Day At The Track

David Miles ready to take great strides in semis

09:04 AM 16 Aug 2019 NZST
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There's a genuine air of confidence coming from David Miles ahead of Saturday's big night of racing in Bendigo.

On the back of today's trotting heat win with Emerald Stride at Maryborough, the Monegeetta trainer-driver has four runners engaged in TAB Breeders Crown pacing semi-finals and is pretty keen on at least a couple of his chances.

Miles' night kicks off in race two when Enchanted Stride takes her place in the first semi-final for three-year-old fillies.

"We had a little set-back with her through the (Vicbred) series and she probably didn't race as well as she could have," he said.

"But her run last week (fifth in a heat at Kilmore) was really encouraging. She's starting to get back to where we hope she needs to be.

"She's got a beautiful draw (barrier two) this week and I'll be bitterly disappointed if she is not running in the first three on Saturday night. I think she has got a really, really good each-way chance."

The daughter of Bettors Delight was a $26 chance with the at time of going to print.

Stablemate Focus Stride has already been well supported in the first semi for the two-year-old colts and geldings.

After opening at $9, the TAB has trimmed him into $5.50.

And if you've had a bet, Miles' comments will sit well with you.

"He's probably the unluckiest horse in my stable. He has been showing enormous amounts of ability all season and he has been tightened up and knocked over a couple of times. And a couple of times he has made mistakes himself when in good positions," Miles said.

"He has run some amazing sectionals. In the (Vicbred) final his sectionals after galloping early had to be seen to be believed. They'd be as quick as any horse in the state for the season, but he has got to put it all together. He gets the barrier draw (one) this week to do it.

"We're very, very happy with him, he'll get gelded at the end of the season and he'll be a really, really nice horse next year.

"Getting towards the end of the season where a few of them are getting tired, I think he has got a really good each-way chance."

Miles was unsure what the meaning of The Pantheist was, but gave her a glowing report ahead of the second semi for the two-year-old fillies.

"She's a really nice filly this one," he said.

"Probably races better in the better class of racing because she loves the speed on.

"Her run in the (Vicbred) semi was absolutely first rate where she nearly ran down Jemstone. She just got beat where the speed was on."

Miles said The Pantheist's sixth placing in a heat of the Breeders Crown Series needed to be forgiven and was a little unsure how Saturday night's race would pan out from gate four.

"I don't know where Johnny (Caldow) is going to finish up from the draw, but the harder they go, the better she likes it. So I'm thinking if she can get through to the final - and these Breeders Crown finals are generally run at break-neck speeds - I think she is going to be a really nice filly in the making."

Miles' final runner on the program is Puntarno Stride, which lines up in the second semi for the three-year-old colts and geldings.

Described as a "frustrating customer", Miles said the horse had plenty of ability.

"He is going to find it hard from the draw (six) obviously and he will be a long price, but frustratingly he will probably run a really good race.

"If he makes the final, he will keep up with them. Hopefully one day the penny drops and he'll turn into a lovely horse."

Miles, who will drive the three Stride horses, is looking forward to being well represented come Breeders Crown finals night at Tabcorp Park Melton on August 24.

"I'll be disappointed if I don't have three of the four make the finals and then once the barrier draws comes out for the finals, it's just a little bit of luck," he said.


Tim O'Connor

HRV Trots Media

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