VICTORIAN horseman David Miles is glad he got a positive swab!
After giving his talented youngster Emerald Stride a treatment following her second in the Bathurst Gold Coronet on March 23, Miles set his sights on the New South Wales Trotters’ Oaks.
Just days before the Blue Riband, which was run at Tabcorp Park Menangle on May 4, Miles’ “gut feeling” kicked in.
As such, he took Emerald Stride to Melton to be swabbed.
To Miles’ disappointment and delight, the three-year-old returned a positive, meaning she was scratched from the Oaks.
“I gave her a treatment after she raced at Bathurst which has a 14-day withholding period,” Miles said. “But I was concerned about the withholding period after a recent case in the thoroughbreds.
“So I took an elective test from her even though I was assured it would be fine.
“The test showed she was over the level after 19 days and she is the first standardbred to hold such a level for so long
“Unluckily for us she missed the Oaks, but I’m glad I did it as was a better result than getting a positive from racing.”
With the daughter of Bettors Delight clear to resume racing Miles will make a belated return to Menangle on Saturday night so Emerald Stride can contest the Trot New South Wales Three-Year-Old Final.
Drawn barrier five against the ‘boys’, Emerald Stride is the $2.90 second elect with TAB Fixed Odds.
Recent New South Wales Derby winner Xebec is the $2.10 favourite from gate six.
“She didn’t miss any work so is fit, fresh and ready to go,” Miles said. “Given the preferential draw she was pretty much always going to start from there.
“But her main rivals is on her outside which helps. With her gate speed she should be able to get into a good position to get a good trip and be hard to beat.”