TALENTED youngster Enchanted Stride will be given a short break before embarking on another feature race campaign.
Triumphant in tonight’s Tasmania Oaks in Hobart, Enchanted Stride will spend “as long as possible” in a paddock before Victorian trainer David Miles sets the filly for her home state Oaks.
The Blue Riband is scheduled to be conducted at Tabcorp Park Melton on April 27.
“She will have a freshen up now,” Miles said. “She’s been to Sydney and back and now Hobart, so she has earned it.
“I’ll give her as long as possible off, but that will only be a week to 10 days if she is to compete in our Oaks.
“After that I will freshen her up again for the Vicbred and Breeders’ Crown later in the season.”
With Miles holding the reins, Enchanted Stride was caught wide early from barrier four before settling outside the leader, Spoilt Sport.
Digging deep during the latter stages, the daughter of Bettors Delight grabbed the front in the last stride to score by a half-head from the pacemaker, with Still Hangover – a stablemate of the runner-up – two metres away third.
“She is much better from a trail and coming with one run, so it was a good effort from her given it wasn’t her usual racing pattern,” Miles said.
“I felt it was her race to lose, but knew she wouldn’t have it her way and would need her class to come through.
“I can’t thank Shelley Barnes enough for looking after her for the last few days since she came across.”
Rating 2:00.5 over 2090 metres, Enchanted Stride took her record to three wins and four placings from 13 starts for earnings of $70,080.