AS CAN quite often be the case, an exceptionally-bred pacer is shaping as one of the most promising trotters of the season.
By Bettors Delight from Emilios Stride, which is a half-sister to Well Said, Emerald Stride has the bloodlines to be a top pacer – but ultimately that meant nothing when it came to her gait.
Given the opportunity to perform to her origin, Emerald Stride just never showed an aptitude for pacing according to trainer David Miles.
“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 it’s not where she was heading. 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 the rest is history.”
Making a successful debut, Emerald Stride finished fourth at her following start before capturing last night’s Foundation Final at Tabcorp Park Menangle.
With Miles holding the reins, Emerald Stride began quickly to lead from barrier two before being restrained to take a trail behind Running Free.
Angled away from the pegs around the home turn, Emerald Stride dashed to the front on her way to a 38-metre win from The Reaper, with Running Free eight-and-a-half metres away third.
“That was a pretty nice effort,” Miles said. “She felt good all the way and won with plenty up her sleeve.”
To be given a short break, the two-year-old will then be aimed at Maryborough’s famed Redwood Classic and the Breeders’ Crown in August.
“She will have a light couple of weeks and then get going again,” Miles said. “She’s shown enough to warrant a crack at the Redwood and Crown, so that’s the way we will head.”