PERFECTING the art of the “scary” start, All Emotion never really looked like winning yesterday.
Made to work from the back after giving the rest of the eight-horse field a giant start, Sylvia Szabo’s $6 hope in the $6000 Mac Hire Maiden Plate (1000m) performed a Melbourne Cup day miracle to win by a head over the Sharon Jeffries-trained Dapper Bullet ($5).
“It looked scary for a minute when she dropped back, but she’s got a nice ping to her that’s for sure,” Szabo said after the win, with $3.80 favourite Fill The Glass finishing a length off the lead.
The challenge now remains getting the four-year-old bay mare’s starts as good as her finishes.
“If she can settle and stay and still ping at the end, we’ll see how she goes,” Szabo added.
Szabo praised the work of jockey Catherine Markwort, who was forced to negotiate the field after being squeezed back early in the 1000m sprint.
The win was Szabo’s second of the day after Ossie Redwood claimed victory in the $6000 Millamolong Polo Club Maiden Plate (1300m), both a nice little way to cap off what has been a tough couple of months for the Orange-based trainer.
“I’ve been really crook, I’ve been off for a couple of months and it’s been Mick (Plummer) that’s been doing a lot of the work. I’ve taught him well, though, obviously, because he’s had the horses up winning. The team’s going really well,” she said.