Stewart eyes 100th Australian win at home

EMMA Stewart has an opportunity to bring up her 100th win Australia-wide at Ballarat harness on Thursday night.

 Ballarat gallops trainer Dan O’Sullivan with stayer Tuscan Fire.

Ballarat gallops trainer Dan O’Sullivan with stayer Tuscan Fire.

Stewart is on 99, which includes 89 in Victoria.

She has four chances on the nine-race program at Bray Raceway – Wilscarlet in the Flying Horse 3yo Pace, 2200m; Presidentialsecret in the Golden Nugget Bakery C2-C3 Pace, 1710m; Goodtime Veejay in Interline Roofing C4-C5 Pace, 2200m; and Goodtime Bobby in the Simmons Automotive C0 Pace, 1710m.

Owners Ian and Judi Slater could be the key to Stewart reaching the milestone on her hometrack.

Stewart and the Slaters, who run Goodtime Lodge at Elliminyt, near Colac, have struck up a great partnership over the past few years.

Goodtime Veejay and Goodtime Bobby will be extremely difficult to beat.

MAIDEN Gully trainer David Van Ryn is enjoying a fine season.

With a winning strike rate of about 25 per cent, Van Ryan is shooting for a second double in as many weeks.

He won with trotters Redy Race and Quest Front seven days ago and they could repeat the dose.

WHEN you get an eight-year-old veteran of 90 starts with just the one win in three years to train, it has to be a challenge.

Bob Conroy has landed this task with Chipmont Lad, but so far it is going OK.

The gelding has run third at each of his two starts for the Daylesford stable.

He tries again to get back into winning form in the Autopro T2/better Handicap, 2200m.

And if he can repeat those runs, he should be in the finish again, with Desert Spur and Happy Hombre shaping as the ones to chase down.

THINGS usually happen in threes.

Well, that is what people say.

For Ballarat gallops trainers at the moment, they’re happening in twos.

Daniel P Kelly, Charlie Quick and the father/son partnership of Barry and Glen James have each had two wins within days of each other of late.

Quick struck twice on Anzac Day with Saintly Manner in a maiden at Avoca and Regaliti in a 058 handicap at Yarra Valley.

The James pair kicked off their run with Asset Hound in a benchmark64 at Avoca and then backed up with Money Chaser ($7) in a 0-58 handicap, 1108m, at Ararat on Sunday.

The unbeaten Asset Hound and Money Chaser are making a habit of winning in close succession, having provided a double for the stable at St Arnaud in October.

The James partnership has now had five wins from just 12 starters.

Kelly’s wins came in the form of Sirgasalot in a maiden at Donald on April 20 and Hunters Grace in the $100,000 Inglis VOBIS Gold Plate, 1000m, at Bendigo on April 23.

TUSCAN Fire resumes for an off-season campaign at Caulfield on Saturday.

The seven-year-old contested three group 1 races, including the $2.5m Caulfield Cup, in the spring, but found the company too hot.

Ballarat trainer Dan O’Sullivan is keen to get Tuscan Fire back into winning form and he takes on the listed $120,000 Thoroughbred Club Cup, 1440m.

“He’s ready to kick off and we’re aiming towards the Banjo Paterson Series of staying races over the next couple of months,” O’Sullivan told AAP.

Tuscan Fire stunned punters with a first-up win at Flemington in August at $101.

david.brehaut@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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