Talented Victorian horseman Scott Stewart has already tasted Inter Dominion success when he drove Jodie’s Babe to victory in the 1989 Grand Final at Gloucester Park. Stewart could be set to relive his greatest triumph with his pin-up pacer Bitobliss in next year’s Inter Dominion Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle and time has not dulled his happy memories from all those years ago.
“The Inter Dominion win on Jodie’s Babe was twenty three years ago and some days I think about it and it seems so fresh in my mind, like it was yesterday,” Stewart said.
“I had been driving Jodie’s Babe a bit before the series began and I actually drove her in the first night of heats and when Vinny Knight decided to drive Our Maestro in the final I was given the drive on the mare but if Vinny had decided to drive Jodie’s Babe I’m unsure if I would have got the drive on Our Maestro so I was just very lucky how it all played out.”
Stewart has nursed Bitobliss back from a fractured pastern bone in his near hind leg and believes last year’s Kilmore Cup winner is still yet to get back to his best.
“After the vet had put the three screws in the bone and scanned it he actually said to me that if there is such a thing as a good fracture then Bitobliss’s injury was it, the vet was really confident he would make it back to the races and said there was no reason he wouldn’t get back to the same level again.”
“His first two runs since resuming have been good, I think the run at Swan Hill would have done him the world of good and I’m really looking forward to taking him back to Kilmore to try and win his second Cup because it is a place I lived for so long.”
Stewart will remain in Victoria in the foreseeable future and is hoping to target the Victoria Cup in December.
“His form would have to warrant a start in the Victoria Cup obviously, however after the Kilmore Cup on the weekend I will sit back and re-assess because he will have had three runs in successive weeks but ideally it would be Victoria Cup, a shot at one or two of the country cups down here, maybe a Hunter Cup and then the Inter Dominion.”
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