a great day at Morshead Park on Monday.
Speed Chill (Elsie King, Sulky) $3.40 - Lion Quality Products Maiden, 545m
Eumeralla Mist (Ivan Chircop, Smythesdale) $3.50 - Velocette at Stud Maiden, 390m
Peyton Paradise (Stan Berriman, Ballarat East) $7.10 - Sashas's Blend Maiden, 450m
Just Coco (Adam McNamara, Mt Wallace) $2 - BMD Constructions Grade 5, 390m