Congupna trainer Scott Stewart doesn't believe Bitobliss is Australia's best pacer at the moment despite his brilliant win at Melton last week.By Gus Underwood
Scott Stewart doesn’t agree with some respected trots followers that Bitobliss is the best pacer in the land.
However, he does concede the ‘‘Congupna Killer’’ is heading in that direction and is well into the journey.
Bitobliss again earned rave reviews after demolishing his rivals in the Blacks A Fake Free For All at Melton last Friday night in bringing up his 20th win from 37 starts.
Despite sitting three-wide over the 1720
Stewart didn’t rate the win as the best of the six-year-old Blissfull Hall gelding’s, but agreed it was among the best.
‘‘He beat Melpark Major, who has been a great horse, but is nearing the end of his career, but the rest weren’t Group One horses,’’ Stewart said.
Stewart said Bitobliss’ best win was in November when he accounted for the champion Smoken Up in a personal best 1:51.8 mile rate in the Group Two The Legends at Melton .
‘‘Smoken Up was really going well at the time and to beat him fair and square was to me his best career effort to date,’’ Stewart said.
Stewart said being caught three-wide for the entire trip last Friday night was something he thought may have transpired, but he had not worried about too much.
‘‘Over the short trip being caught wide wasn’t a major concern I felt. I thought we needed to be up near the leaders rather trying to come from well back,’’ he said.
The arrogant win of Bitobliss has had observers of the sport, including respected trots commentator Dan Mielicki, claiming he was the best pacer in Australia.
But Stewart said that title still belonged to the Western Australian superstar Im Themightyquinn.
‘‘We haven’t won anywhere near the Group One races he’s won, but I would like to think we are heading in that direction,’’ Stewart said.
While there is speculation that Bitobliss might head to the New Zealand Cup in November, Stewart has the Miracle Mile firmly on his radar.
‘‘We’ll head to the Kilmore Cup again at this stage, but I don’t think you can go to the New Zealand Cup and the Miracle Mile as well,’’ he said.
Bitobliss and Stewart will have a bit of time off heading into the pacer’s biggest season.
Bitobliss will go to the spelling paddock for a few days and won’t return to racing until mid next month, while Stewart will relax with a few days fishing around Melville Island north of Darwin.
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