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    Failed pacer on target for second G1 trot win Failed pacer on target for second G1 trot win

    EMERALD STRIDE - Photo Ashlea Brennan

    FAILED pacer Emerald Stride is in a strong position to register her second Group One win as a trotter this weekend. Having originally qualified... Failed pacer on target for second G1 trot win

    FAILED pacer Emerald Stride is in a strong position to register her second Group One win as a trotter this weekend.

    Having originally qualified as a pacer, Emerald Stride showed little aptitude for the gait before trainer David Miles decided to work her as a squaregaiter.

    Revealing a natural talent for the purist style of racing, the daughter of Bettors Delight was qualified as a trotter before ultimately winning four of her seven starts for the term. She also ran two placings.

    Emerald Stride’s victories include Maryborough’s prestigious Redwood Classic and the Group Three Foundation Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle.

    “She wasn’t a terrible pacer, and went okay, she just wasn’t quite fast enough,” Miles explained. “I qualified her as a pacer and gave her time, but it’s not where she was headed.

    “A week after she qualified as pacer I tried her as a trotter and it came natural to her.

    “I took her back to the trials, which she won, and now the rest is history.”

    Winner of her heat last week, Emerald Stride has drawn to repeat the dose in Saturday night’s Need For Speed Princess Final in Melton.

    Despite her form and barrier – two – Emerald Stride is on the second line of betting at $3 with TAB Fixed Odds.

    Although drawn the back row and having finished towards the tail of the field in the qualifier, Fremarkspoetry is the $2.50 favourite.

    Fremarkspoetry was unbeaten from her four previous starts, including the Group One Home Grown Classic last December.

    “She was very good first-up in her heat and it was a nice easy run to come back with,” Miles said. “She got a bit lazy in front at the end and only did what she had to.

    “Her work since has been great and she will be cherry ripe this week.

    “It’s not going to be an easy race, but she has the draw in her favour.

    “If Fremarkspoetry behaves she is the biggest danger, while Fear The Yankee should also go well from six.”

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