Simon Morrish saddles up the old and the new

ON SHOW: Matt Cumani with Show A Star, which lines up for trainer Simon Morrish at Moonee Valley on Saturday. Picture: Getty Images
ON SHOW: Matt Cumani with Show A Star, which lines up for trainer Simon Morrish at Moonee Valley on Saturday. Picture: Getty Images

Ballarat gallops trainer Simon Morrish will have the two arms of his stable going head to head at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

Morrish momentarily has a much expanded team in his care, having taken over the stable of suspended trainer Matt Cumani until the end of the season.

The temporary arrangement has made a flying start with Morrish saddling up four winners from the Cumani operation in relatively quick time.

He has a chance to build on this with Show A Star in the Silver Thomas Hanley Plate, 2040m.

Morrish’s involvement in the staying event does not stop there.

He also has old favourite Mr Journeyman engaged in the same race.

Mr Journeyman has been a great “bread and butter” horse for Morrish, with eight wins in 31 starts.

The country cups campaigner will be having his first start since finishing second in the Mt Gambier Cup  on May 12.  

CARDIGAN trots trainer Emma Stewart has reached 150 wins in a season in Victoria for a third season in a row.

She reached the milestone with three-year-old pacer All A Breeze at Maryborough on Thursday

Stewart had 197 last season and 170 in 2014-15.

She has a stranglehold on her defence of the state trainers' premiership and also leads the metropolitan title, which she also holds.

The season ends in August, giving her plenty of time to push for 200.

Stewart sits third nationally.

TWO Ballarat district youngsters are well entrenched in the Victorian trots concession drivers' premiership top 10.

James Herbertson from Burrumbeet is fifth as he closes in on 40 wins, while Darby McGuigan, of Gordon, has topped 25 for the season to be eighth.

McGuigan's latest wins came in the form of a double at Melton on Wednesday, when he scored on 4yo mare Moreliner and Chief Safari.

CHAMPION 3yo pacing filly Petacular continued on her winning way at Maryborough on Thursday.

She had her second win from as many starts since a freshen up as Burrumbeet trainer-driver Michael Stanley prepares her for the Vicbred Super Series and Australasian Breeders Crown.

Petacular won the Vicbred Super Series for 2yo fillies last season and finished second in the Breeders Crown final.

She went on to be the Australian 2yo filly of the year.

She has won 14 of 20 starts for more than 300,00 in stakes.

TROTS reinsman David Moran has been suspended for five weeks for his drive on odds-on favourite Lochinvar Hugo in a two-year-old pace in Ballarat on April 19.

Victorian stewards handed down the ban at the end of an inquiry on Wednesday.

They found Moran guilty of having failed to give Lochinvar Hugo full opportunity to win or obtain the best possible placing.