ALTHOUGH he plans to give Elite Stride a “light season”, trainer Anthony Butt has earmarked several key targets for the youngster.
Speaking after Elite Stride’s Group One triumph at Tabcorp Park Melton last night, Butt has set his sights on the upcoming New South Wales Foundation Series.
The well-bred colt will then be aimed at the New South Wales and Victoria Trotters’ Derbys before rounding out his three-year-old term in the Australasian Breeders’ Crown in Melton.
“There are quite a few good options for him as the season goes on,” Butt said. “I won’t do much with him in between those races as he will only have a light season.
“He has the makings of a very nice trotter and will be given every chance to reach his full potential.”
Driven by Chris Alford during his latest triumph, Elite Stride was a class above his rivals in the Lyn McPherson Memorial Prince Final.
Beginning well from barrier five, Elite Stride was settled in the the ‘death seat’ as Son Of A Whiz led from the pole.
Bursting clear of the pack along the back straight, the son of Muscle Hill was never full extended as he cruised to a 23-and-a-half metre win from Andover Sun, with Royalebomba 10 metres away third.
Bred and owned by Emilio and Mary Rosati, Elite Stride rated 1:55.8 over 1720 metres to take his record to three wins and a second from four starts for earnings of $41,790.