Trainer Brian McKnight and his wife Judy were on tenterhooks during the running of the Swettenham Stud Summer Championship Final at Caulfield.
Their stable star Le Remas was clinging to a five-point lead heading into the $100,000 Final on Saturday but McKnight elected to bypass the race to concentrate on the G1 C F Orr Stakes on February 9.
Le Remas topped the leader-board with 22 points after 10 Heats but he could have been overhauled by Finishing Card (17) and Infinite Energy (14) who were both in the field for the Final.
Fortunately for the Maldon couple, both gallopers failed to gain enough points to knock off Le Remas although Infinite Energy did look dangerous before fading to finish third.
McKnight won a service to Master Of Design and he will send Le Remas’s dam Tylden Lady to Swettenham Stud’s Group 1 winning stallion.
“Le Remas is by Al Samer, a son of Redoute’s Choice and so is Master Of Design, so the foal will be a three-quarter brother or sister in-blood to him,” McKnight told the Caulfield crowd in his acceptance speech.
McKnight thanked the Melbourne Racing Club for pursuing an initiative like the Summer Championship and also to its sponsor Swettenham. “There aren’t enough people like Adam Sangster and enough organisations like Swettenham in racing.”
McKnight also operates Oakford Thoroughbred Farm at Maldon and the property is home to 100 horses ranging from racehorses-in-training to broodmares, foals and yearlings. Oakford has entered 9 yearlings for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and another 5 for the Adelaide Magic Millions in March.
In exciting news for the future of the Summer Championship, Swettenham Stud owner Adam Sangster announced the associated prize for the 2014 Final will be a nomination to Melbourne Cup winner Americain.