THERE were probably a few ‘unhappy campers’ around the Menangle track following a super debut by two-year-old filly Emerald Stride at Tabcorp Park Menangle today.
Up from Victoria for her first start in a race, Emerald Stride made light work of the locals in the HRNSW Two-Year-Old Foundation heat Three.
And if that wasn’t hard enough to take, Emerald Stride, owned by Emilio and Mary Rosati, obliterated the Australian record over 2300m for two-year-old trotters . . . a record that had stood for 10 years.
Trained and driven by David Miles, Emerald Stride rated 2:02.4 for her last mile, breaking the old record by 1.7s.
The problem was, that record was held by Ten Commanders, set on July 1, 2008 and that gallant trotter was actually owned by a group of the Menangle track staff, including track manager Owen Mulligan, mobile driver James Chang, maintenance man Warren Nash and head chef Geoff Muscat, among others.
Emerald Stride, having her first start in a race, behaved perfectly, trotted like a veteran and came away to score by six metres from the favourite Running Free (Chris Geary) with The Reaper (Darren Hancock) a mammoth 50m further back in third place.
The Bettors Delight youngster had scored in a trial at Melton and Miles had no hesitation making the trip up the Hume Highway to give the Rosatis a thrill with a brilliant win.
Emerald Stride took a trail behind Running Free as they covered the first half of their final mile in 63.6s (splits of 32.3 and 31.3).
Running Free tried to kick away on the turn but Miles came with a perfect run, covering his last two quarters in 29.5 and 28.7 for a slashing win.
While it may have been Miles’ first Menangle win, you can guarantee he’ll be back for more after that display.