SHE’S just a bloody ripper.
That’s the description from trainer David Miles when referring to Emerald Stride following her success in the Redwood Classic in Maryborough just moments ago.
Thrilled with the two-year-old’s performance, Miles blesses the day he decided to turn the failed pacer into a trotter.
“She is paid up for the Australian Pacing Gold, so I pushed ahead with her to see how she would come along,” Miles said. “She wasn’t a terrible pacer, and went okay, she just wasn’t quite fast enough.
“I qualified her as a pacer and gave her time, but she wasn’t improving and was just too slow to be honest.
“A week after she qualified I tried her as a trotter and it came natural to her.
“I took her back to the trials, which she won, and now she is a Group One winner.”
With Miles in the cart, Emerald Stride enjoyed the run of the race behind the favourite, Always Ready, which dashed to the lead from seven.
Angled into the passing lane during the latter stages, the daughter of Bettors Delight sprinted to a metre-and-a-half win from Always Ready, with Kyvalley Clichy five-and-a-half metres away third.
“I was confident in her chances until I saw she drew the second row and I was spewin,” Miles said. “In the end it worked out well for her at the start and she got the perfect trip.
“She is only tiny, but she has a heart as big as herself.”
With the Breeders’ Crown Emerald Stride’s next target, the filly will return to Maryborough for a heat of the futurity on August 16.
“I will give her a couple of days off now, then have her ready for the heats in just under a fortnight,” Miles said.
“Fingers crossed she will be going around the Breeders’ Crown in three weeks time.”