AN EASY couple of days to recover from the road trip then it’s on to the next feature for talented filly Emerald Stride.
Successful in tonight’s Trot New South Wales Three-Year-Old Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle, Emerald Stride is already in a float heading back to trainer David Miles’ Monegeetta property.
Upon her return home the squaregaiter will enjoy some ‘RNR’ before being readied for next weekend’s Victoria Trotters’ Oaks in Melton.
“We’re already heading home,” Miles said. “She’ll have a pretty light week as she’s in terrific shape and won’t need to do much.
“I’ll give her the rest of the weekend off and then just keep her happy before the Oaks next Saturday night.”
With Miles producing a copybook drive, Emerald Stride was driven hard to find the lead from barrier five before being eased to take a trail behind the short-priced favourite Xebec during the middle stages.
Angled away from the pegs halfway along the home straight, Emerald Stride sprinted to a two-metre win from Xebec, with Just Believe a metre away third.
“She’s got good gate speed, but did have to work a little to find the front,” Mile said. “When the favourite came around I wasn’t interested in getting into a battle which could have cost her the war.
“When I pulled her out up the straight she knuckled down to the task and won quite well.”
Covering the mile in 1:59.1 the pacing-bred daughter of Bettors Delight stretched her record to seven wins and three placings from 11 starts for earnings of $113,770.
Following her Blue Riband engagement Emerald Stride will be given a short break before tackling the Breeders’ Crown in August.
“At this stage I don’t think she will have another run between the Oaks and Crown,” Miles said. “The Bracelet in Maryborough during the Redwood Carnival is an option, but I haven’t made up my mind yet.”