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Stewart rides Soaring Heart to victory

Jockey Brad Stewart rides Soaring Heart
Jockey Brad Stewart rides Soaring Heart to victory at Doomben Racecourse in Brisbane.

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.”

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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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