Victorian’s successful Tasmanian raid

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    APACHE SHARK - Photo HRV

    PREMIER horsewoman Emma Stewart made a successful hit-and-run raid on Tasmania last night.

    With six members of her team making the trip across Bass Strait, the Victorian mentor registered a quartet – including the main event on the card, the Launceston Cup.

    Pleased with the result, Stewart revealed similar raids are a distinct possibility during the season.

    One meeting likely to host Stewart’s squad is Hobart on December 22 – Tasmania Cup night.

    “I’ve got no plans set in concrete at this stage, but we could very well be back in Tasmania soon,” Stewart said.

    “There are some suitable races in Tassie coming up, so I’ll be giving those some thought.”

    Instshejust kick-started Stewart’s evening by leading throughout from the pole with Chris Alford in the cart.

    Rising star Apache Shark followed suit by working to the lead before winning untouched in 1:57.9 over 1680 metres.

    Also driven by Alford, the son of Four Starzzz Shark stretched his record to an impressive 12 wins and two seconds from 18 starts.

    Major Secret then outclassed his rivals in the Cup, scoring by 21-and-a-half metres from Dapper Dana, with Taurisi three metres away third.

    With Alford sitting motionless in the cart, the stallion rated 2:01 over 2698 metres.

    Masterkova rounded out the quartet by cruising to a 30-metre win in 1:58.2 over 1680 metres.

    The lightly-raced filly is unbeaten from two starts.

    “It’s hard to say which one was more impressive,” Stewart said. “They all won quite well and I’m pleased with the results.”

    • PAUL COURTS

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