Ballarat trainer Emma Stewart has taken the frontrunning in the pursuit of the Australian Pacing Gold two-year-old colts and geldings’ title.
Her stable progressed three runners into the $350,000 final to be run at Melton on May 5 with heat victories on Friday night.
Hurricane Harley ($2.30 favourite), Centenario ($1.20 favourite) and Hardhitter ($1.04 favourite) continued Stewart's outstanding season with juveniles.
Hurricane Harley is unbeaten in two starts, Centenario is yet to lower his colours in four runs and Hardhitter has two wins in as many starts.
Centenario is out of an unraced full sister to multiple group 1 pacing star Philadelphia Man, which was also trained by Stewart.
Michael Stanley capped off a big night for Ballarat district trainers when Soho Nolita ($3.40) took out an APG 2yo fillies' repechage.
This qualifies the half-sister to grand circuit pacer Soho Tribeca for a $250,000 final at Menangle on April 28.
Stanley also has Single Tree Road heading to the 2yo fillies' final after taking out a heat at Melton on Saturday, April 7.
The Stewart-trained Kualoa was another 2yo fillies’ heat winner.
Hurricane Harley (Chris Alford)