Emain Macha set to continue

24 April 2018 22:13:33 GMTPlus10

Connections of Emain Macha say he will carry on racing for now after he blew away the opposition at Globe Derby over the weekend.

Emain Macha rated a sizzling 1:55.2 in winning the Sage Hotel Pace (1800m) on Saturday night and is now back to his best after surviving a life-threatening illness last year.

The four-year-old raced away to win by 14-1/2 metres from Clarenden Hustler with Montanas Jet 10-1/2 metres away third, and now has five wins, a second and two thirds from his eight runs this preparation.

Part-owner-trainer Greg Scholefield says the gelding is looking good and there is no reason to send him for a spell just yet.

"When he got home after Saturday night, he ate up, and was ready for more," Scholefield said. "Considering he has done a bit of travelling in the past two weeks, he has proved himself a tough horse.

"I had been thinking of freshening him up, but he's telling me he is happy to keep racing, so I will look for suitable races. There are races at Shepparton and Globe Derby Park which might suit him, so I'll make a decision later in the week."

Meanwhile, reinswoman Dannielle McMullen was also impressed.

"I have to admit I didn't really know a lot about him before Saturday but everyone I spoke to said he was a very nice horse, and they were right," McMullen said.

"I was surprised he went so quick, he certainly did it easy. There is no doubt he could have run quicker had there been something up alongside challenging him.

"He did it so easy, and still won by nearly 15 metres. We regularly run 1:55 mile rates around Albion Park, but if he came up here, I'm sure he would be doing better than that."

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