Jockey Brad Stewart continued his red hot form with a win for one of his greatest supporters in trainer Pat Duff when Soaring Heart scored a Doomben.
Stewart, who flew back from a troubled trip to Rockhampton on Friday, was able to dictate the pace on Soaring Heart ($9.50) and came away to win by 2 1/4 lengths to Miss Quaintly ($10) in the Duporth Tavern Two Year Old (1350m).
He has had seven winners from his 15 rides since he resumed from a month's suspension.
Duff said he was surprised by the starting price of Soaring Heart, especially since Stewart had been in such great form.
"Brad has ridden for me for years including a second on Hard To Catch in the Stradbroke Hcp. He also won a stack of races for me on old Steel Zip," Duff said.
"Brad has been one of the best jockeys here for a long time and when he is on song there is no one better."
Duff trains Soaring Heart for a syndicate headed by his long-time client and former District Court judge Wally Tutt.
"I've been training for Wally and his family for 40 years and I always get a thrill when we win one. The old firm is back," Duff said.
Soaring Heart will have a final run for this campaign in a 1600m race at Doomben in a fortnight.
Stewart was one of nine jockeys caught in a travel nightmare on the way to Rockhampton on Friday.
He missed a winning ride but arrived in time to win on Last Armageddon.
"Pat has stuck with me for along time and he might have another nice horse in Soaring Heart," Stewart.
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