CLASSY filly Emerald Stride has drawn to bounce back to the winners’ circle at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night.
Successful during her first two starts of the season, Emerald Stride was then runner-up against the ‘boys’ in the Bathurst Gold Coronet on March 23.
Pleased with the youngster’s progress trainer David Miles is positive Emerald Stride can add the New South Wales Oaks to her growing tally.
“She had a freshen-up after Bathurst which never really suited her on the track that night,” Miles said. “I’m happy with her work and expect her to be very hard to beat.
“She is going into this in pretty good shape.”
Emerald Stride is no stranger to feature glory at the venue having captured last season’s Group Three Foundation Final around the 1400-metre circuit.
This time around the pacing-bred daughter of Bettors Delight has drawn perfectly in the pole, with Miles looking to lead throughout the $40,000 event.
“The draw certainly gives us plenty of options,” Miles said. “She’s got her share of speed out of the gate so I’m confident she can hold the inside running early.”
Citing fellow Victorian raider Sleepee as the main danger, Miles also rates local squaregaiter Princess Kenny as a threat.
Boasting five wins and a second from six starts, Sleepee made a triumphant return to racing last week when first-up from an eight-month break.
Trained by Alison Alford, the daughter of Dejarmbro will begin from gate five.
A member of the KerryAnn Morris stable, Princes Kenny has won four of her six outings, including her last two.
Princess Kenny, which also has two seconds to her credit, has drawn barrier four.
“Sleepee is a class filly and is the one to beat,” Miles said. “Princess Kenny also seems like a very nice type and her sectionals are impressive.
“It will be a good race and I expect Emerald Stride to be right in the finish.”